Former CSIRO scientist, Dr Nico Adams, has been appointed as the new Director of Swinburne’s advanced manufacturing facility, the Factory of the Future. Dr Adams has a background in materials and manufacturing informatics, and holds degrees from Oxford University and the University of York. Prior to his appointment at Swinburne, Dr Adams was a senior … Continue reading Former CSIRO scientist to lead Swinburne’s Factory of the Future
Swinburne researchers have secured $3.45 million in funding to continue work on a project investigating energy storage alternatives using graphene oxide – the lightest, strongest and most electrically conductive material to be discovered and reportedly, according to the researchers, has the potential to revolutionise manufacturing across all industries. Researchers at the university will receive the … Continue reading Swinburne researchers receive $3.45m gov grant for energy research
Siemens has announced an industrial software grant of $447 million commercial value of Siemens’ product lifecycle management (PLM) software to the University of Western Australia (UWA). This grant is part of a broader program of what is expected to amount to about $1 billion in hi-tech Siemens PLM industrial software grants to select universities across … Continue reading $1b of grants to prep students for digital economy
The Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC), a global organisation transforming business and society by accelerating the adoption of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), has announced the Smart Factory Machine Learning for Predictive Maintenance Testbed. The testbed is led by two companies, Plethora IIoT, a company, designing and developing solutions for Industry 4.0, and Xilinx, provider of all programmable … Continue reading IIC launches smart factory machine learning testbed
Capgemini has released its Smart Factories report, which offers a global snapshot of the adoption of IoT-enabled factories and their impact on the global economy. According to the report, smart factories will deliver a 27 per cent increase in manufacturing efficiency over the next five years, adding $500 billion to the global economy. This increase … Continue reading Smart factories: A global snapshot
Leader of the Prime Minister’s Industry 4.0 Taskforce, Siemens ANZ CEO Jeff Connolly, has visited Hannover Messe to sign a joint collaboration agreement with Germany’s Platform Industrie 4.0 Group. The industry groups have entered into the agreement to see closer collaboration between the two countries in developing modern manufacturing sectors. In addition to creating opportunities … Continue reading Australia and Germany collaborate on modern manufacturing
A new study from Deloitte has found that cyber security breaches in manufacturing plants are increasing, with the sector “woefully unprepared” for these threats. Titled Industry 4.0 and Cyber Risk: Security in an age of connected production, the Deloitte study revealed that one-third of all manufacturers sampled admitted to not having performed any cyber risk assessments of … Continue reading Deloitte: Manufacturers “woefully unprepared” for supply chain threats
Siemens Australia has strengthened its distribution partnership with Colterlec to include automation portfolio and associated products. The agreement will extend Siemens’ footprint in suburban and regional locations. Colterlec’s presence in Newcastle, Wollongong, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide, Canberra and Perth will be leveraged, ensuring that customers will have access to stocked product and local expertise on Siemens … Continue reading Siemens Australia strengthens Colterlec partnership
Digital mediation platforms and trends such as the circular economy will profoundly change the ways manufacturers operate, believes supply chain expert Jan Godsell. Brent Balinski spoke to the Warwick Manufacturing Group professor about how this could look.
All over the world, ageing populations and changing attitudes are making it harder to hold on to workers, believes Dr Rodney Brooks. Brent Balinski spoke to Brooks, founder of Rethink Robotics, about some demographic and technology shifts to watch out for and why it’s best to be realistic.
The manufacturing industry in Australia has fundamentally changed, though it has a future, “a different future”, the assistant federal industry minister told an audience this week.
A frequently-used case study on what Australian advanced manufacturing encompasses – including a global mindset, high-value products and sophisticated technology – ANCA is a local manufacturers’ manufacturer. Co-founder Pat Boland told Brent Balinski a few things about what guides the company’s approach to innovation.
Spreading the adoption of Industry 4.0 technologies among Australian manufacturers is vital to lifting their international competitiveness, according to the Australian Manufacturing Growth Centre. Brent Balinski spoke to the group’s chair, Andrew Stevens, about a new partnership aimed at encouraging this adoption.
Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre’s Chairman Andrew Stevens has announced funding of $250,000 toward Swinburne Manufacturing Futures Research Institute to boost the adoption of Industry 4.0 processes increasing Australian manufacturing competitiveness.
Some of the issues faced by Britain’s industrial sector will sound familiar to Australians. It turns out we may be able to help, too, as Dr Mark Priest of Harrogate Partners, and Advanced Manufacturing Adviser to the UK’s Department for International Trade, tells Brent Balinski.
The federal government and business have collaborated to develop new apprenticeship models, including one aimed at preparing participants for digitised manufacturing.
In part two of our Industry 4.0 feature, Michael Freyny, Executive General Manager, Digital Factory, Siemens Australia tells Brent Balinski about the effects on the “servitisation” of manufacturers, exploiting data, and what it all means for Australian manufacturing firms.
The Industry 4.0 concept has slowly been gaining traction over the last four years, and despite aspects of it in use, it still hasn’t properly been realised. In part one of the two-part feature, Michael Freyny, Executive General Manager, Digital Factory, Siemens Australia, tells Brent Balinski about what will be needed to be competitive, and the trend towards batches of one.
Over 550 manufacturing professionals gathered in Barcelona at the World Manufacturing Forum in May this year to consider Industry 4.0 strategies. Bruce Grey shares some observations.
Australia gained a so-called seat at the table in April to be a part of the conversation on the next industrial revolution. Brent Balinski spoke to the AMGC’s managing director Jens Goennemann about where to next, and why it’s crucial to be involved.