Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Chin Fong Machine: Innovator in metal forming

Simon Tseng, General Manager

Taiwan-based Chin Fong Machine General Manager Simon Tseng along with his team, Vice Presidents Helen Fang and Frank Tsai, Executive Office Manager Steven Wang, and Overseas Sales Dept. Director Jason Lee sat down with INTERNATIONAL METALWORKING NEWS FOR ASIA sharing their views on innovation, and strategies in emerging markets.

Keeping globalisation as its pace
Operating for 70 years, Chin Fong succeeds in establishing a variety of mechanical power presses. It has a number of specialised presses that are suitable for different industries and markets, as the capacity of the company’s products have reached the stage of sophistication. This solid foundation provided the company with all the requirements to expand their global presence.

In the year 1994, Chin Fong has set up a production centre in China, envisioning the importance of world factory. Following the shifts and changes of geography in the international trade, Chin Fong established branches and sales/service centres in Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam and the Philippines. And in 2017, the company set up its branch in Mexico in order to supply the Latin American customers locally.

“2018 will be the year that Chin Fong consolidates our global strategy. We are ready to use the successful experience from China, and elsewhere to bring it forward to the emerging markets” remarked Simon Tseng, general manager.

According to the market researches, it indicates that the demands in automobiles have saturated in the U.S., China and the EU. This message implies not a standstill in the overall demands in car markets. But that the new economies will jump to become the uppermost crucial regions in the future of cars manufacturing, said Chin Fong.

The company emphasised that being deeply involved in the ASEAN market since the late 1980s, they are looking forward to boost the presence in the region particularly that top auto suppliers of Japan, and China have located their factories there”, “We are also eying Middle East markets such as Iran, these are the regions that contain much potential for the new era automobile”, Simon Tseng added.

Steven Wang (Executive office manager), Helen Fang (Vice President), Simon Tseng (General Manager), Frank Tsai (Vice President), Jason Lee (oversea sales Dept. Director)

Symbolic technology to fuel new energy automotive
In the field of press manufacturers, integrating traditional technology to transforming manufacturing sector is the core issue manufacturers must confront especially at the time that the automobile industry is struck by disruptive technologies. Green vehicles that adopt light-weight techniques in manufacturing are attracting the spotlight, so as the trend of autonomous cars and shared economy that extends to the vehicle sector. In responding to these technological disruption, Chin Fong has succeeded in offering forming presses that are energy-efficient and economical in material consumption, while eliminating the need of post-processing.

“Chin Fong’s Knuckle-joint cold forging press is a compact version of press that blends in processes required for sheet metal forming. Diminishing the time and stages needed from the original processing thanks to its highly precise stamping capacity” the team explained.      

On the other hand, the company’s large-sized servo presses and hot forging presses are designed to meet definite requirements in processing high tension steels and component materials that are applied in renewable energy, light-weight vehicles.

“Contributing to the embedded sensors, smart monitor system, timely graphical stamping condition and statistics records, we were able to maximise the automation competency of the servo presses” the team stated. Via IoT, and high connectivity of the presses, the defect rate will be reduced as feedbacks of production information could be analysed and thus optimised to reach high accuracy. Chin Fong’s intelligent servo presses have also been installed at a smart factory demonstration plant in China.

Chin Fong’s role in the broader aspect of smart manufacturing sector
When asking about the expectation on Chin Fong amidst their 70th anniversary, the general manager and his team expressed a unified goal to make Industry 4.0 as the backbone for future developments. The editorial team further asked if the burgeoning shared economic model, (shared vehicle trend) challenges car ownership, and would this affect the overall sales of carmakers. Namely, what is Chin Fong’s role under the arrival of a shared economic model as well as driverless cars?

“We fully welcome the coming of a new style of transportation – whether it is autonomous car or electric cars,” said Simon Tseng. “In the future, the concept of transportation will change in all aspects, the question of vehicles as a commodity, or the ownership of it will not be the core issue, but rather it will be about the new service that people do on the wheels,” he commented.

Cars itself will become a platform of a new economic model. Therefore, for Chin Fong, sharpening their competency in software, and the capability to match production for carmakers of tomorrow becomes the urgent tasks while they embrace it with great confidence.

