• 17 May 2019
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    [PRESS RELEASE] IME Launches the First and Only Office-friendly Metal 3D Printing System in Malaysia.

    17 May 2019
    Amnani Adnan
    179

    IME Group of Companies launched Desktop Metal Studio System, the first and only office-friendly metal 3D printing system at METALTECH 2019 that took place at the Malaysia International Trade and Exhibition Centre (MITEC). The ceremony was ­­honoured by the presence of YB Dr. Ong Kian Ming, Deputy Minister of Ministry of International Trade and Industry, Mr. Teoh Tuan Ka , Chairman and Founder of IME Group of Companies, and Mr. CK Kan, Regional Director (Asia Pacific) of Desktop Metal.

    The Studio System is safe and simple to use and is designed to make metal 3D printing more accessible, enabling design and engineering teams to make metal parts faster, without the need for special facilities, dedicated operators, or expensive tooling.

    Manufacturers who have adopted 3D printing technology have reported cost reduction of as much as 90% compared to machining and selective laser melting (SLM) and speed up production significantly, from months or weeks to mere days.

    Metal 3D Printing is one of the new technologies showcased by IME this year, alongside with other technology pillars in the National Policy on Industry 4.0, such as local-developed Data Analytic solution, Virtual Simulation, Virtual Reality, and various Design to Manufacturing Solutions.

    A combination of the different technology drivers in the National Policy on Industry 4.0 established by Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) will transform the manufacturing landscape, the way of working, and disrupt existing business models.  It will lead to greater efficiencies and change traditional production relationships among suppliers, producers, and customers—as well as between human and machine.

    In May this year, Mawea Industries (A member of IME Group of Companies) has been officially appointed as Digital Transformation Lab (DTL) in collaboration with the Malaysian Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) for its Digital Transformation Acceleration Programme (DTAP), initiated with the support of the Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA). In this cooperation, Mawea Industries will be lending its expertise and assistance to Malaysian companies in adopting and leveraging on digital technologies for increased productivity and optimised operation towards sustainability.

    “Support from the government is crucial in the Industry 4.0 journey. We are glad to see many initiatives from the government in recent years spearheading the way. We are proud to be part of the journey, being a local company developing our own solutions to aid the growth of the industry” says Mr. TK Teoh, Chairman and Founder of IME Group of Companies.

    IME Group of Companies with its expertise and comprehensive approach towards Industry 4.0 along with the right tools provides companies with the support they need to master the challenges of implementation.

    ABOUT IME GROUP OF COMPANIES

    IME (Group of companies) is a local business established since 1980, that aspires to play a role in the growth of the local industry, by providing a platform for the industry and educational sector to collaborate, share, and close the knowledge and skill gap. Founded as a CNC service and repair centre, IME has now grown into the leading product design and manufacturing solution provider in Malaysia, with a vast clientele from local and multi-national corporations, government sectors and academia; IME has established strong presence locally and expanded business coverage to ASEAN.

    Apart from being recently appointed as the DTL by MDEC, IME is also The Federation of Malaysian Manufacturers (FMM) Industry 4.0 Committee Member, and The Fourth Industrial Revolution Committee Member for National Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Malaysia (NCCIM).

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  • 10 May 2019
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    Mawea Industries Appointed as Digital Transformation Lab (DTL)

    10 May 2019
    Amnani Adnan
    251

    In view of the global trend in the industry towards digital transformation, the Government with the support of local industries have been energising the scene with powerful initiatives to accelerate nation’s digital transformation.  Some of the prominent efforts include The National Policy on Industry 4.0, also known as Industry4WRD, launched by Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohammad in 2018 and Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA)’s Domestic Investment Strategic Fund (DISF) in facilitating the shift of large and mid-tier companies.

    IME is driving the thrust of digital transformation through its subsidiary, Mawea Industries’s active collaboration with manufacturers and companies in the area of Industry 4.0 across verticals.

    Mawea Industries has been officially appointed as Digital Transformation Lab (DTL) in collaboration with Malaysian Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) in structuring Digital Transformation Acceleration Programme (DTAP) alongside with other global experts, aiming to assist home-grown companies in their journey of digital transformation to maximise productivity, remain sustainable and competitive in the global market.

