TUV AUSTRIA offers a complete service package in the field of industrial robotics.
- Risk analysis according to ISO 10218, ISO/TS 15066:2016, assessment of biomechanical limit values according to ISO/TS 15066:2016
- Support and guidance for development with design and process FMEAs (Failure Mode and Effects Analyses), workplace evaluation
- Test of functional safety: electrical, electronic, electronically programmable systems, electromagnetic compatibility, electrical tests, type examination according to the Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC, CE conformity assessment/verifications
- IT security: verification of secure data networking and transmission within the system and to the outside; simulation of attacks on the infrastructure (penetration tests), network security according to ISO/IEC 18028, setup/auditing of information security systems.
Whether you are an industrial company, plant operator, in the commercial or service sector, a start-up, or simply in the initial phase. TUV AUSTRIA´s expertise gives manufacturers, operators, suppliers, authorities, and municipalities the important added value of sustainable, flexible, and, above all, practical solutions.
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Service Providers & Public: It offers a diverse range of services for public authorities, financial services providers and the telecom sector, e.g. risk management, IT security, municipalities, and administration.
The history of TUV AUSTRIA began 145 years ago on June 11 1872 with the founding of the “Dampfkesseluntersuchungs- und Versicherungsgesellschaft” [Steam Boiler Inspection and Insurance Company]. A lot has happened since then,
That’s true. TÜV AUSTRIA was founded during the first Industrial Revolution. The idea was for us to act as an advisor to the industry during development because in the early days of steam technology it experienced some difficulties. The new trend these days is “Industry 4.0”; we were active even during “Industry 1.0”.
What is the company’s role today? Something like “TUV 4.0”?
We have long since gone beyond testing, monitoring, and inspection. We want to act as advisors to technological development. Industry 4.0 is currently emerging. There are as yet no standards or regulations in accordance with which to perform tests, they are only just in the process of being established. But we don’t want to wait that long. We want to be there right from the start to meet the challenges involved.
Can you specify the nature of these challenges?
On the one hand, the idea of Industry 4.0 offers considerable advantages in terms of flexibility thanks to networked production. On the other hand, the system as a whole becomes more exposed. As a result, we have to discuss matters of security on a whole new level. Since the Stuxnet virus in 2010 at the latest, we know that industrial control systems are just as vulnerable to attacks from outside.
Imagine what would happen in a completely networked production chain when one element in this chain suffered extended disruption due to a hacker attack or industrial espionage. Production is exposed to dramatically higher levels of risk these days. And we have to be proactive in counteracting this risk.
At the moment, the industry is engrossed in the 4.0 hype. What is the level of awareness regarding IT security?
In my opinion, it is not given adequate consideration but we have to keep a watchful eye on the matter: a fully automated production site is simply heaven for hackers. Many of them will try to get in there – and some will succeed. Sometimes with catastrophic consequences. This is why we have to address the subject from a conceptual point of view, starting with the first link of the development chain. Besides IT security, there is also the factor of physical safety.
As with the latest human-machine assemblies, for example. These innovations are fascinating: ultra-heavy loads are lifted by robots while a human performs precision assembly work on a different part of the workpiece. There used to be separate secure areas. Now they are merging. This means that much higher levels of safety will have to be guaranteed than today.
Which measures does TUV AUSTRIA take to provide for these new levels?
We want to act as midwives for the necessary technologies. This also applies to communication standards. We must keep in mind that fully automated machines have to communicate with each other. The main question at the moment is how and according to which parameters.
There is an ongoing standardization dispute between US American and German companies. Regardless of who will define the standard in the end, matters of IT security will have to be considered from the start. We will act as observers and make sure that this criterion is met.
What are the weakest spots in a fully automated production plant and what can entrepreneurs do to prevent a possible attack?
All objects in a production plant need to be clearly identified if they are to work together flexibly: machine, workpiece, raw material – each object must be locatable and identifiable, for example by attributing individual IP addresses to them. But today this also means vulnerability. A production system, therefore, needs to be designed in a way that prevents security gaps right from the start: by integrating relevant mechanisms, by preferential use of internal networks, by requesting logs, etc.
