Metal Casting Technologies : MCT-1STQRT-2017
10 www.metals.rala.com.au Towards the future with a new robotics course at Panyapiwat Institute of Management (PIM) One of the current challenges faced by several industries is the shortage of labour. This is especially true for a country like Thailand where the population is moving towards an aging society. Over the last decade, to help relieve such problems, Robotics and Automation Technologies have been continuously improved and we have now reached the point where robots can completely replace a human workforce in some jobs. Panyapiwat Institute of Management (PIM) has envisioned that there will be an increasingly high demand across industries for graduate students with sound theoretical and practical backgrounds in robotics and automation. Hence a new Bachelor Degree Program in Robotics and Automation Engineering has been established at PIM to provide students with the necessary skills required in the modern workplace. The Program is managed by Dr. Tunyawat Somjaitaweeporn, who is Director of the recently established PIM Innovation Center for Robotics and Automation Systems. PIM, which was set up in 2007 at Nonthaburi, close to Bangkok, as the first corporate university in Thailand, operates under the flagship of CP ALL Public Company Limited which is part of the Charoen Pokphand Group. Through work-based learning the essential aim of PIM is to fill the divide between conventional education and the needs of business and industry by providing academically skilled job-ready graduates. The Faculty of Engineering and Technology at PIM was opened in 2009 and in addition to the new Robotics & Automation Program the Faculty also operates Bachelor Programs in Information Technology, Computer Engineering, Industrial Engineering and in Automotive Engineering. These programs are incorporated with several companies under the CP Group for internship and scholarship opportunities. The Robotics & Automation Program involves collaboration with world-class robotics companies such as SIASUN, KUKA, ABB and SMC to provide the students the best possible technologies for hands-on learning. At the end of the program, the students will be offered positions in companies within the CP Group or its associates and/or may continue with further studies on a Master Degree program. Further information is at www.pim.ac .th/en Forecasts for Thai auto- industry – going electric? In reviewing the 2017 prospects for the Thai Automotive Sector the Automotive Industry Club (AIC) of the Federation of Thai Industries (FTI) commented that at the start of the year vehicle producers were running at between 60 to 70% English, limit the competitiveness of Thai companies in international markets. The study carried out jointly with JP Morgan, the international financial services company, concludes that these problems must be addressed if productivity levels in Thailand are to be improved and if the country is to move towards a high- income economy, “Thailand 4.0”, as planned within the next 10 years. In reference to Thailand, the study comments that, in addition to a cultural bias towards a more academic education, universities and colleges in both the public and private sectors are not managing to keep up with the ever- changing needs of industry especially in automotive and information technology. Among the report’s recommendations is the need to improve the teaching of science, technology and mathematics in schools together with attracting higher quality entrants in technical & vocational colleges. As a result of this study JP Morgan and the Education Development Centre (EDC) are setting up Accelerated Work Achievement and Readiness for Employment programmes in the Philippines, Indonesia and Thailand towards employment skills improvement. Recognizing the need to upgrade current industries and to develop new technology the Ministry of Industry in Thailand has established the Industrial Transformation Centre so that that engineering expertise and advice is available to help manufacturing industry apply automation, enhance productivity and commercialize new ideas. The Ministry has also set up the Industrial Design Centre to offer consultancy in product design. The Thai Science & Technology Ministry is currently working with the University of the Thai Chamber of Commerce (UTCC) to encourage innovation- driven entrepreneurship and start-up companies. 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