In 1995, Bill Gates referred to the "Internet of Things" concept in The Way Forward. At that time, subject to the development of wireless networks, hardware, and sensing equipment, this concept did not cause waves in society. However, more than two decades later, the Internet of Things has developed rapidly around the world. Statistics from the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology show that as of the end of June 2018, the number of IoT end users worldwide had reached 465 million.
When the global Internet of Things wave, the growth rate of China's Internet of Things market is also very surprising. According to the "2017-2018 China Internet of Things Development Annual Report" released by China Economic Information Service, China's Internet of Things market has entered a substantive stage of development since 2017. The annual market size exceeded 1 trillion yuan, with a compound annual growth rate of more than 25%.
The rapid development of the Internet of Things cannot be separated from technical support. In recent years, the semiconductor industry has exploded, 5G has been formally commercialized, and sensor equipment has continued to iterate, which has laid the foundation for the rapid development of the Internet of Things. Among them, sensors play a key role in the development of the Internet of Things as a key part.
In the past, for a long time, in the key industries of high-end smart sensors, key technologies, and high value-added applications, international brands were in a monopoly position. Among them, American, Japanese, and German brands were represented. However, with the gradual maturity of cloud computing, artificial intelligence, and big data in China in recent years, autonomous and controllable sensing technology has become an irreversible trend.
Based on this, many Chinese companies have begun their layout on the high-end smart sensor track, such as GoerTek, China Resources Microelectronics, and so on. In addition to traditional manufacturers stepping up their efforts in this area, many innovative companies have emerged as well. Hypersen is one of them.
The founder of Hypersen, Wang Guoan is a PhD from Nagoya University in Japan and a "Peacock Talent" in Shenzhen. His studies and work experience in Japan have allowed him to accumulate rich experience in the field of sensor research and development. At the same time, the rigorous and dedicated spirit of Japanese society has also profoundly affected him.
After returning to China, Wang Guoan founded Hypersen in 2015. He started the development of high-end sensor products with the spirit of "craftsmanship" advocated by Japan. After four years of development, Hypersen has successfully developed a number of high-end sensor products, obtained more than 20 patents, and obtained authoritative certifications such as RoHs, FCC, CE. At present, Hiberson has been identified as a national high-tech enterprise, and the company is growing step by step.
●Committed to the development of high-precision, high-reliability sensors, the 3C industry may become a new growth point in the future
Looking back on the development history of sensors, it can be roughly divided into three generations: the first generation is a structured sensor that uses structure parameter changes to sense and transform signals; the second generation is a solid-state sensor developed in the 1970s. , Dielectric materials, magnetic materials and other solid components; third-generation sensors are intelligent sensors.
The intelligent sensor has a multi-component integrated circuit with information collection, information processing, information exchange, and information storage functions. It is a system-level product that integrates sensor chips, communication chips, microprocessors, drivers, and software algorithms.
However, the long-term output value of domestic companies in this field is low, and the market is almost monopolized by foreign companies. Although domestic smart sensors have made great progress in both technology and application fields in recent years, overall there are still shortcomings.
Wang Guoan said that while he was still in Japan, China did not have good technology and products to support the market development of the high-end smart sensor field, so it had to rely heavily on foreign imports. This has caused European, American and Japanese companies to make a lot of money in China every year. In fact, with the rise of China, it is an inevitable trend to realize the independence and control of core technologies.
With the rapid development of the new generation of information technology, standing in 2019 today, Wang Guoan couldn't help feeling: "China has developed a unique advantage in developing high-end sensors. On the one hand, it is very supportive at the national policy level, and on the other hand, downstream applications have been very rich.”
Take the 3C manufacturing industry as an example. As a labor-intensive industry, due to the gradual disappearance of the demographic dividend in recent years and the continuous iterative updating of technology, the degree of automation in this industry will become higher and higher in the future. The demand for sensors from automation equipment and industrial robots will also increase.
According to data reported by Yole Développement, the global robot sensor market size reached 350 million U.S. dollars in 2015 and will double to 709 million U.S. dollars by 2021, with a compound growth rate of 12.4% in 2015-2021.
Based on this, Dr. Wang Guoan judged that in the next few years, starting from the 3C industry, domestic sensors will achieve rapid development.
From the perspective of specific application scenarios, in the 3C manufacturing industry, a typical application scenario for sensors is machine polishing.
In the past, there were several pain points in the manual grinding method. First, the safety is low. Air pollution and noise in the factory will damage the physical and mental health of the operator, work efficiency is not guaranteed.
Compared with traditional manual grinding, robot grinding has the advantages of high safety, high consistency and high efficiency.
Hypersen 6D force torque sensor
In the 3C industry, sensors mounted on industrial robots need to adapt to the scenarios of precision grinding and flexible assembly. Based on this, Hyberson has launched a six-dimensional force sensor, which can simultaneously detect force and torque information in three-dimensional space. Combined with Hyberson's self-developed force feedback control algorithm, it guarantees the accuracy and reliability of industrial grinding and achieves 3C Flexible force-controlled assembly of the product.
● Multiple inspections to ensure product quality, fully automatic production line to improve production efficiency
When purchasing high-precision, high-reliability sensors, most companies prefer foreign brands. There is a certain stereotype of domestic brands, and they believe that the quality of domestic products cannot be guaranteed. However, with the intensification of Sino-US trade friction, many manufacturers have set their sights on domestic sensors.
Wang Guoan told Iyiou Manufacturing: "Many integrators are willing to spend two to three times the price of foreign sensors in order to buy peace of mind. However, due to changes in the external environment, many manufacturers have started to find us to test our products It turns out that the original domestic sensors can also do very well.”
In fact, foreign high-end sensors have a long history of development, and the products are continuously iteratively updated in practice, so they have today's high quality. Hiberson was founded in 2015. How can we prove to our customers our hard power without the accumulation of many years of industrial scene practice?
In response, Wang Guoan said that his work experience in Japanese companies has made him treat every process with the spirit of "craftsmanship." Therefore, every batch of raw materials purchased by the company will be put into production after strict testing. When the product is produced, it will be sent to a third-party agency for testing before it goes on the market. At present, the company's products have passed international certifications such as RoHs, FCC, CE. On this basis, reliability testing will also be performed within the company.
"Taking 6D force torque sensor as an example, we will perform a reliability test on each of the products produced. It takes about three months to perform more than 2.3 million repeated full-load tests on the sensor. Only after a series of tests pass We will present the product to our customers. "Wang Guoan told Iyiou.
Automatic production workshop
Under the premise of ensuring accuracy and reliability, price has naturally become the focus of domestic manufacturers. Wang Guoan said that Hypersen's products are cost-effective. This is because he borrowed Japanese lean management experience and did a good job in cost control.
It is understood that on the one hand, Hypersen has reached a strategic cooperation with upstream core device suppliers, which has certain advantages in price; on the other hand, in production, Hypersen has SMT production lines, dust-free assembly workshops and full Automatic production equipment. Greatly shorten the product production cycle and reduce production costs.
"It is precisely because the company uses a lot of automated equipment that our demand for labor is not so great, which saves a lot of costs. In summary, our product costs will be reduced to a relatively low level." Wang Guoan said.
In general, sensors are in an incremental market, and with the advent of 5G, major breakthroughs will be achieved both in technology and application scenarios. Wang Guoan said that in the future, Hiberson will continue to cultivate in the industry and expand technical barriers. On the other hand, it will also aim at future trends, develop new products and technologies, set foot in new areas, and achieve self-breakthrough.
(Article transferred from iyiou.com)