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Introduction One key transformation in manufacturing has been the shift towards Industry 4.0. In recent years, another shift has taken place- the growing awareness of manufacturing on the environment and an increased scrutiny on sustainability in businesses.
As the industry continues its digital transformation journey, there is a need for solutions that provide the end-user and OEM with simplified license management, helping to avoid high costs due to overages in pay-per-use and usage-based models.
3M introduces a new platform called 3M Futures which explores five forward-looking science and technology trends impacting the world today — and their implications for tomorrow.
What manufacturers can do to avoid the pitfalls of another “black swan event”? IAA’s interview with Suraj Kamath, Director Industry Consulting – Manufacturing APAC, SAS, discusses these issues and more.
Disruptive year puts the spotlight on the value of business resilience as Singapore claims the region’s top ranking, according to 2021 FM Global Resilience Index.
The more distributed its users, and the more devices that connect remotely, the greater the potential attack surface area for threat actors. Keeping this attack surface limited and protected is arguably one of the biggest challenges facing businesses today.
Luke Gear, Principal Analyst at IDTechEx, explores six key future mobility trends, drawing from IDTechEx Subscription research.
The Sophos Rapid Response team has so far seen AvosLocker attacks in the Americas, Middle East and Asia-Pacific, targeting Windows and Linux systems.
Is leveraging on Industry 4.0 technologies key to remaining resilient in the manufacturing industry? Sandeep Bhargava from Rackspace Technology sheds some light on the matter.
Multinational enterprise software company Infor provides the top three supply chain predictions for 2022 and global supply chain trends that are likely to persist in the long-term.
Nearly two years into the pandemic, business leaders in Southeast Asia are set to build back better by investing in a robust omnichannel approach, diversifying their supply chains, and focusing on employees and business continuity, according to a new industry report released today.
The article takes a look at ten examples of real-world manufacturing examples from Asia Pacific (APAC) that have adopted digital manufacturing with varying success.
Oil & Gas firms face a myriad of operational, commercial, and existential threats. According to global technology intelligence firm ABI Research, Oil & Gas firms are turning to digitalisation to combat these threats and will spend US$15.6 billion on digital technologies in 2030.
Programmable logic controllers (PLCs) are at the core of almost any automated system. They’ve been used in manufacturing for decades and are known for their reliability and ability to withstand harsh operating conditions. However, embedded systems can perform the same function for a fraction of the price.
Transforming traditional processes and realising digital benefits to drive future growth potential of global carriers.
By embracing the power and capabilities of modern data technologies, energy companies can be well placed to meet future challenges and extract value from all of their assets.
The global research report finds that nearly all senior business decision-makers (96 percent) surveyed report data strategies as essential to their organisations’ positive performance, including an average of 5.97 percent higher profit growth.
Preventative measures plants can take to keep their conveyor belts running smoothly during the e-commerce peak season.
An in-depth look into what makes the technology of VFlowTech’s batteries cost-efficient for utility scale implementation ensuring the installation of green EV charging stations are powered by renewable sources.
Kofax, a supplier of Intelligent Automation software for digital workflow transformation, unveiled its top 10 predictions for 2022 as businesses navigate the new challenges accelerated – and in some cases, caused – by the global pandemic.
The 10th edition of TechInnovation presented an array of opportunities to catalyse technology transfer and partnerships for business growth.
Artificial intelligence, edge and cloud computing integration, workforce augmentation, and more, identified as key adoption areas for industrial automation players.
According to Gartner, the tech trend of 2021 is hyperautomation — a business approach of automating as many processes as possible. Gartner predicts that, by 2024, hyperautomation will help organisations reduce operational costs by 30 percent.
In this interview, IAA finds out how improved repair capabilities for energy-efficient GE HA gas turbines will introduce new technology instrumental in easing the transition towards renewables with cleaner, efficient gas power.
When you have a wide, heavy rubber belt, the motor power required to move it and the increased mechanical strain on the system can lead to rising costs, both in energy use and maintenance requirements.
The IDTechEx report finds Renault, BYD, and Hyundai all announced new 800V vehicle platforms which will adopt silicon carbide MOSFETs in their power electronics through to 2025.
