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Prof Bronwyn Fox and Dr Nishar Hameed

Topic: Automated Manufacturing of Next Generation Composites in an Industry 4.0 Environment 

Co-presented by: Prof Bronwyn Fox, Director, Manufacturing Futures Research Institute and Dr Nishar Hameed, Research Fellow, Factory of the Future at Swinburne University of Technology 

Abstract

The Swinburne Manufacturing Futures Research Institute (MFI) is Australia’s first dedicated research institute focused on Industry 4.0 platforms that are aligned with the growth industry sectors. It is strategically positioned at the intersection of design, business, engineering and science where novel products and processes based on digital connectivity and interaction will be designed, developed and implemented, in partnership with industry. MFI brings together Swinburne’s world leading expertise in advanced materials, industrial automation and robotics, advanced manufacturing, design, and data science.

A major focus of MFI is to create an open access facility for the automation of high volume carbon fibre composite production. The major challenge for the composite industry is to increase production rates and to reduce the cost, enabling high volume manufacture and broadening the applications for composites. This presentation will describe the current capabilities of MFI and will highlight the future directions for the development of a new resin systems for high volume composite automation. 

Keywords: Industry 4.0; Composite Automation; Resins

About the presenters

Professor Bronwyn Fox
Dr Nishar Hameed

Bronwyn is Director of the Manufacturing Futures Research Institute at Swinburne University of Technology

The Swinburne Manufacturing Futures Research Institute is Australia’s first dedicated research institute focused on Industry 4.0 platforms that are aligned with the growth industry sectors. It is strategically positioned at the intersection of design, business, engineering and science where novel products and processes based on digital connectivity and interaction will be designed, developed and implemented, in partnership with industry. MFI brings together Swinburne’s world leading expertise in advanced materials, industrial automation and robotics, advanced manufacturing, design, and data science to:

  • develop high value bespoke manufactured products
  • develop new materials and processes for smart products
  • increase agility and productivity of Australia’s manufacturing base
  • integrate Australia’s know-how into the global value chain

Professor Bronwyn Fox joined Swinburne University of Technology in December 2015 as the inaugural Director of the Factory of the Future. The facility features a state of the art suite of advanced manufacturing equipment – including visualization tools, computer-aided design, functional prototyping and rapid fabricating equipment.  The Factory of the Future will play a leading role in the global challenge to integrate the design, automation and control of manufacturing systems.

Prior to this appointment Professor Fox held the position of Research Director of the internationally recognised Carbon Nexus facility at Deakin University (a $100 million research precinct development in Geelong focused on advanced materials and manufacturing). Over a period of 15 years, Professor Fox successfully drove the University’s carbon fibre and composites strategic research vision. She joined Deakin at a time when resources and infrastructure were very limited and oversaw the growth of this area to a high impact, multidisciplinary research program in collaboration with industry. 

Professor Fox has published more than 150 refereed papers on polymers and composite materials.  She completed a PhD in Engineering at the Australian National University, a Bachelor of Science (Honours) at The University of Melbourne.

Dr Nishar Hameed, Research Fellow at the Swinburne’s Factory of the Future

Dr Hameed joined the Factory of the Future at Swinburne University of Technology in July 2016. Prior to joining Swinburne, Nishar was a Research Fellow at Carbon Nexus, Deakin University, where he completed his PhD. Nishar’s research is mainly focused on the novel and faster processing of next generation polymers and composite materials. He has published nearly 60 high impact journal papers, six (6) book chapters, two (2) edited books and two (2) patents. Nishar recently developed a new method to produce flexible, toughened and fast cure resins that can be integrated to make formable and rapid cure fibre reinforced composites, concrete preforms and graphene nanocomposites.