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

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

UTM, HCTM & DF Automation Develop Hospital Delivery Robot ‘Mak Cik 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.

Delivery Robot MCK19

Figure: A user is interacting with MCK19.
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.

Figure: Left picture: Compartment’s shelves that can be customised. Right Top picture: LCD screen shows animated friendly face. Bottom Right Picture: Graphical User Interface.
This robot is also an IoT robot where it can be accessed by any PC, tablets or phones, allowing users to interact with the robot even if the users are not at the hospital’s premise.
In addition, there is also a security feature in place to allow access by authorised admin only.
The working prototype that took less than two weeks to develop is made possible with the strong support from all parties especially from MOSTI, MITI, MTDC, HCTM, UTM, DF, Ministry of Health, hospitals and industries.
This project is led by co-founder of DF, Assoc. Prof. Dr Yeong Che Fai from School of Electrical Engineering, UTM.
According to him, as DF has provided robotic solutions to industry since 2012, we leverage the robots and experiences we have to achieve the social distance requirement in hospitals between humans during this critical time.
“Robots can help with many tasks to reduce human presence such as for delivering, disinfection, cleaning, monitoring, service and many more.
It is unfortunate that COVID-19 happened and strikes us without any warning. One of the solutions to deal with COVID-19 is to maintain social distance between humans.
MCK19 will be our first pilot trial, if this robot works well, we will proceed to other applications.” he added.
Meanwhile Director of Hospital Canselor Tuanku (HCTM), Ukm, Prof. Dato’ Dr Hanafiah Harunarashid, expressed gratitude on the collaborations.
“On behalf of HCTM (UKM), I am very pleased to collaborate with MOSTI and the team from UTM and DF to develop a hospital delivery robot hospital, the first in Malaysia.
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 near future to enhance the delivery of health care, ” he added.
UTM Vice-Chancellor, Prof Datuk Ir Dr Wahid bin Omar said the invention of this robot is another UTM’s helping hand in combating the virus, along with university’s initiatives of to prosper lives.
“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.
Thus through this collaboration we hope that together, we can break the the Covid-19 chain soon,” he added.
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 robot to supply to hospitals in Malaysia or any organisations who need it.
For the long term, the team is planning to produce a more human friendly look and design as in the figure below.
For more. information, please email [email protected] or [email protected].

Delivery Robot MCK20

Figure: Some of the concept designs for future commercial Hospital Delivery Robot

Figure: The team beside the development of MCK19, Hospital Delivery Robot led by Assoc. Prof. Dr Yeong Che Fai (picture second from left)

Figure: Metro Mak Cik Kiah 19 Infographic

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Co-authored by: Dr Yeong Che Fai
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