New Zebra study shows the pharmaceutical industry has a trust problem, but industry leaders say they’re trying to become more transparent.
The author suggests organisations that are reliant on IT systems and data to keep their operations running at optimal efficiency explore the power of lithium-ion as a backup power source.
Germany’s largest distributor of pharmaceuticals – Transpharm Logistik, part of Teva Pharmaceutical Industries – relies on application-specific modular autonomous robots from Toolify Robotics, a start-up from Ulm University of Technology, to pick promotional materials.
Singapore takes the lead as the only country in APAC to achieve two out of the five United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, according to latest research report by Autodesk.
The journey to the factory of the future starts with connecting factory assets—adding sensors to machines and equipment to collect data, then monitoring and adjusting operations accordingly.
The revamped facility offers Southeast Asia customers local calibration services for a broader range of instrumentation devices.
The Asia Pacific region mirrors trends in Europe, where 42 percent of data center operators believe there is not enough skilled labour to deliver increased capacity requirements.
Averaging across industries, companies can now expect supply chain disruptions lasting a month or longer to occur every 3.7 years, and the most severe events take a major financial toll.
Companies and suppliers are dealing with an unprecedented number of hurdles to meet increasing demand amid global pressure on supply chains.
Siemens’ AM Network digitalises the additive manufacturing workflows (order-to-delivery process chain) of their customers and partners, as well as enables them to apply additive manufacturing on an industrial-grade and to scale their business.
Multinational conglomerate General Electric announced recently, it will split into three separate, publicly-traded companies in the latest move by the industrial giant to shore up its fortunes.
Schneider appoints Philippe Rambach as first Chief AI Officer (CAIO) and establishes a global AI Hub focused on data and analytics.
The path to digitisation starts with remote-focused services and experiences, but it requires concerted innovation from both the software and hardware fronts.
Here, John Young, APAC sales director at automation parts supplier EU Automation, assesses some of the latest research on manufacturer downtime and the steps manufacturers are taking to address the problem.
A recent Industry 4.0 drivers online survey found financial capability as a key challenge in adopting Industry 4.0.
Although, there are varying opinions about the strategies building owners and managers should employ to recover from the effects of the pandemic, its structural effects, and resulting economic disruption, “business as usual” shouldn’t be part of the plan.
In 2020, the APAC region accounted for 43 percent of the global general manufactured goods market. With a strong focus and huge investment in the region, production systems and operations need to evolve and innovate to improve speed and productivity to meet this rising demand.
It’s becoming increasingly evident that organisations who do not have an omni-channel fulfilment strategy risk losing out on major avenues and opportunities for growth.
49 percent of IT teams in Singapore say the attacks targeting their organisation were too advanced for them to deal with on their own.
Recent events such as the Maersk Eindhoven and Essen container losses in the Pacific have put into sharp focus the need for digitalisation in the cargo market. Until recently, the data has not been available, but this is quickly changing. The author examines why the market must grasp the benefits that data can deliver.
The author highlights how manufacturing companies in every industry can leverage AR/VR to facilitate efficient equipment management and optimise the production process, as well as usher in the next era of manufacturing, which is Industry 4.0.
If organisations, regardless of their size, are not proactive in preventing such attacks, these trends are likely to continue even after the pandemic subsides.
A successful attack on critical infrastructure could disable or destroy production lines and industrial processes, leave cities in the dark or shut off critical lifesaving technologies. The repercussions are grave and difficult to bounce back from.
Schneider Electric addresses the misperception that modernising control systems means jeopardising operational safety and money.
The authors make the case for a deliberate effort to steer technological advances in a direction that enhances the role of human workers.
Public and Private Sector Actions Are Gaining Momentum in Disrupting Cybercrime Supply Chains.
Conservationists Are Urging Electric Car And Technology Companies Not To Support Or Use Resources Derived From Deep-sea Mining
According to Statista, the global market for robotic solutions is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 26 percent and will reach just under US$210 billion by 2025.
An inside look at how technology advancements are making automation solutions more accessible to warehouse and logistic operators of all sizes.
