By Jane Ho, Crain News Service
GUANGZHOU, China (April 22, 2015) — The tire factory of the future needs to incorporate “smart manufacturing” techniques, a top executive with China's Mesnac Co. Ltd. told attendees at the recent 2015 China Rubber Conference in Guangzhou.
“Smart manufacturing means a high degree of co-ordination,” said Jiao Qingguo, general manager of Mesnac's information logistics system division. “Before you set up a factory, you want to make sure your facilities won't be outdated in a couple of years and can be integrated into future systems.”
Mr. Jiao said Mesnac's vision for future tire factories covers concepts ranging from plant design and automatic storage and retrieval systems (AS/RS) to machine networking and RFID.
For instance, he said, not all internal mixers have built-in network ports, and adding such ports afterwards can cost $1,500 or more for each machine.