The latest buzzword today on technology is Industry 4.0. i4.0 is the fourth industrial revolution. With automation and artificial intelligence deployed in production, cost of production will be less location dependent. i4.0 is something that will help push the industry to the next level of excellence.
In September 2017, PSMB allocated funding for MPMA to undertake a Pilot Programme – “First Step to Injection Moulding 4.0”. Four companies were selected to participate in this Programme, namely, LH Plus Sdn Bhd, Mah Sing Plastics Industries Sdn Bhd, Plasform Sdn Bhd and Triplus Industry Sdn Bhd.
FSIM4.0 incorporates training, consultancy, digitisation solutions and setting up of a Model Factory Cell. The training constitutes four modules:
- Scientific Moulding Programme Programme
- Smart Manufacturing Programme
- First Step to Smart Maintenance
- Lean and Robot Based Automation Programme
The participants to the training programmes have progressed well and have passed all necessary exams to advance to the subsequent levels. All four companies have started setting up the Model Factory Cell (MFC), with some even advancing into setting up their own Production Control Tower (PCT). All four companies have also set up their digitalisation solutions/smart data and have started collecting data for the optimisation and lean exercises.
MPMA is keen to replicate what is learnt and achieved in these 4 companies in other member companies in the industry, and we are clear in our mind that our members must embrace the changes that is necessary for them to compete in the international market.