Kibing Group, one of China’s leading float glass producers, has chosen Malaysia to be the first country in this region it is investing in with a physical plant. Optimistic on the outlook of the glass industry within the ASEAN region, Kibing is investing USD 200 million in acquiring 128 acres of land within Tuanku Jaafar Industrial Park of Senawang, Negeri Sembilan to build two glass float lines with pyrolithic coating capability.
Employing up to 500 people, the facility can produce 1,200 tonnes of float glass a day and will represent a significant contribution to the region’s growing need for glass. Kibing is also looking to expand its production plant during the second phase of development, to include an ultra-thin glass production line, as well as a fourth line with a capacity of 1,000 tonnes.
Kibing was seeking a cost-effective and quality-driven digital sound system with easy expansion options to cater to its future growth. It became crucial for them to search for a partner who could provide a network based sound integration solution that is flexible, stable and suitable for use in a factory of this scale.
TOA Electronics (M) Sdn Bhd (TEM), a subsidiary of TOA was chosen to provide the PA system integration for the Kibing plant because of their established reputation in the field of sound systems. With over 80 years of experience in this market segment, TOA’s vast range of products and its quality has been proven to be amongst the best in the field. TEM standardized on the use of their new Hybrid IP-3000 system which is a fully network compatible audio management system using TOA’s proprietary “Packet Audio” technology. The IP-3000 system is capable of providing accurate and instant audio transmission over the entire network.
The system itself is specifically designed to cater to large area interfacing installation such as this. Together with the help of TEM’s system integrator, Kejuruteraan Bintai Kindenko Sdn Bhd and J.Roger Preston (M) Sdn Bhd as the project’s Mechanical & Electrical consultants, TEM took on the project with the aim of delivering a simple system composition with virtually no limitation to expansion.
A Considering that this is the first installation of the new IP-3000 system in the Southeast Asia region, challenges were aplenty from software configurations right up to the setting up of the entire system operation and rack assembly which has to match the requirement of the Kibing plant. In a facility of this size, a reliable PA system is needed to ensure that all time schedule is being followed accurately.
TEM’s team of diligent engineers received strong support from their R&D department in Kobe, Japan and their regional HQ in Singapore. Because of this frequent coordination, all issues were easily overcome and the quality of work was maintained at the highest possible level in line with Japanese working culture.