Assistance of our Technology Transfer Manager to the Conference "Standardization of Connected Industry 4.0"

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On November 24, Technology Transfer Manager of math-in, José Ramón Sande Veiga, attended the conference "Standardization of Connected Industry 4.0" held at the headquarters of the Ministry of Economy, Industry and Competitiveness (Paseo de la Castellana 162, Madrid ) and organized by MINECO together with the collaboration of MONDRAGON, UNE (Spanish Association for Standardization) and MANU-KET.

In order to present the latest news on standardization in the field of Industry 4.0, various experts from institutions, companies and universities went to deepen in topics such as the Connected Industry 4.0 strategy, UNE activity, and the importance that the standardization has to ensure the proper functioning of the fourth industrial revolution, in matters such as Interoperability, the Internet of Things, Cybersecurity or Robotics.

After the opening of the session by Begoña Cristeto Blasco, Secretary General of Industry and Small and Medium Enterprises of the Ministry of Economy, Industry and Competitiveness, who presented the National Strategy Connected Industry 4.0, the day began, which It featured high-level presentations that addressed the importance of creating and promoting standards for this revolution in the field of industrial digitalization.

Eduardo Beltrán de Nanclares, Innovation and Technology Director of the MONDRAGON Corporation and of the Technical Secretariat of the MANU-KET Platform, gave a presentation aimed at giving a global vision about the standards in Industry 4.0. Next, Alexander Bentkus of the Standardization Counciel Industrie 4.0 addressed the Reference Architecture Model Industry 4.0 (RAMI 4.0).

Regarding aspects linked to cybersecurity, these also had a place during the development of the event, with the presentation of the Deputy Director of Cybersecurity Technologies of INCIBE, Ignacio González.

Neither was left aside how companies can obtain competitive advantages through the servitization of processes through standardization, using industrial platforms and IoT in turn. For this, we had Óscar Gallego Castilla, Sales Director of Europe and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Spain General Electric Digital.

The session was completed by Javier García Guzmán and Lisardo Prieto González from the Computing Department of the Carlos III University of Madrid, describing the most relevant aspects of interoperability in industrial processes, and Javier García Guzmán and Avelino Brito with the vision and activities of UNE on standards.

For the success of Industry 4.0 it is necessary to achieve the interoperability of the information flows of the different organizational layers of the companies, connecting what until now were disconnected systems. The achievement of this interoperability must necessarily be achieved through standardized interfaces in a common language. In this sense, the international standardization bodies ISO (International Standards Organization) and IEC (International Electrotechnical Commission) work on the development of technical norms or global standards that will allow the good functioning of Industry 4.0.

At the end of the conference, Javier García Guzmán concluded by stating that standardization has as objectives interoperability, security and systems integration to give confidence to the industry in the process of digitization, emphasizing that interoperability favors work networks and the achievement of partners for the project, which improves the possibilities of development for the industry. He also stressed that this process should not be seen as a cost but as an investment, since the adoption of standards generates an increase in monetization for companies and that the objective of the working group is to transfer all the know-how of these large groups international business to the operation of SMEs and collaborate in the widespread implementation in the industrial fabric.

Finally, all participants were asked to participate in the promotion and development of the standards that will define this great field, which is already a reality, of Industry 4.0.