When do you expect the global breakthrough of 4.0?
I don’t believe that there will be an all-encompassing revolution, as many assume. It will be an evolutionary change. I don’t expect companies to manufacture their products in an entirely different way ten years from now. But some aspects of 4.0 will be applied by then. It’s the industry’s age-old dream of a lot size “one”. The dream of all lean-management experts is to achieve production efficiency for each individual customer without cost disadvantage. Industry 4.0 is the means to get there. This is why this “(r)evolution” cannot be stopped.
A further topic currently under discussion among representatives of domestic industry and commerce is “energy efficiency”. The new relevant law is intended to pave the way for it in Austria,
Yes, that’s the plan, but allow me to interject: I am very skeptical whether that law is the proper stimulus to achieve this.
The issue is being addressed from the wrong angle in Austria. It would be important for companies to become aware of the potential inherent in energy efficiency. I have worked in the industry for many years and I know that dealing with this subject can act as a substantial trigger: millions of euros can be saved by making comparatively small expenditures. When this is forced on market participants, I fear that many will concentrate solely on observing the laws and updating verifications instead of actively utilizing the potential.
There are still some further uncertainties regarding the Energy Efficiency Act (Energieeffizienz-Gesetz – EEffG). Both the guideline regulation and the competent monitoring body have yet to be determined,
True. We get many inquiries on this subject from various branches of industry. We at TUV AUSTRIA will assist our customers in implementing the law. But we suspect that entrepreneurs will be less concerned with actually saving energy than with meeting the requirements of the EEffG to the last detail. It’s worth taking a look at Germany in this context. The topic has been dealt with very differently by industry there, they are really fighting for it. The legislative body has acted more decisively and created much more awareness for energy efficiency. Unfortunately, Austria lags behind in this respect.
Where is the place to start saving energy in a classical business?
There are countless ways to approach the subject. All production cycles can be improved: waste heat, motors, supply chains. Lighting is also an issue – especially the use of daylight. Last but not least, fleet management is a factor as well. In the production industry, the most significant aspect is often neglected, however: product design. How much energy can be saved by slight adaptations to the product? This is well worth taking a closer look at. We are happy to be there for our customers from the beginning in this respect as well, given that there is room for the most groundbreaking innovations, particularly in this area.
Credits: Alexander Kohl, Business People
FSSC 22000 is based on existing ISO Standards. It’s a framework for effectively managing your food safety and quality responsibilities. It demonstrates a company has a robust and effective food safety management system (FSMS) to meet the requirements of regulators, clients and consumers.
Applicable sectors are:
Perishable Animal Products:
Meat, poultry, eggs, dairy and fish products
Perishable Vegetal Products:
Packed fresh fruits and fresh juices, preserved fruits, packaged fresh vegetables, preserved vegetables
Products with a long shelf life at normal temperature:
Canned products, biscuits, snacks, oil, drinking water, beverages, pasta, flour, sugar, salt etc.
ISO 27001 help organizations to manage security of assets such as financial information, intellectual property, employee details or information entrusted to you by third parties. Our offices, activities and information are now interlinked and connected with billions of other people through everyday devices. ISO 27001 Security protocols implement a safe guard against data breach.
Is it only for IT Department?
NO, Security is everyone’s job! Every Organization needs to protect their sensitive data. Risks are identified and Risk Treatment Plan is implemented to prevent loss of data.
Integration for Customer Feedback?
Integrated system means a company can efficiently manage the quality of its services, handle customer feedback and solve problems, while keeping information safe.
The primary focus of quality management is to meet customer requirements and to exceed customer expectations. The seven quality management principles are:
- Customer focus
- Engagement of people
- Process approach
- Evidence-based decision making
- Relationship management
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What is ISO 9001:2015?
ISO 9001:2015 is a standard that sets out the requirements for a quality management system. It helps businesses and organizations be more efficient and improve customer satisfaction.
Is it very complicated?
