Malaysia Automotive, Robotics and IoT Institute (MARii) has been actively engaging the players in the segment to embrace the Industry 4.0.
The agency under the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI), previously the Malaysia Automotive Institute (MAI) affirms that the Fourth Industrial Revolution or Industry 4.0 foresees the world embracing new technologies, with traditional methods have giving way to new systems which require a new set of skills – especially in the automotive industry which is based on a global platform.
MARii’s Industry 4.0 programme was launched in 2016, catering to 9 key pillars to accelerate the adoption of Industry 4.0 into the automotive sector:
As Malaysian talent becomes the core focus for Industry 4.0 compliance, MARii’s Industry 4.0 Training Programme hosted by MARii started in 2018 and has successfully empowered the local automotive industry with the skillsets required in the new technology battlefields.
The programme is designed to not only cater to the multi-national companies, but penetrating small and medium enterprises (SMEs) that have their eyes set on expansion in the global value chain.
Additive Manufacturing Training
Introducing the fundamental of 3D modelling and topology optimisation, the programme that is hosted by MARii promotes Additive Manufacturing technology and provides necessary training, targeting local engineers and deisgners in the automotive industry.
Trainees are introduced to Computer Aided Product and Process Design (via CATIA), and Generative Design Explorer (GDE) in two levels of training: Fundamental and Intermediate.
The ten-day session held in 2018 has successfully trained 163 participants, exceeding its initial target of 150.
Augmented Reality Workshop
Augmented Reality (AR), prepares local talents for this disruptive technology that enhances visualization at the design stage.
The potentials of AR applications lead to reduced design lead time and better cost efficiency in the development stage of products and processes.
The AR training programme includes two course modules: 1. Blender: Fundamentals of 3D modelling 2. Blender: Modelling a Bugatti Chiron 3. Unity3D: Fundamentals of Application Development 4. Unity3D: Creating an AR Car Configurator Application
As at December 2018, a total of 950 participants have successfully undergone the programme.
These training sessions will continue until 2020 with the objective of increasing the skill of Malaysia’s workforce in the automotive manufacturing segment.
Technology adoption programmes developed since 2014
Since 2014, numerous technology adoption programmes have been developed by MARii to cater to industry needs, from the product design stage all the way to the aftersales sector. Among the programmes are:
Design Engineering & Prototyping (DEP)
Manufacturing Execution System (MES)
Computer Aided Engineering (CAE)
Automotive i-Cloud Computing
MARii Automotive Garage Information System (MAGIS)
The programmes above have benefitted more than 2400 technical talents and 2200 companies within the automotive sectors, especially in the fields of product & process design, design validation, and workshop inventory enhancement.
Between 2014 and 2018, more than RM56 million has been allocated to the development of skilled talent and businesses through the Industry 4.0 programmes conducted by MARii.
MARii is looking to further increase this budget in 2019, and will announce its technology adoption allocation to members of the media this week.
Those interested to find out more about MARii’s technology adoption programs can find more information at www.marii.my, or contact MARii through its various social media channels at @MARiiMalaysia (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube and Instagram).