At the Industry 4.0 Information Sharing Event, Festo along with supporting partners CSIRO and AMTIL collaborated to bring a variety of industries together to discuss the potential implications of Industry 4.0 and business opportunities in digital manufacturing. Through a series of information sessions held over three days at CSIRO laboratories, invited guests were treated to presentations from key note speakers which helped put in place new strategic thinking about potential opportunites to develop and most importantly how to get started implementing Industry 4.0.
The knowledge gained from key note speakers was invaluable for the 120 guests who had the pleasure of listening to leading experts in the industry including Prof. Aleksander Subic Deputy Vice-Chancellor (R&D), Swinburne University of Technology & Member of the Prime Minister’s Industry 4.0 Task Force, David Chuter Chief Executive Officer at Innovative Manufacturing CRC, Nico Adams Senior Research Scientist at CSIRO plus representatives from Festo Global Factories and Festo Didactic.
Taking on the industry 4.0 challenge also involves preparing the workforce for the digital change. New roles and competencies place different demands on employees. The focus for Festo Didactic is on technical training and qualifying people with necessary skills to adapt to future working environments. To showcase the latest development from Festo Didactic with respect to Industry 4.0, our guests got to see live demonstrations of a real Cyber Physical Learning and Research Platform. The CP factory reflects the new developments in networked production for Industry 4.0 and offers a modular “smart factory system” for teaching and research purposes.