A new Industry 4.0 partnership between Naval Group and Flinders University will focus on the new applications of advanced technologies in South Australian shipyards, it has been announced at the Pacific International Maritime Expo 2019.
Under the partnership, Flinders University will conduct a series of research trials including applications of mobile machining robots and exoskeleton technologies that will help support Naval Group’s digital shipyard vision by providing assistive manufacturing capabilities for improved quality, safety and productivity.
Francois Romanet, CEO of Naval Group Pacific, and Professor Colin Stirling, vice-chancellor of Flinders University, both welcomed the partnership, and said that the ground-breaking ‘Industry 4.0’ research program will help establish a world-leading advanced manufacturing capability at the Osborne shipyard in South Australia.
“The establishment of this partnership with Flinders University is part of our commitment to ensuring shipyards are able to access the early deployment of the most advanced digital and advanced manufacturing technologies available,” Romanet said.
Professor Stirling added, “This new collaboration builds on our existing research and education program with Naval Group in the fast emerging field of autonomous maritime vehicles, announced earlier this year.
“Our research team at the Australian Industrial Transformation Institute and the College of Science and Engineering will work closely with Naval Group to test and evaluate technologies for potential application in the shipyard.”
More to come.