Global leaders of precision die cast & sand cast metal products and Investment cast and sub-assemblies in the manufacturing industry
The future of global manufacturing is being shaped by the introduction of a host of advanced manufacturing programs. From augmented reality, predictive analytics, and additive manufacturing to digital design, advanced robotics, and new materials, innovation in manufacturing is being rapidly introduced to enhance organizational competitiveness and drive economic prosperity. Since the last one decade, the derangement for competitive advantage in manufacturing has largely revolved around finding new sources of low-cost labour. Since then, the cost has been rising at a faster pace and manufacturers are under intense pressure to find methods to improve their competitive position.
Technological development will be the change agent for the next wave of manufacturing progression over the following decade, which will be one of the most profound revolutions ever seen in our history. This development, today known as Industry 4.0,and expected to have further advanced variants , is characterized by cyber-physical systems (CPS) and dynamic data processes that use massive amounts of data to drive smart machines. A confluence of forces—falling prices and rising performance of enabling hardware and software, the digitization of industry, increasing connectivity, and mounting pressure on manufacturers to be more flexible and eco-friendly—is likely to accelerate adoption of the future advanced manufacturing technologies.
The term “advanced manufacturing” has been around for decades and means many things to many people. At Sigma, we define advanced manufacturing as a set of highly flexible, automated, data-enabled, cost-effective manufacturing processes, incorporating cutting-edge technologies like robotics, artificial intelligence (AI), augmented reality (AR), real time data analytics, IoT, 3D printing, computer aided engineering software (CAE) and computer aided design (CAD), cloud computing, machine learning (ML) and enhanced machine to machine learning (M2M ) communications, and more. This kind of advanced manufacturing programs offer a range of benefits that taken together will redefine the economics of global-manufacturing competitiveness in most industries. In fact, leading edge manufacturers are already using some of these most advanced technologies to make high precision components.
Advanced manufacturing technologies can augment productivity in a number of ways. They dramatically increase flexibility by making it feasible for manufacturers to offer customers the option of “easy to do business with’ or have it their way.” Manufacturers can make products in small batches for specific customers; adjust production lines in response to design changes, and even speed-up time to market by generating prototypes very fast.
Advanced-manufacturing technologies promote innovation by allowing manufacturers to develop new products that can be cost competitive in comparison with conventional processes. These processes are environment friendly because they often consume fewer raw materials and generate less scrap. They improve safety as well by ensure workers are exposed to fewer hazardous materials. At Sigma, we believe that these technological tools will have the greatest potential to influence the manufacturing landscape and will enhance productivity in the coming years. The advancements in manufacturing implemented at Sigma are:
A new generation of automation systems links industrial robots with control systems through information technology (IT). New robotic and automation systems equipped with standardized interfaces and sensors are beginning to complement and eliminate human labor in many processes. This enables us to cost-effectively produce items on a smaller scale and improves the ability to enhance quality. At Sigma, we implemented twenty-two such robotic automations which has resulted in over 15% productivity enhancement over the last two years.