A Stupendous Experience at 2nd Smart Manufacturing and Industry 4.0 Forum – Part 2

It’s 2nd day of the conference! After a long breathtaking day yesterday, many enthusiastic participants arriving early on the second day too, engaging with the speakers and industry peers, exchanging name cards while looking forward for the conference to start.

Bob Gill, General Manager Southeast Asia of ARC Advisory Group, the Forum Chairman refresh the audiences with the highlights of Day 1 conference on 2nd Day of the conference.


First speaker of the day, Jim Roovers, Head of Head of Applied Data Science from Dyson, introducing the development and manufacturing of Dyson Digital Motor – One of the World’s Smallest and Fastest Motors.

Conventional motors are usually big and bulky; Dyson Digital Motor is much smaller in size, making the rotating assembly weigh lesser yet provides twice the suction power.

“We solve the problems others ignore. We engineer better technology and then explain why ours is better. The impossible spurs us on,”quoted Jim from the message of James Dyson, the founder of Dyson.

Jim also shared that Data Science has evolved a lot over the last years. It’s much more than just the statistics learned at school. It has evolved because of the advances in technology and the explosive growth in the amount of data that is collected. Therefore a more structured approach is needed to make sense of all of this and this information to develop the next generation of intelligent machines and manufacturing solution. The key areas in data science are Domain Expertise, Mathematics and Computer Science.

What comes to your mind when we mention Dyson? Vacuum Cleaner? Yes, but vacuum cleaner is one of their many applications such as Personal Care, Floorcare, Lighting, Environment Control, Professional products and Automotive. Look out for Dyson Car, launching within next few years.


Dr. Andreas Hauser, Director Digital Service from TUV SUD, shared with the audiences the 3 key observations on the industry adoption towards Industrie 4.0; there’s high percentage of companies planning to deploy Industrie 4.0 solutions by 2020 but there are still many lack of familiarity with Industrie 4.0 concepts. There’s lack of systematic approach to identify opportunities and high-impact initiatives.

“We need ecosystem to help companies excel in Industry 4.0 with the collaboration between technology provider, learning partners, environment and support from government to build an Agile Factory.”

Singapore EDB launched the Index Partners Network, a network consists of 4 categories and 11 partners including TUV SUD. Index Partners Network is to support manufacturers in executing their Industry 4.0 initiatives.

Manufacturers can make use of The Smart Industry Readiness Index, a diagnostic tool, to evaluate their organization’s readiness before engaging the Index Partners Network. SIRI helps companies to priorities and set their direction for digital transformation.

“Forming an efficient and effective Ecosystem is key for nationwide success of Industry Transformation” said Dr. Hauser.


Third speaker on stage is Mr Goh Puay Guan, Associate Professor from National University of Singapore. “The world is going digital,” showing the picture of Encyclopedia Britannica, Mr Goh continued “People used to have hardcopy of encyclopedia in the past. Now, with the rise of digitalization, there’s a decline in hardcopy, resulting in the end of print for Encyclopedia in 2012.”

For this transformation from hardcopy printing to digitalization, it do not happen overnight; it took after a period of time for transformation. It is also the same for Industry transformation; it will not be immediately but it will take place sooner as this is long term progress. It has enough time for us to prepare for the change.

Mr Goh shared with the audiences the next-generation of digital supply chain and how Industry 4.0 enables supply chain to reach the next level of operational effectiveness. Going digital means a platform for everyone to access easier but platform economics will still need operations and supply chain. It is important to know and understand the operation even when moving to digital or e-commerce business.

“Customers’ expectation are rising for better service and shorter lead-time.”

NUS is also a member of Singapore Economic Development Board’s (EDB) Smart Industry Readiness Index Partner Network. There’s network aids talent training and development for Industry 4.0 transformation.

NUS is introducing an interdisciplinary graduate programme, the 1st intake in August 2019. Master of Science (MSc) in Industry 4.0, a specially-tailored curriculum taps on expertise of NUS Schools with focus on respective areas of Industry 4.0.


