Standards Cell Industrie 4.0

Industrie 4.0
Today 'Industrie 4.0' is in everybody's mouth. What about standardistation, at this point in time? Can we already rely on published standards? Since 1 October 2016 Sirris is responsible for a new standards cell for everything related to 'Industrie 4.0'.

'Industrie 4.0' describes the industrial future in an era where products, machines, production sites ... exchange data, interact and recognise each other.

Products, production processes and factories together form a gigantic ‘cyberphysical production system’ (CPPS), which is largely self-regulatory due to interactions between machine and object and of which profits are expected in terms of flexibility and agility, time, quality and costs. Systems which are connected to each other communicate and can self-regulate without central control. The plant can be configured depending on the needs with modules which can be added or removed thanks to ‘plug-and-work’ functions.

Challenges and conditions

The developments around 'Industrie 4.0' have to control four major challenges: 

  • the interoperability or the capacity to synchronise the whole of elements (products, machines, processes, plants, virtual models, etc.) which evolve independently from each other;
  • the management of data complexity, besides the organisation and exploitation of all information generated by the sensors
  • the configuration of the interface, to send users only information that is relevant to them in the performance of their tasks;
  • the safety of data, to avoid hacking of the system. 

'Industrie 4.0' can only succeed if the intelligent objects of several manufacturers are capable of working together, from the design phase on, in a reliable, efficient and same manner, according to standards which rely on consensus and not on proprietary standards.

Purpose of the standards cell

In order to help companies find their way around, standards cell 'Industrie 4.0' will monitor the work on the consolidation and determination of a harmonised reference architecture model and the development of standards required for their implementation (IEC TC 65, ISO/TC 184, ISO/TC 299, etc.).

The standards refer to the objects themselves, the communication standards and the semantic interoperability (uniform meaning of data), but also to user safety of cobots and the cybersafety aspects.

Task of the standards cell

The tasks of the standards cell 'Industrie 4.0' is:

  • help builders of machines and automated production cells, system integrators and end user to take into account standards that have already been recognised or of which the approval is in development when outlining an explicit strategy for the development of internal or external digital services for the company.
  • generate a shift from a ‘Hierarchical Automation Architecture’ to a ‘Service Oriented Control Architecture’ via informative seminars, publications, individual advice, ...
  • make companies aware of the concepts of 'Industrie 4.0' in general, from the standards to be taken into account and the evolution thereof.
  • offer an answer to questions about the development and the implementation of cyberphysical production systems and indicate which standards have to be applied. 


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