Back to Top

From smart grids to smart factories

From smart grids to smart factories

Interview         : 346 Return back

From smart grids to smart factories

Nobody disputes the applied character of Belarusian science. With the support of scientists, domestic trucks and tractors are gaining a foothold in traditional markets and expanding into long-distance countries, and the refinery's oil refining rate is about to reach 100%. However, we are no less, and perhaps more important, those scientific developments that make our daily life more convenient, healthy and long. What real benefits can Belarusians expect from scientific and technological progress in the coming years? The chairman of the State Committee on Science and Technology of Belarus, Doctor of Economics Alexander Shumilin, knows everything about it. (...)

Stepped onto the SMART platform

- The West has long been experiencing the wave of the 4th industrial revolution. How do it's ideas fall on the Belarusian soil and relate to the prospects of the SMART industry of Belarus discussed in the country?

- Key components of Industry 4.0 are data and computer technology. The Internet of everything, as well as new data transmission technologies, are forming a new type of production - “smart” factories. Our key advantages in the transition to SMART production: developed information and communication infrastructure, IT industry, diversified manufacturing sector, engineering and technical personnel, innovative potential.

Now the SMART industry of Belarus is being created. It is an organizational and technological platform that consolidates the intellectual potential of legal entities and citizens interested in the formation of a modern industrial sector in Belarus based on the Industry 4.0 concept. Coordinators of the creation of a national SMART platform - the Operative Analytical Center under the President and the cloud operator beCloud.

Recently, BeCloud and French company Schneider Electric have started a pilot project to create smart grids that allow the user to independently track and distribute electricity flows at the best price for them.

The formation of a competence center for digital transformation in industry is underway. The first pilot project was complex robotization by the Belarusian IT company "LACIT - Laboratory of Digital Technologies" of the shoe company "Belvest". A new generation digital factory has been practically created on its basis. It uses robotic technologies with unique equipment of working bodies, machine vision and ultrasonic cutting technologies, self-learning automated control systems.

It is also worth mentioning the digitalization in product labeling. A range of products, now mostly shoes and jewelry, can be digitally tracked from production to sale. If fully implemented and replicated, this project will raise customs operations and electronic declaration to a new level.

Thus, the Industry 4.0 concept being implemented in the country has many components, as well as the expected effects from its implementation. The main ones are increased global competition for products, growth in exports and the country's GDP.

Source: «Union State»