How Far Is the Intelligent Factory?

Release time:2017-11-02 13:41:21
       Modern information technology and industrial production integration of a new industrial revolution has opened the curtain. So, the core of this industrial revolution - how intelligent factories will produce, what its premise is, its development prospects and its impact, the answer begin to take shape from the recent end of the Hanover Industrial Fair. Since the birth of the steam engine, industrial development has experienced mechanization, assembly line production and automation of the three stages. Germany "Industry 4.0" is considered the forerunner of the fourth industrial revolution. "Industry 4.0" is based on the premise of industrial automation, from the machine sensor to the Internet to achieve seamless communication. With self-diagnosis, self-correction and functional maximization of the program, automation technology is more intelligent, and better assists workers to complete production.

       As early as 2011 Hannover Fair, Germany put forward the "Industrial 4.0" concept. Modern information technology and industrial production integration of a new industrial revolution has opened the curtain. So, the core of this industrial revolution - how intelligent factories will produce, what its premise is, its development prospects and its impact, the answer begin to takae shape from the recent end of the Hanover Industrial Fair. Since the birth of the steam engine, industrial development has experienced mechanization, assembly line production and automation of the three stages. Germany "Industry 4.0" is considered the forerunner of the fourth industrial revolution. "Industry 4.0" is based on the premise of industrial automation, from the machine sensor to the Internet to achieve seamless communication. With self-diagnosis, self-correction and functional maximization of the program, automation technology is more intelligent, better assist workers to complete production.
       As early as 2011 Hannover Fair, German has put forward the "Industrial 4.0" concept. In 2013, the German Information and Communication New Media Association, the Machinery and Equipment Manufacturing Association and the Central Union of the Electronics Industry established the "Industrial 4.0" Seminar Platform. The German government attaches great importance to this Platfrom and will take it as a future-oriented high-tech strategic projects. The implementation of this project will combine traditional industrial production with modern information technology, and ultimately achieve factory intelligence to improve resource utilization, production flexibility, enhance the tightness of customers and business partners so as to increase the commercial value of industrial production.
       The just-concluded 2014 Hannover Messe is the theme of "Fusion Industry - Next". During the exhibition, in the eye-catching Hall 7, a group of the world's top companies such as IBM, ABB and Siemens competed at the same platform,  which achieved the information technology and industrial production more perfect fusion and provided a new solution for the future industrial transformation.
       The Germany's largest software manufacturer Sapp company exhibiting in Hall 7 set up a production line about 10 meters long. The company's R & D designer, Martin Becker, introduced the entire production process to reporters. He said:" Production starts from a mobile phone shell, on the transmission belt through the temperature furnace, punch and then to the Manipulator to complete the assembly of internal parts. The whole process seems to be an automated process. But the chip has been installed under the tray of the shell, and the staff can control the production line of the machine just by sitting in the office through the network to let them read the data on the chips and assemble the cell phome with different styles and functions."
       Germany "Economic Weekly" use a image of the way to interpret the future of intelligent factories: For exapmle, Shampoo production enterprises can produce the shampoo products ranging from the numbers according to customer needs. From raw material supply to bottled delivery, the entire production process is done through an electronic network. At the time of production, the chip on each bottle stores the customer's name and their requirements, such as 10 bottles of children shampoo, 50 bottles of shampoo shampoo, to control the machine to add different products. If new empty bottles are needed, the machine will directly notify the relevant workshop to add the new empty bottles with chips into the production line. Just by computer, customers will be able to know whether the product is in the production line or on the road.
       From raw material procurement to production then to warehousing and delivery, the whole process is done through the network. This is the blueprint for the future intelligent chemical plant. Dean of German Institute of Technology Henning Kagman said:" The production of intelligent chemical plants is highly flexible, the product is personalized, the resources are saved, and the older workers can get the help from the intelligent auxiliary system. Also, The production is humanized, the workers can work at home or near.
       The intelligent factory is not an unmanned factory, it only broadens the space for workers to participate and decide. Though workshop frontline staff reduce, others can participate in the work of system solutions, development, and coordination. He stressed that the construction of digital infrastructure is the key to the next industrial revolution, building a network and expanding bandwidth is essential.
       Member of Germany Hannover Exhibition Company Board Johan Kokler said:"To remain competitive, industrial enterprises need to maximize their own resource utilization efficiency. Companies need to make a quick response to market changes, at the same time, they also have to meet the growing product personalization and customization demands. To deal with these challenges, we need to build Integrated Industry and ensure that the production process has the greatest flexibility. Flexibility and efficiency are key to the survival of companies in a highly competitive international marketplace. So the current task is to take the correct measures to realize the vision of intelligent and flexible factories.
       To achieve this vision, extensive information sharing, discussion and coordination within the industry are needed. According to a survey conducted by Germany's "Economic Weekly", the biggest obstacles to Germany's "Industrial 4.0" are mainly information technology security vulnerabilities, lack of standardization and expertise, inadequate infrastructure and associated costs etc.
       The fourth industrial revolution will be built by the networking system and the Internet, said Diet Kampf, chairman of the German New Information and Communication Media Association.
Automation technology and production processes will be more closely linked together. The traditional industry boundaries will disappear, and the new forms of cooperation will produce.
       A survey of German electronic and information technology association shows that at present, most universities and enterprises in Germany think "Industry 4.0" will be achieved, but will not be earlier than 2025. German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the opening ceremony of the current industry called for more innovation in the industry. She warned that now 90% of the economic growth is outside of Europe. Europe must seize the time to do everything to create value, and can not sleep over the next industrial revolution.