THE FORMER Chrysler and Mitsubishi car manufacturing plant at Tonsley, South Australia, has been transformed into a ‘cyber factory of the future’.
Flinders University has installed what it calls a ‘cyber physical factory’ with state-of-the-art Industry 4.0 (i4.0) automation and robotics training, along with capability building platforms, as part of the new $1 million Tonsley Manufacturing Innovation Hub.
Funded by a $490,000 State Government grant, as part of the Australian Government’s Innovative Manufacturing Cooperative Research Centre, the Tonsley Manufacturing Innovation Hub (TMI Hub) aims to accelerate the adoption of advanced digital technologies by local businesses and support the creation of highly skilled jobs for the future.
High-tech manufacturers in South Australia have been openly invited to use the TMI Hub to progress their product and business development. Apart from Flinders University, the Tonsley facility has the commercial support of Siemens and TAFE SA.
“The new digital technologies hub will train businesses and students in the implementation of i4.0 technologies that will revolutionise the way manufacturers connect with customers and suppliers through digital internet-based technologies,” Professor John Spoehr, director of the Australian Industrial Transformation Institute at Flinders University said.
“The adoption of digital technologies in South Australia is giving rise to a new generation of manufacturers and highly skilled jobs,” he said.
“The Tonsley Manufacturing Innovation Hub will accelerate this process, helping to ensure that South Australia remains at the centre of high-technology manufacturing in the nation.
“We welcome the opportunity to partner with the State Government and the Innovative Manufacturing CRC to establish a truly world class facility at Flinders University, Tonsley.”
Prof. Spoehr said the TMI Hub would provide both practical training and real-world research opportunities for businesses, students and researchers wanting to learn more about automation, advanced robotics and the Internet of Things.