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Skill Standards and Process Standards for Robot System Integrators (Robot SIer) Compiled

The Robot Revolution Initiative of Japan (RRI) has been discussing skill standards and process standards for robot system integrators (Robot SIer), and the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) and the Japan Robot Association compiled the discussion results into reports.

1. Skill Standards for Robot System Integrators (Robot SIer) [skill standards]

The Skill Standards for Robot System Integrators (Robot SIer) is a table compilation of extracted skills commonly required of robot system integrators in proposing the introduction of mechanical systems using robots, as well as designing and establishing such systems. The table shows skill levels set for such integrators by technical category.

The skill standards also prescribe skills that robot system integrators should have from multilateral perspectives, e.g., production techniques, management techniques and organizational structures, as well as skills in the field of robot engineering, e.g., machines, electricity and control.

Through comparing companies’ skills with the skill standards, companies, as robot system integrators, are able to make visible the fields in which they have advantageous or disadvantageous skills and are also able to take specific measures to overcome such disadvantageous skills, if any, e.g., provision of educational training to employees, employment of skilled human resources, and collaboration with other companies to make up for disadvantageous skills.

In formulating the skill standards, the Skill Standards Formulation Committee, chaired by Bynas Co., Ltd., formulated a draft proposal, and the Working Group for Promotion of Robot Utilization under the RRI examined and approved the proposal. Through these steps, METI finally established the first version of the skill standards.

2. Robot System Integration Process Standards (RIPS) [process standards]

The Robot System Integration Process Standards (RIPS) stipulates methods for process control to optimize the processes for developing robot systems.

Japanese companies had no common process standards for controlling development processes in introducing robot systems. This often caused problems for companies in a variety of situations. For example, a company concluded a contract with a customer, but the consensus formation was unspecific. As this caused a difference in recognition between the company and the customer in the latter process of developing systems, the company had to rewind the steps to change and additionally fix the systems, thereby generating additional cost and delaying a delivery schedule due to increased man-hours.

Utilization of the RIPS will help such companies standardize their working processes and documents that they prepare, thereby contributing to making work processes visible, securing the formation of specific consensus. The RIPS will support companies in optimizing processes for developing robot systems.

In formulating the process standards, Mitsuiwa Corporation led the formulation of a draft proposal, and the Working Group for Promotion of Robot Utilization under the RRI examined and approved the proposal. Through these steps, METI finally revised the first version of the process standards and established the second one.

3. Website on which the related materials are publicized

The materials related to the skill standards and process standards have been publicized on a portal website for robot utilization called “Robot Utilization Navigation.” In addition to these materials, METI will also publicize other materials from time to time which are expected to be utilized by robot system integrators for their work.

Administrator of the website:
Japan Robot Association
Telephone: 03-3434-2919; Facsimile: 03-3578-1404

Release date

June 16, 2017

Division in Charge

Robotics Policy Office, Industrial Machinery Division, Manufacturing Industries Bureau

Related website

Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry1-3-1 Kasumigaseki, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-8901, Japan Tel: +81-(0)3-3501-1511
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