Press Release

A*STAR SIMTech and WDA launch OMNI-LITE for manufacturing and services firms to develop in-house productivity champions

08 Oct 2015


 

 

8 October 2015 – Local firms can now acquire know-how to boost their productivity capabilities via a new programme called Operations MaNagement Innovation – Lean Improvement Towards Excellence (OMNI-LITE).

 

OMNI-LITE is jointly developed by the Singapore Workforce Development Agency (WDA) and the Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology (SIMTech), a research institute under the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR). 

 

Targeted at Professionals, Managers and Executives (PMEs) and senior management personnel, OMNI-LITE is designed for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the manufacturing and service sectors looking at enhanced business efficiency and effectiveness. Examples of such sectors include food services, logistics, marine, construction and retail. 

 

The programme comprises 10 half-day sessions on OmniMethodology™ concepts developed by SIMTech. The compact programme allows SMEs – which typically find it difficult to send staff for training over extended periods – to develop in-house productivity champions without putting excessive demands on their manpower resources.

 

The sessions will be conducted by A*STAR SIMTech over one month. Participants who successfully complete OMNI-LITE will receive Singapore Workforce Skills Qualifications (WSQ) certifications from WDA. Please refer to Annex A for more details on OMNI-LITE.

 

Dr Lim Ser Yong, Executive Director of SIMTech, commented: “The SIMTech-developed OmniMethodology™ integrates business strategy, operations management and productivity improvement of a company systematically to assist manufacturing and service companies on their productivity journeys. A successful outcome of years of research in Operations Management in manufacturing, it is widely adopted by companies in various industries. OmniMethodology™ incorporated in OMNI-LITE assists local enterprises to create a culture of ongoing productivity improvements and drive growth towards lean enterprises.”

 

Mr Ng Cher Pong, Chief Executive of WDA, said: “To support the recently-launched Lean Enterprise Development Scheme (LEDS), WDA and A*STAR have created OMNI-LITE which is targeted at SMEs. Companies can tap on OMNI-LITE to nurture local productivity champions who can formulate and drive productivity improvement initiatives that are aligned to their business plans. This will help companies increase their productivity, become more manpower lean and develop a strong Singaporean core, all of which will help to boost their overall competitiveness.”

 

OMNI-LITE was announced today at the Manufacturing Productivity Technology Centre (MPTC) Annual Conference. The event was organised to generate awareness of productivity improvements through manpower-lean solutions and technology adoption by SMEs.

 

MoUs on OMNI Partnership Agreement, R&D Collaborations and Advanced Manufacturing Masterclasses
Four Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) were also signed at the event:

  • MoU on OMNI Partnership Agreement, signed by SIMTech and five other organisations to further enhance OMNI and OMNI-LITE adoption by SMEs
  • MoU on R&D Collaborations to develop Manufacturing Control Tower, signed by SIMTech and its industry partners to promote R&D collaborations in areas related to the design and development of the Manufacturing Control Tower (MCT)
  • MoU on the rollout of a series of best-in-class masterclasses to develop advanced manufacturing capabilities in support of the MCT, signed by SIMTech and WDA
  • MOU with SIMTech on the development of modular and economical solutions in MCT technologies for mass adoption by SMEs, signed by SIMTech and SPRING 

Supported by infocomm technologies, the MCT aims to provide companies with visibility and on-the-go smart management capabilities in complex manufacturing environments. It seeks to capture value for Singapore’s manufacturing industry through pushing the frontiers for manufacturing transformation, a trend that has started in advanced economies such as Germany. Please refer to Annexes B and C for more details of these MoUs.


Inaugural Productivity Partners Recognition Award
To encourage technology adoption for raising productivity and developing lean enterprises, an inaugural Productivity Partners Recognition Award was also introduced at the event. The recipients were chosen based on their efforts in pursuing productivity growth. A total of 30 recipients from the manufacturing and service sectors were presented with the Award. Please refer to Annex D for the list of award recipients. 

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For media queries and clarifications, please contact:
Agency for Science, Technology and Research
Lee Jian Hui
Assistant Head, Corporate Communications
Tel:      +65 6419 6575          
Email:   lee_jian_hui@a-star.edu.sg 

Singapore Workforce Development Agency
Steven Ng
Principal Manager, Corporate and Marketing Communications
Tel:      +65 6512 1241           
Email:   steven_ng@wda.gov.sg

 

About the A*STAR 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: www.SIMTech.a-star.edu.sg.


About the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR)
The Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) is Singapore's lead public sector agency that spearheads economic oriented research to advance scientific discovery and develop innovative technology. Through open innovation, we collaborate with our partners in both the public and private sectors to benefit society.

As a Science and Technology Organisation, A*STAR bridges the gap between academia and industry. Our research creates economic growth and jobs for Singapore, and enhances lives by contributing to societal benefits such as improving outcomes in healthcare, urban living, and sustainability.

 

We play a key role in nurturing and developing a diversity of talent and leaders in our Agency and Research Institutes, the wider research community and industry. A*STAR oversees 18 biomedical sciences and physical sciences and engineering research entities primarily located in Biopolis and Fusionopolis.

 

For more information, please visit: www.a-star.edu.sg.

 


About the Singapore Workforce Development Agency
The Singapore Workforce Development Agency (WDA) enhances the competitiveness of our workforce by encouraging workers to learn for life and advance with skills. In today's economy, most jobs require not just knowledge, but also skills. WDA collaborates with employers, industry associations, unions and training organisations, to develop and strengthen the Continuing Education and Training system that is skills-based, open and accessible, as a mainstream pathway for all workers – young and older, from rank and file to professionals and executives – to upgrade and advance in their careers and lives. 

 

For more information, please visit www.wda.gov.sg.

 

ANNEX A 

ABOUT WSQ OMNI-LITE

Introduction
The WSQ OMNI-LITE programme is a joint initiative by the Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology (SIMTech), a research institute of the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), and the Singapore Workforce Development Agency (WDA). The objective is to train key personnel from manufacturing and service sectors, to be productivity champions who can help their companies achieve operational excellence. 


The WSQ OMNI-LITE Programme is based on the WSQ OMNI Programme, which has helped more than 300 course participants from over 130 companies to achieve productivity improvements
ranging from 20 per cent to 200 per cent.


The WSQ OMNI-LITE Programme consists of 10 half-day sessions (six classroom sessions and four on-site mentoring) spread over one month. The classroom sessions combine knowledge sharing of key theories, concepts, frameworks, methodologies, tools and techniques; with interactive in-class discussions and hands-on exercises to reinforce the learning. The on-site mentoring sessions involve experienced SIMTech consultants going on-site to the companies for four half-days, 1-on-1 consultation sessions to assist and guide them on the use of the OmniMethodologyTM and the implementation of productivity improvement initiatives through a project work.


Why WSQ OMNI-LITE Programme?
Designed with the needs of SMEs in mind, the programme will equip the participants with the necessary knowledge and tools to systematically use OmniMethodologyTM so as to accelerate their companies’ journey to achieve a lean state of operation. WSQ OMNI-LITE is one of the strategic manpower development programmes developed in support of the Lean Enterprise Development Scheme (LEDS) by the Ministry of Manpower (MOM).


For Whom
This programme is relevant to:

  • Management officers/directors
  • Supply chain/procurement/ logistics managers and senior staff
  • Inventory/warehouse management managers and senior staff
  • Manufacturing/production/engineering managers and senior staff
  • Industrial engineering managers and senior staff
  • Operations management manager and senior staff
  • Retail/Service manager and senior staff 


Contact Details
Dr Roland Lim
Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology (SIMTech)
Tel:      6793 8458
Email:   yglim@SIMTech.a-star.edu.sg

ANNEX B 

LIST OF SIGNATORIES OF OMNI PARTNERSHIP AGREEMENT

1.              Alpha Consulting & Training
2.              Electronics Industries Training Centre (ELITC)
3.              Kaizen Consulting Group
4.              Singapore Business Advisors and Consultants Council
5.              Singapore Chinese Chamber Institute of Business[1] 

 

ANNEX C

ABOUT MoU ON R&D COLLABORATIONS TO DEVELOP MANUFACTURING CONTROL TOWER

The MoU aims to promote R&D collaborations in areas for the design and development of the Manufacturing Control Tower. They are as follows:

1.              software simulation
2.              data analytics
3.              mobile communications
4.              Internet-of-Things
5.              advanced and optimised controls
6.              supply and demand prediction
7.              customer sentiment analysis
8.              automation and system integration 