Due to the endless drive to source from low-cost suppliers, modern supply chains have gotten incredibly complex.
The challenges facing industry at the moment are tough: supply chain disruptions, recurring lockdowns and lingering travel restrictions, to name just a few.
IAA spoke with Lim Chong Bong, president of ASEAN, Korea, and India, Hexagon on the recent opening of his company’s innovation centre.
As the CPG industry accelerates in the digital era, rapidly changing and less predictable consumer behaviour is redefining how competitive advantage is established and maintained.
Digitalisation has a leading role to play in reducing emissions and combatting climate change, arguably two of the greatest challenges of our age.
Printed circuit board (PCB) of all sizes are an indispensable part of many of the electronics we depend on every day.
Delta recently helped a PCB plant in China to improve production efficiency by introducing its original articulated robot and machine vision system.
The rapid evolution of market trends in Asia spurs the rise of new business and consumption models. Southeast Asia’s boom in startup companies is creating a new customer group for machine makers who fill in market gaps left by traditional, less agile businesses. Yet limited business scale and capital means some market-savvy startups have no …
Now more than ever, a leaner, stronger, and smarter supply chain is crucial for organisations and industries to adapt and excel in this new normal.
In 2013, the German government unveiled its Industry 4.0 strategy and kicked off a global race toward a new era of digitalisation and smart manufacturing.
Industry 4.0, the next evolution in industrial manufacturing, promises to deliver true integration of IT and OT, enabling dramatic improvements in efficiency while reducing costs.
Here’s why industrial robots are the perfect addition to achieve fast and precise automated production in a range of conditions.
While the scale of the pandemic and its effects on society and the economy is unique, for procurement planning, it represents only one of many external factors.
You probably haven’t thought much about screw threads lately, but they make do make an appearance in our daily lives, from bottle tops to flatpack furniture and just about every machine used in manufacturing.
Over the last several years, much has been written about the large economic potential of Industry 4.0 and related digitisation initiatives.
This time last year, global executives were mid-air on the way to Switzerland for the annual World Economic Forum meeting in Davos.
IAA spoke with Christian Ploner, Go-to-Market Manager Service Solutions and Min Ling Chan, VP, Head of Industrial R&D, Industrial Asia Pacific, Schaeffler on Concept1 and automation trends to expect in 2021.
In the age of Industry 4.0, the manufacturing industry was gaining more momentum than ever—until the outbreak of Covid-19 threw a spanner in the works.
New precision irrigation carriage reduces water and fertiliser consumption by 75 percent – e-chain in a trough guides hoses with additional energy saving.
EVs and internal combustion engine vehicles are likely to reach sticker price parity sometime in the next decade.
During today’s times of profound change, some manufacturing organisations are falling into the trap of trying to maintain existing processes
Covid-19 has impacted global supply chains to varying degrees. What risk management lessons can we learn from our experience?
As the coronavirus pandemic evolves, the focus is now firmly on response. But the recovery may be even more challenging.
IAA interviewed Marcelo Tarkiieltaub, regional director of Southeast Asia, Rockwell Automation on digital transformation best practice.
In process industries today, all organisations, regardless of their level of smart machine sophistication, are interested in reducing downtime
Singapore is set to open a new manufacturing training office amid a renewed drive to upgrade the country’s local workforce.
Innovative digital technologies go hand in hand with sustainability when it comes to increasing business performance and resilience.
How has Schneider Electric been managing their global supply chain during the COVID-19 pandemic and what steps have had the most positive impact?
The Covid-19 pandemic has changed how many companies view the necessity for digital transformation and their use of data.
Cars are tech-powered devices that can enhance your life, and machine learning is behind the wheel of innovation. By Vincent Tang, regional VP, Asia, Epicor
As businesses continue to embrace IoT, the sheer quantity of connected devices in warehousing today opens innumerable points of access for cyberattacks with costly repercussions.
Industry 4.0 has long been hailed as a new frontier for Asia’s businesses, particularly the manufacturing sector which is the lifeblood of many of the region’s economies.
A rising wave of automation and digitalisation is sweeping across Asia. Can Singapore stay competitive amid this growing shift towards smart manufacturing?
