Melbourne, Australia: PTC has announced that RMIT University, a member of the Australian Technology Network of Universities (ATN), has selected the ThingWorx IoT Platform, Windchill software, and ThingWorx Studio technology from PTC to establish itself as an educational leader in the teaching and application of Industry 4.0 skills in Australia. Also as part of its digitalisation initiative, RMIT is expanding its relationship with LEAP Australia Pty Ltd, a PTC value-added partner.
The ATN is recognised as a global leader of a new generation of universities focused on industry collaboration, real-world research with real-world impact, and producing work-ready graduates with industry relevant skills.
As a key member of the ATN, RMIT University has identified a recent surge in demand for graduates with skills in Industry 4.0, including the Industrial Internet of Things (IoT) and Augmented Reality (AR) for the enterprise. Combined with simulation technology from ANSYS, RMIT University is implementing the use of PTC technology across their engineering learning and teaching (L&T) framework. In addition, industrially-driven research programs are using PTC and ANSYS technology to combine real-time operational data from smart-connected products with robust digital prototypes to facilitate the creation of the ‘digital twin’ for individual assets.
In addition to deploying these technologies in a L&T context, RMIT is leveraging these new capabilities from PTC to expand its collaboration with local industry partners, especially companies without sufficient resources to comprehensively harness the transformative nature of Industry 4.0 for their business. The university sees the potential for companies to use the real-time, real-world insights from Industrial IoT data to anticipate and address performance and maintenance issues more efficiently, and in many cases before they even occur in the field. Furthermore, it can help companies realise the business value of using Industrial IoT data in combination with AR to provide their workforce with asset-specific digital information, in context, and to the right person at the right time.
Manufactured products are evolving into smart, connected devices, each embedded across broader systems and creating unprecedented amounts of data, which dramatically changes the opportunities for value creation in the economy. This transformation is radically reshaping the way companies design products and interact with customers, affecting many working roles within a manufacturing firm, and in turn, changing the educational needs of the next generation of engineers and designers.