The Manufacturing Technology Asia tradeshow, held in Singapore from April 4-7, 2017, spotlighted the shift toward a new era of digitalization, technology and solutions for Industry 4.0. These included the very popular areas of 3D printing, automation, Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and robotics. MTA2017 drew more than 10,000 attendees from 43 countries/regions, including exhibiting staff, trade visitors, conference delegates and speakers, and members of the press.
This 300-exhibitor event showcased the “full spectrum of products, solutions and technologies, from precision engineering capabilities serving high-value sectors, to advanced technologies that empower smart manufacturing,” said Mr. William Lim, Project Director for manufacturing events at UBM SES, organizer of MTA2017.
Siemens, who offers consultancy services and technical expertise to multinationals and SMEs looking to transform traditional factories into digitalized ones, was one such exhibitor.
“Manufacturing Technology Asia 2017 was a good platform for us to connect with new and existing customers. Our booth on-site enabled us to showcase our new Digital Enterprise Suite, providing attendees with the visual representation of the whole product portfolio, including the Siemens ZerOne.DesIgn™ Manufacturing Design Consultancy and MindSphere, our cloud-based, open internet-of-things operating systems,” said Raimund Klein, Executive Vice President, Country Lead for Digital Factory (DF) and Process Industries and Drives (PD) divisions, Siemens.
MTA2017 underlined how Industry 4.0 technologies can be implemented. At the Smart Manufacturing Pavilion and Smart Manufacturing Asia conference, exhibitors and speakers imparted deep insights and conducted live demonstrations, enabling attendees to visualize how digitalization can enhance their processes, operations and services.
3D Printing was a big focus at MTA2017. From show floor exhibits to technology tours and interactive seminars, visitors saw a wide array of industrial applications and innovative concepts across industries from aerospace to medical technology, displayed by exhibitors BeAM, Chemtron, Creatz3D, EOS, Eye-2-Eye Communications, Nanyang Polytechnic, Renishaw, SLM Solutions, TRUMPF and UCT Additive Manufacturing Center.
Robot exhibitors were also very popular. Epson launched its new N2 robots with the world’s first patented compact folding arm technology at the event. The N2 robot is designed for confined workspaces and smaller payloads, and extremely maneuverable, allowing for a more efficient assembly line layout and improved productivity.
Nachi showcased its best-selling table top robot and range of robotic arms from its fastest table top articulate 6-axis robot up to its 700kg payload robot arm.
Attendees also got first-hand experience of ABB’s collaborative and IoT-enabled robots such as the SafeMove2 that performs safety certified monitoring of robot motion, tool and standstill supervision as well as speed limitation, allowing operators and robots to interact directly without physical barriers and enabling more efficient and flexible production scenarios.