Mr Chan Chun Sing, Minister for Trade and Industry
Director for R&D, Netatech Group
Continuous innovation can help businesses carve out a niche for themselves. Netatech is pioneering solutions in areas of urban agriculture and water management. Daniel talks about how the company’s investments in research and development (R&D) and industry partnerships have enabled Netatech to gain market access.
A software engineer by training, Daniel is passionate about driving environmental sustainability through technology. He has extensive experience in designing and implementing irrigation solutions, rain water harvesting systems and smart agriculture technology.
CEO, PBA Group
Changing mindsets and adopting new technologies such as robotics can be daunting. How did PBA transform its engineering operations to a smart factory? What does it take to equip the team with tech capabilities? Derrick shares insights from PBA’s technology adoption journey.
Derrick lives for technology. Under his leadership, he transformed PBA to become an Asian powerhouse in robotics and automation. He also founded the Robotics Automation Centre of Excellence (RACE), driven by his desire to groom the next generation of tech evangelists.
Track 1: SMEs’ Innovation Journey: From Ideas to Going Global
Feinmetall Singapore & A*STAR OTR
How can you get started with innovation? A*STAR’s Operation and Technology Roadmapping (OTR) programme helps businesses approach technology in a clear, systematic way. Precision Engineering firm, Feinmetall Singapore, shares how OTR has been pivotal in growing its business.
Sam Chee Wah, General Manager, Feinmetall Singapore
Chee Wah has over 30 years of experience in the semiconductor industry. He has grown Feinmetall from a small repair centre to an industry leader in wafer probe card over the last decade. Under his leadership, a new Digital Manufacturing Facility was established.
Dwayne Wang, OTR Facilitator, A*STAR SIMTech
Through OTR, Dwayne works with companies to develop long-term technology adoption and integration strategies. He has assisted over 30 companies in diverse industries such as precision engineering, healthcare and retail.
JN Medsys & A*STAR ETPL
You don’t have to develop new products and services alone. Life science and medical technology company JN Medsys partnered with ETPL, the technology-transfer arm of A*STAR, to commercialise a key analytical software behind their chip-in-a-tube DNA analysis system. JN Medsys talks about how they have benefitted from licensing and commercialisation opportunities with ETPL’s assistance.
Johnson Ng, CEO, JN Medsys
Dr Johnson Ng believes in improving people’s lives using next-generation DNA analysis. Prior to founding JN Medsys, in over the 10 years he has been in the field, he has created impactful solutions such as a device for point-of-care diagnosis of infectious disease. He holds a PhD in Bioengineering.
Chang Kuo, Senior Vice President, ETPL
Chang Kuo oversees the commercialisation of A*STAR’s manufacturing and material technologies. He has over 10 years of experience in technology licensing and Intellectual Property (IP) management, and has several US patents for silicon wafer processing.
LDR Technology & Fraunhofer Singapore
Disrupting your business through innovation can create market niche. LDR Technology discusses how its collaboration with Fraunhofer Singapore to co-develop an augmented reality training application, and a predictive maintenance solution, has propelled the company into new business areas and enabled them to ride the wave of Industry 4.0. Fraunhofer Singapore is the first subsidiary in Asia of Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, the leading organisation for applied research in Europe.
Png Bee Hin, CEO, LDR
A 30-year veteran in the IT industry, Bee Hin founded LDR to transform learning, performance and experience using location-based technologies. Under his leadership, LDR’s Pocket Trips, a platform that allows anybody without programming knowledge to create their own apps, has won multiple accolades, including the SGTech Gold Award in 2015.
Wolfgang Mueller-Wittig, Executive Director, Fraunhofer Singapore
Apart from heading Fraunhofer Singapore, Wolfgang is also an Adjunct Professor in the NTU School of Computer Science and Engineering. He brings with him over 25 years of experience in industry-related research using virtual and augmented reality.
How can a company translate their Future of Manufacturing vision into technologies that can be commercialised? SIMTech talks about working with companies, to transfer knowledge of digitalisation and manufacturing system technologies, and help them test-bed ideas in an actual production environment at the Model Factory.
Dr Tan Puay Siew, Principal Research Engineer, A*STAR SIMTech
With her research experience in complex manufacturing and supply chain operations, Dr Tan was pivotal in overseeing the set up of Model [email protected] She has also led many initiatives including the Java Smart Services Lab (JSSL) and the Workforce Skills Qualifications (WSQ) Operations Management Innovation (OMNI) Programme.
‘Made in Singapore innovation’ can achieve success overseas. Green technology company, K-One Industries, shares what it took to bring its products overseas – the journey in innovating the right products that takes into account cultural sensitivities, and the challenges in accessing a foreign market.
Kong Mun Chew, Managing Director, K-One Industries
Driven by innovation, Mun Chew is responsible for transforming K-One from a local trading company into a regional enterprise. He leads the design and implementation of innovative technologies in areas of wastewater treatment, food and beverage process automation and healthcare solutions. Notable patents include a vision-robotic assembly for in-flight meals and cart roll-in dishwasher.
