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Manufacturing Productivity Technology Centre at A*STAR's SIMTech Launches New Productivity Initiative

Singapore, Oct 29, 2012 - (ACN Newswire) - Singapore's manufacturing industry will benefit from a productivity boost with the launch of the Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) initiative - a move spearheaded by the Manufacturing Productivity Technology Centre (MPTC) hosted at A*STAR]' Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology (SIMTech). The OEE initiative encourages companies to increase productivity by improving machine utilisation, performance and quality with R&D and the adoption of advanced manufacturing technologies developed by A*STAR's SIMTech.

Central to this OEE initiative is a unique programme comprising OEE champion training, OEE assessment, identification of areas for improvement, as well as OEE technologies adoption and nurturing a culture of improvement. The initiative advances expertise through systematic training of the local manufacturing workforce in application of knowledge and technology to raise competency and productivity on the manufacturing shop-floor.

OEE and Benefits

The OEE measures how well a manufacturing unit performs in three key categories: Availability, Performance and Quality. An OEE score based on these three categories will provide an indication to the company of the relative level of performance against the optimum that can be achieved.

To date, CKE Manufacturing, EADS Singapore, Makino Asia, Micro-Mechanics and Mitsuboshi Overseas HQ have signed up as members of the OEE initiative. They represent different industry sectors from precision engineering, aerospace to equipment manufacturing. These members are gearing to improve the overall productivity and utilisation of their manufacturing assets through the OOE initiative.

CKE Manufacturing, which provides precision machining services for the local and regional industries, aspires to benefit from higher machine yields and cutting tool utilisation to boost productivity of its machining equipment. EADS Singapore, through its research center Innovation Works South Asia, will partner and facilitate local MRO companies in productivity improvements.

Commented Dr Lee Eng Wah, Director of MPTC, "In many manufacturing industries, finding a key to improve productivity is a pressing need. The OEE initiative, built on technologies and methodologies developed through the research in SIMTech, is a valuable platform for industry to acquire knowledge, competency and technologies to address productivity challenges. The OEE initiative, one of several productivity enhancement efforts in MPTC, is a valuable tool to support continuous productivity improvements in companies."

About the Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology (SIMTech)

The Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology (SIMTech) is a research institute of the Science and Engineering Research Council (SERC) of the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR). SIMTech develops high value manufacturing technology and human capital to contribute to the competitiveness of the Singapore industry. It collaborates with multinational and local companies in the precision engineering, electronics, semiconductor, medical technology, aerospace, automotive, marine, logistics and other sectors. For more information, please visit

About the Manufacturing Productivity Technology Centre (MPTC)

The first of its kind in Singapore, MPTC promotes the use of technology to enhance manufacturing productivity through improving efficiency, effectiveness and also develop high-value products and services through value creation. To achieve this, MPTC assists companies to harness A*STAR technologies, tools and capabilities in automation, processes and systems for manufacturing enterprises to gain "step-change" improvement in manufacturing productivity. The centre showcases examples of industry's productivity success stories. For more information, please visit

About A*STAR

The Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) is the lead agency for fostering world-class scientific research and talent for a vibrant knowledge-based and innovation-driven Singapore. A*STAR oversees 14 biomedical sciences and physical sciences and engineering research institutes, and six consortia & centres, located in Biopolis and Fusionopolis as well as their immediate vicinity. A*STAR supports Singapore's key economic clusters by providing intellectual, human and industrial capital to its partners in industry. It also supports extramural research in the universities, and with other local and international partners. For more information about A*STAR, please visit .

Source: A*STAR

Ms Lee Swee Heng
for Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology (SIMTech)
DID: +65 6793 8368

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