Hytera’s Shenzhen Facility Switches to Manufacturing Face Masks
Monday, March 30, 2020 | Comments

Hytera's intelligent manufacturing center in Shenzhen has maintained production despite the disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The flexibility built into the center has also allowed Hytera to manufacture disposable face masks to help offset the global shortage caused by the virus.

Hytera said it has kept its manufacturing systems working normally despite the threat posed to global supply chains caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, thanks to its investment in intelligent manufacturing and supply chain solutions. The intelligent manufacturing solutions provide a flexible and agile manufacturing and supply chain system. Intelligent manufacturing and management systems, automated dispensing, assembly and functional testing are designed to guarantee production precision and high levels of efficiency. This is augmented by an automated packaging system and the ability to remotely monitor products.

At the heart of Hytera's intelligent manufacturing system is the flexible production line, which uses a manufacturing execution system to streamline the entire production process through real-time information. The production line can be reorganized to manufacture many different products, ensuring a fast response to changing markets and customer demands.

Hytera began adopting intelligent manufacturing solutions at the Shenzhen center in 2013 to meet the demanding manufacturing criteria, including customization, delivery cycles and product reliability of high-quality professional mobile communications devices, such as two-way radios.

The company now has more than 10 smart production lines. In 2019, Hytera’s intelligent manufacturing processes officially reached the Industry 4.0 stage. During the next five years, a goal is to upgrade all the company’s manufacturing processes to meet “smart” manufacturing standards.

The Hytera smart factory in Shenzhen also incorporates intelligent warehousing and logistics systems. An important part of the global supply chain is the Hytera manufacturing center in Zaragoza, Spain, which focuses on providing customized solutions designed to meet the specific needs of its European and American customers.

Production of disposable face masks began in early February and has been rapidly ramped up to achieve mass production levels. Hytera's disposable face masks are already available in the market around the world.

The company also set up a national emergency support team and contacted health committees, prevention and control departments, medical institutions and nonprofit organizations throughout China to help coordinate all aspects of support, including equipment donations, communications support and field services. The company has also donated more than 3,000 communications devices nationwide, helping fulfill its corporate social responsibilities.

The development of the intelligent manufacturing system is one of the main outcomes of Hytera's strategy of continuous investment in research and development (R&D). The company invests 15% of its annual revenue in R&D and has 2,342 patents filed globally. Around 40% of its staff headcount are R&D engineers, of whom 80% hold a master's or doctor's degree.

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On 4/3/20, Austin Stark said:
I wonder how long before Motorola claims they came up with the idea of wearing a cloth over one's face and start to sue ...

On 3/31/20, Tim Kenelly said:
Here is a really in-depth tour of the Hytera plant so you can see how advanced it really is. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lbsxOILWokE

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