In the era of post-COVID and China/ US Trade War, the supply chain issue continues to annoy manufacturers. The industry begins to reduce its reliance on a single production line and actively build a highly resilient supply chain. One of the remedies is to structure multiple “cross-country /region” production bases and build multiple locations to diversify risks. However, it’s a hard task. They might encounter new challenges such as overproduction, recruiting difficulty, cross-country management, increased expenses, and resource integration. In addition, digital transformation will be a challenge in remote factory establishments. So, how do Taiwanese manufacturers put smart manufacturing technology like AI vision into use and establish solutions for remote planting?
Strategies in Global Expansion
Supply Chain Robustness
James Hwang, the chairman of GETAC, recently shared his thought on remote planting. He believes that the obstacles encountered in this topic cannot be left to a single supervise team. Taiwan, being the operation center, needs a well-established strategy, including fellow aspects:
Improve Supply Chain Visibility:
Companies must be able to identify difficulties in the supply chain that are causing delays or unnecessary expenses. By building AI vision and effectively using the data collected to improve supply chain visibility. If we are able to know what’s coming, we can mitigate potential disruptions ahead of them hitting.
Filter Out the Weak Teammate:
Take NVIDIA for example, the company turn all their need on RTX40 from Samsung to TSMC. By reason for the poor performance of the former on 8nm process. NVIDIA did not want to take the risk of material shortage. We evaluate the performance of the suppliers and work with them on the basis of value and capacity to stabilize the supply chain.
Be Your Own Supplier:
“In-house.” This is to ensure that, when unfortunate events happened in the supply chain, we will have the ability to respond quickly on our own. Through vertical integration, we expand our insight toward raw material development and product logistics.
Utilize AI technology to enhance remote operations capabilities
Digital capability is one of the elements of successful remote plant establishment. When IoT and databases are not yet mature, it is necessary to send Taiwanese senior employees to foreign countries to guide and assist in the establishment and operation of factories. However, this had rocketed the personnel costs. Nowadays, with cutting-edge technology and the introduction of AI vision, machines and operations could be simply checked remotely, the supervisors and engineers in Taiwan can actually “see” the situation of the foreign factories at any time and get the most intuitive analysis immediately to cooperate with the foreign factories.
AI vision breaks through the limitation of “human,” collects accurate figures and integrates analysis 24/7. The collaboration of humans and AI make data collection no longer time-consuming and inaccurate, also allowing key process equipment and workstations to be assisted from remote locations. We get benefits from a variety of aspects, from equipment checkin to data analysis. Investing in smart manufacturing-related technology is a worthwhile decision.
Let AI Vision Be Your Partner in Remote Planting
PowerArena’s AI vision break through the boundaries by visualizing the production line, offering a “real-time, complete, and traceable” data collection. This allowed Taiwan HQ to have a better insight into the remote factories and also have a better idea of further decisions. The well-establish strategies, together with the introduction of AI vision strengthen the company’s competitiveness and achieves multiple benefits, making “AI-assisted remote factory” a confident decision in 4IR era.