As international crude oil prices fluctuate and environmental awareness rises, recycling rates of plastic waste have become the most important issue in the future of the plastics and rubber industry.
As a result, four Taiwanese manufacturers have showcased a series of smart plastic and rubber machines to help meet the global demand of plastic in line with efficient green production.
“In response to the trend of Industry 4.0, Taiwan’s plastics and rubber machinery industry is constantly upgrading and combines Taiwan’s strong ICT & smart automation technologies, to build smart systems and solutions to fulfil the demand for cutting-edge technique development and customized production,” said Walter Yeh, president and chief executive officer of Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA).
Yeh, who spoke during the online press conference on ‘Taiwan Excellence Plastic & Rubber Machinery,’ organised recently by the Bureau of Foreign Trade (BOFT), MOEA, TAIWAN, R.O.C and TAITRA in conjunction with the Taiwan Association of Machinery Industry (TAMI), said that the manufacturers are helping to meet the demand of small and large volumes.
Currently, Taiwan, as one of the top six plastics and rubber machinery exporting countries in the world, is recognised for providing high-quality products with refined technology and consistent performance.
Speaking also, Guann-Jyh Lee, deputy director general, BOFT, highlighted that the circular economy is the next trend in the industry due to the rise of global plastic restriction issues, stressing that manufactures must be able to quickly respond to new production regulations.
“Taiwan is also continuing to accelerate the creation of all-electric injection molding machines with good environmental performance, featuring low noise, low vibration, power saving, cooling water saving and running cost savings, to become the best partner of the global manufacturing industry with environmentally friendly smart machinery,” he said.
The four manufacturers; Fu Chun Shin Machinery Manufacture Co., Ltd. (FCS), ChumPower Machinery Corp., Fong Kee International Machinery Co., Ltd., and Diing Kuen Plastic Machinery, Co., Ltd., presented their advanced smart manufacturing solutions, from two-component injection molding machines, high speed stretch blow molding machines and intelligent all-electric blow molding machines to a five layer co-extrusion for industrial stretch-hood.
Neilson Su, sales manager, Fu Chun Shin Machinery Manufacture Co., Ltd. (FCS) stated that to meet various customer needs nowadays, FCS dedicates itself to developing customized multi-component injection molding machines, which broaden the application scope of the industry, and he received positive feedback from customers.
Similarly, Tony Wu, sales support sngineer, ChumPower Machinery Corp. demonstrated that the product is the fastest blow molding machine in the world, with it’s per cavity output of 2,250 bottles per hour being faster than its competitors’ 1,800-2,000 bottles per hour.
“Global brands including PEPSI, Kao, LOTTE, and more use Chumpower machines to produce PET bottles,” he said.
Charles Wei, Fong Kee International Machinery Co., Ltd. introduced their ‘Intelligent All-Electric Three Layer Blow Molding Machine-Industry 4.0.’ and emphasized that the model is environmentally friendly.
“Specifically, it decreases average power consumption by 18percent, specific energy index by 22percent, Noise Levels by 20db and CO2 emissions by 42.4percent while increasing the production rate by 13.3percent,” Wei said.
“Moreover, it is equipped with SCADA system, so for long term production, all data can be collected for further analysis to improve efficiency, cut costs, and enhance profitability,” he added.
Commenting also, Eric Wei, vice chairman, Diing Kuen Plastic Machinery, Co., Ltd. showed off his organisations ‘Driving you to smart manufacturing: Five layers co-extrusion for industrial stretch-hood’.
He noted that with the application of IIoT, the product can provide remote service, detection, and automated online operation.
“Clients can use the augmented reality instruction manual to eliminate the operating difficulties, which is very important during the COVID-19 pandemic, because of the need to avoid face-to-face interaction,” he said.