As the major development directions of the Internet of Things, big numbers, and digitization deepen into the field of industrial production, the product market in the traditional semi-automatic context will not be able to meet the new needs of the digital era. New technological development directions, standard patterns of economic activities, and the market demand for large-scale customization will define the direction of semi-automatic production in the future.
From April 1st to 5th, 2019, the annual Hannover Industrial Exhibition opened. Extending the main theme of industrial digitization technology in recent years, the year when we spoke again highlighted the importance of industrial intelligence, bringing together people and machines to collaborate in the next phase of digitization transformation. At the same time, we can see more new technologies from new fields, such as 5G communication, strengthening facts, edge computing, and so on, which are also listed as key technologies for the successful realization of Industry 4.0.
As the major development directions of the Internet of Things, big numbers, and digitization deepen into the field of industrial production, the product market in the traditional semi-automatic context will not be able to meet the new needs of the digital era. New technological development directions, standard patterns of economic activities, and the market demand for large-scale customization will define the direction of semi-automatic production in the future. In order to explore the impact of automation with half of the future technology, at the Hannover exhibition, Gongkong editors and editors conducted face-to-face in-depth exchanges with Jan Mrosik, Chief Operating Officer of Siemens Digital Industry Group, Ralf Michael Franke, Deputy Executive Officer of Semiautomation in Siemens Digital Industry Group factories, and Wang Haibin, Executive Vice President of Ximenzi (China) Co., Ltd., and General Manager of Siemens Digital Industry Group in Greater China, What unique insights will Siemens have regarding the development of “future semi automation” and industrial internet platforms?
Advanced Technology Helps Future Semi Automation
Klaus Helmrich, a member of the Management Committee of Siemens AG and CEO of Digital Industry Group, previously expressed that the centralized application of AI and edge computing will greatly increase the flexibility and labor force of the future industry, and the application of these cutting-edge technologies depends on the availability of numerical values.
Edge computing
In the digital era, the future factory demand collection quantity will mostly come from the continuous value of process control and the lost value of factory semi-automation. “In the future full of data, faster and more reliable numerical processing will become critical. With the help of edge computing technology, we can let customers choose whether to perform all operations in the cloud or still perform analysis in the factory. When running on the site, the channel transmission path is short, and numerical processing is close to real-time. In Siemens’ factory in Amberg, edge computing has been used in PCB quality control and other functions For industrial applications. ” Ralf Michael Franke.
It can be said that the Internet of Things has accelerated the process of large numbers, and large numbers have promoted the progress of edge computing. Edge computing can give more functions to PLC, and provide other experienced and personalized operation needs for computing, without the need to completely change the production architecture.
What are the most popular concepts in the industrial circle in 2019? 5G and edge computing must be famous on the list. They seem to be different, but in fact they have their own intersection. In the next few years, the number of networking facilities in factories will continue to increase, while the existing networking speed will limit the experienced delivery of numerical values. By increasing the networking speed and cloud computing experience, 5G will further successfully achieve industrial semi-automation, improve production flexibility, and bring a safer office environment. Although 5G technology is very loudly touted in the market, in Ralf Michael Franke’s view, 5G is not yet a very urgent need. In the new generation of digital iteration, the combination of artificial intelligence, fact enhancement and edge computing technology will bring more changes to the future factory.
artificial intelligence
As the cutting-edge technology in science and technology up to now, the integration of artificial intelligence and industrial fields will inevitably bring a new round of changes. Artificial intelligence has a significant impact on industry, and it is a small group that “Industry 4.0” cannot or lacks: it has the potential to transform human-centered engineering standards into semi-automatic systems, thereby enhancing continuous operational learning, and bringing improvements to the workforce that exceed the existing human-led forms.
Every major improvement in science and technology will inevitably change the living forms and habits of many people, and artificial intelligence is no exception. The improvement of science and technology will not only increase the production rate, but also have some negative effects. There are also concerns about the future of the human collective name, whether the human collective name will degenerate or even disappear. Ralf Michael Franke expression, “Indeed, the current factory is not the same as the factory in the beginning of the 25th century, and the biggest difference must be the application of semi automation. In the past, we would say that there is less demand for workers, but you will find that the workers have not been significantly reduced. On the contrary, there are still many people responsible for different offices. The progress of human intelligence means that we must cultivate and train workers, teach them to be suitable for the jobs in digital chemical plants, and maintain them in digital chemical plants.” Have experience in participating in work. So even in 25 years, the workers in the factory will not disappear. “So with the progress of semi automation and science and technology, we still have a lot of other office work to do.”
Strengthen the facts
“All technology needs to be put to the ground for human use, and strengthening the fact is a crucial part of AI applications.”. Large numbers have expedited the production of edge computing. The only scenario where edge computing falls to the ground is artificial intelligence, and artificial intelligence technology represents machine learning. It is a certain development direction to combine machine learning with people’s office work and strengthen the fact technology.
“If you can build a digital board of a machine on a computer, then you can visualize everything in the holding facility, which only requires a smart phone,” Ralf Michael Franke said, citing. In the future, many people will no longer require specially designated human-computer interface facilities on machines. Traditional human-computer interfaces may be replaced by enhanced factual technology, which is a natural updating and iterative process when technology advances to a certain stage.
