RO­BOTS HOLD KEYS TO FU­TURE OF MAN­U­FAC­TUR­ING

Si­a­sun’s prod­ucts are en­ter­ing global mar­kets, clos­ing gaps be­tween in­dus­try and tech­nol­ogy

China Daily European Weekly - - SHENYANG SPECIAL - By REN XIAOJIN

Chi­nese ro­bots re­cently made a grand en­trance at the Chicago Au­to­mate 2017 Expo and Con­fer­ence in Chicago, the United States, the largest ro­bot­ics show in North Amer­ica.

Si­a­sun Ro­bot and Au­to­ma­tion, a re­search and de­vel­op­ment com­pany head­quar­tered in Shenyang, Liaon­ing prov­ince, show­cased a se­ries of com­pos­ite ser­vice ro­bots.

Among its ex­hibits is a ser­vice ro­bot se­ries that is able to pro­vide guid­ance to vis­i­tors in sev­eral sit­u­a­tions, from tourism cen­ters and banks to ex­hi­bi­tions and more. They can also be ap­plied to the culi­nary in­dus­try, ca­pa­ble of wait­ress­ing, or­der­ing, ush­er­ing and restau­rant pro­mo­tion.

An­other type of ro­bot the com­pany launched is ex­pected to re­place hu­man la­bor in sim­ple man­u­fac­tur­ing tasks in the fu­ture, its busi­ness rep­re­sen­ta­tives said.

The United States is one of the first coun­tries to which Si­a­sun has ex­ported its prod­ucts.

Si­a­sun-made ro­bots have been widely em­ployed on man­u­fac­tur­ing lines in au­to­mo­bile com­pa­nies, such as Ford and Gen­eral Mo­tors.

“Si­a­sun, a flag­ship au­to­ma­tion brand in China, has more than 30 years of R&D and pro­duc­tion ex­per­tise in the field,” said Chen Li, man­ager of the tech­nol­ogy de­part­ment at Si­a­sun’s Hangzhou branch. “The com­pany has caught up with the ad­vanced in­dus­trial lev­els of the world, and its ro­bots are not only able to do sim­ple tasks but also han­dle del­i­cate jobs.”

Gu­drun Litzen­berger, sec­re­tary gen­eral of the In­ter­na­tional Fed­er­a­tion of Ro­bot­ics, said China has a pro­found mar­ket for ro­bot busi­ness.

He pre­dicted China will see a dra­matic in­crease in de­mand. To push the do­mes­tic ro­bot in­dus­try to a high level will re­quire more col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween the Chi­nese man­u­fac­tur­ers and tech­nol­ogy sup­pli­ers, he noted.

“We have en­tered the age of ro­bots, and we are slowly trans­fer­ring hu­man la­bor to ro­bots,” said Li Zheng­gang, gen­eral man­ager of Si­a­sun’s Hangzhou branch.

“But we need to over­come the hur­dles. Do­mes­tic de­sign­ers need to work closely with the man­u­fac­tur­ers to cre­ate the max­i­mum value, re­duce costs and in­crease prof­its.”

Li said only by close col­lab­o­ra­tion can the Chi­nese ro­bot in­dus­tries of­fer com­pet­i­tive solutions.

In ad­vanced equip­ment man­u­fac­tur­ing, Shenyang has been echo­ing the na­tional call for the Made in China 2025 strat­egy proac­tively.

The pro­vin­cial cap­i­tal has been keep­ing up with the in­ter­na­tional ad­vanced equip­ment in­dus­try by en­cour­ag­ing in­vest­ment and in­no­va­tion, build­ing in­dus­trial clus­ters and devel­op­ing re­lated ser­vice sec­tors from fi­nance to lo­gis­tics.

PRO­VIDED TO CHINA DAILY

Si­a­sun Ro­bot and Au­to­ma­tion’s rep­re­sen­ta­tive in­tro­duces the com­pany’s prod­ucts to vis­i­tors at the Chicago Au­to­mate 2017 Expo and Con­fer­ence in April.

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