ABB ties up with KMITL for robotics
Zurich-based technology provider ABB is teaming up with King Mongkut's Institute of Technology Ladkrabang (KMITL) to promote robotics education in Thailand.
Both parties signed an agreement to foster cooperation and put in place a framework that facilitates R&D for industrial robots to enhance education for engineers.
The growing adoption of robots in all walks of manufacturing is creating increased demand for workers with skills in programming and operating robots.
Sirichote Singsa, vice-president of ABB's local unit, said this partnership formalises the existing cooperation between the two entities, focusing on sharing of information and development of an engineering curriculum to build a skilled workforce.
"The agreement covers cooperation on educational resource development as well as transfer of knowledge and technology in the development of industrial robots for varied industries," said Mr Sirichote.
"This is in line with the Thailand 4.0 initiative that targets innovation as a means of development."
Assoc Prof Komsan Maleesee, dean of KMITL's faculty of engineering, said the institution aims to improve how it nurtures students with knowledge of industrial robotics to equip them with the necessary skills to succeed in Thailand's growing industrial landscape.
ABB in Thailand has a long history in the utility and industry sectors, delivering the first motor to Siam Cement Group in 1913.
ABB's manufacturing base in Thailand is located in Bangpoo Industrial Estate, producing low-voltage capacitors and power transformers, while offering a transformer service and an oil laboratory.
The medium and low-voltage switchgear assembly is also located at this factory.
ABB has its business centre in Rayong, with four service branches in Chon Buri, Saraburi, Prachin Buri and Khon Kaen.