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TAITRA, the Taiwanese machine tool association, recently hosted a global group of journalists for a tour of the Taiwanese machine tool industry. On that trip, our major question was: what does Taiwan have to offer in this area, and where does Taiwan rank relative to the major machine tool manufacturing nations such as Germany and Japan?
If you work with machine tools such as turning centers, 5-axis CNC mills, or grinding machines, you probably have some preconceptions about the quality of different machine tool manufacturers. Who makes a more accurate machine: Germany or Japan? Across the globe, whether it’s automobiles, electronics or industrial machine tools, some nations have a reputation for quality, precision and durability.
The major new development is creation of Taiwania Capital Management, a government-backed venture-capital operation.
Among the seven industries targeted in the government’s “5+2 Industrial Innovation Program,” the one starting with the strongest foundation is smart machinery.
Victor Taichung Machinery Works, based in Taiwan, makes a wide variety of machine tools, including turning machines and multi-purpose milling machines, but an interesting speciality application of the company are wheel machines.
Many companies use manufacturing execution systems (MES) as part of a strategy to optimize their plant’s organization, accountability and productivity, using products from Rockwell, Memex, or Siemens, for example.
Fair Friend Enterprise Co., Ltd. (FFG) and Siemens have signed a memorandum of understanding to further strengthen their business relationship in the field of digital enterprise and automation.
Saws like band saws and circular saws are the time-honored way to cut raw material into useable forms for further machining in industrial applications. Saw cutting is not a simple process however, as each alloy has different speed and feed requirements to maximize surface quality and minimize waste.
The Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA) expects exports of Taiwan machine tools to increase by 14 percent this year.
At the end of October, I had the opportunity to sit down with Walter Yeh, president and CEO of the Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA), to discuss the current state of the Taiwan machine tool industry and the initiatives the industry is embracing as it endeavors to increase exports and become more competitive in the world market.