Reflecting its position at the forefront of the fourth industrial revolution, ABB showcased its technologies and domain expertise at the recently concluded Manufacturing Technology Asia industry event held in Singapore. The exhibition and conference, titled ‘Smart Manufacturing Asia’, brought together industry players who are looking to maintain their technology leadership and stay ahead of the change curve and many traditional manufacturing businesses in the Asian region that need to become agile and embrace change.
A national priority
The Economic Development Board (EDB), alongside the rest of the Singapore government, has embarked on various initiatives that will leverage on the latest technologies to ensure that manufacturing sectors remain resilient and relevant. To this end, EDB hosted a commemoration ceremony as a kick-off to the MTA event and to affirm Singapore’s commitment as an advanced manufacturing hub. As an important and long-standing partner of EDB and Singapore, ABB was invited for this ceremony along with 24 other industry representatives that have embarked on this advanced manufacturing journey. Johan de Villiers, Country Managing Director, ABB Singapore, attended the function which had Senior Minister of State for Trade and Industry, Ms Sim Ann also present. "Adopting new technology is absolutely essential for firms. It ensures the competitiveness of Singapore in a global economy. For a country with limited resources, the ability to use technology will continue to be a key competitive advantage for Singapore. It also presents a key export opportunity for Singapore as it develops a workforce that adds value in the digital environment. Those skills are going to be a large part of the future global economy,” said Johan.
|Advanced technologies designed for high-value manufacturing were on display at ABB’s exhibition booth. |
The Robotics business unit exhibited three live demonstrations which offered visitors an engaging visual experience. Together with industry partner, LionApex, a machine tool tending cell, MT5, integrated with a CNC machine, allowed visitors to observe a live demonstration of the tool handling process between the two machines.
Similarly, together with industry partner, Synergyx Technology, a live demo of ABB’s dedicated welding robot showcasing the use of the arc welding technique in additive manufacturing was displayed. Visitors witnessed the 3D buildup of an aluminum cup from scratch, highlighting the precision and stability of ABB’s welding robot.
ABB’s latest robot safety solution, SafeMove2, was also on display. The intriguing demo allowed visitors to interact with the robot in motion directly without physical barriers.