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 …..
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!
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
: 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.
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.
When industry 4.0 is emerging, it is crucial to understand all the key elements of Industry 4.0 and the ways they are impacting the industry we are in. From there, we are going to see tremendous positive effects to our business by smartly implementing them.
The twelve pillars of Industry 4.0 established on MIDA are:
- Big Data Analytics
- Artificial Intelligence
- Augmented Reality
- Additive Manufacturing
- Internet of Things
- System Integration
- Cloud Computing
- Autonomous Robots
Despite the fact that many companies have already implemented some of the technologies supporting Industry 4.0, however they are being practised in isolation instead of interconnected autonomous system. To achieve greatest results and to stay competitive, these technologies have to be connected and communicated freely amongst each other as well as across various functions in the organisation.
The development process requires effort but it is not impossibly difficult with the help of government initiatives and solution providers in catering different needs in line with diverse business natures. Moreover, we are glad to be part of the movers in upholding Industry 4.0, in hope of stimulating growth and development in the industries. Earlier this year, we have participated in a number of Industry 4.0 events which allowed us to speak with more people on Industry 4.0 and ways to implement it.
Some of the key events we joined:
- MITI Malaysia Digital Economy Forum
- MCA Belt and Road 2.0
- MITI/MPC Showcase on Innovation for Productivity (SHIP) 2018
MITI Malaysia Digital Economy Forum
KUALA LUMPUR: The International Trade and Industry Ministry (Miti) is targeting to increase the number of companies coming onboard the Digital Free-Trade Zone (DFTZ) e-commerce platform to about 10,000 by year-end from 1,998 last November.
Its minister Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed said since the DTFZ pilot project was launched by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak last year, there had been growing interest among local and international e-Commerce players.
“We will work towards ensuring the sustainability of the small and medium enterprises (SMEs) that are already DFTZ-listed, and assist more SMEs to list on the platform to ensure that the SMEs are future-ready and equipped to venture into cross-border eCommerce,” he told a press conference after delivering his welcoming remarks at the Malaysia Digital Economy Forum here.
The Star Online. (2018, 9 Feb). Miti eyes 10,000 e-commerce companies for DFTZ [Press Release].
MCA Belt and Road 2.0
KUALA LUMPUR: MCA’s newly launched Belt and Road 2.0 will serve as a centre to assist the formation of stronger bilateral ties between Malaysia and China in many different areas, says Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai.
MCA Belt and Road 2.0 is built on five strategies – business transformation and young startups, SME Go-Global, trade and investment promotion platforms, Belt and Road policy coordination platforms, and education and training.
MCA president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said MCA was the first political party from abroad to respond to the Belt and Road initiative.
Liow said bilateral trade between the two nations amounted to RM264.62bil in the first 11 months of last year, which accounts for 16.3% of Malaysia’s total trade.
“We need to seize these opportunities,” he said.
The Star Online. (2018, 10 Feb). MCA launches Belt and Road 2.0 [Press Release].
MITI/MPC Showcase on Innovation for Productivity (SHIP) 2018
KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia is on track to achieve the target of 3.7 per cent labour productivity growth annually valued at RM92,300 per worker by 2020.
International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed said the country achieved labour productivity growth of 3.6 per cent in 2016, reaching 87.8 per cent, or productivity value of RM81,039, of the 2020 targeted level.
“With the nine Productivity Nexus initiatives led by industries and supported by government and academia (in placed), we believe the country’s productivity will be further improved.
“This year, the Nexus has planned over 42 projects, among them documentation of best practices, industry profiling and development of online productivity tool kits,” he told reporters after officiating the Showcase on Innovation for Productivity (SHIP) 2018, here today.
The Productivity Nexus is a centre of excellence relating to productivity and is the catalyst in implementing productivity initiatives.
Industries are encouraged to participate in the programme offered by the Nexus to further increase productivity.
SHIP 2018 showcases best practices from four strategic innovation partnership platforms, namely the Ministry of Higher Education’s Public-Private Research Network, SIRIM-Fraunhofer Partnership, AIM-Steinbeis Foundation Malaysia, and SME Corp Bhd–PlaTCOM Ventures Sdn Bhd.
During the 2015-2017 period, SHIP has spent about RM200 million, benefitting 1,600 small and medium enterprises.
SHIP is an initiative under the purview of the National Oversight Productivity Council, which is part of the governance structure of the National Productivity Council.
New Straits Time Online. (2018, March 22). Malaysia to reach RM92,300 productivity growth value per worker by 2020 [Press Release].
At times of a big move around, we hesitate to adopt new ideas and technology because we think we are doing fine with the old ones and we are already making profits using existing methods; why replace something we know so well with something we don’t?
It might be safe game waiting for the first movers in the industry but little did we know, as soon as it happened; we are officially lagging behind. The process of change is not difficult but the courage to take on the flight is.
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“Do not wait; the time will never be ‘just right.’ Start where you stand, and work with whatever tools you may have at your command, and better tools will be found as you go along.”
A year has passed, but it is definitely not just another ordinary year down the memory lane. It is a fulfilling year we have not seen before. We are contented for the milestones we have accomplished and the effort we dedicated in giving back to the society.
We are so thankful for the years we’ve had together, and excited for the years ahead. After all, it is the togetherness that keeps moving us forward.
Here’s to more bliss and joy in the year ahead. Before that, take a look at our favourite moments of 2017.
