Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Latest issue of International Metalworking News for Asia now Online!


If you've been reading International Metalworking News for Asia the past couple months, you know we’ve aggressively pursued Industry 4.0, automation, digitalization as topics of focus. From early introductions to in-depth explorations, our coverage mirrors the urgency IMNA has shown in helping advance the state of South East Asia’s manufacturing industry.

In this month's issue, we present featured articles focused on digitalization and automation.

"Automation trends in metalworking" looks at three key areas where current and future trends suggest metalworking is increasingly ready to shake off this reputation.

"Welding 4.0: The quality circle in welding technology" explained how Welding 4.0 produces measurable benefits throughout the entire value chain; and how Xnet Welding 4.0 system can help towards a more efficient and resource-saving welding technology.

"New corporate culture in smart factories" highlights the digitalisation and networking of entire factory floors, and the new processes in Industry 4.0 scenarios are raising even more questions surrounding the role, in which employees play in this environment and how their supervisors need to respond.

"Open community driving machine tool industry forwards" talks about integrating machines into production systems; this is one of the most important trends in manufacturing right now – especially in terms of Industry 4.0. The aim is to create benefit for customers from the data, which then allows them to further optimize their production.

Most businesses have changed including suppliers, direct customers and even the global economic system. Nobody and nothing are the same anymore. We just don't know the depth of the changes that have occurred. Determining what will remain in how business was done  — pre-coronavirus days  — and how much of it should or could be realistically retained is an even greater challenge.

Technology companies survive and thrive by pushing against odds and inventing things many people doubt can be done. The manufacturing companies in South East Asia will have to reinvent and reposition themselves once COVID-19 turns into a historical footnote. To do this successfully, though, we’ve all got to understand how our lives, jobs and businesses have changed as a result of a single pandemic.

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Monday, March 22, 2021

Chin Fong: Your reliable business partner

Commitment to listening to customer needs is what allows you not only to have customers, but to develop long-term relations with them. Grow a reputation as a reliable business partner. And through that – grow your customers' base.

In 2020, an unprecedented epidemic swept through the world, radically changing people's everyday life, and shaking manufacturing industry profoundly. Some of the effects were not anticipated, leaving businesses in more risk than expected.  Quarantines and lockdowns of affected suppliers left cracks in supply chains, sending manufacturers scattered around, looking for substitutes, to keep their production going.

The best way for companies to survive short-term market fluctuations is through advance risk management, medium- and long-term planning, and necessary and urgent changes and innovative thinking. From centralized manufacturing to decentralized manufacturing, it is an urgent challenge for all manufacturers to maintain the centralization and consistency of information, and even establish data centers.

Smart machine is at the heart of Chin Fong’s technological innovations. Starting from single-press smart solution, the company has then moved on to multi press connection and cloud computing, linking ERP management and even AI computing system to analyze big data.

Chin Fong: Solution-driven provider/partner/supplier

Chin Fong is committed to the needs of its customers. They understand that the importance of intelligent transformation is the key to a customer’s future success. With decades of experience in equipment manufacturing, Chin Fong has encountered numerous customer cases involving automation integration of large production lines. They helped each client plan their ROBOT/AGV/ARV/AOI automation applications according to their needs and different stages of transformation.

Through professional machine selection consulting services, combined with "iForming PMS - Intelligent Forming Productivity Management System" solution, Chin Fong has always stood by their customers' side and become a solid partner.

However "to improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often". Following that idea, Chin Fong never stops developing new features and upgrading existing ones. Therefore, in response to the ever-expanding customer demands the company has implemented not only scanning code and fingerprint authentication to meet the workplace safety requirement, but also facial recognition and even iris recognition system.


Chin Fong iForming PMS Flexible Solution

Based upon its proven technical know-how, Chin Fong is promoting iForming, an intelligent forming solution. This trusted intelligent forming tool enables customers to quickly and cost-effectively introduce intelligent applications. Whether it is a generic stamping press, transfer press, forging press, or servo press, all can be integrated into one platform, allowing Chin Fong presses to provide customers with the best smart manufacturing solution for forming.

