Australia’s Chief Scientist, physicist Dr Cathy Foley, was a special visitor at Flinders University, enthusing about a number of demonstrations showcasing R&D and training facilities at the expanding Line Zero pilot Factory of the Future at the Tonsley precinct.
Greeted by BAE Systems Australia’s Business Development and Continuous Naval Shipbuilding Director Sharon Wilson and Professor John Spoehr, director of the Australian Industrial Transformation Institute at Flinders University, Dr Foley was keen to hear about the practical applications to accelerate and innovate advanced manufacturing and apply Industry 4.0 technologies via a range of research and training tools and collaborations.
The Factory of the Future brings together education, industry and government partners to facilitate the implementation of the world’s best technologies, creating an important bridge between research, development and innovation to boost the national economy, including a key role the $90 billion defence shipbuilding industry.
Line Zero is expanding this year with support from the new Federal Government and State Government.
Later in the day, industry partners of the the Tonsley Innovation District took another tour of the Line Zero facility and also heard from BAE Continuous Naval Shipbuilding Strategy Director Sharon Wilson about development and expansion plans for the Factory of the Future facility.