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.
“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
The industry has undergone 4 evolutions throughout the years towards a more automation centric theme. The global industry is moving towards Industry 4.0
Robotics Malaysia was included in MOSTI’s “Industry 4.0 Initiatives” Proposal in October 2017. It was also taken up by MoF for their internal review: MoF has requested Robotics Malaysia to collaborate with Cyberview’s Futurise Centre initiative.
MOHE Robotics Research Consortium (MRRC) will also play a major role in the robotics ecosystem in Malaysia. The MRRC plays a major role in the preparation of skilled human resource, expertise, facilities & infrastructure as well as research & development of robotics technology. The diagram below illustrates the role played by the MRRC:
Naturally, the different organizations and players within the robotics industry will work together in creating a sustainable robotics industry ecosystem. A clear picture of how Robotic Malaysia fits into the robotics ecosystem can be seen in the diagram below: