Highlights from the industry 4.0 Information Breakfast Session

On Thursday 13th December, industry partners SICK, SEW-EURODRIVE and Festo hosted the Industry 4.0 Information Session held at SEW-EURODRIVE’s headquarters in Tullamarine. We were delighted to have LEAP Australia and RMIT University partner with us for this event. The team at LEAP added new insights and expertise on emerging technologies such as augmented reality (AR) and the Internet of Things (IoT) which are poised to revolutionise industries. From a different perspective, RMIT showed how they position itself as a supplier of the skilled workforce that the Industry needs to power their digital transformations.

Our aim for this session was to provide knowledge about new and exciting technologies and tools to help engineers improve service and maintenance in manufacturing and engineering industries. The program for the morning session included a series of presentations from five guest speakers, light breakfast, networking and a site tour of SEW-EURODRIVE’s production facilities.

The first presenter was Allan Thompson from LEAP who showed application examples of how augmented reality (AR) can be used to deliver real gains for industry. In a manufacturing environment for example, an alarm can signal a fault, but you may not know where the fault is or how to pinpoint the problem right away. Using a 3D visualisation model of the machine in augmented reality, information about the machine can be used to identify where the faults are and provide critical details of the machines performance data for preventative maintenance. Imagine how much time engineers could save with these tools. Our second speaker Mark Raphael from RMIT University shared impressions from this year’s IoT & AR RMIT Hackathon where teams of students tackled real world problems using industry 4.0 & IIoT technologies. Two participants involved in the Hackathon also shared their insights about the projects they were part of. Mark emphasised the fact these students are embracing the Hackathon as a way of differentiating themselves in the future job market. IoT and/or AR skills will eventually be in high demand and companies need to really think about how they could take advantage of the next generation of innovators.

Following these presentations, we paused for a short time to enjoy a light breakfast and converse with others about what was presented before the next round of presentations. Guests were treated to three short presentations, Manjush Kothare (SICK) spoke about smart sensor technology to prevent unplanned downtimes, Darren Klonowski (SEW-EURODRIVE) explained warehousing automation with AGV’s (Automated Guided Vehicles) followed by Dale Marston who provided an overview of digital software tools from Festo.

We would like to thank all 40 guests who attended the breakfast, we were very pleased with the turnout despite the heavy rain.  We hope you found this learning experience worthwhile and gave you some ideas moving forward. It’s important that we use our collaboration to build customer knowledge in this area so that you are prepared for now and into the future.

We look forward to bringing you more events in 2019.

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