Seminar Series 2015 (Design of the Roller Clamp Robotic Assembly System)

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Please to announce the following FK Seminar Series. All faculty members are cordially invited to attend this seminar; note that attendance is compulsory for staff from the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Date: 15 October  2015 (Thursday)
Time: 2 pm - 3pm

Venue:  Mechanical Meeting Room, Level 2, FK

Speaker: Dr Ngu Sze Song


Title: Design of the Roller Clamp Robotic Assembly System
 
Abstract:
This work deal with the design of the robotic system for the roller clamps. The task is characterized by high speed, high yield and safety engagement. This paper describes the design of different parts of an automated high speed machine to assemble the parts of roller clamps. The roller clamp robotic assembly system performs various processes in the assembly line which include clamp body and roller feeding, inserting the roller into the clamp body, and dividing the rejected clamp and successfully assembled clamp into their own tray. The electrical/electronics design of the machine is discussed. The target is to design a cost effective, minimum maintenance and high speed machine for the industry applications.

Sinergi kukuh : UNIMAS dan TEGAS tubuh Makmal STEM

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KOTA SAMARAHAN,7 Oktober 2015 : Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS) dengan kerjasama Tabung Ekonomi Gagasan Anak Bumiputera Sarawak (TEGAS) akan menubuhkan makmal pendidikan sains, teknologi, kejuruteraan dan matematik (STEM) di Fakulti Kejuruteraan, UNIMAS.Menteri Muda di Pejabat Ketua Menteri( Promosi Pendidikan Teknikal), Datu Haji Len Talif Salleh berkata, penubuhan makmal tersebut dilihat dapat mempromosi serta meningkatkan kesedaran masyarakat mengenai kepentingan STEM.
“ Oleh demikian, Kerajaan Negeri berharap kepakaran yang ada di Fakulti Kejuruteraan UNIMAS dapat memberi sinergi ke arah objektif pendidikan STEM untuk menyokong keperluan dan kehendak masyarakat, industri mahupun agensi kerajaan,” katanya.
Beliau berkata demikian semasa berucap merasmikan UNIMAS STEM EnCON2015 yang bermula hari ini sehingga 9 Oktober nanti.
Datu Haji Len Talif yang juga Menteri Muda Alam Sekitar Sarawak mengucapkan tahniah atas penganjuran persidangan itu yang dilihat dapat mengalakkan kerjasama di antara jurutera dan para akademik dan saintis seluruh dunia, ke arah pencapaian bidang kejuruteraan yang lebih baik di masa hadapan.
Malahan, jelas beliau, persidangan itu selari dengan fokus ke arah Latihan Pendidikan Vokasional dan Teknikal (TVET) yang dapat membantu meningkatkan keperluan industri untuk pekerja mahir menjelang Rancangan Malaysia Kesebelas kelak.
“ Fokus TEGAS adalah untuk menyediakan pekerja mahir di Sarawak pada masa hadapan terutama untuk 1.6 juta pekerjaan tambahan yang diperlukan untuk pembangunan projek SCORE dengan keperluan lebih kepada tenaga kerja teknikal dan vokasional,” katanya.
Manakala dalam ucapan Naib Canselor UNIMAS, Profesor Dato’ Dr Mohamad Kadim Suaidi berkata, universiti ini akan terus berusaha meningkatkan kekuatan di dalam Pembangunan dan Penyelidikan (R&D).
“ Setiap tahun, para akademik UNIMAS telah menunjukkan kepakaran dalam bidang masing-masing dan atas kejayaan di dalam penyelidikan yang dibuat, kebanyakan mereka menerima tajaan dari beberapa pihak sehingga membolehkan UNIMAS menjadi universiti ketujuh terbaik di negara ini.
“ Kita juga telah berjaya mendapat lima bintang dari penarafan SETARA yang dilakukan oleh Agensi Kelayakan Malaysia (MQA) dalam bidang pengajaran dan pembelajaran dan sebagai universiti awam penuh di Sarawak, kita akan memainkan peranan dalam membantu membangun dan mempromosi SCORE di negeri ini” katanya.
Sementara itu, tema persidangan kali ini adalah ‘ Engaging Industries and Society through Innovative Engineering and Technology’.
Antara bidang utama dalam persidangan EnCon kali ini adalah berkaitan promosi STEM dengan ucaptama telah dilakukan oleh Profesor Dr Nasruddin Abdul Rahim dari Universiti Malaya dan Profesor Madya Dr Tan Kay Chen dari National University, Singapura.
Dalam majlis yang sama, turut diadakan majlis pertukaran Memorandum Perjanjian dan Memorandum Persefahaman di antara Fakulti Kejuruteraan dan enam syarikat terdiri daripada Shorefield, One Medicare, X-Fab Sarawak, SACOFA, Infra Tech Geo Solutions dan Elcorp Technology.
 