“Related to this new economic model, our president constantly stresses the goal of becoming a service-oriented press manufacturer” remarked the team. Very different from the image of a traditional mechanical press manufacturer, the aspiration of the company is dynamic and bold.

“As our presses and software systems keep upgrading and mature, we hope to head toward to a total-solution provider,” they stated.

Yet it is not without challenges. As the company stresses on highly customised presses, it has a relatively longer delivery than standardised press manufacturers.

“We recognise this as an issue to be dealt with, while we insist on the strategy of making customised presses for individual customers. In the next years we will thus explore more possibilities to shorten our delivery while maintaining this strength of designing original presses,” the team claimed. 

In the future roadmap of the company, readers will be able to anticipate innovative presses that process new types of sheet metals. They will also see stronger presence of Chin Fong in the emerging markets regarding services, and finally witness it to move towards becoming a 100-year-old company.

Direct Drive Servo Forging Press

Source: International Metalworking News for Asia

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Note in your calendar: reserve seat for Automotive Summit Vietnam

ASEAN Automotive & Motorcycle Parts Manufacturing Summit 2018

Technical Conference X Market Development X Factory Visit X Exhibition X Business Matchmaking

Date: 17-18 April, 2018
Venue: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Not to lie, there are only 3 reasons to attend a business conference.

1) To expand your knowledge about latest technologies, machinery and innovative raw materials – such as metal cutting tools, precision grinding technology, 3D laser cutting, magnesium alloys in lightweighting and others

2) Network with influential representatives from various international associations, renown OEMs manufacturers and government representatives.

3) Generate up to 200 sale leads in 2 days, while enjoying 5 star hotel environment.
But you have to admit, those are 3 really good reasons, right?

Conference theme:
To develop a strong manufacturing and assembling segment in a competitive regional market place, by introducing automation and Industry 4.0 applications.

In addition, here is the sample of some hot industry topics that we will cover:
Metalworking session:
l   CNC machine tool technology in high-performance machining
l   Metal cutting in automotive manufacturing -HOT
l   Increasing metal parts output with fast laser cutting machine systems and intelligent automation solutions
l   Precision components for cutting tool solutions
l   Magnetic clamping technology for mould making inserts
l   Cutting machine tools for moulds – HOT

Plastics session:
l   Structural carbon fiber reinforced plastics in automotive applications - HOT
l   High Pressure resin transfer moulding (HP-RTM) technology and its advantages
l   High performance engineering plastics in auto parts production
l   Plastic automotive wheel rims – challenges and benefits - HOT

General session:
l   Fiber laser & CO2 lasers – advantages and disadvantages for your business
l   How to update your production line – best machines and practices
l   Multi-material joining techniques to enable high volume lightweight manufacturing
l   Innovative magnesium alloys as a way to improve fuel efficiency

Reasons Why You Should Attend

l   Be Up to date with The Latest Market Trends And Prospects:
Get ideas, gain insights and learn best practices in processing and design in the metalworking and plastics industries.

l   Learn From The Industry Experts:
Discover new products, services and solutions for your business to generate higher profitability.

l   Build Your Business Network:
With focus in Auto and Motorcycle Parts Manufacturing, Precision Machining, Light weighting, Intelligent Automation, Testing & Measuring Equipment ROI and training.

Face-To-Face Communication with Your Peers:  industry experts, fellow manufacturers, suppliers, regulators, distributors, academe as well as R&D researchers from automotive, motorcycle and supporting industries like machining, metrology, cutting tools, plastics, automation, mold and die etc. Learn about regional needs and future manufacturing trends.

By Industry:
l   Auto Parts manufacturers Tier 1-3
l   Tier 1 automobile & motorbike assemblers
l   Government representatives
l   Machinery and tools manufacturers
l   Mould & Die manufacturers
l   Industry Associations & Industry Experts

By Position:
l   President / Vice-president / Chief Executive Officer /General Manager
l   Manufacturing Director
l   R&D Heads / Planning Director / Manager / Design /Engineers
l   Production / Process / Project Director / Managers
l   QC Director / Managers
l   Purchasing Director / Managers
l   Marketing & Sales Director / Managers

l   Standard Registration - USD180 / Person

Exclusive Package
l   Double Package - Free Hotel Room for 2 Nights
A complimentary twin room for 2 nights in official appointed satellite 3-star hotel located close to the venue for 2 persons from the same company.

l   Quad Package - Buy 3, Get 1 Free & Free Hotel Rooms
For every four or more delegates from the same company, the fourth person will enjoy a free registration.

