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Engineering and ICT Research Center (EICT-RC)


Industrial competitiveness refers to the capacity of a country to increase its presence in international and domestic markets whilst developing industrial sectors and activities with higher value added and technological content. The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) Competitive Industrial Performance (CIP) index benchmarks countries capacity to produce and manufacture goods competitively, and the level technology deepening and upgrading. The local manufacturing sector is dominated by low-technology resource-based industries, such as those involved in the food, beverages, textiles and leather sectors. There is need to build technological and innovation capabilities of manufacturing industries to make competitive products as well as develop and transfer technologies for raising local value-added content. This can be achieved by hastening investments in engineering capabilities. Countries that rank high in CIP index have invested heavily in high-technology manufacturing, which largely encompasses frontier technologies such as additive (3D printing) manufacturing, advanced digital production, smart production systems, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Internet-of-Things (IoT) and robotics. To capture gains associated with the frontier technologies the country must have skilled human capital and appropriate research and development infrastructure to support manufacturing industries. EICT-RC provides engineering solutions by undertaking quality industrial research in mechanical, electrical, electronics, mechatronics and ICT.

Research and Development Activities in EICT-RC

  • Design, fabrication and reconditioning of equipment and components for agro-processing, automotive machines (such as arc welding machine, honey processor, ball mill, soap plodder, rice thresher, palm oil digester), and production tools (such as molds for plastic and packaging products, metal cutting and pressing dies, jigs and fixtures) through reverse engineering, design for manufacture and subtractive manufacturing.
  • Employ state-of-the art software to develop creative solutions and product prototypes through Computer-Aided-Design and Computer-Aided-Manufacture (CAD/CAM); and Computer Aided Engineering (CAE) analysis, simulation and control to reduce product development life cycle, cost and time, and improve product quality, reliability and durability.
  • Adopt and develop frontier technologies that combine hardware, software and sensors to manufacture equipment and machinery.
  • Computer and information engineering through embedded systems, cloud computing, software engineering, bioinformatics, ICT modeling, high performance computing, software development, robotics and internet of things (IoT)
  • Provide entrepreneurs with technical knowledge and skills on engineering designs, production of machines, tools and industrial spare parts. The training can be individualized, in groups, and on/off-site KIRDI premises.

Key Facilities in EICT-RC

  • The machine shop has hydraulic power hack saw, steel metal band saw, high precision centre lathe, heavy duty lathe universal tool milling machine, horizontal milling machine, mechanical heavy duty shaping machine, pipe threading machine, pillar drilling machine, work bench drilling machine, radial drilling machine, eccentric press, universal cylindrical grinding machine, internal grinding machine, guillotine shear,  edge bending machine, welding transformer, spot welding machine, oxy-acetylene gas welding and cutting equipment, compressor, leblond centre lathe machine, AJAX surface grinding machine, ENCO surface grinding machine, manual rolling machine.
  • The fabrication and welding workshop has CNC fiber Laser, CNC plasma machine, hydraulic rolling machine, CNC automatic pipe cutting machine, CNC press brake, hydraulic power band saw, mig welder and pneumatic spot welder, CNC tube bending machine, spray booth, duo heating powder coating booth and powder coating spray gun, and single girder bridge crane.
  • The materials testing laboratory has a profile projector.
  • This design unit is equipped computers loaded with engineering design Autodesk Inventor software.