Artikel oleh: Sarena bt Haidir
Foto oleh : Azlandy MAT
 
 

UNIMAS inks MoA to develop tech in SCORE

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Mohamad Kadim (left) exchanges the MoA with Shakor as Len Talif (centre) looks on. — Photos by Muhammad Rais Sanusi

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Len Talif (centre) addressing reporters at the press conference. Seen from left are Shakor, Mohamad Kadim, Mariani, Mohd Ali and Mohd Fuad.

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A section of the crowd at the opening of the three-day Unimas STEM EnCon 2015 which ends tomorrow.

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Another section of the crowd at the opening of the conference.

 

KUCHING: Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas) has inked a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) with six engineering industry players in a bid to play a significant role in promoting and developing technology in the Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (SCORE).
The exchange of agreements, between the university’s Faculty of Engineering with Shorefield, One Medicare, X-Fab Sarawak, Sacofa, Infra Tech Geo Solutions and Elcorp Technology, took place at the opening of Unimas STEM EnCon 2015 here yesterday.
Unimas vice chancellor Prof Dato Dr Mohamad Kadim Suaidi said the university is constantly looking for ways to improve its strength in research and development. Through this collaboration, he hoped for more similar industrial engagement in the future that could lead to a better society.
“We are hoping to synergise the strength of our Engineering Faculty with the objective of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education. As the only full-fledged public university in Sarawak, we would like to play a significant role to promote and develop the technology in SCORE.
“We are in the midst of setting up our research centre in Mukah and we will ensure our degree programmes will produce sufficient and qualified workforce for SCORE in many years to come,” he added when delivering his speech at the opening of the engineering conference.
Others present included Assistant Minister in the Chief Minister’s Office (Promotion of Technical Education) Datu Len Talif Salleh who officiated at the event.
At a press conference later on, Mohamad Kadim pointed out the six companies represent a different discipline which can collaborate with the various departments under Unimas Engineering Faculty; namely Department of Civil Engineering, Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering and Department of Chemical Engineering and Energy Sustainability.
He mentioned that Sacofa specialises in telecommunication while Shorefield, X-Fab and Elcorp Technology are in electrical and electronic engineering. One Medicare is into biomedical and training in healthcare. Infra Tech Geo Solutions, meanwhile, specialises in soft soil.
Representing the industry players yesterday were X-Fab Sarawak chief executive officer Mike Young, One Medicare chief executive officer Mohd Ali Mohd Nor, Sacofa head of Engineering and Implementation Ahmad Fuad Abdul Kadir, Shorefield executive director Mariani Morshidi and Infra Tech Geo Solutions regional director Dr Shakor Badaruddin who also represented Elcorp Technology.
“On a whole, these collaborations will help the university in its niche, which is renewable energy. Unimas has established a Centre of Renewable Energy (CREN) to gather expertise from various fields in its collaboration effort. The centre has continuously secured numerous consultancy projects related to green technology and renewable energy,” he continued.
The eighth edition of the university’s engineering conference this year is held in collaboration with Sarawak Bumiputera Trust Fund (Tegas) and the state Education Department with the theme ‘Engaging Industries and Society through Innovative Engineering and Technology’.
This theme is in line with the mission of the local government and non-governmental bodies to encourage engineers and practitioners to work hand in hand with academicians and scientists around the world towards the betterment of engineering in this country.
Among the key focus of the conference are partnership and promotion of STEM. The main feature of the conference included three prominent keynote addresses by Prof Dr Nasruddin Abdul Rahim from Universiti Malaya and Assoc Prof Dr Tan Kay Chen from National University of Singapore.
EnCon 2015 also features a STEM forum on Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) to support the development of sustainable workforce for Sarawak.
Recently, Unimas and Tegas have agreed on establishing a STEM lab in its Faculty of Engineering which will function as the core activity centre in promoting and creating awareness of the importance of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

