Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Taiwan machine tool manufacturers Thailand visit

In November 2018, machine tool builders from Taiwan gathered to visit factories in Thailand organized by Taiwan’s CSD (Corporation Synergy Development Center and ITRI (Industrial Technology Research Institute) and supported by International Metalworking News for Asia’s Editor-in-Chief Kathryn Gerardino-Elagio. The factory visits connect Taiwan technology developers and leading-edge suppliers: Chin Fong Machine Industrial Co. Ltd, Cosen, Mechatronics Co. Ltd, Equitop Hitech Corp., Everricho Company Ltd, Goodway Machine Corp., and Taiwan Takisawa Technology Co. Ltd with Thailand manufacturers: C.C. S. Advance Tech Co. Ltd, Global Thaixon Precision Industry Co. Ltd, Jitachai Engineering Products Co. Ltd, Lenso Wheel Co. Ltd, Somboon Advance Technology Co. Ltd, and P.C.S. Precision Works Co., Ltd.

With the plant visits, Taiwan makers hope to address the issues raised by Thai companies and use it to improve their machines and technologies. Each Taiwanese machinery builder was given a chance to introduce their machine tool solutions and explain how they can help Thai manufacturers to be more efficient, smarter, and more connected to their supply chain and customers alike. In return, Thai makers shared their criteria for choosing the right machine tool equipment they need.

Here's an inside look at the criteria that were discussed during the meeting, and some of the pitfalls Thai makers underwent during the process.

Global Thaixon Precision Industry

Global Thaixon Precision Industry Co. Ltd’s products include high-precision turning part, high-precision tooling/milling part and high-precision stamping part. In a job shop environment where parts of a multitude of sizes and shapes are machined, and where the requirements might change from day to day, Global Thaixon Precision said that it is important to select the right machine for a particular operation. 

Director and Deputy General Manager Saito Satoru, explained that with countless multi-tasking machines with advanced capabilities on the market today, it can be overwhelming when trying to choose the best solution for their operations. After all, they don’t want to overspend on unnecessary functions or under invest in a technology that could make them more profitable in the long run.

“We want a machine that offers the highest possible performance for our exact needs at the lowest possible operating and downtime costs,” he clarified.

C.C. S. Advance Tech

C.C. S. Advance Tech Co. Ltd is a one stop manufacturing company that provides aerospace components to its Tier 1 and Tier 2 customers, such as Boeing, Airbus, Rolls Royce and UTAS.

According to Ketan Pole, Chief Executive Officer, in today's competitive business world, being innovative in everything you do is the key to success. “Innovation is really about responding to change in a creative way. One way to do this is by acquiring equipment or technology that helps you improve your efficiency,” he said.

Ketan further said that buying the right tools from the start can be a huge investment, but considering the size of the contract and the cost of the machine bought to accomplish it, getting into production without delay is essential.

“If you’re a good business, people will come to you,” Ketan commented. Aside from aerospace components, C.C. S. Advance Tech is also involved in one-off, small batch, as well as mass production of high-quality precision parts for oil & gas, electronics, semiconductors, needle/standard miniaturized bearings, computer parts and hard disk components manufacturing, fiber optics, bio-medical and automotive.

Somboon Advance Technology

Somboon Advance Technology Co. Ltd (SAT) has a long and illustrious history of serving customers in a certain way. It is engaged in the manufacture and distribution of motor vehicle parts for passenger cars, pickup trucks and agricultural machinery. Their businesses were focused on having the right product in the right volume available.

Today, though, the triad of machines, place, and price are still important, manufacturers are being asked to do more. Business Development Manager Chanboon Sripramote, said, “It is not enough that we provide access to motor vehicle parts anymore. Customers are demanding that we give them an edge in an increasingly competitive market.”

As a result, SAT is looking for machine tool equipment that will bring increased value for them. They want to partner with a machine tool builder who has moved beyond the traditional sales model of fulfilment to one who provides specialized product knowledge, design, and value-added services.

P.C.S. Precision Works

P.C.S. Precision Works Co., Ltd is a leading manufacturer of auto parts with a unique strength in advanced technology development. It has been accepted by major auto makers in Japan and Europe for over 30 years.

Taiji Ushioda, Interim Managing Director shared some of the pitfalls they experienced during manufacturing. “Excessive heat, vibration and noise are usually some of the problems we encounter. A failed bearing or gear is also an effect of the problems we encounter.”

He added, “While striving to accommodate quality requirements from our clients, we hold our machine suppliers to the same high standards. We continue to add new features to our products to increase their value and put ourselves ahead of the competition.”