From a specification standpoint, this smart forming solution presents production process data in real time through a visual plant management software and hardware interface (also known as a Real-Time Situation Room), which can be used as a reference for production process, manufacturing management and decision optimization to transform a traditional stamping factory into a smart factory.

Chin Fong's smart factory solutions are ahead of the industry standards as they keep to strategically developing their products to provide a smart production model for their customers. Smart transformation should never be a headache. It should be the solution. With that in mind, Chin Fong is committed to helping its customers improve their manufacturing process through smart manufacturing and Industry 4.0.

Thus, the company has introduced a smart management system for supervisors to know the progress of their factories in real time. That improves traditional manpower and equipment management, and then extend to material and logistics management, and finally reaching the factory smart 4M1E (Man, Machine, Material, Method and Environment) management method.

In the early stage, Chin Fong observed that most customers were concerned about the high cost of introducing smart management solutions in their initial stages of transformation and development, not to mention the time cost and risk.

Therefore, Chin Fong developed its own iForming PMS system solution and implemented it in its own factory – which serves as a technology demonstrator. As the ultimate goal is to make smart manufacturing more accessible for customers, iForming PMS solutions currently comes with the machines as the added-value, not as an additional product.

After-sales service is an important point in Chin Fong's smart transformation solution. Chin Fong's sales visit customers along with their engineers and service staff to collect feedback and address technology-related customization needs. One of Chin Fong’s customer ever met system integration issue. Chin Fong thus worked with a third-party system provider to develop a common application-programming interface (API). This program combines enterprise resource planning and manufacturing execution system (ERP/MES) to respond quickly to the changes in production process. Thus, management decision makers can integrate this in the shop floor tracking system (SFT), linking data in a more compatible and convenient way.

iForming not only improves supply and demand forecast, but also lengthens response time. It gathers historical information through big data, and introduces AI machine learning. iForming integrates instant messages to notify customers proactively, which results in an actively growing and intelligent system, exclusively for customers. Recently, Chin Fong collaborated with ASUS and Axiomtek to create an intelligent forming defect detection solution, which is the latest upgrade of iForming’s extension suite.

The "Intelligent Forming Defect Detection Solution" is based on iForming's management system. It combines AI visual inspection system and high performance AI edge computing for highly efficient production real-time data and quality information aggregation, as a part of iForming's extended functions. The solution also features wave pattern detection capability. By learning a small amount of defect data through a special algorithm, the inspection system can automatically learn and calculate other defect possibilities, allowing defect detection accuracy to reach over 97%. By observing the waveform, it can also detect vibration and even noise abnormalities, and quickly report the inspection results through the firewall-equipped Ethernet and private cloud, and display them on the Real-Time Situation Dashboard to realize 24-7 intelligent factory management.

With strong R&D drive and passion to serve customers, Chin Fong's Intelligent Forming Productivity Management System (iFPMS) solution for the stamping industry was recognized by the 29th Taiwan Excellence Award in 2020.

Exceptional customer service: Competitive advantage

Established in 1948, Chin Fong Machine Industrial Co., Ltd. is not only the largest mechanical press manufacturer in Taiwan, but also one of the top five manufacturers in the world. As a global leader in forming technology with total solution, Chin Fong understands that it is an important strategy to help customers build smart factories, enhance their competitiveness and bring new developments to the market. Therefore, Chin Fong analyzes users' experience and customer data collected by one year, and uses AI technology to find out the useful data for system optimization and then upgrade customers' system. Such close cooperation demonstrates the solid trust and satisfaction between Chin Fong and its customers.

To date, 100% of customers who have imported iForming have renewed their orders with additional features, which means that customers are really using this smart production model and found it extremely useful. In the future, by making the popular features standardized, Chin Fong will not only reduce the cost of implementation for customers, but also enhance the added value of the product and develop a customized solution for each customer.

