ABB opens regional Digital Operations Centre in Malaysia

This article first appeared in The Edge Financial Daily, on July 17, 2019.

Deputy International Trade and Industry Minister Dr Ong Kian Ming (third from left) being given a tour of the Digital Operations Centre in Subang Jaya, Selangor yesterday.

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KUALA LUMPUR: Swiss multinational corporation ABB Group has opened its first robotics Digital Operations Centre in Malaysia, which is aimed to cater to the needs of digital manufacturing and industrial robotics in the region.

The centre, located in Subang Jaya, Selangor, will offer all the benefits of the ABB AbilityTM cross-industry digital platform, which enables customers to securely integrate and aggregate data, combine with wider industry data, and apply big data and predictive analytics to generate insights to improve performance, the group said in a statement yesterday.

“At the heart of the new centre is the ABB AbilityTM digital platform. Our connected services monitor the health and performance of single robots or entire fleets,” said ABB Malaysia Sdn Bhd vice-president of robotics and discrete automation Laurent Maillefer.

“Today, we monitor over 7,000 connected robots in more than 750 factories worldwide to provide actionable intelligence that allows service experts to address issues that could lead to a costly unplanned stoppage before they occur,” he said.

“By combining our leading digital solutions with our proven experience and expertise in robotics, the team at the Digital Operations Centre will help both large and small manufacturers in the region tackle a wide range of challenges, to improve productivity and profitability today, and to help them transition to the new connected era of manufacturing tomorrow,” added Maillefer.

ABB Malaysia country managing director William Ng, meanwhile, said the group’s decision to host the centre in Malaysia reaffirms its commitment to supporting the country’s growing digital ecosystem.

“Strategically located in the heart of Southeast Asia, Malaysia offers easy accessibility, economic diversity, excellent infrastructure and a growing pool of talent to support our needs. Our main priority is to develop local engineering capabilities to deliver the right level of response to drive ABB’s leadership in digital technologies for industries in the region,” said Ng.

To enable a supportive ecosystem to accelerate Malaysia’s adoption of Industry 4.0, ABB Malaysia and InvestKL inked a memorandum of agreement (MoA) for collaboration in areas of mutual interest.

“With this MoA, we will work together in strengthening ABB’s supply chain by shaping a stronger collaboration with local SMEs (small and medium enterprises). We will also support ABB on their regional growth journey in building their high-skilled talent pipeline through our Malaysia Global Talent programme and other industry-academia facilitation,” said InvestKL acting chief executive officer Muhammad Azmi Zulkifli.