Conference Agenda





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Welcome Remarks

Mr. Selva Nagappan
Managing Director

Smarter Manufacturing, Smarter Industry

Smart manufacturing represents a leap forward in the manufacturing industry. Automation technology, IoT and AI are utilised to automate management as well as the operation of a factory. There is a lot more than just revamping factory with the latest tech. The Victor Taichug Factory in central Taiwan has their production line operating independently for 72 hours continuously where the activities are monitored by their plant managers on their mobile devices. 

•   Automating an industry gives a lot more ease to the company and those working there, what will the future of       manufacturing be like for the staff working with advanced tech?

•   Is smart manufacturing becoming a must for all factories around the world?

•   How are factories accepting the adoption of smart manufacturing?

A New Hope for Hardware with Artificial Intelligence

Every industry has been affected by IR 4.0 and the semiconductor industry is in a position to reap the rewards of the revolution. According to McKinsey, AI could allow semiconductor companies to capture 40 to 50 percent of the total value of the technology percent of the total value of the technology stack, giving them the best opportunity, the industry has had in decades! In this session, hear on:

•   The types of innovations in hardware can be achieved through the use of AI in manufacturing.

•   How much more efficient can the manufacturing industry become through the usage of AI?

•   The strategies that could be implied to increase the revenue of a semi-conductor company. 

Morning Refreshment & Tour to the Exhibition Area
Building the Wall of Defence

In an ever-connected world, security is an ever-growing concern! This has caused organizations in general to buckle up when it comes to security. Semi-conductor companies are also the victim to security breaches. This session discusses on: 

•   Should manufacturers use the cloud or local servers to ensure their sensitive data are safe?

•   How will IIoT step-in to secure smart factories?

•   What are the strategies that have been practised by current companies to ensure cyber-attacks are not a               headache to them?

Panel Discussion: The Important Robots

In the age of IR 4.0, robots are going to be in almost every step of the way of the manufacturing process. Even though Industrial robots have been part of the work force for the past 40-50 years but only now has the application of IR4.0 really taken them off the ground. With the use of AI, robotic systems have literally got a mind of their own now, which allows them to change their actions based on real-time data. In this session, experts from the industry will look into the different aspects of the importance of robotics in the semiconductor industry and strategies implemented in ‘educating’ robots in staying ahead of the current market technology and trends.

Electronic Packaging: Being Disrupted!

Disruption has allowed technology to advance at a rate never before seen. According to PWC, back in 1997 to 2007, the semiconductor industry faced drastic changes due to the popularity increment in the production of central processing units and memory chips. In the current era of IR 4.0, an even higher popularity and more changes are expected to be seen as compared to the 10 years period from 1997 – 2007. 

•   How are semiconductor manufacturing companies keeping up with the rapid pace of the industrial revolution? 

•   What are some of the strategies that have been showing positive impacts in production of central processing       units and memory chips?  

Luncheon & Tour to the Exhibition Area
X Marks the Spot with Big Data

Big data is the strongest thing in this day and age when it comes to any industry and with the use of AI, the sky is the limit. Big data is the leading cause of the latest technologies such as machine learning and the government of Japan is now encouraging businesses to share big data and promoting cooperation to drive innovations for Japan’s Society 5.0.

•   How can other part of the world adopt Japan’s Society 5.0 to look forward to the next industrial revolution?

•   Strategies that has been leveraged by the Japanese industries to help push their country ahead of the                    competition

•   How can other countries leverage on Japan’s Society 5.0 in the new era of IR4.0 to stay ahead of the                       competition.


Panel Discussion: Shaping the Future with Smart Machines

The term “smart machine” implies to machines that are “connected”. The release of new technology increases the expectation of machine operators and system users. Immediate access to information, assurance of safety and security and management of production costs are just some of the key factors of applying smart and connected machines to a factory. In this session, experts from the industry will focus on how smart machines are changing the jobs we once knew and how this will improve work quality as well as yield quality.

Linking the Dots between AI and the Industry

•   How ensuring an incomparable level of quality with the use of AI to allow smart factories to manufacture               products at a rate never seen before will give blue collar workers the chance to improve their skills and work         in other aspects of the industry.

•   How the implementation of AI will push industries to continuously improve in all aspects?

•   With the rise of AI, companies are given the chance to focus and build themselves non-technical aspect, how         will this improve overall status of an industry?


Bigger! Better! Faster! Machine Data

•   How industries are collecting data from different aspects of a business and converting it in improving product      quality, efficiency and sales?

•    Taking advantage of machine data as competitive weapons that are able to drive improvements in a factory.

•   Recognising the potential of machine data in making the cultural shift into technological investments.

Evening Refreshment & Tour to the Exhibition Area
Panel Discussion: Moving Forward with the Big Guns, Smart Factories

Smart factories are driving innovation and change in the manufacturing industry. Key areas such as efficiency, safety, and quality will be evolving to be better in light of IR 4.0. In this panel discussion, the panellist will discuss how smart factories will change the landscape of the industry through opportunities and challenges that will arise from it becoming more mainstream.

Equipping Your Team with the Right Arsenal

IR4.0 gives rise to faster, more efficient and more flexible methods in manufacturing. A concoction of the AI, IIoT, machine learning, cloud computing and advanced analytics has transformed the interaction between employee and equipment allowing an improvement in almost every aspect of manufacturing. According to a study done by PWC, back in 2015 only 33% of companies rated themselves as being advanced, that number has jumped to 70% in 2020! In this session our experts will be discussing on: 

•   What is the rate of acceptance of the employee with the implementation of IR 4.0 in the manufacturing                   industry? 

•   What methods should the management team leverage on to push the IR 4.0 initiatives to be more accepted           with their employees?


Closing Remarks
End of EPCON Asia 2020 Conference