ITAP 2019 took place in Singapore from October 22 to 24

Industrial Transformation Asia-Pacific (ITAP) 2019, the biggest Industry 4.0 trade event in the region, took place in Singapore from October 22 to 24 with 350 exhibitors from over 30 countries. Organized by SingEx Exhibitions in partnership with Deutsche Messe, ITAP is the regional edition of Hannover Messe, the world’s leading trade show for industrial technology. Some 18,000 visitors from 55 countries attended the event. The Government of Singapore is supporting the R&D for personalized manufacturing technology, and Singapore Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*Star) introduced its new technology for hyper-personalized manufacturing for the fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) sector at ITAP 2019. erious workplace injuries cost US manufacturers more than US$7 billion each year.

Serious workplace injuries cost US manufacturers more than US$7 billion each year

According to the 2019 Workplace Safety Index by Liberty Mutual, serious workplace injuries cost US manufacturers more than US$7 billion each year. Common causes of injuries include overexertion, getting caught in equipment and repetitive motion. Today, IIoT is offering promising solutions for preventing and avoiding such injuries. For example, shirts made by the Japanese textile company Mitsufuji monitor the wearer’s heart and respiration rates, as well as the ambient temperature and humidity. The data is sent to the cloud for analysis, which allows the manager to alert any worker working in a dangerous condition, or to instruct them to take a rest. Ford provides mechanical exoskeletons for their line workers to reduce the risks associated with lifting heavy objects and doing repetitive tasks. Likewise, exoskeletons produced by German Bionic can not only assist workers, but also monitor relevant data which can be used to improve the working conditions as well as to identify the potential causes of injury.

Singapore Poultry Hub is to launch the first smart and green factory for the industry in Singapore

Singapore Poultry Hub is to launch the first smart and green factory for the industry in Singapore with a SGD40 million loan from United Overseas Bank. The hub will employ smart technologies such as robotics, Industry 4.0 technologies and IIoT at its new factory. Instead of disposing all the poultry waste, the new system will convert part of it into protein, which is used as an ingredient for livestock feed. These new technologies are expected to improve productivity by 26% and increase capacity by 70% while reducing waste by 60 tonnes per day. The new 29,384m2 factory will have the capacity to process 16,000 chickens per hour and will open next year. 

Boston-based MachineMetrics announced the formation of the IIoT Partner Ecosystem 

Boston-based MachineMetrics, provider of a manufacturing IIoT Platform for machines, announced the formation of the IIoT Partner Ecosystem to further collaboration and innovation for better machine performance via MachineMetrics’ custom, a cloud-based IIoT platform. Participating partners to the Ecosystem include Amazon Web Services, McKinsey and Company, Autodesk, and Tsugami among others. Partners will receive a range of training, support, and promotional marketing services to help grow their business and generate value. 

McKinsey Global Institute released a report on innovation in Europe

McKinsey Global Institute released a report on innovation in Europe. Frontier technologies including AI, IoT, blockchain, and the integration of biology and engineering have the potential to deliver a breakthrough in productivity in Europe, and the report estimates that exploring those digital opportunities alone can result in more than one percentage point of productivity growth. However, the report underscores that Europe has been lagging behind the United States in this area. European companies tend to invest in tangible assets like machines and buildings, but the report warns that investment in intangible assets, such as data and software, are what Europe needs to maximize the digital opportunities.