FUJI MACHINE MFG. CO., LTD. as a member of a group of 12 electronics industry players, participated in a Nokia initiated initiative called “Factory in a box”.
The “factory in a box” concept aims to set up a production line in freight containers, which can be packaged and transported as an agile production system, ensuring operation in just a few hours. Due to several factors, the Fuji NXT (NXT III) placement machine has been nominated for this project. Its high valuation by Nokia is due to the fact that the NXT is the smallest placement machine in the world that works with high accuracy in placement, and that Nokia has been using Fuji placement machines for many years.
Potential uses for this concept include:
- Response to changes in demand – The container can be driven to a location, run production for the required volume, and then be moved again as needed.
- New product introduction – With new products, time to market is a competitive advantage. By moving the “factory in a box” to partner companies, prototyping can be done quickly, and fixes quickly performed and tested.
- Disaster recovery – When a site is hit by a natural disaster, business continuity plans kick in, but can take time. With a spare portable factory, critical customer orders can still be achieved in a timely manner.
Fuji has been promoting the smart factory, which makes having high-quality and highly efficient SMT lines a reality. By joining the “factory in a box” group, the Fuji Smart Factory can be connected to a cloud-based Manufacturing Execution System. We are creating Industry 4.0 by equipping Fuji Smart Factory with this agile production system, which aims to bring production close to consumers around the world.