How can I make my business more efficient, relevant, agile and successful? This question never has a final answer - but its pursuit is essential to successfully running any business. You’ve probably wondered whether the implementation of i4.0 smart technologies may be part of your solution, but might be unsure exactly how to fit this technology into your workplace or business process.
With this in mind, the C4DE is constantly sourcing new case studies exploring how people in various industries are implementing new technology to improve and enhance their business models. We hope that these case studies below can inform and inspire you to also implement your own real-world smart technology solutions in your future.
If there is a topic or case study you would love to see - or if your business itself has a great example of implementing smart technologies, then feel free to email us with questions or suggestions at email@example.com.
How agri-tech can help with labour struggles
Ongoing labour shortages are impacting farm profitability across Australia but technology could soon help to offset this. From automated irrigation and autonomous robots to drones for crop monitoring digital technology has the potential to significantly enhance agriculture and reduce the reliance on casual labour. We spoke to Kilter Rural, which has implemented a number of digital solutions, about how technology can help reduce casual labour costs.
Disrupt or be disrupted: What SMEs can learn from Netflix
Netflix has achieved massive growth in its 22 years of operation and is arguably one of the companies that has best adapted to the rapid rate of change and disruption currently occurring. Despite this, it’s not a company that small and medium sized business leaders often look to for inspiration for their own digital transformation journey. However, as co-founding executive Mitch Lowe tell us, there are many lessons small businesses can learn from Netflix’s experience.
Transforming education for industry 4.0
Advancements in technology aren’t just impacting businesses, they’re also creating a need to re-shape the education experience in ways that mirror the changing nature of work. Students are now demanding different support, engagement and consumption models that reflect their need to be technologically literate, flexible and upskilling. Training providers are therefore under pressure to transform the learning environment but are struggling to do this in ways that create real value for students. This is one of the challenges the Centre for Digital Enterprise has been set up to solve.
Naming and claiming applied research in VET
SuniTAFE and Princes Court
Despite taking off in countries around the world, including Canada and Germany, applied research in Australia’s vocational education and training sector is still in its infancy. Yet many institutions are already undertaking these sorts of projects, they just aren’t ‘naming and claiming’ them as applied research. We take a look at one of these projects – the partnership between SuniTAFE and Princes Court – and how it fits into applied research capabilities.
SICK smart sensors
The factory of the future will be smart and connected, supported by data analytics that provide insights to drive efficiencies, improve productivity and better serve customers. Making all of this possible are smart sensors that enable connectivity and data sharing. SICK, one of the leading producers of smart sensors, explains how businesses of all sizes can implement smart sensors for industrial automation applications as part of a transition to a smart factory.
Connected aged care
Technology can contribute positively to the wellbeing of older Australians, however low digital literacy among this population means many often miss out on the benefits. Lively is helping to rectify this, partnering with aged care providers and community groups to deliver technology help for older people, while also providing young job seekers with meaningful work opportunities.
Man's new best friend
Industrial robots used to be bulky and heavy, with rapid movements that made them unsafe to work with humans. Now, lighter, mobile and user-friendly robots can collaborate safely with humans on factory floors. Prysm Industries has had humans and robots working together for more than five years and says employees are now happier and more productive.
Sowing the seeds of success
Baker Seed Co.
A majority of the research and development in seed treatments is undertaken by the private sector and usually major multinational companies. This means intellectual property is held very tightly and publicly available data is hard to come by.
Despite these obstacles, Baker Seed Co, a wholly owned and operated Australian family seed business, is developing innovative products by embracing new technology.
Factories of the future
Industry 4.0 emerged out of an initiative aimed at strengthening Germany’s manufacturing industry. Given this starting point, it’s not surprising that the advanced manufacturing sector is at the forefront of industry 4.0.
Digital connectivity and improving analytics are creating more efficient supply chains and it is predicted that most factories will transform into ‘smart factories’ over the next decade. Already, there are businesses in Australia transitioning and these are being helped by companies like Okuma Australia, which specialises in the sale and service of Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) machine tools, factory automation and support services.
Technology solving age old problems
Sapphire Care | Bluecross
An increasing number of aged care providers are implementing emerging technologies to drive efficiency improvements. They are doing this in response to the substantial growth the aged care industry is set to experience over the coming decade.
One of the aged care providers at the forefront of this new technology adoption is Sapphire Care, which has developed a number of initiatives to help both staff and residents embrace technology.
Aged care comes face to face with technology
Westmont Aged Care
While the expected growth of the aged care sector could put additional pressure on aged care providers, it also represents an opportunity to implement new systems that utilise emerging technology to enable more efficient processes.
Westmont Aged Care Services - a community-based not-for-profit aged care provider - recognised this opportunity and recently introduced systems that take away some of the more routine aspects of staff’s work so they can focus on providing high-level, quality care.