For more information:
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The ASEAN Automotive & Motorcycle Parts Manufacturing Summit 2018 brings industry leaders together to discuss Auto parts manufacturing, High performance plastic components, Light weighting, Innovative alloys, Precise Machining, Developing skilled manpower, automation and Industry 4.0 applications.

During 2 days of the event you will participate in insightful technical information exchange during Seminars, have the possibility to visit Exhibitor Booths, join the Factory Tour and expand your business network during lunch breaks and other social activities.

About the Organizer

Taking advantage of powerful media resources, Ringier Conference covers the industries of plastics, food, personal care, medicine & health care, nonwovens, coatings & ink, automobile, metal, mold & die, package, composite material, and the latest technologies. Since 2003, we organize over 20 high level conferences bringing industry leaders together for information exchange and networking opportunities in China and successfully extend into S.E.Asia from 2014.
A series of conferences in S.E.Asia that cater specifically to industry verticals like metalworking technology, plastics processing, automotive, food beverage processing & packaging representing growth sectors in many S.E. Asia countries. These sectors require high levels of technology and

upgrading to meet the growing needs of sophisticated consumers both domestically and for export markets. Conferences organized by Ringier not only provide industry leaders with the latest technologies, but also help Greater China enterprises innovatively explore new markets. For more information, please visit www.ringierevents.com

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Stefanie Flaeper, Managing Director at transfluid

Q1: As the transition to Industry 4.0 picks up speed, how do you see the future of the metalworking industry? What are your views on challenges and trends facing the metalworking industry?

Anyone who considers the changes with some foresight is on a good path to a positive future. High-tech for effective pipe processing is the key to progress for many technologies and an important solution driver in all area of daily work and life, for example, when you consider machine and medical technology. Over the course of digital development, we also discovered completely new solutions, which ensure even more efficiency in heavily connected processes. Like I said, anyone who’s forward-thinking and is ready to approach digitalisation challenges and the accompanying shift in thinking openly will be successful. The demand will continue to grow together with increasing productivity. We’re already witnessing this development, for example, with our individual automation systems t motion and our tube bending software t control.

The relevance of highly rigid materials in lightweight construction continues to increase. In the automobile area, the trend is developing towards low quantities together with flexible automatic production, i.e. small quantities and individual pieces in automatic processes. This results in advantages like employee-independent production, process reliability, and influence on traceable processes, for example module assembly. Overall, there’s more planning reliability. Of course, the potential for mechanical engineering is being defined worldwide by automation and digitalisation. I see the clearest opportunities and chance to grow in this area. We’re expanding these trends ourselves with our own innovative power.

-- Stefanie Flaeper, Managing Director at transfluid

International Metalworking News for Asia- December 2017 issue

It is clear; the market for connected equipment and devices will continue to grow. But, as product designers and engineers face the challenges of building smart products, they are realising they need faster, better, smarter tools with which to create them. Part of that solution is to use tools capable of bringing all the disparate processes onto a single, unified platform.

Global high-tech companies are melding Industry 4.0, automation and big data to create metalworking equipment, tools and solutions that will build empires in the industrial manufacturing. They are developing healthy ecosystems that can carry their strategies and values far.
Whatever the situation, Industry 4.0 is here, and manufacturers all over the world are doing their best to prepare. At this issue’s 2018 Outlook Report, industry leaders and senior executives share their views and initiatives on Industry 4.0, and the current and future of metalworking industry, as part of their overall efforts toward automation and big data in manufacturing.

The adoption of Industry 4.0 is indeed a major deportation from traditional manufacturing culture. It not only needs new systems and new set of skills but also a new mind-set, to create a new culture to drive Industry 4.0.

