Industry, health, climate, society – in all areas, digital technologies are changing the way we address things rapidly and fundamentally. With the digital transformation, the use of digital platforms and services are becoming the standard rather than exceptions. This also leads to novel concepts such as remote access and control, cloud infrastructures and artificial intelligence in all areas.
Companies and organisations are partly re-interpreting their core mission, products and services. What does that mean for metrology? How should the metrology landscape be adapted to these challenges? What is required for metrology to drive the change towards the digital age given its long history in providing confidence and trust in data? What is expected by economy and industry from CIPM, OIML, RMOs and NMIs? How will metrological services look like in the future?
In order to mitigate air pollution, European Directives are coming into force setting new Emission Limit Values (ELVs) on industrial emissions for key and emerging pollutants.
Regarding emissions to air, challenges in terms of metrology concern the need to perform reliable measurements of channeled emissions of gaseous (HCl, NH3, CHOH, etc.) species at extremely low concentrations using new online methods, the development and evaluation of new measurement strategies (global site emissions approaches) combined to innovative measurement methods.
Concerning emissions to water, metrological developments aim at dealing with the determination of emerging substances in complex matrices and the use of emerging analytical methods like non target screening method.
This round table will try to answer the numerous questions arising around these new challenges with experts of the domain and various stake holders.
Health has become a major issue for our societies. In this context, research in metrology is intensifying, in particular on chronic and neurodegenerative diseases, epidemics, etc. Likewise, the European regulatory framework imposes new compliance rules on medical devices and in vitro diagnostics.
What are the most efficient biomarkers today? Which proteins to study? What are the characteristic aerosols of our pollution? How does metrology support these developments? What are the essential principles for addressing these issues? What are Europe's strengths to gain leadership? How is the profession organized? How can metrology support these developments?
The purpose of this round table is to share feedback on these challenges and try to answer to theses questions, which complement each other to support all health stakeholders for a better life.
With the various technological developments but also the need for flexibility related to the industry, the measurements are made more and more directly on the shop floor. Even if systems become more efficient, it is important to ensure that traceability is respected. Measurement systems must therefore be properly compensated and corrected, materials used must remain stable or their variations must be controlled, reference sensors must be used in optimal conditions, and verifications must be carried out under different conditions representative of "real life".
How do manufacturers ensure system traceability? Are the planned controls and verifications representative of the reality? What are the optimal measurement and verification practices? What sensors do I need to put on to do optimal tracking ? How do you combine data from different measurement systems together?
The questions are many, a little taboo ... but never really mentioned ...
The Industry 4.0 revolution involves manufacturing companies and their employees, but also impacts the consumers. International Organisations (IOs) also have a key role to play. Their normative and process standards contribute to the development and realisation of policies to create a fair environment to encourage trade and stimulate innovation.
Some future challenges and opportunities facing them include; digital calibration certificates, remote accreditation, the evolution of the normative environment, ensuring metrology standards are contemporary and fit-for-purpose and how they interact with other quality standards.
This round table will see several actors from IOs and other organisations sharing their views on the role of Industry 4.0 initiatives, their impact on the development of Quality Infrastructure and examples of collaborations.
In the last decade, the « Industry 4.0 » concept is trying to gather a unified vision for the future of Industry driven by a set of new technologies : additive manufacturing, robotics, autonomy, IA, IoT, blockchain... Measurement processes are also driving and driven by these changes, and metrology, as the underlying methodological framework has to adapt to them. Metrologists are at the center of this adaptation.
In this round table, we will focus on several key questions relative to the metrologists and the new skills they need to develop. What skills will be needed by future metrology specialists but also by users of measurement equipment and users of measured data ? Where will people acquire these skills? What are the respective roles of schools; universities; practical training colleges; employers ? What international efforts are helping with meeting this demand? What standards for competencies, training, accreditation may be needed?