Haier leads the way on international standards

Published on 06/27 2017  Source: chinadaily.com.cn


Haier, China's largest electronics and home appliance firm, will host an intelligent manufacturing forum as part of the 2017 Qingdao Forum on International Standardization that runs from Jun 27 to 29.

Haier's event will be themed around collaborative innovation and aims to call for leading businesses and experts along with famous standardization institutions, to share experiences and jointly promote research and development using globally accepted standards for the intelligent manufacturing sector.

Haier gained the opportunity to host this event thanks to its creative endeavors and accomplishments in terms of quality, technical breakthroughs, intelligent manufacturing and standardization.

Since its foundation in 1984, Haier has attached significance to innovation and standardization in satisfying the demands of consumers worldwide and realizing mutual benefits for Haier and its clients. In 1984, as part of an essential move taken by the founders, German standards were used to develop a standards framework in accordance with the overall business strategy.

By the end of 2016, Haier had submitted a total of 90 proposals on setting and revising world standards, 43 of which have since been adopted; and it had offered 410 proposals to help make and amend standards for the Chinese industry, with 365 out of 410 published. Haier holds first place in the Chinese home appliance industry in terms of submitting proposals for national and international standards.

There are 66 seats at international associations for standardization, such as the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) and the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) held by Haier's experts.

Backed by 10 research centers around the world, Haier has developed a standards system that serves widespread purposes. Now it has become the first in China to be accredited to create a national innovation base to set and promote technical standards for the electronics and home appliance industry.

Over the past 33 years, Haier has gradually become a market leader, not only in China but in the global home electronics and appliance market, and the company plays a major role in setting international standards, with more than 7,000 patents and 589 intellectual property certificates. Its safe care heaters, dual drive washing machines technologies and its fridge and freezer standards have been awarded patents and been proposed for IEC Criteria.

Once it went on the market, the safe care water heater technology boosted Haier's sales by 40 percent, representing an 8 percent rise in sales for the industry as a whole.
At the IEC refrigerator branch conference held in Minsk, Belarus in October 2015, Haier was elected to run the IEC refrigerator freshness-maintenance team, and refrigeration standards it put forward through joint efforts by its research institutes around the world and through its world-leading testing institutions from the Netherlands and China Agricultural University, were finally adopted –– making Chinese industrial history.

Haier sets the pace for intelligent manufacturing standards

Haier has also made considerable efforts to study intelligent technologies and standards to help boost the intelligent manufacturing sector.

It has finished upgrading five assembly lines and 28 plants plus updated over 800 procedures so far. It has built up eight interconnected branch offices, of which, the smart plant in Jiaozhou, Qingdao, will be one of the three most advanced projects exhibited during the 2017 Qingdao Forum on International Standardization.

The Internet factory + COSMOPlat system, a digital product invented as an enthusiastic response to the prospering intelligent manufacturing sector, has been included into IEC Criteria.

Approved by China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, Haier pioneered the Intelligent Manufacturing Innovation Strategic Alliance (IMSA), the first in the world, with the Chinese Mechanical Engineering Society (CMEC), China Electronics Standardization Institute (CESI), China Information and Communications Technology Academy (CAICT), Tsinghua University and China Telecom.

Meanwhile, it worked with CESI to issue China's first intelligent manufacturing standards framework for the home appliance industry. It is thought that two standards will be released during the intelligent manufacturing forum at the end of June.