According to South Korean media reports, global companies such as Audi Motor Company, Siemens, BOSCH, and GE of the United States have been innovated by using artificial intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT) and Big Data. The foundation of innovation is Smart Factory. According to the relevant personages in the financial sector of South Korea, the key to the 4th industrial revolution is the link, and the key is to gain the information through the link. It is estimated that the market size of the Smart Factory will grow rapidly to 284.7 billion dollars by 2020, when the Smart Factory layout of the enterprises and countries will dominate the new era.
It is pointed out that the Smart Factory is attached to the machine when a variety of sensors in operation and the cumulative data, and through the data to increase productivity. Currently, Audi Motor Company has replaced traditional manufacturing conveyor belts with IoT and various sensors, and used AGVs to store information in radio frequency identification (RFID) system and semiconductor wafers. The wireless transmission data are transformed to the next the programmers. It is expected to reduce the waste of manpower and maximizes their productivity through smart factories.
However, United States will also focus on the future development of manufacturing industry in Smart Factory. US manufacturing leader GE earlier than last year announced the rebirth of the service industry as a software company. GE emphasizes the Prex platform that utilizes engine sticky sensors and industrial IoT to analyze various data at any time to increase productivity and profits.
According to the report, the German government currently also lists “Industry 4.0” platforms that include smart factory platforms and standards, online preservation, legislation and systems, and cultivating talents as the key policies that are actively promoted. However, Japan plans to promote Edge Computing in order to differentiate itself from the US market in cloud platforms and to improve the signal and process capabilities of short-range machines at any time.
According to the South Korean government and the industry, South Korean companies accounted for only 1.5% (2.4 billion U.S. dollars) of the global Smart Factory market in 2012. Although the government has been promoting the “3.0 Manufacturing Strategy” from 2015 to 2017, the number of Smart Factories has increased to 5,000, but only 1,500 have been completed. Nor have they been able to catch up with the engineering and software platforms dominated by advanced countries and the more unstructured Smart Factory within the government has promoted organizational chart. The South Korea Institute of Industry recommends that South Korean companies have a low probability of leading the market in the markets currently occupied by the advanced countries. It is necessary to consider working with global companies or following Japan to formulate clear blueprints for smart factories and to develop suitable strategy for South Korean.