UNE 0061: the 92 requirements to be certified as Industry 4.0

The Spanish Association for Standardization (UNE) has published the UNE 0061 Specification. Industry 4.0. Management system for the digitalization. Criteria for the evaluation of requirements, a document that establishes the minimum requirements to be able to consider a company as Digital Industry.

Specification 0061 has been developed within the UNE, with the participation and consensus of a group of experts from the Administration, industry associations, large companies and SMEs, under the impulse of the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism as a support measure for the Spanish industry in its digitalization process.

UNE 0061 establishes the procedure for evaluating compliance with the requirements of UNE 0060:2018 Industry 4.0. Management system for the digitalization. Requirements. In addition, it defines the duration of the cycle of continuous improvement, establishes the detailed criteria to evaluate the fulfilment of the requirements defined in the UNE 0060 Specification and sets the minimum criteria of compliance with requirements to achieve the consideration of the Digital Industry.

The new Specification establishes 92 requirements, divided into two categories. 61 of them are mandatory and are those requirements considered essential. The remaining 31 are valuable, that is to say, they are those that, even though they are important, are not applicable by all the industrial organizations, so their compliance is not required.

Among other requirements, the UNE 0061 Specification establishes that companies must analyse periodically and with a focus on continuous improvement the efficiency of the digitalization of their activities, processes and products, implementing improvement actions.

In addition, organizations must use technologies and techniques that facilitate their digital transformation, such as Internet of Things (IoT), cloud computing, mass processing techniques in appropriate time data such as Data Analytics or Big Data, Artificial Intelligence (AI) or additive manufacturing (3D printing), among others.

On the other hand, this Specification establishes that companies should consider the customer experience as a priority, encouraging direct communication (especially online) between them. Furthermore, they must ensure that people have the appropriate profile, including digital skills, for the performance of digital functions.

In order to obtain the Digital Industry denomination, the organization must comply with 100% of the mandatory requirements in the third year (at the end of the complete continuous improvement cycle) and 60% of the valuable requirements. Additionally, organizations can opt for the recognition of Excellent Digital Industry, for which they must comply with 100% of the mandatory requirements and 80% of the valuable ones.

The UNE 0060 and 0061 have the so-called High-Level structure, common to the management systems of ISO standards, to facilitate their integration. In addition, it follows the continuous improvement cycle or PHVA cycle (Plan-Do-Check-Act).

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