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The Factory of the Future collaborates with Swinburne’s Manufacturing Futures Research Institute and is host to some advanced carbon fibre composites manufacturing and characterisation equipment.

Swinburne received a record A$135 million grant from engineering giant Siemens to digitalise its Factory of the Future and create Australia’s first fully immersed Industry 4.0 facility. It now houses one of Swinburne’s two Industry 4.0 testlabs.

Swinburne has placed Industry 4.0 at the heart of its Research and Innovation Strategy—and the Factory of the Future houses numerous partnerships driving this agenda, enabling university and industry to collaborate in this field across both research and teaching. 

This is supported by a wider innovation ecosystem at Swinburne that includes many other external partners embedding parts of their operation on our campus. 

Swinburne–Siemens Mindsphere Application and Demonstration Centre

Swinburne graduate Callan Halton, operating a touch screen showing a Siemens factory simulation at the MindSphere launch event.

Factory of the Future is home of the Siemens–Swinburne Mindsphere Application and Demonstration Centre, launched in August 2018. The centre is the first industry-university partnership that Siemens has undertaken around its Mindsphere platform — their cloud-based Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) operating system.

The Application and Demonstration Centre is unique in its industry and business engagement model, opening the campus to industry and business for co-creation, while facilitating education, training and research.

Advanced Manufacturing Industry 4.0 Hub

The Victorian Government’s Future Industries Fund provided a A$2 million grant to Swinburne to create the Advanced Manufacturing Industry 4.0 Hub in 2018. The Hub represents a partnership between IMCRC and the Victorian Government Department of Jobs, Precincts Regions and is pioneering an approach to university-industry collaboration where businesses and universities can co-create technology and business strategy.

Find out more about how the Hub is working with local manufacturers to develop digitalisation strategies for their businesses and provide training to help them use Industry 4.0 technologies in their business model.

Festo, TUM Asia and Swinburne focus on the future of Industry 4.0

Festo, the Technical University of Munich in Asia (TUM Asia) and Swinburne have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to further develop their Industry 4.0 capabilities and train people in the skills needed for the future workforce.

The Competence Centre for Digitalisation, Technology and Innovation (CDTI), developed by Festo Singapore and TUM Asia, and Swinburne’s Factory of the Future will collaborate to create and deliver Industry 4.0 training offerings as well as business improvement services into the Asian market.

Learn more about this exciting partnership.

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    The Factory of the Future (FoF) provides industry and organisations with Industry 4.0 transformation pathway and tools, and allows companies to learn digitalisation technologies and explore recent advances in automation of manufacturing.

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Contact the Factory of the Future

Contact us to enquire about solutions for your business, our projects and our initiatives. There are many ways to engage with us across our Industry 4.0 capabilities. Please contact Nico Adams, Director, Factory of the Future on +61 3 9214 5011 or via nicoadams@swinburne.edu.au to start a conversation.

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