HIT Robot Group, which claims to be China’s leading robotics developer and manufacturer, has launched a configurable and flexible automatic production line for high-precision jade processing.
This company says the intelligent production line exemplifies “a revolutionary transformation in design concept” from centralized control to enhanced decentralized control, which leads to scalable customization, greater flexibility for users, and therefore rapid response to market.
HRG says it has channelled its expertise in intelligent processing management into the new production line to achieve productivity and flexibility.
Zhu Lei, HRG’s vice president, says: “By uploading real-time data to the Internet, the production line can map its capability with dynamic product requests, and therefore making fast adjustment to market changes and accordingly allocating idle resources.”
HRG’s new jade processing line goes beyond scalability and flexibility since it has adopted modularity in design. This means customized production can be accomplished within merely a few replacements of modules, units and devices.
Customization therefore extends to process and to workflow and can even be adapted to manufacture building materials, 3C products, and precision devices apart from processing jades.
HRG also managed to significantly boost automation level of its newly launched production line. Throughout picking raw materials to carving, polishing, and to stocking, the jade processing line requires minimum workforce.
This not only cuts convert cost, but also avoids possible waste due to inexperienced manpower, says the company.
Jade in Chinese culture is closely associated with wealth and social status.
Zhu Lei adds: “It is also due to the preciousness of the stone that jade carving used to relying heavily on handwork and craftsmanship. However, with HRG’s jade processing line, which is also known as the ‘Super Craft’, the industry is expecting a shift to a more information-driven and intelligent mode.”
The production line is now supplying jade products in Yunnan, a province located at southwest of China with rich jade resources and traditional arts.