Vietnamese enterprises moving towards smart manufacturing

Technology and mindset key to digital transformation, Hanoi conference hears.

Innovating technology and enhancing robotics application in the manufacturing field is essential but also a challenge for Vietnamese enterprises and workers, Mr. Trieu Tai Vinh, Member of the Party Central Committee and Vice Chairman of the Central Economic Commission, told a smart manufacturing conference on October 2 in Hanoi. “The revolution of digital transformation is not only about technology but also about a change in mindset for management and operations,” he said.

The third conference session, with the theme “Smart manufacturing: Digital transformation – The future of smart manufacturing”, was one of five such sessions within the Vietnam Industry 4.0 Summit, “Vietnam’s Strategy & Action Plan in Proactively Embracing the Fourth Industrial Revolution”, organized by Party Central Committee’s Economic Commission and several ministries and sectors.

The five conference sessions included smart banking, smart city, smart production, smart energy, and digital economy, and were all held on the same day in the same location.

Dr. Nguyen Quan, Chairman of the Vietnam Automation Association, told the conference that smart manufacturing is an inevitable trend for Vietnam in the current context. Smart manufacturing includes two parts: smart equipment and production lines, and smart operational management systems. “Vietnamese enterprises need to integrate these two parts to make a smart factory and a smart business model,” he said. “They need to digitalize their operation systems, creating digital databases and applying technology to exploit data for digital transformation.”

Some Vietnamese enterprises have pioneered technology applications such as AI, blockchain, IoT, and big data, etc., into their business activities, he added. Then, they have built the process of automated production lines, maximizing the process of production to create competitiveness. However, the majority of remaining enterprises are struggling with the process of digital transformation, as they don’t know where they start from. Dr. Quan recommended five points, relating to infrastructure, equipment, human resources, products, and digital technology, that Vietnamese enterprises need to focus on when transforming.

[Source: vneconomictimes 3rd October 2019]