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Bosch and WHA collaborate on digital transformation in Thailand

Nov 22. 2018
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Bosch, a leading global supplier of technology and services, is bringing smart manufacturing to Thailand, the company said in a press release on Wednesday.

With the context of manufacturing in the world moving and changing so quickly, empowered by software and technology, Thailand has a great opportunity to make huge advances, the company said.

With extensive knowledge in technology and broad industrial experience, Bosch is capable of supporting and adding value to Thailand’s next-generation industries, especially in the area of connectivity. 

The company said it has achieved momentum on technological expertise as a solutions provider as well as an active user of Industry 4.0 technology in its factories worldwide.

The implementation of smart manufacturing initiatives includes the deployment of embedded sensors in manufacturing machines to collect data on their operational status and performance. 

Smart manufacturing is a process that utilises internet-connected machinery to monitor the overall production process. The main goal of smart manufacturing is to identify opportunities for automating manufacturing operations and to use data analytics to improve the overall performance of the manufacturing process.

To encourage further awareness and adoption of smart manufacturing, Bosch Thailand, together with WHA Industrial Development PLC, recently organised and hosted hundreds of participants from the public and private sectors at Smart Manufacturing 2018 to demonstrate connected solutions that can help industries improve in terms of efficiency and productivity for long-term development and application of digital technologies.

Highlighted technologies at Smart Manufacturing 2018 include systems integration of Industry 4.0 simulated with a live demo of a production line with real-time data collection, Smart Boiler, Smart Security Systems, Connected Tools, and more.

Joseph Hong, Managing Director, Bosch Thailand, stressed the importance of working in partnership with the Thai government. He said: “Bosch is closely collaborating with the government and industry to accelerate adoption of smart manufacturing innovations in alignment with the Thailand 4.0 framework.”

The Thai government is taking proactive measures to support smart manufacturing by focusing on next-generation industries to support Thailand’s digital transformation and market competitiveness as part of the 20-year strategic plan. 

A major priority for the government is to upgrade the country’s digital infrastructure and to promote a nationwide digital transformation across organisations. 

Thailand is ranked among the region’s best in such areas as infrastructure and digital content, business and innovation, as well as digital network usage among individuals, private companies and public-sector agencies.

The epicentre of Thailand’s growth in technology and smart manufacturing is the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC), where Bosch’s manufacturing facilities are currently located. Massive infrastructure investments will enhance the area’s connectivity with the rest of Asean and the world. The Thai government recently passed the Eastern Economic Corridor Bill. Under this law, the Thai government has earmarked Bt1.5 trillion ($45 billion) to develop and build on the success of the area.

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