Faculty of Engineering embraces Industry 4.0

02 November 2016

The Faculty of Engineering is announcing our initiative of establishing the Laboratory for Industry 4.0.

Industry 4.0, or the fourth Industrial Revolution, is the current trend of automation in manufacturing whereby technologies such as cyber-physical systems, the Internet of Things, and cloud computing are increasingly implemented and entrenched in production systems and beyond.

Industry 4.0 creates what has been called "smart factories". Over the Internet of Things, cyber-physical systems communicate and cooperate with each other and with humans in real time, and via the Internet of Services. Both internal and cross-organizational services can be offered and used by participants of the value network.

The first laboratory being established is the Laboratory for Industry 4.0 Smart Manufacturing Systems (LISMS) located at the City Campus. Its main aim is to develop and demonstrate some of the key Industry 4.0 technologies for New Zealand industry.

The Laboratory seeks intensive engagement and close partnership with local industries, and in fact, its establishment is at the request of many of our industry partners, said Professor Xun Xu, the Associate Dean Research at the Faculty. The second laboratory will be located at the University’s Newmarket campus, where capabilities such as info-mechatronics, embedded systems and industrial automation will be housed.

Contact Professor Xun Xu for more information.