PROJECT Manufacturing SME Development

Developing environmentally friendly fencing panels manufactured from recyclable materials.

Expo-Drew, a Polish manufacturer of furniture, fences and various other industrial products, is seeking to create a more environmentally friendly type of plate fencing, as well as to integrate their existing infrastructure with modern digital technology to introduce smart factory concepts

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New green projects created with modern models and devices

The fence project is based on the results of the R&D project completed by Expo Drew. The results of the research will be used to introduce a new product to the market, at least on a national scale, fence panels made of metal frames. A closed profile is used to build the frame. The filling is a set of elements made of sheet steel or closed steel profile. The main material filling the fence panel is rails made of composite boards made of 80% waste materials (wood flour and PVC). To increase the production and storage capacity Expo drew is planning to invest in Laser Cutting Machines and storage systems. Expo Drew has decided to use the available modern models and devices characterized by the activity of electrical discharge. An additional element of the proactive project will be a 400kWe cogeneration unit.

Introducing the Smart Factory concept

As Expo Drew largely rely on manual and analogue systems, the process will involve an introduction to smart technology and the internet of thing with the potential for further cooperation through a business partnership between IDN and Expo-Drew and a full scale “industry4SME-solution” if Expo-drew find the investment worthwhile. The starting point of the introduction of a Smart Factory concept into Expodrew will be to verify and improve existing production layout and production process, especially the integration of existing and new machine parks acquired as the result of the Project. Depending on the manufacturing industry it is estimated that between 20% and 50% of total operating expenses are attributed to material handling, both materials and product. Optimizing the production layout can reduce costs by 10% to 50%. By integrating Lean concepts and principles into the design throughout the facility will improve flow, capacity, and profitability. Identification and verification of the factory’s existing physical processes will be also a key component for further digital integration.

Measures

  • Use modern models and technology to create an environmentally friendly fence panel as envisioned in R&D by Expo-Drew
  • Thorough analysis of needs and potential at Expo-Drew to create a Industry 4.0 pilot with smart factory concepts
  • New Laser Cutting Devices connected to information systems (CRP/ERP) will allow the manufacturing company to gather, connect and make use of data from a wide range of analytical tools
  • Introduce Expo-Drew to the Industry4SME concept, allowing the manufacturer a clearer understanding of the requirements, costs and benefits of full implementation of industry 4.0.

IDNs involvement

IDN will initially provide an analysis of the requirements and potential of Industry 4.0 integration. This will include a pre-assessment of production followed by an on-site assessment. This assessment will be concluded with an improvement report. From this analysis, IDN will propose a Smart Factory pilot. This pilot will include Industry4SME, a cloud based product for industrial manufacturing enterprises financed by Innovation Norway, IDN itself and pilot customers (Norwegian manufacturing companies).

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