Industry 4.0 emerged out of an initiative aimed at strengthening Germany’s manufacturing industry. Given this starting point, it’s not surprising that the advanced manufacturing sector is at the forefront of industry 4.0.
Digital connectivity and improving analytics are creating more efficient supply chains and it is predicted that most factories will transform into ‘smart factories’ over the next decade. These factories will be highly integrated, collaborative and export-focused, providing high-value customised solutions within global value chains.
Already, there are businesses in Australia transitioning and these are being helped by companies like Okuma Australia, which specialises in the sale and service of Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) machine tools, factory automation and support services.
Okuma Australia, which is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Japan-headquartered Okuma Corporation, services all sectors in the manufacturing industry, providing advanced machining infrastructure that revolutionises the manufacturing environment.
"We quickly recognize the evolution of our industry and created advanced solutions. Change is not something to be feared, but an opportunity to discover a new inspiration,” says Okuma Australia Managing Director Dean McCarroll.
Okuma Australia has developed several unique technologies to help manufacturing businesses streamline their processes and improve efficiencies. These include: a 5-Axis Tuning System that measures geometric error using a touch probe and datum sphere; a Collision Avoidance System that prevents collisions in automatic or manual mode; Machining Navi with a graphical representation of machine performance that extends tool life and reduces cycle times; Servo Navi that offers work weight auto settings, reversal spike auto adjustments and vibration adjustments; and Thermal-Friendly Concepts that have very accurate thermal deformation compensation and are designed to respond to heat in certain manageable conditions.
In Japan, the Okuma Corporation has also created Okuma Dream Sites. These are cutting-edge, self-contained parts factories for machining and assembly that operate 24/7. The sites blend the industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and automation with manufacturing expertise to optimise production for a variety of products, highlighting the company’s continuous improvement philosophy.
Check out Okuma Australia’s website for videos of these sites to see if it can help you visualise what your businesses ‘factory of the future’ might look like, with advanced IIoT technologies and connected products to enable smarter manufacturing.
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