China has long since ceased to be the "workbench of the world". In the manufacturing industry, rising wages and the "China 2025" development program are constantly accelerating the demand for automation solutions. The IFR (International Federation of Robotics) predicts in its trend report that by 2020 there will be three times as many industrial robots in Chinese factories as in Japan.
Digitization needs powerful Networks
"We actively entered the market in 2017 and this important project of our team in Nanjing shows that we were on the right track," says CEO Kurt Bengel. "We bring 30 years of experience in software-based manufacturing and our highly qualified engineering and IT teams to the development of the Chinese industry. However, integrated solutions based on smart technologies require performance networks and that is why we are pleased to have won RISONG as a partner".
Peter Koch, head of CENIT's Digital Factory Solutions division, emphasizes the opportunity to use RISONG to tap into the strength of the FASTSUITE Edition 2 digital factory software for the Chinese market" explains Koch. "Our software accurately reproduces reality, which means that the digital simulation model does not only look like reality, but also functions exactly like it and is therefore a true digital twin. To achieve this, we work closely with system and robot manufacturers. Through the projects with RISONG we will gain the knowledge we need onsite," explains Koch. "The software is to incorporate all the details of Chinese manufacturing practices so that operation of the software for users is as successful and simple as in Europe or America".
RISONG relies on this development competence, combined with the solidity of CENIT as a company: "To be successful on the Chinese market, we need a strong position for innovations, developments and customer-specific solutions. We want to be one step ahead of our competitors. With the FASTSUITE team we will succeed in doing that, because CENIT is a partner with handshake quality", Josef Fruhmann, Vice General Manager of GUANGZHOU RISONG WELDSTONE INTELLIGENT EQUIPMENT describes his view of the partner.
Turn 2D with margin notes into 3D with true functionality
This cooperation began when RISONG was looking for software that would enable its teams to accompany customers more quickly to the turnkey plant.
Until then, RISONG, like other system integrators, had worked with a 2D layout program at the beginning of the quotation phase to present the system concept. Only when an overview was given in the plan view and the customer was interested, the detailed presentation of functionalities and work processes with additional software took place. Checking accessibility and optimizing cycle times happened relatively late in the project.
This approach was lengthy and changes or alternatives were correspondingly time-consuming to implement. With the start of the engineering phase, the teams had to use the proprietary solutions of the robot and machine manufacturers to set up and program the system. There can be several different software tools on one line.
China demands more speed than can be achieved, and RISONG itself also wanted to help its own teams to work more productively.
RISONG has been using the FASTSUITE Edition 2 digital factory platform since December 2017. Before the start, the employees received training, and some visited CENIT in Stuttgart.
Today, employees can sketch their ideas in 3D view by simply dragging and dropping plant elements from a library during their first customer visit. Shortly after the appointment, a 3D layout plan is sent to the customer.