Officially opened in Singapore on September 10 and comprising a Digital Enterprise Experience Center (DEX), Additive Manufacturing Experience Center (AMEC) and Rental Labs, Siemens’ new Advance Manufacturing Transformation Center (AMTC) will provide guidance, support and training to companies in Southeast Asia as they journey towards advanced manufacturing.
According to Raimund Klein, executive vice president, Digital Industries, Siemens ASEAN, while most companies understand the urgent need for digital transformation, many are also deterred by factors such as complex and unintegrated technologies, high cost of transition, disruption to business continuity and lack of technical experts. To help overcome these barriers and concerns, Siemens is supporting companies in their transition to Industry 4.0 with the AMTC, which offers consulting, training, R&D as well as small-scale production.
Within AMTC, the DEX showcases digital enterprise solutions that enable companies to create digital twins of envisioned advanced manufacturing plants, so that they can simulate, optimize and evaluate manufacturing operations before constructing the actual manufacturing environment. It also provides manufacturing design consulting services.
Meanwhile, AMEC is where companies can experience hands-on exposure to an advanced end-to-end additive manufacturing production line supported by AMTC’s ecosystem of technology partners. It fills the gap between additive manufacturing R&D and commercialization by letting companies carry out prototyping, supported by on-site additive manufacturing experts.
Also in the realm of additive manufacturing is Rental Labs, which provides affordable access to the latest industrial design software and high-end additive manufacturing printers as well as post-processing equipment. The aim is to allow companies to do low-volume 3D printing for proof of concept before deciding if they want to invest in additive manufacturing infrastructure.
Earlier this year, in June, in response to the COVID-19 crisis, AMTC and its partners developed and manufactured a medical grade face shield using additive manufacturing. The face shield, which was designed by Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH) for its COVID-19 front-liners, has high durability and strength, provides comfort wear, and allows ease of cleaning. The product is testament of how the AMTC can help to accelerate the product introduction cycle, says Siemens.