Singapore to revamp Industrial Automation
Singapore is in due course to revamp Industrial Automation in Service Based Industries by providing education and training to its workers on robotics and automation mechanisms. The Singapore Industrial Automation Association, the nodal agency, inked a pact with e2i, the staffing consultants, for two years to serve this purpose. As per the pact signed, Companies can have an access to knowledge sharing, virtual visits and consultation to know more about robotics, automation trends and applications. It intends to provide intensive training for workers to know how to use and manage the new technologies and applications.
Automation is widespread amongst the industries to increase the output efficiency and maintain the quality of the product. The potential of Industrial Automation in service based industries is yet to be tapped. Having said, Companies needs to be more productive it also important to keep its workers get properly trained with new skills for growth areas. As per the deal, the e2i and SIAA set to target more than 30 companies over the two years.
The initiative was first disclosed at the first Robotics and Automation Awareness Seminar jointly organized by e2i and SIAA on 6th of April. The event has drawn more than 200 employers from the service related sectors along with NTUC Deputy Chief Chan Chun Sing.
Mr. Chan states that “the companies are well versed on how technology can benefit their businesses, but the main aspect that’s missing is right technology to choose from”, he further continues, “Companies face yet another challenge as their workers tend to be less receptive for the change or fearful of getting replaced by machines”.
Recently, a company named Decks, the clothing retailer, managed to work around by providing proper communication and training with its workers. It successfully launched a Radio Frequency Identification System (RFID), despite facing resistance from its workers especially belonging to older generations as it requires substantial amount of time to type out the delivery order.
The company could overcome the problem by conducting educational programs and highlighting the importance of this technological advancement. The company states, previously the staff used work for 5-6 hours a day typing the deliver order and the written note and the now the things have changed with the introduction of RFID Systems that tracks the delivery order with just a simple scan of the product. The company could identify and rectify the problems faced with the feedbacks given by workers, as they know the conditions implied on the task they do.
Many other service based companies have shown interest with the success of Decks Retail to make the process simpler and maintain quality by adopting these new technologies in their business, by making Singapore to be in the game.
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