Are the Chinese Faster than Europeans in Smart Manfacturing?
Going through many news coming out from China showes that the Chinese are going to make use of “Smart Manufacturing” and make it global before the Germans reach to the end of “Industry 4.0” concept. Also it seems that, they are also creating the “CC” or “CIC’ abbreviations in front of “CE” symbole o EU. We have picked up the following news from our media partner “CPRJ” to show how fast the Chinese are moving ahead?
Wahaha achieves automation from materials to finished products
Wahaha is one of the leaders in automated production in China.
As an enterprise chosen to be a “Retrofit Pilot for Food and Beverage Manufacturing Process Intelligence”, Hangzhou Wahaha Group is actively promoting relevant projects.
Talking to CPRJ in an exclusive interview, Yang Lin, Director of Wahaha’s Equipment Department, said, “For our production systems, Wahaha adopts an engineering design that connects up the preform and cap manufacturing systems and the filling and packaging systems. This reduces the number of intermediate processes and hence further improves the production efficiency.”
Wahaha is a leader in automated production and has accomplished complete automation of the entire process, from raw materials to finished products, at the production lines of almost all of its factories. In fact, as a flow manufacturing industry, food and beverage manufacturing has a better foundation in mechanization and automation when compared with other industries.
Meanwhile, Wahaha is also engaged in the application of highly integrated information technology. Transversely speaking, Wahaha has established a comprehensive enterprise information management system that is built with SAP as the core and leverages the Internet and big data technologies in combination with such analytic tools as business intelligence to analyze its business lines of production, supply and marketing.
Vertically speaking, Wahaha has preliminarily completed the architecture of the middle level, i.e. MES. The system that captures fundamental data from plant floor sensors, equipment and production lines has also been put into implementation. As for the future, the group strives to achieve comprehensive integration of information starting from sensors to the ERP system.
Gree turns to intelligent equipment manufacturing
Gree has stepped into the production intelligent equipment.
Gree Electric Appliances has been insisting on independently develop and grasp core technology in order to lead China to leapfrog from “Made in China” to “Created in China” and “Intelligently Made in China”.
In recent years, Gree has been gradually moving forward to technology-related diversification and therefore it is crucial for the company to be able to take the lead in the area of intelligent equipment.
As early as in 2012, Gree established technical units including an office of automation, department of automation equipment manufacturing, and R&D centers for automation technology and intelligent equipment, with focus locked on two areas: intelligent equipment and precision dies and molds.
Following five years of development, Gree accomplished the automation of its internal production lines and improved its overall production efficiency by 10.5% through the use of intelligent equipment independently developed and built by the company.
Meanwhile, Gree has also realized the integrated application of customized industrial robots, and large automated production line solutions, which are both oriented towards the market. The company’s offering of intelligent equipment products covers more than 100 specifications of products in 10+ areas, including CNC machining centers, industrial robots, servo robots, intelligent warehouse equipment, and intelligent inspection equipment.
Gree has also accomplished the independent development and production of four critical components of industrial robots, namely controllers, actuators, servo motors and reducers. By implementing China’s national development strategy through corporate transformation and upgrading, Gree is injecting fresh blood into this revolution.
“Made in China” has been changing over time, from copying to creating, and from learning the forms to innovating the essence. Following the further optimization of the policy for intelligent manufacturing, the continuous breakthrough in critical common technology and core equipment, the gradual improvement in intelligent manufacturing standards, and the integration of new-generation Information and Communications Technology (ICT) with production processes, management process, equipment, and products, “Made in China” will move faster in its transformation and upgrading to “Intelligently Made in China”.