As part of WOU’s commitment to actively engage with the industry, the School of Science and Technology (SST) successfully hosted a seminar on “Data-Driven Manufacturing Solutions” to share key trends and latest developments that are relevant for the manufacturing industry.
Over 50 industry practitioners attended the one-day seminar held at WOU’s seaside main campus on 21 March 2023.
In his welcome speech, Dean of SST Assoc Prof Dr Sean Tan said the seminar served as a platform for solution providers to exchange knowledge and seek opportunities in turning the know-how into industry manufacturing solutions.
“We are constantly exploring ways to provide continuous learning and upskilling opportunities through various channels. This seminar is one of it, and we aim to promote a collaborative network where industry professionals can gather to share valuable insights, expertise and best practices,” explained Dr Tan.
The seminar’s morning session focused on the use of data for manufacturing process improvement, specifically leveraging data from various sources to improve industrial operations, increase efficiency and reduce costs.
It kicked off with a presentation on “System visualisation and data collection using Internet-of-Things (IoT)” by Dr Leow Cheah Wei from Lingkail Sdn Bhd. He shared his experience in the implementation of industrial IoT in factories in Malaysia and suggested how manufacturing organisations can achieve their KPIs (key performance indicators) by the use of data.
In the second presentation, Mr Woon Mun Keat, a certified Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt professional and certified quality engineer spoke on “Data analysis using JMP statistical tools”.
He demonstrated the use of JMP statistical software for machine parameter analysis and Design of Experience (DoE) using advanced features and machine learning applications.
The afternoon session of the seminar focused on the application of engineering design data to create physical products using the latest additive manufacturing technology.
Dr Izhar Bin Abd Aziz from 3D Gens Sdn Bhd shared about the trends and applications of 3D printing in the medical and manufacturing industries. He also discussed the future prospects of 3D printing in Malaysia.
SST Senior Lecturer Dr Teoh Ping Chow delivered closing remarks at the end of the seminar, reiterating the University’s intention to collaborate with industry partners to create a knowledge-sharing platform through training, consultation, and accredited courses.
Earlier, Head of WOU Academy, Steven Khor also shared the Academy’s plans to offer training programmes and micro-credential courses in partnership with industries.
In addition to the seminar, attendees also had the opportunity to witness demonstrations of IoT technology at an exhibition counter set up by Farraz Jaya Sdn Bhd. The exhibition featured video walls and software-defined audio visual over internet protocol (AV-over-IP) for the enterprise platform with the capabilities to deploy and manage IoT applications and services.