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Guest-of-Honour Dr Koh Poh Koon (2nd L), Senior Minister Of State, Ministry of Trade & Industry, at ARTC’s ROS-Industrial booth during the Singapore International Robo Expo 2018 at the Marina Bay Sands Convention Center, Singapore. (Photo: IAA)

 

SINGAPORE: Ten organisations have joined an Asia Pacific consortium based in Singapore that helps companies develop and adopt robotic solutions using open-source software, and that trains the present and future workforce in robotics and automation technologies in an age referred to as Industry 4.0.

Led by A*STAR’s Advanced Remanufacturing and Technology Centre (ARTC) and supported by the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB) and SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG), and launched in June 2017, the Robot Operating System-Industrial (ROS-Industrial) Consortium Asia-Pacific has five industry projects underway and has equipped more than 80 engineers and technicians with skills in industrial robotics. ROS is a set of open-source software libraries and tools that help build robot applications.

Consortium members include local enterprises such as Unitech and M8M; multinational companies such as ADLINK and Pepperl+Fuchs; and institutes of higher learning such as Nanyang Technological University and Republic Polytechnic. Companies across the supply chain – from manufacturing to integrators to end users – are welcome. The Asia Pacific consortium is one of three globally; the other two serve Europe and the Americas. Members across consortiums also have opportunities to collaborate.

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