Small and medium-sized manufacturing enterprises in Singapore are getting a boost in productivity following an alliance between A*STAR’s SIMTech and SPRING Singapore.
SIMTech or The Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology (SIMTech) is a research institute of the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR).
SPRING Singapore is an agency under the Ministry of Trade and Industry dedicated to the growth of the nation.
Both partners have announced four initiatives including The High-Mix, Low-Volume (HMLV) initiative that involves training of production planners on key planning concepts.
The second Lean Implementation initiative aims to train and guide local organisations to adopt techniques for reducing waste.
“The integrated approach offered by the four initiatives under this CIP to boost productivity, will be beneficial to manufacturing SMEs,” said Simon Lim, group director of Industry Development Group at SPRING Singapore. “We are glad that Manufacturing Productivity Technology Centre (MPTC) has identified the challenges in the industries and also developed this suite of solutions to help in addressing them. We encourage SMEs to step forward to tap on this help.”
Improving machine utilisation
The third initiative of this collaboration is targeted to improve machine utilisation for increasing productivity. Through this Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) initiative, both SIMTech and SPRING also aim to improve performance and quality with research and development.
SMEs will be encouraged to adopt advanced manufacturing technologies developed by SIMTech. It is expected that enterprises that take part in OEE will be able to cut down machine idle time between 30 percent and 70 percent.
Finally, the fourth Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) initiative is aimed at helping companies implement RFID/barcode-based Item Management & Tracking System.
This deployment will help companies to better manage, track and audit their assets. Companies can expect 30 percent to 80 percent improvements in asset auditing and items tracking.
Companies participating in OEE are expected to benefit from estimated reduced machine idle time of between 30 percent and 70 percent.
Looking forward, MPTC will form alliance with 12 organisations and new partners in order to improve productivity in local industries.
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