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ITRI Founds Machine Tools Technology Center to Promote CNC Industry Cluster

Controller for 2-turret, 2-spindle CNC turning-milling center

Controller for 2-turret, 2-spindle CNC turning-milling center

ITRI announced its founding of the Machine Tools Technology Center, with Dr. Lai-Sheng Chen as the general director. The Center targets the development of domestically-produced CNC (Computer Numerical Control) controllers and the application of CNC systems. The objective is to establish a demonstration system for the production of advanced CNC controllers and the related processing and verification, thereby optimizing Taiwan’s industry structure, helping Taiwan’s CNC industry cluster to better connect to the international arena, and gaining opportunities in emerging hi-tech industries.

ITRI Chairman Dr. Ching-Yen Tsay stated that Taiwan is one of the world’s major CNC suppliers, in addition to Japan and Germany. The precision machinery industry cluster at the foot of Dadu Mountain in Taichung is home to some 1,500 CNC businesses and thousands of satellite factories in just a 60-km strip of land. Work specialization from up-mid-downstream manufacturers and Taiwan’s advantages in the ICT industry have contributed to such an industrial scale that half of the world’s 100 million iPhones could not be made without this cluster. Taiwan’s CNC industry plays a crucial role in this regard.

Five-axis machine tool with domestically-produced advanced CNC controller

Five-axis machine tool with domestically-produced advanced CNC controller

ITRI President Dr. Jonq-Min Liu indicated in the inauguration ceremony that Taiwan has to step out of the low-end CNC red ocean market, and that key technology for CNC controllers is indispensable for achieving this. For a more mature industrial structure and greater value, the Machine Tools Technology Center will employ the strategy of “fast piecing-up of a jigsaw puzzle” to assist the CNC industry in developing the key technology for controllers and extending the reach of the technology to the market.

Dr. Lai-Sheng Chen stated that the Center, adjacent to the Central Taiwan Innovation Campus and the service industry in Taichung and Nantou, would focus on three major technologies: advanced CNC controllers, smart CNC and smart key modules. The Center will cooperate with the industrial and academic sectors as well as global partners to create a total solution that encompasses the design, manufacturing and application of domestically-produced controllers and machine tools. It will also develop the advanced CNC application software for smart machinery and the core technology for 3S (system/software/service) so that Taiwan will improve its whole-plant export capacity. R&D alliances will also enable the development of integrated technology in the aviation, green energy, biomedicine, and automobile industries.