Despite the rapid changes in the global market, what remains the same is that customers care most about product quality and service. In response to customers' remote maintenance needs, Chin Fong provides after-sales service via mobile device app, so the data is updated online with zero time difference. Today, Chin Fong is transforming from a manufacturing based industry to a service based "Manufacturing Service Industry", creating greater added value through integration of hardware and software.

Finally, the most important thing to remember any enterprise is that there are no results inside its walls. For Chin Fong, the result of a business is a satisfied customer. The goal is to have a customer service that is not just the best but legendary.


Monday, February 22, 2021

The future of learning in today's fast-changing business situation

Article By: Kathryn Gerardino-Elagio

Circumstances have been difficult over the past year. There is no question that none of us anticipated the way the economy would turn upside-down. The pandemic has brought unprecedented levels of uncertainty into every aspect of life. The manufacturing industry and the supply chain are no exception.


As we enter 2021 and a new world of uncertainty, executives and business leaders are working towards implementing appropriate measures for the safety of their employees and future of the company. A key area of strong growth is investment in the upgrade of technology.


Tommy Yu, Marketing Director (Asia) of Hypertherm

Tommy Yu, Marketing Director (Asia) of Hypertherm shared with International Metalworking News for Asia (IMNA), lessons we can learn from post-coronavirus world, what the company is offering, and the future of manufacturing in South East Asia.

IMNA: What are we learning from a post COVID world? What is working – and what is not?


Tommy Yu: The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the transformation of traditional manufacturing practices by drawing out numerous innovative solutions and services, and by necessitating the integration of new technologies to current processes, to address evolving market needs. Among these are solutions for remote monitoring, which reduce the number of workers required on the shop floor at any point, and for engaging customers remotely. By adopting such new solutions and technologies, businesses can better utilise this unique season to boost production efficiencies, automate processes, and prepare themselves to meet pent-up demand when the market resumes normalcy.


IMNA: How can Hypertherm help customers in South East Asia during this turbulent time? What are you offering?


Tommy Yu: In the current business landscape, manufacturers have to grapple with demands for high-quality products delivered within a short period or with limited manpower, while seeking to also balance upfront investments and long-term operating costs. To address business needs during these challenging times, metalworking manufacturers must consider a cutting system’s reliability, ease of use, and long-term costs before deciding on a system to invest in, despite the availability of solutions in the market.


With a robust and thoroughly-tested solution like Hypertherm’s Powermax®, companies in the region can be better equipped to optimise their cutting operations and overcome these turbulent times. For example, the Powermax system offers an innovative drag cutting technology, which allows operators, regardless of their experience level, to simply drag the torch along a straight edge or template, get the jobs completed efficiently, and produce quality products, all while ensuring projects stay on schedule.


Automated 3D plasma cutting solutions can also help businesses to optimise processes — creating a synergy among components that can seamlessly improve cutting outcomes and enhance productivity. Technologies combining faster cutting speeds, rapid process cycling, quick changeovers, and high reliability allow businesses to boost throughput while dramatically lowering operating costs. In addition, by incorporating new 3D software, like Hypertherm’s Robotmaster®, businesses can significantly simplify and reduce the time taken to program 3D jobs.


Hypertherm is also constantly engaging our customers in order to better support them and enhance their user experience. An example is our remote support offering, which includes remote technical support and online learning resources, to ensure customers have the assistance they require to maintain cut quality and productivity. In addition, we recently launched the Hypertherm Connection Hub, a new virtual event platform, to provide customers with added access to remote ‘live’ product demonstrations, learning opportunities, and conversations with our plasma, waterjet, and software experts.


IMNA:  How would you describe your competitive landscape at this stage? How do you think your product portfolio will fare in the market, especially in terms of customer satisfaction?


Tommy Yu: At this stage, there is a plethora of options out in the market, but some plasma cutting systems are more robust and reliable than others are, given that they are manufactured to stringent ISO standards.