Mr. Ushioda revealed that Taiwan manufacturers should move toward high-end market segments to stand out against low-cost competition from mainland China.

Jitachai Engineering Products

Jitachai Engineering Products Co. Ltd’s number one concern when buying a machine is price.  They may place high importance on other factors, but in the end, the commercial success of the product depends on meeting margins, which means driving down manufacturing costs where possible. Managing Director Worradet Leelaassawin believes that the lowest price will not necessarily mean the lowest cost, but it's easy to lose sight of this when looking at attractive bids.

Although the company is not in need of a new machine, they want a partner with the capacity to be there during their "ups" but also to thrive through their "downs" -- not one that could be dangerously close to going out of business if their project is delayed or cancelled.

Jitachai Engineering’s main products and services include: mechanical parts, mechanical devices, jig & fixtures, mass production of rubber and metal molds, forming, prototype, test or sample work pieces.

Worradet advised Taiwan companies present during the visit to continually improve their technologies to create value-added products and deliver better solutions to customers to stay competitive.

Lenso Wheel

Rather than making isolated purchases, Lenso Wheel Co. Ltd Vice President Prasittiporn Thongchalaem looks at the overall needs of its operations. He said that short-term purchases without long-term plans are costly and may not yield the best results. The company has gone from strength-to-strength in the process of becoming an internationally recognized manufacturer of high-quality alloy wheels.

Mr. Thongchalaem focuses on improving one area of its business at a time, rather than tackling an entire process. Ultimately, they improve turnaround time, efficiency or other aspects of its business. When he learned that he doesn’t need to buy a new equipment, he saved the money to make other investments. One example is a system he is carefully developing.

When asked about Taiwan equipment, Mr. Thongchalaem expects Taiwan makers to create more value for its customers.

At the end of the day, Taiwan makers know they can’t compete with machine tool builders from Germany or Japan on reputation. But they have the unique Taiwanese combination of quality and price. Chin Fong, Cosen, Equitop, Everricho, Goodway and Taiwan Takisawa pride themselves on the fact that they have learned from the best before building their own machines, utilizing Japanese and German solutions and technology in a low-cost package not available from those countries. Taiwan is a tiny territory of just 23 million souls. Talent mobility, above all, spurred the birth of Taiwan machine tool industry. The people behind Taiwan’s rise, whose vision and determination turned a little mountain island into a technology engine, are stories less known.

Friday, December 7, 2018

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Saturday, November 24, 2018

Improving yield in additive manufacturing with ZEISS Correlative Solutions

Additive manufacturing or 3D printing process is changing the way OEMs work, and the supply chain must evolve along with it in various ways. The greatest challenge lies in optimal recipe development, in-process quality assurance and final part inspection and classification. ZEISS correlative solutions improve the yield by reducing time for recipe development and optimisation, and accelerating learning by correlating process defects with potential root causes. 

To learn more and gain an advanced understanding of additive manufacturing, International Metalworking News for Asia interviewed Dr. Marcin B. Bauza, Head of ZEISS Additive Manufacturing Process and Control, and Vice President of New Technology & Innovation, during the Industrial Transformation ASIA-PACIFIC 2018 at the Singapore EXPO. 

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Hurco celebrates the future with new technologies

Hurco (S.E. Asia) Pte Ltd in Singapore opens its house with machine demos and technology previews. This comes on the heels of the company’s 50th anniversary.

Looking back on its five decades of growth and innovative service, Hurco has turned its own attention to the factory of the future and to continued innovation and expansion as it moves into 2019 and builds off of 2018’s successes.

Resilience, Innovation, and Commitment to customer service remained at the forefront of Hurco (S.E. Asia)’s goals shares General Manager Wai Yip Lee to Kathryn Gerardino-Elagio of International Metalworking News for Asia (IMNA). 

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Monday, October 15, 2018

ASEAN 2-Wheeler Manufacturing and Sustainability Summit 2018

SE Asia transportation is dominated by 2-wheelers. Scooters and motorcycles, alongside with city-wide initiatives of public bicycle systems are the affordable way for millions of people to commute to work every day. New technologies and tools provide manufacturers with new ways to make better products: battery technology advancements, 3D printed parts, ever increasing range of available sensors, additive manufacturing providing stronger and lighter frames. The production itself is being revolutionized as well - sensors optimizing production, maintenance, material warehousing, quality control & testing, reducing costs by implementing 4.0 automation. All that and more will be talked about at ASEAN 2-Wheeler Manufacturing and Sustainability Summit 2018.

