PETALING JAYA – SMART Modular Technologies (SMART), a global leader of speciality memory and storage solutions manufacturing in Malaysia, today announced a collaboration with IBM to transform its operations into a cutting-edge manufacturing facility and lead in the Industry 4.0 agenda.
SMART will deploy IBM Maximo Visual Inspection integrated with AI-powered collaborative robots (COBOTS) to develop innovative manufacturing solutions while empowering its workforce with the latest technology skills.
SMART’s memory components are embedded in systems that face some of the most demanding physical conditions from military and aviation to outer space applications where extreme quality is a truly critical performance benchmark.
SMART’s inspectors examine memory chips under a microscope for defects such as cracked solder joints, damaged components, or any other kinds of defects in a traditional manufacturing process environment. These manual inspections require highly specialised experts and are time consuming. The prolonged process in turn lead to production delays.
IBM Maximo Visual Inspection helps to identify and isolate defective semi-conductor components before they ripple into the next stage of processing, bringing quality control automation to SMART’s manufacturing process.
Visual Inspection includes an intuitive toolset that empowers SMART’s quality engineers to label, train, and deploy deep learning vision models. This is done without coding or deep learning expertise and is aligned with the global IPC610 standard for inspecting printed circuit boards, teaching the system to recognize potential faults in each product line.
When one of the AI-powered robots identifies a defective product, it automatically sets it aside into a “no good tray” so quality control specialists can carry out a more detailed inspection. The solution will help SMART reduce inspection time, provide extreme consistency in detecting defects, improve quality and reserve human expertise for value-added tasks.
SMART’s manufacturing operations in Penang, Malaysia is the key supply chain operations centre for the voracious Asia electronics market as well as the centre of excellence for transformative product manufacturing for their global business.
SMART receives all the requisite tools and training from IBM to adopt and utilize the emerging technologies and excel in their industry through a series of enablement and design thinking workshops on Artificial Intelligence (AI), Hybrid Cloud and IoT.
“Manufacturing is becoming increasingly more efficient, modular, and automated. To reach its full potential, it is imperative for the industry to continue to embark on futureproofing measures by incorporating Industry 4.0 technologies in their digital transformation. For many end users, autonomous operation is the destination to achieve their smart manufacturing goals.
“The collaboration between SMART Modular and IBM clearly supports the country’s agenda to be the Digital Manufacturing Hub as manufacturing is a core driver of economic growth for Malaysia, contributing about 23.6%* to Malaysia’s GDP in 2020,” said Catherine Lian, Managing Director of IBM Malaysia.