Market report China: Digital interconnection and intelligent manufacturing at CCMT 2018

Author / Editor: Mr.ChenYongguang / Lina Klass

On March 7, 2018, the 10th China CNC Machine Tool Fair (CCMT 2018) press conference was held in Shanghai. Mao Yufeng, Executive Vice President of China Machine Tool & Tool Builders’ Association, announced in his speech that CCMT 2018 will be held in SNIECon 9-13 April.

Scene of the 10th China CNC Machine Tool Fair press conference
Scene of the 10th China CNC Machine Tool Fair press conference
(Source: Mr.ChenYongguang)

The theme of CCMT 2018 is: “Focus on digital interconnection & intelligent manufacturing”, Mao Yufeng said. “Focusing on digitization is the foundation of intelligent manufacturing; Focusing on interconnection and networking is the way of intelligent manufacturing; Focusing on intelligent manufacturing is the development direction of the manufacturing industry.”, he explained further. At present, on the basis of high quality products, the field of machine tools should be researched in the key direction of digital (reality and virtual), automation, material association and interconnection and industrial big data, etc.. The ultimate goal is to realize digital and intelligent manufacturing.

China's machine tool sector

Mao Yufeng expressed that in 2017, the total consumption of metal processing machine tools in China resulted in USD 29.97 billion, with 7.5% growth compared to the same period last year. Metal cutting machine tools make up a large part here, with a 7.8% growth over the same period last year, which correspondents to a consumption of USD 18.4 billion. The consumption of metal forming machine tools also registered growth (7.0%) and achieved a total of USD 11.57 billion. According to the consumption, production and import and export data, the Chinese metal processing machine tool market is showing the characteristics of “total amount stabilization and structure upgrading”. In the future, China’s metal processing machine tool consumer market is therefore predicted to show a moderate growth trend.

According to exhibits information reported by exhibitors, Wang Liming, Secretary General of China Machine Tool & Tool Builders’ Association, introduced the following highlights of CCMT 2018 as follows:

I: Digital interconnection - boosting transformation of manufacturing model

Wang Liming indicated that digital manufacturing is the inevitable choice for the global manufacturing industry in light of the future. The change and transition of the manufacturing model urgently needs the support of new solutions, technology and products. CNC machine tools will also take advantage of this new round of industrial revolution, and continue to become an important factor to lead future manufacturing. In this Fair, the audience can continue to visit and study the famous classic digital manufacturing solutions, such as Siemens PLM’s full life cycle management software, MAZAK SPS' intelligent chemical plant management scheme, OKUMA's “Okuma Smart Factory”, and MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC's “e-F@ctory” FA integration solution scheme, GF’s workshop management solution, etc. At the same time, we can also see a number of new digital solutions, especially the glittering of domestic programs, showing the preliminary results and strong momentum of the “Made in China 2025” strategy.

II: Integration - function and efficiency

The process, working procedure, machine tool structure and function, working mode are fused and integrated according to a certain target, so as to obtain high performance and high efficiency products, which is not only a trend of technological innovation development, but also the inevitable demand of market development. In this Fair, many complex machine tools, processing units, multi-spindle machine automatic line and other exhibits will show the latest development results under the integrated concept from multiple aspects and angles, which will bring more new choices for the customers.

III: Intelligent technologies - man-machine fusion and excellent work support

Nowadays, computer and information technology have promoted the rapid development of intelligent technology, which has become the symbol and sign of high-end products. The exhibition is a grand meeting of intelligent technologies, in the form of software and function, run through various elements such as process making, programming, simulation and inspection, setting and operation, process control and inspection, maintenance and caring, and more. All these technologies are meant to provide the most powerful support to the operation and show the most charming side of modern machine tools.

IV: Special equipment - tailored and ingenious manufacturing

Nowadays, computer and information technology have promoted the rapid development of intelligent technology, which has become the symbol and sign of high-end products. The exhibition is a grand meeting of intelligent technologies, in the form of software and function, run through various elements such as process making, programming, simulation and inspection, setting and operation, process control and inspection, maintenance and caring, and more. All these technologies are meant to provide the most powerful support to the operation and show the most charming side of modern machine tools.

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