What is it

 

What is ‘Araba 4.0’?

Our aim is to facilitate information, training and implementation of technologies which will increase the productive capacity of the businesses of Álava

The platform www.araba40.eus is a channel at the service of Alava’s professionals and businesses, from which they can easily access all Industry 4.0 resources and initiatives which are being developed by different agents in Álava. This platform aims to become the reference point in this important matter and to contribute to the facilitation of information, training and implementation of technologies which will increase the productive capacity of the businesses of Álava to remain competitive in an increasingly globalised and digitised world.

This platform is one of the initiatives designed and started up by the ARABA 4.0 Work Group, a group arising from the Ágora social participation and innovation process. Ágora was founded in January 2016, as put forward by the Álava Regional Government, with the aim that people and organisations, by means of reflection and dialogue, identify challenges in Álava and set in motion collaborative projects and actions which contribute to the revitalisation of Álava. Ágora initiatives respond to a common interest: contributing to economic, environmental and social progress in Álava.

One of the challenges emerging from the beginning of the process is the so-called Industry 4.0, considered a key component for the competitiveness of Álava’s businesses and to create new opportunities for business development in Álava. Through the initiative of the participants, a stable work group was formed to be used as a meeting forum for Álava’s agents committed to the digital transformation of businesses, in which to seek synergies and collaborations, coordinating and boosting the already existing synergies, and starting up others.

The group, in which training centres, research sites, companies and institutions participate, arises from the consensus over the need to work together for Álava to respond to a reality which will have an impact on us: Advanced Manufacturing – Industry 4.0, which contributes to greater competitiveness and the creation of high-quality jobs.

What is ‘Industry 4.0’?

Industry 4.0 is a wide concept covering technologies such as big data, additive manufacturing, collaborative robotics, artificial intelligence, augmented reality, the internet of things, cloud computing, simulation and cybersecurity.

The implementation of these technologies in production processes opens a wide range of opportunities.

The implementation of these technologies in production processes opens a wide range of opportunities to improve the competitiveness of Álava’s businesses, and to develop new activities and markets.

Advanced Manufacturing – Industry 4.0 is one of the Basque Country’s strategies. The Basque Country, like other European regions, at the request of the European Union, carried out the RIS3 – Research and Innovation Strategy for Smart Specialisation strategic reflection process, which led them to define three intelligent specialisation priorities: advanced manufacturing, energy and biosciences.

Why is ‘Industry 4.0’ important for Álava?

58.3% of the GDP of Álava is exported, higher than the 30.5% in the Basque Country and the 22.9% in Spain.

The economy of Álava is highly industrialised and very open, capable of competing in the world. This is shown by the 2016 data. 33.1% of Álava’s GDP is industrial, much higher than the 24.1% of the Basque Country, or the 19.3% of the EU. Also worth highlighting is the fact that 58.3% of the GDP of Álava is exported, higher than the 30.5% in the Basque Country and the 22.9% in Spain.

To continue creating this wealth and competing in the world with security, we need to continue to improve our capacities. At the moment the strategy before us is known by very different names: advanced, intelligent or digitised manufacturing, and Industry 4.0.

The Araba 4.0 Group is a clear example of the importance of industry 4.0 in Álava. Training centres, research sites, businesses and institutes collaborate and work in a coordinated manner with the aim of placing our industrial and training fabric at the forefront of this industrial revolution.

Who is ‘Industry 4.0’ for?

Industry 4.0 is a reality which will have an impact on the production tissue of Álava, and it is an opportunity being offered to us to continue being competitive before ever-more demanding clients, who demand more personalised, faster and cheaper responses.

To face this new context, we must ask ourselves how digital technologies, which are behind the Industry 4.0 concept, contribute to adding value to the products and services we deliver to our clients, or to create new ones.

