Implement smart systems to ensure smart manufacturing in Malaysia

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Smart manufacturing in Malaysia is gaining ground as more companies hope to increase their productivity. With the impact of Covid-19 on manufacturers, more and more companies are realizing the potential they can gain by embracing smart manufacturing.

Malaysia remains a key regional destination for high-value manufacturing and global services, according to a report by the Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA). It shows the nation’s enormous growth potential in these areas and the continued need for industries to begin their digital transformation journey if they haven’t.

In fact, for smart manufacturing to be successful, companies must first look to implementing smart systems.

“The fact that the manufacturing industry has tended to maintain existing systems and processes. Since last year, companies have faced new challenges in their work, including supply chain disruptions and new social distancing protocols, to name a few, which have reduced their efficiency and, in the long run, impacted production, ”said Steven Loh, Senior Sales. Director of Relationship Segment at Lenovo Malaysia.

Steven explains that companies need to assess their production line to meet the challenges, but it’s not about going through a catalog and choosing the latest technologies to implement. There are several factors that companies need to consider when deciding what type of technology to invest in:

  • Businesses need to understand their business challenges A company must understand the final solution it intends to achieve; whether to optimize productivity, reduce operational costs or improve the customer experience. It is only when they have identified their main goals and challenges that they can identify the technology in which they need to invest.
  • Invest in smart systems Technology is constantly evolving and new innovations will be introduced. However, for large companies, redesigning systems in favor of new ones in a short cycle may not be sustainable. As such, they should consider investing in products that are easier to use through predictive AI / Machine Learning.
  • Hire an expert to assess the needs for business solutions Hiring an expert can help you assess your business needs and the type of solutions that would work best. This helps reduce the worries of business owners and ultimately prevents them from investing in the wrong technology, which could be detrimental in the long run.

Interestingly, Steven pointed out that beyond cost, companies might be reluctant to adopt newer technology due to several factors. Converting existing systems to a new system is often a complex process. For many businesses, these systems either have been in place for many years or are a legacy system. Businesses would be even more hesitant, especially if the system has worked for businesses to date. However, as the demands of the global marketplace change, companies that don’t adapt can fall behind.

Steven Loh, Senior Director of Sales, Relationships Segment, Lenovo Malaysia

Separately, as new systems are implemented, Steven stressed that retraining of staff needs to be done to ensure they can use the new systems. The amount of money and time invested in retraining these personnel can result in reduced production in the first few months of implementing new systems. If companies look at the long-term benefits, they can experience increased efficiency, agility and productivity with new systems.

“Recently, Lenovo worked with a local Malaysian company to adapt, innovate and scale with agility to meet the growing demand for their products amid the pandemic. By working with Lenovo, the customer was able to deploy a high availability infrastructure allowing factory production to run uninterrupted, uninterrupted, without their employees working overtime and allowing them to work from home in order, ” Steven added.

At Tech World 2021, Lenovo also announced the expansion of its “Everything-as-a-Service” business model with Lenovo TruScale to provide a truly global solution that makes everything from pocket to cloud accessible through a single contract. Lenovo TruScale now gives businesses of all sizes the flexibility they need to stay competitive with a scalable cloud-like consumption model and predictable payment options for included hardware and services. This shift to a fully integrated as-a-service strategy brings to life the company’s vision to bring together its smart device, smart infrastructure and smart solutions businesses in a new way for customers – responding to challenges. day-to-day business operations and providing IT managers with the performance and flexibility to pay as you grow.

“With Lenovo TruScale, IT leaders’ infrastructure solutions are fully managed, providing customers with the benefits of an on-premises cloud environment as well as the peace of mind around managing data in a hybrid environment,” explained Steven.

5G and smart manufacturing

The future of computing is strongly rooted in the adoption of 5G. In fact, according to PSB Research, 91% of IT managers believe 5G will lead to new products and services that have yet to be invented. In addition, a report from IHS Economics predicts that the 5G value chain is expected to contribute $ 3.5 trillion in new economic output and 22 million jobs by 2035. Today’s technological challenges only add to further highlight the value of this next-generation technology, positioning its integration as not only a timely solution, but a representation of what is to come.

“Businesses around the world continue to prepare for 5G. We are also investing in 5G for its faster connectivity, higher capacity, ultra-low latency, as well as improved reliability and flexibility, suitable for applications such as IoT infrastructure, rural / edge activation and augmented reality / virtual reality. Although extremely valuable, adopting 5G is complex, expensive and time consuming. Lenovo is working to make the process more affordable and efficient by offering a variety of devices and different price points, ”said Steven.

As 5G will enable smart systems to improve smart manufacturing, most use cases are also being developed and tested by Malaysian companies. This included the use of autonomous robots such as cobots in packaging, automated machines in factories as well as smart sensors to provide real-time statistics.

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