A company can start with improvement of its production processes with appropriate operational technologies and lean management concept. From mechanisation to automation and later towards digitalisation, a company must decide what would be its end goal before finding out the technological options available for use. More oftenly, companies need to be convinced or test run solutions before they can operate with its full implementation.
Companies are recommended to use lean principles and tools to reduce operational complexity and improve productivity. The lean approach provides the foundation for operational excellence by standardising processes, instilling a culture of continuous improvement, reduce waste and empowering workers on the shop floor.
SIRIM has an initiative to transform Malaysian manufacturing SMEs towards Industry 4.0 through its Centre of Excellence (CoE) on Smart Manufacturing. Based on a collaborative model, the CoE on Smart Manufacturing integrates existing expertise in SIRIM and Malaysia in particular, and among nations generally to develop the technological solutions needed by the Malaysian manufacturing companies to achieve the goals and targets under the Industry4WRD policy.
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