AMIC Delivers on Successful First Project

PRESS RELEASE 31 MARCH 2017

  

Aerospace Malaysia Innovation Centre (AMIC) first collaborative project to develop scalable fixtures has been successfully delivered to Rolls-Royce. The scalable fixtures will be installed in the production line of Rolls-Royce’s Fan Blade Singapore facility by end of 2016.

The project was defined and signed in September 2015 between AMIC, Rolls- Royce, German Malaysian Institute (GMI), Strand Aerospace, and University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus (UNMC). AMIC coordinated this collaboration group and saw the project through from concept to production ready fixture within a year’s time.

AMIC CEO, Razman Shah Rajab, explained: “This scalable fixtures project falls under AMIC’s Factory of the Future area of research. We earmarked it as a rapid development project, which was conceptualised with two key objectives in mind: first, to develop Malaysia’s capabilities in innovative design and fixtures development for aerospace; and second, to improve current fixtures used for aero- engine manufacturing through innovative thinking.”

The project achieved the targets set at the start: fast and efficient component setup, improve operational safety; and Reduce time of installation on CNC (Computer Numeric Control) machine.

Dr Bicky Bhangu, a Board Member of AMIC representing Rolls-Royce said: “Rolls- Royce became a pioneer member of AMIC to catalyse innovative development with its members. We are very pleased with what AMIC and our project collaborators have delivered. The scalable fixtures will improve our fixture conversion cycle time which will translate to huge productivity improvements in our facility.”

Rolls-Royce’s Fan Blade Singapore facility produces Wide Chord Fan Blades for the Trent 900, Trent 1000 and Trent XWB aero engines. At full capacity, it can produce 8,600 fan blades a year. In total, about 80 complex processes are

involved. Adding to this complexity, the production line consists of a number of different fixtures, which is unique for each fan blade. The project reduces the number of fixtures by developing a single “scalable” fixture, which can be used with a variety of fan blade types.

The project completion handover between Rolls-Royce and AMIC was witness by MITI’s Secretary General Datuk Seri J. Jayasiri, Senior Director of Sectorial Policy (Industry) Datin K. Talagavathi, and Head of NAICO Prof. Shamsul Kamar Abu Samah.

LATIH TENAGA MAHIR

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Kuala Lumpur: Pembangunan simulasi komputer menggunakan teknologi realiti maya untuk melatih pekerja dalam pembangunan rangkaian bekalan peralatan, pembaikan dan pengilangan komposit akan dapat menjimatkan kos terutama untuk melahirkan tenaga mahir bagi industri aeroangkasa.

Naib Canselor Universiti Malaya (UM), Prof Datuk Dr Mohd Amin Jalaludin berkata, lazimya pekerja akan akan dilatih menggunakan peralatan pembuatan pesawat yang sebenar seperti besi dan kosnya agak mahal.

“Pemain industri terpaksa memperuntukkan RM30,000 untuk komposit panel seperti besi dan skru dalam usaha melatih tenaga kerja yang baru.

Malah, peralatan itu akan jadi membazir kerana ianya hanya digunakan semasa proses latihan membina pesawat dan tidak boleh digunakan lagi untuk membina pesawat yang baru,” katanya.

Beliau berkata demikian selepas majlis menandatangani memorandum persefahaman (MoU) antara Universiti Malaya (UM), Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM), Teknologi dan Aeroangkasa MARA (MARA Aerotech) dan Pusat Inovasi Aeroangkasa (AMIC) dalam kajian dan teknologi AMIC yang dikenali sebagai Sistem Realiti Maya Bagi Latihan Dalam Pembuatan Aeroangkasa (Viristam) di sini, semalam.

Sehubungan itu katanya, dalam usaha untuk mengurangkan kos, UM sedang bekerjasama dengan pemain industri dan firma swasta seperti AMIC dan MARA Aerotech untuk membangunkan satu teknologi realiti maya menggunakan simulasi komputer sebagai latihan kepada tenaga kerja aeroangkasa sebelum mereka menggunakan peralatan yang sebenar untuk membina pesawat.

Tambahnya lagi, perjanjian yang dilakukan bersama membuka peluang kepada IPTA seperti UM dan UKM melakukan penyelidikan bersama pemain industri sekaligus dapat berkongsi kepakaran yang ada.

“Peranan universiti di zaman sekarang bukan lagi hanya tertumpu di dalam kampus saja malah melahirkan kepakaran pelajarnya untuk bersama-sama menyertai pemain industri.

Kita membawa industri ke dalam universiti dan membuka peluang kepada pelajar untuk menimba kepakaran daripada mereka dalam bidang ini.

“Ini adalah contoh yang baik di mana pemain industri optimumkan upaya mereka dengan membawa bersama warga IPT seperti pelajar dan penyelidik dalam penyelidikan dan latihan yang dijalankan.

Mereka mempunyai kemudahan dan kita pula mempunyai kepakaran yang boleh diasah sehingga mampu melahirkan tenaga pakar,” katanya.

Sementara itu, Ketua Pegawai Eksekutif AMIC, Shamsul Kamar Abu Samah berkata, kerjasama berkenaan akan membolehkan syarikat itu berkongsi kepakaran mereka kepada pelajar dan juga penyelidik di IPTA.

“Malah ini adalah satu platform yang baru bagi kami untuk bertukar kepakaran bersama pelajar di mana mereka mampu diasah menjadi tenaga mahir dalam bidang aeroangkasa suatu masa nanti,” katanya.

Mou itu akan membabitkan kerja penyelidikan dan pembangunan realiti maya, pembangunan rangkaian bekalan peralatan, pembaikan dan pengilangan komposit dalam bidang aeroangkasa.

