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Supporting efforts of manufacturing industry IoT from various perspectives

"Connecting Industries," which enhances added value by connecting, IoT realizing the connection is particularly important. Here, we will explain the manufacturing IoT support measures promoted by the Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry. Currently, the support measures that we are carrying out are divided into the following eight categories.

1) Visualization of advanced cases (use cases) and creation

Efforts to make the "Skill of the artist" visible by utilizing the digital technology, etc. and to transfer skilled skills to the young people.

<Making Manufacturing White Paper>
<Use case / Online map>
→Share with Germany and France. At the German Information and Communication Trade Show (CeBIT) in March 2017, Japan announces a comprehensive version. Examples published are 210 cases in Japan, 295 cases in Germany and 169 cases in France.
<Smart factory demonstration project>
<Robot introduction demonstration project>
<Case study handbook>

2) Support for introducing to SMEs

<Advice and support to SMEs>
→"Smart manufacturing cheering party."
Supporting efforts to train instructors at local bases to support the introduction of kaizen activities, IoT, robots, etc. at small and medium enterprises. Although it was 5 bases in FY 2017, it expanded to 25 bases in FY 2018. The prefecture's industrial support groups and chambers of commerce are the main bases. In the future, we plan to increase to 40 bases. We aim to strengthen cooperation by IVI, the Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and other organizations such as "Regional version IoT promotion laboratory" and "Yorozu support base."

<Discover and disseminate tools that SMEs are easy to introduce>
→Propose methods of utilization that fit the length of each company. The device such as business application and a sensor module that can be used more efficiently and at low cost is announced on the Robot Revolution Initiative Council website on the perspective of small business owners.

3) International standardization (IEC / ISO)

The international proposal from Japan and cooperation with major countries such as Germany

4) Cyber Security

Promotion of measures taking into consideration the characteristics of the manufacturing industry, formulation of guidelines, etc.

5) Human resource development

Development of digital human resources etc.

6) R & D

Promotion of research and development through a system approach

7) Regulatory and institutional reform

Review restrictions and systems that impede the use case implementation etc. from time to time

8) International cooperation

Promote cooperation and cooperation among government and platforms such as Japan and Germany

In addition to the above, on the website of the Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry, we are publishing"Support Measures for Middle / Small Manufacturing Industry Challenging the Fourth Industrial Revolution,"so please have a look.


SMEs need to take "Connected Industries."

Finally, I will talk about the challenges and direction of initiatives in promoting the use of IoT in medium- and small-sized companies. At the subcommittee of the Robot Revolution Initiative Council, which the agency is actively involved, the tasks were arranged, and the following points were raised.

* I do not understand what I can do by IoT. Is it for a big company?
* There is no person in the company that understands technology
* No other party can consult outside the company; I do not know who to talk to
* There are no cheap and easy-to-use tools and systems
* I can not afford to invest

The support measures of the manufacturing industry described above are in line with these issues. In addition, the above group has been working to share the following three points as basic recognition.

1) By "Management tasks" rather than "Technology," implement measures by organizing "Solution means" and "Tasks and bottlenecks."
2) There is a method of utilization that fits the length of each company.
3) Introduction of IoT can be an important element of "Reliable enterprise".

IoT is not a purpose, but a tool to solve problems through connecting. On the other hand, it is confident that it is one of the critical tools to create the value through solving the problem. As the digitalization of the economic society progresses, the needs of our customers are becoming increasingly sophisticated, complicated, short cycle, and the limits of self-righteousness are clear. It is asked how well it connects with others and maximizes your strengths in the overall system to gain value. In that case, I think that the concept of "Connected Industries" will help. "Connected Industries" is by no means a difficult thing. First of all, it is important to try for a new "Connection actively."


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Shinji Tokumasu
Counselor of the Industry Bureau of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (in charge of digitization and industrial systems) Manufacturing Policy Deliberation Division Director

After entering the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry in 1994 and studied in the United States, he experienced a lot of industrial technology related departments, mainly including university cooperation promotion section, such as University Collaboration Promotion Division, Research and Development Division, NEDO Division, International Managing Director of Industrial Technology, Director of AIST. In July 2016, he joined the Manufacturing Industry Bureau Counselor (in charge of digitization and industrial systems) and appointed Manufacturing Policy Deliberation Division Director
Waseda University graduate school and master's degree, Harvard University Kennedy School administrative master, MIT Sloan School management master, Tokyo Institute of Technology Graduate School of Social Science and Engineering, Doctor (academic)

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