It’s Line Zero: Factory of the Future, located on the former stamping plant that was the birthplace of the Chrysler Valiant and ended its days producing Mitsubishi 380 sedans, employing a significant portion of the car maker’s 1,500-strong workforce.
The space now houses the initial pods of the Line Zero pop-up test lab where potential applications of advanced manufacturing technologies in the maritime shipbuilding sector are being explored.
“It’s an impressively large facility – one that is coming alive again, this time as a driver of advanced manufacturing,” says Professor John Spoehr, Pro-Vice Chancellor, Research Impact, and Director of the Australian Industrial Transformation Institute at Flinders University. “This is an optimistic sign for the state. We are living in challenging economic times, but this is an opportunity to keep apace with global technological change – and for the sake of all South Australia, we must get it right.”
Line Zero – a major research partnership with BAE Systems/ASC Shipbuilding and the Innovative Manufacturing CRC at the Tonsley Innovation District – will be the first industrial-scale Factory of the Future facility in Australia, demonstrating the potential and capabilities of advanced robotics, automation and the Industry 4.0 industrial transformation agenda.