Flinders Uni opens digital tech hub


Monday, 12 February, 2018


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A new digital technologies hub has been opened at Flinders University in South Australia.

The Tonsley Manufacturing Innovation (TMI) Hub is designed to support businesses, researchers and students in preparing for a future led by internet-based technologies.

It will also accelerate the adoption of advanced digital technologies by South Australian businesses to support the growing need for a highly skilled workforce in the future.

The TMI Hub will provide practical training and real-world research opportunities to industry and the education sector in the implementation of ‘Industry 4.0’ technologies, which are revolutionising the way manufacturers connect with customers and suppliers through internet-based technologies, such as automation, advanced robotics and the Internet of Things.

“As the economy transitions, we need to ensure our advanced manufacturing workforce and companies have the ability to compete globally in niche markets based on value and service,” said Manufacturing and Innovation Minister Kyam Maher.

Industry 4.0 is the next technological wave that will create opportunities for South Australia’s advanced manufacturers to diversify into growth sectors such as defence, food and health.

“The TMI Hub will further cement Tonsley’s reputation as a global centre of excellence for industry and research collaboration, with modern facilities to train people for the jobs of the future.”

Supported by a $490,000 state government grant, the TMI Hub has the world’s latest advanced manufacturing training equipment.

The state government has committed $2 million towards the Australian Government’s CRC for Innovative Manufacturing (IMCRC), to assist manufacturers to transition from low-cost manufacturing to advanced manufacturing based on disruptive technologies and new business models.

“The adoption of digital technologies in South Australia is giving rise to a new generation of manufacturers and highly skilled jobs,” said Flinders University Vice-Chancellor Professor Colin Stirling.

“The Tonsley Manufacturing Innovation Hub will accelerate this process, helping ensure that South Australia remains at the centre of high-technology manufacturing in the nation.”

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