As a head of Forwell, a group that dedicates to the production of smart QDCS & QMCS, President Hsiao claimed that the idea of smart manufacturing integrates big data management, unmanned production, and business management. It is the trend that everyone in the manufacturing industry now follows. When a factory is upgrading its plant towards this goal, it has to go through the necessary procedures such as the adaptation of smart management, big data application, and then it is possible for the factory to be fully prepared for an automatic manufacture.
Hsiao explained that, the concept of smart manufacturing is the act of integration of machinery and information, and report the processing data, utilization data, maintenance data to the control center for the purpose of smart automation. Hsiao further pointed out that in the future all the industrial sectors will utilize the big data technology as well s IoT, so companies from different sectors will eventually merge together. For example, control panel suppliers need to integrate big data, IoT, and smart machinery technology in order to upgrade their facility. So the development of sector integration becomes important now.
President Hsiao said that, Forwell had invested on the R&D of smart production since the year 2010, to develop smart machines and the corresponding peripherals in Taiwan and China for the metalworking and plastics injections sectors. The system can proceed mold and die loading duty, such as mold/ die management system, mold/ die transmission system (the automatic cart), and the first automatic mold/ die storage system, achieving smart mold/ die management system that can change, transmit, carry, reserve, warehousing, maintain molds and dies.
Moreover, Forwell has developed the “Automatic Factory QMCS/ QDCS” that integrates inspection system, data report system, and can provide data to the control center. In the future, it will integrates IoT to realize Industry 4.0. President Hsiao emphasized that, this system is 100% customized. The design is based on customers’ plant specifications as well as machinery conditions. Therefore, this system is highly complicated and difficult to build, involving profound engineering technology.
Hsiao said that, within the development of Industry 4.0, manufacturers many utilize the highly intelligent automatic production and management to increase their product quality, and enhance occupation safety at the same time. However, the facility for smart production is costly compared to conventional counterparts. Not only the prices, but also many other details such as the production line planning. Therefore, importing a smart production line is a rather challenging task which needs experiences and professional knowledge.