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TAIWAN
ADVANCES

the country shows off a real-time inspection system and its focus on
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Imagine a production process where every manufactured component comes off the line in perfect condition. No nicks, no imperfections and everything at precisely the correct tolerance and size.
Taiwanese toolmakers took a step toward that future with a
presentation on Automatic Virtual Metrology (AVM) during
the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS)
in September.
More than 110 machine tool and accessory builders from
Taiwan exhibited products at the annual industry trade show
in Chicago. Executives from select Taiwanese companies also
discussed innovations and Industry 4.0 solutions at "New
Initiatives in the Taiwan Machine Tool Industry," an in-show
event organized by the Bureau of Foreign Trade of the Ministry
of Economic Affairs of Taiwan. The Taiwan External Trade Development Council also participated in the event.
The New Initiatives event included a presentation on AVM,
a real-time total inspection system that advances the goal of
achieving zero defects in manufacturing. Dr. Fan-Tien Cheng,
professor and director of National Cheng Kung University's
e-Manufacturing Research Center, spearheaded the "Taiwan
4.1 for Engine-Case Manufacturing & Wheel Machining Automation" presentation. Cheng explained that the sensor-based
system collects real-time data on each item produced and
builds a prediction model based on the quality of each bath.
That data is available online immediately, allowing companies
to address flaws before the new batch is manufactured, leading
to gradual reductions in the number of defective items in each
successive batch.
According to the Taiwan External Trade Development Council, AVM technology eliminates the shortcomings of sample

inspections and traditional virtual metrology schemes, which
are unable to perform online real-time quality evaluation of
collected process and metrology data to promptly identify and
correct abnormalities. Users of the AVM system include manufacturers such as Far East Machinery Co., which integrated
AVM into its wheeling machining automation line.
Other presentations at the Taiwan event touched on:
> New five-axis machining centers.
> 3-D simulation tools that use virtual reality headsets to remotely view machinery.
> Gear and grinding finishing machines with 4.0 functions.
> The Tongtai Intelligent Manufacturing System.
> How big data and the Internet of Things can be combined
with automation and robotics to produce a customized
mobile phone case in 10 minutes.
Taiwan's advances are driven in part by world-class industry
clusters in the country's Golden Valley, an area that is home
to more than 1,000 precision machinery manufactures and
10,000 downstream suppliers employing more than 300,000
workers. According to the Taiwan External Trade Development Council, the region has the highest output value per unit
area and the highest density of any machine tool industry cluster in the world.
The country is the fifth largest exporter of machine tools and
components, averaging $4 billion in exports each of the last
three years. mt
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