Legal Perspectives on Predictive Maintenance: A Case Study

Corrado Druetta, Legal Counsel , COMAU S.p.A., Italy

The “fourth industrial revolution” is impacting manufacturing systems, leading conventional industry into an hyper-connected world of sensors, metrics and data flows inside and outside the factories. Such augmented complexity goes with new legal challenges posed by the increasing interaction between human workers, AI algorithms and production lines. The case study will present “predictive maintenance”(i.e. advanced monitoring technologies, statistical process control and equipment performance tests applied to industrial maintenance for the purpose of early detection and elimination of equipment defects) as the perfect test bed where to detect and describe most of the new legal pitfalls within “Industry 4.0” breakthrough applications. In particular, this paper will focus on data ownership, trade secrecy, privacy and export controls. Keywords: Predictive maintenance – Industry 4.0 – European Union – data ownership – trade secrecy – privacy – export controls.

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Italy Contract Industry September 2018 Vol.11, No. 44, Summer 2018

Corrado Druetta

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Corrado Druetta is a qualified Italian attorney, currently Legal Counsel at Comau S.p.A., a Fiat-Chrysler Automobiles’ company, where he acts as legal point of reference for Robotics and Automation Products business unit. Corrado started his professional career in private practice, then moved to in-housel counselling within the FCA Group. He gained a relevant experience in IT law, IP law, Freedom of Expression Online and Innovation and co-authored publications in the same fields.

COMAU S.p.A.

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Comau S.p.A. is an Italian multinational company (within the FCA Group), based in Grugliasco (Italy) with over 20 subsidiaries worldwide, active in developing and manufacturing industrial automation and robotics products and services.

Italy Contract Industry September 2018 Vol.11, No. 44, Summer 2018