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Line Zero Factory- Delivering a world class manufacturing test bed

LINE ZERO is bringing together education, industry and government to facilitate the implementation of Industry 4.0, bridging the gap between research, development and innovation to boost the national economy.

What is Line Zero?

Line Zero is a major research partnership with BAE Systems/ASC Shipbuilding and the Innovative Manufacturing CRC at the Tonsley Innovation District. It will be the first industrial-scale Factory of the Future facility in Australia, demonstrating the potential and capabilities of advanced robotics, automation and the Industry 4.0 industrial transformation agenda.

What is Industry 4.0?

Industry 4.0 technologies are poised to transform sectors, including shipbuilding and defence. These technologies include advanced robotics and artificial intelligence, sophisticated sensors, cloud computing, the Internet of Things, data capture and analytics, digital fabrication, software-as-a-service and advanced navigation tools.

Access to Industry 4.0 technologies, processes and expertise is essential to enable businesses working across many Australian industry sectors to compete on a global stage. LINE ZERO aims to substantially increase the number of companies involved in testing automation and robotics technologies to help Australia  prosper.

Why is the facility important?

Professor John Spoehr, Pro-Vice Chancellor, Research Impact, and Director of the Australian Industrial Transformation Institute at Flinders University has been instrumental in the project.

“How do we translate great ideas into commercially and socially beneficial outcomes? We’ve never lacked great ideas – the challenge has been to commercialise and realise public value from more of them. Facilities like the Factory of the Future will really accelerate our efforts in industrial transformation, in line with other world leaders such as Germany and the UK.”

“We need to bring together engineers and social scientists, computer technicians, psychologists and business experts to work in collaborative teams. It’s something quite unique that we are doing at Flinders, and it puts us at the cutting edge of industrial transformation efforts intentionally. It’s what we need to do more in Australia.”

How is this facility playing a part in sovereign industrial capability.

The aim is to increase the numbers of companies involved in testing, automation  nd robotics technology through access to cutting edge capabilities and equipment. LINE ZERO will greatly lower the barriers to entry by providing avenues for companies to connect.

What is happening on site today?

The space currently houses the initial pods of the LINE ZERO pop-up test lab where potential applications of advanced manufacturing technologies in the maritime shipbuilding sector are being explored.

APC staff visited the site as part of a DTC organised event. This opportunity allowed us to meet engineers, partners and key personnel who are involved in the factory. The tour focused around defence and developing capabilities but the factory is a R&D resource that can be utilised by South Australian and inter state companies to improve our commercial offering.

Find out about LINE ZERO.

Find out about Flinders University.

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APC receives funding for naval focused project.

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