Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing Hub turns one

Brisbane’s Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing (ARM) Hub has marked its first year of operating and noted a “huge and growing appetite for Australian businesses to innovate.”

The ARM Hub is an $18 million not-for-profit “agile technology application centre for robotics and design-led manufacturing.” It is funded through the Queensland government, Innovative Manufacturing CRC, CSIRO and Queensland University of Technology. 

According to a statement, the hub has so far engaged with over 200 businesses, implemented over 120 Industry 4.0 needs assessments and activities, and had supported the creation of new Australian products and services for local and international markets.

“We fill a critical gap for industry between research and commercialisation, bringing together the diverse expert teams needed to solve industry’s manufacturing challenges,” said Associate Professor Cori Stewart, the organisation’s CEO.

“As an independent not-for-profit we have the agility required to work side-by-side with businesses on their digital transformation journeys and can assist in leveraging public and private funding.”

Singled out as industrial success stories making use of the hub were remote-controlled lifting technology company Verton, and Australian Droid + Robot (ADR), a maker of remotely-operated inspection vehicles for inaccessible or dangerous environments.

Verton was the first tenant, and recently outgrew its home at the Hub’s Learning Factory R&D space. 

ADR is a current tenant and future project partner, and have so far “collaborated with ARM Hub to engage university expertise to further develop their products, realise their ideas and widen their manufacturing footprint.”

Picture: Emeritus Professor Roy Green – ARM Hub Chair; Associate Professor Cori Stewart – ARM Hub CEO; and Hon. Steven Miles MP QLD Deputy Premier, Minister for State Development, Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning; celebrate ARM Hub’s 1st year of operation (supplied)

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