Manufacturing integration and application of Troik

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The "troika" in the robot field: manufacturing, integration and application

abb is a leading enterprise in the field of power and automation technology in the world, and it is also one of the largest manufacturers of industrial robots in the world. P & G is the leader in the global daily chemical industry. In the field of automation and robot application, it has also become the first crab eater in the industry. In addition to a high-purity and ultra-high-purity non-ferrous metal material refining and purification technology and trace impurity testing technology; Besides manufacturers such as BB and application providers such as P & G, there are also integrators active in the market and supply of automation technology and equipment. These three constitute a complete chain in the field of automation, and they are also the troika that promotes the continuous development of the robot world

main players of upgrading

since entering the Chinese market in 1994, abb has gradually seen the needs of domestic enterprises. From being initially applied to dangerous or highly demanding jobs, to gradually replacing manual labor because skilled workers are increasingly difficult to recruit, robotics and automation systems increasingly highlight their advantages. Now, with the expansion of the scale, more and more enterprises began to pursue the stability of production and higher quality, which gave birth to a huge demand in this field

gu Chunyuan, senior vice president of ABB (China) Co., Ltd. and head of ABB North Asia and China discrete automation and motion control business department, told China business news that ABB's strategic decision was to establish a factory in China, not for lower costs, but for better access to customers; Establish a research and development center in Shanghai to timely understand and meet the needs of customers. At that time, we predicted that China would have a great demand for robot automation in the future, because the manufacturing industry would have to be upgraded. Gu Chunyuan said

as a leading manufacturer in the field of automation equipment and robots, abb timely saw the difference between its products and the domestic market demand. Unlike large robots used abroad, domestic customers prefer small and flexible robots. Therefore, abb takes the initiative to work with customers to develop products suitable for each other. The smallest robot IRB 120, China dragon and the world's fastest palletizing robot IRB 460, as well as the door opening robot and welding robot used in the automobile manufacturing industry, are all innovative sparks created by ABB's collision with local customers

according to Gu Chunyuan, in fact, the main force of industrial upgrading is not automation equipment and robot suppliers like abb. We provide core products to help enterprises upgrade technically. To truly realize the upgrading, manufacturing enterprises are the largest investors and participants. Rapoo technology's robot application and automation system transformation in the wireless peripheral industry is a new case. In the daily chemical industry, in addition to the automation of liquid production, P & G has also started the application of robots in raw material sorting, product packaging and stacking, logistics handling and stacking

Chen Rui, manager of the industrial automation technology department of the Engineering Department of P & G Asia Group, told that P & G began to use robot technology in China as early as twoorthree years ago. The reason why P & G can take the lead in the world is not only the leading formulation technology and concept, but also because it has adopted large-scale production at the beginning of its establishment, which has rapidly reduced the production cost of FMCG. More specifically, P & G's factory has already achieved 100% automation in the production process from raw materials to finished products. What has not yet been automated is only the front-end loading and back-end logistics, which P & G is gradually realizing

the factory in Taicang, Jiangsu Province is P & G's tenth factory in China and will become the largest production base in Asia in the future. In Taicang factory, which was officially put into operation in 2012, several ABB IRB 360 robots are picking up materials efficiently, grabbing items accurately and arranging items according to rules

according to Chen Rui, the robot used in Taicang factory is highly complex, because P & G's engineering department specially equipped it with a vision system to enable it to grasp materials accurately. Each robot has reduced the number of operating posts of 8-10 workers, and it is estimated that the cost will be recovered within a year or two. Chen Rui said

while the total number of people in P & G continues to decline, the output rate per head increases by 7%~8%. According to Chen Rui's calculation, if the comprehensive cost, equipment depreciation and maintenance costs are included, in the short term, the cost can be recovered in about 2-3 years and at most 5-6 years; In the long run, P & G's labor cost can be reduced by more than half, which means that the production efficiency can be doubled

production. Therefore, the rapid development trend of this kind of machinery and equipment and the change of process demand have promoted the development of domestic industrial robots. Competition among robot suppliers is also fierce. If it is not grown in time, the product will not meet the needs of customers and industry development, and will not keep up with the pace of automation upgrading. Similarly, when cooperating with other robot products or automation equipment, whoever is slow and who is short will be transformed. Chen Rui said

referring to the transformation of integration and application robots, Chen Rui said that the former and the cost of purchasing robots are basically 1:1. These involve the automation transformation of the whole production line. In addition to P & G's own engineering department and ABB's engineering department, there is also the cooperation of integrators

