The Index serves as a diagnostic tool that companies - across all industries and sizes - can use to better understand Industry 4.0 concepts, evaluate the current state of their facilities, architect a comprehensive transformation roadmap and deliver concrete, sustained value for their businesses.
EDB’s Assistant Managing Director Lim Kok Kiang said, “As part of our efforts to enhance the competitiveness of Singapore’s manufacturing sectors, the Index provides a common framework for all companies to participate in, and benefit from, Industry 4.0.”
He added, “Many companies often put technology first. With this Index, we put people and processes alongside technology, so that companies can maximise the potential of Industry 4.0.”
Prof Dr –Ing Axel Stepken, Chairman of the Board of Management, TÜV SÜD described the Index as a world-first for the industry.
“The Index gives clear orientation to manufacturers on what Industry 4.0 means and how they can initiate their transformation journey. It is a world’s first Industry 4.0 tool that is developed by the government for nation-wide transformation of industrial sectors. Strongly aligned with Industry 4.0 and other global manufacturing initiatives, it has the potential to be the global standard for the future of manufacturing,” he said.
The Index draws reference from the RAMI 4.0 framework1 and was validated by an advisory panel of 21 academic and industry experts. To strike a balance between technical rigour and usability, the Index was piloted with both small medium enterprises (SMEs) and multinational corporations (MNCs) in Singapore. The Index also received the support of Singapore Government agencies. (See Annex A for details of partners and the advisory panel)
1 Reference Architectural Model for Industry 4.0 (“RAMI 4.0”), which was developed by Plattform Industrie 4.0. Today, RAMI 4.0 has been formally acknowledged by key experts and renowned associations globally to be the reference architecture model as it embodies the key concepts and ethos of Industry 4.0