Taiwan’s intelligent rubber and plastic manufacturers hasten implementation of circular economy
Securing sustainable business opportunities in the global market
The global production of plastic products has seen a gradual increase, driven by demand from the 3C technology, medical, packaging, and architectural sectors. According to a recent report by Plastics Europe, the global production of plastic products reached 359 million tons in 2018, a 3.2% growth over the previous year’s output. Taiwan holds ranks within the top six most significant rubber and plastics machinery export countries in the world, with export values reaching 1.17 billion USD in 2018. Taiwan has more than 300 rubber and plastics machinery manufacturers in operation today. Given the competitive strength of Taiwan’s machinery manufacturing expertise and technological software and hardware integration combined with seventy years of rubber and plastic industry know-how, this industry is willing and able to provide global customers with the most innovative and reliable intelligent manufacturing solutions in injection, extrusion, blow molding and hot press molding machinery.
The world is talking about plastic reduction–circular economy will be the next key industry trend
Conversely, as the need for rubber and plastic rises, global awareness of the environment impact of plastic has simultaneously driven a movement focused on plastics reduction. Therefore, without a doubt, an embracing of the concept of circular economy is the key to success for the global rubber and plastics industry–posing new challenges while also bringing new opportunities. Under the wave of circular economy, the rubber and plastics industry has started to actively engage with recycling and re-use practices, as well as conduct research into alternative materials, including building a recycling and regeneration plastics supply chain and re-designing new regenerative materials. Today, it is essential that the development of plastic products incorporate green design concepts, such as selecting biodegradable, fully recyclable, low carbon emission or increased biomass ratio materials that are environmentally-friendly. The production process itself must be energy and human resource efficient. By participating in the creation of products that are able to remain in a circular system, causing minimum impact on the environment, and minimizing waste of resources, companies are able to achieve a mutual benefit to all parties: rubber and plastic manufacturers, the consumer, and the environment.
Taiwan’s environmentally-friendly intelligent manufacturing expertise–helping customers achieve sustainable business growth
In order to implement circular economy practices in rubber and plastics manufacturing, the supply chain must be able to adapt quickly to the new manufacturing needs with innovative materials. It must also challenge itself to minimize the consumption of energy and consumables. In this time of fast-paced industrial evolution, smart machinery upgrade is a vital strategy. Taiwan’s Industry 4.0 intelligent machinery manufacturers are favored by leading global brands because of their ability to provide machines with highly flexible customization and their persistent pursuit of environmental sustainability in manufacturing. Taiwan’s rubber and plastic manufacturing industry has proven itself to be an innovator when it comes to integrating circular economy concepts and solutions into manufacturing practices. The sector is already implementing sustainability systems with existing customers and is actively seeking to secure new opportunities to work together global businesses to achieve innovative environmental protection strategies that do not necessitate a reduction in the need for rubber and plastic products.
By integrating multi-step machinery into a powerful “one for all” single production line, eliminating the single-machine-single-production line limitation, Taiwanese companies are already rubber and plastic manufacturing industry innovators. Combine this with the development of new sustainable materials like bio PET, PLA, and PP, green machining technologies, and environmentally conscious manufacturing service solutions for whole-factory output, and it is clear that Taiwanese manufacturers are well placed to help customers employ innovative materials while also maintaining high yields and production efficiency, reducing energy and materials waste, and achieving their vision for sustainable and circular intelligent manufacturing. At the same time, Taiwan is also actively researching more environmentally-friendly all-electric injection molding machines that will reduce noise, vibration, energy consumption, cooling water, and operating costs. Today, the world’s rubber and plastics manufacturers are looking to Taiwan to give them that competitive edge.
