If the key to the realization of the Industrial Internet lies in the manufacturing industry, then the Robot, known as the “Pearl at the top of the manufacturing crown”, is the most core, most complex, and most extensive core equipment supporting the development of intelligent manufacturing.
This year, robots have been written into the “14th Five-Year Plan”: Deeply implement intelligent manufacturing and green manufacturing projects, develop new service-oriented manufacturing models, promote high-end, intelligent and green manufacturing, and promote the innovation and development of industries such as robots. Once again, it is clarified that robots, as the “propellers” of intelligent manufacturing, green manufacturing and high-end manufacturing, are given high hopes to promote the deep integration of a new generation of information technology and manufacturing, and become an important foothold to promote the digital, networked and intelligent development of the manufacturing industry. .
Industrial robots have a significant “dual identity”. On the one hand, it is the product of the integration of IT/OT, AI, 5G, and industrial software and hardware, which empowers and empowers factory production; Precision equipment, at a time when new technologies are changing with each passing day, also needs to self-evolve to cope with the rapidly changing market demands and challenges in the transformation of the manufacturing industry. Based on the insight and judgment of this trend, the leader of the global industrial Robot industry, Fanaco Robot, is at the top of the peak, and has begun to form a bond with Lenovo Edge Intelligence.
From automation to intelligence, industrial robots enter a new era
Shanghai FANUC Robot Co., Ltd. is a localized enterprise jointly invested by FANUC Group and Shanghai Electric Group (hereinafter referred to as: FANUC). With strong engineering integration and technical service capabilities, it provides industrial users with highly reliable robots. , Robot automation engineering, various precision equipment, and also provide supporting industrial software, control system and vision system.
In the past two years, the market share of FANUC robots in China has accounted for 15%, and the global installed capacity of robots has reached 780,000 units. If the rapid growth in scale is like a gushing volcano, then the long-term factor for the upgrading of manufacturing in the Chinese market and the pulse-like stimulus of the epidemic may be the “melting” magma in the shallow crust, and what is more worthy of further investigation is that what happened inside the mantle Vigorous hedging: Are robots born in the era of automation still competent in the wave of the industrial revolution in the era of AIoT?
In China, nearly 400,000 small and medium-sized manufacturing industries have joined the mighty tide of transformation. Can robots meet the various new scenarios? Consumption upgrades force the manufacturing industry to upgrade to high-end, flexible, green, and lean. Can the performance of robots (including a series of indicators such as stability, compatibility, safety, and intelligence) be simultaneously improved?
Undoubtedly, a new digital market driven by intelligent manufacturing, high-end manufacturing, lean manufacturing, green manufacturing, flexible customization and new business models will usher in a new era of industrial robots.
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Among FANUC’s high-end customers, precision manufacturing customers such as consumer electronics and automobile manufacturing have put forward new demands. As smart devices and Internet of Things technologies are more widely used in production, the dimensions of on-site perception are more abundant, and the volume and precision of industrial big data are improving. So how can robots, as a collaborative center, dance with industrial big data? These needs and pain points are “moderately advanced”, which is a good time for FANUC robots to start self-evolution, face a new era, and open a new chapter.
Keep improving, the evolution of robot intelligence starts from the “edge”
Industrial manufacturing is a field where “on-site is king”. Industrial data is generated on-site, transmitted on-site, processed on-site, and applied on-site. The real-time nature, accuracy, completeness, and safety of data directly affect the production line. Efficiency, delivery schedule, production safety and other key indicators. Therefore, the data of the whole process must be improved, only fast and not broken. From this perspective, the key to winning smart manufacturing is at the edge. The growth of robot intelligence and knowledge should also start from the edge.
Take a customer A of Fanuc in the 3C manufacturing field as an example. The manufacture of precision instruments is inseparable from the deployment of a large number of intelligent vision. These image data provide an important basis for accurate position approval and subsequent defect detection when the robot is working. The collection and transmission of these image data is the first step in precision manufacturing. In such scenarios, Lenovo fully considers the comprehensive requirements of on-site integration and uninterrupted operation of data acquisition equipment, and finally translates it into a customized product – a fanless small box chassis, providing agile, reliable, and continuous data Collection transmission service.
The proliferation of data also brings computing power challenges. When all kinds of “data floods” flood in, how to be compatible with different data formats, unified analysis, and safe and agile analysis and processing? This requires strong computing power support and corresponding algorithm matching. In such scenarios, the high-performance GPU graphics card of Lenovo’s 4U chassis provides optimal computing power support for large-scale machine vision scenarios and copes with the flood of data.
As solid as a rock, robots must have both “smart minds” and “strong physiques”
The harsh environment of industrial sites (high temperature, high temperature, high cold, high electromagnetic, etc.) is a constant challenge for industrial equipment manufacturers and service providers. The extremely poor working environment and extremely low operating fault tolerance mean that for robots and core components, there are extremely high challenges in terms of stability and reliability.
Take a customer T of FANUC in the field of automobile manufacturing as an example. In a welding process, the robotic arm needs to collect and analyze the welding trajectory. Spark splash from high-temperature welding is a risk that cannot be ignored for robots. In order to minimize the risk of downtime caused by spark splash, it is necessary to reduce the external interface of the data acquisition equipment embedded in the robot. , Even for personalized and small batch customization functions, fast response and effective delivery are required on site. Based on its strong supply chain capabilities and Xiaokuailing’s customized delivery capabilities, Lenovo provides customers with an extremely simple interface solution for data acquisition equipment. This small measure is quite useful for resisting external physical risks and creating a “strong physique” for robots. help.
Wisdom is endless, Lenovo accompanies Fanuc to lead the new era of robots
In more than two years of cooperation, Lenovo has always injected bright spots into Fanuc’s products and solutions with hard-core technical support, customized product advantages of Xiaokuailing and a nationwide capillary-level service network, cultivating the advantages of upgrading. At the same time, to serve the Chinese industrial market, it is also necessary to focus on building a safe and stable industrial chain supply chain and strengthening the long-term requirements of localized substitution. Lenovo, as a leading domestic and global leader in large computing, undertakes the heavy responsibility of localized substitution, from chips to From platform to integration (using domestic chips such as Loongson, Zhaoxin, etc., to gradually ease the dependence on foreign chip manufacturers), actively make industrial demonstrations of localization substitution, and serve the steady upgrade of China’s manufacturing industry from large to strong.
For FANUC, rebuilding intelligent genes based on the automation capabilities of industrial robots is a step for self-breakthrough and forward-looking decision-making, and it is also a difficult and correct thing. For Lenovo, accompanying Fanuc to embrace the new era of robot intelligence is the only way to jointly explore the direction of the value of edge intelligence and promote edge intelligence to market validation. With moderately advanced research and judgment, and the courage to open up, the two sides will describe a predictable new era for the industrial robot industry and write a new chapter that can be referred to.
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