Virtual Reality

Malaysia aerospace manufacturing is a fast paced industry with an estimated annual growth of twenty percent of the current revenue. This equates to the increase demand of skilled blue collar workforce to cope up with the output volume. In CTRM alone, the number of new employee per year is projected to exceed 300 for the years to come.

As the leader in aerospace research, AMIC has embarked on an innovative training project that uses Virtual Reality as its core component to cater for the increasing number of new employees in the aerospace company. The VR training program provides the industry with an alternative solution compared to the conventional training method which could cut cost, shorten the training and effectively producing an operational employee as soon the training is completed.

Virtual Reality training has been successfully implemented in the Airbus group in France. Using AMIC’s linkage to the Airbus Group, it is now possible to emulate this success in Malaysia. Since Virtual Reality is a relatively new technology in Malaysia, AMIC would need to form a research program in collaboration with local university and industry who has the ability to maximize the potential of the technology.

The knowledge and skills required to ensure the success of this project are 3D animations and force feedback mathematical model. These set of specific knowledge and skills can be found in a few universities but the best among them is University Malaya. An example of their research is the “Development of Hybrid Position/Force Control for Robot Drilling System”.


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Another important component of the project is the development of training curriculum. The VR session will be integrated within a holistic training program inclusive of classroom session, exams and workshops. This requires a thorough study of the needs and requirement of training scenario. For this work package MARA has agreed to lend its expertise in vocational training and collaborate with AMIC. MARA has also worked with SPIRIT and CTRM in providing basic essential training for the newly employed blue collar staff.

The outcome of the project is a versatile training program that will be made available commercially for the aerospace industry. Thus, it is important that the effectiveness of the program is validated through a research program by an impartial party. For this reason, AMIC will work with KITA (Institute Of Ethnics Studies) from UKM to undertake this work package. KITA has an established track record in social science research topics which fits the purpose of the work package.

The work packages are structures as below:

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  The project is scheduled for completion within three years starting in third quarter of 2014. During the research phase, this technology will only be targeted for the aerospace manufacturing industry. When this technology matures, the door will be opened for other industry to fully maximize the massive potential of the virtual reality technology.

During the design stage of a factory, there are many criteria that should be considered to achieve the desired level of efficiency. But many design flaws have originated because designer fail to have a complete and detail overview of the end result. The cost of redesigning after building completion is huge and should be avoided at all cost. Using immersive VR technology, this can be avoided as it will allow designers to have a feel and, mathematical proof that the layout is optimised and able to achieve desired level of efficiency.     For more details on interactive module of the virtualization of production line, please contact us through email support@amic.my.