    DTAP is a result-driven programme that aims to enhance the competitiveness of local companies and remain sustainable in the coming years of digital disruption by increasing their productivity gain, reducing labour dependency and design new business model.

    The programme is equipped with Industry 4.0 experts as the Digital Transformation Labs (DTL) for companies to leverage on their expertise in addressing pain points, developing opportunities and employing proof of concepts through the adoption of digital technologies. Undergoing the assessment with DTL is a critical pilot process as it sets out the digital adoption journey. Businesses can apply for a full scale implementation between a designated timeframe after completing the pilot phase.

    Future proof your business and start your digital transformation journey now.

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  • 3 May 2019
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    IME at Shell Eco-Marathon

    3 May 2019
    Amnani Adnan
    244

    On the 29th April – 2nd May 2019, Shell has organized one of the most exciting event that involves high school students and university students from all over the world at our very own racetrack – Sepang International Circuit and we (IME & SOLIDWORKS)  had the honour of being a partner in this event. With over 30 years of experience in engineering and constantly pushing forward, we have always been a huge supporter in nurturing STEM education to ensure that the engineers of tomorrow will be able to shape the future. With aligning interests, we had to participate and show our support for an event with such history and significance. Now, let us dive into the details of this event.

    The Shell Eco – Marathon is a platform for high school and university teams to come together and push their boundaries through hands-on experience to achieve high energy efficiency vehicles in the form of a competition. With over 3 decades of history and involving thousands of teams across the world, I assure you that you will be surprised by the sheer scale and atmosphere of this event. This marks their 10th Anniversary for Shell Eco-marathon Asia and they have decided to return to SIC (Sepang International Circuit) where it all first began for the Asia series.

    This competition involves 2 vehicle classes which are UrbanConcept and Prototype. The UrbanConcept vehicles have 4 wheels and features similar to a road car whereas the Prototype class is a 3-wheeler and designed to be superlight weight. Teams have the freedom to choose how their vehicle will be powered, which are the Internal Combustion Engine, Battery-Electric or Hydrogen Fuel Cell.

    URBANCONCEPT PROTOTYPE
    Vehicles with familiar road car features Ultra-efficient
    4 Wheels Lightweight
    3 Wheels

    Drivers will participate in 2 types of competition; ‘Mileage Challenge’ and ‘Drivers’ World Championship’. As the name suggests, the Mileage Challenge features the most distance travelled with 1 litre of fuel and the Driver’s World Championship which will test the driver’s ability to cross the finish line first within the allocated energy through their strategy, speed and skill. To put into perspective, the 2018 winning team was able to travel a distance of 2,341 kilometers on just 1 litre of petrol. That’s the equivalent distance of travelling from Kuala Lumpur to Yangon, Myanmar! How in the world of chicken nuggets did they manage that?  Also, trying to strategize and constantly and adapting to the driving conditions is not an easy task especially in a circuit such as Sepang.

    Personally, we think that it would be very challenging due to the harsh conditions in Malaysia. The heat will be a major factor as well as how technical the track is, Shell has chosen the more technical part of Sepang International Circuit for the competition and it consists of steep gradients and technical corners. Therefore I think that the main factors in this competition would be heat management, driver’s skill and mental fortitude. Did we forget to mention that drivers had to wear full race suits in their cars with minimum to no ventilation throughout the race? Just when you thought that it couldn’t get any more challenging, teams have to pass 11 inspections before being seen fit to compete in track!

    This year, we have a total of 109 teams from 19 countries across Asia Pacific consisting of 5 Malaysian Teams. Surprisingly none of our Malaysian Teams used combustion engines!

    Malaysian Teams Category Engine Type
    #307 Genesis UTAR Prototype Battery Electric
    #310 UMP Tech (University Malaysia Pahang) Prototype Battery Electric
    311 Grüne Welt (Multimedia University Melaka Campus) Prototype Battery Electric
    #611 Team Monash UC UrbanConcept Hydrogen
    #614 UiTM Eco Planet UrbanConcept Hydrogen

    We went looking for our Malaysian representatives and couldn’t get hold of all of them. This was probably because everyone was trying to get through the 11 tests! However, we did come across team #310 UMP Tech who has already passed all 11 test and got their stickers to prove it! Also they were kind enough to let us take a look at their car and we had a short Q&A session with them!

