What are the aspects to be aware of when moving smart manufacturing from smart factories?

13 Jun 2019

The "third industrial revolution" of the United States proposed earlier, and more emphasis was placed on the SMT Exhibitions and impact of informationization and automation on manufacturing.

Of course, manufacturing leaders in the United States have also laid out and researched the intelligent trend of manufacturing, such as the concept of Industrial Internet proposed by SMT Exhibitions, which focuses on connecting machine analysis, industry insight, automation and business forecasting. stand up.

The difference between "smart manufacturing" in Germany and the United States is inseparable from the comparative advantages of the two countries in manufacturing and the difference in international division of labor.

Smart factory is not simply intelligent

The smart factories that are often mentioned are just an integral part of “smart manufacturing”.

Under intelligent manufacturing, traditional manufacturing processes will be reorganized to achieve product intelligence. Personalized customer needs and design, information access and sharing between suppliers and manufacturers, and quick response to after-sales service, together with smart factories, become a critical component of SMT Exhibition smart manufacturing.

The core features of a smart factory

  • Product intelligence
  • Production automation
  • Information flow and material flow

At present, many companies around the world are moving towards smart factories, but few company has enough courage to announce that it has built a smart factory. Even though Siemens currently has two model factories around the world, their publicity only means that they have reached the level of Industry 3.0, and they have not really realized SMT Exhibition Industry 4.0.

When discussing the future of smart factories and SMT Exhibitions, the most mentioned is “mass customization”, which requires companies to build relevant enterprise capabilities from several dimensions:

  • Strong customer demand collection and analysis capabilities
  • Socialized interactive product development system
  • Modular, intelligent product manufacturing process
  • Highly flexible supply chain management
  • Production capacity that matches customer needs, including equipment maintenance capabilities
  • Intelligent inventory and logistics management system

In addition to mass-customized production, the future of smart factories also includes energy savings (according to an estimated 12% energy savings), making the supply chain more secure and accurately finding solutions to problems in relevant fields. Moreover, the production model of smart factories is not limited to enterprises that produce end-consumer products. Enterprises that produce equipment can better meet customer needs, reduce costs, improve delivery efficiency, and manage production capacity by practicing smart factories.

Challenge supply chain management

When we discuss smart factories, one of the core requirements that cannot be ignored is to realize the integration of information flow and SMT Exhibition, material flow and management flow.

Through the ERP system, MES system, supply chain management software, the latest IoT (access products and their corresponding components) and the collection and analysis of big data, the information flow and material flow are combined to achieve each individual product, Parts can be monitored and managed in real time throughout the production process, pre-forecasting, in-flight operations and after-the-fact tracking.

For SMT Exhibitions adn Chinese companies, the long-term low-end link in the industry chain makes them lack of information collection and analysis capabilities. Many Chinese companies even have incomplete management reports, even the leading companies in the industry. In recent years, the information islands within the enterprise have been eliminated, and a unified information management system within the enterprise has been established. However, there is still a considerable gap between comprehensive and effective management of information and comprehensive use of information, not to mention the creative use of information by smart factories. Higher requirements were raised.

At the same time, the impact of smart manufacturing on the challenges of procurement and supply chain management is far-reaching.

It cuts into smaller units that were originally planned to be managed, and can be dynamically planned to smooth production fluctuations, and to follow market reactions more quickly to adjust production capacity while also achieving the lowest raw material and finished product inventory. To greatly improve the efficiency of production turnover, manufacturers at SMT Exhibitions can thus obtain the ability to respond quickly to user demand and market fluctuations.

At the same time, the production of all the parts involved are widely interconnected by the Internet of Things, manufacturers are expected to achieve real-time inventory (Justin time) - in the traditional factory up to in-plant inventory management.

In the smart factory market and SMT Exhibitions, such real-time inventory can also include suppliers to achieve true real-time. The benefits it brings are all-encompassing, including: reducing costs, improving delivery efficiency, and managing capacity.

The smart factory has made many improvements to the current manufacturing form on the hardware and software, and the corresponding human resources and management structure of the enterprise have to be adjusted.

For smart factories, the demand for human resources is new and multi-layered: first, there are senior talents who can redesign the complex processes of production processes, supply chain management processes, SMT Exhibition, product re-engineering, big data analysis, etc. Intermediate talents who can maintain the daily equipment commissioning and maintenance of the smart factory, supply chain operations, etc. Finally, the human resources of the entire plant should be upgraded to meet the higher operational and operational requirements of the smart factory.

The management structure has become flatter due to the extensive application of information technology and automated production. The production structure from SMT Exhibitions to the line, to the workshop, and the unit needs to be adjusted for the new production settings.

SMEs realize the road of intelligent manufacturing

Innovative SMEs

The biggest feature of the era of intelligent manufacturing is innovation, new technologies, new products, new business models and new models continue to emerge, which gives the largest development space for the SMT Exhibition innovative SMEs.

The comparative advantage of innovative SMEs is that they have a high level of technology, high-precision equipment and a high-quality talent team, which allows them to gain a leading edge in technology and products, thus occupying a dominant position in the market.

However, the high R&D investment and slow industrialization process of innovative enterprises also expose them to huge risks. Especially in the context of the integration of the Internet and the manufacturing industry, the speed of upgrading new technologies and new products has obviously accelerated in SMT Exhibitions, the cycle of market imitation and follow-up has become shorter and shorter, and the challenges and risks faced by innovative enterprises are increasing and encountering “innovation”.

The odds of "traps" increase.

In the intelligent manufacturing ecosystem and SMT Exhibition, innovative small and medium-sized enterprises must strive to solve the problem of high R&D costs, long innovation cycle, and high market risk, and prevent the leading edge from becoming a trap that hinders development.

Processing small and medium enterprises

Processing SMEs in the intelligent manufacturing ecosystem will undoubtedly face greater challenges and more limited development space.

The cost of labor, land, environment and other factors is rising, the value added value of the product manufacturing process is getting lower and lower, the profit is getting less and less, and the financing becomes more and more difficult. How far can the enterprise go in such an environment?

Especially with the deepening of the intelligentization of the production process, some conditional processing enterprises have realized cost reduction and efficiency improvement through “machine substitution” and SMT Exhibitions, and added value to the traditional processing small and medium after the product value transformation has been realized. The time of the enterprise is really not much.

Processing SMEs in the intelligent manufacturing ecosystem must go through a phoenix nirvana to find new space for survival and development.

Service-oriented SME

Service is the main direction of smart manufacturing development. For service-oriented SMEs, there are always many opportunities.

Internet + manufacturing has spawned a large number of new service formats, such as personalized customization, online detection, remote diagnosis and maintenance, data analysis, energy-saving services, etc., and most service products have low cost and large profit margins, which gives Service-oriented SMEs have a lot of opportunities for development.

However, precisely because of the many opportunities for development and low barriers to entry, more and more new companies will flood into the service sector and the SMT Exhibition, and the level of competition will become more intense.

At the same time, as information becomes more transparent, competition among enterprises becomes more open and fair, and the blue ocean is increasingly difficult to find. This means that companies must gain more competitive advantages and become more likely to be among thousands of competitors. Stand out from the crowd and have a place.

In general, smart manufacturing is still in its infancy in SMT Exhibitions. In the future, when it comes to smart manufacturing and smart factories, it must also make full use of the industrial automation equipment that has been widely used by Chinese manufacturing companies.

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