3, man-machine cooperation, cooperation and win-win
Wang Jian told the "World Manager": "Intelligent production line is not only the improvement of automation level, it needs to consider the production efficiency of equipment, the rate of qualified products, the operation rate, etc. It is important to cooperate with humans and machines, not necessarily all. automation."
Take a factory owned by Mitsubishi Electric Group as an example. The factory was relatively single in product type more than 20 years ago and needed to be mass-produced. At that time, a fully automatic production line with a length of over 60 meters was introduced. The production efficiency is very high when it is just built, but as time and environment change, the operating rate of equipment gradually declines. The reason is that the market demand for small batches and multi-categories has increased, and the types of products in factories have become increasingly abundant. When the production line is replaced with a production machine, it requires a certain amount of downtime, which reduces the operating rate of the production line.
Wang Jian further explained that when people talk about production efficiency, they often only talk about the production efficiency per unit time, and rarely consider the unit area. The production line of sixty-seven meters long is actually very large, and the production method is not suitable for the current market environment. So the production method was re-engineered: the flexibility of people and the efficiency of the equipment were combined to form a work unit for human-machine collaboration. Each unit only needs one person, but many industrial robots are used and enhanced. Data analysis and other capabilities. For such a transformation, Wang Jian gave a data comparison: the production line of “human-machine collaboration” occupies only 1/9 of the original area, while the equipment operation rate is greatly improved, achieving efficient and flexible production.
In Wang Jian's view, the key to intelligent manufacturing is to give full play to the synergy between people, machines and IT, to improve operations from the production site, reduce the overall cost of covering the entire supply chain and engineering chain, and create value for the enterprise. Improve their competitiveness in their respective fields.
“Every company is committed to solving the problems of manufacturing. It is both a competitor and a partner. The future manufacturing industry will be more open, and the competitive enterprises will only compete at a certain level or in a certain field. More often It is everyone who is on the same open platform, exerting their own technological advantages, forming alliances and jointly providing solutions for enterprises. The eF@ctoryAlliance mentioned above is also based on this trend." Wang Jian said.
“Made in China 2025” is a comprehensive national policy that enhances innovation, integrates industrialization and informatization, enhances product quality, builds brands, and promotes environmentally friendly manufacturing. High-end industrial machinery, electric power equipment, electric vehicles and other new energy vehicles and medical equipment have become the top 10 national key industries, and Mitsubishi Electric's mature and advanced technologies in various fields will contribute to these key industries and related businesses.