TMTS 2016 – Taiwan International Machine Tool Show – was held on November 23 to 27, 2016, hosted by Taichung City Government and Taiwan Machine Tool & Accessory Builders’ Association (TMBA), at the Greater Taichung International Expo Center (GTIEC), Taiwan. TMTS showcased under an innovative ‘Exhibition integrated with manufacturing supply chain’ exhibition style, which is highly recognised by exhibitors and buyers from all over the world. The exhibition was inaugurated in the presence of Lin Chuan, Premier of the Republic of China, Dr Wu Ming-Ji, Director General of the Industrial Development Bureau of the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Ling Chia-Lung, Taichung City Mayor, and other officials from institute and industry associations.
With more than 700 companies and 4,000 booths, the show exhibited all types of high-precision machine tools, components, accessories, tools and automation equipment. This year’s show was themed, ‘Activating Intelligent Manufacturing: Heading towards Industry 4.0,’ which is consistent with the global trend. According to Jui-Hsiung Yen, Chairman, TMBA, “There was an increase by 8% in the overall scale and exhibitor number, respectively compared to the last show in 2014.” He further emphasised, “For the past six years, TMTS has reflected the change and development of the Taiwan machine tools industry. In 2016, the massively produced 5-axis machine tools were on display for the first time.”
Addressing during the press conference, Carl Huang, President, TMBA, pointed out that in the past six years, the economy has been both up and down and this sort of cycling is quite normal and to be expected over the long term. He recommended that companies should take advantage of the brief economic down-slope to focus on R&D elements in their respective areas. He also noted that though the order intake for machine tools has come down, the accessory components have shown good growth progress. In order to have better access to the machine tool accessory part suppliers, the organisers of TMTS 2016 had divided the show into five pavilions:
Activating intelligent manufacturing
The subject of intelligent manufacturing is machine, which means that the level of intellectualisation on machine has to be raised in order to head towards Industry 4.0. Speaking on this, Hsiung Yen said, “In use of advanced manufacturing process and technology, high labour cost can be overcome and more orders of medium-end product can be obtained. Moreover, production efficiency can be improved through data analysis. Taiwan enterprises are trying to tap into overseas market by rapidly integrating domestic and foreign resources to develop intelligent machines.”
TMTS 2016 showcased advanced products, including sensing technology, machine-to-machine (M2M), datadriven decision making, robot-controlled manufacturing, human-robot collaboration, and intelligent control of flexible (customised) manufacturing system.
International pavilion & industry-academia cooperation
International pavilion, including pavilions of Germany, Europe/USA/Japan, Switzerland, Italy, China and other countries, had participated with more than 100 overseas exhibitors in 300 booths. The scale increased by 72.4% and broke the record as the biggest international pavilion in Taiwan machine tool show. One of the key activities during TMTS was the factory tour.
The organiser, TMBA, also provided industry-academia cooperation related platform, including academic research display, practical training of exhibition activity, and guided tour for students, etc, in order to integrate resources and strengthen cooperation among industry, academia and research bodies for manpower cultivation, and further attract talented people to the machinery industry. Alongside the exhibition, TMBA had also organised press visits to the following company booths:
Chevalier Machinery: The company was established as a specialised manufacturer of precision surface grinders. Later, it went on to produce machining centres and turning centres. It also manufactures products for machining operations, such as milling, turning and grinding. At TMTS 2016, the company showcased new FVL 1250 vertical turning centres for aerospace machining and SMART B1640 multi-function CNC surface grinder. FOCUS CNC, its sister company, showcased FCL-140 that features high speed and high-precision hydraulic CAM tool turret, which holds 10 tools, 0.3 second tool change and repeatability accuracy of up to 0.002 mm. Speaking on Industry 4.0 implementation, Michael Chang, Vice President— Marketing, Chevalier Machinery, said, “FALCON GROUP participated in ‘Aerospace Team 4.0’, executed by Corporate Synergy Development Centre and the Aerospace Industrial Development Corporation.”
SIGMA CNC Technology Machinery: Specialised in manufacturing of CNC double column machining centre, 5-face machining centre and 5-axis machining centre, the company demonstrated two of its models at TMTS 2016 that includes SDV-4224HLA CNC double column machining centre with auto swing divided angle head and S5A-2015H CNC 5-axis double column machining centre (fixed column type). Humar Chuang, President, SIGMA CNC Technology Machinery, said five factors that are accounting for machining performance include machine structure, spindle, control system, cutting tool, machine stability & rigidness and CAM system. He further added that his company incorporates these five factors in its machines, which make it suitable for machining difficult-tomachine materials, such as titanium on a larger scale for aerospace sector.
Campro Precision Machinery: Focused on the development and production of mid-range to high-end CNC machine tools, at TMTS 2016, the company showcased its U255C 4+1 axis machining centre for precision machining, U500C 5-axis machining centre for fully automated production, CNV 1050 vertical machining centre for mass production in the automotive industry, CPV 1050B Box ways vertical machining centre and NT 208 CNC lathe. Moving towards digital transformation, the company also highlighted its CPMS (Campro Production Management System). Peter Chiou, Vice General Manager, Campro Precision Machinery, said, “CPMS is an ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) system that reduces the time spent for file transfer between different departments, improves transfer efficiency and reduces energy consumption at the same time.”
