BUKIT LANJAN: Parents must start ‘thinking out of the box’ for their children to acquire the right working skills

To really appreciate the role of Robotics Malaysia, one must first understand the meaning of Industry 4.0, its core technologies and the importance of pursuing a sustainable industry 4.0 ecosystem.
What is Industry 4.0?
“Industry 4.0 is a name for the current trend of automation and data exchange in manufacturing technologies. It includes cyber-physical systems, the Internet of things, cloud computing and cognitive computing. Industry 4.0 creates what has been called a “smart factory”. Within the modular structured smart factories, cyber-physical systems monitor physical processes, create a virtual copy of the physical world and make decentralized decisions. Over the Internet of Things, cyber-physical systems communicate and cooperate with each other and with humans in real time, and via the Internet of Services, both internal and cross-organizational services are offered and used by participants of the value chain. In addition to this, these technologies enable mass customization of manufacturing products. The production systems become more flexible in order to be adapted to the needs of the individuals. Moreover, Industry 4.0 allows the development of new business models which may contribute to radically new ways of interaction in the whole value chain.” – Wikipedia … for more, go to http://myras.org/index.php/robotics-malaysia/ 

BUKIT LANJAN: Parents must start ‘thinking out of the box’ for their children to acquire the right working skills

It is heartening to read news that Mamee is ready to use RM2 million worth of robotics technology for its manufacturing line.

Mamee, a Malaysian food manufacturer, had gone through a trial period using the technology and will be robotics fully operational next month, starting with the production of instant noodles right up to the packaging stage.

“This shows Malaysian manufacturers had started to embrace new technology. It is likely many other Malaysian manufacturers had also similarly embraced new technology to remain competitive domestically and globally,” Gerakan Deputy Speaker Syed Abdul Razak Alsagoff said.

He said although new technologies could be disruptive in many ways, “it is the reality that we all have to face”.

“Yes. Robotics will reduce jobs and workforce. But factory workers can also adapt and upgrade themselves with new skills related to robotics to remain employable,” he added.

The Malaysia Automation Technology Association was established on January 27, 2012 with the primary objective to be the voice of the Automation Technology Industry. The organization was formerly known as the FMM-Automation Technology Industry Group (FMM-ATIG) and operated under the aegis of the Federation of Malaysian Manufacturers. With the need to reach out and to further serve the common interests of its members, business community and the nation, they became a legal entity and expanded its membership to include individuals and also students of higher learning institutions … for more, go to http://automation.org.my/

Syed Razak, who is Gerakan’s nominee to contest N.37 Bukit Lanjan in the coming 14th General Election (GE14), said the 21st Century digital world or era necessitates parents to “start thinking out of the box” when planning for their children’s education.

“There are already too many doctors and lawyers in Malaysia. That’s because the majority of parents, especially the Chinese, continue to only hope for their children to grow up to be doctors or lawyers.

“This is backward thinking. There are more skills to learn in the digital world than in the 20th Century. As long as our children are educated and learn or acquire the right working skills, their future will be bright,” he added.

This is national news agency Bernama’s report on Mamee as posted by The Star Online:

"Mamee to adopt robotics technology worth RM2mil
Tuesday, 23 Jan 2018
4:56 PM MYT

Bernama pix.

MELAKA: Food and beverage manufacturer Mamee-Double Decker (M) Sdn Bhd will be adopting Japanese robotics technology worth RM2mil for its instant cup noodles production beginning next month.

Group chief operating officer Datuk Pang Tee Nam said the use of the technology is in line with the industry’s requirement to safeguard quality of products, cleanliness and food safety, thus enabling the company to remain competitive in the challenging market.

“We have gone through a trial period using the technology before it is being be fully operational next month, starting with the production of instant noodles right up to the packaging stage.

“This is the first time we are using this technology, and we expect that it will boost the production of instant cup noodles and minimising reliance on manpower,” he told reporters after receiving Melaka Unity and Consumer Affairs Committee Chairman Datuk Lai Meng Chong at the company’s factory in Ayer Keroh here, today.

Also present was Mamee-Double Decker Chief Executive Officer Datuk Gary Choo.

Pang said the technology would boost the production of the cup noodles by 10 per cent, adding that the production rate was currently at 300 cup noodles per minute.

He said the technology led to a leaner manpower of between two and four workers per production line from between eight and 10 workers with the conventional method.

Pang said the technological adoption was also supported by the Malaysian Investment Development Authority.

Meanwhile, he said the company’s joint-venture with South Korea’s Shinsegae Food to produce halal instant noodles, sauces and flavourings, involving an investment worth RM50mil is expected to be completed this year.

“The collaboration will be able to boost production and enable the company to penetrate the South Korean market,” he said.

On another note, Pang said the company would be producing one million bottles of limited edition of spicy prawn-flavoured Mister Potato snacks, as well as ‘Mamee Express’ 6+2 instant cup noodles (tom yam, chicken, curry and vegetable flavours) in conjunction with the upcoming Chinese New Year celebration. - Bernama



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