NEXT Summit (Singapore 2021) Explores Intelligent Manufacturing and Industrial Structural Transformation

NEXT Summit (Singapore 2021) held a forum on “Intelligent Manufacturing and Industrial Structural Transformation” on September 29. Dr. Ming Xi, Senior Advisor of the Executive Committee of NEXT Federation, presided over the forum.

As a new engine and core driving force for global economic development, intelligent manufacturing integrates new-generation information technology, advanced manufacturing techniques, and cutting-edge equipment to form an integrated manufacturing system characterized by dynamic perception, real-time analysis, autonomous decision-making, precise execution, and continuous improvement. By further achieving digitization, networking, and intelligence in manufacturing, it promotes innovation, sustainability, coordination, openness, and shared development in the manufacturing industry.

Currently, the global ecosystem of intelligent manufacturing has initially taken shape but still faces challenges such as imbalanced theoretical foundations and technological applications, inadequate infrastructure development, unbalanced construction of standards and talent cultivation, and insufficient support for management systems in intelligent manufacturing.

The intelligent manufacturing industry has become the core of the new round of global industrial structural transformation. Countries worldwide are accelerating planning and layout, actively participating in global industrial division, innovating industrial management models, improving the industrial development environment, seizing the opportunities of intelligent manufacturing development, and experiencing significant changes in leading industries and intelligent collaborative effects.

Dr. Sergey Viktorovich Gorbachev, Academician of the Russian Academy of Sciences and the Russian Academy of Engineering, and Senior Researcher at Tomsk State University, mentioned the development trends of robots and focused on the role and development of agricultural robots. He believes that large-scale industrial automation has already been achieved in agriculture, which not only reduces costs but also improves personal safety. He also highlighted that various quantum computations are the embodiment of intelligent manufacturing. Their research and development aim to ultimately realize fully automated bimanual agricultural robots for crop detection and harvesting.

Dr. Patrick Hu, a renowned expert in wireless charging technology, Professor at the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at the University of Auckland, former Founding Chair of IEEE New Zealand Power and Energy Society, delivered a speech on radio transmission. He mentioned the new CPT system and the exciting prospect of power transmission over long distances. However, practical implementation of wireless radio systems is much more complex than theoretical aspects, facing numerous challenges. Dr. Hu emphasized the need for collaborative exploration and practical solutions.

Professor Xun Xu, Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and Professor at the University of Auckland, delivered an important speech. He pointed out that we have gradually progressed from large-scale production lines to computer-controlled automation systems and now to cyber-physical systems. The Fourth Industrial Revolution means that industries can have smarter factories that can easily reconfigure to serve different purposes.

Sarwoto Atmosutarno, Chairman of the Information and Communication Technology Association of Indonesia, stated in his speech that any technology needs practical validation. Indonesia is actively promoting digital transformation among its small and medium-sized enterprises to foster economic and environmentally sustainable development.

Professor Stephan Hußmann from the University of Applied Sciences West Coast, Germany, delivered a speech on agricultural automation. He highlighted the importance of advancing agricultural automation in future social development, considering that traditional organic farming will increase the mental and physical burden on workers. With the growing population, traditional farming practices may not guarantee basic food security. Through the monitoring of AI intelligent algorithms, it has been found to effectively mitigate these challenges. Further research and development in this field are desired to ultimately achieve the goal of agricultural automation.

NEXT Summit (Singapore 2021), with the theme of “Promoting Total-Factor Cooperation,” invited over 70 international dignitaries, renowned scholars, business leaders, and entrepreneurial pioneers from more than 10 countries, including New Zealand, China, Indonesia, South Korea, Egypt, Pakistan, the United Arab Emirates, Singapore, the United States, Germany, and Russia. The summit featured important events such as the opening ceremony, keynote speeches, global project roadshows, Hurricane Lamp Award ceremony, and seven thematic forums, focusing on delivering cutting-edge speeches and case studies in various industries.

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