Guangzhou dayilong Packaging Machinery Co., Ltd. (hereinafter referred to as dayilong company) is a leading enterprise in China's beverage packaging machinery manufacturing industry, and is also the only listed automation solution provider in China, that is, the integrator of automation technology and equipment. In 2005, anticipating the increasing trend of labor costs and management requirements of enterprises, daylong company turned to the field of automation and began to provide a complete set of automation solutions for domestic enterprises

the first question to ask when communicating with customers is: what troubles the enterprise most now? Then start from this link to solve the worries of the enterprise. Luo Wenhai, director of daylong, said that from the initial automation integration for enterprises in the beverage industry to the present, the experience and resources accumulated by the company can provide customers with complete automation solutions, and customers even need to provide factories

starting with the most difficult process that customers think, and based on the automation system transformation of the whole production line, this is the task of daylong company as an integrator. This task is not only a simple integration of resources, but also requires more than 300 design engineers to jointly customize equipment for customers to form a complete set of automation system. In Luo Wenhai's concept, it is a very elementary idea to replace people with robots in only a few links, and the real automation must be the system transformation of the whole plant

obviously, from robot manufacturing to integration, and then to application, these three scientific and technological innovations have achieved remarkable results in the upgrading and transformation of China's manufacturing industry, which are indispensable main forces, and also the source of continuous creativity in running in and collaborative operations

future market of robots

for the development of automation and robots in China, what the manufacturing, integration and application parties see and expect is the future of this field

why choose robots? In Gu Chunyuan's view, there are four main reasons: first, for the health and safety of employees, dangerous positions need robots; Second, in order to ensure the quality and consistency of products, the accuracy and stability of robots can meet the needs of different processes for product quality; Third, in order to maintain the stability of costs, labor costs are soaring due to factors such as personnel mobility; Fourth, the need for transformation and upgrading of the whole era

among many reasons, Chen Rui especially emphasizes the problem of labor cost. He pointed out that the labor structure of society is changing. On the one hand, the popularity of higher education makes people with higher education unwilling to engage in basic manufacturing jobs; On the other hand, the new generation of migrant workers see that reading is useless and go out to work early. Without skills, enterprises need to invest funds to increase training. However, the high labor mobility rate makes the training investment of enterprises fall into a vicious circle. Therefore, Chen Rui said: on the whole, China's labor cost is increasing at a rate of 10% to 15% per year, which includes not only the wage level, but also the training cost and opportunity cost, which is terrible

in addition, in terms of product quality control, Chen Rui also believes that the competition of daily chemical products tends to be intense, and the technical threshold is very low. Therefore, in the case of extremely fierce price competition, quality must be relied on to maintain the competitiveness of products. At the same time, Chinese consumers' requirements for quality have also achieved a rational return. This makes product quality control become the core element of P & G

nowadays, the young workers in P & G factories are no longer the traditional low-end manufacturing workers. They are like drivers sitting in the control room. Their task is to drive the whole production line well and make it run at high speed on the normal track. Although not without pressure, with the improvement of automation, the physical strength and energy required of employees will gradually decrease, while the requirements for their knowledge and skills will increase. With the increase, naturally, there is also a sense of achievement obtained through manipulation

according to Chen Rui, the error rate of products has also decreased by about 20% to 30% due to the application of robots, and the error of stacking link has been completely eliminated. It can be said that the application of new technology has led P & G in production cost and quality control

then, does the development of automation mean a higher and higher degree of automation and robots replacing manual labor? The above three agree that the future must be a mode of human-computer cooperation, and it is also a process of continuous transformation from manual workers to skilled workers. People are the most automated, so human-computer interaction is naturally the best mode. Gu Chunyuan said

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