Industry 4.0 Hub

Located in the Shoalhaven, Industry 4.0 Hub is a collaborative environment open to students, industry and entrepreneurs.

Providing access to staff, information, training, technology demonstrations and a link to the expertise and capabilities that are available through the UOW Facilities, this ecosystem will provide a setting to learn about, workshop and implement Industry 4.0 principles into practice.

What is Industry 4.0?

Industry 4.0, also known as the “fourth Industrial Revolution”, is a new wave of innovation centred on automation and data exchange in manufacturing technologies. Industry 4.0 uses transformative technologies to connect the physical world with the digital world. 

Current trends include

  • Advanced automation and robotics (including collaborative robots or cobots).
  • Machine-to-machine and human-to-machine communication
  • Artificial intelligence and machine learning
  • Sensor technology and data analytics

For companies and industry to reap the full benefits of Industry 4.0, having the opportunity to see Industry 4.0 related technology in action, finding out how it can be applied and getting the required financial and technical assistance to implement it are key to success.

Makerspace

The Hub’s Makerspace is now open!

The Industry 4.0 Hub is a public space open to the community and provides a place for new and experienced makers to learn, explore, and create, as well as meet like-minded people. Whether it is designing and creating 3D objects, programming robots, or exploring a new world in virtual reality, the Hub has the tools and the expertise to train, support and advise so that you can bring your ideas to life.

The makerspace is now open by appointment during weekdays. A list of our equipment can be found below. Accompanying software to use the equipment are also provided and accessible at the Hub. To book an appointment, please fill out the Booking Form, and let us know what you would like to learn or which equipment you would like to use at the Hub. Makerspace users will need to undergo a safety induction training prior to using the equipment.

Equipment

  • Laser cutter - Cut and engrave designs on acrylic, wood, cork and other materials
  • 3D printers (Me3D Me2, Fusion3 f410) - Print 3D models in tough durable or flexible plastic materials
  • AR and VR headsets (Microsoft HoloLens 2 and HTC Vive) - View and interact with digital 3D models as a hologram or in an immersive virtual world
  • Robots (DOBOT Magician) - Program the robot and its sensors to pick and place objects
  • 3D scanners (Artec Space Spider, Artec Eva) - Scan small to large objects to generate a 3D model and reverse engineer with new and improved designs

Makerspace Booking Form

 

Industry

The Hub is equipped with leading-edge technology that can transform business operations and capabilities in industries such as manufacturing, agribusiness, and defence. The benefits and opportunities these technologies introduce across the entire value chain include, and are not limited to:

  • Improved efficiency in production through better monitoring and controlled consumption of raw materials and resources to meet growing customer demand,
  • Higher productivity and enhanced workplace safety with advanced robots and humans working side-by-side,
  • Empowering employees and boosting workforce efficiency with the use of AR and VR to deliver interactive training methods, faster task executions and greater confidence to make better decisions.

Our team at the Hub is ready to demonstrate the latest Industry 4.0 technologies and provide advice and expertise on how to adopt them into your business. If you are interested in finding out how to transform your business with Industry 4.0, please email us at industry4-hub@uow.edu.au.

Equipment

  • Laser cutter (Koenig K1309) - Cut and engrave designs on acrylic, wood, cork and other materials
  • 3D printers (Fusion3 f410, Markforged X7) - Print 3D models in tough durable or flexible plastic materials
  • AR and VR headsets (Microsoft HoloLens 2 and HTC Vive) - View and interact with digital 3D models as a hologram or in an immersive virtual world
  • Collaborative Robots (Universal Robots UR10E)
    • Cobot welding system: aid skilled and semi-skilled to produce high quality weldments
    • Pick and place cobot: easily automate material handling or machine tending tasks
  • 3D scanners (Artec Space Spider, Artec Eva, Artec Ray) - Scan small to large objects to create 3D models. Generates digital data for legacy items and allows reverse engineering.
  • FARO Tracer Laser Projector - Project laser outlines onto 3D surfaces and perform vision based verification. Can be used for aiding tasks, guiding workflow and recording production quality data
  • Internet of Things - Deploy LoRaWAN sensors to monitor processes, equipment and environments in warehouses, factories and farms

Recent news

Tania Goodman and Dr Paul Di Pietro talk to Triple U FM about the new Industry 4.0 Hub that will be out at the UOW Shoalhaven Campus in the coming months.

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