MTA2015, Asia’s leading precision engineering industry event which drew to a close last week, served as an ideal platform for companies to gain access to the latest in high-tech precision engineering and machine tool technologies available globally
At the 20th edition of the event, foremost prominence was accorded to 3D printing and robotics as the future of manufacturing. In addition, equipment and solutions designed to cater to high-value sectors of Aerospace, Automotive and Oil & Gas sectors were also highly sought after.
The 3D Printing Technology tours were very popular with attendees and highlighted the flexibility of the technology for applications across industries such as aerospace, automotive and oil and gas. Creatz3D, DKSH Technology, EOS, Eye-2-Eye Communications and Renishaw were some exhibitors who shared their expertise in the field with visitors.
Besides displaying a model tilted rotor airplane and a concept car, academic institutions – the Additive Manufacturing Innovation Centre (AMIC) at Nanyang Polytechnic (NYP) and the Singapore Centre for 3D Printing at Nanyang Technological University (NTU), also showcased products that were wholly 3D printed from materials such as metal.
“3D printing technology has advanced over the years and there is great potential for its adoption in Asia. The focus on 3D printing at MTA has certainly helped to generate and increase awareness of the latest advances in the technology. We are pleased to be a part of the 3D printing technology tours that were organised at the event. These have added another dimension to the event and enlivened the knowledge sharing and business collaboration aspects,” remarked Steve Bell, General Manager – ASEAN of Renishaw (Singapore).
With demonstrations almost every hour, robots from ABB, Epson and Yaskawa had the show floor buzzing with excitement. Attendees got a first-hand experience of ABB’s welding robot, whilst Epson and Yaskawa showcased the precision of their robots, which were programmed to scan items and pick these up in a fraction of the time it takes humans to do.
Elaborating on the solutions, ABB’s Ang Boon Hua, Local Business Unit (LBU) Manager, Robotics of the Discrete Automation and Motion Division said, “Robots improve productivity by enabling manufacturers to redeploy or upgrade their workforce, and we see the business potential for the Asian manufacturing industry. MTA is a timely platform for us to share our knowledge with manufacturers as well as enhance our business networks with partners and potential customers from the region.”
MTA was also a premier sourcing ground for many industry visitors who came to seek out the latest technologies available. Deals were made, with “Sold @ MTA” signs prominently displayed on many machines and equipment from exhibitors such as Hong Chek, Ichi Seiki, Metalis, NPC, Taipei Industries and Tsugami Universal. Exhibitors were also seen busy networking with attendees at their booths and the discussion areas set up to facilitate meetings.
Over 20 group delegations from Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore attended MTA2015. Groups from the Federation of Malaysian Foundry and Engineering Industries Associations, GE Aviation, Rolls Royce, Pratt & Whitney, amongst others, were at the event to check out the technologies and solutions available.
“Every edition of MTA has followed and highlighted industry trends relevant to Asian manufacturers and this edition is no different. We brought in exhibitors who showcased the latest innovation in 3D printing and robotics that will enhance productivity and efficiency. The technologies that MTA spotlights will certainly enable local and regional companies to move up the manufacturing value chain,” said William Lim, Project Director for machinery events at Singapore Exhibition Services, organiser of MTA2015.
Featuring case studies on digital manufacturing, Industrie 4.0 and industrial automation, the inaugural “Future Factories and Manufacturing Asia Conference,” provided in-depth knowledge and insight into the evolving business and industry landscape for Asian manufacturers.
For the record, more than 12,000 attendees from 41 countries/regions, including trade visitors, exhibiting staff, conference delegates and speakers, and members of the press visited MTA2015.
Content and image courtesy of MTA2015/VCCI News