Taiwan has become one of the world’s leading manufacturers of plastics products. Last year, the country generated more than US$1.9 billion in revenue, positioning the country to become the world’s sixth largest exporter of the plastics and rubber processing. According to Trading Economics, Taiwan exports soared to a record high of US$30 billion dollars with a 17% sales increase from the rubber and plastics industries alone in 2016.
The exponential growth in one of Taiwan’s largest industries is attributed to Taiwan Smart Machinery 4.0. Taiwan Smart Machinery 4.0 combines web-based synergies of data sharing, IoT, with robotics and artificial intelligence. This new direction in integrated manufacturing can be summed up in three words for factories – faster, smarter, better.
Taiwan Smart Machinery 4.0 provides a totally automated solution to manufacturing. Prior to Taiwan Smart Machinery 4.0, productivity of small and mid-size companies was stifled by time, costs and labor. “Now, infusing factories with affordable technology and automation, serves as a global gateway for small to mid-size factories to compete worldwide,” says John Chen, Vice President of Taiwan Association of Machinery.
Industry experts believe that the implementation of innovative strategies like “Intelligent Manufacturing”, which combines human intelligence with automation and process, will help companies to increase their speed to market with precision and accuracy. With this new strategy, parts and product demands can now be produced in a more streamlined manner throughout the production cycle. This level of excellence helps factories to successfully fulfill orders faster than ever, while significantly reducing the number of defects resulting from human error.
Taiwan Smart Machinery 4.0 made for plastics manufacturing continues to gain worldwide momentum. In just three years, Taiwan machinery sales to the U.S. have reached almost US$64 million. The greatest demand is for machine models for injection molding, extruders, blowing and plastics recycling machines.
Yihan Lin (email@example.com)