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October 31, 2012

Manufacturing Productivity Technology Center Announces New Productivity Initiative

The Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology (SIMTech) is an organization that develops high value manufacturing technology and human capital. With these, the organization looks to improve the competitiveness of Singapore's manufacturing industry. It is a research institute of the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR (News - Alert)).

Recently, the company unveiled the Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) initiative. According to the company, this initiative is headed by the Manufacturing Productivity Technology Centre (MPTC), which is hosted at SIMTech.

OEE initiative consists of a program that offers OEE assessment, OEE champion training, OEE technologies adoption and nurturing a culture of improvement and identification of areas for improvement. With the help of systematic training of the local manufacturing workforce in application of knowledge and technology, the initiative also promotes the development of skill sets. According to MPTI, this will help the users to improve competency and enhance productivity on the manufacturing shop-floor.

Dr. Lee Eng Wah, director of MPTC, said, “In many manufacturing industries, finding a key to improve productivity is a pressing need. The OEE initiative, built on technologies and methodologies developed through the research in SIMTech, is a valuable platform for industry to acquire knowledge, competency and technologies to address productivity challenges. The OEE initiative, one of several productivity enhancement efforts in MPTC, is a valuable tool to support continuous productivity improvements in companies.”

In May 2012, Singapore established the Advanced Remanufacturing & Technology Centre (ARTC), the first center in Asia to look into research and development (R&D). This center focused on developing technologies for remanufacturing. This remanufacturing can be easily adopted by industry. These technologies would allow users and companies to change end-of-life products into “good as new” ones for the market which can be achieved with a systematic process.

Edited by Rachel Ramsey

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