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An Exclusive Mold and Die Management System in the Cross-strait Market
2018-04-24
By陳仁義, April 24, 2018
 
In order to keep up with the growing market of automotive in China, Forwell has developed its smart mold and die management based on the idea of Industry 4.0. In Forwell Huaian, employees work on the development project together with Forwell’s another fourt-department project regarding its business maps. It is expected that with the growing automotive market in the China market, Forwell could become a supplier of an integrated solution for this market. In China Plas, Forwell’s booth numbers is 3E07 (located at 3H).

President Hsiao of Forwell stated that, as the automotive market in China is growing, manufacturers there pursue for more value-added products in order to enhance their competitiveness. With reasonable cost cut, these suppliers are able to offer products that match the market trend. Nowadays some metal parts of cars are replaced by dual-color injection plastics parts, because the later are good at strength, hardness, appearance, and color conditions, with of course better price and weight nature. Therefore, those applications are accepted in some inner parts such as the dashboards. The application is also in the 3C sector.

Hsiao further pointed that, due to the advancement of the FRP technology, fiber reinforced plastics, the application of this material in dual and multiple colors are wider and this leads to the replacement of the existing materials in many fields. The FRP is with lower cost, easier forming nature, and lighter weight, and together with the advanced vacuum plating technology, the FRP is competitive in appearance, colorfulness, and recyclability. The FRP will be widely applied in automotive parts, 3C components, and many other sectors.

Hsiao further shared that automotive manufacturers using injection molding to produce their products encounter orders with low quantity but high variety, so that the utilization of molds and dies is very frequent. Only by mold/ die management can they become productive.

The innovative mold/ die management system of Forwell integrates three systems: mold/ die transmission system, and automatic storage. The third one, the maintenance system is about to finish, which is able to maintain molds and dies before its uploading. In the future, Forwell is able to assist its customers with a faster, safer, easier smart system.

President Hsiao emphasized that, Forwell Group is working on a Three-year Moving Forward Project, which would develop the FUDE robot technology for the material transmission, take out, delivery, and inspection for metal pressing and plastics injection sectors. It is expected that with this robot, the core technological advantages of Forwell would be further advanced and the product inventory will be broaden.

In the end, Hsiao said that under the operation of Forwell’s projects, the annual revenue of Forwell Huaian could reach 2.5 billion NTD.