US-based Rockwell Automation will build a smart manufacturing demonstration base in Taiwan and cooperate with Industrial College under government-sponsored Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) to train 5,000 local industrial automation experts over the next two years, in a bid to help local manufacturers upgrade their production to smart manufacturing, according to the company’s Greater China vice president Shih Ian.
Rockwell has signed a MoU with Taiwan-US Industrial Cooperation Promotion Office and Smart Machinery Promotion Office under Ministry of Economic Affairs for cooperation to establish the smart manufacturing demonstration based in Taichung City Precision Machinery Innovation Technology Park in central Taiwan. Local academic and research organizations and Rockwell’s licensed provider of system integration services Sintek-SG will participate in the project.
Smart manufacturing is the core of Industry 4.0 and digital transformation is a primary goal for manufacturing industries around the world, Shih said. Manufacturing industries have to be competitive enough and strive for differentiation rather than merely appeal to cost down, Shih indicated. With abundant talent in machinery, Taiwan has strong support for continued development of machinery manufacturing industry, and Rockwell aims to help Taiwan combine local and international resources for industrial upgrading, Shih noted.
Rockwell will introduce cutting-edge smart automation equipment, integrated automation architecture and robotics technology developed by its strategic partner Fanuc, and an independent cart conveying system developed by its subsidiary MagneMotion to the demonstration base.
Initial functions of the base will be mainly demonstration of smart automation equipment for clients, technical training, testing of equipment, solutions of problems and breakthrough in technology.