• Open IIoT Group will launch its new podcast at the Modern Manufacturing Expo. Image: Open IIoT
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Open IIoT Group has launched its Industry 4.0 and Beyond podcast, which aims to “break through the jargon” to make complex smart manufacturing concepts simple.

The group consists of a cohort of some of Australia’s most prominent automation brands, including Balluff, Beckhoff Automation, KUKA Robot Automation, Nord Drivesystems, SMC Corporation ANZ and Zi-Argus. 

“Given the recent renewed focus on digitising manufacturing techniques and the shift from traditional to advanced manufacturing, this is the perfect time to launch the podcast,” said Jozef Ceh, digital transformation and Industry 4.0 manager at SMC Corporation.

Jozef Ceh, digital transformation and Industry 4.0 manager at SMC Corporation, member of the Open IIoT Group. Image: Open IIoT
Jozef Ceh, digital transformation and Industry 4.0 manager at SMC Corporation, member of the Open IIoT Group. Image: Open IIoT

“While our members try to attend key exhibitions and events, we know that not everyone has the resources or time needed to attend these events. 

“In our efforts to democratise access to vital information, we wanted to share our experience and knowledge on a platform that could be reached by anyone, regardless of geographical limitations.” 

Ceh will be stepping into a moderator role as the host of many of the upcoming episodes, alternating with fellow Open IIoT member Wade Leslie, from KUKA, and will be joined by other members of the group to share fascinating case studies, and discuss the latest trends in IIoT and advanced manufacturing. 

Asked what listeners can expect from the podcast, Ceh shared that Open IIoT members will be joined by customers and partners from a multitude of industries and manufacturing sectors as they discuss technologies, the benefits that IIoT has brought to their company, the challenges they face, and what they knew before embarking on Industry 4.0 implementation. 

“We’ll cover diverse topics such as how Industry 4.0 can help Australia getting back on track to meet its recycling goals, the role of IIoT in creating smart buildings, the key to unlocking maximum value from Industry 4.0, understanding programmable logic controllers, and much more,” Ceh added. 

“With our standard approach to avoiding buzzwords and wading through the jargon, we’ll make these concepts practical, applicable and easy to understand.” 

Podcast launch at Modern Manufacturing Expo

As a future-thinking podcast, there could be no better place for a launch than a similarly future-thinking event – the Modern Manufacturing Expo on 20 and 21 September at the Sydney Showgrounds.

Open IIoT is a foundation partner of the Expo, which will be a space for visitors and industry-leaders to explore the latest in intelligent products, equipment and technology for Australian manufacturers in order to drive the shift required in advanced manufacturing.

The first episode of the Industry 4.0 and Beyond podcast will be recorded during the Expo, and will be available for download on your usual streaming platforms. 

“Our goal for this podcast is that it will ensure that our listeners gains an understanding of new technologies, and approaches that will guide them in unlocking IIoT opportunities for commercial value – and ultimately, advance Australia’s economy through smart manufacturing,” Ceh concluded.

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