Governmental regulations all over the world created an urgent need for solutions to secure social distancing in public buildings in order to support slowing down the spread of Covid-19.
From power lift gate and sunroof to electric seat adjustment and fuel pumps, an increasingly large number of electric motors ensure safety and comfort in modern cars.
Infineon Technologies AG is expanding its product offering for battery management systems with a new sensing and balancing IC, the TLE9012AQU.
Efficient signal acquisition is fundamental to applications ranging from industrial process control and measurement to high-speed communications and imaging.
HIMA asks four critical safety questions to achieve post-COVID-19 success in smart and safe automation.
The stability of power grids supplying energy to our homes and businesses is emerging as a critical success factor for maintaining both physical and economic security.
Sensitive and collaborative robots look set to play a defining role in the future of robotics in medicine. By Sebastian Schuster, Global PR & Content Manager, Kuka.
We believe that digitisation is a way to resilience with remote monitoring, predictive and preventive maintenance, and remote operations all leading to ensuring productivity.
Animal husbandry is a labour-intensive industry on many Southeast Asian farms to this day. Yet traditional methods can hamper an industry already facing labour shortages and climate change.
The world changed overnight. Globally, we still have communities under lock-down and we are slowly progressing to “business as unusual”.
Schneider Electric explores some of the practical ways its integrated Modicon and AVEVA solutions are already bringing benefits to Industry.
Factories, handcrafted products and premium quality – three attributes that almost always influence the price level.
Business leaders the world over are coming to terms with a brave new normal: a world of remote working, digital-led interactions, and increased uncertainty.
Throughout most industrial operations, electric motors play a critical role in driving conveyor belts, pumps, compressors, agitators, fans, and other critical infrastructure assets.
How can you tell when the time is right to upgrade your ERP software? Here are some tips on how to tell if you are ready to update your ERP.
Case Study: How Schneider Electric deployed AVEVA Discrete Lean Management at 70 manufacturing plants in two years for real-time production response and continuous improvement
Christopher Findlay, honorary professor of economics, Australian National University, shares his thoughts on the implications of banning Huawei from Australia’s 5G network.
As control systems increase in both scale and data-rich sensors, we need a way to ensure that operators can recognise what is important and act to deliver a more efficient control system.
The Newcastle University Urban Observatory has developed smart city technology to help understand the impact of social distancing measures.
When it comes to effective waste management, manufacturers can look to implement process technology that delivers high yield at low operating costs.
When power grids, water networks and gas utility systems are targeted by cyberattacks, systems that are essential to our everyday lives are affected.
HCI brings a robust set of features to organisations looking to lower TCO, makes support and troubleshooting easier, and allows for an on-demand scale of resources.
As smart automation and digital solutions take hold, the role of industrial automation system integrators becomes more important than ever.
With global supply chains significantly disrupted, we are seeing more manufacturers bypassing distributors and retailers to sell directly to customers.
With data analytics businesses have the ability to maintain confidence that they are preparing for and will be able to recover from climate hazards.
See solutions to optimise your processes and workflows and how you can achieve savings. During each session, a practical demo will address common questions in manufacturing, smart buildings, and industrial automation.
Industrial plants, hospitals, data centers and, in fact, every type of facility, can’t afford any amount of downtime due to electrical system problems.
How can SEA manufacturers leverage smart factory transformation to adapt to the “new norms” in localised work and lifestyle, cater to diverse consumer groups and evolve to match the future labor landscape?
Technological innovations in healthcare are as important as ever. Five technologies are explored that offer significant promise to the healthcare sector.
This is the third post in this blog series, looking at ways that intelligent solutions are helping facility teams optimise power and energy performance while meeting business and sustainability goals.
We are living and working in unprecedented times. Companies must find new ways to keep business and system in operations through the current pandemic and continuously improve to better respond to business interruptions in future. Join us online and find out what our recommendations are.
