27 March, 2019. Spanish Association for Standardization, UNE, has published Specification UNE 0061 Industry 4.0. Digitisation Management System Criteria for assessing requirements, which establishes the minimum requirements for being considered a Digital Industry.
This Specification has been developed within UNE, the Spanish standardisation body, with the participation and consensus of a panel of experts from the Administration, sectorial associations, large businesses, and SMEs, as part of a Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism initiative to support Spanish industry in its digitisation process.
This Specification, together with UNE 0060 published last year, is aimed at promoting the complete digitisation of industrial companies, via an effective management system, committed to ongoing improvement.
UNE 0061 establishes the procedure for assessing conformity with the requirements of UNE Specification 0060:2018 Industry 4.0. Digitisation Management System. Requirements. UNE 0061 defines the duration of the cycle of ongoing improvement, establishes detailed criteria for assessing compliance with the requirements defined in UNE Specification 0060, and fixes the minimum criteria for fulfilling the requirements for achieving the status of Digital Industry.
UNE 0061 establishes a total of 92 requirements, classified into two categories: compulsory (61) and valued (31). In the first, all the requirements considered are classified as being essential. The second category includes those that, although important, are not applicable to all industrial organisations, and automatic compliance is therefore not required.
Among other requirements, UNE Specification 0061 establishes that companies must periodically analyse, with a focus on ongoing improvement, how effective the digitisation of its activities, processes, and products is, and introduce improvement actions.
In addition, organisations must use technologies and techniques that facilitate their digital transformation, such as the Internet of Things (IoT), cloud computing, massive data processing techniques in suitable time, like Data Analytics or Big Data, Artificial Intelligence (AI), or additive manufacturing (3D printing), among other things.
Similarly, this Specification establishes that companies must consider client experience as a priority, encouraging direct communication with the customer -prioritising online channels. In addition, it must be ensured that people have the skills, including the necessary digital competencies, necessary for carrying out the digital functions.
To obtain the status of Digital Industry, the organisation must comply with 100% of the compulsory requirements in the third year (at the end of the complete cycle of ongoing improvement), as well as 60% of the valued requirements.
Additionally, organisations can apply for Digital Industry Excellence, for which they must comply with 100% of the compulsory requirements and 80% of the valued ones.
Among others advantages, companies that achieve Digital Industry Excellence according to these specifications demonstrate to their stakeholders their level of commitment to digitisation and the fact they have followed an exacting process to achieve this.
UNE 0060 and 0061 have the so-called High Level structure, common to ISO standards management systems, to facilitate their integration. It also follows the ongoing improvement or PDCA (Pla-Do-Check-Act) cycle.