Ningbo: Accelerating “machine substitution” requires the joint efforts of the government and enterprises

AsiaIndustrial NetNews: Recently, the third Ningbo InternationalRobotwith intelligent processingexhibitionAnd the 18th China Internationalmachine toolThe equipment exhibition ended in Zhejiang Ningbo International Convention and Exhibition Center. The author’s visit found that driven by the construction of the “Made in China 2025” pilot demonstration city, more and more Ningbo enterprises have accelerated the pace of “machine substitution” and are striving to move forward in the direction of intelligent manufacturing.

“Machine substitution” advances in depth

“This Robot is very powerful. It is not too hard or tired. The key is high efficiency.” Cai Zhanggen, operation director of Ningbo Bakerwell Intelligent Technology Co., Ltd., pointed to the Robot at work and introduced it to the author. To demonstrate his newly configured visual positioning system, he asked the author to place a workpiece at random. I saw that the robot quickly and accurately grabbed the workpiece and placed it at the pneumatic grinding head for processing. The whole process was very smooth and attracted the attention of many visitors.

According to reports, in the past two years, with the help of the “machine substitution” wave, more and more manufacturing enterprises have begun to embark on the road of transformation and upgrading.automation equipmentandindustryThe demand for robots is also increasing. “last yearExhibitionDuring the period, our company completed seven or eight orders, with sales of nearly 20 million yuan. Orders and sales are expected to double this year compared to last year. ” Cai Zhanggen said.

The reason why the wind of “machine substitution” is getting stronger is that new equipment is becoming a strong engine to promote the rapid development of enterprises. Cai Zhanggen calculated an account for the author: the price of a grinding robot is less than 300,000 yuan, but it can bear the workload of at least 6 skilled workers. According to the annual salary of 70,000 yuan for one worker, the annual salary of 6 workers needs 420,000 yuan. Using the grinding robot can recover the cost for one year, and ensure the grinding quality, improve the product performance, and enhance the core competitiveness of the enterprise.

Another set of data shows that “machine substitution” is advancing in depth. According to the statistics of the organizer of the exhibition, on the one hand, the exhibition area is 35,000 square meters, more than 500 manufacturers participated in the exhibition, and the number of booths increased by 20%. There are also foreign enterprises participating in the robot exhibition area this year; on the other hand, the customers attracted by the exhibition The groups are becoming more and more diverse, showing a trend of extending from manufacturing to other industries.

Accelerating forward is a lot of trouble

“Machine-to-human” is not a need for human beings. What is lacking now is precisely human beings, and there is a lack of technical technicians and technical engineers. The author learned in the interview that for some manufacturing companies, robots are not easy to control. The industrial robot itself is a relatively professional product. Whether it is R&D or application, it needs to understand the manufacturing process, and it needs to be easily repaired if it is broken. However, at present, universities in some cities, including Ningbo, rarely set up robotics majors, which makes the application and maintenance of robots face a shortage of talents.

The lack of skilled personnel to control new equipment is only a major bottleneck in the promotion and popularization of “machine substitution”. At present, for Ningbo manufacturing enterprises, the realization of “machine substitution” is still facing the problem of high comprehensive cost. In the face of “machine substitution”, many small and medium-sized enterprises in Ningbo are “watching the fun”, but few are “real hands”. At present, the price of each general robot is 100,000 to 300,000 yuan, and it can only engage in some simple and repetitive labor. The manufacturing industry is complex, and different robots are required for gathering, smashing, and hammering. Robots with high intelligence that can engage in complex jobs are expensive, and even cost millions of dollars. Small and medium-sized enterprises simply cannot afford them and can only “hope and sigh.” Therefore, in order to speed up the pace of “machine substitution”, the problem of high cost must be solved.

In addition, how can companies buy new equipment or industrial robots that they really need? How can these high-end equipment or robots maximize their effectiveness, and how to solve problems? In the case that the market is not mature enough, these problems hinder Ningbo ” The advancement of machine substitution”.

Government and enterprise work together to grab the cake

During the interview, Ji Zhicheng, vice president of Jiangnan University, told the author that to break through the bottleneck of “machine substitution”, the key is to make great efforts to strengthen the research and development of robots. On the one hand, it is necessary to develop high-intelligence, world-class robots with independent intellectual property rights and core technologies; Robots with reliable quality and strong practicability can reduce the cost burden of “machine substitution” for enterprises.

The pioneering entrepreneur in Ningbo has started the journey of “catching up and exploring”.Currently, CUHKmotorFiss Motor, Haitian Drive and other Ningbo enterprises are tackling key technologies in robot manufacturing, and strive to become the single champion in their field.

In addition to making breakthroughs in manufacturing, many Ningbo enterprises have also aimed at system integration solutions in robotics applications.

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Published on 09/18/2022