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Eaton builds smart factories to meet the dawn of the new industrial era

Eaton builds smart factories to meet the dawn of the new industrial era

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in the past few decades, the manufacturing industry has experienced many ups and downs. Now, we have witnessed the arrival of the next era - the era of industry 4.0. In Asia, the outline of the 13th five year plan recently released by China has played a role in promoting the new era of manufacturing. This outline puts forward the application of new technologies and the development of new industries, marking China's transformation from traditional manufacturing to new manufacturing

according to Eaton's research on the sub industry of mechanical original equipment manufacturers, the global industrial automation market is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 5.5% in the future. By 2017, there will be 7 steel-making enterprises and 10 iron smelting enterprises in our city, and the market size will reach US $210billion. At present, the development momentum of the industrial automation market is very strong. Therefore, we need to carefully observe its development law and reassess the existing strategy in order to make full use of this new development stage of the manufacturing industry

the significance of industry 4.0

the way we operate our business has changed. Now, disruptive business models and technologies can make or break an enterprise. To some extent, continuous change has made enterprises fall into the situation of "either subversion or subversion". Just as intelligence is for Nokia and Uber is for the taxi industry, industry 4.0 will also make enterprises that are not good at innovation and can not keep up with the pace of the times obsolete and eliminated

industry 4.0 is about to revolutionize the manufacturing industry through digitalization and automation. McKinsey com, the world's top consulting company, pointed out the four driving factors of this revolution: the increase of data volume and network connection, the emergence of data analysis and business intelligence functions, new forms of human-computer interaction (such as touch interface), and the improvement of the way to transmit digital information to the real world guided by technologies such as 3D printing and information modeling

big data and data analysis can significantly improve the productivity and product quality of the manufacturing industry, while real-world digitalization can promote collaboration and interoperability. Automation can not only improve efficiency, but also help to reduce the risk of human error, eliminate mechanized and trivial work tasks, and ultimately promote the labor force in the manufacturing industry to improve their skills

in the past, various elements of the industry value chain (such as design, planning and Engineering) were realized separately. In the era of industry 4.0, new technologies combine these elements to achieve unprecedented seamless collaboration

big data in the manufacturing industry

nowadays, the publicity of IOT is overwhelming, which is not unreasonable. IOT gives machines digital sound, so that they can communicate with each other on location, status, temperature and other information. By using these systems and optimizing the data flow between components, enterprises can improve production efficiency, enhance the transparency of operations, and reduce risks as much as possible by improving the predictability of the dynamic environment

realize the digitalization of manufacturing process through IOT technology, so that we can obtain information and data about our own operations that we have never known before. From these data, we can gain in-depth insight into the manufacturing process, identify problems (such as deterioration or component wear), and improve the transparency of decision-making

by narrowing the gap between the real world and the digital world, we can participate in the operation of manufacturing business more seamlessly and intuitively. By converting numbers into insights, we can greatly optimize the manufacturing process of the factory, avoid waste or inefficient links, and ultimately bring practical business benefits

energy efficiency of smart factories

in view of the rising energy bills and increasingly stringent regulatory requirements faced by enterprises, energy efficiency is one of the most serious challenges faced by manufacturers today. Therefore, solutions that enable customers to save energy consumed by machinery, equipment and factory facilities will receive widespread attention

improving energy efficiency can be achieved by measuring energy in the manufacturing process, which helps to identify areas where energy can be saved. Technologies such as Eaton's lean power solution can transmit data from the controller to the actuator/sensor in real time, so that all data related to power and energy consumption can be used by the whole machine and a single actuator. This information can be used in factories and machines to optimize energy consumption, perform preventive diagnostics, and optimize processes

new challenges faced by smart factories

in today's smart factories, many manufacturing processes have been automated, reducing people's participation, thus reducing the generation of human errors

machines in the future will become more intelligent, so we need to configure more intelligent devices in these machines so that they can make decisions by themselves. Eaton provides three solutions for the manufacturing industry. Among them, smartwir plastic shoes and plastic sole e-devices enable enterprises to better adjust to adapt to the production mode of today's smart factories

with the current rising labor costs in China, manufacturers are looking for more effective ways to improve productivity and productivity. Revolutionary products such as Eaton's smartwire DT solution can effectively reduce the cabling workload by about 70%, so as to achieve greater operational transparency, while minimizing downtime and labor costs. In China, this solution is adopted by Zoomlion, one of the largest construction solution suppliers in China

smart devices are the key to providing power for the operation of smart factories. This is particularly important for the Asian market, which focuses on serving high-end mechanical OEM customers using complex mechanical equipment. In order to maximize the benefits of mechanical automation, the manufacturing industry must strategically use intelligent technology and equipment to reduce the difficulties in operating such complex machinery and other related problems caused by these new systems

in China, where energy is in short supply, new energy enterprises such as solar energy and wind power have a strong development momentum, especially relying on such high-end machinery and equipment. Devices such as Eaton's solar inverter solutions can effectively reduce the maintenance costs associated with these new devices. By improving the overall reliability and efficiency of the equipment, intelligent equipment has become an indispensable part of the development of the manufacturing industry

make full use of the potential of industry 4.0

so what will manufacturers do next? The first and most important point is to advocate the transformation of digital thinking in the industry. Industry 4.0 is not a specific technology or system, but a method of conducting business

the second is to fully integrate automation into the company's business strategy to maximize its potential. We can't just think of automation as a remedy for hindsight, but as a reasonable business model - with the advent of industry 4.0, such a business model will help your company maintain its due competitiveness

finally, we should recognize the importance of recruiting talents in this field. These talents will become the "spokesperson" of industry 4.0, take the lead in the company and lead the change decisively. Adopting intelligent infrastructure within the company and encouraging employees to access operational data can encourage them to embrace an efficient and innovative corporate culture that will last forever

only by taking active actions to promote the development and reform of the manufacturing industry, can we truly become the leader of the industrial 4.0 road. The "mechanical test standard" of furniture has the final say, rather than the follower of the current

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