    On the left is a picture of us investigating their car and on the right we have a team photo!

    Team UMP Tech is running a battery electric setup with in-house fabricated carbon fibre chassis. They have been testing their car and have reported things are looking good, rear-biased weight distribution and with just the bare minimum! Team UMP has been in this competition for their 3rd year and we are hoping to see a competitive race from them!

    Pictures of #310 UMP Tech

    However, when we went to visit team #307 Genesis UTAR….. we found this …..

    Bummer….

    We didn’t let that stop us from snoopin’ around their car!

    Seems like they got rid of extra weight by not having seats at all! Just a few fluffy cushions will do!

    Since they were not around, we decided to interview Team #322 UTB Ecodrive Team from Brunei instead…

    Just some quick features about their car, they were running on an internal combustion engine from a motorcycle and this was their first time participating! They had lots of tech loaded in their car with LCD screens that shows various data, well-done to their electrical team! As this was their first time, their biggest challenge was designing the chassis in SOLIDWORKS. After speaking to various teams, they all seem to face challenges in designing an aerodynamic and solid chassis. Most teams had only done chassis design but not any kind of simulation study and we were happy to provide them with more information on simulations and design!

    Moving on to Team #311 Grüne Welt (Multimedia University Melaka Campus)

    Grüne Welt (German) translates into Green World
    They have a solid looking car and we had a discussion with their lecturer/ supervisor regarding designing the car as well as some talks on simulation! Apparently they’re keen on trying out SOLIDWORKS and were very excited about its capabilities!

    We caught team #611 Team Monash UC during inspection and gave out some freebies!

    Out of all the cars we have seen from our Malaysian representatives, Monash’s car looks the most comfortable and probably is the biggest in size we’ve seen so far! The car looks fast with a sleek aerodynamic design. Rear-biased weight distribution as they have a trunk in the back with metal plates stacked to keep the rear end sitting low!

    Lastly, we visited Team #614 UiTM Eco Planet

    Looks like they’re a little busy …….

    It was a long day for us and for the participants as well. As it was a busy day for the teams trying to get through inspection, we had a hard time trying to get hold of them. However, more content on the event will come soon!

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  • 26 July 2018
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    IME FUTSAL CUP 2018

    26 Jul 2018
    Amnani Adnan
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    Congratulations, France!

    The FIFA World Cup 2018 has come to a glorious end in Moscow as France has made history and took home the trophy for the second time since 1998. While the world is falling over the game that happens once every four years, it was no surprise that every national team tried the whole bag of tricks only to claim the almighty world cup trophy and bring home the nation’s pride along with the cheers and chants of jubilant that could last a century.

    In the event of the universal sport that unites and brings people around the world together to celebrate teamwork and triumph regardless of skin colour, nationality, races and religions, we did not want to miss the boat to relive the spirit in our team.

    A football player can never pull off a game without each imperative teammate playing different roles in the field. At IME, we cherish team spirit and togetherness too as a driving force to get ahead and score in all fields we are specialising in.

    A futsal game was just in time and perfect for the season of FIFA World Cup. It was not a common occurrence that we teamed up against other team which was also made up of our own. However we believed sometimes a good game brings us together even closer and better.

    At the game, fatigue and weariness can never kill our spirits as we play a number of rounds just to pave our way to the final and claim our very own World Cup trophy – a 3D-printed FIFA World Cup Trophy replica.

    It was a work of art that sent us chills. All kudos to our team for crafting the trophy and bringing it to life!

    Check out some of the facts and let’s walk through the process of creating the 3D-printed trophy.

    File type : .STL
    Printer : 3D Espresso
    Technology : FDM
    Material    : PLA
    Height      : 240mm
    Structure   : Assembled from 3 parts – the globe, the body, and the base.
    Approximate

    build time

    : The globe; 10 hours
    The body; 14 hours
    The base; 3-4 hours

     

    The concept of the IME Futsal Trophy 2018 was based on the FIFA World Cup Trophy; only differences were the dimensions and title. The printed concept was less expensive and had a very solid touch from the FDM Technology. It did not require any support material in the process; and as the space of the printing bed was limited, the tall structure was printed into 3 divided parts (as identified above).

