The Shift to Modern Digital Manufacturing, Upcoming Seminar

The Shift to Modern Digital Manufacturing, Upcoming Seminar

In an increasingly competitive global landscape, Australian manufacturers are advised not to delay the implementation of Industry 4.0/5.0 technologies and transition to “modern digital manufacturing”.

Fortunately, there’s never been a better time (or more support and resources available) to help manufacturers make this transition a breeze.

Christian Ruberg, Future Digital Manufacturing Lead at CSIRO, agrees: “Australia’s manufacturing sector is crucial to our country’s long-term economic success and social well-being, and is therefore high on CSIRO’s national agenda.

Ruberg will lead a seminar titled “How new technologies will change the way we manufacture” at the Modern Manufacturing Town Hall event at the Waterview Conference Centre, Sydney Olympic Park on March 30, 2022.

City Hall is the launch event for September’s Modern Manufacturing Expo, of which CSIRO is a founding partner.

Ruberg explains that while Australia’s global manufacturing competitiveness has been an “ongoing challenge”, it is also an opportunity for the country to demonstrate its emerging strengths as “we are solving the biggest challenges through innovative science and technology. “.

“Australia’s manufacturing industry adds high-tech products and service industries to existing resource-intensive industries based on advanced manufacturing processes. Our science and engineering skills, coupled with international connections, help local manufacturers maintain and grow their global competitiveness,” said Ruberg.

Digital transformation the priority for 2022

Following renewed calls to “relocate” manufacturing since the COVID-19 pandemic exposed gaps in the global supply chain, integrating advanced technologies into operations is an effective way for manufacturers to to increase production and meet demand specifications.

“A priority for manufacturing in a post-COVID world is to remain agile and resilient in the face of possible disruptions,” Ruberg said. “Technology that allows manufacturers to visualize and make decisions based on data from the factory floor, and indeed their upstream and downstream supply chain, will enable them to better allocate resources and avoid possible shortages – both of which are essential elements in maximizing production and controlling costs.”

Manufacturers who invest in scaling their machines and adopting advanced digital manufacturing techniques are likely to reap the long-term financial benefits of being ‘Australian-made’.

Australia’s Manufacturing Performance Index (PMI), which measures the health of manufacturing performance, hit highs of 59.9 points in 2021, matching pre-pandemic performance. It remains promising that the latest “new orders” index stands at 51.3 points, indicating growth in the sector and demand for locally produced products.

“While the financial investment to incorporate the latest technologies into equipment and processes can be daunting for small and medium-sized manufacturers, there may be sustained and growing local market demand for these advanced capabilities, particularly in industries expected future growth, including energy, hydrogen storage and export,” Ruberg said.

Find out more about Ruberg during the seminar which will take place on March 30, starting at 2:00 p.m.

For more information on the Town Hall of Modern Manufacturing, visit

Image credit: Christian Ruberg

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