01 December 2020, Singapore - The COVID-19 pandemic has compelled companies to embrace digitalisation and exacerbated their need to urgently reduce manpower and improve productivity in order to adapt to the new normal. Similarly, companies from the Process Construction & Maintenance (PCM) sector had to relook at their work operation and implement changes, if necessary, to acclimatise to the new changes.
ASPRI, together with JTC and SIMTech, organised a webinar to address the concerns faced by PCM companies. The webinar also aimed to showcase a suite of solutions offered by SIMTech that could help companies work in an improved, efficient manner as the nation transitions into a post-COVID-19 period.
Mr Rick Yeo, Director, Manufacturing Productivity Technology Centre (MPTC) from SIMTech and Mr Alex Lee, Assistant Director, Energy Department, Energy & Chemicals Cluster from JTC Corporation gave an opening address and highlighted how the solutions offered can help companies to improve their productivity. There were a total of eight speakers from SIMTech who each covered a different topic and solution.
Dr Roland Lim, Principal Technical Lead, talked about innovating companies’ Business Model, adjusting the work processes to respond to the changing business model, operations landscape, and leverage on the digital solutions to support the manpower and processes towards Business Resilience Continuity.
Mr Chua Tay Jin, Principal Research Engineer, introduced the Manpower Scheduling System. PCM companies could choose manpower or equipment resources to be scheduled. The system was also able to cover basic skills and knowledge to understand the detailed functional components of a Resource Scheduling model.
Dr Justin Lim Kim Moh, Principal Research Engineer, presented a configurable mobile workflow technology, wfMOBILE™, which might be able to streamline the creation of workflows which could be operated on Android, iOS and Web. He also shared some of the experiences he had with various industries and processes.
Mr He Wei, Principal Research Engineer, presented the Inventory and Equipment Tracking System (IETS). He shared how an RFID based Inventory Tracking System could help the companies to better manage, track and audit the inventory and assets to improve productivity, traceability and minimise errors.
Dr Luo Ming, Senior Research Scientist, introduced the Equipment Condition Monitoring and Maintenance Management. This system could help the companies to reduce the unnecessary scheduled preventive maintenance and the maintenance could be carried out only when deemed necessary.
Mr Teng Wei Yuen, Senior Research Engineer, talked about converting the usage of papers into e-forms and digitizing data collection with the mobile-based app, eDataLogger+. PCM companies employees could use eDataLogger+ application on their Android mobile phones/tablets to create, fill and share the e-forms via Email / WhatsApp. The employees can also submit the e-forms to a centralized Cloud folder and the managers could review the reports in real-time.
As the webinar came to a close, Mr Danny Chua, Lead of ASPRI”s Digitalisation, Innovation and Technology Adoption (DITA) Workgroup & Secretary of ASPRI’s 13th Executive Council, gave a closing remark by emphasising the importance of technology adoption and re-urged PCM companies to embrace such solutions to improve productivity.