SIN CHEW BUSINESS EXCELLENCE AWARD
Words can’t quite describe our heartfelt gratitude for our customers for being part of our journey leading to our second Sin Chew Business Excellence Award under Digital and Technology category.
“We remain our stance and continue to emphasise “Respect, Listen, Care” in our practices and intend to carry this on for many years to go. Winning the award further justifies the team’s effort in striving to provide the best solution to the industry in leveraging technology to achieve greater business growth.”
Mr TK Teoh, Chairman and Founder of IME Group of Companies.
Each and every year, we have been preaching the mantra, “to inspire and be inspired”. Staying true to the course, innovation remains the core in keeping us relevant and staying ahead in the market. All of this would not be possible without our customers, business partners, and the ever so devoted IMEZen team.
Being successful is not just about becoming bigger or stronger; it is to become smarter, more effective and adaptive. Looking to the future means building to last.
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THE MALAYSIAN INVESTMENT DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY (MIDA) 50TH ANNIVERSARY OPEN DAY
Our heartiest congratulations to MIDA on celebrating its 50th Anniversary, and for the success of MIDA Open Day 2017. It was our honour to be invited by MIDA to design, lead and deploy the launching gimmick of the Open Day. The gimmick involving IME’s in-house developed High-Resolution 3D Printer, Automated Guided Vehicle (AGV), and a Collaborative Industrial Robot, reinforces that advanced technologies such as Additive Manufacturing, Automation and Robotics are not too far from us.
“We need to look at technology, not as a competitor for our jobs but our partner in creating quality jobs. Like it or not, technology which includes automation and robotics, is here to stay.”
Y.B. Dato’ Sri Mustapa Mohamed, Minister of International Trade and Industry
On the topic of Industry 4.0, the Minister of International Trade and Industry highlighted that, “This is why the government is prioritising innovation and encouraging the adoption of Industry 4.0 elements such as Smart Manufacturing and Automation to build greater economies of scale. We are not just talking about this but we want to address the challenges and make progressive steps forward. By the end of this year, MITI targets to table the National Policy on Industry 4.0 to the Cabinet,” he concluded.
We would like to acknowledge the support from our partners DF Automation and Robotics and ABB Robotics in making the launching a success. Now more than ever, collaboration between organisations, associations, and government authorities plays an important role in creating and enhancing synergy within the ecosystem, as well as in optimising resources and achieving collective strategic priorities. This successful collaboration further illustrates the importance of collaboration among organisations, we look forward to greater synergy across all parties.
PARTNERSHIP WITH TEGAS
The era of innovation has come where the new generation of entrepreneurs needs intensive product design and development tools in order to achieve breakthrough. Considering the hardships that start-ups are largely facing – limited resources and access to technologies, IME Group of Companies decided to extend its Entrepreneur Programme to East Malaysia. We are working with local incubators to provide start-ups with access to full suite of SOLIDWORKS application and 3D printing technology, at zero cost.
“The SOLIDWORKS for Entrepreneurs programme demonstrates our commitment to helping engineers bring their innovations and design concepts to reality by providing SOLIDWORKS’ full suite of capabilities to easily design and manufacture products quickly.”
Gian Paolo Bassi, Chief Executive Officer of SOLIDWORKS, Dassault Systèmes
Complementing the Sarawak state government’s pledge to accelerate digital economy in the state and to catalyse industry players, academia and government collaboration, the partnership offers not only the complete suite of designing to manufacturing solutions to support the entrepreneur community in Sarawak, but also workshops and trainings that help to accelerate the product development process.
Read more about our collaboration here
INDUSTRY 4.0 INITIATIVES
Being in the transition of the third to fourth industrial revolution, we are witnessing history in the making. Industry 4.0 is here. Through disruptive technologies, it reshapes the way things are made; it also redefines conventional business models.
“Talk is cheap. Advocacy is crucial, but execution is eminent too, we are also embarking on our own IoT projects. Solely in year 2017 itself, we have spoken to more than 7000 business leaders about Industry 4.0, Smart Manufacturing and IoT”
Mr TK Teoh, Chairman and Founder of IME Group of Companies.
We are honoured to be entrusted to be 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).
Key events that we spoke at this year regarding Industry 4.0 topics:
- KLSCCCI-KCCCI Industry 4.0 Smart Manufacturing Seminar
- FMM Factory Automation Conference
- FMM ICT Conference – Moving towards Industry 4.0: Exploring the World of Connected Enterprises
- Vitrox CoE Training: Smart Manufacturing – How to start?
- FMM Industry 4.0 Conference
- PSDC Industry 4.0 Week
- TARUC Industry 4.0 Forum.
The well-received topics are:
- Current adoption and trends of smart manufacturing
- Benchmark your smart manufacturing readiness with others
- How to start – key elements of smart manufacturing
- How to start – identify your first step
MOU SIGNING WITH KDU PENANG
IME assisted KDU Penang in setting up their SOLIDWORKS Certification Center. KDU Penang is the first education institution in Malaysia recognised as an accredited SOLIDWORKS Academic Certification Provider, thereby enabling KDU students to gain professional experience in the field of Engineering and work out their project design portfolios with the international professional certification prior to entering the working world.
“By equipping them with the right tools and exposing them to latest technology, we believe that we can inspire younger generation to think differently. We want to empower them to be the future leader,”
Madam Julia Wee, the CEO of IME Group of Companies.
KDU Penang students will get the chance to use SOLIDWORKS software tools on multiple functions such as engineering design simulation sustainable design and documentation in the classroom or remotely.