Updated: May 2021
The fourth industrial revolution, Industry 4.0, is fast transforming how businesses operate.
Industry 4.0 technologies connect the physical world with the digital world. They can offset our traditional challenges such as high labour costs and distance to markets. Examples include:
Industry 4.0 Testlabs aim to improve the competitiveness of Australian manufacturing industries through adopting Industry 4.0 technologies and workforce transformation.
They were a strategic initiative of the Prime Minister’s Industry 4.0 Taskforce.
This report is a guide on Industry 4.0 Testlabs in Australia. It defines the principles of an Industry 4.0 Testlab, regardless of its manufacturing process, industry, application or products.
This report evolved through information sharing and collaboration between Australia and Germany on Industry 4.0.
The Australia-Germany Advisory Group recommended government and industry in both countries collaborate on Industry 4.0 to develop global standards. The taskforce was established following the recommendation and later signed a cooperation agreement with Germany’s Plattform Industrie 4.0 [1.6MB PDF] [710KB DOCX].
The $6 million Industry 4.0 Testlabs pilot program established testlabs at 6 Australian universities.
Building on the recommendations of this report, these testlabs:
The taskforce has since been renamed the Industry 4.0 Advanced Manufacturing Forum. Australian Industry Group host the forum and progress this work.
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