     
     

    To enhance its aesthetic, it was recoloured in green and gold, resembling the FIFA World Cup Trophy. The trophy was placed into the Memmert oven to dry the paint out and a 3D-printed World Cup Trophy was brought to life.


    As much as the effort we put in delivering quality at work, we are not settling for anything less when it comes to play. Seeing the importance to balance work with play, we strive to bake work-life balance into our company’s culture in all unique ways to fit our organisation. Not to mention, sometimes we find as much fun in 3D-printing a World Cup as printing a wind turbine!

    You can now print your own World Cup Trophy or customise your own in any way you like. Click <here> to go behind-the-scenes of the making of this 3D-printed World Cup Trophy.

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  • 5 July 2018
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    [PRESS RELEASE] MIDA-IME Industry 4.0 Showcase

    5 Jul 2018
    Amnani Adnan
    1949

    KUALA LUMPUR, June 28 — The Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA) in collaboration with IME Group of Companies with the support of Dassault Systèmes and Robert Bosch organised the MIDA-IME Industry 4.0 Showcase, today. The event, held at MIDA headquarters aimed to assist local players in their implementation of Industry 4.0. The Showcase gathered experts to demonstrate a wide range of technologies endorsed by Industry 4.0 namely simulation, additive manufacturing, system integration, digitisation, cloud computing, Internet of Things (IoT) and data analytics.

    Speaking at the event, Ms. Lim Bee Vian, Executive Director of the Strategic Planning (Services) of MIDA said, “It is crucial now than ever for companies to reassess and realign their business strategies to adapt to the unprecedented challenges of the new industrial revolution. We need both the industry players from the private sector as well as public sector to come together as one.”

    “MIDA has been steadily making efforts to familiarise companies with smart manufacturing technologies through seminars, dialogues with business chambers, briefing with business associations, workshops and supplier conferences to MNCs and SMEs. We have identified strategic partners to promote robotics and automation, Industrial Internet of Things (IIOT) and smart manufacturing technology and solutions. The collaboration with IME adds to MIDA’s on-going initiatives in spearheading the country’s Industry 4.0 agenda. We have partnered with companies such as Rockwell Automation, Intel, Hitachi, and Siemens to showcase possible solutions to assist companies in adopting Industry 4.0 technologies.  By working with these technology developers and solution providers, we act as a conduit in bringing together industry players for fresh and exciting collaborations,” she added.

    Nearly 200 participants from various organisations attended the event that seeks to assist them in understanding and learning ways to incorporate the key elements of Industry 4.0 into businesses.

    The full-day event featured presentations on ‘Government Facilitation Related to Industry 4.0 in Malaysia’ by MIDA; ‘Leveraging Digital Continuity for Operational Excellence’ by Dassault Systèmes, as well as panel discussion on ‘Industry 4.0 : How to Start Implementation’, which was moderated by a representative from Dassault Systèmes, with a line-up of speakers from IME, Bosch and DF Automation.

    IME also conducted an Industry 4.0 workshop, which addressed 5 key steps to initiate Industry 4.0 transformation. The workshop highlighted that the adoption of Industry 4.0 elements is not necessarily costly thus it is important for organisations to identify critical areas for improvement, before developing a roadmap and evaluating suitable methods for implementation, within their budget. IME is also embarking on its own IoT projects. Solely in year 2017 itself, the company has engaged with more than 7,000 business leaders about Industry 4.0, Smart Manufacturing and IoT. Training offered by IME is HRDF claimable, and suitable for small to medium enterprise that is keen to embark in Industry 4.0 transformation.

    IME provides not only tailored solutions catered to engineering needs, but solutions that help organisations to grow and begin their digital transformation journey.

    We have compiled some of the key takeaways from the forum below for your reference:

    #1 “Government Facilitation Related to Industry 4.0 in Malaysia” – Advanced Technology and R&D Division, MIDA
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    #2 “Leveraging Digital Continuity for Operational Excellence” – Dassault Systèmes
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    #3 “Towards Digital Transformation” – IME Group of Companies
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    #4 “Our Industry 4.0 Journey” – Robert Bosch Sdn Bhd
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    #5 “Automated Guided Vehicle – Implementation and Best Practice” – DF Automation and Robotics Sdn Bhd
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    #6 “Industry 4.0 Workshop & Assessment” – IME Group of Companies
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    Some photos of the event can be found here.

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