By RAHIMI YUNUS / Pic By ISMAIL CHE RUS
Malaysian Investment Development Authority (Mida) has partnered Muehlbauer Technologies Sdn Bhd to boost cooperation between academic institutions and industry players to enhance vocational training.
Under the partnership, the Germany-based machine manufacturer contributed RM200,000 worth of automation integrated system to four higher-learning institutions, namely Universiti Malaysia Pahang, Universiti Teknikal Malaysia Melaka, Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia and the German-Malaysian Institute (GMI).
The system, known as the Beckhoff mock-up, was presented to each university, inclusive of 40 hours of training and support, which entails image or vision processing technology or other advancements based on the institutions’ needs.
“We are pleased that more and more companies are responding positively to our call for narrowing the gap between the latest practical know-how of the industry and university syllabus.
“We continue to encourage companies to invest in talent and technology to improve productivity and capability, and become future-proof,” Mida CEO Datuk Azman Mahmud (picture) said at the equipment handover ceremony in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.
Azman said the partnership between industry players, particularly multinationals and higher learning institutions, is important for Malaysia to grow its technology capability towards the Industry 4.0.
Students in mechatronics engineering are expected to gain early exposure on the Beckhoff system that is used in industries related to mechanical, electrical, programming, instrumentation and vision technology.