The businesses leading the Industry 4.0 revolution are on a continual journey of improvement. Their dedicated teams are forever seeking out the latest tech and improved processes to find efficiencies and cost saving measures.

Often the biggest challenge they face is benchmarking; truly understanding how well they’re doing versus others, and having the right information to inform future decisions.

The Smart Factory Assessment was set up to overcome this hurdle and help manufacturers continue to evolve and develop, and deliver even better products and services to their customers.

The assessments are based around the Smart Industry Readiness Index (SIRI), a globally recognised set of tools, frameworks and metrics, developed specifically to support manufacturers at the cutting edge of new tech.

You’ll start with an educational session, teaching and refreshing your team about key Industry 4.0 concepts, principles and terminology, as well as discussing your future aspirations.

The following day you’ll accompany your assessor around your factory as they score you against the 16 point framework, identifying your strengths and weaknesses. In the days following you’ll virtually reconvene to go through your results and suggested areas of improvement which will have the biggest positive impact.

With your roadmap in place, you and your team can set to work, creating a better product and a more sustainable and profitable business.

Case Studies

What is SIRI?

The Smart Industry Readiness Index (SIRI) is an internationally recognised standard for Industry 4.0 transformation. It was created by the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB) in partnership with a network of leading technology companies, consultancy firms, and industry and academic experts. 
SIRI comprises a suite of frameworks and tools to help manufacturers – regardless of size and industry – start, scale, and sustain their manufacturing transformation journeys. SIRI covers the three core elements of Industry 4.0: Process, Technology, and Organisation.

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What is Industry 4.0?

Industry 4.0 - also referred to as the fourth Industrial Revolution - is a broad term for the new technologies and data - such as cloud computing, Internet of Things (IoT), and Artificial Intelligence -  that are revolutionising the worlds of manufacturing and distribution. Callaghan Innovation’s experts are here to help you cut through the technology hype, reinvent your business model and find genuine value and growth.

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Benefits to your business

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An internationally recognised standard

Assessments conducted using a suite of tools and frameworks, created by an internationally recognised body.

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Benchmark against industry

Learn how well you’re doing versus other organisations in your industry, and the wider manufacturing sector.

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Identify future opportunities

Walk away with a roadmap detailing fruitful future opportunities.

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Receive a zero-cost voucher if you’re selected.

Success stories

Independent Doors

Smart Factory Assessment: Industry 4.0 | Independent Doors Case Study

[Paul Harris]

We're located in Christ Church, Timaru, and Cromwell. So, covering essentially from Kaikōura South in the South Island. We're about 56 people across those three locations, so small to medium business. We list and produce across the three locations, about 800 pre-hung doors a week. So, we attended a Smart Factory showcase. Fantastic, sort of invigorated us from a learning perspective and wanting to jump on board the journey of progression and continuous improvement. So, post that, we applied for a SIRI assessment of our own which we're lucky enough to be to be granted. We wanted to get a baseline of where we're at, and we wanted to get a road map of how we could progress.

[Chris Maguire]

The Smart Factory Assessment was very informative. What I found was I was actually quite surprised at how far things had come in the last probably 10 to 15 years in the industry. I've been in the industry for about 30 years, so I found it very informative. The options that were given as far as technology going forward and innovation.

[Paul Harris]

Three key things we've changed post the assessment have been how we communicate across the business, working on our system integration and getting a roadmap to automation.

[Chris Maguire]

I think it's the way forward, and even just the small changes we've made initially, we can see the massive difference it's making and that is going to make. So, for me it's a no brainer, I mean technology is the way forward.

[Paul Harris]

100% recommend any manufacturer going through the SIRI assessment and you know I'm 100% advocate of the of the program. Be vulnerable you know, you get yourself a baseline and you get yourself a road map to improvement.


Smart Factory Assessment: Industry 4.0 | Argus Case Study

[Nathan Hay]

I'm Nathan hay and I'm the general manager for Argus Manutech. Argus is a medium to large business, so we've got about 150 staff at the moment. Argus Heating manufacturers a wide variety of products for the Argus heating OEM industrial range, such as foil heaters that go in bulk containers, and also the Argus Cabletech range of products, which is contract manufacturing services such as electronic boxes and customised wiring harnesses.

