SHAH ALAM, 14 July 2020: SIRIM is stepping up efforts to be the strategic partner for Smart Manufacturing and related services in the Asia Pacific, while being the primary destination for the high-tech industry as a total solutions provider for advanced technology.

The Smart Manufacturing Experience Centre, an initiative under the Centre of Excellence for Smart Manufacturing will enable SMEs to assess, learn and understand relevant platform or technology and use cases to propel the SMEs into the I4.0 era.

SIRIM President & Group Chief Executive, Ir Dr Ahmad Fadzil Mohamad Hani said the experience centre will enable local talents to develop solutions to address pain points in their production line or shop floor.

SIRIM will be collaborating with well-known international companies like Hitachi, Bosch Rexroth and Huawei in identifying affordable and suitable IT related solutions for Malaysian SMEs.

With close links to industry and understanding on Industry 4.0 technology, SIRIM is able to introduce new ideas and concepts, to be more efficient and productive through adoption of relevant platforms and technology such Additive manufacturing/3D printing, Augmented Reality, Automated Optical Inspection and Collaborative Robot (COBOT) to the local players, especially SMEs, Dr Ahmad Fadzil said.

The Smart Manufacturing Experience Centre aims:

  • To provide place for industry to learn and experience the application of Industry 4.0 technology
  • To provide a 'test bed' for companies to test using own data
  • To train industry and institute of higher learning on application of Industry 4.0 technology
  • To learn through the successful real use cases from SIRIM and collaborators

“There is a 'wait-and-see' attitude among most Malaysian companies. We want our people – be they SIRIM's scientists, engineers, standards secretaries or management system auditors – to be proactive and become agents of change in sharing new ideas, concepts, standards and technologies when they are on the ground," he added.

Dr Ahmad Fadzil said SIRIM has a wealth of programmes and initiatives to facilitate faster economic recovery, like the SIRIM-Fraunhofer programme. Rolled out in 2015, the programme is aimed at increasing the productivity of SMEs in the manufacturing sector via technology penetration and upgrading.

He said SIRIM plans to introduce new digital modalities to prepare manufacturers and industry at large for the new normal, post-COVID 19.

“In our commitment to building capabilities and capacities in the industry towards achieving higher productivity, we offer strategic solutions that are up to date with emerging trends and tailored to the needs of modern enterprises. SIRIM combines technological innovations with business-oriented disciplines to deliver quality products and services that are relevant to the marketplace," he added.