Fibre producer Hyosung has implemented smart factory systems at a number of its spandex manufacturing plants as it further prepares for Industry 4.0.
The sites to have been upgraded are in Quzhou, Jiaxing, Guangdong and Zhuhai in China and Dong Nai in Vietnam.
The company said these upgrades were made at the insistence of group chairman Hyun Joon Cho, who has put the emphasis on innovation since he assumed the role last year. He believes this to be the best way for Hyosung to stay ahead of its competitors.
The smart systems are used for process monitoring and quality control, among other things. This is designed to ensure products are of the same quality, regardless of which plant they come from.
It also allows for the collection and analysis of data from the entire manufacturing process, from raw material import to production and shipment. The different processes are managed according to the results of the data analysis, increasing efficiency at the plants.
“Turning into a smart factory is an essential step to take for manufacturers facing a huge, irresistible flow of the fourth industrial revolution,” Mr Hyun said. “On the basis of the smart factories, we will improve the quality of products and develop new technologies to a super-excellent level, and strengthen our presence as the number one spandex maker in the world.”