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Industry 4.0 Testlabs to assist Australia’s transition to smart factories

A new national program designed to prepare businesses for the Fourth Industrial Revolution will be involving six Australian universities.

According to a recent report, Swinburne University of Technology has been chosen to participate in the pilot program along with the University of Queensland, the University Technology of Sydney, University of South Australia, the University of Western Australia, and the University of Tasmania.

The program will be led by Swinburne’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Research and Development under the auspice of the Australian Industry Group (AiG) Industry 4.0 Forum.

The University has placed Industry 4.0 at the heart of its Research and Innovation Strategy. It recently launched a plethora of initiatives that places them at the forefront of Industry 4.0.

These initiatives include the Victorian SME Industry 4.0 Hub for manufacturing businesses, the Siemens MindSphere Demonstration and Application Centre for Australia, and the DXC Digital Transformation Centre at Swinburne.

The University will be able to bring their extensive expertise in industry engagement, research translation, digitalisation and technology innovation to this pilot program.

This national network of Industry 4.0 Testlabs will facilitate collaboration across multiple sites including sharing of experiences as well as using cases among partner universities.

All are committed to creating a unique engagement model, through this program.

They will be providing industries and businesses the support they need in order to benefit from the opportunities that the fourth industrial revolution, also known as Industry 4.0, is offering.

It is rapidly transforming how businesses operate and involves technologies such as advanced automation and robotics, machine-to-machine communication and sensor technology.

The pilot program would provide small to medium-sized businesses with free and open access to testlab facilities and focus on improving their skills in Industry 4.0 technologies.

The Industry 4.0 Testlabs for Australia program prepares businesses to transition to the smart factories of the future.

A grant of up to A$ 1 million will be given to each testlab. Moreover, that funding will be matched by the participating universities, leveraging total investment of around A$ 12 million.

Aside from their world-class research strengths, the universities have been selected to take advantage of their existing partnerships with industry.

The testlabs will provide spaces for researchers and industry to work together in sectors such as advanced manufacturing, thereby developing the skills needed to take full advantage of opportunities presented by Industry 4.0.

Evaluation of the pilot program will provide valuable insights into the success and uptake of new Industry 4.0 technologies.

After the program is completed consideration will be given to implementing a broader initiative.

PARTNER

CTC Global Singapore, a premier end-to-end IT solutions provider, is a fully owned subsidiary of ITOCHU Techno-Solutions Corporation (CTC) and ITOCHU Corporation.

Since 1972, CTC has established itself as one of the country’s top IT solutions providers. With 50 years of experience, headed by an experienced management team and staffed by over 200 qualified IT professionals, we support organizations with integrated IT solutions expertise in Autonomous IT, Cyber Security, Digital Transformation, Enterprise Cloud Infrastructure, Workplace Modernization and Professional Services.

Well-known for our strengths in system integration and consultation, CTC Global proves to be the preferred IT outsourcing destination for organizations all over Singapore today.

PARTNER

Planview has one mission: to build the future of connected work. Our solutions enable organizations to connect the business from ideas to impact, empowering companies to accelerate the achievement of what matters most. Planview’s full spectrum of Portfolio Management and Work Management solutions creates an organizational focus on the strategic outcomes that matter and empowers teams to deliver their best work, no matter how they work. The comprehensive Planview platform and enterprise success model enables customers to deliver innovative, competitive products, services, and customer experiences. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, with locations around the world, Planview has more than 1,300 employees supporting 4,500 customers and 2.6 million users worldwide. For more information, visit www.planview.com.

SUPPORTING ORGANISATION

SIRIM is a premier industrial research and technology organisation in Malaysia, wholly-owned by the Minister​ of Finance Incorporated. With over forty years of experience and expertise, SIRIM is mandated as the machinery for research and technology development, and the national champion of quality. SIRIM has always played a major role in the development of the country’s private sector. By tapping into our expertise and knowledge base, we focus on developing new technologies and improvements in the manufacturing, technology and services sectors. We nurture Small Medium Enterprises (SME) growth with solutions for technology penetration and upgrading, making it an ideal technology partner for SMEs.

PARTNER

HashiCorp provides infrastructure automation software for multi-cloud environments, enabling enterprises to unlock a common cloud operating model to provision, secure, connect, and run any application on any infrastructure. HashiCorp tools allow organizations to deliver applications faster by helping enterprises transition from manual processes and ITIL practices to self-service automation and DevOps practices. 

PARTNER

IBM is a leading global hybrid cloud and AI, and business services provider. We help clients in more than 175 countries capitalize on insights from their data, streamline business processes, reduce costs and gain the competitive edge in their industries. Nearly 3,000 government and corporate entities in critical infrastructure areas such as financial services, telecommunications and healthcare rely on IBM’s hybrid cloud platform and Red Hat OpenShift to affect their digital transformations quickly, efficiently and securely. IBM’s breakthrough innovations in AI, quantum computing, industry-specific cloud solutions and business services deliver open and flexible options to our clients. All of this is backed by IBM’s legendary commitment to trust, transparency, responsibility, inclusivity and service.

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