The ninth Namur conference in China took place in Shanghai on November 22 and 23, 2017. In addition to participants from member companies, representatives of the press, standardisation organisations and universities, also invited guests from local process industry companies attended the conference.
Shanghai/China — As shown in the conference's motto “Solutions for Intelligent Manufacturing in the Process Industry”, solutions for intelligent manufacturing dominated the presentations and discussions. “Intelligent Manufacturing” has already well developed in discrete industry but in process industry it is still an area to be put efforts on.
With long time working on this topic, Namur China working groups presented expectations, trials, and proved solutions at the conference, which covered information acquisition, data analyzing, data transferring and final solution implementation. The presentations were discussed in the conference and “would help to further develop intelligent manufacturing in process industry” as one participant commented during conference.
“Intelligent Manufacturing” is a topic mainly influences our future, but as professionals, we are handling issues more than “Intelligent Manufacturing”. During the conference presentations on e.g. “engineering/construction” and device level issue in electrical distribution etc. brought the discussion down to practical topics.
Besides the topics focused on improving reliability, working groups also dealt with topics on safety, which covered functional safety and the explosion proof areas. Practical examples with shared experiences and smart technical solutions from Namur member companies attracted the audience. Yokogawa, which had already sponsored the Namur Annual General Meeting in Germany in 2016, sponsored this event. Together with the association, Yokogawa presented their solutions on intelligent manufacturing, which help to improve efficiency, effectiveness and safety.
Next Namur China Annual Conference will be held on November 21 and 22, 2018 with a special arrangement for the tenth annual conference in China.