Real case studies of Applied Advanced Analytics in the electronics manufacturing smart factory is the topic shared by Derek Ong, Industry 4.0 Program & Product Planning Manager from Keysight Technologies. Moving forward towards digitalization transformation for factory, Internet of Things (IoT) is the key enabler for networking of systems, equipment and factories.

In a research, about 64% of companies rely on experience to solve issues, 57% use data for prevention and approximately 25% of companies are still using Excel for data analysis.

With the use of Advanced Analytics, it enables smart factory to have foresight with predictive analytics and prescriptive analytics. We are able to predict what will happen and how can we make it happen? Currently, we can only use current data for hindsight and insight on the situation and problems.

Should companies build their own application or buy for this transformation? The answer to the “build and buy” question lies not in one or the other but rather somewhere in between,” advised Derek.

Derek shared Keysight’s PathWave Analytics with examples of successful profitable implementation of applied machine learning in the electronics manufacturing line, where measurement science meets data science.


Fraunhofer Singapore, the first Asian subsidiary of Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, is a cutting-edge applied research centre that takes real-world problems and apply solution in the field of interactive digital media to bring user-centred visual computing technology to the market.

Dr. Marius Erdt is the Deputy Director of Fraunhofer Singapore and Head of Visual and Medical Computing of Fraunhofer [email protected].

In his speech, he shared the different types of Virtual and Augmented Reality devices and how AR allow service technicians to visualize and identify problems ahead of a job. There are also different tracking in AR/VR tracking such as optical tracking, SLAM tracking and Model Based Tracking.

With the technology of AR/VR, it brings new vision to maintenance and repair of manufacturing equipment. Using visual analytics dashboards, factory can monitor, control and also use the data analysis for decision making.


Dr. Lim Chee Wang, Head of Digitalisation and Analytics of Makino Asia, shared with the audiences their Digital Transformation Journey in Makino. Before transformation, it is important to formulate a pragmatic digital transformation roadmap to align their business, objectives, technologies and data.

Transformation need the teamwork and collaboration from Top Down and Bottom Up approach. Planning, strategies and aligning from the management but operation has to be bottom up.

Makino starts digitalization about 1.5 to 2 years ago, they built layers of possibilities and discussion and decided to start with Automated Machining Factory.

The team decided to work on Sensorisation on their CNC machines. They listed down all the areas that they would like to place the sensors and match with the potential production improvement. Makino IoT Centre is equipped with diagnostic and predictive technologies to detect impending machine failures. With this service, Makino aims to achieve zero unplanned downtime for their customer and enhancement of customer service quality.


Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore is driving digital transformation in the Maritime Sector, spearheading this digitalization initiatives is Ms Wendy Teo, Assistant Director from Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore.

Sharing the challenges and opportunities in the Maritime Industry, MPA is working on Industry Consolidation and emergence of mega-alliances and it is critical to anchor key shipping lines / alliances and entrench their operations in Singapore. They are working to transform Maritime Singapore and ride the wave of innovation-driven growth and move up the value chain.

“Transformation is not easy but with the challenges and learning curve, we can take to the flight,” said Wendy.

Founded by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore and the National University of Singapore (NUS), “Port Innovation Ecosystem Reimagined at BLOCK71” (PIER71) is the entrepreneurial marina for the region’s maritime innovation. Their aim to grown a dynamic innovation ecosystem by building talent and creating opportunities for exchanging of ideas.


Leonard Thangavelu, Country Manager (ASEAN & ANZ) from Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce & Industry, International Representative Office – Singapore, shared UAE strategy for Smart Manufacturing and Industry 4.0. Their key areas of focus are Adoption of Robotic Healthcare, Intelligent Genomic Medicine, Innovation Education and Intelligent & interactive government services 24/7.

Achieving future security of water and food supply, enhancing economic security through blockchain technologies, develop robotics and autonomous vehicle technologies and plan for future cities are parts of their aims for Industry 4.0.

