In episode 19 of @AuManufacturing Conversations with Brent Balinski we hear from Dr Marc Carmichael, a Senior Lecturer at University of Technology Sydney and Chief Investigator at the Australian Cobotics Centre.
The episode was recorded on the second day of the Modern Manufacturing Expo, which @AuManufacturing is a media partner of.
Carmichael’s work focusses on collaborative robotics, a genre of automation he believes is a good match for Australia’s SME-heavy manufacturing community, though something it has been slow to adopt so far.
He discusses the application of collaborative robotics for abrasive blasting – work which saw him named one of Australia’s Most Innovative Engineers by Engineers Australia in 2018 – as well as development of a new micro-credential through the Western Parkland City Authority’s New Education and Training Model (NETM.)
“We see cobots as a really exciting technology that has the real potential to change the manufacturing landscape here, and is really suited to Australia’s type of manufacturing.”
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0:30 – Research background.
1:20 – Robots for abrasive blasting. An example of supplementing rather than replacing workers.
3:33 – The Australian Cobotics Centre.
4:25 – Automation for short-run, high-value manufacturing.
6:26 – The new micro-credential in cobots and what students learn during its 40 hours.
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