UTM Team Creates ‘Makcik Kiah’ Robot To Help Deliver Food & Medicine To COVID-19 Patients

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UTM Team Creates ‘Makcik Kiah’ Robot To Help Deliver Food & Medicine To COVID-19 Patients

The Makcik Kiah 19 robot, fondly nicknamed MCK19, is the first Malaysian-made delivery robot created to help healthcare providers in the country’s battle against the COVID-19 pandemic

MCK19 is the brainchild of a team from Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM), Hospital Canselor Tuanku Muhriz UKM (HUKM), and local tech company DF Automation and Robotics.
According to Bernama, the team made MCK19 with the idea that it will be able to navigate automously into a patient’s room, assisting doctors and nurses deliver food and medication without the risk of infection.

It took the team less than two weeks to come up with a prototype at the beginning of the Movement Control Order (MCO)

According to a statement published by UTM on Wednesday, 8 April, DF co-founder and also associate professor from the UTM School of Electrical Engineering, Dr Yeong Che Fai, led the work.
MCK19 is based on one of DF’s own commercial robots – the Zalpha – which can accommodate up to 300kg of weight on its shelves and navigate any room on its own.
“The usage of these robots will reduce the exposure of healthcare professionals and frontliners to Patients Under Investigation (PUI) that may be highly contagious and need to be in isolation,” they explained.
“Hence, it would also decrease the need for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) as hospitals are facing a global shortage.”
Better yet, they made the prototype with an LCD screen to show an animated face, just to appear more human-friendly.

UTM said that the robot is expected to be tested at HUKM at the end of this week

“DF will commit to mass produce the robot to supply to hospitals in Malaysia or any organisations that need it,” the university said.
According to Malaysiakini, the team is looking forward to the pilot trial because if they find that the robot works well, they will proceed with producing more for other applications.
“Robots can help with many tasks to reduce human presence such as delivering, disinfection, cleaning, monitoring, service, and many more,” said the forward-thinking Yeong.
The project has gained strong support from many parties, including the Ministry of Science, Technology, and Innovation (MOSTI), the Ministry of Health (MOH), as well as the Ministry of International Trade and Industry.

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https://says.com/my/tech/utm-team-creates-makcik-kiah-robot-to-help-deliver-food-and-medicine-to-covid-19-patients

UTM, HCTM & DF Automation creates ‘Makcik Kiah 19’ robot

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UTM, HCTM & DF Automation creates ‘Makcik Kiah 19’ robot

UTM, HCTM & DF Automation creates ‘Makcik Kiah 19’ robot
CORONAVIRUS | The robot is the first Malaysian-made delivery robot for hospitals to assist frontliners in helping Covid-19 patients.
CORONAVIRUS| Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) together with Hospital Canselor Tuanku Muhriz (HCTM) UKM and DF Automation and Robotics Sdn Bhd (DF) have developed a hospital delivery robot system to help the healthcare frontliners battling the Covid-19 outbreak.
Fai from UTM School of Electrical Engineering.
“MCK19 uses Zalpha, a DF’s commercial robot that can accommodate weight up to 300 kg in its shelves and able to navigate autonomously to assist doctors or nurses in delivering food or medicine to a patient’s room.“The MCK19 will reduce the exposure of healthcare professionals and frontliners to patients under investigations that may be highly contagious and need to be in isolation.
“Hence, it would also decrease the need for personal protective equipment (PPEs) as hospitals are facing a global shortage,” UTM said in a statement here today.UTM said the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI); Ministry of International Trade and Industry and Health Ministry took less than two weeks for the team to develop the working prototype.
“MCK19 is expected to be tested at HCTM at the end of this week. If the robot is found useful, DF will commit to mass-produce the robots to supply to hospitals in Malaysia or any organisations who needs it,” it said.Meanwhile, Yeong said DF, which has provided robotic solutions to the industry since 2012, believed that the robot could help with many tasks to reduce human presence such as for delivering, disinfection, cleaning, monitoring and services.
“MCK19 will be our first pilot trial, if this robot works well, we will proceed to other applications,” he added.HCTM director Prof Dr Hanafiah Harunarashid expressed gratitude on the collaborations.“This would be inaugural which is especially useful to aid our overwhelmed healthcare system during this pandemic and outbreak. I foresee robotics and automation will play an important part in hospitals in the near future to enhance the delivery of healthcare,” he said.
UTM vice-chancellor Prof Dr Wahid Omar said the invention of this robot is another UTM’s helping hand in combating the virus.“As a university that is blessed with multiple expertise, we believe it is our responsibility to help the government especially the frontliners who are struggling to serve the people in this trying times for us all,” he said.

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https://headtopics.com/my/utm-hctm-df-automation-creates-makcik-kiah-19-robot-12318654

“Makcik Kiah 19” Robot Developed To Help Frontliners Fight Covid-19

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“Makcik Kiah 19” Robot Developed To Help Frontliners Fight Covid-19

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By now, you should already know who Mak Cik Kiah is, but now you can meet her robot counterpart.
“Makcik Kiah 19” or MCK19 is the first Malaysian-made delivery robot that can help frontliners to deliver services to Covid-19 patients.
The robot is a collaboration between Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM), Hospital Canselor Tuanku Muhriz (HCTM) UKM and DF Automation and Robotics Sdn Bhd (DF).
UTM said the usage of robots such as MCK19 will reduce the risk of exposure for frontliners dealing with patients under investigations (PUI) that can be highly contagious and decrease the need for personal protective equipments (PPEs).
The university added that support has been given including from the Ministry of Science, Technology and Information, the Ministry of Health as well as the Ministry of International Trade and industry.
These robots are expected to be tested at HCTM at the end of the week and the DF said they will mass produce the robots to hospitals nationwide if the machines are proven useful.
MCK19 is a modified commercial robot made by DF named Zalpha that can carry loads up to 300 kg in its shelves and is able to navigate autonomously to assist doctors or nurses in delivering food or medicine to a patient’s room.
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https://www.msn.com/en-my/news/national/%E2%80%9Cmakcik-kiah-19%E2%80%9D-robot-developed-to-help-frontliners-fight-covid-19/ar-BB12mKmw?li=AAaD62f&%25253Bocid=mailsignoutmd

Robot ‘Makcik Kiah 19’ bantu petugas di hospital tangani Covid-19

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Robot ‘Makcik Kiah 19’ bantu petugas di hospital tangani Covid-19

Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) bersama-sama Hospital Canselor Tuanku Muhriz (HCTM), Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) dan DF Automation and Robotics Sdn Bhd (DF) telah membangunkan Sistem Robot Penghantaran Hospital, sebagai usaha membantu petugas barisan hadapan penjagaan kesihatan menangani wabak Covid-19.
Robot itu yang diberi nama “Makcik Kiah 19” (MCK19) adalah Robot Penghantaran Pertama Buatan Malaysia untuk hospital bagi membantu petugas barisan hadapan penjagaan kesihatan dalam memberikan khidmat kepada pesakit Covid-19.
Menurut UTM dalam kenyataan hari ini, projek itu dimulakan pada permulaan pelaksanaan Perintah Kawalan Pergerakan (PKP) dan diketuai pengasas bersama DF, Prof Madya Dr Yeong Che Fai daripada Kajian Kejuruteraan Elektrikal, UTM.
“MCK19 menggunakan Zalpha, robot komersial DF yang berupaya menampung berat sehingga 300kg atas raknya dan mampu melakukan navigasi secara automatik untuk membantu doktor dan jururawat dalam menghantar makanan dan ubat-ubatan ke bilik pesakit.
“Penggunaan robot ini iaitu MCK19 akan mengurangkan pendedahan profesional dan petugas barisan hadapan penjagaan kesihatan kepada pesakit dalam pemantauan (PUI) yang berisiko tinggi dijangkiti dan perlu diasingkan.
“Sehubungan itu, ia juga akan mengurangkan keperluan kepada PPE (Alat Pelindung Diri) berikutan hospital-hospital di peringkat global kini mengalami kekurangan bekalan,” kata UTM.
UTM berkata projek itu mendapat sokongan padu daripada pelbagai pihak termasuk Kementerian Sains, Teknologi dan Inovasi (MOSTI); Kementerian Kesihatan dan Kementerian Perdagangan Antarabangsa dan Industri (MITI) dan pasukan itu mengambil masa kurang daripada dua minggu untuk membangunkan prototaip.
“MCK19 djangka diuji di HCTM pada akhir minggu ini. Sekiranya robot ini didapati boleh digunakan, DF komited untuk mengeluarkan robot itu secara besar-besaran untuk dibekalkan ke hospital di Malaysia atau mana-mana organisasi yang memerlukannya.
“Untuk jangka panjang, pasukan itu merancang untuk mengeluarkan robot yang mempunyai rekaan yang lebih mirip manusia dan mesra manusia,” katanya.
Sementara itu, Yeong berkata DF menawarkan penyelesaian robotik kepada industri sejak 2012 dan percaya ia dapat membantu dalam menjalankan banyak tugas bagi mengurangkan kehadiran manusia seperti perkhidmatan penghantaran, disinfeksi, pembersihan, pemantauan dan perkhidmatan lain.
“MCK19 akan menjadi ujian perintis pertama kami, jika robot ini berfungsi dengan baik, kami akan teruskan dengan aplikasi lain,” katanya.
Sementara itu, Pengarah Hospital Canselor Tuanku (HCTM), UKM, Prof Dr Hanafiah Harunarashid menzahirkan penghargaan terhadap kerjasama itu.
Bagi pihak HCTM (UKM), saya berasa amat gembira dapat bekerjasama dengan MOSTI dan pasukan daripada UTM dan DF untuk membangunkan robot penghantaran hospital ini, yang pertama di Malaysia.
“Ini adalah buat julung kalinya akan digunakan khusus untuk membantu sistem penjagaan kesihatan yang terbeban semasa pandemik dan wabak ini. Saya menjangkakan robotik dan automasi akan memainkan peranan penting di hospital dalam waktu terdekat untuk meningkatkan sistem penyampaian penjagaan kesihatan,” katanya.
Naib Canselor UTM Prof Ir Dr Wahid Omar berkata penciptaan robot itu merupakan satu lagi usaha UTM untuk membantu memerangi virus itu, selaras dengan inisiatif universiti untuk menyejahterakan kehidupan.
– Bernama

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https://www.malaysiakini.com/news/519589

UTM, HCTM & DF Automation Develop Hospital Delivery Robot ‘Makcik Kiah 19’ to Ace COVID-19

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UTM, HCTM & DF AUTOMATION DEVELOP HOSPITAL DELIVERY ROBOT ‘MAKCIK KIAH 19’ TO ACE COVID-19

JOHOR BAHRU , 7 Apr. — Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM), Hospital Canselor Tuanku Muhriz UKM (HCTM) and DF Automation & Robotics Sdn Bhd (DF) have joint together in a significant collaboration to develop a Hospital Delivery Robot System.The robot, named MCK19 or Makcik Kiah 19, is the First Malaysian Made Delivery Robot for hospitals to assist healthcare frontliners in assisting the delivery of healthcare to patients with COVID-19.
The project embarked during the beginning of the Movement Control Order (MCO) was enforced.MCK19 uses Zalpha, a DF’s commercial robot that can accommodate weight up to 300kg in its shelves and able to navigate autonomously to assist doctors or nurses in delivering food or medicine to a patient’s room.The usage of these robots especially MCK19 will reduce the exposure of healthcare professionals and frontliners to patients under investigations (PUI) that may be highly contagious and need to be in isolation.
Hence, it would also decrease in the need for PPEs as hospitals are facing a global shortage.This prototype had been modified and integrated with compartments’ storage which can be customised according to need.
There is a LCD screen on the robot to show an animated face to make the robot more human friendly, and soon, it can be used for teleconference between doctors from his room/office with patients, without having the doctor to go to the their room.
Read More at news.utm.my

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https://www.utm.my/office-dvcri/2020/04/09/utm-hctm-df-automation-develop-hospital-delivery-robot-makcik-kiah-19-to-ace-covid-19/

Mak Cik Kiah 19 Robot Pembantu Petugas Barisan Hadapan

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Mak Cik Kiah 19 Robot Infographic reported by metro

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DF Robots “Mak Cik Kiah 19” are helping to fight COVID-19

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We have named our delivery robot for Hospital UKM as Mak Cik Kiah 19 @ MCK19. Looking forward for MCK19 operates in hospital.
This is just beginning. We have planned for more technologies to assist our front liners. Stay tune and thanks for your support.

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Figure: Robot Mak Cik Kiah 19 (MCK19) has arrived at Hospital Canselor Tuanku Muhriz UKM

DF being Featured in “Exclusive from Malaysia” eMagazine

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DF Automation and Robotics have been featured in the first issue of Matrade “Exclusive from Malaysia” (EFM) eMagazine. In this issue of the EFM eMagazine, Matrade selected the top Malaysian companies which have achieve tremendous result in the era of Industry 4.0.

DF Automation and Robotics are proud to be selected as one of the companies and being featured side by side with giant Malaysian company such as Fusionex, Vitrox, Pentamaster, Cytron and etc.

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DF won Platinum Award at Star Outstanding Business Award 2018

Star Outstanding Business Award

DF Automation and Robotics is honored to be awarded the Platinum Award for Best Innovation for company up to RM25 Million Category at the prestigious Star Outstanding Business Award (SOBA) 2018. It is awarded to DF at the Award Night Ceremony held at New World Hotel Petaling Jaya at 17 January 2019.

The Star Outstanding Business Awards (SOBA) is organised by The Star Media Group Berhad, to recognize up-and-coming enterprises and their contributions to the Malaysian economy. In line with the Government’s commitment to develop homegrown enterprises, SOBA seeks to inspire and encourage local businesses to promote Malaysia and showcase its products and services to the world. Every year SOBA will shortlist and award Malaysian non-public listed organisation that have led the way with excellent business principles, ethics and practices. SOBA winners are testaments of high achievement and serve as a benchmark for others to emulate. 2018 is the 9th year Star Media Group Berhad organised this business award ceremony.

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Award Night Ceremony at New World Hotel Petaling Jaya with nation wide media coverage

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Platinum Award Best Innovation, Star Outstanding Business Award 2018

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Back to our fort at Johor Bahru!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There are total of 5 Platinum Award winners for Top-of-the Class Awards this year. DF is honorable to be recognized as one of them in the category. This award marks an important milestone in DF Automation and Robotics’s history. Moving forward, DF Automation and Robotics will work harder and continue to focus into building a world-class technology centre that is able to compete in the global arena

Next Generation Mobile Painting Robot

Autonomous Mobile Robot for Painting

Paint Robots have been in the industrial for decades mainly to improve painting quality. There are numerous brand of robots in the market that can be used for autonomous painting. However, most of them required permanent fixtures and positioning of robot arm in a fixed working area. Having the robot arm to move around is a big no-no, reason being is the accuracy of the positioning, fire hazard handling and the navigation technology.

Aerospace Malaysia Innovative Centre (AMIC) acknowledged the challenge and lined up the top technical team from the particular industrial players to look into this matter. It’s an honour for DF Automation and Robotics R&D to join force with the technical expert from Spirit Aerosystem Malaysia and Universiti Malaya, to deliver the first of it’s kind mobile painting robot in Malaysia.

The project involved the integration of Zalpha-TS-03E trackless navigation AGV and Universal Robot UR10 together with Keyence camera vision system for positioning of the painting gun at the tip of the robot arm. With the flexibility of Zalpha-TS-03E and Navwiz operating system, the integration went smoothly and efficiently  shorten the time spent for hardware integration. The team is able to focus in improving the paint spraying algorithm without worrying much on the hardware limitation and programming. DF Automation and Robotics Zalpha trackless AGV have also went through a series of review by international fire hazard expert to justify for it’s operation inside the paint room.

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Advance Visual System for Positioning of Spraying Gun

The project collaboration takes 6 months before it’s being deployed to the site for stress test and fine tuning. The project have been visited by Spirit Aerosystem global CEO, Mr Tom Gentile and Malaysia Prime Minister, YAB Tun Dr. Mahathir on December 2018 at Putra Jaya, Malaysia. The project have also been awarded the “G-Mark” good design award from Japan, for it’s innovative idea to improve safety of the operation environment and it’s breakthrough for improving the painting quality of airplane.

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Visited by The Prime Minister, YAB Tun Dr Mahathir at Putra Jaya

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Good Design Award 2018 Certificate