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We are Australia’s first dedicated research institute focused on Industry 4.0 platforms aligned with growth industry sectors.

Swinburne’s Manufacturing Futures Research Institute is Australia’s first dedicated research institute to focus on Industry 4.0. Our four key areas of research are: industrial automation, the industrial Internet, new manufacturing processes for next generation materials and design-driven manufacturing innovation

Professor Bronwyn Fox Foundation Director of the Manufacturing Futures Research Institute

Strategically positioned at the intersection of design, business, engineering and information systems, the Manufacturing Futures Research Institute uses advanced manufacturing integration in the global value chain to capture the benefits of Industry 4.0, securing Australia’s industrial future.

Our institute is Australia’s first dedicated research institute focused on Industry 4.0 platforms that are aligned with growth industry sectors. Positioned where novel products and processes based on digital connectivity and interaction will be designed, developed and implemented, it is essential that we work in close partnership with industry.

We bring together Swinburne’s world leading expertise in advanced materials, industrial automation and robotics, advanced manufacturing, design and data science to:

  • develop high value bespoke manufactured products
  • develop new materials and processes for smart products
  • increase agility and productivity of Australia’s manufacturing base
  • integrate Australia’s know-how with the global value chain.

 

What is Industry 4.0?

Industry 4.0 is the fourth Industrial Revolution. It is an emerging era of connectivity and interaction among parts, machines and humans that will create enormous production, efficiency dividends and improvements in quality of life and environmental outcomes. It facilitates agile manufacturing through cyber-physical smart factories, where machines communicate and cooperate with each other and with humans in real time, enabling companies to connect with customers and supply chains globally.

Companies that understand these trends are agile and act early, creating opportunities to secure sustainable competitive advantage. It is predicted that by 2025, 1.8 billion additional people will join the global middle class, creating a massive demand for manufactured goods and supporting services doubling to a value of $64 trillion.

The majority of these new consumers will be in our region, and will expect increasing levels of mass ‘made-for-me’ customisation, which will lead to shorter product life cycles and a requirement for adaptable manufacturing lines that can profitably produce smaller customised product runs.

Swinburne launches Manufacturing Futures Research Institute

The Swinburne Manufacturing Futures Research Institute collaborates with partners at the intersection of design, business, engineering and information systems. Focused on developing the industrial innovation leaders of tomorrow and addressing questions of national importance.

Contact the Manufacturing Futures Research Institute

There are many ways to engage with us. If your organisation is dealing with a complex problem, then get in touch to discuss how we can work together to provide solutions.

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