How CNC machine tools are powering China’s industrial segment


Many people may not be familiar with CNC machine tools, but it forms the foundation for many industrial segments and manufacturing industries. Like its name suggests, CNC (computer numerical control) machine tools uses computers to precisely control machine tools. Whether in the automotive, aerospace and aviation, energy and power, metallurgy or chemical industries, CNC machine tools are mission critical.


The modern manufacturing process involves complex machinery and advanced equipment, which conventionally, would require trained operators to keep running. With CNC machine tools, these can be automated through programming. As a mechatronic solution, CNC machine tools can handle a wide variety of highly complex issues with precision parts. It is a flexible, performance-driven automated machine tool that truly represents the future of the industry.


Given the precision work that CNC machine tools are used for, it should come as little surprise that global R&D efforts are presently directed at improving accuracy. This has always been an important indicator of the worth of a CNC machine tool, but developers are now seeking to push the boundaries with greater dimensional accuracy, shape accuracy, surface handling as well as micro-processing technique innovations. While this is welcome news to all users of CNC machine tools, the China Machinery Industry Federation has reported on another development trend that would be of specific interest to the domestic market.

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Powering intelligent manufacturing

Particularly in China, where rising labour costs is creating the appearance of labour shortage in certain segments, CNC machine tools have immense potential in another application area—intelligent manufacturing. Chinese businesses are increasingly turning to intelligent manufacturing to sidestep the issue of manpower availability. In such instances, equipment reliability is of the utmost importance or more, specifically, high performance machines that can run uninterrupted for up to 720 hours.


Despite the size of China’s industrial segments and its gradual shift towards intelligent manufacturing, however, the country’s CNC machine tool market is still relatively young. Businesses are using imported systems, of which Germany’s Siemens and Japan’s FANUC control about 80% of the world’s market share. The two brands are quite distinct, with the Siemens 840D standing for open, interoperable systems that American and European users tend to favour. Japan’s FANUC, along with other brands like Mitsubishi and Mori Seiki, also lead the mainstream CNC machine tool market. For Chinese companies, this means a heavy reliance on imported tools that require highly specialised, and potentially expensive, maintenance work—unless they have access to a reliable technical services provider locally.


Local services, global standards

A huge appetite for CNC machine tools in China has spurred an associated demand for technical services but the market is still highly fragmented.


Having been part of China’s industrial development for over 100 years, Jebsen Industrial understands the changing needs of domestic companies. To help them make the most of CNC technology in a cost-effective manner, its Technical Services Division offers a suite of services designed specifically for CNC machine tools. It has established cooperation agreements with leading suppliers of CNC machine tools, and continues to pursue additional partnerships, so that it can become a one-stop trusted provider of CNC technical services to domestic companies.


> Emergency repair services and corrective maintenance – Available 24/7 to support customers’ intelligent manufacturing systems for 720 hours of continuous operation.

> Preventive maintenance – Regular, time-based maintenance services to lower the risk of unplanned downtime and associated losses for customers.

> Motor spindle repairs – As one of the highest cost components of machine tools, a spindle’s lifespan averages 8,000 hours. To help customers manage replacement costs, spindle maintenance includes the testing, maintenance and replacement of worn parts to extend lifespan.

> Condition-based maintenance – The professional monitoring of diagnostic and testing equipment and generation of operational status assessment reports to predict machine failure and preempt losses from downtime and repair.


Packaged for specific needs

The Technical Services Division also offers its services as a packaged bundle to better cater to each customer’s needs. A good example is its service agreement with Mitec-Jebsen , a joint venture business between Jebsen Industrial and Mitec Holdings.


Mitec-Jebsen uses a variety of advanced CNC machines to produce its high-performance balance shaft systems. I 2013, it raised production capacity to one million units in order to meet growing customer demand. Because ensuring that its Dalian factory runs smoothly is critical to its business, Mitec-Jebsen contracted Jebsen Industrial’s Technical Services Division to provide maintenance services and 24/7 emergency response for it. With a dedicated team supporting Mitec-Jebsen , the Technical Services Division has demonstrated that its business is in protecting its customers’ business.


To learn how Jebsen Industrial’s Technical Services Division can help you succeed in Greater China, or for more information on the CNC machine tools services featured here, please contact us here.