OSG's NEO Shinshiro smart factoryClick image to enlarge

OSG Corporation has announced the “OSG 4.0” smart manufacturing initiative.

One of the key elements of the new project is the construction of the NEO Shinshiro Factory for smart manufacturing. Construction is currently underway and is scheduled to be completed by spring 2020. The new 16,300 sq m (175452 sq. ft.) facility will be situated adjacent to the existing 32,200 sq m (346598 sq. ft.) Shinshiro Factory in Shinshiro City of Aichi Prefecture. The revamped NEO Shinshiro Factory will have a total production space of 48,500 sq m (522050 sq. ft.) equipped to manufacture carbide drills and carbide taps, as well as coating services utilizing some of the latest available technologies.

OSG 4.0Click image to enlarge

The OSG Product Data Management (OPDM) system, automation programing and monitoring are some of the other key focuses of the OSG 4.0 project. OSG says that it plans to achieve 72-hour unmanned manufacturing at a ratio of 60 per cent or better by 2024, a machine continuous utilization rate of 85 per cent or better, and a 10 per cent overall cost reduction.

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Canadian auto suppliers get opportunity at Magna

Canadian automotive suppliers will have an opportunity to present their capabilities to Magna International on June 24 during the Canadian Innovation Fair at Magna's Troy, MI, facility.

Interested suppliers were asked to submit their applications earlier in June and were contacted by APMA if they had been selected.

The Consulate General of Canada in partnership with the Automotive Parts Manufacturers' Association (APMA) are being given an opportunity to showcase Canadian automotive capabilities at Magna's US facility. Canadian suppliers who apply for the opportunity, will be given the chance to meet with the company's purchasing and engineering managers.

Magna says it's interested in learning about new products, processes, materials or other innovations in the following areas: connected car (e.g. software, advanced camera vision); powertrain (e.g. alternate propulsion technologies); lightweighting (e.g. laser welded blanks, joining technologies); interior and seating systems; testing/production/material handling; and safety systems.

For more information, visit APMA online.

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