TÜV SÜD and Yokogawa support companies with systematic transformation towards Industry 4.0

25 April 2022

TÜV SÜD has partnered with Yokogawa Europe B.V. to help companies on the road to Industry 4.0. The two organisations will collaborate on joint assessments of industrial enterprise transformation efforts using the Smart Industry Readiness Index (SIRI), which supports dedicated transformation planning and implementation.

Companies in the manufacturing sector seeking to access the benefits of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) need to apply a dedicated and holistic approach to their digital transformation. The Smart Industry Readiness Index (SIRI) enables organisations to efficiently assess digital maturity levels and take a systematic approach to implementing transformation. SIRI was developed by the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB) in partnership with TÜV SÜD and other companies and is recognised by the World Economic Forum (WEF). Early this year, SIRI activities were transferred from the EDB to the International Centre for Industrial Transformation (INCIT).

“SIRI pursues a holistic assessment that goes far beyond a quick check”, explained Pascal Gaillot, SIRI assessor at TÜV SÜD. In contrast to many other maturity models, SIRI does not focus exclusively on technology. Instead, the model uses an integrated strategy that also takes in the processes and organisation of a company, thus delivering informative results. “Further than assessing the operations’ readiness by a standardised quantification of maturities, SIRI includes site-specific cost profiles and business priorities in the analysis. This structured and comprehensive approach results in highly accurate prioritizations of digital initiatives for the company”, explained Maurice Houben, SIRI assessor at Yokogawa. By doing so, companies develop a roadmap which permits targeted planning of the next steps – a major advantage.

The SIRI assessment is based on a framework with a clear structure; its three main building blocks of Technology, Process and Organisation rest on eight pillars, which are broken down into 16 sub-categories or dimensions. Owing to its clear structure, the assessment delivers informative results in a relatively short time, even allowing industry-specific benchmarking of the level of maturity. 

SIRI application was first tested in various pilot projects at companies of different sizes and from different industries, including chemicals, electronics and aviation. To date, it has been used successfully in more than 600 companies worldwide. 

TÜV SÜD and Yokogawa are able to support companies with SIRI assessments. Support by experienced and certified SIRI assessors raises the efficiency of the assessment and enhances the informative value of its results. 

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