Through the expertise of our team and the feedback collected from our users, Hypertherm has been able to create lasting products that truly enhance plasma cutting processes. Built under strict specifications and with quality materials, our plasma cutting systems tend to also perform better in terms of duty cycles.


In addition, consumable life for plasma cutting systems can vary significantly from one brand to another. With longer consumable life, downtime for change-outs and the overall spending on consumables can be greatly lowered. Hypertherm’s patented consumables are proven to last up to 80% longer than other brands. Our focus on technological and manufacturing excellence is what makes our customers trust us. The performance and reliability of our cutting solutions is what they rely on to drive productivity and profitability for their businesses.


Furthermore, Hypertherm is always been focused on offering a great end user experience. Our wide network of professional and localised teams across Asia is committed to providing quick response to support our partners and to engage with our customers. This also allows us to better understand their needs and continue to boost their experience with our solutions.


IMNA: How do you foresee the future of manufacturing in South East Asia?


Tommy Yu: Manufacturers in South East Asia will need to become more digitally savvy and innovate in order to achieve growth and future-proof their businesses in today’s fast-changing business environment. In addition, they may also need to optimise their processes in order to stay competitive, even as their needs continue to evolve.

Hypertherm engineers and manufactures industrial cutting products used by companies around the world to build ships, airplanes, and railcars, construct steel buildings, manufacture heavy equipment, and more. Its products include cutting systems, CNCs, and software trusted for performance and reliability that result in increased productivity and profitability for hundreds of thousands of businesses. Founded in 1968 and based in New Hampshire, Hypertherm is a 100 percent Associate-owned company, employing more than 1,800 Associates, with operations and partner representation worldwide. Learn more at

Monday, December 28, 2020

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Friday, December 11, 2020

International Metalworking News for Asia December 2020 issue


Industrial manufacturing industry has changed significantly over the years and it continues to do so at a rapid pace. Developers of metalworking solutions are looking towards the future by ensuring greater collaboration between man and machine. In turn, this will enable manufacturers to be more responsive, more productive, and ultimately to enjoy greater profitability.

Despite the pandemic, Asia’s manufacturing industry was a key benefactor of the effect of business and consumer demand for everything digital and virtual, and while the pandemic has been a big issue for 2020, the long term strategic outlook is promising for many.

The experience over this year has shown it is certainly different, but I take that as a positive learning point. Things will never go back a 100% to what it was before the pandemic. We have learned how to achieve the same results or be more productive. It’s a change which we will learn from.

Every edition of International Metalworking News for Asia features in-depth interviews with a range of CEOs and high-level executives from the industry’s most innovative and influential companies. We aim to share the new products and technologies of machine tools and solution builders to help you with your own manufacturing processes. But most especially we strive to tell you stories of successful businesses in a way that highlights the achievements of their companies and draw insights from the challenges they’ve faced during their years.

2020 has been particularly challenging season. It has forced us to look at everything differently. Some industries have been turned upside down and might be forever changed. Industrial manufacturing industry will continue to grow, even though the pandemic may have altered the paths to that expansion. Looking ahead, expect to see more sophisticated virtual reality, and artificial intelligence in every machine tools design.

Monday, December 7, 2020

Conversation with Helen Blomqvist new President at Sandvik Coromant

 Article By: Kathryn Gerardino-Elagio, International Metalworking News for Asia


Sandvik Coromant has announced Helen Blomqvist as its new President, succeeding Nadine Crauwels. As president, Helen will be responsible for enhancing Sandvik Coromant's leading position in manufacturing tools and machining solutions and sharing the knowledge that drives the manufacturing industry forward. Helen will report to the newly appointed President of Sandvik Machining Solutions, Nadine Crauwels, and will be a member of the Sandvik Machining Solutions Management Team. She starts her new position on 1 December 2020.

