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WORLD OF INDUSTRIES - Industrial Automation 3/2017

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WORLD OF INDUSTRIES - Industrial Automation 3/2017

For China, the road to

For China, the road to factory of the future begins in Beijing Author: Sushen Doshi, International correspondent for World of Industries – Industrial Automation As northern China’s leading trade fair for industrial automation, robotics and smart manufacturing, Industrial Automation Beijing 2017, showcases intelligent technologies that stand at the top of China’s agenda for modernizing its industries. Industry 4.0, a strategic initiative by Germany to establish itself as a leading market and a provider of advanced manufacturing solutions. This initiative is set to revolutionize manufacturing and production. In response to Germany’s Industry 4.0, China launched its own concept of “Made in China 2025”. It represents a paradigm shift from traditional to smart manufacturing, where intelligent machines, systems and networks are capable of exchanging and reacting to information in order to manage industrial production processes. With China’s decades-long manufacturing boom now coming to an end, the Chinese leadership is now betting on automation and digitalization of its manufacturing industry. Since 2013, China has seen a large scale deployment of industrial automation and robotics within its factories. Automation and robotics are becoming a game changer for China’s economy. In terms of manufacturing competitiveness, lower cost is its only advantage and with rapidly increasing labor wages, this advantage too seems to be waning off. In order to improve its global competitiveness, industrial automation, robotics and smart manufacturing have become an essential part of China’s industrial transformation. In 2014, Chinese President Xi Jinping, spoke about the ‘robot revolution’. In 2009, the worldwide market for industrial robotics was 60,000, it then surged to more than 250,000 in 2015. According to International Federation for Robotics, China has been the world’s number one buyer of robots and is on track to overtake Japan, as the world’s top operator for robots. Despite being the world largest buyer of robots, the robot penetration in China’s manufacturing landscape remains relatively low, at just 36 robots per 1 000 manufacturing employees in 2015. This data provides a perfect scenario, as it shows there is tremendous room for growth in the sector. Automation drive in south and even in north China NEWS AND MARKETS China’s ambitious automation drive is set with an objective to surpass Japan, U.S and Germany as a manufacturing prowess by centennial anniversary of China in 2049. China’s 13th five year plan, a national policy blueprint, highlights automation and robotics as a strategic industry sector in China by making available billions of dollars in terms of incentives and subsidies to companies. In 2015, the Guangdong province, China’s leading manufacturing hub pledged to spend more than $ 150 billion in automating and upgrading its manufacturing industry. Across the manufacturing belt that hugs China’s southern coastline, thousands of factories are turning to automation in a government-backed industrial transformation. But it is not only South China, even North China and Beijing are in the race to deploy latest technologies in automation and robotics as one of the main sectors for development. Apart from being the political capital of China, Beijing is also one of the most important industrial base in northern China. It is a centre for industry sectors like the automobile and auto-com- WORLD OF INDUSTRIES – INDUSTRIAL AUTOMATION 3/2017

ponents manufacturing, machinery manufacturing, cement, iron ore and steel, pharmaceuticals and food processing and electronics industry. Over the past few years, the new free trade zones in and around Beijing are becoming a hub for industries related to micro- electronics, opto-mechanical-electronics and hardware for automation industries. Industrial Automation Beijing 2017 The international trade fair ‘Industrial Automation Beijing 2017’ promises to be the most exciting place for large as well as small companies, who interested to make the most out of north China’s automation boom. This trade fair is focused on catering manufacturing industries in North China by introducing the upcoming trends, technologies and products in the field of industrial automation. Regarded as the most influential automation event of the year in Northern China, ‘Industrial Automation Beijing 2017’, opens on 10 th May at the Beijing Exhibition Center. This 3 day event hosts more than 200 leading companies from all over the world, showcasing their products and intelligent technologies within a display area of 20,000 m 2 and attracting up to 20,000 professionals and industry experts from all the relevant industry sectors. This exhibition presents exhibitors not only from China but also from countries like USA, Germany, Japan, Taiwan, India, Holland and France. Visitors mainly representing the OEM’s from machinery, machine tools, automobiles, packaging and electronics manufacturers, and end user companies from food and beverage, and pharmaceuticals industry attend this international event in search of new and innovative products and solutions for their industrial requirements. Considering the variety of application industries, the organizers of ‘Industrial Automation Beijing 2017’ have categorized the different areas of automation under several specialized themes: Industrial Robotics Arena: The robotics forum and the display area forms the heart of the show, this sector features industrial robots and hosts the ‘Robotics Application Conference’. Specialists from the Chinese robotics industry and representatives from globally leading robot manufacturers talk about modern robotic applications and capabilities along with a brief outlook for future developments in the sector. Like in the previous years, Speakers will also share some of the success stories from the automotive and electronics industries, which are currently the largest buyers for robots. Sensors: China has been a huge consumer market as well as a manufacturer for sensor technology and related products. At ‘Industrial Automation Beijing 2017’, on display are wide variety of sensors and transducers including the identification sensors, industrial image processing sensors, measuring sensors, safety sensors and transducer systems providing solutions for industrial applications. Control technology: In the field of control technology, visitors can see control systems like PLCs, Scada, embedded systems and industrial PC based control systems including all the hardware for industrial PCs. Products and systems demonstrated in this segment form the backbone of any automation project. IT and Software: Any talk of automation without its relevant software is futile. With an aim to provide visitors a complete portfolio of automation related products, Beijing also showcases softwares for industrial applications like project planning, plant administration, integrated management and production planning software, ERP, software for control technology and programming, cloud computing applications and cyber security for automation and automated plants. Industrial Communication: With Industry 4.0 gaining more importance, the need for seamless communication with advanced capabilities and flexibilities in the industrial set up is also advancing. In this arena, the trade fair has exhibitors demonstrating products and technologies for improved industrial Ethernet and other field bus systems, sensor/actuator communication systems and technology for communication even in hazardous areas. Motion Control: The motion control zone features various electrical as well as mechanical drive and motion control systems; It covers all the application industries and caters to most of the domestic demand for automation equipment. Machine Vision: It is a relatively new segment added to the Industrial Automation Beijing portfolio. This area is dedicated to application of products like robotic simulation and machine vision systems. At the Machine Vision Technology forum, demonstrations of the real industrial cases are undertaken to showcase various ways to resolve the difficulties currently faced by enterprises in the field. Photographs: lead photo Fotolia, others Nicole Steinicke www.industrial-automation-beijing.com Everyone needs one Servocouplings for all drive constellations –inexpensive price –wide product range –short lead time www.mayr.com your reliable partner MAYR-Englisch.indd 1 03.04.2017 15:57:07 WORLD OF INDUSTRIES – INDUSTRIAL AUTOMATION 3/2017