Bucharest, March 17, 2020 - Technology is certainly the key word of 2020, with spectacular developments in almost all areas, with effects that will generate investments in IoT (Internet of Things) technologies from an increasing number of companies from various industries.
While the factories of the past gained advantages by introducing electricity and automation to be competitive in the market, the factories of the present and the future use the Internet to lead the world to the next industrial revolution. We are already experiencing the dawn of the IoT era and this has a huge impact on everyday life. In the near future, it is likely that all objects that contain at least one electronic circuit will be connected to the Internet and will make our lives easier. IoT offers new opportunities for sectors such as production, retail, logistics, smart homes, and large companies mark important milestones in their development by implementing the latest technological innovations.
Arctic, the leader of the Romanian home appliance market, reveals the latest technology in its factory of the future located in Ulmi, one of the most modern production facilities in Europe, through a video-documentary "How it's made" (http://bit.ly/2vwabpY). The video is designed to familiarize consumers with the steps in the production process of washing machines. The Ulmi washing machine factory is the only Industry 4.0 factory in Romania and one of the few in Europe where the latest artificial intelligence, machine learning and robotic technologies are found. By integrating IIoT (Industrial Internet of Things) applications, it reaches a production capacity of 2.2 million washing machines per year.
Industry 4.0 is also called the fourth industrial revolution because state-of-the-art technologies are introduced to facilitate and automate the production process. Thus, employees work side by side with smart equipment, interconnected devices, and robots to produce future products that make our lives easier. However, Industry 4.0 also means sustainability, and care for a better future. Due to the implementation of advanced technologies, the Ulmi factory received an impressive number of accreditations for being a green factory, and it is the only one in Romania certified as LEED Platinum, the highest level of this green certification that can be obtained by any factory. The certifications obtained for product quality, energy efficiency in production, and the prestigious "Lighthouse Network Factory" award granted by the World Economic Forum to the Ulmi factory, are the results of the company's ongoing regard for product development and technologies that promote sustainability and efficient use of resources.
Now more than ever, we can say that the Internet of Things is changing everything, and this is not an observation about the distant future. The fusion of technologies behind the production processes makes this innovative factory one of the 44 top production units in the world that helps accelerate industrial progress globally.
Arctic, the leader of the Romanian home appliance market, is one of the strongest companies in Romania, and one of the most important employers and exporters in the SE European country. With approximately 4,300 employees, the company exports 83% of its total production to over 85 countries.
With a history of almost half a century, Arctic became part of the Arçelik group in 2002, and has since continuously and significantly increased both its turnover and production capacity.
The company owns the largest household appliance factory in continental Europe, the Găești unit producing so far over 36 million refrigerators. It also owns the only Industry 4.0 factory in Romania and one of the few in Europe, the factory in Ulmi, Dâmbovița, with a production capacity of 2.2 million units per year.
Founded in 1955, Arçelik is one of the leading players in the electronics and home appliances industries. The company is present in 146 countries, has 30,000 employees, 23 production units in 9 countries (Turkey, Romania, Russia, China, South Africa, Thailand, Pakistan, India, and Bangladesh) and 35 sales and marketing offices across the world. The company owns 12 brands (Arçelik, Beko, Grundig, Blomberg, ElektraBregenz, Arctic, Leisure, Flavel, Defy, Dawlance, Voltas Beko, Altus) and is listed on the Istanbul Stock Exchange.
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