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Siemens commits $135m of software to industry 4.0 with Swinburne University

By Peter Binks and Christopher Goldsworthy, BHERT


As Siemens celebrates its 145th anniversary in Australia, it recently announced a grant to Swinburne University of Technology of $135 million of software.The software will assist Swinburne in developing its “Factory of the Future”, where students from apprentices to PhD level will be trained in application of the software.

With advanced manufacturing heavily reliant on automation software, it is critical that students are equipped with skills for areas such as supply chain management, digitalisation and product design. “The international competition will be fierce in the manufacturing domain, which is why this development is so timely and critical” said Professor Aleksander Subic, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (R&D) at Swinburne University.

Swinburne’s Factory of the Future will be Australia’s first facility dedicated to meeting the operational requirements of the fourth industrial revolution (Industry 4.0).Industry 4.0 is the integration of automation and data exchange in manufacturing technologies; it includes cyber systems, the Internet of Things, cloud computing and cognitive computing.

“The grant will support Victoria and Australia by preparing students to participate fully in the emerging global innovation economy… it is the largest industrial software grant made in Australia” said Chairman and CEO of Siemens Australia, Jeff Connolly, in announcing the grant.

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