So, we heard about SIRI originally looking on the internet, but the Callaghan Industry 4 Demonstration Network was our first foray into it, and we had a demonstration on site with robotics, which was pretty cool.

[David Lee]

Since the SIRI assessment, we realised that we had a lot of lag measures. It was kind of insightful to see where our weaknesses are compared to some of the international benchmarks. With the SIRI assessment, we then moved towards more of a digital manufacturing scenario and we got TV screens in and we're able to highlight critical parts and critical issues in real time, and address them accordingly.

[Nathan Hay]

So, the biggest value for us was providing a practical roadmap and also practical examples. The networking with other manufacturers that opened up for us was next level, yeah so really beneficial.

[David Lee]

What we've learned from the SIRI assessment is that there are quick and easy things you can implement to really boost yourself back into being competitive worldwide, and the SIRI assessment helped us prove that. And we've been able to effectively create positive change and positive results.

[Nathan Hay]

I think if you look at our metrics over the last 6 months, they have gone through the roof. So, we are more efficient, we are a much better team and inclusive, it's- yeah, it's really been a game changer for us.

Is this right for me?

Applications are now open for a free assessment. 

To be eligible, you must have under 150 full time employees and be willing to put forward three relevant senior leaders to be involved with the assessment.

On a quarterly basis 25 businesses will be selected from the applicants. The selection matrix uses a numeric score given to each business depending on a number of factors. Upweighting is given to SMEs, businesses located outside of the established metropolitan manufacturing hubs, and those that identify as Māori businesses.

Industry 4.0 maturity and sector may also be accounted for to ensure a broad range of businesses benefit from the programme. If you’re not selected, you can opt in to remain on the list and potentially selected in the next quarter.

A total of 200 businesses will be selected before the programme closes at the end of 2025. Those selected will receive a voucher to redeem with an assessor. You must redeem your voucher within 60 days of issue.

Enquire about an assessment

Do you  fall outside of the eligibility criteria, or would rather hire a SIRI assessor outside of this programme? 

Please feel free to approach assessment partners directly about hiring their certified SIRI assessors.

Or, get in touch if you’d like to hire one of Callaghan Innovation’s certified SIRI assessors.

A Smart Factory Assessment would benefit any manufacturing business that has some form of connected technologies embedded into their manufacturing lines and is eager to add new technologies and Industry 4.0 principles.

What's covered?

If you’re chosen to receive a free assessment, you’ll first choose an assessor from the list below and redeem your voucher. Ahead of the visit they’ll confirm all of the details, along with any specifics required for the assessment visit.

Day One

The first day of the visit is spent with your relevant senior leaders for a workshop covering core Industry 4.0 principles, concepts and terminology, and introducing the SIRI assessment framework. This new knowledge will help your team give the most accurate information to the assessor.
During this first day the assessor will also be working to build up a broad picture of your business, your products, your customers and your goals and aspirations.

Day Two

On day two your assessor will be pulling on their PPE and setting off around the factory to undertake the 18 point assessment.

The assessment is split into three parts: process, technology and organisation. For each of the 18 points, the assessor will give a scoring between 1-5.

In addition to the standard 16 points of the SIRI assessment, our assessor will evaluate two extra points: decarbonisation and circular economy. These two metrics have been added to help benchmark sustainability efforts and outline possible future goals.

You’ll need to assign your chosen senior staff members to accompany the assessor during the day, and they may ask to discuss certain aspects of operation with relevant personnel. 

Virtual Follow Up

Around two weeks later, the assessor will bring together your team again to discuss the outcomes of the assessment. 

They’ll talk through the scoring, present an overall score, and show how you’re doing versus other manufacturers in relevant sectors.

The assessor will offer their suggested priorities and potential roadmap using the TIER framework: today’s state, impact to bottom line, essential business objectives and references to the broader community.


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