Written by Chen, Ren-yi, on October 2, 2019; Chinatimes
The World now aims at the trend of Industry 4.0. Industrial sectors such as automotive and 3C consumable sectors that can be out to mass production are working towards this manufacturing model in order to generate more productivity. Besides the upgrade of manufacturing facility, the upgrade of operation of molds and dies is also crucial to improve productivity. Highly efficient mold and die change is a key to achieve smart manufacturing. This is the critical step.
President Hsiao of Forwell said that the introduction of quick die and mold change system is a must do in order to achieve smart manufacturing; such as the utilization of pallet switch system for the automotive sheet metal processing, which belongs to the clamp system regarding the QDCS mechanism. In the 3C sector, small dies are utilized to produce the end-products, and the system is more on universal smart QDCS.
For automotive and motorcycle sectors, smart manufacturing can achieve advanced productivity as well as quality, while lowering the cost and stock. These altogether increase manufacturers’ competitiveness in the market and advance products’ quality, quantity by cycle, and smart manufacturing steps. These efforts eventually lead to the upgrade of the business.
The basic requirement for the automotive components are to be easy maintain as well as replacement. These efforts together make a car easier to be repaired and the component repair to be easier. Consequently, now the production of vehicle components is of modular production model, which exploits molds and dies in a even higher frequency. The mold/ die change plays a very important role in the modern production.
President Hsiao further pointed out that, the life time of vehicles becomes shorter due to the exploitation of car styles, functions, technological devices, and audio visual equipment, so it is a trend that “High-Mix/Low-Volume Production” model is the primary production model in the sector. And this will further activate the demands for molds and dies, so that the management method of molds and dies which would be changed, and a productive management of dies and molds is very crucial to business owners.
Forwell continues to dedicate itself into the goal of Industry 4.0 by developing smart machinery. Now the company is able to offer an integrated system that includes mold/ die change, transmission, carry, storage, warehousing, and maintain. This smart mold/ die management system, especially the mold/ die transmission system and automatic mold/ die storage system are in mass production for customers’ demands and the mold/ die maintenance is about to complete. The whole system can assist manufacturers in metal forming and plastics injection sectors to deal with complicated manufacturing procedures with easier, safer, more systematic management model.