AMERIAL: The state-of-the-art facility that offers mechatronics, robotics, industrial automation technologies

Published June 17, 2021, 11:58 PM

by Charissa Luci-Atienza 

The Metals Industry Research and Development Center of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST-MIRDC) has launched the Advanced Mechatronics, Robotics and Industrial Automation Laboratory (AMERIAL), its newest, state-of-the-art facility that offers mechatronics, robotics, and industrial automation technologies.

Virtual Tour of DOST-MIRDC's Advanced Mechatronics, Robotics, and Industrial Automation Laboratory (AMERIAL)

𝗪𝗔𝗧𝗖𝗛: DOST-MIRDC's 𝗔𝗱𝘃𝗮𝗻𝗰𝗲𝗱 𝗠𝗲𝗰𝗵𝗮𝘁𝗿𝗼𝗻𝗶𝗰𝘀, 𝗥𝗼𝗯𝗼𝘁𝗶𝗰𝘀, 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗜𝗻𝗱𝘂𝘀𝘁𝗿𝗶𝗮𝗹 𝗔𝘂𝘁𝗼𝗺𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗟𝗮𝗯𝗼𝗿𝗮𝘁𝗼𝗿𝘆 (𝗔𝗠𝗘𝗥𝗜𝗔𝗟) Virtual Tour

Posted by DOST MIRDC on Wednesday, June 16, 2021

DOST Secretary Fortunato “Boy” T. de la Peña expressed optimism that the AMERIAL and its services will drive local industries to higher levels of productivity using cutting-edge technologies.

“I told you I am a fan of best-case scenarios. The outcomes that the AMERIAL is working hard for – having MSMEs with improved capabilities to advance business interests; having a more competitive local business sector with enhanced skills in mechatronics, robotics, and industrial automation; and having a workforce with higher market value because of improved Industry 4.0-related skills – I believe these are what we all desire,” he said during the launching and inauguration of the AMERIAL on Wednesday, June 16.

AMERIAL (Screenshot from DOST-MIRDC Facebook Page)

He noted that the AMERIAL have services that may be utilized to also encourage collaboration among various sectors. The include research and development, training, and technical consultancy.

“In the years to come, AMERIAL will be known to all as a producer of skilled and highly qualified workforce. Not only that, AMERIAL will be known nationwide as a facility for the development of industrial automation for MSMEs. I see AMERIAL at the heart of the country’s efforts to raise the manufacturing industry’s productivity and to step up to Industry 4.0,” de la Peña said.

Six-axis collaborative robot (Screenshot from DOST-MIRDC Facebook Page)

The major technologies that can be found in the AMERIAL facility are the state-of-the-art Smart Factory Learning System, six-axis collaborative robot, a mechatronics training kit for pneumatics, programmable logic controllers (PLC), and HMI Programming.

Smart Factory Learning System (Screenshot from DOST-MIRDC Facebook Page)

DOST-MIRDC Executive Director and AMERIAL Project Leader Engr. Robert O. Dizon said the AMERIAL offers to assist the micro small and medium enterprises (MSMEs), the academe, and other stakeholders toward levelling up to the fourth industrial revolution.

Mechatronics (Screenshot from DOST-MIRDC Facebook Page)

During the launching, he announced that the interested clients may avail of the AMERIAL’s services free of charge until December 2021, which is the target completion for the project.

“So, what are you waiting for?,” Dizon told the event guests and webinar participants.

In partnership with the Mechatronics and Robotics Society of the Philippines (MRSP), the DOST-MIRDC is implementing the AMERIAL project.