Okuma Corporation today announced the completion of the company’s new Dream Site 2 (DS2) parts factory in Oguchi, Japan. This facility improves the company’s ability to respond to customer needs by shortening lead times and adding value through high-efficiency production. Parts produced will be used for machine tool production and also to stock service inventory. The DS2 commenced production in March, 2017.
Okuma’s second smart factory
DS2 is a self-contained start-to-finish production facility for small and medium lathes and grinders. This is the second smart factory built at Okuma’s headquarters, following the Dream Site 1 (DS1), which was completed in May 2013. The DS1 was one of the first self-contained start-to-finish smart factories.
Building futuristic factories
The company is building its smart factories based on the goal of building futuristic factories that interweave automation with skilled techniques. These smart factories combine cutting-edge automation, technologies for unmanned operation, advanced IIoT (Industrial Internet of Things), and workplace know-how to achieve high-mix low-volume production while maintaining production efficiency equivalent to that of mass production.
DS2 uses the most advanced IIoT to achieve highly efficient ultra-high-mix, low-volume production of machine tools. Its main highlights include:
More advanced automation by using smart machines and robots that consolidate processes: At the DS2 parts factory robots are utilised in advanced ways to build a completely automated parts machining system.
Accurate and quick work instructions using IIoT: All parts have workpiece identification tags (IDs) attached so the locations of the parts can be accurately known and controlled. This allows quick instructions to be given in machining and logistics.
Progress and operation monitoring that promotes improvements for overall optimisation: The progress of production throughout the entire factory and the operation status of machines are all made visible, and data analysis is carried out in real time. The goal is a factory that evolves on a daily basis through the ability to improve in the work place.