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Production Technology Department

GMI - Production Technology Department

Production Technology Department, or PT, incorporates system components for scheduling the manufacturing of products and managing stock inventory that aims to optimize costs, minimize inventory and maintain steady work flow.

Technology Sections @ Production Technology

This department comprises four Technology Sections which handle and coordinate fundamental, intermediary and advanced training, as well as training across the departments. Each section is headed by a section head and is supported by his/her pool of expertise. With each section standing as an individual yet complementing other sections as well as other departments, we take pride in ensuring that each section is well-equipped for technology transfer and sharing initiatives. The facilities speak for themselves.

A technology which is typically used in the fabrication of all kinds of tooling in the manufacturing sectors and in building and maintaining advanced automated manufacturing equipment. This technology is targeted at manufacturing of jigs and fixtures, dies, molds, machine tools such as milling cutters and form tools, gauges and other related tools used in the manufacturing processes. Depending on which area they are in, the particular person may be called by variation of name including tool maker, die maker, mould maker, tool fitter, and etc.

At GMI, Tool Making is the process of making a production tools that produces product.  The common tools include metal roll forming tools, tool bits, milling cutters, form tools, and etc.  Die Making is the subgenre of tool making which focuses on the making and maintenance of the stamping dies. This often includes making of punches, dies and die sets. The precision is the key objective to maintain the close tolerance to produce the accurate part.

Plastic processing, injection molding theory and design technologies are combined to produce a medium of mass production termed as plastic injection moulds. The use of plastics have expanded rapidly during the last several decades, with applications continually expanding, and developed into new products. The significant challenge in producing an injection moulded part is a complex interaction between material, part design, mould and process. Each plastic part produced presents different degrees of challenge, and a mould must be custom-designed and built. At GMI, the training and learning in plastic injection moulding process is the predominant method for producing plastic parts via exposure to modern manufacturing methods, with emphasis on conventional and CNC machining, injection moulding theory and design, measurement techniques and quality assurance.

Due to the increasing demand in the modern industries, the computer is used to produce, revise, store and transmit technical drawings. This method of producing drawings is called Computer-Aided Design or Computer-Aided Drafting (CAD).  Other term such as Computer-Aided Manufacturing (CAM) is often used in conjunction with CAD. CAD/CAM refers to the integration of computer into the design and production process.  CAD/CAM is used to describe the use of computers in the total manufacturing process – from design to production, publishing of technical materials, marketing to cost accounting. The single concept that these processes refer to is the use of a computer and software to aid the engineer or designer in the preparation and completion of a task.

Therefore CNC development has also had a large impact on machine tool design. Cutting tool and pallet changers have also now been introduced, as well as automatic loading and unloading of workstations; and the latest inspection systems and sensors now offer measurement dimensional checks within milliseconds. CNCs have a made a major contribution to the realization of high efficient manufacturing at a reasonable cost.

The best of the core components in the manufacturing operations results in high quality process and product.  These comprise basic concepts and operation of Machine Tools using conventional machineries.

With the introduction to the basic concepts of Engineering Metrology such as fundamentals of metrology, basic inspections and procedures, trainees are exposed to basic inspection and measurement practices using various types of measuring instrument and gauging method; basic statistics, quality concepts and quality control tools to contribute towards continuous improvement. 

At GMI, material, quality and machining emphasizes mastery of basic machine tools fundamentals in order to produce the desired properties of materials through proper machining and engineering or manufacturing activities.

Design activities are systematic in new product development. It begins with idea generation, concept development, testing and manufacturing or implementation of a physical object or service.

Product designers conceptualize and evaluate ideas, making them tangible through products in a more systematic approach. This role has been facilitated by digital tools that allow designers to communicate, visualize and analyze ideas in an advanced methods compared to the past.

At GMI, product designing and development differs from industrial design, which defines the field of a broader spectrum of design activities, such as service design, systems design, interaction design as well as product design. Product designers are equipped with the skills needed to bring products from conception to market. They should have the ability to manage design projects, and prove individual design and manufacturing capabilities. Among the important design aspects to be fulfilled are aesthetics, suitable technology, ergonomics, usability, stress analysis and materials engineering.