AMIC PARTNERS LOCAL UNIVERSITIES IN VIRTUAL REALITY INITIATIVE TO SCALE UP MALAYSIA’S AEROSPACE INDUSTRY CAPABILITY’

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KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 24 (Bernama) --  Malaysia embarks on a new initiative to scale up its aerospace industry’s capacity today as Aerospace Malaysia Innovation Centre (AMIC) brings  together researchers  from Universiti  Malaya (UM), Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia  (UKM), and M-AeroTech’s consortium members namely Universiti  Kuala Lumpur  Malaysian  Institute  of  Aviation  Technology (UniKL-MIAT), Kolej  Kemahiran Tinggi MARA (KKTM) Melaka and German-Malaysian Institute (GMI) to sign an Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) on an innovative training project that uses Virtual Reality as its core component under the Virtual Reality Immersive System Training for Aerospace Manufacturing (VIRISTAM) programme.

This is in line with one of AMIC objectives; providing a platform to expose Malaysian scientists  to  global level Research  and  Technology  (R&T) activities. The local researchers will be connected with global industry’s experts from Airbus Helicopter, CTRM and Spirit AeroSystems through AMIC’s lead members and global technical network. Once completed, the VIRISTAM will become part of the modern component of MARA’s Professional Development Centre (PDC) in Asia Aerospace City, Subang that will offer the industry players with an alternative solution compared to the conventional training method.

On the importance of this initiative, En Shamsul Kamar Abu Samah, CEO of AMIC said, “I would like to iterate that close collaboration and smart partnership between the industry players, universities and research institutes are the key success factors to develop a vibrant eco-system for Malaysian aerospace industry. While the industry players are struggling to equip  their technical workforce with  the necessary knowledge and skills based on their current manufacturing processes; the requirement to capture new competencies is rapidly increasing.”

The project earmarks another milestone on industry-academia research collaboration as per the National Aerospace Blueprint 1997 recommendations. Formulation on the new Blueprint which will be in effect in 2015 is underway by the Malaysian Industry-Government Group For High Technology (MIGHT) and  foreseen to position aerospace R&T in a major role in ensuring the competitiveness of Malaysia’s aerospace industry at the global level.

About AMIC

AEROSPACE MALAYSIA INNOVATION CENTRE (AMIC) was incorporated as a company limited by guarantee, on 16th May 2011. AMIC was developed and championed by the Malaysian Industry-Government Group for High Technology (MIGHT). AMIC is an innovative model to improve the commercial success of aerospace research and development projects in Malaysia by providing impactful platform to connect Malaysian scientists to global level Research and Technology activities. The centre encourages R&D spending specifically by pairing industry-driven R&D projects with matching funding from universities and Government in public-private global partnerships. Research projects are spearheaded by founding lead members Airbus Group, Rolls Royce and CTRM. All research works will be derived, evaluated, and managed by prominent industry experts. ( http://www.amic.my/)

SOURCE : Malaysian  Industry-Government  Group  for  High  Technology (MGHT).

FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT: Name : Mastura Ishak Tel : +603 8315 7934 / +6014 665 1303 Email : mastura@might.org.my

AMIC aims to produce sustainable jet fuel

CYBERJAYA: The Aerospace Malaysia Innovation Centre (AMIC) aims to create innovative solutions for sustainable and alternative jet fuel production by determining the most suitable feedstock in the next three years. Chief technology officer Dr Cyrille Schwob said through the establishement of the Sustainable Fuel Centre of Excellence (COE), the research and technology initiative would be embarking with local and international organisations to promote local production of sustainable jet fuel in the region. The initiative would be done via the three-year memorandum of understanding cemented in December last year between Airbus, Malaysia Industry-Government Group for High Technology (MIGHT), Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM), French Agricultural Research Centre for International Development and Biotech Corp. "COE, housed in UPM, will conduct a series of assesments of local solutions for sustainable biomass production in determining the most suitable feedstock to ensure that future jet fuel production in Southeast Asia is based on only sustainable solutions," he said.
He added the centre targets to complete its first assessment by the end of this year. Frederic Eychenne, Airbus New Energies Programme Manager, said according to the latest Global Market Forecast, Asia-Pacific would lead in world traffic by 2032, hence this collaboration is part of Airbus's support to traffic growth whilst reducing aviation's footprint in the environment. "As members of the International Air Transport Association (IATA), we also had agreed to reduce carbon emissions by 50 per cent from 2005 levels by 2050," he added. AMIC is part of the Entry Point Project initiative outlined in the Economic Transformation Programme which is expected to be instrumental in enhancing Malaysia’s aerospace industry competitiveness.-- Bernama Source : Business Times

Airbus Plans to Work With Malaysia Companies on Cleaner Jet Fuel

Airbus Group NV (AIR) agreed to work with companies in Malaysia to study feedstocks in the region that may be suitable for making cleaner jet fuel. The airplane maker will work with groups such as Aerospace Malaysia Innovation Centre, Malaysian Industry-Government Group for High Technology and Universiti Putra Malaysia, Toulouse-based Airbus said in an e-mailed statement. “Southeast Asia is a wide and productive region in terms of biomass,” Frederic Eychenne, new energies programme manager, said in the statement. “According to our latest Global Market Forecast, Asia-Pacific will lead in world traffic by 2032.” The partners will study sustainable feedstocks and evaluate costs and technologies to help drive the commercialization of cleaner aviation fuel. Airbus is working on similar projects in other parts of the world including Canada, China and Europe. Airbus and Boeing Co. are among plane makers building supply networks for alternative fuel as the industry seeks to cut carbon-dioxide emissions in half by 2050 compared with 2005 levels. Airlines including Deutsche Lufthansa AG and Air-France KLM Group already have flown passenger planes using kerosene blended with fuel made from inedible plants and organic waste. Source : Bloomberg Businessweek