“When it comes to the “black lamp factory”, people may think of this picture: robots operate all night, intelligent machines think on their own, and giant factories can produce orderly by themselves without manual intervention. But the reality may be very different: the factory of the future is full of possibilities, it will create new and better job opportunities for workers, provide conditions for tool manufacturers to improve their professional skills, and help them succeed in niche areas. Moreover, even small factories have the opportunity to maintain strong competitiveness in the future.
When it comes to the “black lamp factory”, people may think of this picture: robots operate all night, intelligent machines think on their own, and giant factories can produce orderly by themselves without manual intervention. But the reality may be very different: the factory of the future is full of possibilities, it will create new and better job opportunities for workers, provide conditions for tool manufacturers to improve their professional skills, and help them succeed in niche areas. Moreover, even small factories have the opportunity to maintain strong competitiveness in the future.
A smart factory does not mean abandoning labor. On the contrary, experienced and skilled operators are irreplaceable because they have unique knowledge of customers, complex tool geometry and design, manufacturing processes, and the market. In fact, automation will only increase reliance on them.
Therefore, the black light factory is not the same as an unmanned factory.
The black light factory is a smart factory
The black light factory is also called “smart” or “lights off” factory, which adopts new technology and can operate without an operator. Manufacturers using black light factories can run machine tools day and night without interruption while ensuring product quality, reducing downtime and improving material utilization.
Workers can therefore change their roles, greatly reduce duplication of labor, and engage in more rewarding work. They can use data to analyze and solve problems, so as to better understand how to improve systems and processes, which is still not possible with machines. Now, many companies are setting their sights on areas outside of their business, looking for competitive advantages, and tracking new technologies.
It can be said that the real change is not only the factory’s change from “lights on” to “lights off”, but also the role of technological advancement in promoting the upgrading of labor. Automated machinery creates opportunities for workers to update their skills. When the production rhythm of the smart factory is superimposed on the ability of employees to solve problems, the factory in the future will achieve unprecedented efficiency.
ANCA Integrated Manufacturing System Helps Customers Improve Benefits
In the tool industry, the future of the black light factory is also worth looking forward to. ANCA’s integrated solution, AIMS, can connect the process sequence in tool manufacturing, realize automated production and integrated processing, and provide help for manufacturers to set up black light factories.
The center of the AIMS system is the AIMS server, which manages the data flow between the components of the system and the existing IT platform (such as the ERP system). On this basis, customers can choose from a series of “automatic” solutions to reduce production costs, solve labor problems, and implement integrated systems to improve the quality of products and processes.
This system has achieved initial results in ANCA’s customers. ANCA has designed a new application for its customer, Swiss tool manufacturer Fraisa, which provides excellent grinding stability and accuracy, so that its grinding machine can run continuously for 50 hours without unmanned operation, and produce high-quality products. Of taps. And the grinder can be connected with Fraisa’s ERP system for subsequent process improvement.
In this customized automation solution, ANCA helped Fraisa reduce production costs by as much as 50%. But this did not come at the expense of employees. Fraisa CEO Josef Maushart said that they “have a more dedicated and highly skilled workforce, focusing on more value-added work, not just monitoring the grinding machine.”
Planning a smart factory and exploring the future of automation
In China, with the deployment and advancement of the manufacturing power strategy, the popularity of intelligence and automation is steadily increasing. Under the “Made in China 2025” action plan, manufacturers have stepped up and actively explored the future of intelligent manufacturing.
ANCA’s AIMS system conforms to the development model of domestic manufacturers and can help them build smart factories. In the future, factories will be equipped with more efficient systems, faster information communication, and stronger relationships with customers to improve efficiency. The construction of a smart factory does not happen overnight, which means that manufacturers need to plan ahead.
At the same time, smart factories still provide space for manpower development. The upgrade of the workforce will bring innovative ideas, optimized processes, closer customer relationships and a deeper understanding of customer needs. This man-machine operation mode will bring the factory into a bright new future.