Korean Manufacturing Industry and Smart Factory

Smart Factory Introduction Case in Korea
Why Korean factories pay attention to smart factories

Currently, in our country, the conventional manufacturing method is changing in many fields due to the development of industry. Among them, smart factories are receiving a lot of attention recently. In particular, the proportion of smart factories in the franchise industry is increasing.

Smart factory is a concept that appeared with the development of technologies that will be commonly used in our future life, such as the Internet of Things (IoT). Since this factory builds its own IoT facilities, it is a concept that can be controlled by itself without supplementing a lot of manpower. This will bring great economic effects to the Korean manufacturing industry in the future.

Smart factories like this are already producing results in a variety of industries. The most representative field is the franchise industry. The smart factory system recently implemented by E company, a large coffee shop, is gaining high popularity in this field.

Why? It is because of the optimized mechanism of Smart Factory. As this mechanism has been built, it will actually evolve to the point where many brands can utilize this system with superior implementations.

However, at present, the percentage of brands using such a system is still small. For this reason, experts emphasize that more efforts are needed in the Korean franchise industry to utilize smart factories

Smart Factory Introduction Case in Korea

Recently, in Changwon, Gyeongsangnam-do, South Korea, large-scale food industry representatives decided to build a facility to reduce operating costs as the number of field workers decreased.

As a result, companies are starting to adopt automation technologies.
Companies introduced systems in their factories to promote automation, and it was reported that a cost of 41.8 billion won was spent for this. Through this, we introduced a system that executes declared orders rather than human judgment of process progress based on product planning, facility status, and inventory status.

The system uses an automated mechanism to automatically perform the product manufacturing process, and can perform the tasks performed by the system much faster and more accurately than humans can. The beverage manufacturing plant that applied this technology was first introduced in Bupyeong, followed by the establishment of a smart factory in Changwon, ensuring safety, systematicity, and completeness. The plant can produce beverages with minimal human intervention, enabling efficient production and manpower savings.

This will be able to strengthen the competitiveness of the Korean manufacturing industry as it develops along with technologies such as artificial intelligence, big data, and IoT, which are currently emerging as the biggest concerns in the manufacturing industry.
In this paper, we looked at changes in the Korean manufacturing industry and automation technology.

Now, the era has opened for companies to actively introduce automation technology for more efficient and systematic production.

Why Korean Factories Love Big Data

The manufacturing industry in Korea is very advanced. The reason is the emergence of smart factories. Smart Factory is a process of increasing production efficiency by automating the production process by introducing ICT technology into existing factories, collecting production information and analyzing it with big data.

The US manufacturing industry has already introduced smart factories to show high productivity and efficiency. Accordingly, the Korean manufacturing industry is also collecting production information, analyzing big data, and introducing optimized production methods by referring to the success stories of the United States.

One of the companies that introduced the smart factory in the Korean manufacturing industry is company A, a food and beverage manufacturer. Company A has completed a successful smart factory establishment by introducing a smart factory to automate the production process and collect, analyze, and optimize production information.

Company A's factory has a high-level automation system. We are operating production lines by actively utilizing robot technology, and predicting and reflecting production volume by analyzing big data. Company A, which has introduced a smart factory, is characterized by its pursuit of user-centered production, unlike existing manufacturers. For efficient and flexible production, process improvement is being pursued by improving production procedures from the user's point of view.

The number of factories operating smart factories introduced in this way is expected to increase gradually in the future.

Manufacturers operating smart factories are expected to produce competitive products differently from existing factories, such as the aforementioned company A.

Is Smart Factory the foundation of a global enterprise?

  1. Necessity of manpower minimization
  2. The reason why Smart Factory is needed is simple. In our time, as the population ages, more and more skilled workers are retiring. Additionally, trends in the products customers want change quickly, requiring manufacturers to adjust product forecasts and capacity very quickly. In this process, Smart Factory will come.

    Unlike conventional factories, Smart Factory does not require people to do the same work every time. In other words, we are going in the direction of increasing productivity and efficiency by building an autonomous and intelligent production system using technologies such as artificial intelligence and robots.

    This not only significantly increases productivity and achieves economic effects, but also enables electronicization throughout the manufacturing industry, enabling more efficient business decision-making by enabling various analyzes such as efficient data mining through production/quality data.

  3. Introduction of smart factory and basic infrastructure
  4. Smart Factory is an era in which existing manufacturers have to provide personalized technology rather than products for groups, leading companies that have the ability to combine various industries, including IT, in an industry that used to be a general senior holiday.

    As the times and environment change, the Korean manufacturing industry must also make new changes and development.

    By introducing Smart Factory, Korea's manufacturing industry will be able to achieve Korea's economic development.

    But, of course, introducing a smart factory is not a simple task. Accordingly, existing workers must also actively learn and receive active support for various development technologies. Likewise, manufacturers should actively invest in infrastructure and facilities, and continue to pay attention to and upgrade advanced production technologies and production processes.

  5. Looking forward to the potential of Korean factories
  6. Ladies and gentlemen, the Korean manufacturing industry needs to actively introduce cutting-edge technologies such as the Smart Factory.

    Not just technological changes, but new productivity, process and innovative production process changes. Existing manufacturers and factories require more continuous investment for these changes and developments in various aspects such as personnel, services, and facilities.

    Here we are seeing a vision. It is not simply that manufacturers combine technology, but to create new opportunities while playing the game of innovative production processes by sharing the capabilities of partners, lines, and above all, workers.

Korea Factory Vision

Recently, as smart factories have become popular with artificial intelligence technology, etc., research and development on them are being actively conducted.

However, there are still areas where manpower is needed, so continuous research and development is important in the future. 

Replacing labor-intensive parts in the production process with digital technologies such as robots will enable more efficient production.

Why Korean factories pay attention to smart factories

Along with manufacturing, smart factories are the most essential element of global manufacturing innovation. Smart factories solve various problems and labor costs that occurred in the existing manufacturing industry, and are being promoted on a large scale not only in Korea but also around the world. 

Smart factories will bring about the emergence of new industries and job creation, as well as a lot of development in the national economy.

Considering the development of these smart factory technologies, innovation in the manufacturing industry and the spread of smart factory technologies are very important for the development of the national economy in the future.