'State must improve English language skills of students'

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KUCHING: The state government must lead the way in empowering students of all levels to improve their English language skills.
Assistant Minister in the Chief Minister’s Office (Promotion of Technical Education) Datu Len Talif Salleh said it is vital for students to have strong English language skills in order for Sarawak to cultivate future talents to develop a sustainable ecosystem in the field of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
“In general, students need to improve their command of the English language. This situation particularly applies to Bumiputera and rural students. We need to engage, encourage and build their confidence to converse in English.
“There is a need to emphasise on conversing using the English language in this country if we are to address the global audience. Any discussion on STEM must include English so that we can converse in the international language,” he told a press conference after opening Universiti Malaysia Sarawak’s (Unimas) STEM EnCon 2015 yesterday.
Len said students must understand basic English as fluency in Bahasa Malaysia alone would not be enough for international forums.
“English is the universal language, we can’t converse in Bahasa in international forums. If you want to engage the global audience, you must at least understand English but if you can add German or French, Spanish, Japanese, Mandarin, it is much better. Most importantly, English will be the main operating language in our STEM programme,” he explained.
He suggested English be taught at various levels – akin to the teaching of maths and additional maths – to enhance understanding in schools and tertiary institutes.
“This type of approach needs to be looked into by the Education Ministry to raise the standard of English among our younger generation. There is no easier alternative, we have to impose the learning of English in our society.
“Our students must be able to converse in at least basic English. In terms of STEM learning, Sarawak can take the lead on how to strengthen English at all educational levels. Nothing is impossible,” he said.
In regards to Unimas’ engineering conference, he suggested that future programmes relating to STEM in Malaysia should include English and be referred to as STEME.
EnCon 2015 was organised in collaboration with the Sarawak Bumiputera Trust Fund (Tegas) and the state Education Department, with the theme ‘Engaging Industries and Society through Innovative Engineering and Technology’.
In his speech, Len said Technical and Vocational Education Training (Tvet) has been identified as a game changer under the 11th Malaysia Plan to meet the increasing needs of industry for skilled workers.
He said Tegas is focussing on preparing the state’s future workforce, especially for the 1.6 million additional jobs required for the Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (SCORE), with much-needed technical and vocational skills.
“Recently, Tegas and Unimas have agreed on establishing a STEM lab in the Unimas Engineering Faculty. The lab is seen as the core activity centre in promoting STEM and in creating awareness, especially in our community, on the importance of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
“It is hoped that the strength of the faculty could be synergised with the objectives of STEM education to support the needs of our society, industry and government organisations,” he added.

 

Sumber : http://www.theborneopost.com/2015/10/08/state-must-improve-english-language-skills-of-students/

Dr Idawati Ismail as Invited Speaker in Geopolymer Seminar (GeoSEM 2015) 02 October 2015

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Dr Idawati Ismail was one of the speakers in Geopolymer Seminar (GeoSEM 2015) held in Hotel Putra Palace, Kangar, Perlis,

organized by Centre of Excellence Geopolymer and Green Technology, Universiti Malaysia Perlis.

 

By : Mah Yau Seng

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