Singapore’s national research agency has formed a new lab with a local manufacturing software company to help manufacturers shore up their Industry 4.0 capabilities.
The S$18m lab, set up by the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*Star) and Arcstone, will imbue the latter’s manufacturing execution systems with artificial intelligence (AI) and industrial internet of things (IIoT) capabilities.
This will enable manufacturers to optimise production processes, paving the way for more competitive and robust supply chains.
At the same time, the lab will look into optimising energy use while making Arcstone’s manufacturing execution systems easy to configure and use, lowering barriers for first-timers.
The joint lab will also help Arcstone grow, halving the time for research and development. Arcstone will also create about 30 engineering jobs over the next three years, bringing its total headcount from about 50 to 80.
Two A*Star units are involved in the lab: the Advanced Remanufacturing and Technology Centre (ARTC), which will contribute capabilities in advanced manufacturing and Industry 4.0 technologies, and the Institute of High Performance Computing, which will contribute expertise in computational modelling, simulation and AI.
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