Swinburne’s Factory of the Future (FoF) is a business-led engineering facility, which works with industry to co-create digital innovation journeys for our business partners and students. Factory of the Future is a key pillar of Swinburne’s Innovation Precinct and works in close collaboration with the Manufacturing Futures Research Institute and Swinburne’s PAVE.
The Advanced Manufacturing Industry 4.0 Hub and Testlab facilities are integrated elements of the Factory of the Future that provide opportunity for you and your organisation to find out more about Industry 4.0 – and importantly to ‘play’ with them in the context of your own work.
The Hub is delivering free, interactive futuremap® business diagnostic workshops as well as free webinars that introduce Industry 4.0 and dives into how that may be used in relation to market, leadership, innovation and digitisation.
Industry 4.0 Testlab Technology Demonstrators allow you to test some of the latest development in automation and robotics as it applies to your business. Autonomous vehicles, collaborative robots, modular manufacturing units, digital twin, virtual reality, additive manufacturing are on display to learn more about their functions and capabilities and how they apply to your manufacturing process.
Undertake a futuremap® Industry 4.0 Readiness Assessment with the Advanced Manufacturing Industry 4.0 Hub team to create your detailed, innovative and future-proofed business strategy. This fee-for-service series of three bespoke modules follows the business diagnostic workshop, duration depends on the complexity and requirements of your business:
Module 1: Process and production readiness
Module 2: New business opportunities
Module 3: Strategic road mapping
Businesses that participate in the readiness assessment modules also receive a two-week intensive Industry 4.0 technical and business model innovation training. There is also a range of microcredential courses that allow you to have hands-on training with the equipment at the Factory of the Future.
Once you have your 5* industry 4.0 ready business strategy, it’s time to implement. You may choose to do this alone or there may be an opportunity to continue working together on your journey to embed industry 4.0 in everything you do.
Factory of the Future is home to a wide array of technologies from Virtual Reality to collaborative robots. Partnering with us enables you to access and de-risk your innovation process. With flexible student placements (and the wider infrastructure of Swinburne) we can also work collaboratively to access various grants, for example those through Business Victoria and Advanced Manufacturing Victoria.
Working with our experienced team and using our wider connections to cutting edge researchers across a range of disciplines will deliver an innovative, transdisciplinary team with real energy and enthusiasm to achieve results.