The Xunxi Digital Factory, which founded in 2018 as "part of retail e-commerce giant Alibaba's long-term vision," was officially unveiled in September 2020 at the Global Lighthouse Networks The innovation is intended to complement Alibaba co-founder Jack Ma's "Five New" strategy, which is comprised of New Retail, New Manufacturing, New Finance, New Technology, and New Energy.
Needless to say, the digital factory falls under the New Manufacturing category. Through the use of various cutting-edge solutions—from IoT and cloud computing to artificial intelligence algorithms—Xunxi Digital Factory works to expedite and "create a user-centric approach to production." The technologically enhanced environment promises efficiency and proactiveness in problem-solving, as well as an enriched customer experience. For example, IoT is used to create a real-time feed that can alert staff and operators of issues as they arise.
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