"Every stage of the project was about testing and trialing advanced manufacturing technologies and techniques in a factory environment, before adapting them to the Osborne shipyard and other industrial sectors."
Flinders University Professor John Spoehr
Flinders University’s Factory of the Future brings innovation, Industry 4.0 technologies, research and training together to advance manufacturing and strengthen the nation’s economy.
Being a hothouse for manufacturing innovation, the plan is divided into phases :
Artists impressions of the $6m Factory of the Future, in the Tonsley Line Zero building, Image from Flinders University.
This would hugely expand the “factory’s” capacity, enabling BAE and Flinders to work with about 250 companies on shipbuilding R & D projects and train thousands of employees over the next four years. The Factory of the Future will bring together education, industry and government to facilitate the implementation of Industry 4.0, bridging the valley between research, development and innovation to boost the national economy.
An army of skilled workers, including robots and robodogs, is awaiting a greenlight for funding to supercharge the Tonsley Factory of the Future into a hothouse for innovation.
A $67m plan for supersizing Tonsley’s “factory of the future”, harnessing the power of 250 companies and training an army of skilled workers, including how to work with robots, even “robodogs” – hinges on federal funds. It will allow businesses to experiment to their hearts’ content before committing to big investments in upgrading their plants.
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