Track 2: SME’s Productivity Journey: From Solution Adoption to Integration
Do chatbots take away the personal touch in customer management? aZaaS dispels this notion and highlights how artificial intelligence can create an interactive customer experience by easily integrating chatbots with existing process management engines.
Tan Choon Ngee, Group CEO, aZaaS
Prior to his leadership appointment in aZaaS in 2004, Choon Ngee helmed business development portfolios across Asia and the Middle East. He has an MBA and a Bachelor in Engineering.
Proper equipment maintenance is important for businesses to reduce machine downtime and save on maintenance costs. SIMTech demonstrates how maintenance management systems can assist companies to better integrate and manage maintenance activities, and identify machinery issues real time.
Luo Ming, Senior Scientist, A*STAR SIMTech
Luo Ming brings over 25 years of experience in data analysis and business process re-engineering, specialising in manufacturing shop-floor systems. She has helped companies such as AURIC and Tanglin Corporation in areas of maintenance management and operational equipment effectiveness. She earned her PhD in Systems Modelling and Analysis.
Companies can streamline their collection and delivery handling processes to save time and cost. Find out how collection and delivery management systems can help optimise resource allocation, delivering the right items to the right customers, at the right time.
He Wei, Principal Research Engineer, A*STAR SIMTech
An accomplished researcher in RFID technology, He Wei leads the Supply Chain Track & Trace initiative in SIMTech’s Manufacturing and Productivity Technology Centre. He has been pivotal in helping companies improve processes through RFID data and security management systems.
Manufacturing companies are no strangers to technology. Medical device manufacturer, Racer Technology, talks about its approach to technology adoption – from what drives the company, to selecting the right bite-sized solutions to adopt, and integrating tech into every facet of its workflow.
Willy Koh, CEO, Racer Technology
Willy is a serial entrepreneur with over 28 years’ experience in the manufacturing sector. He oversees Racer’s research and development (R&D) and factory operations. True to being an R&D advocate, he has prototyped and commercialised various medical devices.
What exactly is ‘omni-channel’? Targeted at participants in the retail sector, apparel retailer Decks shares how embracing technology is not daunting - from integrating brick-and-mortar operations with e-commerce capabilities, and what it means to create a seamless online-to-offline experience for customers.
Kelvyn Chee, Managing Director, Decks
Kelvyn has more than two decades of experience in the retail and manufacturing industries. As a second generation business owner, he is aware of the challenges in trying to disrupt existing ways of doing things with technology.
PayPal Singapore & IndoChili Indonesian Restaurant
Reducing manpower reliance while maintaining a pleasant service experience for customers – can that be achieved? Global e-payments expert, PayPal Singapore, provides insights on how food and beverage (F&B) companies can digitise their front-of-house workflows and uphold service standards.
Bernard Tan, SME Outreach Manager, PayPal Singapore
An electrical engineer by training, Bernard has over 20 years of experience in the electronics industry in Asia Pacific. Prior to joining the founding team of PayPal Innovation Lab, Bernard was the General Manager for Technology Adoption at the Association of Small and Medium Enterprises (ASME).
Interested to collaborate and co-innovate new products and services? Looking for ready-to-license technology or ready-to-go solutions to adopt? All registered delegates get to explore the tech offerings from both public and private sectors at over 90 exhibition booths at the technology showcase!Read more
Basement 2, Central & East Ballroom
Resort World Convention Centre
Resorts World Sentosa Convention Centre
8 Sentosa Gateway, Singapore 098269
how to get there
On Sentosa Gateway, keep to left lane and drive down slope leading to Resorts Worlds Sentosa Car Park.
Filter right and drive into tunnel for “Cars/Taxis”.
Follow signage to “B1 West” and park vehicle in the green zone.
Resorts World Convention Centre is located on the left.
*FREE SHUTTLE BUS
Free shuttle bus will be provided between 0800hrs to 1045hrs at 15 min intervals. Pick-up point will be at Harbourfront Cruise Centre.more information
Take buses 10, 30, 65, 80, 93, 97, 100, 131, 143, 145, 166, 188 or 855 and alight at VivoCity.
Board bus RWS8 from bus stop 14141 at VivoCity or bus stop 14121 at Merill Lynch, Harbourfront.
Alight at Resorts World Sentosa drop-off point, Enter via The Forum, Resorts World Convention Centre is located on the right.
Take North-East line or Circle line to HarbourFront station.
Take Exit E to VivoCity and look out for the free shuttle bus to the event.
Free shuttle bus will only be operating for 3 hours in the morning.
Highlights of SME Day 2017
In the News
- Straits Times - Website lists tech solutions for SMEs to draw on
- Today - 3 A*Star researchers lauded for contributions to local SMEs
- Lianhe Zaobao - 易华仁：政府助中小企向创新科技转型
- Berita Harian - Pusat sumber Tech Depot bantu SME tingkat operasi perniagaan, manfaat huraian teknologi
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