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Future Digital Factories and e-F@ctory

06 April 20176 min reading

“Under the emergence of a new industrial age called Industry 4.0 or “Fourth Industrial Revolution” lies the desire to meet human needs with automation systems in which cyber systems are also involved. In this process, which is described as the digitalization of the industry, robots are playing a bigger role thanks to the speed and convenience they provide.”

Tolga BİZEL Mitsubishi Electric Türkiye Senior Manager for Factory Automation Systems and Original Equipment Manufacturing and Business Development tolga_bizelIn Industry 4.0, establishing production lines that can meet the rapidly changing and personalizing human needs in the fastest and most efficient way has become the most important agenda of the industry. The role of robots in this new production concept is also increasing. In this process which is summarized as the digitalization of the industry, the transition to the digital factory equipped with advanced robot technology is gaining importance for Turkey to reinforce its power in production. It is possible today to establish the future digital factories in Turkey. Responding to the Industry 4.0 process with the digital factory concept known as e-F@ctory, Mitsubishi Electric enables the establishment of the factories to meet all the needs of the new industry and testing the production through the creation of a virtual factory prior to the establishment.

Under the emergence of a new industrial age called Industry 4.0 or “Fourth Industrial Revolution” lies the desire to meet human needs with automation systems in which cyber systems are also involved. In this process, which is described as the digitalization of the industry, robots are playing a bigger role thanks to the speed and convenience they provide. Mitsubishi Electric, a world leader in the field of electricity, electronics and automation, responds to the Industry 4.0 process with the digital factory concept known as e-F@ctory and draws attention with advanced robot technologies which are an important part of the processes.

COUNTRIES THAT CAN PRODUCE PERSONALIZED PRODUCTS WILL COME TO THE FORE It is expected that there will be great competition among the first 15 countries of the world economy in the next 40 years. It is estimated that the level of development in terms of producing personalized products will determine the first 5 countries, among them will be Japan. For these products, it is necessary to develop production systems which have been supported by cyber physics systems and have acquired an entirely automatic structure.

A brand new industry evolution process has begun in the world. Establishing production lines that can meet the rapidly changing and personalizing human needs in the fastest and most efficient way has become the most important agenda of the industry. Your ability to adapt your investment in your production line to new needs in the most ergonomic way, within a system of autonomous, self-shaping machines and robots, actually describes the new phase of the industry. It is envisaged that countries that can accommodate this new stage and that can produce self-changing production lines will have a manufacturing sector that can meet the rapidly changing personalized needs.

PRODUCTIVITY MEASUREMENT BEFORE PRODUCTION WITH THE VIRTUAL FACTORY It is possible to establish the future digital factories with the e-F@ctory concept, Mitsubishi Electric’s response to the Industry 4.0. In today’s increasingly competitive environment, you have to optimize your production to meet the demand for personalized products. With the e-F@ctory concept of Mitsubishi Electric, it is possible to build a factory to meet all the needs of the new industry and create a virtual factory before installation. You can see your needs and productivity by running your virtual factory first and shape your investments accordingly. The Mitsubishi Electric’s e-F@ctory concept, which uses advanced technologies to optimize all factory processes from management to production and provides significant cost savings in production, carries you a step ahead of the global competition.

The fast connection and short renewal time of the e-F@ctory concept, which stands for digital factory, ensures gearshift in efficient production. The system, which can be monitored online, allows the production to be controlled at anytime and anywhere. Thanks to this system through which it is possible to access many information needed in the production phase, for example, in case of a faulty product, a retrospective control can be conducted to see if there is any problem in the production line. Then a decision stage can be created to resolve this problem on its own.

Fast robots with as much sensitivity as human hands…

The robots, which are of great importance in the production process, play a bigger role in the industry with the speed and convenience they provide. We aim to provide more flexible production, reduce costs and improve employee comfort with the use of the robots. Robots have today become a very common work force. At this point, Mitsubishi Electric, which stands out with its advanced robot technology, produces fast robots that are as sensitive as those of human arms and hands in many sectors such as food, medicine, packaging, automotive and white goods. Mitsubishi Electric, which produces all parts of the robots itself, transfers its production knowledge and experience to its customers through robots.

Mitsubishi Electric robots are often preferred in assembly and quality control areas such as door handles mounting in cars and sound system keys testing. In addition, Mitsubishi Electric has many robotic solutions in food and packaging sectors such as packaging of wet wipes and medicines and painting and gluing of shoes and packing of cube sugar and in dosing and packaging processes where fast production is required.

SEMI-HUMAN ROBOTS CAN WORK IN FACTORIES It is foreseen that the next generation of future robot systems will be multi-robot, parallel-structured, multi-fingered handlers and mechanisms involving walking machines. It is even possible to produce semi-human robots or robotic forms of human limbs. Just as the most popular technological trend is mobility, it is projected that the same will be true for the robots in the future. Whatever the future of artificial intelligence, intelligent cities, or mobile devices, the expectation that robots will be present as a complement to all of them is gaining momentum.

COST REDUCTION A MUST FOR THE COMPETITION Turkey is a country with production capability. In order to be able to sustain production capability, it is necessary to compete and in order to compete, it is necessary to increase production quality and reduce costs. Robotic systems are the most ideal solution that can offer all of them together

Mitsubishi Electric Factory Automation Systems’ digital factory technology e-F@ctory can communicate with other products in the robotics production line because all products in factory automation in the e-F@ctory concept are integrated with each other and work with an open architecture. Thus, it is easier than ever to keep pace with the competition conditions by optimizing the production lines according to individual needs.

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