New AI Adopt Centre appointment

The ARM Hub is collaborating with more than 30 organisations to create the ARM Hub AI Adopt Centre.

The ARM Hub AI Adopt Centre is one of four new centres announced by Australian Government Minister for Industry and Science, the Hon Ed Husic today.

ARM Hub Founder and CEO Professor Cori Stewart said the centre will be a pathway for Australia’s SMEs to become global innovation leaders.

“ARM Hub and its partners are thrilled to continue their work in fostering a world-class AI ecosystem in Australia that embraces safe and responsible AI and is focused on commercialisation and business growth,” Professor Stewart said.

“Australia’s SME manufacturers know that AI can be a major source of sustained value-add and enhanced global competitiveness. Given SMEs represent 93% of Australian business, it is imperative that they can capitalise on the benefits of AI to scale-up and grow.

“The use of modern data platforms in Australian manufacturing is critical to effective scaling-up and business growth and the creation of a ‘smart’ and resilient workforce. The ARM Hub AI Adopt Centre will provide a joined-up service that demonstrates how data and AI can modernise business, build skills and boost productivity.”

Partners

The ARM Hub AI Adopt Centre partners are listed below.

Industry and industry networks

  • Tech Council of Australia
  • i2i global
  • Smart Energy Council
  • Industry Capability Network
  • Life Sciences Queensland
  • Southern Strength Manufacturing Network
  • HunterNet
  • i3Net
  • NORTH Link Victoria
  • South East Melbourne Manufacturing Alliance
  • CORE Innovation Hub
  • Australian Robotics and Automation Association
  • Tasmanian Minerals, Manufacturing and Energy Council
  • Australian Manufacturing Growth Centre
  • Australian Defence Sciences and Universities Network
  • Food and Beverage Accelerator
  • Advanced Materials Battery Council
  • Gemaker

Research organisations

  • Swinburne University of Technology
  • Australian Machine Learning Institute (Adelaide University)
  • QUT
  • Griffith University
  • The University of Queensland
  • Monash University
  • University of Newcastle

Technology companies and innovation networks

  • DKE (Data & Knowledge Enterprise)
  • Microsoft
  • Databricks
  • IBM
  • CISCO
  • Stone & Chalk
  • Jewelrock
  • 77 Partners
  • Venture Partners

Government

  • Queensland Government

Technology in Manufacturing workshop

Join us for the Technology in Manufacturing workshop in Toowoomba on Thursday, 30 May.

ARM Hub is hosting an advanced manufacturing technology workshop and showcase to help Queensland manufacturers grow their businesses.

Learn from specialists in the fields of robotics, artificial intelligence, and additive manufacturing about how these technologies can have significant benefits when implemented in a manufacturing setting. There will be practical demonstrations of each technology.

The event is suited to companies wanting to scale-up, educators, and those interested in advanced manufacturing technology.

TECHNOLOGIES

The event will focus on:

  • robotics
  • cobots (collaborative robots)
  • additive manufacturing (3D printing)
  • artificial intelligence.
Register here.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND

The event would benefit companies that:

  • have automated their business
  • are considering automation or technology
  • are a tech company.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

This is a collaborative event with the Queensland Government Department of Regional Development, Manufacturing, and Water. It forms part of the Queensland Government Advanced Manufacturing 10-Year Roadmap and Action Plan.

New partnership with Databricks

We are thrilled to announce a new partnership with world-leading data and AI platform, Databricks.

This strategic, international alliance is set to transform Australia’s manufacturing landscape by enabling smarter decision-making through affordable, safe, relevant and always up-to-date data and AI solutions.

ARM Hub Founder and CEO Professor Cori Stewart believes the benefits to the manufacturing sector will be transformative.

“Our work with Databricks has already enabled ARM Hub to build the lakehouse infrastructure and provide AI-as-a-service to Australian manufacturing businesses. We are proud world-leaders in the services we provide using Databricks. We are ready to support industry to succeed on the global stage in an era of generative AI,” Professor Stewart said.

