MoIAT and EDGE sign MoU to establish Industry 4.0 enablement center

  • EDGE Group will host a series of on-site initiatives, training courses and programs beginning in September 2022 with the goal of accelerating technology adoption in the industrial sector
  • EDGE Learning & Innovation Factory Ministerial Tour Highlights Facility Plans, Programs and Projects

Abu Dhabi – UAE: – The Ministry of Industry and Advanced Technology (MoIAT) and EDGE have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to establish the UAE’s first Industry 4.0 Enablement Center to promote, enable and support digital transformation and adoption. of Industry 4.0 technologies throughout the country’s manufacturing sector.

The Ministry and EDGE will explore how the Enablement Center can build on what has been achieved by EDGE’s Learning and Innovation Factory (LIF), a state-of-the-art learning, innovation and demonstration hub for Industry 4.0, operational excellence and advanced technology. Its offerings include learning, innovation, and demonstration for the broader industry ecosystem.

The agreement was signed in the presence of His Excellency Dr. Sultan Al Jaber, UAE Minister of Industry and Advanced Technology, His Excellency Sarah Al Amiri, Minister of State for Public Education and Advanced Technology, His Excellency Faisal Al Bannai, President of the Board of Directors, EDGE, and Mansour AlMulla, Managing Director and CEO, EDGE. It was signed by Mohammed Al Qassim, Director of Technology Development and Adoption at the Ministry of Industry and Advanced Technology, Reda Nidhakou, Senior Vice President of Strategy and Portfolio Management, EDGE, at the EDGE Learning & Innovation Factory, located in Abu Dhabi.

His Excellency Dr. Sultan Al Jaber, His Excellency Sarah Al Amiri and Mohammed Al Qasim were welcomed by His Excellency Faisal Al Bannai and Mansour AlMulla at the EDGE Learning & Innovation Factory for a comprehensive tour of the facility, highlighting key insights . about how organizations can improve their operations by adopting the right processes and methodologies, how they can further improve operations by adopting the right technologies, and how they can leverage automation to ignite a data-driven organization.

During the visit, delegates toured EDGE LIF, an end-to-end integrated and automated factory that demonstrates digital manufacturing use cases to trainees. Each trainee will be able to participate in a simulation to explore how technology can enhance production. In the simulation, students use an app to configure a small car, add a slogan, and track its production across 4 factory islands in less than 7 minutes. Smart and lean production training at EDGE LIF is key to the Lean Digital curriculum. Lean Digital teaches how lead times, quality and cost can be improved by introducing Industry 4.0 technologies.

The EDGE Learning & Innovation Factory SLF Simulation is conducted in three rounds. It covers traditional production processes, mechanisms for discovering manufacturing and productivity challenges, and implementing technology solutions that support operations. This includes digital work instructions and a dashboard of key performance indicators, which can lead to more advanced technical solutions, integrate automated work tasks and mechanisms. These solutions include smart logistics watches and smart barcode reading gloves.

As part of this partnership, EDGE will host a series of on-site initiatives, training courses and programs beginning in September of this year with the goal of accelerating technology adoption in the industrial sector, enhancing collaboration within the technology ecosystem of the UAE and enable the co-creation and development of innovative solutions among industry players.

The Industry 4.0 Enablement Center will comprise several activities, including raising awareness of Industry 4.0 technologies and practices, enhancing manufacturers’ capabilities with specialized training curricula, demonstrating the benefits of 4IR technology, support for the development of Industry 4.0 strategies and the creation of a test bench and an open space. access environment to pilot and co-develop innovative technologies.

His Excellency Dr. Sultan Al Jaber, UAE Minister for Industry and Advanced Technology, commented: “As per the vision of our leadership, the Ministry’s strategy is committed to supporting local manufacturers to adopt advanced technologies and 4IR solutions. Advanced technologies help improve efficiency, productivity, safety and quality while reducing costs, optimizing supply chains and creating jobs. The agreement signed today is of great importance as it encourages the adoption of technology in the sector and will enhance our industrial resilience, increase competitiveness, accelerate economic diversification and foster a knowledge-based economy supported by advanced technology. Our partnership with EDGE is a testament to MoIAT’s goal of working with local industry leaders to foster knowledge sharing. We look forward to the continuous upgrading of the skills of our national workforce and the development of the national R&D ecosystem to achieve the goals of our strategy.”