No. ISO 9001 can seem difficult at first but the concepts behind the standard are very simple. The seven quality management principles are a good place to start and will be of great help when it comes to defining your quality management system.
Isn’t it the preserve of big business?
No. The standard can be used by any organization, regardless of size or type. While small companies may not have staff dedicated to quality, they can still enjoy the benefits of implementing the standard.
Will it help me increase my profits?
ISO 9001 can help bring financial benefits in a number of ways:
- Using ISO 9001 can increase productivity and efficiency, thus lowering the costs of an organization.
- Using ISO 9001 can improve customer experience, resulting in repeat business, increased sales and additional income for your business.
- Getting certified to ISO 9001 can enhance your reputation, attracting new customers to your organization.
Lahore – Halal meat is one of the fastest-growing markets in the world, contributing around 16 percent to the total world trade, but Pakistan’s share in the sector is below actual potential, necessitating extra efforts on the part of the government to give much-needed boost to this sector.
This was stated by APBF founding president and TUV Austria CEO Rashid Mehr.
He said that demand for halal products had increased manifolds because of the growing Muslim population around the world and the government should encourage exports of such products.
The CEO asked the exporters to continue to explore the world market and focus on research and compliance, which is a must while doing business in the global marketplace.
“The strict halal compliance, quality certification and state support could help take an export of halal products to $5 to $6 billion,” he said.
“TUV Austria Pakistan is doing the needful to promote halal products, but the government would have to come up with an incentive package to encourage exports of good quality Halal food,” he added.
Unfortunately, no Muslim country features among the top 10 halal meat exporters, although Pakistan, Sudan and other Muslim nations have the potential to export meat on a big scale.
Rashid Mehr said that Pakistan has a 100 percent halal production base and has direct access to 470 million consumers in Central Asia, Middle East and Europe.
Pakistan has a great opportunity to gain a big share in the global halal market by enhancing production and improving quality, he suggested.
He said that Pakistan has the potential to capture a sizeable share in the $3 trillion world halal food industry, but existing exports were no match to the country’s annual output of halal meat.
Experts have expressed optimism that Pakistan could triple halal food exports by formulating and implementing policies in association with the private sector.
“Pakistan can play a major role in the global halal meat industry and has the potential to become a market leader since it has all the required ingredients.
He pointed out that TUV Austria was playing a vital role in the expansion of the Halal food industry and taking all possible measures for the promotion of halal products by providing strict quality compliance.
The certification company has recently awarded various companies with its Halal Food Certification, for their full compliance with Islamic dietary laws.
Halal Food Certification covers not only the issues related to Slaughtering/Zibah, but also considers the issues related to Halal ingredients and Good Manufacturing Practices, he added.
Credits: Staff Reporter, THE NATION
The decision of the well-known institution in this field was based on a multi-stage selection process and the application of worldwide standardized selection criteria. This title makes it clear that TUV AUSTRIA is known and highly valued by customers and business partners throughout Austria, ensuring that excellent services are provided.
“We are particularly pleased that we are recognized in such a way by a neutral party because it is not possible to nominate oneself for a Superbrand Austria title,” said Mag. Walter Schönthaler, Head of Marketing & Communications at the TUV AUSTRIA Group. A Superbrand Austria can only be determined by brand experts and consumers.
About the brand rating
Based on all brands registered at the Austrian Patent Office, an initial ranking was given by the credit agency Bisnode D&B and the GfK Market Research Agency, who interviewed Austrian consumers regarding their favourite brands. After this stage, the most outstanding brands are conclusively assessed by the Superbrands Brand Council, an independent panel of experts nominated by Superbrands.
About Superbrands International
For exactly 20 years, Superbrands has been rating the best brands in 88 countries around the world and has therefore become a respected authority in the field of brand distinction. Superbrands are those brands that have built up a very good image within a given market segment, and which provide the public with real, or at least perceptible, advantages compared to their competitors. Therefore, the title of Superbrand is accordingly coveted, especially since the evaluation of brands is carried out everywhere through the application of identical rules. A brand competition cannot take place more objectively than through that of Superbrands.