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11 DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION


PASs for Digital Manufacturing l PAS 1040 Digital Readiness Level –


Adopting digital technologies in manufacturing – Guide l PAS 7040 Networked sensors in digital manufacturing – Guide


These are part of the Made Smarter work sponsored by Innovate UK.


MADE SMARTER REVIEW STANDARDS RECOMMENDATION CLICK TO READ


to support manufacturers just starting to consider incorporating digital manufacturing into their processes. “It addresses issues from ‘what new skills your people will need to operate the machines’ to ‘how you integrate your quality assurance system’,” said Victoria. “There are a lot of pieces that need to fall into place to do this successfully and standards help with that.”


A ROAD MAP TO DIGITAL MANUFACTURING


The programme to address this situation was kickstarted with a Made Smarter Review published in 2017 which laid out the issues and challenges. The Made Smarter Commission held its first meeting in September 2018. A key recommendation in the review is the implementation of a standards development programme (see above right). “Over the last 10 years BSI has been


working out how to use standardization to accelerate the adoption of new technology, reducing the burden, particularly for SMEs,” said Victoria Snelling, Standards Publishing Manager, Manufacturing . “Our research into where standards fit into digital manufacturing showed that, while there are standards covering some of the technical processes, there isn’t much at the level of ‘how does a manufacturer who


knows nothing about digital manufacturing start to bring it in to their processes - what does good look like?’” BSI has recently started work to address this gap with two PAS documents which are sponsored by Innovate UK and due to be published in summer/autumn this year (see list above right). One of those, PAS 1040 Digital Readiness Levels, - Adopting digital technologies in manufacturing, is designed


Victoria Snelling


BSI has also set up workshops talking to SMEs about the obstacles they face and what they see as the benefits. “We will then look at how standards could solve these problems and make their decision- making easier. We’ll be going as wide as possible in the industries we include.” From these discussions a roadmap for standards


for smart factories will be produced as a guidance document, alongside a directory of standards so users can select the ones they need. “If you’re looking to improve the situation you need to engage with manufacturers not adopting the new technology, not just those who are already doing it,” said Victoria. “Standards are the output but there is a lot of value in the process of coming together as well. If BSI can bring industry together in a room to talk about what works well, we can facilitate the knowledge sharing and capture best practice guidance to help SMEs adopt digital manufacturing more quickly.”


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