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Makino´s way of Digitalization

Our Smart Factory

Makino Asia opened last year in April their smart factory that is expected to nearly double its machine production capacity through automation and digital technology. The Smart Factory is especially outlined to fulfill the growing demand for high-quality products and modern accuracy building capacities by embracing Industry 4.0 and the standards of Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).

 

The Overview

The facility comprises the existing assembly factory and a new state-of-the-art machining factory founded on the power of automation. The two factories are connected via a link bridge for staff, and a canopy area for the transfer of materials between the two factories using automated guided forklifts. The Smart Factory uses highly-connected robots, machine tools and digital systems working together through the Industrial Internet of Things to provide proactive and predictive services.
 

The Advanced Machining Factory

It is designed for unmanned automated operation with automated machining lines for castings.Visiting the factory not only robotics at work can be seen but Makino’s parts loader robot will be there. It is the largest robot of its´ kind in Singapore. There are also 3D scanner robots. Smart process automation solutions with a central coolant system and a chip management system contribute to increase productivity, sustainability, cost savings as well as cleanliness.The factory is also designed to improve energy management, increase efficiency as well as to reduce the environmental impact. It is powered by 5,300 solar panels which will cut the carbon dioxide emissions by 1,000 tons annually, this is comparable with removing 200 cars from Singapore roads per year. Also a chilled ceiling system and enclosed air system is utilized, to achieve efficient energy management results in constant ambient temperature at 24 degC +/- 1.5 degC; maintain 65% humidity level throughout the year. Included in the facility is AGF casting transport system. It is a system to transfer finished Castings (ie up to 3,000 kg) from the Machining Factory to the Assembly Factory by Automated Guided Forklifts (AGF).
 
The Advanced Machining Factory

The Assembly Factory

As its name already outlined, the Assembly Factory is used for the assembly of Makino’s spindle technology by highly qualified craftsmen. Here you can see the consistent quality process at the various stages of our machine assembly lines and experience how the skilled technicians are achieving sustainable quality with true mechanical accuracy.
 
The Assembly Factory

Internet of Things (IoT)

An Internet of Things (IoT) Centre additionally permits Makino to track all of its machines in operation for Makino users around Asia and to foresee which units need maintenance before a breakdown happens. Therefore it plays an essential role in advancing Makino’s Customer Support Technology. Using ProNetConneX, a Makino brand for the IoT services, enables direct, and real-time data communications between Makino Asia and Makino machines.This gives Makino Asia the ability to access the machines proactively rather than taking a traditional reactive approach. The IoT Centre can monitor the machines’ operating conditions and health remotely, and in real-time. Apart from picking up critical errors, e.g. spindle crashes due to wrong input conditions, Makino Asia aims to use predictive technology and eliminate unplanned downtime for Makino users.
Internet of Things (IoT)