Naval Group Pacific and Flinders to launch industry 4.0 research program


Naval Group and Flinders University – members of the recently announced 16-member Australian Maritime Development Centre (AMDC) – have announced a new partnership aimed at finding new applications of advanced technologies in the shipyard.

As part of the agreement, Flinders will conduct a range of research trials including applications of mobile machining robots and exoskeleton technologies, providing assistive manufacturing capabilities in shipbuilding for improved quality, safety and productivity.

Francois Romanet, CEO of Naval Group Pacific said this ground-breaking ‘Industry 4.0’ research program would 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,” said Mr Romanet.

Professor Colin Stirling, Vice-Chancellor of Flinders University the collaboration builds on the University’s 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”, Professor Stirling concluded.

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