Four out of five organisations now do recognise the importance of operational network digitalisation. By Stephan Neumeier, Managing Director at Kaspersky
The Robot Operating System (ROS) is a set of software libraries and tools that help you build robot applications. Pilz builds on that foundation on its journey towards industry 4.0. By Pilz
Infineon Technologies AG expects significant growth in automotive 48 V systems in the coming years and is expanding its portfolio of suitable power devices.
Mikael van der Sluis, Senior Sales Manager, manufacturing and infrastructure, ASEAN, Aveva, shares his thoughts on why manufacturers need to embrace true digital transformation.
Robert Puschmann of DKSH and Mitchell Beness of HP speak about 3D printing, automation and Industry 4.0. Article by Stephen Las Marias.
Cobots first appeared on factory floors two years ago, accounting for approximately five percent of global industrial robot sales in 2016.
Five Robotic Process Automation (RPA) developments are expected to impact Asia in 2020, including the potential elimination of paper, rise of hiring for RPA skills, and more.
As more enterprises enter the implementation stages of their digital transformation projects, they are searching for productivity improvements.
In 2017 Schneider Electric launched an initiative to improve its supply chain – with one part of that being the Smart Factory Program which aimed to digitise 80 of our global factories
Schneider Electric has joined more than a hundred other industry thought leaders and forward thinkers as a signatory to the Cybersecurity Tech Accord.
The process of digital transformation is happening across a wide range of industries today, and perhaps no more so than in manufacturing.
Industrial IoT and consumer IoT can benefit each other, but actualising these benefits requires a deep understanding of the topics. By Dr. Johannes Bauer, UL Principal Security Advisor, Identity Management & Security
History teaches us that when you’re in the middle of sweeping technology-driven change, the struggle to simply keep pace can make it hard to maintain perspective.
Since its founding in 2015, OnRobot has been on a mission to simplify the barrier to entry for firms seeking improved efficiency through automation; an important trait for Southeast Asia as traditional firms remain skeptical or persistent challenges remain such as a lack of skilled labour.
Digitisation is about much more than just technology. It’s also about collaboration and people. If you already understand this, you’re off to a good start.
Acceleration: The Next Steps In Digitising The Industrial World brings sweeping benefits to manufacturing. But seeing that transformation through from start to finish can be tricky.
For years, industrial automation has provided the advantages of improving productivity and quality while reducing errors and waste, increasing safety, and adding flexibility to the manufacturing process.
At the recently concluded ITAP 2019 held at the Singapore Expo, IAA managed to catch up with Mr Syed Suroor Anwar at RS Components.
[Video] Interview With Mr David Chia, Regional Managing Director, Beckhoff Automation In the last of our exclusive interview series with professionals in the industry, Ahmad Alshidiq chats with Mr David Chia of Beckhoff Automation, regarding matters of the Internet of Things and the enablers of Industry 4.0
According to Kaspersky Labs, 47 percent of industrial control systems computers fell victim to cyberattacks in 2018.
Ahmad Alshidiq interviews Mr Joseph Ting, VP, Digital Customer Experience, Digital Transformation Platform Center, Yokogawa about the matters of the Internet of Things and the enablers of Industry 4.0.
In our exclusive interview series with professionals in the industry, Ahmad Alshidiq chats with Mr Tetsuo Kobayashi, Director, Business Development Group, Azbil, and delve into the matters of the Internet of Things and the enablers of Industry 4.0.
In this exclusive interview series with professionals in the industry, Ahmad Alshidiq interviews Mr Richard Habering, Head of Business Unit, igus Smart Plastics, about matters of the Internet of Things and the enablers of Industry 4.0.
Ahmad Alshidiq interviews Mr Jonas Berge, Senior Director, Applied Technology, Emerson, during the Industrial Transformation Asia-Pacific 2019. Watch as we delve into the matters of the Internet of Things and the enablers of Industry 4.0!
In this exclusive interview series, Ahmad Alshidiq chats with Mr Lim Khay Guan, CEO and MD, Endress + Hauser SEA during the Industrial Transformation Asia-Pacific at the Singapore Expo.
Do you feel ever overwhelmed by all the information you need to process in your daily life? According to Deloitte there are 45 times more data flows across countries than goods, with greater economic impact.