Hundreds of Taiwan’s rubber and plastic intelligent machinery manufacturers at the K Show 2019–experience innovation in intelligence first-hand
Held every three years at Messe Dusseldorf in Germany, the K Show is a key event on the global rubber and plastics industry business calendar. In 2019, it will be run October 16-23. A hand-picked group of 48 of Taiwan’s top manufacturers will participate in the TAITRA-organized Taiwan Image Pavilion alongside the more than 120 Taiwanese manufacturers independently showing at the event. Visit the Taiwan Rubber & Plastic Intelligent Machinery Pavilion (Hall 12 A52-19) to experience first-hand how Taiwanese manufacturers are innovating software, hardware, and intelligent manufacturing practices to meet global circular economy and sustainable development goals. A key highlight will be a demonstration of the ways in which high-efficiency, low-pollution production can be advantageous in meeting local plastic application industry needs. Injection, blow molding, and extrusion machines will be on show alongside a variety of machine parts and tools to provide an overview of Taiwan’s versatile supply chain.
Taiwan rubber and plastic machinery industry combines strength with technological intelligence
Embracing new market opportunities with customers to build a better world
In today’s rapidly changing global consumption landscape, manufacturers are increasingly being asked to fulfill small-quantity/high-variety orders to meet supply chain demand. At the same time, the plastics industry is facing two challenges: a need for lightweight composite materials in the increasingly important electric car market and the rise of anti-plastic sentiment, as individuals and governments strive to reduce their plastic consumption in the face of numerous global environmental protection issues.
As a result, Taiwan’s rubber and plastics supply chain is simultaneously facing both critical industrial challenges and the chance to create new opportunities. Thankfully, Taiwan’s rubber and plastic machinery industry has long foreseen this development. By taking advantage of Taiwan’s innovations in the information and technology industries, rubber and plastics manufacturers are integrating the Internet of Things (IoT) into equipment, whole-line, and whole-factory systems.
This digitization of seventy years of industry know-how combined with efficient, real-time data reporting and analysis is creating a powerfully intelligent manufacturing technology database that both manufacturers and their customers can draw from, as well as a more innovative, flexible, customized, high-efficiency, low energy consumption, and environmentally friendly manufacturing environment.
In Taiwan, the entire rubber and plastic manufacturing ecosystem–from raw materials to recycling and everything in between–is constantly being reconsidered and re-designed to engineer an environmentally-friendly environment that helps customers face industry challenges and embrace new business opportunities. Several Taiwanese rubber and plastic machinery manufacturers stand out as true pioneers in this new wave of industrial evolution.
FCS Group iMF4.0 intelligent manufacturing factory system
Collaborating to shape a better world
FCS Group, a leading plastic injection molding machinery brand, is devoted to providing customers with comprehensive, integrated technology solutions. In response to Industry 4.0, the demands of the emerging all-electric car market, and the special material, molding, manufacturing, and design requirements of the rising composite material industries and the circular economy, FCS launched their iMF4.0 intelligent manufacturing factory system. By employing large scale perception technology and integrating data and analysis, iMF4.0 helps customers cut down plastic and energy waste and increase yield and production efficiency.
FCS sees its corporate mantra, “Shape A Better World”, as its mission. To help its clients manufacture plastic products in a more environmentally friendly and efficient way, the company established a PET recycling division. To date, they have converted two hundred thousand tons of PET bottles into packing boxes and fiber cloth for the textile industry. Recycled plastic bottle caps have also been made into pallets. By extending the life of plastic products, FCS are creating a win-win solution for their customers and making the world a better place.
Multiplas IM 4.0 intelligent manufacturing system
Empowering competitiveness with one-for-all solution
Multiplas is a leading manufacturer of injection molding equipment and a sector technology pioneer, counting global brands like Bosch, 3M, Hitachi, and leading smart phone brands amongst their customers. To assist its clients in meeting the fast-changing needs of consumers, Multiplas has developed the IM 4.0 (Injection Molding 4.0) intelligent manufacturing system, which includes a professional injection molding manufacturing management system (I-MES), an auxiliary system for injection molding condition calculation and setting (I-CAM), and other innovative injection molding and intelligent manufacturing applications.
