none
none

SWINBURNE'S AT IT AGAIN

17-08-2017
by 
in 

The University of Swinburne has made headlines before, largely due to its focus on innovation and manufacturing. 

Having previously garnered attention for research projects, innovative technology development, and robotics competitions, the University has now secured access to a multi-million-dollar cache of technology from Siemens Australia. 

The offer is the largest ever extended in Australia. It consists of software made to help students and researchers design prototypes and products in a virtual environment, allowing for a cycle of virtual prototyping. 

Siemens' software will be put to use in what Swinburne calls their "Factory of the Future", a hub for cutting edge and experimental digital manufacturing technology.

The factory is "the most mature platform for developing industry 4.0 development technologies" says Professor Aleksandar Subic, Swinburne's deputy vice-chancellor of research and development.

"The Factory of the Future is a co-creation space that involves digital manufacturing and advanced virtual reality environments ... where we can digitalise the entire manufacturing process".

The term "industry 4.0" refers to the rise of smart factories where cyber-physical systems control most of the processes without the need for human involvement. With the internet of things (IoT) allowing these systems to co-operate with each other and with humans, the role of people will become less physical.

One of the core pillars of industry 4.0, Professor Subic says, is the idea of a "digital twin", a perfect virtual representation of the physical world that allows products to be designed, rapidly prototyped and tested without ever having to be created physically. 

Related news & editorials

  1. 16.11.2017
    16.11.2017
    by      In
    Beacon Lighting is well on the way to substantially reducing its carbon footprint as its partner Upstream Energy nears completion of a national solar project spanning more than 70 stores and saving millions of kilograms of carbon emissions each year.
    Upstream Energy developed a proposal to deliver... Read More
  2. 16.11.2017
    16.11.2017
    by      In
    The Brisbane company Nordon Cylinders is well aware that it has a key role in keeping the wheels of industry turning. However, its customers at home and abroad require hydraulic cylinders from tiny to humungous, and they don’t always want them today – sometimes, they want them yesterday.
    At its... Read More
  3. 16.11.2017
    16.11.2017
    by      In
    Wiivv Wearables is on a mission to make body-perfect gear accessible to the masses. Its flagship product, a custom shoe insole, has proven to be a good first step and uses a combination of customer-collected smartphone data and 3D printing to feed its design and manufacturing process.
    According to... Read More
  4. 14.11.2017
    14.11.2017
    by      In
    Good use is being made of the now-closed Holden manufacturing plant in South Australia, as a series of generators has been installed in to supplement the state's power grid during the incoming high-demand summer period.
    The diesel generators have been set up at the former Holden manufacturing plant... Read More