Taiwan Machine Tools Gearing up for a Smart Future
Sept 14, 2016 – Stuttgart
In response to the current trend towards Industry 4.0, four outstanding Taiwan machine tool companies – FFG, Tongtai, YCM, and Buffalo Machinery – stood together to share their achievements in helping to build a smart future. They did this at a press event organized by the Bureau of Foreign Trade (BOFT), Ministry of Economic Affairs which was hosted by the Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA) and the Corporate Synergy Development Center (CSD) during the AMB Fair.
Taiwan has the world’s No.1 machine tool cluster located in Taichung, which is commonly known as the “Golden Valley." The “Golden Valley" stretches over an area of 60 square kilometers and hosts more than 1,000 precision machinery manufacturers. Over 300 thousand professional experts work in this region, who are all dedicated in the field of metalworking, from upstream to downstream, with annual output of 4 billion US dollars. With this, Taiwan becomes one of the leading countries in the machine tools industry and was ranked the world’s 5th largest exporter of machine tools in 2015.
Total exports of Taiwan-made machine tools and components to Germany reached 177 million US dollars in 2015. This made Germany the 5th largest export market of Taiwanese machine tools and components in the world. In addition, German machines for metal processing imported into Taiwan reached 448 million US dollars in 2015, according to Germany Trade and Invest (GTAI).
TAITRA deputy executive director Hou Wen-Chin noted, “Smart manufacturing is equipping machines with robots, sensors, machine networks and big data. Taiwan is one of the few countries that possess advantages in both machinery and IT development. In pursuit of Industry 4.0 and catch up the future trend, the government highly emphasizes on developing Smart Machinery as well as IT industry to incorporate government resource with business enterprise that can upgrade the essential technology for machine tool industry to the next level.”
This year Taiwan took part in an applications exhibition at AMB (E2-144) to present Taiwan’s key machine components and parts, including Gifu’s Large Horizontal Disc-radial Type ATC, KEYARROW’s Bellows with Lamella and Replaceable Lamella, Chandox Precision’s Large Through-Hole 3-Jaw High-Speed Power Chucks and Large Through Thin Hollow Rotary Hydraulic Cylinders, Hiwin’s Ballscrew and Linear Guideway. Hiwin Technologies will also showcase its Six-axis Robot, and will serve fresh beer to visitors at the event.
FFG, Tongtai, YCM, and Buffalo machine tools were highlighted during the press event:
FFG Werke GmbH
FFG is dedicated to giving impulses for modern manufacturing under the motto Smart Production Systems. These include various new products and services focusing on production data analysis, as well as service optimization. An example is the “Solution Wizard“, which is a guided trouble-shooting tool for operators that utilizes CNC data for a web-based analysis, customized search algorithms, and fault analysis models.
Tongtai Machine & Tool Co., Ltd.
Tongtai is continuously developing multi-functional machines in order to serve a wide variety of customer requirements. They introduced a smart total solution, which is used in the automotive industry. Their smart manufacturing strategy forms like an octopus, with 2 nervous systems (HMI), hearts (PC/NC), 500 million detectors (sensors), and 8 tentacles (devices) to monitor in real-time and insure high accuracy, efficiency and flexibility.
Yeong Chin Machinery
YCM operates a full production system from foundry and assembly, all the way to packaging, to ensure the highest quality. To manage their factory efficiently, they introduced a self-developed remote monitoring system – ”i-Direct”. This includes real-time monitoring, analytical manufacturing report, and reduction of machine downtime. It can also predict tool maintenance and decayed time.
Buffalo Machinery Co., Ltd.
Focusing on smart manufacturing, Buffalo emphasized reliability and TQM. The company believes that quality and service can build a better business. As such, stability is the essential factor when implementing strategic initiatives for industry 4.0. Buffalo introduced a patented technology – Smart Machining Technology (SMT), which has a self-learning feature that automatically adjusts the cutting conditions in order to prolong the operational life of a tool and improve accuracy by 5-6 times. Moreover, it implemented MTBF and remote detect system in order to provide immediate service as the need arises.
About the Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA)
The Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA) was founded in 1970 to promote Taiwan’s foreign trade and competitiveness in the world market. Over the past 40 years it has played a key role in the development of the Taiwan economy. TAITRA is jointly sponsored by the government and commercial associations, and is widely viewed by the international business community as the business gateway to Taiwan. For more information, please visit www.taitra.org.tw or www.taiwantrade.com.tw