In Russia and Germany, we are sure that standards are a key element of digitalization


The results of the activities of the Council for Technical Regulation and Standardization for the Digital Economy of the RSPP Committee and the Eastern Committee of the German Economy were presented on the third day of the International Industrial Forum «INNOPROM-2021 «as part of the session «Best practices in the field of standardization of Industry 4.0 and prospects for their application on the platform»Industry of Russia 4.0». Russian and German experts shared examples of the use of digital initiatives in industry.

The session was moderated by A. N. Lotsmanov, Deputy Co-Chairman of the RSPP Committee on Industrial Policy and Technical Regulation, and Jens Bellmann, Head of the Small and Medium-sized Business Bureau of the Eastern Committee of the German Economy.

In his welcome speach the Head of Rosstandart A. P. Shalae.he spoke about the current results of standardization work in such areas as robotics, the Internet of Things, the industrial Internet, the use of computer models in the design and testing of high-tech products, big data, blockchain, artificial intelligence.

«Many Russian standards in these areas are unique and have no analogues in the world, their appearance contributes to overcoming barriers, spreading best practices and technology transfer,» the head of Rosstandart noted.

The participants of the session were also welcomed by the Director General of the Eastern Committee of the German Economy, M. Harms, who stressed that despite some skepticism about the development of Russian-German cooperation in the field of standardization and digitalization, much has been done thanks to the work of the Council for Technical Regulation and Standardization for the Digital Economy of the RSPP Committee and the Eastern Committee of the German Economy. There are already concrete results — a brochure reflecting the prospects for harmonizing approaches to digitalization and technical regulation, as well as the Council's website.

The Trade Representative of the Russian Federation in the Federal Republic of Germany, A. O. Sobolev, in his speech, in particular, noted that the activities of the Council for Technical Regulation and Standardization for the Digital Economy of the RSPP Committee on Industrial Policy and Technical Regulation and the Eastern Committee of the German Economy are a vivid example of effective international cooperation. «Here we see an illustrative example of the development and expansion of long-term cooperation, in which both sides are equally interested. Moreover, the initiator and driving force of this joint work is business, with full understanding and support from the state authorities of the two countries, « A. O. Sobolev believes.

Burkhard Dahmen, CEO and Chairman of the Board of Directors of SMS group, Co-Chairman of the Council for Technical Regulation and Standardization for the Digital Economy from the German side, in his speech focused on the great prospects of German-Russian cooperation in the field of digitalization of industry, named the most relevant areas of this interaction. He emphasized the need to harmonize requirements, unify norms and standards in the digital sphere, and develop common approaches by different countries.

Burhard Dahmen noted that German companies are interested in removing a number of problems when entering the Russian market. Our Russian colleagues are also interested in this.

In his welcoming speech, A. N. Lotsmanov stressed that on July 5, speaking at the main session of Innoprom, Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin presented a program for the development of digitalization of production, set large-scale tasks in this direction. In fact, the course for the transition of the Russian Federation to the 6th technological order was proclaimed.

«Our Council has already done a lot of work to prepare for this transition, since machine-readable standards are the cornerstone of the sixth technological order. Moreover, we are talking about common standards for the entire industry, harmonized with European and international ones. The presence of such standards is an indispensable condition for the creation of the «Industry of the Russian Federation 4.0»platform.

Today, on July 7, an organizational meeting of the PTC «Smart Standards» was held with the participation of the Head of Rosstandart A. P. Shalaev, representatives of FSUE «Standartinform», PJSC» KAMAZ», PJSC» GAZPROM»,» ROSATOM « and other Russian companies. There is a lot of work ahead in this direction. And we are very grateful to our German partners for providing comprehensive support, sharing their knowledge, strategic approaches, and standards. Our Committee, together with Rosstandart, is working on the adaptation of these documents, « A. N. Lotsmanov said.

Speaking at the session, Markus Reigl, Director for Standardization and Technical Regulation, Siemens AG, presented the brochure «Harmonization of Technical Regulations - a chance for German and Russian companies», which was prepared by experts from the two countries. It is gratifying that this project was supported by representatives of the authorities of Russia and Germany - the preface to the document was signed by the Minister of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation D. V. Manturov and the Minister of Economy and Energy of Germany P. Altmayer.

In the brochure, each of the 11 working groups created within the framework of the Council presents the directions of its activities, the first proposals for optimization, harmonization of technical regulations, norms and standards.

The project coordinator from the Eastern Committee of the German Economy, Jens Boehllmann, before the discussion «Building bridges in difficult times», noted the great role of the Council for Technical Regulation and Standardization for the Digital Economy of the RSPP Committee for Industrial Policy and Technical Regulation and the Eastern Committee of the German Economy in strengthening economic ties between the two countries, the effectiveness of the Council's work. During the discussion, Russian and German experts comprehensively discussed the most pressing issues related to the digitalization of industrial production, the role of standardization in these processes.

