Since the epidemic prevention and control, in many scenes such as medical surgery, diagnosis and treatment, body temperature detection, distribution, disinfection and sterilization, we have seen that robots effectively replace relevant personnel to operate, so as to reduce or reduce many unnecessary risks. Such front-line service robots are particularly eye-catching, and people’s understanding of the application of robots has been further improved. Now, in the face of the urgent demand of enterprises to resume work and production, how to deal with the labor shortage and how to improve production efficiency, production automation and intelligence will undoubtedly be put on the agenda, and the demand for industrial robots and highly automated production lines will be accelerated.

Epidemic situation accelerates the development of industrial robots and intelligent manufacturing

Limited by the epidemic situation, workers can not return to work as scheduled. Among the enterprises that use the most workers and use more traditional production and management methods, their production and operation have been greatly affected, their productivity has greatly decreased, and even face bankruptcy. Although it is very sad, we have to think deeply and draw lessons from the difficulties: if our enterprise’s production and operation mode is more flexible and the production and manufacturing is highly automated and intelligent, can we have greater ability to resist and deal with all kinds of emergencies or market conditions?

Recently, China’s first blue book on robot industry, China robot industry development report (2019), was released online. In an interview, Mr. Shi Shengjun, its editor in chief, said that after the epidemic, more industries will accelerate to “fewer people, unmanned and intelligent”. At the people’s network “Jintai round table” people’s war epidemic · Enterprise Countermeasures consultation meeting, Mr. Teng Tai, President of Wanbo New Economic Research Institute, also said that after the epidemic, enterprises will increasingly adopt modern management methods such as automation, robot and artificial intelligence.

Indeed, industrial robots and intelligent equipment manufacturing technology can not only improve the production efficiency of enterprises and factories, but also greatly reduce the employment risk. This is also an important reason for China’s strong and in-depth implementation of the strategic deployment of made in China 2025. The manufacturing industry is the main body of China’s national economy, the foundation of building a country, the instrument of rejuvenating the country and the foundation of a powerful country. Building a manufacturing industry with international competitiveness is the only way for China to improve its comprehensive national strength, ensure national security and build a world power.

Rather than promoting the development of China’s industrial robot and intelligent manufacturing industry to a certain extent, its development is inevitable and the general trend. The epidemic situation has brought us more profound thinking that it is urgent to promote the high automation and intelligence of China’s manufacturing industry and strengthen the development of industrial robots and intelligent manufacturing industry and technology.

Development status of industrial robot and intelligent manufacturing industry in China

According to the global robot 2019 report released by the International Federation of robots, with the continuous expansion of the application industry, China’s own brand robots now involve 47 industry categories and 126 industry categories of the national economy, “China is still the largest industrial robot market in the world” and “the automobile industry is still the largest robot application industry in the world”.

In terms of application industry, as the automobile industry with the most extensive application of industrial robots, the application of stamping, welding, spraying and assembly production processes not only requires strict requirements and complex processes, but also has large scale and high threshold. In recent years, with the development of China’s industrial robot industry, domestic companies that can compete with international system integrators for market share have begun to rise. Domestic system integrators represented by Ruisong technology have considerable technical strength and project scale.

China’s industrial robot and intelligent manufacturing industry have broad prospects

Robot density (the number of robots per 10000 manufacturing employees) is one of the important standards to measure the development of national manufacturing automation. According to the global robot 2019 report, in 2018, the average density of global industrial robots was 99, and that of Singapore reached 831, the highest in the world; Followed by 774 sets in South Korea; 338 in Germany, 327 in Japan and 217 in the United States. China has 140 sets. Although it is higher than the global average, it is still far from other countries. China’s industrial robot density has huge growth space, and the prospect of China’s industrial robot and intelligent manufacturing industry is very broad. According to its report, the sales of industrial robots in China will reach US $9.35 billion in 2020.

According to China’s first blue book on robot industry, China’s robot industry development report (2019), the structure of domestic industrial robots continues to adjust and gradually matures, and the proportion of domestic industrial robots has increased in 3C electronic manufacturing, automobile manufacturing and metal processing. In the automotive industry, the world’s largest robot application industry, the latest data released by the world bank are worth paying attention to the prospect of the automotive industry: the data of 1000 people’s car ownership in 20 major countries in the world in 2019, of which the United States ranks first, with 837 cars per 1000 people; There are 500 to 600 vehicles in EU countries and Japan; China has only 173 cars per 1000 people. Therefore, with the increase of per capita GDP, there is room for the doubling of China’s car ownership.

In this regard, the global robot 2019 report further confirms that the investment in new car production capacity and modernization has promoted the demand for robots in the automotive industry, and the investment in robots has been promoted by the use of new materials, the development of energy-saving drive systems and the fierce competition in all major automotive markets. Mr. Chen Qingtai, chairman of China electric vehicle hundred people’s Association, also gave his own views on the development of China’s automobile industry: the “new four modernizations” of electrification, networking, intelligence and sharing are transforming the typical mechanical product of automobile into an electrical product, electronic product and mobile intelligent terminal with machinery as the carrier; From a typical mechanical product to a mechanical electronic product defined by software. The new future of the automobile industry will undoubtedly give birth to the huge development potential and space of industrial robots and intelligent manufacturing.

In addition, after the epidemic, the application of robots in distribution and logistics, catering and retail, security patrol, medical rehabilitation and other fields has increased. The application demand in these fields will drive the development of individual subdivided fields of industrial robots, such as intelligent wear, semiconductor and other subdivided fields in 3C industry. The surge demand for automation in the pharmaceutical field will increase the demand for robots in packaging, sorting and other related fields, and industrial robots will welcome a new outbreak of market application.

Responsible editor; zl

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