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Automation Technologies 3/2016

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Beijing: the heart of North China’s industrial transformation NEWS AND MARKETS Sushen Doshi At a robotics conference held in Beijing, China’s vice president, Li Yuanchao, delivered a message from China’s leader, Xi Jinping, making it clear that automation and robotics would be a major priority for the country’s economic future. Over the past 5 years, companies in China have increasingly adopted the use of digitalization and automation to combat worker shortages, rising wages, increase efficiency and to cut production costs. China has been long known as a source of lowcost manual labour, but as the cost of automation drops and wages increase, industrial automation is looking further more attractive. At a robotics conference held in Beijing, China’s vice president, Li Yuanchao, made it clear that automation and robotics would be a major priority for the country’s economic future. The automation of China’s production plants is still in the beginning stages, but is expected to double within the next few years. Not only is the industry ripe for growth, but the Chinese government is providing incentives and subsidies and is pushing for a shift from the manufacturing of manually assembled low-quality products towards higher-value products that require the precision of automation. The Guangdong province, for example, has announced that it will spend RMB 943 billion to have 80 % of its factories automated by 2020. Similarly, Guangzhou, Dongguan, Foshan and Shenzhen have begun implementing advanced automation technologies and robotics on their production lines. But it is not only South China, even North China and Beijing have specifically targeted industrial automation and robotics as one of the main sectors for development, Author: Sushen Doshi, correspondent India for AUTOMATION TECHNOLOGIES hoping to create 4 to 5 domestic firms to meet its target in accordance to China’s needs. As an important Chinese industrial base, North China and in particular Beijing, is a centre for industry sectors like the automobile and auto-components manufacturing, machinery manufacturing, construction materials, food processing, electronics assembly and manufacturing industry. Beijing is also the home for major industry players in the field of micro-electronics, opto-mechanical-electronic devices and industrial automation equipment industry. The Beijing-Tianzhu Free Trade Zone is established especially considering the scope for development of the industrial automation sector in North China. This Beijing-Tianzhu FTZ generates more than 200 billion RMB annually. To encourage more and more industrial automation activity in the region, the State council has provided generously with favourable taxation, customs and foreign exchange policies. Made in China 2025 The ‘Made in China 2025’ is the government’s comprehensive and ambitious industrial plan which aims to remedy the country’s manufacturing problems by significantly upgrading the entire sector. Its immediate aims are to improve quality, productivity and digitisation. To accomplish its goals, China’s manufacturing industry will have to move from employing a heavy workforce on the assembly line towards using more and more industrial automation, electronics, IT and a strong focus on digitally integrating production lines and factories. To participate in North China’s automation rally, the international trade fair Industrial Automation Beijing is definitely the starting point. This trade fair is focused on catering industrial clients in North China and promoting “Made in China 2025” by introducing the upcoming trends, technologies and products in the field of industrial automation. As the most influential automation event in Northern China, Industrial Automation Beijing 2016 opens on 11 th May and lasts for 3 days until the 13 th of May at the Beijing Exhibition Center. With more than 200 leading companies worldwide showcasing their products and intelligent technologies within a display area of 20,000 sq. meters, attracting more than 15,000 industry personnel from all industry sectors and ranks. This exhibition presents exhibitors not only from China but from all over the world, including USA, Germany, Japan, Taiwan, India, Holland and France. Visitors, mainly representing the machinery manufacturing, aerospace, automobile, electronics, food and beverage, pharmaceuticals, packaging and machine tools industry attend this international event in search of new innovations, products and solutions for their industrial requirements. AUTOMATION TECHNOLOGIES 3/2016

Industry highlights This trade show hosts a wide range of products and technologies related to motion control, sensors and connectors, industrial robotics, machine vision and additive manufacturing. Located in the core area of the show, the industrial robots zone, features, apart from the latest robotic technologies from local as well as global manufacturers, the “Industrial Robot Automation - Application Conference”. Experts from the China’s robot industry and their counterparts from major robot manufacturers discuss about the current market scenarios, future product developments and explain their technological successes in various application industries. This conference creates a convenient platform of knowledge transfer and interactions for participating specialists and visitors. China has always been a huge market for sensor related products. At the Beijing exhibition centre, on display are wide variety of sensors and transducers including the identification sensors, measuring sensors, safety sensors and transducer systems. In the field of control technology, the visitors can see compact control systems like PLCs and IPC based control systems including all the hardware for IPCs and the software for control technology. Beijing also showcases industrial software products for project planning, plant administration, human interface technology and cloud computing applications. With increasing digitization and more and more industry 4.0 concepts being implemented in the factories, the consistently growing area of cyber security for automation is also displayed at the IA-Beijing. In the field of industrial communications, the trade fair has exhibitors demonstrating products and solutions for industrial Ethernet and field bus systems, sensor/actuator communication systems and technology for communication in hazardous areas. The motion control zone features various motors, drive and motion control systems and components; it also includes the control cabinet systems, industrial housing, cable and fibre-optic systems. It covers all the application industries and caters to most of the domestic demand for automation equipment. The newly added machine vision area is dedicated to application of machine vision products and solutions in industrial automation. At the Forum on Machine Vision Technology and Industrial Application, real cases are used to help resolve the various difficulties currently faced by enterprises in this field. German Pavilion After China, it’s Germany that has the highest number of exhibitors and representation from all the product categories. At the Industrial Automation Beijing, German companies take the opportunity to display their state of the art technologies and innovative products to the visitors coming from various parts of the world. For visitors it provides a perfect chance to gain insight and technical know-how of the upcoming German trends like the Industry 4.0. The German pavilion at the Industrial Automation Beijing serves as a direct platform for interaction with German enterprises and experience Germany’s engineering expertise. For North China’s technical experts and the management personnel representing their businesses small or big, the Industrial Automation Beijing is a must attend event, as it provides the visitors and exhibitors an excellent location to collect relevant market information, find new products and innovations, place orders at the show, find new suppliers, distributors and clients, develop new businesses and collect information for future purchases and investments, and a chance to interact with global experts in the field of industrial automation to share knowledge and create a strong network. Photographs: teaser fotolia Your Global Automation Partner All in full view! The Cabinet Guard The IMX12-CCM in its 12.5 mm DIN rail housing monitors the degree of protection and the environment variables in cabinets and protective housings After simple teaching on the spot, the device reports incorrectly closed doors as well as excesses of temperature and indoor humidity Condition monitoring, easy to install and retrofittable, thanks to intrinsically safe 2-wire transducer supply-interface, even in the Ex-area


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