V. Korytko, General Director of the Pipe Metallurgical Company (TMK), noted the great practical importance of digitalization processes for specific companies in his speech.

TMK started actively implementing digital technologies from the very beginning of its activity and launched an ERP system back in 2006. Then, the company digitized other business processes in several stages, including production management, customer relations, purchases and sales. Currently, TMK is implementing large-scale projects to create an integrated digital production Operational Management System (MES) and a Sales and Operations Planning System (S&OP).

The CEO of TMK illustrated the importance of the transition to unified standards in the field of IT systems by the example of the integration of new enterprises into TMK that joined the company in March 2021 after the acquisition of the assets of the ChTPZ Group.

«As of the beginning of 2020, TMK had more than 340 different IT systems from different suppliers and its own development. About 100 more different systems were functioning at the enterprises of the ChTPZ Group, which are now integrated into the structure of TMK,» said I. V. Korytko.

Guido Stefan, Senior Chief Expert on Industry Digitalization at Siemens AG, spoke about the peculiarities of using Industry 4.0 tools. The key element of Industry 4.0 is the system of standards and specifications, called RAMI 4.0. Russian experts have already had the opportunity to get acquainted with it in detail within the framework of the Council's work.

In his speech, the Chairman of the Board of the Association «Digital Innovations in Mechanical Engineering» B. M. Pozdneev informed the audience in more detail about the ways of using the experience of German colleagues in the field of industry 4.0.

He noted that the main efforts were aimed at solving issues related to smart manufacturing, the formation of the Industry 4.0 platform. «Thanks to our German colleagues, we have received fairly complete information about national and international standards that exist in this area. Common standards cannot be developed without a single terminology. It was decided to create a multilingual glossary. Largely thanks to the efforts of the specialists of the Codex Consortium, who are members of the Council, this task was solved. One of the first copies of the glossary was handed over to the Chairman of the Government of the Russian Federation M. V. Mishustin", - B. M. Pozdneev said.

He stressed that now one of the priority areas is the work on the formation of the architecture of standards for the platform «Industry of the Russian Federation 4.0». We are talking about hundreds of standards. There are already some successes in this direction. They are related to the development of fundamental standards in this area. Ahead is the development of standards related to cybersecurity, cloud technologies, and other areas. The main task is to ensure the integration and interoperability of systems.

G. Tikhomirov, President of the consorcium Kodkes and head of the Techexpert Information Network, devoted his speech to the prospects for the development and application of smart standards. The topic is relevant, in addition, it was S. G. Tikhomirov who headed the newly created PTC 711 «Smart Standards», which will deal with this area.

The new machine-readable standards are digital objects, a system. They contain requirements that should be understood, on the one hand, by all people involved in industrial production, on the other – they should be understood by information systems.

The requirements laid down in digital standards can be classified in advance, tied to specific stages of the product life cycle, equipment components. They can be perceived by designers as a set of requirements that need to be implemented. At the same time, such standards can be used when checking the operation of industrial equipment.

When such a standard is divided into requirements, companies can use it to create entire requirements management systems. Here we are talking about a completely new approach to digital modeling.

In his speech, S. G. Tikhomirov spoke in detail about the opportunities that the wide implementation of smart standards provides to the industry.

G. Rastopshin, CEO of Cifra Group, informed the conference participants about the prospects of using standards for the digital economy in various production areas. Since 2017, the company» Digital « has been engaged in the introduction of digital technologies at various enterprises, both in Russia and abroad. According to the speaker, the main problem that makes the introduction of digital technologies difficult is the lack of uniform standards, interfaces for various programs and tools used in production. Therefore, he, for his part, welcomes the creation of a new TC according to smart standards.

The General Director of JSC «Energoservice» V. A. Fokin expressed his opinion on the issues discussed at the session.

On the German side, the discussion was also attended by M. Eisenhut, CEO of Schaeffler, G. Steins, Managing Director of Benninghoven GmbH & CO. KG, Y. Novitcky, Executive Vice President of Linde plc and CEO of Linde Engineering.

At the end of the event, a solemn ceremony was held to launch the website of the Council for Technical Regulation and Standardization for the Digital Economy of the RSPP Committee for Industrial Policy and Technical Regulation and the Eastern Committee of the German Economy.

The website will contain operational information about the plans and results of the work of the Council, its working groups, analytical materials related to the processes of digitalization, news of technical regulation and standardization in Russia and Germany.




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