The opportunity for RMIT to connect with European experts across the digitisation of industry was through a delegation led by the Australian Technology Network of Universities (ATN).
RMIT research leaders involved included Professor Calum Drummond, RMIT Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research and Innovation and Vice-President, and Professor Ivan Cole, Director of RMIT’s Advanced Manufacturing and Fabrication Enabling Capability Platform.
RMIT will draw on the connections established in Germany for its role heading up the Australian Technology Network of Universities (ATN) Industry 4.0 initiative.
This is a collaboration across five of Australia’s most innovative and enterprising universities with the aim to support the digital transformation of industry through research and advanced facilities.
The Industry 4.0 ATN initiative is being led by RMIT's Professor Ivan Cole.
"It involves bringing together RMIT’s strong capabilities across its MicroNano Research Facility and Advanced Manufacturing Precinct as well as its strengths in automation; digital and 3D representation; data analysis and mining; and business model development.
"We’ll use these capabilities and strengths to support our industry partners and the emerging Industry 4.0 sector in Australia,” he said.
Cole and Drummond spent time at universities that are all members of the TU9 – a consortium of Germany's most prestigious and well-established technology universities.
These institutions, which include current RMIT partners such as RWTH Aachen University and TU Berlin, have advanced Industry 4.0 teaching and research programs.
In addition to the TU9 universities, the delegation visited Fraunhofer, Bosch, Siemens and Festo and met with German government representatives from Plattform Industrie 4.
Story: Karen Matthews