Siemens has launched its Advance Manufacturing Transformation Centre (AMTC) intended to provide guidance, support and training to companies in Southeast Asia on their journey of adoption, transition and transformation towards advanced manufacturing.
AMTC is the first-of-its-kind, three-in-one competence centre that combines the Digital Enterprise Experience Centre (DEX), the Additive Manufacturing Experience Centre (AMEC) and Rental Labs – creating a one-stop advanced manufacturing ecosystem that addresses operational transition.
The DEX showcases Digital Enterprise solutions that enable companies to create digital twins of their envisioned advanced manufacturing plants, so that they can simulate, optimise and evaluate manufacturing operations before constructing the actual manufacturing environment. It also provides manufacturing design consulting.
The AMEC is where companies can experience hands-on exposure to an advanced end-to-end additive manufacturing production line supported by AMTC’s ecosystem of technology partners. It fills the gap between additive manufacturing R&D and commercialisation by letting companies carry out prototyping, supported by on-site additive manufacturing experts.
The Rental Labs (Additive Manufacturing) provide affordable access to the latest industrial design software and high-end additive manufacturing printers as well as post-processing equipment – allowing companies to do low-volume 3D printing for proof of concept, and testing of such production line before deciding if they want to invest in additive manufacturing infrastructure.
“Today, most companies understand the urgent need for digital transformation, and the disruption brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic has emphasised that,” said Raimund Klein, executive VP of Digital Industries, Siemens ASEAN.
“But many companies are deterred by factors such as complex and unintegrated technologies, high cost of transition, disruption to business continuity and lack of technical experts,” added Klein.
“Siemens is supporting companies in their transition into Industry 4.0 with the AMTC, a consulting, training, R&D and small-scale production facility, all rolled into one,” said Klein.
As a testament of how the AMTC can help to accelerate the product introduction cycle, the centre and its partners developed and manufactured a medical-grade face shield using additive manufacturing in June this year.
The face shield was designed by Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH) for its COVID-19 front-liners. The optimised face shield has enhanced durability and strength, provides comfort wear and allows ease of cleaning.
Siemens, through the AMTC, is partnering SkillsFuture Singapore to roll out a six-month additive manufacturing training under the SGUnited Mid-Career Pathways Programme.
The programme equips mid-career job seekers with skills in additive manufacturing and digitalisation to move into roles such as Programmable Logic Controller engineers and automation engineers, so as to better support the current wave of industrial companies undergoing digital transformation.
The AMTC will host projects for trainees to work on and organise Project Demonstration Days for trainees to pitch their projects to potential hiring employers.
“The launch of its Advanced Manufacturing Transformation Centre reflects Siemens’ continued confidence in Singapore as a leading location to spur regional development and adoption of Advanced Manufacturing,” said Lim Kok Kiang, executive VP, International Operations, EDB.
We believe it remains relevant and will catalyse the digital transformation of businesses in the new operating environment,” added Lim.
“We are also heartened that Siemens is supporting our mid-career professionals with training opportunities during this challenging period, and equipping them with skills for the future.”
The AMTC ecosystem currently consists of technology providers, education and research institutes, as well as government agencies. Namely:
- HP Enterprise
- SESTO Robotics
Education and research institutes
- Singapore Polytechnic
- TUM Asia
- TUV SUD
- Singapore Economic Development Board
- JTC Corporation
- National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Cluster (NAMIC)
- SkillsFuture Singapore
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