July has been an interesting month for Industry 4.0, with trade news causing manufacturers worldwide to start paying attention to new ways to manage their supply chain. From Indonesia to India, we’ve seen news that have discussed manufacturing challenges and investment in close detail. Read our top three, below:
Indonesia Doubles Down on Industry 4.0 Investment
For Indonesian manufacturers that have been looking at ‘Making Industry 4.0’, that was announced back in April, the Indonesian government has provided even more impetus to ramp up your adoption of Industry 4.0. As reported in the Jakarta Post:
“The Trade Industry is getting an additional Rp 2.57 trillion (US$178 million) after the House Commission VI overseeing industry affairs agreed to financially support the development of Industry 4.0.” – the Jakarta Post
Focusing on the industry segments of textiles, garment, automotive, electronics, and chemicals, the extra budget will bring Indonesian manufacturers up to date through the improvement of supply chains and product quality. The overall aim is for Indonesian manufacturers to adjust to the digital economy, and the Indonesian government is willing to help support that.
China Embraces Industrial Robots
Even China, the “world’s factory”, is looking to incorporate Industry 4.0 technologies into their factories in order to stay competitive. A new report was recently released by the China Robot Industry Alliance (CRIA), and the results show that there was an increase of 58% in the number of industrial robots sold from 2016 to 2017.
With a corresponding record-high growth in demand for industrial robots, China is signalling its next step in manufacturing, especially in the metal, electronics and food industries. The country is also embracing foreign-made products, as per GB times :
“Foreign brands continue to dominate the world's largest industrial robot market, with sales totalling 103,000 units. However, the domestic manufacturers' market share shrank by six percentage points to less than 27 percent.” – Gbtimes
India Works With Cobots
Another country looking to make full use of Industry 4.0 to boost their manufacturing productivity? India, especially companies in the FMCG and healthcare sector.
As per the New Indian Express, Cobots, or Collaborative Robots, are becoming more and more popular in India. This is in contrast to the low adoption of industrial robots in the country, due to the lack of skilled programmers and workers trained in Internet of Things (IoT) machinery. In order to fully embrace Industrial robots, there is a need for large-scale investment in digitalisation, machinery, and training, and that can be tough for factories, especially the smaller ones, to implement.
To manage, Indian factories have started using Cobots, as they can move with minimal human intervention but are easier to program, and easier to implement in existing factories. The factory can thus reduce lead time by giving these Cobots roles in the manufacturing processes and assembly lines, while not having to launch a large-scale digital transformation yet.
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