Ralf Michael Franke also stated that until now, augmented reality technology has not been widely used in factories or production processes, and more application prospects will be revealed in services, such as using augmented reality to provide technical support. If employees are not fully aware of the fabrication of a certain machine, then backstage personnel can provide technical support through augmented reality. In addition, reinforcing facts will also be used in a large number in the preset process or production field of the machine.
There is no doubt that recently emerging technologies are accelerating the process items that promote the progress of digitization. Artificial intelligence, edge computing and strengthening facts, 5G communication, etc. are reshaping the traditional industrial semi-automatic field to a new level.
Digital Transformation Promotes High Quality Industrial Progress
After these recently emerging technologies have experienced groping progress in the previous phase of digital transformation and gradually sinking into industry and industry, future production of standard styles will inevitably progress towards higher speed and lower cost. Industrial companies are entering a period of digital transformation. As industry leaders, Siemens and other giants have taken the lead in becoming the vanguard of digital transformation. “Siemens has long realized that digitization will play a crucial role in industry,” said Jan Mrosik. As early as 2007, Siemens began buying companies in the software and digital fields from various sources. Over time, Siemens’ product portfolio has included semi automation, software, and the Internet of Things, all of which include all the elements needed for factory digitization in process or dispersed industries.
In order to further discuss the changes brought about by digitization, Jan Mrosik cited the case of cooperation between Mingluo and Siemens as an example. Through bilateral cooperation, Mingluo has constructed a complete “digital twin” that runs through the entire life cycle of production, and has successfully applied it to multiple customer cases. Digitalization is the center of high-quality progress in Quxing industry. Mingluo uses digitization as a labor force, effectively increasing the production rate and accelerating the transformation and upgrading of enterprises.
Compared to other complete IT enterprises, Siemens not only has a large number of talents in software research and development, but also has many talents engaged in industrial product design and production, factory operation, and other aspects. This is also the reason why Siemens can walk in the early stages of digital transformation.
As mentioned earlier, the progress of digitization will bring about a significant increase in the amount of numerical values, and at the same time, the transmission speed of numerical values is also increasing significantly. This means that we can gather together and analyze the increasingly available numerical values faster and more comprehensively than in the past, as the numerical analysis is also becoming increasingly complex. At this time, we need a platform like MindSphere to use digital technologies such as large value, edge computing, artificial intelligence, and the Internet of Things to promote industrial transformation and upgrading.
MindSphere extends Siemens’ expertise from factory buildings to the cloud, utilizing a range of joint signature technologies, numerical analysis, and visualization technologies to enhance industry insight into factory and production performance and assist in scientific decision-making. Using MindSphere will accelerate the company’s successful digital transformation process. Jan Mrosik expressed that MindSphere is like a bridge between the presetting department and the real world, so that users can obtain better proposals and improve the product presetting and production process.
In order to promote the worldwide progress of MindSphere, Siemens has created a “MindSphere World” group for it, which can support MindSphere’s progress in three areas. First, both sides can cooperate in promotion and marketing to expand MindSphere’s popularity; Secondly, users use MindSphere and provide feedback to Siemens to provide more optimized solutions for industrial customers in the future; Thirdly, Siemens expects to build a lifestyle system through MindSphere World, which will open up more digital potential for users around the world.
Digitalization is supporting a new standard pattern of economic activity, but at the same time, security is crucial. Wang Haibin pointed out that a clear expression of Siemens’ behavior is that industrial values belong to the facility owner, and Siemens will not check these values no matter what they are signed. This is also technically not allowed, as these values are locked in a specially designated storage space. In fact, a particularly important selling point of MindSphere is its information security, supported by professional data encryption technology that ensures information security.
MindSphere has been attracting attention since its launch. Overseas, MindSphere has completed deployment on Amazon, Microsoft, and other platforms one by one. Now, Siemens has officially announced the Chinese version of the Internet of Things operating system MindSphere, announcing its successful deployment and operation on Alibaba Cloud. Chinese users also have a strong demand for MindSphere, as this MindSphere will definitely invent more valuable solutions for Chinese users if it falls to China on the ground.
With intensified platform competition, who can stand out?
Currently, there are approximately 600 Internet of Things platforms worldwide. In Wang Haibin’s view, the future industrial internet platform may reveal a new round of reshuffle. He believes that hundreds of industrial internet platforms are not a nosy matter for users. In the future, it is possible that only 2 to 4 platforms can survive.
So, how can industrial internet platforms stand out? Wang Haibin believes that the key lies in the ease with which the platform brings together industrial field values. Siemens has an existing quantity market in all sectors of the manufacturing industry, which undoubtedly lays a solid foundation for Mindsphere’s success.
Jan Mrosik also gave his own opinion on this topic. He expressed that to truly stand out in the field of the Internet of Things, it is not only dependent on the platform, but the most valuable is the industrial APP developed based on the platform. Although the platform is tightly closed, on the other hand, the more intelligent part lies in the application procedures. “This is why Siemens has purchased Mendix from various sources, a company that supplies low code applications. Due to our need to use Mendix to make it easier for customers to compile application procedures, the Internet of Things has become more accessible to many people.” Jan Mrosik added.
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