Digital transformation is the most significant trend impacting industrial organisations across the world today.

Digitalisation is driving Industry 4.0, and it is vital that all sectors understand its role and impact, and the skills they will need to remain globally competitive in this fast-changing environment.

What is Industry 4.0?

Also known as the fourth industrial revolution, Industry 4.0 encapsulates the move towards automation and data exchange in manufacturing technologies.

Emerging technologies such as cyber-physical systems, the Internet of Things, cloud computing, artificial intelligence and machine learning help to create and produce sophisticated machinery, equipment and components to deliver advanced industrial solutions.

What does Industry 4.0 mean for South Australia?

South Australia’s defence sector offers enormous opportunity to embrace Industry 4.0. From 2020, the state will be a key base for more than AU$90 billion worth of programs to design, build and sustain naval ships and submarines.

We are taking immediate steps to digitalise our broad industrial base with applications to all industries, including cyber security, space, mining, energy, health and medical devices.

To make sure we’re ahead of the game, the South Australian Government has partnered with French technology company Dassault Systèmes, the Australian Government’s Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre and Innodev to deliver Australia’s first Industry 4.0 capability development program – the Virtual Shipyard.

The Virtual Shipyard Program included participants from 14 South Australian companies, the University of Adelaide, University of South Australia, and TAFE South Australia.

For more information about the program phone +618 8303 2048.

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