Deta International: Having diversified considerably, the company has founded the following affiliate companies: Detron, Deson, Dera, Spinder, Quanter, Deco and other related companies. The core products include tool magazine, rotary table, high-speed spindle, Industry 4.0 software, harmonic gear drive and wing-in-ground effect vehicles and other prospective vehicles. Specialised in the manufacturing of rotary table, Detron displayed a new DDM built-in motor of the four-five axis model DV/DF series, with no resistance and precise transmission orientation for a high acceleration and deceleration to improve the production speed and capacity. Spinder Technology specialised in the design and manufacture of precision machine tool spindles. Quanter specialised in the manufacture of gear components. Grandle Lin, General Manager, Quanter International, said that the harmonic gear reducer is the most important part of the robotic arm. This component accounts for 35% of the total cost of the robotic arm.”
Victor Taichung Machinery Works: The company started with making conventional lathes and now steadily supplies CNC lathes and machining centres. Highlighting its participation at TMTS show, Wayne Hsueh, Director, Victor Taichung Machinery Works, said, “We are focusing on the development of high-speed, high-precision and more comprehensive machine tools. At TMTS 2016, we are showcasing the live demonstration of unmanned automation, where our 6 unmanned cells included 6 robots with 10 off CNC machines and 2 off PIM machines.”
Yeong Chin Machinery Industries: The company is a professional manufacturer of vertical machining centre, double column vertical machining centre, horizontal machining centre and CNC turning centre. At TMTS 2016, the company showcased its NFX380A 5-axis vertical machining centre that is designed specially for complex high-quality parts mainly for aerospace, automotive, medical, job shop and die & mould applications. “From roughing to finishing, the NFX series enables manufacturers to reduce set-up time and overall lead time, while increasing machining quality and improving precision of complex machining processes,” said Wing Liu, Section Supervisor, Yeong Chin Machinery Industries. In response to the trend of Industry 4.0, YCM exhibited the model of ‘Smart Factory’ through iDirect, workshop monitoring software. “When you have a 24/7 job to run and have to leave your machine running unattended, this software allows you to periodically check on it through the internet,” added Wing Liu.
Tongtai Group: The Tongtai Group (Tongtai, Honor, APEC and Quicktech) exhibited eight machines and other manufacturing solutions in both domains of aerospace and intelligent manufacturing at TMTS 2016. The company demonstrated its machine models, such as VTX‐5, the smallsized vertical machining centre; VC‐610, the vertical machining centre for die and mould machining applications; MT‐2000, the dual‐spindle horizontal CNC lathe with gantry type robotic arm for automatic production; iTD‐2000YBC, the multi‐tasking turning centre; SH‐5000P, the horizontal machining centre. In the software development, the company displayed three softwares to demonstrate the basic structure of an intelligent factory including TIMS (Tongtai intelligent manufacturing system), TLM (Tongtai line management), and iMachining. Andrew Kung, Director, APEC, said, “We have successfully delivered the MDU2000W that is specially designed for aero engine cutting. Compared to imported German machines, it provides higher accuracy and better rigidity.”
Habor Precise: Specialised manufacturer of temperature control cooling unit, the company holds 85% market share in Taiwan machine tool industry. In product area, 90% market share holds for PCB drilling machine globally. Its exporting business includes countries like Japan, Germany, Swiss, USA, India, etc. It develops and produces PID cooler and DC inverter cooler with high accuracy. At TMTS 2016, the company showcased its HBO V4RP2TS2BM7 PID control model and HBO-N4RP2TS2BM7 inverter control model. It also showcased its Industry 4.0 implementation in its products that includes remote setting, status monitoring, energy-level management, predictive maintenance and data analysis. Fran Wu, Manager, International Sales Dept, Habor Precise, said that Habor supplies its coolers to India for machine tool manufacturers such as Bharat Fritz Werner and Jyoti CNC Automation that are incorporated in high precision machines.
Jiuh-Yeh, L&L, Jainnher: To be more flexible so as to satisfy market demands and to provide customised services, JAINNHER, MILLSTAR and L&L got together as an ‘Intaima’ alliance, in which L&L is specialised in lathe, MILLSTAR (Jiuh- Yeh) is specialised in milling machine and JAINNHER is specialised in grinding machine. MILLSTAR has demonstrated AR (Augmented Reality) and VR (Virtual Reality) capabilities that connects the physical world and digital world. According to Brain Hsu, Executive—Vice General Manager, Jiuh-Yeh Precision Machinery, the company has collaborated with Taiwan’s famous universities for the implementation of AR and VR technologies in their product catalogue. This enables higher level of integration and connectivity in digital manufacturing as the industry is moving from ‘push’ to ‘pull’ business models.
Major export markets
The data based on destination shows the top 10 Taiwan machine tools export markets. In order, its China, USA, Turkey, Germany, Thailand, Netherland, Vietnam, India, Japan and South Korea. The exported value to China is 0.50 billion USD, accounting for 31.1% total exports between January to July 2016 and shows a 16.3% drop. For India, the export accounts for 3.2% of total market share. Based on product-based export market, India shows export growth with 5.0% market share in EDM, laser and ultrasonic cutting machine; in machining centre, with 2.9% market share and in drilling, boring, milling and tapping machine with 2.4% market share between January to July, 2016.
The number of general visitors for the five-day show amounted to 84,374, which includes top 10 overseas visitors from countries such as China, Japan, Malaysia, India, South Korea, Philiphines, Russia, Thailand, Australia and the United States. The post-show data from the organisers reported a number of 207 visitors from India. ☐