Ahmad Alshidiq, Senior Editor for IAA, interviews Mr Bob Lahey, Global Product Manager, Advanced Digital Services, of ABB during the Industrial Transformation Asia-Pacific on 23 October 2019 at the Singapore Expo.
Ahmad Alshidiq interviews Mr Tommy Leong, Zone President, East Asia & Japan, of Schneider Electric during the ITAP on 22 October 2019 at the Singapore Expo.
To gain traction in the aerospace industry, Australian manufacturer of rotary shank cutting tools, Sutton Tools, has been using linear motor technology.
The essence of digital is accelerating your business. Digital is about enabling connectivity among people and processes.
The key to reducing the unit costs of coating and painting metal parts is the optimisation of all steps along the process sequence. Article by Doris Schulz.
During Industry 4.0, or the Fourth Industrial Revolution as we often call it, companies who rethink the way they do business and how they make money are ones who will succeed.
Today, devices of all kinds across the Oil & Gas industry are equipped with intelligent sensors that gather data.
In a recent interview for i-SCOOP, Jean-Pascal Riss and Nicolas Larue teamed up to share their insights about the best ways to manage the harmonics created by variable frequency drives.
Similar to the previous three industrial revolutions which capitalised on steam power, assembly lines, and computers, respectively, Industry 4.0 also presents opportunity by capitalising on the Internet of Things (IoT).
In automotive manufacturing, electricity makes up the majority of total energy cost compared to natural gas, water and other purchased fuels.
Seeing the recent rise in demand and competition in the region’s manufacturing industry, we ask Festo about their strategy in helping customers achieve increased efficiency and improved productivity with automation solutions.
Ahmad Alshidiq catches up with Tommy Leong, Zone President of East Asia & Japan, Schneider Electric and discusses, among others, about the Southeast Asian opportunity for the industry and how is Industry 4.0 shaping up in the region.
Efficient, Process-Controlled Access Guarding Without Muting Sensors Innovative strength, a down-to-earth culture and strong commitment are the values that have made WITRON the company that it is today
Machine builder design efficiencies increase when core machine components are easy to select and simple to wire and install.
True digital transformation means not only collecting relevant data from intelligent assets – it also includes converting that data into information that empowers people at all levels of the organisation to work smarter and more productively.
Precision Sensors For Real-Time Position Measurement Advances in manufacturing technologies have created the need for higher accuracy and faster processing. Article by Shinrin Takahashi, Control Products Marketing Department, Advanced Automation Company, Azbil Corporation.
Two major trends are accelerating the pace of modern industrial transformation: increased pressure to improve productivity and boost ROI and the relatively low cost of IT-driven data acquisition and analysis.
From the most recent smartphone to the latest fashion, keeping up-to-date with trends can be tiring. In the manufacturing industry, future-proofing your factory may seem like a daunting task, especially as parts become obsolete as quickly as new advancements emerge.
New Collaboration Opportunity Bringing Together Digital Innovators and Experts The intriguing side of digital transformation innovative ways.
Smart manufacturing is all about leveraging the collective benefit of advanced technologies to optimise operations and gain competitive advantage.
Thanks to automotive manufacturers’ platform strategies, component quantities are increasing while at the same time product life cycles are becoming ever shorter.
Whether you call it Industry 4.0, the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), or Smart Manufacturing, the power of technology is being felt throughout the industrial world and fundamentally changing value chains and production methods.
In the past few years we have started to see more and more posts and adverts about glasses and head-mounted displays, augmented reality (AR), mobile computing and many more.
Ahmad Alshidiq interviewed Soichiro Kuninobu, General Manager, ASEAN Strategic Marketing Group, Factory Automation and Industrial Division, Mitsubishi Electric Asia, about the [email protected] Alliance and the application of the IIoT in manufacturing.
Companies are continuing the transformation to the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) characterised by digital, highly automated “smart” systems in virtually every vertical industry.
One of the most important benefits of digitisation is the ability to capture and analyse data and to derive business value and profitability from that data.
Schneider Electric is leading the digital transformation of industrial automation markets. Our IoT technologies are delivered through our EcoStruxure architecture and are ready for smart manufacturing.