The so-called smart factory is to achieve the following two things:
1. Connect various equipment in the factory into a network
2. Obtain data related to the devices of the management point from various angles
1. Visualization of various activities within the factory
2. Clarification of information and causality between information
Then take the necessary actions to do better things like this:
A smart factory is like a factory with a unified brain, and the information obtained by hands and feet is not different
In contrast, in a smart factory, departments or equipment belonging to the same stratum are able to exchange information flexibly through the network even if they belong to the upper and lower strata. In a smart factory, there is no gap between any department or equipment supplier.
This is the same situation as the opening of enterprise information systems in the 1990s.
In the past, personal computers produced by different manufacturers could not be connected to each other. It is a fool's dream to connect personal computers with business computers and cooperate. But now the CPU (central processing unit) in the office, including photocopiers, are connected to each other for granted. Similarly, the various equipment in the factory will also be connected to each other.
As long as you connect to each other through the network, you can greatly reduce the time gap. It must have depended on the sharing of information by the person in charge of the job, and sharing and using information from the organizational point of view, it will become easier.
At that time, the thinking of the brain will be immediately communicated to the limbs, and everything felt by the limbs will be immediately communicated to the brain.
What makes a smart factory?
Smart factory is a concept accompanied by concrete "mechanism". The core part of this "mechanism" is mainly presented in the form of "information system".
However, please note that the "information system" mentioned here is a new concept, which is different from the "control information system" of the ERP type that has become increasingly popular in the manufacturing industry, and the "control" of factory automation equipment that is active in the manufacturing front line. "Systems and robots", or "information systems" such as group software for company-wide communication.
So, what are the characteristics of a smart factory system in order to be a smart factory? We discuss separately below.
The top layer is the factory management system, which deals with the information needed for factory operations. Including financial information, the business indicators called KPI (Key Performance Indicator), as well as the indicators that companies must pay attention to when they assume social responsibility, such as carbon dioxide reduction, are all here.
In recent years, smart factories, smart agriculture, and smart medical care have become a trend. According to the statistics of the Capital Policy Committee, the current global scale of smart factories exceeds US$200 billion per year, and it is estimated that it will reach US$300 billion in three years. And how should companies build smart manufacturing platforms and applications? How to properly plan and evaluate beforehand in order to find a MES manufacturing execution system solution suitable for the enterprise? How to build a smart factory with high applicability through virtual integration, Internet of Things, smart devices and robot applications? MES will be the decisive key and main axis for the establishment of smart factories and the move towards Industry 4.0.