He added: “The UAE enjoys a set of unique competitive advantages and incentives including an advanced logistics infrastructure and transportation network, financial solutions, legislation and laws to support the growth of the industrial sector, and an environment that supports technological transformation through of training and development. . Our national competitive advantages are continuously evolving in accordance with the main international standards”.

Her Excellency Sarah Al Amiri, Minister of State for Public Education and Advanced Technology, said: “A key reason for the UAE’s continued emergence as a global industrial hub is its rich R&D ecosystem, fueled by a skilled workforce and a culture of innovation. It is important for us to continue investing in technological projects to develop existing industries and attract technological investments in specific sectors”.

HE added: “Our MoU with EDGE aims to boost our industrial competitiveness. The establishment of the first Industry 4.0 Enabling Center in the country is an important milestone in the transformation process of the sector. The center will help empower the industry by helping companies adopt advanced technology and upskill the workforce, thereby increasing productivity and efficiency. Ultimately, the establishment of this center is in line with the UAE’s Industry 4.0 program and the goals of our broader national strategy for industry and advanced technology.”

His Excellency Faisal Al Bannai, Chairman of the Board of Directors of EDGE, said: “EDGE Learning & Innovation Factory is investing heavily in advanced technologies, innovation and capacity building to provide a real-life test bed that offers a focus on the future. to digital transformation, operational excellence and Industry 4.0, in order to ignite data-driven organizations. We are committed to modernizing our ways of working and implementing digital technologies and advanced manufacturing technologies at both the corporate and factory levels, respectively, to increase speed, efficiency and resiliency.”

He added: “EDGE’s partnership with the Ministry of Industry and Advanced Technology seeks to enable EDGE to become a model in the UAE and regionally for the adoption of Industry 4.0, and will position the EDGE Learning and Innovation Factory and the UAE, as respected centers of excellence. We look forward to playing our part in contributing to a knowledge-based economy and a more sustainable future, in support of the Country Value Program.”

EDGE Learning & Innovation Factory combines theory, technology and practice under one roof to drive improvements and inspire an innovative approach to transform future products and processes. It provides learners with experiential, gamified, and actionable learning online with the facility’s forward-thinking, future-oriented, and integrated approach.

EDGE is part of the Champions Network, a group of leading national industrial companies that implement 4IR technologies and solutions in their operations. It includes companies such as ADNOC, Honeywell, Unilever, Schneider Electric, Emirates Global Aluminum (EGA), Cisco, Siemens, Aveva, SAP, Etisalat, IBM, Huawei, Strata, Microsoft, PTC, and Ericsson. Champions Network is a central pillar of the UAE Industry 4.0 designed to accelerate the integration of 4IR solutions and applications in the UAE industrial sector, improving the UAE’s overall industrial competitiveness, reducing costs, increasing productivity and efficiency, improving quality, improving safety and creating new jobs.

MoIAT, EDGE and the Emirates Development Bank (EDB) signed a mutual agreement during the Make it in the Emirates Forum in June this year to support the development of manufacturing at EDGE, one of the world’s top 25 advanced technology groups for the defense. Under the agreement, EDB will provide financing of up to AED 1 billion to support EDGE Group’s effort to adopt advanced technology and manufacturing processes and contribute to increasing its exports, supporting the growth of the domestic economy. The MoIAT will provide EDGE with a robust roadmap that will reinforce the Group’s position as one of the world’s leading and most financially sound military hardware and technology providers.

In 2021, as part of the country’s efforts to extend the National In-Country Value (ICV) Program at the federal level, EDGE signed an agreement with MoIAT to join the program. The agreements foster collaboration between government entities and the private sector to boost the industrial sector. The program seeks to redirect public and private sector acquisitions to the local economy and improve the role and development of national industry.

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