To align with Malaysia’s direction towards Industry 4.0.

The German-Malaysian Institute (GMI), a leading technology training centre in advanced skills training in Malaysia and Hitachi Sunway Information Systems Sdn Bhd, one of the leading ICT Services Integrator in ASEAN that specialises in Product Lifecycle Management (PLM), Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), managing and supporting IT infrastructures, Cloud-enabling IT platforms, data centres and cybsersecurity have come together to launch the country’s first Digital Manufacturing Center (henceforth referred to as the Center) at GMI.

The state-of-the-art GMI Center boasts the latest in equipment in Industry 4.0 for manufacturing. It includes the PLM digital solution for the manufacturing industry, which includes a combination of CAD (Computer Aided Design), CAM (Computer Aided Manufacturing) as well as CAE (Computer Aided Engineering) solutions.

The Center will play a vital role in enabling GMI students to go through a ‘digital-based’ training of each manufacturing process, before proceeding to the workshop for actual machining or production operation. This is an optimal training methodology for Industry 4.0 where all manufacturing process is digitally twinned within the Center where CAD is utilized to digitally twin design works, CAM digitally twins machining operation and CAE digitally twins prototyping test works.

The Center is also expandable to the next level of Industry 4.0 by integrating with PDM (Product Data Management) or even elevating to MOM (Manufacturing Operation Management). This is where other globally-practiced process optimization elements such as engineering data synchronization (Teamcenter), plant simulation (Tecnomatix), OEE (Overall Equipment Effectiveness), MES (Manufacturing Execution System), are leveraged to further strengthen the Center’s digital manufacturing efficiency.

GMI’s Digital Manufacturing Center is currently powered by the Siemens PLM digital solution consisting of NX CAD, NX CAM, Simcenter 3D (NX CAE); as well as one of the most powerful mould flow and injection moulding machine simulation solution (Moldex 3D) donated by CoreTech System Co. Ltd.

Following the donation, an MoU has also been signed between GMI, Hitachi Sunway and CoreTech System Co. Ltd. in deepening the collaboration with Moldex 3D solution as one of the training modules in mould industry for student and industrial training.

In conjunction with the launching of the Malaysia National Policy on Industry 4.0 (known as Industry4WRD), on 31st October 2018 at the MITI Tower by YAB Prime Minister, Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad, GMI’s Center would help in TVET training aligning the country’s direction towards Industry 4.0, with the support from industrial partner such as Hitachi Sunway, Siemens PLM & CoreTech System.