Leonard shared case studies of how companies like Masdar City, Strata Manufacturing and NIMR Automotive in Abu Dhabi transition from traditional manufacturing to modern advanced manufacturing, leveraging on technologies.

“Abu Dhabi will host the 18th United Nations Industrial Development Organization General Conference in Nov 2019.” Announced Leonard.


Quality 4.0 in the Era of Industry 4.0 is the topic shared by Joseph Micsko, Operations Director from PSC Biotech. Joseph explained “Quality 4.0 is a new approach to manufacturing where production is not just gauged based upon output rate and cost but on the quality of the product, quality of the process and the quality of the services provided surrounding the product.”

Quality 4.0 is about how technology improves different elements like culture, collaboration, competency and leadership. The other elements include data, analytics, connectivity, app development, scalability, compliance and management systems.

With quality in connectivity, it connected people leveraging with smart & wearable device. It connect products by providing feedback on performance across lifecycle.

With quality in management systems, it provides scalable solution with automated workflows, improve data veracity and fosters collaboration with a common app.


Fenny Chandra, Head of SCM Ops Excellence from Bizzy Distribution, shared with the audiences about Sinar Mas Agribusinesses and Food case study.

Sinar Mas, the Largest Integrated Agribusiness Company in Indonesia, operates 6 pillars of businesses in pulp & paper, real estate, financial services, agribusiness, telecommunications and mining.

Besides the 6 pillars of businesses, Sinar Mas also supports holistic transformation across value chain by integration of synergistic business giving the opportunity in B2B underserved market, promoting clean economy thru transparency, efficient and accountability. Their Technology as DNA inclusive of business ecosystem that lead to the launch of Bizzy Group.

Bizzy Group is an integrated B2B Supply Chain Company to underpin a clean economy. Bizzy Group consists of Bizzy Commerce, Bizzy Logistics and Bizzy Distribution.

Customer changing demand to be timeliness, visibility and flexibility. Bizzy had implemented digitizing by changing the ways of working, collects new data points and using integrated cloud-based IT. They are working towards Smart & Predictive 4.0 to have real time decision. Journey of Bizzy Distribution in 4.0 include dynamic transport routing, predictive replenishment and Smart Warehouse.


Tan Chee Peng, Group CEO of Business Technovise International/Team SYNthesis (Mauritius & Africa), is a humble and practical Industry 4.0 practitioner with 33 years of experience.

Using an interactive & lively legendary game changer stories, addressing the Elephants in the Room, Chee Peng shared with the participants the key success factors for Business 4.0.

What’s the answer to the Elephants in the Room? Value. Yes, it’s value. Value is the Mindset for Industry 4.0. We need to accelerate Operational Excellence. We need to integrate New & Existing Capabilities and Technologies. We need to manage information and innovation as Critical Enablers and also focus on Change Adaptation because I40 is a People Business & Not Technology.

Digital Employees & i40 Mindset.

In the earlier Industry 1.0 to 3.0, we focus on Empowering Corporations but for Industry 4.0, it is Empowering People. i40 focus on “Doing the RIGHT HUMAN Thing (Happily, Unifying, Machine And Nature) and CFS – We need to adapt Change, do thing Flexibility and also Up Skill.

The workforce trends. The global working population is expected to increase by 485 million people between 2017 and 2027. Millennials are going to be 75% of the world’s workforce by 2025. Of all age groups, millennials are the most likely to quit a job because of substandard technology. 82% said that workplace technology would influence their choice to accept a new job. Many Digital Employee will only work for Digital Organization.

Mr Tan also shared what are STEMA 4.0 Challenges – In Singapore, only 9-18% of graduates chose physical science, mathematics, life sciences and engineering because many will go for satisfying career. We need Engineering the Future Workforce with WHOLE Learning, Project-Based Learning, Soft Skills and eLearning.

After three full days, 2nd Smart Manufacturing and Industry 4.0 Forum come to an end. Learners leaving the room with Valuable Key Takeaways from all the speakers. It was a stupendous experience!

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