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Over 300 people attend Disruptive Technologies Seminar

Over 300 people attended the Disruptive Technologies Seminar hosted by the Industry Capability Network and the Department for Trade, Tourism and Investment on 6 June at Adelaide Oval.

Attendees at the seminar heard from leading South Australian experts in Machine Learning, Robotics, Big Data Analytics, Additive Manufacturing, and Virtual and Augmented Reality. Also speaking at the event was strategic business consultancy Deloitte, discussing how technology plays into business strategy, and business leaders from Dematec Automation and Laing O’Rourke discussing business technology from an implementation and business transformation perspective.

Launching the Emerging Technology Interest Groups for South Australian manufacturers at the event, the Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment, the Hon David Ridgway MLC, said that the groups will help businesses to share knowledge and experience in the use of emerging technologies.

“The evolution towards Industry 4.0 represents several unique challenges for South Australian businesses, including access to expert knowledge and independent advice, strategic view of technology, digital maturity and access to the necessary skills,” Mr Ridgway said.

“These interest groups will build closer connections between advanced manufacturers and provide a platform for companies to share their experiences and help accelerate the uptake of new technologies.

See the presentations from the event.


Emerging Technology Interest Groups

Robotics and Automation ETIG meeting

Facilitated by key South Australian research institutions, the Emerging Technology Interest Groups are designed to help manufacturers explore key Industry 4.0 technologies, work with peers to understand and overcome implementation challenges, and connect to leading researchers to solve industrial problems. These cross-industry business groups meet on a regular basis with events such as presentations, tours and workshops, and build a community of shared knowledge around key technology trends.

The Emerging Technology Interest Groups each held introductory meetings in May/June, discussing how businesses can best utilise and create value from the disruptive technologies and identifying areas which manufacturers would like the groups to focus on. Membership in the Emerging Technology Interest Groups for South Australian companies and researchers is free, and expressions of interest will remain open for the groups indefinitely. See the list and register 

Meet the ETIG facilitators - Ali Anderson, Machine Learning

Ali Anderson

Ali is the Manager of Outreach Programs for the Australian Institute for Machine Learning with a keen interest in promoting the importance and relevance of humans in an increasingly technological and digital world. Ali is responsible for developing, implementing and supporting student and industry programs to provide a greater understanding of machine learning and artificial intelligence, in addition to the personal skills required to successfully implement these learnings. She is the creator and director of the SWIFT (Strong Women in Future Technologies) Program, which is a series of workshops for girls aged 9 to 13, their caregivers and educators. This program provides girls and their key influencers with an understanding of their critical importance to the future technological workforce, as well as the leadership skills that will serve them over a lifetime.

Ali uses these skills to facilitate the AI ETIG and draw out the key needs of the cohort group to assist them in better understanding and decision-making as it applies to implementing and managing an AI strategy.

Local company looking for SME manufacturers to undertake ‘entry level’ Industry 4.0 projects

Dematec Automation based in Melrose Park is looking for South Australian SME manufacturers to take part in their national Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre (AMGC) project to implement ‘Industry 4.0 initiatives’. Each manufacturer can access up to $10,000 ex GST of matched funding to undertake an Industry 4.0 project in conjunction with Dematec on a ‘first come, first served’ basis in South Australia, Western Australia, Victoria, Tasmania, ACT, New South Wales and Queensland. 

Digitisation of manufacturing equipment offers immediate and long-term benefits, not just limited to analysis of current operational workflows and resource utilisation. It is a critical step in achieving high-value-add product offerings such as detailed traceability throughout the manufacturing process and therefore opportunities for servitisation through predictive maintenance offerings. It also supports the adoption of digital supply chain transparency and the optimisation of manufacturing resources at a supply chain level. This project is a significant step towards the adoption of world-best manufacturing practices for 17 established Australian manufacturers.

The Industry 4.0 initiatives generally fall into two categories:
  • Embedding Industry 4.0 capability into remote assets for the benefit of the OEM, the asset owner, or the end user
  • Internal production equipment monitoring as part of a continuous improvement program
Dematec Automation’s IIOT Hub is now deployed into over 100 operational assets, including a number of international locations. The applications span water infrastructure, advanced manufacturing, and defence manufacturing.

For further information see the flyer 
Contact David Hart, CEO, Dematec Automation

Manufacturing Growth Centre launches Manufacturing Academy

Designed to deliver exclusive industry insights on how to increase commercialisation and capitalise on innovation, the Manufacturing Academy offers industry over 500 pages of in-depth research, interviews with more than 20 Australian manufacturers, and over 50 hours of video content, distilled into five inspirational, informative modules. Access the free online modules

Event calendar

Asia-Pacific International Conference on Additive Manufacturing
30 June 2019
Apicam 2019

National Manufacturing Summit 2019
21 July 2019
Manufacturing Summit

8 October 2019
Pacific Expo

Design for Export Awards – nominations now open

Globally, 19 of the world’s top 30 exporting countries attribute their top performing exports to design and IP intensive industries. By identifying and celebrating South Australia’s design-led exporters, the Design for Export Awards (part of the Business SA Export Awards) inspire and activate others to begin their design-led export journey. 

Nominations for the 2019 awards are now open with two categories available – Product or Service Design and Design Strategy. Visit Design for Export Awards to learn more and nominate.

The Design for Export Awards is a joint initiative of Business SA and Good Design Australia.

Industrial technologies in action

The University of South Australia, in conjunction with SA Power Networks, PTC, and Nova Systems, have introduced an exciting new way to support remote works; Shared Sphere. 

Shared Sphere is a mixed reality panoramic collaboration platform, combining an augmented reality experience for the host user with a virtual reality (VR) experience for the guest user. Using 360-degree video conferencing, Shared Sphere allows guest users to view the host user’s surroundings independent of the host’s orientation. The technology is already in use by SA Power Networks, who are using it for remote assistance in various fields such as inspection, maintenance, training and monitoring. For more information visit Shared Sphere
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