Robotics Malaysia

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

 

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–Related Technologies are Core Technologies in the Building Blocks of Industry 4.0

Robotics In Malaysia: Gaps and Needs

  • The Malaysian Robotics and Automation Society (MyRAS) have been working with the Sectoral Policy Division of MITI to identify capacity and capability needs of Malaysia in robotics since 2014.
  • A report in 2015 established the gaps and needs that must be addressed to assist in the development of the robotics ecosystem that will ultimately contribute to the evolution of Malaysian industries to Industry 4.0

Robotics In Malaysia: Gaps and Needs (MyRAS report 2015)

Towards addressing the demands of the robotic industry in Malaysia, 5 professional levels of skilled workers and 7 knowledge areas have been identified.

Robotics Malaysia : 

  • In 2016, The management of MTDC decided that MTDC should assist in the development of the robotics ecosystem in Malaysia
  • MTDC have been collaborating with MyRAS and UTM to develop strategies and implementation plans
  • This partnership have developed the idea of Robotics Malaysia: a hub/centre with the following objectives:

Objectives

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)

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:

The Bigger Picture

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: