DF Receives Recognition Award from SME Bank

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DF Automation and Robotics is among the 10 companies being recognised by the SME Bank for its excellent performance in the ‘Upward Migration’ Intervention Program. The program is an initiative by SME Bank to create successful SME Companies at scale and build thriving ecosystems for greater and sustainable economic and social impact. 

The award was given by the the Minister of Entrepreneur Development and Cooperatives (MEDAC), Datuk Seri Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar, and being received by DF’s General Manager, Mr Ricky Yap during the SME Bank Award Ceremony 2021 held at Hotel Thistle, Johor Bahru on 19 March 2021

SME Bank, one of the nation’s leading Development Financial Institution (DFI) wholly-owned by the Ministry of Finance and regulated by Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM). SME Bank is fully committed to driving the nation’s economic growth by providing not only financial assistance but also development expertise to small and medium scale enterprises, allowing those businesses to prosper and grow. 

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SME Bank Plaque Award

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DF’s General Manager, Mr Ricky Yap received the award from MEDAC Minister

 

DF won Best Innovation Silver Award at The Star Outstanding Business Award (SOBA) 2020

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DF is honored to be awarded the Silver Award for Best Innovation for company up to RM25 Million Category at the prestigious Star Outstanding Business Award (SOBA) 2020. It is awarded to DF at the Gala Night Ceremony held at Imperial Ballroom, One World Hotel on 17 March 2020. 

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DF team led by Associate Professor Dr Yeong Che Fai (middle holding the SOBA trophy) with his team. From left: Abdul Aziz bin Abdul Satar, Nik Ahmad Faisal bin Mohd Kamarolzaman, Chia Chin Wee, Mohamad Hafizuddin bin Majek, Leonard Ng Chong Yew and Muhammad Sofwan Bin Zamri.

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Star Outstanding Business Award 2020 Trophy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                                             

 

Similar to all other companies, the year 2020 was proven one of the toughest years for DF due to the pandemic. The MCO in March has further deepened the wound. But, this did not stop DF continuing to innovate and assist the frontliners during the tough time.

During the peak of the pandemic in April, there was a huge shortage of PPE and workforces in the hospital. The hospital is looking for an alternative to send foods and medicine to patients to reduce the risk of infection. Despite the fact of strict MCO, DF took up the challenge to design and develop a food delivery robot in 17 days which has been named MCK19 (Mak Cik Kiah 19). The robot was placed at Hospital Canselor Tuanku Muhriz UKM.

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This robot can move autonomously from one place to another sending foods or medicines to patients thus reducing the risk of infections to workers. After a few days, there was another request from MAEPS, a temporary hospital that can host 400 patients at one time. We have sent a similar robot named Dol-E within the next few days. Dol-E together with nurses has delivered 53,661 meals to 1,383 patients covering 35km within 69 days.

This is possible due to a strong collaboration between DF, UTM, MTDC, MOSTI and  HCTM. Besides, more importantly, innovation has played a critical role at that time as we have to look for a new way to design and develop a robot within that short time of 17 days under strict MCO in which will normally take 3 months lead time.

DF is a spin-off from Universiti Teknologi Malaysia co-founded by Associate Professor Dr Yeong Che Fai and his two students Mr Ricky Yap Wee Yang and Mr Tan Ping Hua. 

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DF with the trophy and certificate.

This award marks an important milestone in DF’s history. It also set a great reminder of the importance of innovation and grit that has sailed DF through the pandemic. Moving forward, DF will work harder and continue to focus on building a world-class technology centre that is able to compete in the global arena.

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. SOBA was established to promote excellence and stimulate positive competition, showcasing the achievements attained by outstanding businesses. 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 organisations 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. 2020 is the 11th year Star Media Group Berhad organised this business award ceremony.

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Award Night Ceremony at One World Hotel, Petaling Jaya with nationwide media coverage

 

RTM Legasi Robocon 2020 Dr Yeong DF Automation

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Saksikan paparan Legasi Robocon 2020 besama dengan Dr Yeong Che Fai (Pensyarah Universiti Teknologi Malaysia/Pengarah Urusan DF Automation & Robotics) dalam #LegasiRobocon (Ep.2) yang disiarkan di TV1 pada 26 Disember.

NavWiz – The Intelligence Behind all DF Robots

NavWiz Main Page
NavWiz Main Page

Main Page of NavWiz Software

NavWiz or Navigation Wizard is a software application for Autonomous Mobile Robot (AMR) and Automated Guided Vehicle (AGV). NavWiz has all the features required in a modern autonomous mobile robot, such as to program the robot, status monitor, smart navigation, AI and IoT enabled. NavWiz is developed by DF and it is the core of the intelligence behind all AMR and AGV from DF. NavWiz has won multiple awards and recognition in national and international.
NavWiz first released in 2016 and there are continuous ongoing new features and technologies improvement addition throughout the year to stay relevant in this fast moving technology era.
NavWiz is a software hosted in DF robots. It provides browser-based user interface to the users. It can be accessed from any devices such as laptops, tablets or phones regardless of the device operating system through the standard internet browser.
There are 3 main elements in NavWiz which are the Mapping and Routing, Task Programming and Task Runner.

 

Mapping and Routing

Mapping is the configuration of the sitemap for NavWiz to understand the area for navigation. During the setup, the AMR needs to be brought around to capture the surrounding features and form the map. Once the map is formed, it will be used by NavWiz as the reference for AMR localisation. Mapping is a one time job and doesn’t require revisiting again, unless there is a major change in the layout of the navigation area. Figure 2 illustrates the map generated after the mapping.
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Figure 2: Mapping of Trackless AMR

Routing is the configuration of the AMR running path, by just drawing the lines on NavWiz. Routing can be done for two types of robots which are tracked AGV and trackess AMR.
For tracked AGV, it navigates purely based on the guidance of magnetic strip and the AGV position is determined from the magnetic tapes junctions. Figure 3 illustrates the routing of a tracked AGV on NavWiz.
NavWiz AGV Routing

Figure 3: Routing of Tracked AGV

For trackless AMR, routing is done on top of the map generated from Mapping. The AMR will navigate based on the path with the reference to the surrounding natural features. Users can mark the position of the Stations on the path. By doing this, AMR will know it’s starting point and the destination, at the same time identify its current position by comparing the surrounding features with the map features. Figure 4 shows the mapping and routing of the trackless AMR.
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Figure 4: Routing of trackless AMR 

 

Task Programming

Task Programming is the part to program the robot to perform the tasks or actions as required by the user. The programming is a graphical flowchart. It can create tasks. By just clicking and dragging the lines connecting the Tasks together, the AGV will know the sequence of the tasks and it can also make simple decisions based on specific conditions. 
With the mapping and routing in place, users can program the robot to move from station to station. A complete AMR application, for example, delivery of raw material trolley from Warehouse to the Assembly Lines; consists of multiple Tasks. To break it down, the first Task will be AMR moving from charging station to Warehouse, second Task will be collecting the raw material trolley, the third Task will be delivery of the trolley to the assembly line and finally, the last Task is leaving the trolley at the assembly line and go back to the charging station. 
Each Task is a single specific AMR action. In order to program the AMR to perform a complete meaningful application, all these Tasks need to be linked together. The compilation of multiple tasks to form a complete AMR application is called Task Template.
Figure 5 shows the standard Task Template in NavWiz.
More importantly, there is a list of closed to 100 standard library blocks which can be used to speed up the development process. Standard actions such as “Navigate to Station”, “Wait for Button”, “Read IO”, “Write IO”, “Play Music”…etc, can be found from the list and imported into the task template. With this flowchart based programming method, users do not have to work on low level programming anymore, making the programming of DF robots easier, flexible and more expandable.
NavWiz Task Templates

Figure 5: Task Templates Robot Programming 

Task Runner

After completing the mapping and task template, users can find the list of the task templates on the Task Runner page (Figure 6). Each time the AMR can only execute one task template, the next task template triggered will be queued under the queuing list. The supervisor is able to set the priority for each queuing task template, as well as removing the task template from the queuing list if it’s necessary.
 Once the task template is completed, it will be logged into the AMR system as the record for tracing. Users can find the daily, weekly or even monthly completed task template from the History tab and Report page. 
NavWiz provides a graphical reporting page (Figure 7) for users to view, as well as to download the performance of the AMR into CSV format for easier reporting and review.
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Figure 6: The Task Runner Page 

NavWiz Report Page

Figure 7: Reporting Page displaying the record of robot activities

 

Other Features

Other than the 3 main elements, NavWiz features some handy applications to help with the operation of the AGV system (Figure 8). 
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Figure 8: Other Features on NavWiz Software

Engineers can perform Action Test, Calibration, Hardware Test, Homing, Manual Line Follow and Wifi Test to assist in the routine maintenance activities.
Besides, users can check the robot’s current map and the real time scanning profile through the Map tab. Status tab is where the users can observe the robot’s condition which includes CPU power consumption, Line Sensor Status, Power Condition and much more. (Figure 9). 
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Figure 9: Robot Status Page

 

NavWiz is being used by all robots from DF, from the smallest FDR Sushi Delivery Robot, to the Titan heavy duty 1 Tonne Autonomous Mobile Robot. With this NavWiz software, the method of programming of the Robots is the same, regardless of its model and physical outlook.
 The software is still evolving in time to suit the customer needs. With the NavWiz components and IoT infrastructure in place, the development design cycle is being shortened significantly. 
In advance of industrial 4.0 application, The next major improvement of NavWiz will be focusing more on the big data collection and visualisation. 
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Figure 10: Navwiz – Intelligence Behind all DF AMR and AGV

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Get a closer view on the NavWiz features and the programming of DF AMR robots from the video below!

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Leaders converge at Universal Robots Meet the Cobot Leaders Keynote

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Leaders converge at Universal Robots Meet the Cobot Leaders Keynote

Collaborative Robots leaders and practitioners connected online to share insights on future-proofing manufacturing in Asia-Pacific.

India, October 2020 – Universal Robots, the global leader in collaborative robots (cobots), has successfully completed the first ‘Meet the Cobot Leaders’ session in Asia-Pacific, a ‘live’ online interactive congress on cobots and their encompassing role in the future of manufacturing throughout Asia-Pacific. The event ran on 6 October 2020, from 10:30 to 11:15 AM (IST).
The keynote, ‘Collaborative Automation for the Asia-Pacific Manufacturer’ by conducted by Pradeep David, General Manager, South Asia, Universal Robots; James McKew, Regional Director, APAC, Universal Robots; and Darrell Adams Head, SEA & Oceania, Universal Robots. Collaborative Robots Leaders and practitioners connected online to share insights on future-proofing manufacturing in Asia-Pacific. Pradeep David along with Amar Barud, Senior Manager – Industrial Engineering, Continental also spoke at another keynote session titled ‘Conquering Manufacturing in the Covid-19 Era with Cobots – Customer Spotlight: Continental India’  the next day. The session highlighted Continental India’s journey with cobots enabling zero downtime.
Leading cobot luminaries, Mr Jürgen von Hollen, President of Universal Robots, Mr James McKew, Regional Director of APAC, Universal Robots, and Dr Che Fai YEONG, Director of DF Automation and Robotics and Associate Professor at Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, expounded industry insights and answered important questions from industry practitioners and attendees online, with visionary and practical insights on post-pandemic manufacturing, and how manufacturers in Asia-Pacific can be future-ready.
“In today’s transient and volatile world, it is no longer possible to readily or easily forecast forward trends. It is therefore critical for any company to be flexible and agile. Businesses and leaders have to leverage on the best available technologies, such as cobots, to empower innovative applications for businesses to adjust dynamically to situations and crises, and to adapt existing infrastructures to address organisational and customers’ needs,” said Jürgen von Hollen, President, Universal Robots.
“We foresee cobots to grow exponentially in the very near future in our ASEAN region, especially in the small and medium businesses (SMBs) segment. COVID-19 has accelerated the adoption of cobots in many industries. I believe Universal Robots to be a pre-eminent leader in steering the development and adoption of cobots in our region to help businesses succeed against obsolescence, especially since their cobots are especially easy to learn and operate,” said Dr Yeong, moderator of “Meet the Cobot Leaders” conference, and Director of DF Automation and Robotics.
Source:
https://www.industrialautomationindia.in/newsitm/10865/Leaders-converge-at-Universal-Robots-Meet-the-Cobot-Leaders-Keynote/news

Pembuat Robot Bahas Tantangan dan Inovasi Saat Pandemi di Meet the Cobot Leaders

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Pembuat Robot Bahas Tantangan dan Inovasi Saat Pandemi di Meet the Cobot Leaders

Liputan6.com, Jakarta – Baru-baru ini, Universal Robots, kreator robot kolaboratif (cobot) mengadakan sesi pertemuan online bertajuk “Meet the Cobot Leaders” atau “Bertemu dengan Pemimpin Cobot”.
Dalam kongres interaktif online pertama kali di Asia Pasifik dan digelar secara live streaming tersebut, dibahas semua hal tentang cobot dan perannya terhadap manufaktur masa depan.
Berlangsung pada 6 Oktober 2020, acara live streaming ini dihadiri oleh tokoh cobot terkemuka, Jürgen von Hollen, Presiden Universal Robots; James McKew, Direktur Regional APAC, Universal Robots; dan Dr Che Fai Yeong, Direktur DF Automation and Robotics and Associate Professor dari Universitas Teknologi Malaysia.
Masing-masing, mereka memaparkan banyak wawasan industri dan juga menjawab pertanyaan-pertanyaan penting dari para praktisi industri dan peserta secara online.
Salah satunya adalah tentang pandemi Covid-19 yang terjadi pada 2020 menambah tantangan yang ada, dan mendatangkan kerentanan baru bagi produsen di seluruh dunia. Demikian yang disebutkan dalam keterangan resminya, Minggu (11/10/2020).
Gangguan serius pada rantai pasokan, kekurangan material secara tiba-tiba, dan perubahan permintaan yang tajam, membuat para produsen pun bergulat untuk bisa beradaptasi dengan perubahan.

Manufaktur Padat Karya Sangat Terpukul

Manufaktur padat karya sangat terpukul oleh langkah-langkah penanganan COVID-19 oleh pemerintah daerah seperti melakukan pembatasan jarak dan sosial, yang kerap diperpanjang.
Langkah-langkah tersebut memberikan peluang bagi para produsen yang berfokus pada tenaga kerja dan memikirkan kembali operasi mereka.
Mereka juga mencari cara untuk menjaga produksi agar tetap berjalan, seraya mematuhi langkah-langkah dan peraturan yang ada, tanpa mengorbankan efisiensi biaya, juga memikirkan tentang model operasi yang bisa bertahan hingga di masa depan, supaya lebih tahan banting.

Mengatasi Tantangan dengan Inovasi

Cobot-cobot ini telah menjadi alat yang dapat diaplikasikan secara inovatif di seluruh dunia, terutama di pasar ASEAN, yang tingkat adopsi cobot dan robot industri lainnya terus melampaui pasar yang ada di negara-negara Barat yang sudah mapan.
Hal tersebut disebabkan cobot dari Universal Robots, pada saat dioperasikan, tidak lagi memerlukan insinyur profesional atau pengembang perangkat lunak.
Siapa pun yang memiliki kemampuan untuk mengoperasikan tablet grafis (seperti iPad dll) sederhana akan dapat memerintahkan dan mengontrol cobot tersebut, setelah mendapatkan beberapa pelatihan dasar.

Bisa Digunakan Siapa Pun

Misalnya, cobot sudah bisa diaplikasikan di bidang medis karena krisis Covid-19, untuk aplikasi seperti test swab, sterilisasi, dan desinfeksi secara mobile, termasuk desinfeksi sandaran tangan kursi pesawat yang bertujuan untuk mengurangi kemungkinan cedera dan infeksi pada penumpangnya.
“Di dunia yang selalu saja berubah dan tidak stabil ini, tidak mungkin kita bisa dengan mudah memperkirakan tren di masa depan. Oleh karena itu, penting bagi perusahaan manapun untuk bersikap fleksibel dan gesit,” kata Jürgen von Hollen, Presiden Robot Universal.
“Covid-19 telah mempercepat adopsi cobot pada banyak industri. Saya yakin Universal Robots akan membantu bisnis agar sukses melawan tingkat keuangan, terutama karena cobot sangatlah mudah dipelajari dan dioperasikan,” kata Dr Yeong, moderator “Meet Cobot Leaders”, dan Direktur Otomasi dan Robotika DF.
Source:
https://www.liputan6.com/tekno/read/4379434/pembuat-robot-bahas-tantangan-dan-inovasi-saat-pandemi-di-meet-the-cobot-leaders

Saat Pembuat Robot Kolaboratif Bertemu di ‘Meet the Cobot Leaders’

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Saat Pembuat Robot Kolaboratif Bertemu di ‘Meet the Cobot Leaders’

Jakarta – Universal Robots, pembuat robot kolaboratif (cobot) mengadakan “Meet the Cobot Leaders” atau “Bertemu dengan Pemimpin Cobot” yang pertama di Asia-Pasifik.
Acara yang berlangsung pada 6 Oktober ini merupakan kongres interaktif online “siaran langsung” yang membahas tentang cobot dan perannya terhadap manufaktur masa depan di seluruh Asia-Pasifik.
Sejumlah pakar cobot seperti Jürgen von Hollen, Presiden Universal Robots, James McKew, Direktur Regional APAC, Universal Robots, dan Dr Che Fai Yeong, Direktur DF Automation and Robotics and Associate Professor dari Universitas Teknologi Malaysia memaparkan banyak wawasan industri dan juga menjawab pertanyaan-pertanyaan penting dari para praktisi industri dan juga peserta secara online, menggunakan wawasan yang visioner dan praktis mengenai manufaktur pasca pandemi, dan menjelaskan bagaimana produsen di Asia Pasifik untuk siap menghadapi masa depan.
Pandemi COVID-19 yang terjadi pada tahun 2020 menambah tantangan yang ada dan mendatangkan kerentanan baru bagi produsen di seluruh dunia.
Gangguan serius pada rantai pasokan, kekurangan material secara tiba-tiba, dan perubahan permintaan yang tajam, membuat para produsen pun bergulat untuk bisa beradaptasi dengan perubahan.
Manufaktur padat karya sangat terpukul oleh langkah-langkah penanganan COVID-19 oleh pemerintah daerah seperti melakukan pembatasan jarak dan sosial.
Namun, langkah-langkah tersebut memberikan peluang bagi para produsen yang berfokus pada tenaga kerja dan memikirkan kembali operasi mereka, tentang bagaimana caranya untuk menjaga produksi agar tetap berjalan, seraya mematuhi langkah-langkah dan peraturan yang ada, tanpa mengorbankan efisiensi biaya, juga memikirkan tentang model operasi yang bisa bertahan hingga di masa depan, supaya lebih tahan banting.
“Di Asia-Pasifik, pemilik bisnis dan para operatornya harus benar-benar dapat mengatur biaya, menciptakan nilai, dan keuntungan. Di beberapa daerah yang kisaran harga real estate-nya (perumahan) mahal, seperti Singapura dan kota metropolitan lainnya di dunia, cobot pastinya bisa sangat membantu dalam memaksimalkan ruang di mana operator manusia dan cobot bisa bekerja bersama-sama untuk mencapai tingkat produksi tertinggi, sambil mematuhi pedoman jarak fisik (yang diperlukan di tengah pandemi ini),” kata James McKew, Direktur Regional APAC, Universal Robots.

Mengatasi Tantangan dengan Inovasi

Cobot-cobot ini telah menjadi alat yang gesit dan sempurna, yang dapat diaplikasikan secara inovatif di seluruh dunia, terutama di pasar ASEAN, yang sedang berkembang di mana tingkat adopsi cobot dan robot industri lainnya terus melampaui pasar yang ada di negara-negara Barat yang sudah mapan.
Hal tersebut disebabkan cobot dari Universal Robots, pada saat dioperasikan, tidak lagi memerlukan insinyur profesional atau pengembang perangkat lunak. Siapa pun yang memiliki kemampuan untuk mengoperasikan tablet grafis (seperti iPad dll) sederhana akan dapat memerintahkan dan mengontrol cobot tersebut, setelah mendapatkan beberapa pelatihan dasar.
Misalnya, robot kolaboratif sudah bisa diaplikasikan di bidang medis karena krisis COVID-19, untuk aplikasi seperti test swab, sterilisasi, dan desinfeksi secara mobile, termasuk desinfeksi sandaran tangan kursi pesawat yang bertujuan untuk mengurangi kemungkinan cedera dan infeksi pada penumpangnya.
“Di dunia yang selalu saja berubah dan tidak stabil ini, tidak mungkin kita bisa dengan mudah memperkirakan tren di masa depan. Oleh karena itu, penting bagi perusahaan manapun untuk bersikap fleksibel dan gesit. Bisnis dan para pemimpinnya harus memanfaatkan teknologi terbaik yang tersedia, seperti cobot ini, untuk bisa menjadi inovatif, agar dapat secara dinamis menyesuaikan diri dengan situasi dan krisis yang ada sekarang, dan untuk menyesuaikan infrastruktur yang ada, agar memenuhi kebutuhan organisasi dan pelanggan,” kata Jürgen von Hollen, Presiden Robot Universal.
“Kami memperkirakan cobot akan tumbuh secara eksponensial dalam waktu dekat di kawasan ASEAN, terutama di segmen usaha kecil dan menengah (UKM). COVID-19 telah mempercepat adopsi cobot pada banyak industri. Saya yakin Universal Robots akan menjadi pemimpin terdepan dalam mengarahkan pengembangan dan adopsi cobot di wilayah kami, membantu bisnis agar sukses melawan tingkat keusangan, terutama karena cobot sangatlah mudah dipelajari dan dioperasikan,” kata Dr Yeong, moderator “Meet Cobot Leaders”, dan Direktur Otomasi dan Robotika DF.
Source:
https://inet.detik.com/business/d-5207921/saat-pembuat-robot-kolaboratif-bertemu-di-meet-the-cobot-leaders

Robots luminaries converged to explore future-proofing APAC manufacturing

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Robots luminaries converged to explore future-proofing APAC manufacturing

Universal Robots, the global leader in collaborative robots (cobots), has successfully completed the first “Meet the Cobot Leaders” session in Asia-Pacific, a ‘live’ online interactive congress on cobots and their encompassing role in the future of manufacturing throughout Asia-Pacificon 6 October  2020.
Leading cobot luminaries, Mr Jürgen von Hollen, President of Universal Robots, Mr James McKew, Regional Director of APAC, Universal Robots, and Dr Che Fai YEONG, Director of DF Automation and Robotics and Associate Professor at Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, expounded industry insights and answered industry practitioners and attendees online, with visionary and practical insights on post-pandemic manufacturing, and how manufacturers in Asia-Pacific can be future-ready.
Dr Yeong, a name associated with robotics and inventions in Malaysia, and a winner of more than 100 awards nationally and internationally, moderated the session.
The event converged the luminaries and attendees with a lively exchange of ideas and recommendations on serious disruption to supply chains, sudden material shortages, and steep swings in demand left manufacturers grappling with changes.

Surmounting challenges with innovation

Cobots have been the perfect nimble tool for many innovative applications. Universal Robots’ cobots do not require professional engineers or software developers to utilise the cobots, anyone with an ability to operating a simple graphical tablet will be able to command and control such cobots after some basic training.
“We foresee cobots to grow exponentially in the very near future in our ASEAN region, especially in the small and medium businesses (SMBs) segment. COVID-19 has accelerated the adoption of cobots in many industries. I believe Universal Robots to be a pre-eminent leader in steering the development and adoption of cobots in our region to help businesses succeed against obsolescence, especially since their cobots are especially easy to learn and operate,” said Dr Yeong, moderator of “Meet the Cobot Leaders” conference, and Director of DF Automation and Robotics.

“Meet the Cobot Leaders”

“Meet the Cobot Leaders” is part of “WeAreCobots APAC”, the first collaborative robots virtual expo in Asia Pacific, hosted by Universal Robots. From 6 to 8 October 2020, participants can gain enriching insights from more than a hundred automation experts on overcoming manufacturing challenges in Asia-Pacific, visit a wide array UR+ partner exhibition booths, select from 45 live demos and ask questions during online session. “Meet the Cobot Leaders” and All 15 online keynote sessions, including “Meet the Cobot Leaders” will be on-demand at https://wearecobots.apac.vfairs.com/  from 9 October to 7 November 2020.
Source:
https://www.biospectrumasia.com/news/54/16870/robots-luminaries-converged-to-explore-future-proofing-apac-manufacturing.html

Leading Luminaries and Asia-Pacific Attendees Converged at the Universal Robots “Meet the Cobot Leaders” Keynote

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Leading Luminaries and Asia-Pacific Attendees Converged at the Universal Robots “Meet the Cobot Leaders” Keynote

MALAYSIA, 07 October 2020 – Universal Robots, the global leader in collaborative robots (cobots), has successfully completed the first “Meet the Cobot Leaders” session in Asia-Pacific, a ‘live’ online interactive congress on cobots and their encompassing role in the future of manufacturing throughout Asia-Pacific. The event ran on 6 October 2020, from 1300 to 1345 hours (SGT, GMT+8).
Leading cobot luminaries, Jürgen von Hollen, President of Universal Robots, James McKew, Regional Director of APAC, Universal Robots, and Dr Che Fai Yeong, Director of DF Automation and Robotics and Associate Professor at Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, expounded industry insights and answered important questions from industry practitioners and attendees online, with visionary and practical insights on post-pandemic manufacturing, and how manufacturers in Asia-Pacific can be future-ready.
Dr Yeong, a name associated with robotics and inventions in Malaysia, and a winner of more than 100 awards nationally and internationally, moderated the session.

COVID-19 and Challenges

The COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 exacerbated existing challenges and exposed new vulnerabilities for manufacturers around the world.
The serious disruption to supply chains, sudden material shortages, and steep swings in demand left manufacturers grappling with changes. Labour-intensive manufacturing has been hit painfully by the regional governments’ COVID-19 measures of extended lockdowns and social distancing. But such measures present an opportunity for labour-centric manufacturers to rethink their operations, on ways to keep production going while adhering to regulatory measures, without sacrificing cost efficiency, and to future-proof operations for more resilience. The event converged the luminaries and attendees with a lively exchange of ideas and recommendations.
“In Asia-Pacific, business owners and operators have to juggle costs, value creation, and profit. In some locales where real estate is costly, such as Singapore and other metropolitan cities, cobots can be a tremendous help in maximising floor space with human operators and cobots working in tandem to achieve the highest levels of production while adhering to physical distancing guidelines,” said James McKew, Regional Director of APAC, Universal Robots.

Surmounting challenges with innovation

Cobots have been the perfect nimble tool for many innovative applications throughout the world, and especially in an emerging ASEAN markets where the adoption rates of cobots and other industrial robots have been steadily outpacing the established Western markets. This is especially since Universal Robots’ cobots do not require professional engineers or software developers to utilise the cobots, anyone with an ability to operating a simple graphical tablet will be able to command and control such cobots after some basic training.
For example, cobots have found their way into medical applications because of the COVID-19 crisis, with applications such as swab testing, sterilisation, and mobilised disinfection, including the disinfection of aircraft seat arm rests to alleviate the possibility of repetitive strain injuries or even infections in humans.
“In today’s transient and volatile world, it is no longer possible to readily or easily forecast forward trends. It is therefore critical for any company to be flexible and agile. Businesses and leaders have to leverage on the best available technologies, such as cobots, to empower innovative applications for businesses to adjust dynamically to situations and crises, and to adapt existing infrastructures to address organisational and customers’ needs,” said Jürgen von Hollen, President, Universal Robots.
“We foresee cobots to grow exponentially in the very near future in our ASEAN region, especially in the small and medium businesses (SMBs) segment. COVID-19 has accelerated the adoption of cobots in many industries. I believe Universal Robots to be a pre-eminent leader in steering the development and adoption of cobots in our region to help businesses succeed against obsolescence, especially since their cobots are especially easy to learn and operate,” said Dr Yeong, moderator of “Meet the Cobot Leaders” conference, and Director of DF Automation and Robotics.
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Cobots to grow exponentially in the very near future

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Cobots to grow exponentially in the very near future

Universal Robots, the global leader in collaborative robots (cobots), has completed the first “Meet the Cobot Leaders” session in Asia-Pacific, a “live” online interactive congress on cobots and their encompassing role in the future of manufacturing throughout Asia-Pacific.

Leading cobot luminaries, Mr Jürgen von Hollen, President of Universal Robots, Mr James McKew, Regional Director of APAC, Universal Robots, and Dr Che Fai Yeong, Director of DF Automation and Robotics and Associate Professor at Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, expounded industry insights and answered important questions from industry practitioners and attendees online, with visionary and practical insights on post-pandemic manufacturing, and how manufacturers in Asia-Pacific can be future-ready.

Covid-19 and challenges

The Covid-19 pandemic in 2020 exacerbated existing challenges and exposed new vulnerabilities for manufacturers around the world. The serious disruption to supply chains, sudden material shortages, and steep swings in demand left manufacturers grappling with changes. Labour-intensive manufacturing has been hit painfully by the regional governments’ Covid-19 measures of extended lockdowns and social distancing. But such measures present an opportunity for labour-centric manufacturers to rethink their operations, on ways to keep production going while adhering to regulatory measures, without sacrificing cost efficiency, and to future-proof operations for more resilience. The event converged the luminaries and attendees with a lively exchange of ideas and recommendations.
“In Asia-Pacific, business owners and operators have to juggle costs, value creation, and profit. In some locales where real estate is costly, such as Singapore and other metropolitan cities, cobots can be a tremendous help in maximising floor space with human operators and cobots working in tandem to achieve the highest levels of production while adhering to physical distancing guidelines,” said James McKew, Regional Director of APAC, Universal Robots.

Surmounting challenges with innovation

Cobots have been the perfect nimble tool for many innovative applications throughout the world, and especially in an emerging ASEAN markets where the adoption rates of cobots and other industrial robots have been steadily outpacing the established Western markets. This is especially since Universal Robots’ cobots do not require professional engineers or software developers to utilise the cobots, anyone with an ability to operating a simple graphical tablet will be able to command and control such cobots after some basic training. For example, cobots have found their way into medical applications because of the Covid-19 crisis, with applications such as swab testing, sterilisation, and mobilised disinfection.
“In today’s transient and volatile world, it is no longer possible to readily or easily forecast forward trends. It is therefore critical for any company to be flexible and agile. Businesses and leaders have to leverage on the best available technologies, such as cobots, to empower innovative applications for businesses to adjust dynamically to situations and crises, and to adapt existing infrastructures to address organisational and customers’ needs,” said Jürgen von Hollen, President, Universal Robots.
“We foresee cobots to grow exponentially in the very near future in our ASEAN region, especially in the small and medium businesses segment. Covid-19 has accelerated the adoption of cobots in many industries. I believe Universal Robots to be a pre-eminent leader in steering the development and adoption of cobots in our region to help businesses succeed against obsolescence, especially since their cobots are especially easy to learn and operate,” said Dr Yeong. “Meet the Cobot Leaders” is part of “WeAreCobots APAC”, the first collaborative robots virtual expo in Asia Pacific, hosted by Universal Robots. All 15 online keynote sessions, including “Meet the Cobot Leaders” will be on-demand at https://wearecobots.apac.vfairs.com/ from 9 October to 7 November 2020.
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