A true digital enterprise will deliver value through physical products or services at the core, through a network of customers and suppliers augmented by digital interfaces and data driven industrial digital ecosystems. These developments will profoundly change individual enterprise, as well as transform market dynamics across the globe.

Although this vision of the future of manufacturing may still be years away for some factories in South East Asia, things are clearly headed in the right direction. InternationalMetalworking News for Asia helps bring Industry 4.0 to life for companies in the region through our motivating technical articles.

Of course, there’s plenty more stories and topics aside from Industry 4.0. Take a moment to read the magazine’s latest print issue or download your copy on iTunes and Play Store. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter and like our page on Facebook.

Friday, November 3, 2017

A different method of turning

In a market as notoriously competitive as automotive, parts such as hub units, CV joint components and drive pinions share a common requirement: to maximise productivity without compromising quality. The question is, how can you produce these steel parts in high volumes? This is all about to change with a new turning methodology that challenges conventions to deliver productivity increases typically no less than double what can be achieved presently.

Read Morehttp://www.industrysourcing.com/article/fast-automotive-turning-gets-stamp-approval

Monday, October 9, 2017

International Metalworking News for Asia October issue

The October issue of InternationalMetalworking News for Asia is loaded with insight on some of the most important announcements and initiatives to come out of this year's top industry trends. One of the most intriguing highlights at the recent EMO Hannover is Hoffmann Group's analogy with nature's powers of innovation in its technology – emphasising the company's ongoing commitment to bringing new, high-quality tools to the market as part of its GARANT premium brand. Using the slogan "Innovative by nature", its innovations include a new conical barrel milling cutter, which makes it possible to achieve an improved surface quality and make considerable time savings through the use of state-of-the-art milling strategies.

HÃ¥kan Ericksson, Global Product Specialist at Sandvik Coromant, authored this month’s Tooling & Workholding section titled “Fast automotive turning gets stamp of approval.” He explains a different method of turning that challenges conventions to deliver productivity increases typically no less than double what can be achieved presently. In contrast to conventional longitudinal turning, the strategy allows the tool to enter the component at the chuck and removes material in the opposite direction, Turning ‘backwards’ in this manner allows a small entering angle to be applied, which in turn provides considerable productivity gains.

Also don't miss Cornelia Gewiehs article on machine learning, which answers the fundamental question whether machine learning is only something for global players and their ideas for a comprehensive concept of a digital factory. Or whether, besides a top-down development thrust by financially potent large companies with their highly competent research and development departments, a bottom-up breakthrough spearheaded by flexible, innovative small and mid-tier enterprises would also be conceivable.

We are happy to report Siemens Industry Analyst Conference in Boston. The program was designed for attendees to gain deeper understanding of digitalization and its impact on our industry. Siemens executive team presented strategic positioning and the direction of their technologies and industry solutions that are helping customers face the challenges of digitalization. Siemens customers shared best practices and lessons learned on their digital transformation journeys and how Siemens is helping them to succeed.

Lastly, email us with your thoughts, noting any article to which they apply. I read comments and questions on Facebook, Twitter, and Blog. Please contact me directly with any issues that need a response.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Siemens holistic approach to digitalisation

Manufacturing is undergoing a digital transformation driven by smart technology and connected devices. With opportunities to increase efficiency, productivity and accuracy in the industry, it is an excellent match for manufacturing.

In South East Asia, every manufacturing business is interested in what digital transformation could mean for his or her business. They believe digital transformation is key to future competitiveness, growth and agree that it will deliver better business results. 

While there is an awareness of the importance of digital transformation in South East Asia, this has not yet fully translated into reality. Majority of the companies in the region are still not fully on board, suggesting that the digital transformation race has really only just started in South East Asia.

INTERNATIONAL METALWORKING NEWS FOR ASIA (IMNA) spoke to Bisheng Liu, Vice President, Digital Factory Customer Services, ASEAN, Siemens Pte Ltd, and Tindaro Danze, Vice President and Division Lead for Digital Factory and Process Drives, Siemens Vietnam about a range of products and solutions that support companies in their journey towards digitalisation.

IMNA: Reports say that by the year 2025, automation software will replace 140 million full-time employees across the globe, are we in the brink of a jobless future?