ASEAN 2-wheeler Manufacturing and Sustainability Summit 2018 will bring together manufacturing professionals and expert speakers to jointly pursue the necessary developments of the entire 2-wheelers manufacturing process chain - from materials to machine tools, batteries advancements, testing equipment, production line machinery and robotics and automation to sensors applications in preventive maintenance, safety and data collection.

SE Asia transportation is dominated by 2-wheeler. Scooters and motorcycles, alongside with city-wide initiatives of public bicycle systems are the affordable way for hundreds of millions of people to commute to work every day. New technologies,machinery and tools provide manufacturers with new ways to make better products: battery technology advancements, 3D printed parts, ever increasing range of available sensors, additive manufacturing providing stronger and lighter frames.

The production itself is being revolutionized as well - sensors optimizing production, maintenance, material warehousing, quality control & testing, reducing costs by implementing 4.0 automation.

Find out about how to increase profitability and create more competitive products at ASEAN 2-Wheeler Manufacturing and Sustainability Summit 2018.

Friday, October 5, 2018

Innovate without boundaries

By: Kathryn G. Elagio

Is it possible to innovate without boundaries? As PLM (product lifecycle management) digital strategy is quickly becoming a core part of addressing the needs of a growing manufacturing business in South East Asia, running a digitalised business is no longer just a consideration during a typical use-case exercise. Business executives are now faced with making decisions on solutions that go beyond previous limitations. Selecting the latest tools to address a business process gap is now less about features and more about functionality.

Siemens held its Industry Analyst Conference (SIAC) from August 27-30 in Boston. A follow up report by International Metalworking News for Asia Senior Editor Kathryn G. Elagio who was a part of the media delegate reveals the extent to which Siemens is poised to play a major role in navigating the best path to building, running, and operating your own critical business processes.

In his speech, “Innovate without Boundaries,” Tony Hemmelgarn, President and CEO explained the transformative business value of the digital enterprise can only be realised by dissolving the boundaries between people, processes and applications. “We are integrating software applications into new solutions that reflect and support our customers’ pursuit of more ubiquitous innovation,” he added.
Tony Hemmelgarn, President and CEO 

Tony quoted Mark Weiser, Chief Scientist at Xerox, Father of Ubiquitous Computing, “The most profound technologies are those that disappear. They weave themselves into the fabric of everyday life until they are indistinguishable from it.” Mark’s quote articulated a far more powerful role for technology. It speaks clearly of what Siemens is trying to convey to everyone present during the conference in Boston.

Technology can and should extend beyond to become something far more powerful and Siemens is an advocate that empowers you to be smarter, better, adept, more accomplished.

The age of ubiquitous innovation

According to Tony, the boundaries between systems are disappearing: Ideation, Realisation, and Utilisation. The old rigid labels are dissolving, such as CAD, CAE, PLM, CAM, EDA and etc. The question now is how do you connect? At Siemens, Tony explained that they are focusing on optimising integrated solutions. “New data management technologies can bring more data transparency, collaboration and connections,” he stated.

Tony highlighted, “The new generation of PLM systems place solid foundation behind data organisation allowing manufacturing companies to manage data, collaborate and connect pieces of information using new data management tools including flexible data models, database frameworks and machine learning.”

Key integration initiatives
The president and CEO outlined the key integration initiatives that can help improve business processes: (1) Closed-loop Digital Twin: Use real-world performance insights to change the way you do business. Integrating planning, design, and engineering with ERP and production for >97% on-time delivery. (2) Generative Engineering: Automate engineering exploration to find optimal designs and systems orders of faster magnitude. (3) Electrical / Electronic Integration: Optimise design and manufacturing of complex electrical, electronic and mechanical systems. (4) Autonomous Mobility /Electrification: Realise autonomous mobility faster by integrating design and validation of the entire system in one environment. (5)  Additive Manufacturing: Industrialise additive manufacturing to design and produce useful parts at scale. (6) Digital Factory: Build intelligently automated digital factories to achieve configurable, flexible and personalised production. (7) IIoT/Edge: Leverage IoT insights to increase productivity, optimise products and discover new business models. (8) Electronics Manufacturing: Accelerate NPI by “left-shifting” engineering and planning to achieve right-first-time manufacturing. (9) Cloud: Bring continuous innovation to market faster with flexible cloud solutions and rapid application development.

With the growing expectations from manufacturing companies in South East Asia, it’s a key opportunity for new-generation PLM systems to break into the marketplace. Introducing a connected solution to a traditional industry with long-established pricing and regulatory practices will be a real challenge. But the region is ready to embark on a path to significant transformation that powers greater agility and competitiveness.

It doesn’t matter if your company is experienced with PLM digital strategy or new to the concept. PLM digital strategy is quickly becoming a core part of addressing the needs of a growing business.