These systems work together analyze the best parameters for molding efficiently, reduce manpower and time spent for trial molding, and by digitizing information on raw materials, the system can employ IoT to boost production efficiency and keep customers updated all the way along the manufacturing journey. At the same time, Multiplas developed their trailblazing “one-for-all” solution: multi-tasking machines that eliminate the one machine-one production line limitation. Energy waste from production halt and energy consumed during production is reduced and customer use of factory space is made more efficient. By making information transparent through remote control services, maintenance, and forecasting, Multiplas helps customers reduce energy waste by 5-20%.
Fong Kee sustainable intelligent manufacturing
Customized and innovative all-electric molding
Fong Kee, Taiwan’s number one plastic extrusion machinery manufacturer, is devoted to the manufacturing of plastic blow molding and extrusion molding manufacturing equipment. The company has sixty years of custom manufacturing experience, and today, over ninety percent of the equipment it produces is custom made. In response to the demands of the current market, Fong Kee has been improving its offerings of all-electric machinery–specifically the innovation and improvement of its all-electric blow molding machines–along with corresponding structural re-designs that aim to maximize production competencies.
At the same time, the integration of a massive amount of production data into company-wide systems is allowing Fong Kee to analyze their manufacturing processes and find ways to greatly improve production and energy efficiency. Through these efforts, the company has helped its customers increase production yields by 20-25% and reduce their power consumption by 40-50%. Carbon emissions have also been reduced by 110 tons a year. In line with the Fong Kee vision of intelligent manufacturing systems combined with sustainable business practices, the company is confident it can help its clients engage in manufacturing that is environmentally friendly, energy efficient, and intelligent.
Bottle Viewer and Planet Dashboard by Chumpower
Keeping customers informed while reducing energy consumption
In recent years, Chumpower, a leader in the PET bottle blowing machinery industry, has successfully transformed itself from a machinery manufacturer to a production service provider–with offerings from mold design to customized and intelligence-added whole-line solutions.
The Bottle Viewer intelligent bottle blowing manufacturing system and its partner system, the tactical Planet Dashboard, were exclusively researched and developed by Chumpower to provide visualized operation information to the user. Its online repair and maintenance reminder functions can help global customers immediately report machine malfunctions to Chumpower so the company’s engineers can quickly reply with the most efficient and effective solutions. The integrated system is estimated to reduce production halt time due to malfunction by up to 75%.
Chumpower has also developed an all-electric one-station bottle blowing line that simplifies the manufacturing process and employs an AOI system that massively reduces defective rates and scrap quantities. The company’s range of intelligent machinery has been proven to reduce energy consumption by 30% and compressed air consumption by 50%, helping global customers to achieve their manufacturing efficiency and environmental sustainability goals.
Key customized and and intelligent technologies by Polystar
Promoting the implementation of “Recycling Made Simple” in the global plastic industry in the global plastic industry
Polystar is a pioneer plastic recycling service provider in Taiwan and is also the leading global manufacturer of recycling machinery. Polystar aims to assist wrap and injection/blow molding customers and professional recycling companies to effectively recycle 50-100% of plastic material. To achieve this goal, the company launched its self-named brand, Polystar, in 2010 to provide customized, flexible, and simple recycling machines and solutions. In response to Industry 4.0 trends and the growing urgency for sustainable development, Polystar is a company that is at the forefront of research into the development of new technologies for waste recycling.
Key innovations include synchronizing the feeding of a recycling machine to increase a customer’s overall production yield, capacity, and quality; embedding electronic control modules into the external communication interface to assist with operation and management oversight and control of production; and integrating cloud collection and storage of data for easier and more in-depth analysis. Polystar’s mission is to be an innovator in the global plastic recycling industry, driving companies to achieve “Recycling Made Simple” and prolonging the lifecycle of plastic–a win-win vision for supplier, customer, and the environment.
Taiwan’s intelligent machinery industry combines the strength of decades of experience in software and hardware integration with innovative intelligent manufacturing technologies. The industry is devoted to becoming the best partner for global customers in an environment where building intelligent factories is essential. At the same time, Taiwan’s intelligent machinery industry is committed to developing equipment, technologies, and practices that will help, not harm, the environment, ensuring rubber and plastics customers can remain both competitive and responsible when seeking new business opportunities, managing their supply chains, and meeting consumer demands.