4th Industrial Revolution (IR4): The Introduction

  • 27 Aug 2019 to 28 Aug 2019 (9:00 AM - 5:00 PM) Postponed
  • Wisma IEM, Petaling Jaya, Selangor
  • Managed by: IEM Training Centre Sdn Bhd
  • Organised by: IEM Training Centre Sdn Bhd
  • Closing date before: 24 Aug 2019

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Emerging technologies have changed the engineering environment at a fast pace. The emerging technologies, such as cloud computing, internet of things, wireless sensor network, big data, and mobile internet are starting to be implemented into manufacturing industries and it is believed to be approaching. The advances in science and technology continuously support the development of industrialization all over the world. From a technological evolution perspective, there are four stages commonly identified for the industrial revolution. The first three industrial revolutions took place in around two centuries, and are the result of, respectively: (1) the usage of wind, water and steam energy to power the machinery; (2) the introduction of electrical into manufacturing line for mass production; and (3) the use of automation technology for the manufacturing line. Due to the emergent of the fourth industrial revolution, many worldwide governments have initiated different national plan towards a new industrial revolution. For example, Industry4WRD (Malaysia), Advanced Manufacturing Partnership (United States), Industrie4.0 (German), La Nouvelle France Industrielle (France), Future of Manufacturing (United Kingdom), Made in China 2025 (China), Innovation in Manufacturing 3.0 (Korea), and Smart Manufacturing (Netherlands). This program is designed to introduce industry practitioners about Forth Industrial Revolution (IR4) and the important pillars of IR4 as well as the key benefits of IR4.

Learning outcome

  • Able to describe the various stages of industrial revolutions
  • Able to describe Automation and Robotic
  • Able to describe Internet of Thing (IoT)
  • Able to describe Simulation, Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality
  • Able to describe Additive Manufacturing/3D Printing
  • Able to describe Big Data and Analytics
  • Able to describe Cyber Physical Systems and other major IR4 systems
  • Examples of smart automations, products and services

Target group

The training program is aimed at manufacturing industry practitioners and technical employees at companies that want to gain insight into 4th Industrial Revolution.

Course Trainer

Ir. Dr. Tan Chee Fai AMN has more than 19 years of working experience in the mechanical and manufacturing engineering industry. Currently, he is the Chief Technical Director of Robolab Technology Sdn. Bhd. He is actively involved in strategic and technical consultation to assist Malaysia Industry towards the 4th Industrial Revolution. He has led various Industry, University, and Malaysia Government as well as International funded projects such as EU FP7 and UNESCO Grant. With the knowledge and experience, Ir. Dr. Tan is contributed as Keynote Speaker in various important international engineering events such as World Intelligent Manufacturing Summit and ICE-IEM Future Engineers Conference. He was the UNESCO Individual Specialist to study on engineering education at APEC Economy. Ir. Dr. Tan is the Fellow of ASEAN Academy of Engineering & Technology (AAET). From June 2016 to July 2017, Ir. Dr. Tan was the Technical Member for a Demand Site Management Preliminary Study under EPU (Energy Sector) for Malaysia on Transport Energy Use. He is the qualified HRDF Trainer, NIOSH Trainer, and HRDF Recognition Prior Learning (RPL) Assessor. Based on his contribution to the engineering community especially IEM since the year 1998, Ir. Dr. Tan was awarded as the 2014 JCI Ten Outstanding Young Malaysian Award Honoree on Humanitarian and Voluntary Services Category.

Course Outline

Day 1
Time Program 
0830 - 0900  Registration
0900 - 1030

Module 1: Introduction and Overview of 4th Industrial Revolution

Outline: Module 1 will introduce the various stages of industrial revolutions and the development of IR4. Next, the key benefits and main pillars of IR4 will be described. Lastly, we will introduce various IR4 national plan from different countries.

1030 - 1045  Break
1045 - 1300

Module 2: Automation & Robotics

Outline: State of the art automation technology will be described. Automation is one of the key technology towards IR 4. Next, module 2 will introduce robotics technology. It will describe how robotics can improve manufacturing productivity.

1300 - 1400  Lunch
1400 - 1530

Module 3: Internet of Things (IoT)

The Internet of Things (IoT) is the network of physical devices and other items embedded with electronics, software, sensors, actuators and connectivity which enables these objects to connect and exchange of data. Each thing is uniquely identifiable through its embedded computing system but is able to inter-operate within the existing internet infrastructure.

1530 - 1545  Break
1545 - 1730

Module 4: Simulation, Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality

In Module 3, simulation, augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) will be introduced. Simulation is the imitation of the operation of real world process or system. Simulation is used in many contexts, such as simulation of technology for performance optimization, safety engineering, testing and training. Augmented reality is a technology that works on computer vision based recognition algorithms to augment sound, video, graphics and other sensor based inputs on real world objects using the camera of your device. Virtual reality (VR) is a computer-generated scenario that simulates a realistic experience.

  End of First Day


Day 2
Time Program 
0830 - 0900  Registration
0900 - 1030

Module 5: Additive Manufacturing/ 3D Printing

Outline: Additive Manufacturing refers to a process by which digital 3D design data is used to build up a component in layers by depositing material. The technology has especially been applied in conjunction with rapid prototyping. Additive manufacturing is now being used increasingly in Series Production. It gives original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) in the most varied sectors of industry the opportunity to create a distinctive profile for themselves based on new customer benefits, cost saving potential and the ability to meet sustainability goals.

1030 - 1045  Break
1045 - 1300

Module 6: Big Data and Analytics

Outline: Big data analytics is the process of examining large and varied data sets, i.e. to uncover hidden patterns, unknown correlations, market trends, customer preferences and other useful information that can help organizations make more-informed business decisions. For machinery, the machine data is used for predictive maintenance, precision production information and production planning.

1300 - 1400  Lunch
1400 - 1530

Module 7: Cyber Physical Systems

Outline: A cyber physical system (CPS) is a mechanism that is controlled or monitored by computer-based algorithms, tightly integrated with the internet and its users. In CPS, physical and software components are deeply interwined, each operating on different spatial and temporal scales, exhibiting multiple and distinct behavioral modalities, and interacting with each other in a myriad of ways that change with context. Examples of CPS such as autonomous automobile systems, process control systems and robotic systems.

1530 - 1545  Break
1545 - 1730

Module 8: Examples and Case Study of smart automations, products and services

Outline: The current smart automation systems, products and services that related to IR4.

  End of Second Day

 *Please be informed that the course will only be carried out if there is sufficient number of participants. The confirmation or cancellation email will be sent to the registered email address one or two weeks before the event dates. 


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