Launch of PE Technology Consortia and PE WSQ Graduate Diploma Programmes and PE Industry Forum : Manufacture of High-Mix Low-Volume Products

Date: 10 Jun 2009 - 10 Jun 2009

Venue: Auditorium, Level 3, SIMTech Tower Block, 71 Nanyang Drive, Singapore 638075


The Launch of the PE Technology Consortia and PE WSQ Graduate Diploma Programmes and PE Industry Forum will be held at Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology (SIMTech). The Guest-of-Honour is Mr Lee Yi Shyan, Minister of State, Ministry of Trade & Industry and Manpower.

The PE Technology Consortia, High-Mix Low-Volume Manufacturing as well as Precision Measurements & Characterisation are initiated by SIMTech with the aim to move the PE Industry up the value chain.

The Precision Engineering Workforce Skiils Qualifications Graduate Diploma Programmes are a joint initiative by the Singapore Workforce Development Authority (WDA) and SIMTech to provide hands-on training and equip PE professionals in two technology areas :

a) Manufacturing Operations Management (MOM) which focuses on effective planning, scheduling, use and control of a manufacturing organisation through various concepts and systems.

b) Precision Measurements and Characterisation (PMC) which trains participants the theory, methods and techniques of precision measurements and characterisation.

The PE Industry Forum will focus on the Manufacture of High-Mix Low-Volume Products with a keynote speech by Mr Henk Jan Jonge Poerink, General Manager, VDL Enabling Technologies Group Pte Ltd. Mr Poerink will share with us his expertise and insights on High-Mix Low-Volume Manufacturing.

Presentation abstract :  

The mortgage crisis, record high oil prices, and a lackluster stock market are hitting the economy like a perfect storm. Rising material and labour costs, weak consumer spending, and a global collapsing housing market are hammering job shops worldwide. Many are looking for ways to re-engineer themselves to compensate for flattening growth. Lean manufacturing has emerged in the past as a viable method for ensuring continued prosperity.

This presentation will discuss new lean methodology geared specifically to job shops, with a low-volume high-mix product portfolio, as they attempt to recession- proof their businesses. Most shop owners have read the revised and updated version of James P. Womack and Daniel T. Jones’ bestselling business classic, Lean Thinking—Banish Waste and Create Wealth in your Corporation, based on Toyota’s mastery of productivity, quality, low inventories and reduced lead times. Almost everyone in manufacturing agrees that the lean precepts of Womack and Jones have exceptional merit. But when it comes to contract manufacturing, shops realised they apply only on a partial level, because few shops operate an assembly line like Toyota, Ford, Boeing or John Deere.

Thus, a job shop requires its own lean toolkit, flexible approach or application of those tools in order to benefit its customer base, organisational culture and bottom line. Because of this, progressive shops succeeding today are re-thinking Lean in key areas such as plant layout, information technology, manufacturing technology and production automation, supply chain management and culture.

For general enquiries on the event, please contact Ms Pauline Chan at or call 6338 2321.