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World Standards Day 4th Industrial Revolution

World Standards Day – 4th Industrial Revolution


Like every year, this Sunday 14 October is World Standards Day. Members of the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) are coming together to pay homage to the tens of thousands of experts from around the world who are collaborating to develop standards that spread knowledge. The slogan chosen this year is "International standards and the fourth industrial revolution", which seeks to emphasise the crucial role that technical standards play in spreading knowledge and innovation worldwide, and thus in making the so-called fourth industrial revolution a reality.

This scenario brings with it new challenges, and the UNE standards offer solutions to organisations on matters related to digitisation and Industry 4.0; cyber security, exports, compliance and social responsibility; as well as the efficient deployment of public policies.

In Spain, the Specification UNE 0060 Industry 4.0 Digitisation Management System Requirements has just been published, the main objective of which is to promote the digitisation of Spain's industry through a system of effective management. This specification establishes a series of requirements that have been debated and agreed by a group of sectoral associations representing multiple sectors (lighting, automotive industry suppliers, food and drink, construction and technology), companies and SMEs, backed by - and with the direct involvement of - the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism (MINCOTUR), within UNE.

Organisations face new challenges in this changing environment, and standardisation can help them to tackle these challenges successfully. The Spanish Association for Standardization, UNE, is one of the leading generators of knowledge in Spanish. More than 12,000 experts from 4,500 organisations and public administrations participate in UNE's 217 technical standardisation committees, sharing their knowledge and experience to draw up standards which, based on the premise of consensus and openness, include best practices to enable the development of reliable solutions.