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Hitachi Develops Secure Resource Sharing Technology in Collaboration with Research Institutes in Germany and Hungary

Registered as a use case of the Japan-Germany IoT collaboration for the realization of a sharing economy

Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501) today announced the joint development of a resource sharing technology to flexibly share production facilities among enterprises with secure transfer of important information such as production quantity and machining process, with the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Hitachi-Consulting-Unveils-MIRAIAutomation (Fraunhofer IPA) in Germany and the Institute for Computer Science and Control, Hungarian Academy of Sciences (MTA SZTAKI). This achievement was registered as a use case of the Japan-Germany IoT(1) collaboration(2) promoted by the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) to facilitate cooperation relating to IoT and Industrie 4.0.(3)

This use case will be introduced by the Robot Revolution Initiative(4) as an achievement of the collaboration between Japan and Germany at the “Digitising Manufacturing in the G20” conference to be held on the 16th and 17th March 2017 in Berlin, Germany, and “CeBIT” a leading global exhibition of digital business, to be held from 20th to 24th March 2017 in Hannover, Germany.

With the popularization of e-commerce in recent years, mass customization where customer needs change greatly over a short period of time has also advanced. As a result, there is a need in the manufacturing industry to address this diversification of customer needs and produce products in a timely manner. Conventionally, it was common for each company to invest in their own production facilities in accordance with peak demands, but this approach carries with it the potential issues of declining capacity utilization rate and ROA.(5) These issues are recognized as common to the Fourth Industrial Revolution which aims to enhance productivity and efficiency of production facilities by automation and connecting with the Internet, and solutions are being pursued worldwide.

At the Japan-Germany Summit Meeting in March 2015, the governments of Japan and Germany agreed to promote cooperation on the use of IoT in the manufacturing industry and Industrie 4.0. Based on this agreement, METI and BMWi announced a joint statement to cooperate in activities related to international standardization, industrial security, and technology research & development, etc. in April 2016.

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