Smart Manufacturing – Foreseeable and Practical solution of Industry 4.0
Publish Date: 2019/12/13
The concept of Industry 4.0, had far-reaching impact on the Global Manufacturing Industry, was initiated by Germany. A global report, dated on 24th Oct 2019 and namely "Are we ready for the Fourth Industrial Revolution?" released by PricewaterhouseCoopers Taiwan(PwC), which indicated that there were US$650 billion of global investments on Industry 4.0 relating to Internet of things(IoT), real-time data gathering, analysis, and decision, Artificial Intelligence(AI) etc. have been made and 17,859 cases of investment event over 2012 – 2018 period. It showed the continuous development trend of Industry 4.0 over the globe.

Over the years, the idea of Industry 4.0 still prevailed in China and Southeast Asia region. China was undergoing a series of manufacturing difficulties, like the weakening position of the world's factory, increasing production cost, lacking of talents, excess manufacturing capacity etc. In order to maintain industry competitiveness and acquire sufficient talents, implementing smart manufacturing and automation were one of the ways out.

The implementation of smart manufacturing relied on both the technology level of industrial manufacturing and the "Industrial Internet". The function of Industrial Internet was to support the smooth transition of digitalisation for manufacturing industry. It also enhanced the manufacturing productivity, saving production cost, accelerating the transformation of traditional industry, increasing product quality control and customisation of product etc.

"Fortune China" quoted a prediction from Dr Leo Moo, who was the founder of Leo Moo Consulting Firm and DBA of Guanghua School of Management, Peking University, that, "The market scale of China Industrial Internet was expected to reach USD690 billion in 2020" which implied the great potential of developing Industry 4.0 in China.

In the meantime, the demand of Industry 4.0 of Southeast Asia market has been increased as the Southeast Asia countries tried to minimise the negative impact of the global trade war on manufacturing industry or even striking to stand out in the manufacturing industry. Singapore had built "Jurong Industrial Estate"(JID) which was over 600 hectares for developing industry 4.0. The governmental organisation, "The Agency for Science, Technology and Research Advanced Remanufacturing and Technology Centre" (ARTC) had also established cooperation between 60 leading companies for accelerating the development of smart manufacturing. Another Southeast Asian country, Malaysia announced the government policy "Industry4WRD " in 2018 targeted to increase the total contribution of manufacturing industry from USD 61 billion to USD 94 billion and enhance the production rate to 30% for gaining 54% profit growth.

Manufacturing industry needs to overcome the obstacles of implementing Industry 4.0, to start with completely changing the Mass production to Mass customisation, installing sensors for whole production lines, refining large amounts of hardware and channelling big data flows etc.

To implement Industry 4.0 and stand out from peers, all manufacturing industries need to master the strength and restriction of itself in order to seek for practical solution.

One of the highlighted concurrent events of CHINAPLAS 2020,"Industry 4.0 Factory of the Future" organised by Adsale & iPlast 4.0 and jointly oraganised by European Plastics and Rubber Machinery (EUROMAP), The Mechanical Engineering Industry Association (VDMA) and OPC UA. It is also supported by Japan Plastics Machinery Association (JPM).
Industry-leading companies including Arburg Engel, KraussMaffei, Matsui, Wittmann Battenfeld and many more are going to join hands to demonstrate all-round and practical solution of industry 4.0.

Other than the smart manufacturing production line initiated by "Manufacturing Intelligence Control Room", "Smart Factory" and machines operating at different booths and to various factories, the event also consists of different Scenarios & Workshop for showcasing practical solution of industry 4.0.

Furthermore, Smart Manufacturing Tech Zone features a broad spectrum of smart manufacturing technologies, including digitalisation, digitalised factory integrated control system, control and electrical system (such as transformers, drive system), Industrial Robots and parts (such as grippers, vision sensors, pressure sensors), fully-automated production line etc.

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