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 OSG completes NEO Shinshiro Factory

by Shun Otsuki
President & Editor in Chief KINSAN FASTENER NEWS


OSG (Aichi) has completed all the renewal work of the "NEO Shinshiro Factory" and has begun efforts toward the realization of "ultra-high-mix low-volume production" that makes full use of digital technology.

In May of 2020, the Shinshiro Factory, which is one of the mother factories, was renewed and operated as the "NEO Shinshiro Factory". This is the first large-scale renewal of a domestic mother factory in about 30 years.

The factory produces carbide drills, carbide taps, high-speed drills, and high-speed end mills, producing 5400 types and 7700 lots of tools per month. With about 600 people, it has a monthly production capacity of 6000 types, 8000 lots, and more than 700,000 pieces. According to the company's guess, this factory is the only factory in the world that is producing such "ultra-high-mix low-volume production."

In order to work on "ultra-high-mix low-volume production", they tried to "visualize the process" by thoroughly digitizing. In order to increase the equipment utilization rate, they have implemented "outer setup" to collectively manage grindstones, jigs and tools, and programs. On the other hand, with an emphasis on human power, they are promoting digitalization as a tool on the premise that people are the center.

They are particular about "ultra-high-mix low-volume production" because they think that it is a production system that can be established in Japan as well. In the case of high-mix small-lot production, their goal is to have the strongest competitiveness in the world, even if it is a mixed production of standard products and special products.

As the digitization of production information, they will visualize the processing, share information such as the operating rate, production schedule, production status, and number of flows for each processing machine, and analyze the collected data.

In the digitization of quality information, the processed products are centrally managed by the server as quality information of the measured values for both the assigned material and the processing history to ensure traceability.

Regarding the digitization of equipment maintenance information, in order to maintain high quality and high efficiency production in each process, equipment maintenance information was digitized and a predictive maintenance system was established.