Smart tech a boon for man­u­fac­tur­ing

China Daily (Canada) - - SHANGHAI - By YU RAN in Shang­hai


In­tel­li­gence and dig­i­tal­iza­tion have been play­ing more im­por­tant roles in de­ter­min­ing the future of the global man­u­fac­tur­ing in­dus­try, said in­dus­try ex­perts and busi­ness­men on Sept 24 dur­ing a side event that is part of the 9th Pu­jiang In­no­va­tion Fo­rum.

The theme of this year’s fo­rum, which took place between Sept 23 and 26, is “Dou­ble En­gines: Tech­no­log­i­cal and In­sti­tu­tional In­no­va­tion”.

“Presently, the in­te­gra­tion of tech­nolo­gies in com­put­ing, in­for­ma­tion, mo­bile In­ter­net, big data and man­u­fac­tur­ing is re­shap­ing the in­dus­trial struc­ture and bring­ing about ma­jor trans­for­ma­tion in pro­duc­tion and in­dus­trial pat­terns,” said Daniel Cadet, direc­tor of Cadet Con­sult­ing Com­pany.

Sany Group, the largest ma­chin­ery man­u­fac­turer by rev­enue in China, is a good ex­am­ple of how a pri­va­te­owned en­ter­prise has uti­lized big data to be­come a lead­ing in­dus­try player.

It took Sany Group eight years and more than 1 bil­lion yuan ($150 mil­lion) to set up a real-time on­line plat­form that can mon­i­tor more than 230,000 fa­cil­i­ties to pro­duce over 5,000 pa­ram­e­ters.

“It can­not be in­tel­li­gent man­u­fac­tur­ing if we don’t have any big data sup­port­ing us. We are form­ing an on­line plat­form to share big data with the small- and medium-sized en­ter­prises,” said He Dong­dong, se­nior vice pres­i­dent and chief busi­ness process and IT of Sany Group at the fo­rum.

As one of the na­tion’s first com­pa­nies to em­brace in­tel­li­gent man­u­fac­tur­ing, Sany now has 20 flex­i­ble pro­duc­tion lines that gen­er­ates 30 dif­fer­ent types of prod­ucts. The com­pany’s out­put value per capita ex­pe­ri­enced a 24 per­cent growth and has a to­tal out­put value of 10 bil­lion yuan.

“We have also cre­ated pa­ram­e­ters that en­able us to mon­i­tor the con­struc­tion of our projects all over the world. It also helps to pre­dict the de­mand for ma­chine parts, equip­ment fail­ures and even the macro eco­nomic sit­u­a­tion,” said He.

The Chi­nese govern­ment has iden­ti­fied in­tel­li­gent man­u­fac­tur­ing and in­dus­trial big data as key fac­tors in the coun­try’s “Made in China 2025” ini­tia­tives. Shang­hai, as a growing man­u­fac­tur­ing hub in the coun­try, has been trans­form­ing part of the city so that it can be a part of a pi­lot in­tel­li­gence man­u­fac­tur­ing pro­gram.

For in­stance, Lin­gang New City in Pudong dis­trict is work­ing to be­come the ‘brain’ of the city’s in­tel­li­gent man­u­fac­tur­ing by launch­ing sev­eral big data in­dus­trial plat­forms that are sup­ported by re­search and in­no­va­tion in­sti­tu­tions.

“In­tel­li­gent man­u­fac­tur­ing and big data should work to­gether to en­cour­age more en­ter­prises in Lin­gang to ap­ply the cross-field and cross-plat­form in­te­gra­tion of in­dus­trial big data, and upgrade the prod­ucts to be smarter and more in­no­va­tive,” said Chen Jie, party sec­re­tary and ex­ec­u­tive deputy direc­tor of Shang­hai Lin­gang Area De­vel­op­ment Ad­min­is­tra­tion.

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