The rapid evolution of technologies such as IoT, 5G, AI, cloud computing and so on have led major industrialized countries to put “re-industrialization” high on their strategic agendas, with a focus on smart manufacturing. China, meanwhile, proposed the concept of “Intelligent Plus” for the first time in its 2019 Government Work Report, positioning smart manufacturing as the key new driver for economic development.
AliResearch and KPMG have jointly issued a research report revealing the latest trend from a tool-driven revolution to decision-making revolution, as the new era of intelligent plus will soon be upon us.
This report will begin with an introduction to the background of smart manufacturing. It will then discuss what we will term as the “smart transformation with Chinese characteristics,” where the industrial upgrade is driven by consumer Internet segments with a core technical system comprising big data, computing power and algorithm. Following this we will give an in-depth introduction to how the system empowers and re-engineers the various parts of the manufacturing industry. Based on the study of six cases, including Alibaba’s Tao Factory, Hengyi Petrochemical Co., Ltd. and CITIC Industrial Cloud Co., Ltd. and various interviews, we will for the first time propose four unique ways to achieve smart manufacturing.
The report also reviews the significance of smart manufacturing from the perspective of social and corporate development. Smart manufacturing led by data, computing power and algorithms introduces a tool-driven and decision-making revolution to society. Smart manufacturing as a tool greatly improves production efficiency through automation; while decision-making enhances rationality and accuracy. For a company, it must create a value-oriented strategy for smart transformation, in order to be the winner during the fourth industrial revolution, or Industry 4.0.