Bisheng: We are experiencing the next wave of industrialisation. The most important fact is that digitalisation does not necessarily mean that human workers will be replaced by machines; it actually helps plant operators’ work more effectively. The second most important fact is that digitalisation helps to shorten time to market of products, and also helps plant operators to be more flexible, which means we can now do more high-value work. The manpower that used to be positioned on the shop floor work, contributing to a value-creation environment. By enabling digitalisation, you can enhance productivity, and at the same time develop a more flexible and efficient production environment. 

IMNA: In emerging countries in Asia, job shop owners and manufacturers conjure visions of massive machinery projects, huge capital expenses, and radical business process overhauls when they hear the word automation. Can automation start on a much smaller scale?

Tindaro: Digitalisation is a concept, and every company will have their own vision of how they want to improve on their processes. Companies do not have to invest heavily at once to revolutionise their factory. Some steps can be pertinent only to small shops and not for huge factories, and vice versa. The journey towards digitalisation varies based on factors such as type of company and industry, as well as country where it is based in.

Manufacturers in South East Asia are faced with tougher competition and more challenges, whether they are local small and medium enterprises with small facilities, or multi-national corporations with bigger facilities. Regardless of size, companies are looking to increase competitiveness in the market and become stronger players in the regional and global markets.

Bisheng: Consumers are experiencing a higher demand for customised products to meet their specific needs. We have digitalisation concepts for companies across various industries. We propose effective technology improvements to help customers optimise their manufacturing processes, and digitalise their assets and machineries to enable analytics to better manage operations on a facility-wide level. We deal with plants of different sizes and requirements. Here at Siemens, we educate our customers on what to expect in the current market, and what could happen in the future so that they can set a correct pace for their business.

IMNA: Is South East Asia ready to adopt advanced manufacturing?

Bisheng: Because of the ever-changing consumer demands, manufacturers are increasing flexibility in terms of creating products that meet individualised needs, and at a speed that is faster than competitors. In South East Asia, manufacturers are taking steps to enhance product quality, increasing plant efficiency and integrating protection technology in order to sustain energy, production cost and security.

Tindaro: Digital Enterprise is Siemens’ answer to Industrie 4.0. The Digital Enterprise Suite enables manufacturing companies to streamline and digitalise their entire business process, seamlessly integrating suppliers into the mix. They can begin at any point of their value chain, from product design to service, and can extend digitalisation gradually, depending on their current needs.

With the Digital Enterprise Suite, Siemens offers a comprehensive portfolio of software-based systems specifically for the discrete industries. It integrates and digitalises the complete value chain from product design, production planning, production engineering, and production execution to services. The result of the integration and digitalisation of the complete value chain is a perfect digital copy of the value chain – the Digital Twin. This enables companies to perform simulation, testing, and optimisation in a completely virtual world – before ever committing any resources in the real world. The connection of the virtual and real worlds leads to shorter time-to-market as well as greater flexibility, quality, and efficiency.

Bisheng: Also included in Siemens’ Digital Enterprise offerings is MindSphere, the cloud-based, open Internet-of-Things operating system that forms the foundation and fulfils an essential condition for databased industrial services. As an open cloud platform for industrial applications, MindSphere opens up scope for the link-up of devices and plug-and-play connectivity using open standards. In addition to offering data analysis and versatile connectivity, it also supplies tools for developers, applications and services. MindSphere helps customers to evaluate and utilise their data in ways they had never previously envisaged – such as by optimising the performance of their operating equipment to achieve maximum availability. MindSphere also paves the way for completely new business models such as the sale of machine hours, while users profit from benefits such as a transparent pay-per-use pricing model.

To cater to customers in South East Asia, the company launched ZerOne.DesIgn, Digital Factory Manufacturing Design Consultancy. Officiated by Singapore’s Minister for Trade and Industry (Industry) Mr S Iswaran, it is the first-of-its-kind for the controls and automation industry globally to offer such technical consultancy services to help companies achieve their Industrie 4.0 vision. The consultancy possesses the technical expertise to propose effective technology improvements to help customers optimise their manufacturing processes, and digitalise their assets and machineries to enable analytics to better manage operations on a facility-wide level.