Mitsubishi Electric Factory Automation Systems Product Management and Marketing Unit Manager Tolga Bizel shared the changing trends in production and made suggestions to the industrialists.
Mitsubishi Electric, which designs digital factories in line with Industry 4.0, where productivity, energy savings and employee comfort increase in production; Organized by IoT Turkey, Turkey's largest IoT ecosystem YouTube joined the live broadcast. Mitsubishi Electric Factory Automation Systems Product Management and Marketing Unit Manager Tolga Bizel, who took part as a speaker at the “Digital Transformation Stories” event, shared the current developments in the field of digitalization in the industry and industrial robot technologies with the audience. Stating that factories have undergone a great transformation with the change in consumer demands in recent years, Bizel made the following statements: “Our ways of doing business are changing rapidly and new production theories that can meet the differing consumer needs are on the agenda. For a long time, we have been using our factories and infrastructure in a synchronous manner with the production technologies that existed in the previous industrial phase. As Mitsubishi Electric, our response to the new industry phase was the eF@ctory concept, that is, digital factories. We have started to use this concept in our own production lines since 2003. Thanks to our eF@ctory infrastructure, which enables the data produced in the factory to be transferred to the cloud systems and become meaningful there, and that all machines and systems in the production line communicate over the internet, we provide very high speed, cost savings, quality and productivity increase in production. In this phase, which we now call Industry 4.0, smart machines and robots take place, not humans. People around the world are now starting to take part in much more productive areas than the heavy and repetitive production process. We can say that the number of digital and smart factories is increasing rapidly.”
Robots with artificial intelligence technology from Mitsubishi Electric
Stating that the digital transformation of factories is possible not only with robots, but also with the smartening of all objects in the factory; “Today, with the change in decision-making mechanisms and the acceleration of commerce, especially on the internet, the need for consumer preferences to be implemented very quickly arises and the factory is expected to respond to this. As Mitsubishi Electric, we are working to ensure that robots can make decisions after the perception and understanding process, thanks to smart sensors. We call this new approach powered by artificial intelligence technologies MAISART (Mitsubishi Electric's AI creates the State-of-the-ART in technology) as Mitsubishi Electric's registered AI brand. As a company, our robots are produced with artificial intelligence algorithms. Thanks to our MAISART technology; It is also possible to solve problems within the factory, such as not being able to provide the high IT need inside the factory, not being able to establish a structure that will analyze the millions of data produced instantly in the factory, and not being able to ensure the security of the information to be transferred to the cloud or servers.”
The importance of digital transformation has increased with the pandemic
Speaking about the Covid-19 process and the digitalization after it, Bizel said, “Companies that carried out the digital transformation before the pandemic continued production without any problems. Thus, the production was not interrupted and we were able to continue our normal lives. Today, we can say that many factories are equipped to fulfill all the requirements of the Industry 3.0 phase. We have witnessed that many companies with shortcomings understand the importance and necessity of digital transformation with the pandemic. We can say that there are great differences between the perspectives of SMEs on digital transformation before and after the pandemic. Many industrialists had financial difficulties to initiate the digital transformation, but with this transformation, they experienced the changing quality, the harmony provided by their factories and the efficiency of the investments made. Here, one of the most important duties of the manufacturers is to work on what digital transformation is and how much the culture of the factory can handle this transformation. At the end of the day, the point where you can come with money and investments made by making many sacrifices is to have a production line that meets the needs of the third phase of the industry, but even this will be a huge gain. The closer we are to the structure of the factories in Europe and the supply chain we are in, the easier it is for us to catch the digital transformation train.”