To get some insights, International Metalworking News for Asia(IMNA) asked Helen Blomqvist about her focus, objectives, opportunities for growth in Asia, and developments in manufacturing.


IMNA: As the new President of Sandvik Coromant, what areas do you see as requiring more focus, and what are you bringing to the company that will ensure you meet these objectives?


Sandvik Coromant has successfully served customers all over the world with premium tools and solutions for over 77 years. As our customers are facing a more digital environment and production moves towards autonomous factories, integrating big data and software applications to optimize machining is essential. One of our priorities is keeping our customers ahead of the competition and ready for what lies ahead. This means continuous researching, testing and implementing of cutting-edge technology and solutions. We will expand our offering by digitizing machining knowledge into machining solutions with sensor embedded tools, machining utilization optimisation and process monitoring. While focusing on digital solutions, we will also continue to invest in developing high quality tooling and production methods for maximizing productivity.


I have over 17 years’ experience working at Sandvik Coromant mainly within Product Management & R&D and sales. With my strong background within our company and a deep customer focus.  I aim to lead Sandvik Coromant to continue helping our customers, from the world’s industrial giants to family-owned machine shops, achieving new levels of progress and productivity.


IMNA: In your new position, how can you help the company evolve and be in a stronger position in today's fluid economy? Where do you see the greatest opportunities for growth in Asia?

I have a strong passion and commitment to Sandvik Coromant and I am very honoured to get the opportunity to lead this great company. Having worked in different parts of our company, I believe in the importance of cross-functional working. With over 7,600 employees all over the world, it is only when we are combining our skills and leveraging on our combined knowledge that we can provide the ultimate customer experience.


Our presence in Asia is very important to us. We have sales, production, R&D and distribution centres in Asia and value the good customer collaborations we have. I see potential in growing our presence in all of Asia and we are constantly investing and developing our presence to better serve our Asian customers and partners.


IMNA: What developments in manufacturing do you expect in the machining solutions industry?

To stay competitive, manufacturers need to rely more on digitized processes and less manual interaction. To meet the new requirements, we need to continue to drive the development and digitalization of the manufacturing industry. For example, we have a unique venture with Microsoft, combining Sandvik Coromant's expertise in machining with Microsoft’s technical solutions. The collaboration will seek to link up parts of the production chain to create solutions for the next generation of manufacturing.


I would also like to highlight the area of sustainability. It is an area that is very important to Sandvik Coromant and to many of our customers. We can see that sustainability is driving the development of new materials and the importance it has when attracting new talents to join our company. A younger generation have higher demands on the manufacturing industry and as a company, we must show our efforts within this area and lead the path of sustainable development. We have set clear targets for 2030, such as being more than 90 per cent circular and halving our carbon dioxide (CO2) impact.


IMNA: What threats, if any, do you see in 2021 and beyond?

It is important to monitor how COVID-19 is affecting us now and in the future. Even if we have seen gradual recovery in several markets, there is still uncertainty about what the long-term effects will be until we have put the pandemic firmly behind us.

Part of global industrial engineering group Sandvik, Sandvik Coromant is at the forefront of manufacturing tools, machining solutions and knowledge that drive industry standards and innovations demanded by the metalworking industry now and into the next industrial era. Educational support, extensive R&D investment and strong customer partnerships ensure the development of machining technologies that change, lead and drive the future of manufacturing. Sandvik Coromant owns over 3100 patents worldwide, employs over 7,600 staff, and is represented in 150 countries.

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Thursday, November 19, 2020

Economical CNC lathe from Jarng Yeong

The newly developed HC-30N economical CNC lathe from Jarng Yeong can adopt different feeding methods depending on workpieces.

1.    The box way configuration is suitable for medium/heavy cutting. The base of the fuselage is cast and formed. It is relatively strong and strong.

2.    With X/Z axis large travel design, wide of span, more robust and stable processing, easy to tool arrangement.

3.    Can be used with the bar feeder for automatic processing without interruption, and can also be customized for single-piece automatic feeding.

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