Germany as a pioneer of a modern quality infrastructure

A modern quality infrastructure (QI) is essential for quality and safety in a digitalized world - and for the sustainable success of the “Made in Germany” seal of quality. With increasing digitalization, the quality assurance of products, processes, and services must be rethought. Such quality assurance is a prerequisite for the digital transformation of the economy and for solutions to the major socioeconomic, ecological, and technological challenges of our time.

BAM, together with the central players in German QI, is developing solutions for a modern, agile, and digital QI.

The Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) supports the QI-Digital initiative as an essential contribution to the success of innovative technologies, products, and processes - strengthening Germany as a business location.

Wir in Europa: Vorreiter für Qualität und Sicherheit in der Digitalisierung

Source: BAM

The aim of QI-Digital is to design a modern quality infrastructure (QI). QI-Digital is an initiative of BAM in collaboration with the standards developing organizations DIN and DKE, the German Accreditation Body DAkkS, and the Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt, supported by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi).

A reliable quality infrastructure (QI), as a system comprising various institutions and processes, contributes significantly to the safety of products and applications, the protection of health and the environment, and the functioning of trade in goods and services. Germany, with its established leading QI institutions and research facilities, is highly regarded worldwide for its quality and quality assurance, upheld by the five pillars of QI: standardization, conformity assessment, accreditation, metrology, and market surveillance. The National QI is essential to the competitiveness of German companies and the success of the “Made in Germany” mark.

The QI-Digital innovation ecosystem

Together with its partners, BAM addresses a set of areas of activity and elaborates practical solutions for real-world case studies of economically significant technologies and innovations. To this end, a comprehensive QI-Digital innovation ecosystem is being created that forms the basis and framework for the development and establishment of practical solutions. This system is built on three pillars:

  • Real-world test environments, designed as open cooperation platforms, provide the necessary physical infrastructure for research and development work.
  • Additional research and development needs and gaps are addressed, and the necessary services are put out to tender to external stakeholders.
  • The transfer of the developed solutions into the economy and concrete applications, and thus the project’s sustainability, are central issues. This includes network building and maintenance, consulting and education services, market potential and technology impact assessments, and the provision of QI-Digital tool kits.
QI-Digital - Innovation Ecosystem

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The interaction of the three pillars, as well as the overarching establishment of a structural foundation with corresponding data structures, a QI cloud, and a legal framework, create synergies and enable a sustainable, agile innovation system for a modern, digital QI. The resulting processes and procedures can be transferred to a wide variety of application scenarios.

Developing solutions in real-world application scenarios

As an example of the QI-Digital innovation ecosystem, BAM is working with partners from the German QI on highly specific projects. Additive manufacturing and modern hydrogen applications are two fields of innovation whose success depends on quality and safety - and the trust of all stakeholders. For these two specific use cases, BAM is developing digital-based solutions for a modern QI in real-world test environments as part of the QI-Digital Initiative.

The initiative is supported by BMWi.
Partners of QI-Digital:

Logos von BAM, DaKKs, DIN, DKE, PTB

Source: BAM, DAkkS, DIN, DKE, PTB

Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie

Source: BMWi