Witnessed by the Deputy Minister of Science and Technology, Xu You-Jin, a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed between the Aerospace Industrial Development Corporation (AIDC) and the National Tsing Hua University on July 11, 2018. It was inked by the AIDC’s Chairman Liao Rong-Xin and the representative from the Tsing Hua Univeristy, Professor Jian Zhen-Fu who is also the Chief of AI Intelligent Manufacturing Systems Research Center of the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST). Through the MOU both parities launched their mutual collaborations on AI for Intelligent Manufacturing Systems (AIMS).
In his speech, Deputy Minister Xu mentioned that the MOST promoted the “AI Innovation and R&D Center”, with the principal objective to develop future talent and potential applications from an academic approach. Among them, intelligent manufacturing is an important foundation for us. Based on the comparative advantage of Taiwan’s manufacturing technology, coupled with the development of the Internet of Things with software and hardware integration, we will continue to strengthen cooperation with the world’s top research centers and multinational companies, by promoting AI industrialization and industrial AI to assist Taiwan’s industrial innovation and upgrading. The intelligent machinery integration in AIDC’s three factory locations, combined with intelligent manufacturing, has substantially improved both production efficiency and quality, and as result has become a powerful demonstration.
The AIDC’s Chairman Liao said AIDC has three major goals in its operation: Manufacturing aircraft domestically, Intelligent manufacturing, and Supply chain integration. With regard to Intelligent Manufacturing, AIDC has achieved a high degree 90% digitalization in production design and manufacturing process. Following the completion of “iAIDC” and “AIDC Decision-Making War Room”, the company plans to develop industrial AI in the next stage.
Chairman Liao added that the AIMS Center has abundant research capability and is an important backing for the development of the domestic industry. AIDC looks forward to cooperating with them to advance AIDC’s technology in automation and robotics to enter the new field of the “smart factory”.
The MOST promotes AI Innovation Research Projects and plans to invest NT$5 billion within the next five years. Four AI Innovation Centers have been established such as the AI Manufacturing System Research Center, which is located at the National Tsing Hua University and focuses on developing intelligent manufacturing in Taiwan’s industry. Currently, the AIMS Center has introduced Universities of Chung Hsing, Chung Yuan, Chiao Tung and Tsing Hua to collaborate with the AIDC for further studies on development. In the future, they hope to enable more teams to cooperate with members of the Taiwan Aerospace Industry A-Team 4.0 Alliance which was established and led by AIDC.