Successfully tackling the opportunities offered by Industry 4.0 will require solid approaches, overcoming occasional actions, and being able to count on trained personnel, capable of getting to know and understand these technologies, analysing the added value for the clients of each of them, prioritising them, and incorporating them into the key processes of our businesses.

In short, it will be necessary to incorporate industry 4.0 into the backbone of businesses by means of the Industry 4.0 Plan.

Good Practice

In addition, it is fundamental for businesses to have first-hand access to information about the implementation of these technologies, as closely as possible, through practical cases of implementation in Álava businesses.

To achieve this, an action methodology will be designed in order to have an Araba 4.0 Case Network which allows the identification and dissemination of good practice, that is, of real solutions based on these technologies.

Training

One of the Araba 4.0 Work Group’s first conclusions was that of developing top quality training in Álava which responds to the needs of the Álava businesses to have properly trained professionals to face the challenge and meet the opportunity provided by the digitisation of productive processes, and thus respond as competitively as possible to clients.

The response has materialised with the development and initiation, in collaboration between Ikaslan Araba, Egibide, the University of the Basque Country Faculty of Engineering, and the Álava Regional Government, of an ‘Industry 4.0 Training Programme’, lasting 330 hours and designed to train professionals in the technologies covered by the Industry 4.0 concept.

The ‘Industry 4.0 Training Programme’ is intended for people with an engineering degree in the industrial or information technology field, or a higher level training qualification in the same sectors

This programme is intended for people with an engineering degree in the industrial or information technology field, or a higher level training qualification in the same sectors. Final-year students in these subjects can also participate, as well as those who have accredited industrial knowledge based on their work experience.

With regard to contents, Egibide teaches collaborative robotics, advanced automation and use of artificial vision; the Centro Integrado de Formación Profesional Mendizabala teaches additive manufacturing technology, parametric design tools and predictive and proactive maintenance, and the University Faculty of Engineering teaches cybersecurity, big data analytics, internet of things in automation and production process control systems (MES).

The initiative has the support of the Álava Regional Government, which allows:

  • the carrying out of the training programme.
  • training the teachers from the three institutions in one of the key technologies.
  • giving Álava’s training centres the necessary equipment to carry out specialised training at a high level.

Other training initiatives led by members of the Group and supported by the Álava Regional Government include:

  • the Degree in Automotive Engineering, begun in September 2017 in the University of the Basque Country Faculty of Engineering at the Álava Campus.
  • the Dual Degree in Digital Industry, a product of the collaboration between the University of Deusto and Egibide, which will be taught in Vitoria-Gasteiz from September 2018.

Both initiatives are innovative and pioneering in Spain, because they have been designed in collaboration with the businesses to whose high-level training needs they aim to respond; they are dual in nature, because they include in-company training, and they have an approach which is closely linked to Industry 4.0 technologies.

Cybersecurity

Cybersecurity is an absolutely key and essential aspect, probably the first in line to be tackled when setting out on the road to the digital and connected factory.

Over the last few years, diverse agents have been organising workshops for small businesses with a double aim: to raise awareness regarding the need to protect ourselves as much as possible and to take advantage of the growing demand to create new businesses in Álava in the field of cybersecurity.

Within the framework of Basque Industry 4.0 strategy, the Basque Government created in 2017 in the Álava Technology Park, the Basque CyberSecurity Centre (BCSC), one of whose aims is to position the Basque Country as an international reference point in the application of cybersecurity technologies in industry

The Basque CyberSecurity Centre hasamong its objectives is the leading of public-private collaboration initiatives, at both local and international level.

The Basque CyberSecurity Centre is a CSIRT (Computer Security Incident Response Team) certified in FIRST (Forum of Incident Response and Security Teams), the world’s biggest forum of incident response and security teams, and among its objectives is the leading of public-private collaboration initiatives, at both local and international level, and to be recognised as a meeting point between those who offer and those who demand cybersecurity.

Meanwhile, as of 2018, the aid programmes of SPRI now include one specifically for cybersecurity.