With challenges of an aging workforce that is not just prevalent in Singapore but beyond, ample opportunities are out there for businesses to adapt by adopting/integrating Industry 4.0 technologies such as 3D printing, robotics, AI, and more into work processes, to meet growing demands for dynamic and flexible production.
Having concluded the inaugural edition of Industrial Transformation ASIA-PACIFIC (ITAP) with a flourish, this year’s follow-up was on a much grander scale with 350 companies from more than 30 countries taking part as they showcased their Industry 4.0 related products, technologies, and solutions to more than 18,000 attendees from over 50 countries.
Modeled after the leading global trade show, Hannover Messe, this year’s edition featured brand new content and offered attendees a customized and curated unique “Learning Journey” that was aimed at helping companies – depending on where they are in their current journey – be it new entrants, early adopters or trailblazers to START, SCALE and SUSTAIN Industry 4.0 (I4.0) adoption with practical learning platforms and scalable solutions.
“Whether companies are big or small, they need to advance on the transformation journey,” said Singapore’s Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat who was the guest of honor at the opening ceremony.
Customers today want individualized products and same-day delivery at lower prices. In order to remain competitive in the global marketplace, companies need to embrace digitalization such as 3D printing, AI, robotics, and so on.
There were also live demos at the booth of the world’s first dry electropolishing system, DLyte from GPA Innova, an office-friendly metal 3D printing system – Studio System+ from Desktop Metal, F370 FDM 3D printer from Stratasys, and for the first time in Singapore – Makerbot Method X desktop FDM 3D printer with a 100° heated chamber.
Besides the informative and interactive booths, ITAP also featured the Global AM Summit 2019 alongside panel discussions, workshops and other activities that featured thought-leaders presenting and leading stimulating discussions with a lot of exciting viewpoints and learning for everyone committed to 3D printing.
One of them was Larry Lyons, VP of Product at Desktop Metal, who spoke of the company’s incredible journey in the 3D printing landscape with metals and some case studies with the likes of Ford, Alpha Precision Group, and more.
Meanwhile, Michael Agam, President South Asia of Stratasys, shared some exciting new updates from the company such as the Digital Anatomy 3D Printer that produces realistic and functional anatomical models, new production-grade materials, and a new PolyJet 3D printer, the J850 that produces even higher realism models than its predecessor.
He also shared a case study that they did with Mini in China where they customized certain parts for customers such as LED light covers. One challenge they had to overcome was UV degradation which they eventually resolved.
While it’s clear that there are challenges in Industry 4.0 adoption, it’s clear that Asia-Pacific markets are warming up to ideas on how to use it. The third edition of ITAP will return on October 20 – 22nd, 2020.
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