LIST OF 
R&D COLLABORATIONS TO DEVELOP
MANUFACTURING CONTROL TOWER
MoU SIGNATORIES

1.              Agilent Technologies Singapore Pte Ltd
2.              Cisco International Limited
3.              CKE Manufacturing Pte Ltd
4.              Cosmiqo International Pte Ltd
5.              D-SIMLAB Technologies Pte Ltd
6.              Hitachi Data Systems Pte Ltd
7.              Infineon Technologies Asia Pacific Pte Ltd
8.              Rockwell Automation Southeast Asia Pte Ltd
9.              Singapore Workforce Development Agency

 

ANNEX D 

RECIPIENTS OF THE INAUGURAL PRODUCTIVITY PARTNERS RECOGNITION

 

S/N

Company

Recipient/Designation

1

Ascott International Management

Mr Willy Ong/Vice President of ACE

2

Axxel Marketing

Mr Jonathan Yang/Chief Executive Officer

3

CKE Manufacturing

Mr Kwan Li Feng/Enterprise Development Manager

4

Dynamics Circuit

Mr Kunasegar Raman/Managing Director

5

Electronic Industries Training Centre (ELITC)

Ms Lim Lee Chin/General Manager

6

Enercon Asia

Mr Lim Mun Hey/General Manager

7

Hoestar PD Technology

Mr Leong Weng Hoe/Managing Director

8

Huationg Holdings

Mr Jimmy Chua/Chief Executive Officer

9

Jamco Singapore

Mr Naofumi Ichisugi/General Manager

10

Jurong Shipyard

Mr Wang Zijian/Executive Director

11

Keppel Shipyard

Mr Chor How Jat/Managing Director

12

Keystone Cable

Mr Derek Zhu/Senior Strategy & Finance Manager

13

Lian Huat Leasing

Mr Philip Ng/Director

14

MTQ Engineering

Mr Steven Yong/Lean Champion

15

Nan Yang Gemological Institute

Mr Zeng Chun Guang/Managing Director & Founder

16

OMS Oilfield Services

Mr How Meng Hock/President & Chief Executive Officer

17

Panasonic Factory Solutions Asia Pacific

Mr Wong Chiak Yeen/Executive Director

18

PLC Industries

Mr Marc Tan/Chief Operation Officer

19

Polybuilding

Ms Sharon Thng/Financial Controller

20

Sanwa-Intec

Mr Anthony Yeow/Operations Manager

21

Sanwa Plastics

Mr Alvin Tan/Operations Manager

22

Singapore Toy Club

Mr Jamen Low/Director

23

SPEQS Manufacturing

Mr Ron Mao Chin Tao/Managing Director

24

Super Bean International

Mr Richard Lau Cher Ping/Operations & Training Manager

25

Tanglin Corporation

Mr Robin Chan/Director

26

Techcom Technology

Mr Mark Khoo/Director

27

Teckwah Industrial Corporation

Ms Chua Xing Ling/Corporate Planning & Enterprise Risk Manager

28

Wah Joo Seng

Mr Samuel Kuah Choon Kuan/Chairman

29

Wangi Industrial

Mr Chew Ker Wan/Vice President, Engrg & Operations

30

Wing Tuck Engineering

Mr Sacca Chong Ching Meng/Executive Director

 

ANNEX E 

LIST OF CHINESE TRANSLATIONS

Singapore Workforce Development Agency (WDA)

新加坡劳动力发展局

Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology (SIMTech)

新加坡制造技术研究院

Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR)

新加坡科技研究局

Operations MaNagement Innovation – Lean Improvement Towards Excellence (OMNI-LITE)

Operations MaNagement Innovation (OMNI)

运作管理创新精益改进卓越

运作管理创新

Singapore Workforce Skills Qualifications (WSQ)

新技能资格

Mr Lim Swee Say
Minister for Manpower

林瑞生先生
人力部长

Mr Ng Cher Pong
Chief Executive
Singapore Workforce Development Agency

黄子鹏先生
局长
新加坡劳动力发展局

Dr Lim Ser Yong
Executive Director
SIMTech

林四雄博士
院长
新加坡制造技术研究院

 



[1] OMNI@APEX incorporates OMNI-LITE with Singapore Chinese Chamber Institute of Business.

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