Industry 4.0 & IIoT

A new program to support Australian businesses adopt and integrate AI safely into their work practices has been launched by the Minister for Industry and Science Ed Husic.

Michael Bucknell, business development manager of TilliT, says that numerous surveys have found that many digital transformation initiatives fail, and offers advice on avoiding common pitfalls.

Open IIoT believes that while Industry 4.0 solutions have become increasingly popular, there are still many misconceptions surrounding this technology, particularly on the subject of robotics.

Recycling plants deal with hundreds of tonnes of recycled plastic everyday – all of which need to meet the stringent monitoring and traceability standards set out by corporates and lawmakers. With so many processes and data points involved, a highly advanced Industry 4.0 solution would be needed to ‘connect the dots'.

In this exclusive round-table discussion with Open IIoT, Australia’s leading cohort of Industry 4.0 and automation experts, we find out where things are at from Nord Drivesystems' Max Jarmatz, SMC's Josef Ceh, Balluff's Jim Wallace and Beckhoff Automation's Harry Mulder.

GDST, in cooperation with GS1 Australia, recently updated global standard governing information content and data formats, specifically for seafood traceability systems.

Cherry Growers Australia (CGA) has secured funding for a major innovative project which aims to strengthen traceability for cherry exports’ high-value markets.

Today at Modern Manufacturing Expo, the Open IIoT Group has launched its Industry 4.0 and Beyond podcast, which aims to make complex smart manufacturing concepts simple.

With the application of 3D software, the KHS provides a virtual overview of technologies at the offer stage, showing how a potential new line or single machine can be integrated into the production environment.

With its digital format Technical Talks, KHS gives customers the chance to find out about current developments and keep up to date with its latest machine technology.

Industry 4.0 advocacy group Open IIoT believes F&B manufacturers need to take advantage of predictive maintenance, and other smart manufacturing technologies, to help alleviate production challenges.

The impact that Industry 4.0 will have on manufacturing will be astronomical, however, the use of AI and smart manufacturing can also benefit the environment, writes Aaron Yeardley.

Sealed Air has launched its digital packaging brand prismiq, which has a portfolio of solutions for design services, digital printing and smart packaging.

To test out the potential for 5G to replace fixed wire connectivity in an industrial setting, Optus joined forces with industry leaders Ericsson, SICK and Universal Robots in the first-ever demonstration of 5G mmWave URLLC technology in Australia.

Australian-owned MTM recently turned to Balluff Australia to help it on its Industry 4.0 journey, helping it to become more efficient in its day-to-day operations.

The future of FMCG manufacturing is a system-based approach to the factory floor, with the entire production line treated as a single production cell. Earle Roberts, CEO of Foodmach, tells us more.