Mazak smart factory concept launches in Japan
- Published: July 13, 2017
Mazak's iSmart Factory concept is now part of the company's Oguchi, Japan plant. The plant now joins Mazak’s iSmart Factory in Florence, KY, as the first two in the company’s plan to eventually designate all ten of its manufacturing operations as Mazak iSmart Factories.
The next-generation iSart Factory represents Mazak’s manufacturing vision and global branding initiative. These factories use advanced manufacturing cells and systems together with full digital integration to achieve free-flow data sharing in terms of process control and operation monitoring.
In the Mazak iSmart Factory, the MTConnect open communications protocol works with process support software and provides connectivity and the capability to monitor then harvest data from all the different production floor machines, cells, devices and processes.
“There is little doubt in the industry that MTConnect will soon be the standard worldwide and the foundation of tomorrow’s digitized manufacturing operations,” says Brian Papke, chairman of Mazak. “At Mazak, we’ve experienced double-digit increases in productivity and machine utilization in each facility immediately after the implementation of digital process monitoring through MTConnect and our SmartBox technology.”
For the Oguchi Mazak iSmart Factory, the MTConnect open protocol allows the plant to use its own in-house cyber monitoring software. This software then works in conjunction with Mazak’s Smooth Monitoring software so the plant can monitor operations and optimize production efficiency.