“The next frontier in scaling deep technology innovation and modernising manufacturing is the smart use of data and AI. We are harnessing opportunities to collaborate with our partners to embed Australian deep tech companies and manufacturing businesses in high-value global supply chains.”

Databricks provides a unified data, analytics, and AI platform that simplifies and enhances the processing of data and the application of AI and machine learning models. With its data intelligence engine, the platform can understand the semantics of enterprise data unique to each organisation, allowing companies to build their AI models on their private enterprise data.

Manufacturers can integrate and streamline data (e.g. IoT sensor data, machine logs, ERP systems and customer information) for a holistic view of the business in real-time, helping with decision-making.

The collaboration aims to scale manufacturing businesses by enhancing business and production capabilities, and inspiring the creation of new products, services, and business models.

“Databricks is committed to accelerating data and AI transformation across all industries, including the manufacturing industry. With solution accelerators that can speed up results, manufacturing companies can leverage purpose-built guides in LLM models, predictive maintenance, supply chain optimisation, and many more. Our partnership with ARM Hub represents a pivotal step toward integrating AI with other advanced technologies and solutions to create smarter, more efficient manufacturing businesses.” said Adam Beavis, Vice President and Country Manager for Databricks in ANZ.

The ARM Hub will leverage the Databricks Data Intelligence Platform as part of its new AI-as-a-service, which facilitates easier adoption of data and AI for the manufacturing sector.

We’re hiring

We are expanding our team in Northgate, Brisbane.

Program Lead

The Program Leader will directly support the Program Director with the delivery of the ARM Hub’s industry engagement programs, including the Australian Manufacturing Capability Network (AMCN). The role will perform a variety of duties including the creation and delivery of the  AMCN, ensuring delivery of projects on-time and on-budget, the organisation of events, and contributing to corporate reporting. This includes the promotion of project activities on social media and other media as needed.

Your responsibilities:

  • Engage with universities and other partners for the delivery of the program.
  • Plan, program and resource the sub-projects to be delivered.
  • Liaise and work with project staff as well as working with vendors and/or consultants responsible for the configuration and deployment of work.
  • Manage projects and activities in line with agreed scope and timeframes and work collaboratively to maximise project outcomes.
  • End-to-end planning and delivery of events as set out in the program plan.
  • Maintain project management and other software systems as required.
  • Coordinate and liaise technical related seminars and demonstrations for industry partners.
  • Assist operations team with facility and project management activities.
  • Research, write and edit reports, notes, and other documentation.
  • Comply with health and safety policies, procedures, hazard reporting and safe work practices.

To ensure job flexibility the successful appointee may be required to:

  • perform any other duties as nominated by the ARM Hub, consistent with the relevant classification and descriptors detailed in the relevant Industry Award. Staff undertaking any new duties will receive training.
  • participate in job rotation or multiskilling in consultation with their supervisor.

Type of appointment

This appointment will be offered on a fixed-term part-time basis (32 hours per week or 0.8 FTE) for 12 months, with the possibility of renewal subject to funding.

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Senior Mechatronics Engineer

The Mechatronics Engineer will perform a variety of engineering activities including programming, mechanical and electrical design on ARM Hub-nominated projects and oversee project and facility management activities.

Your responsibilities:

  • Support for the ARM Hub Project Services in research and engineering work on a range of projects.
  • Undertake feasibility studies, detailed designs, third party design reviews, in accordance with design requirements and budget objectives.
  • Strategic planning
  • Access and reference applicable scientific literature, Australian and international standards.
  • Support the development of project plans and quotes for delivery of projects.
  • Development of procedures to provide guidance, including quality for ARM Hub project delivery.
  • Project management of projects or parts of projects within ARM Hub operations.
  • Assist the operations team with facility and project management activities.
  • Maintain project management and other operating systems as required.
  • Coordinate and liaise technical-related seminars for ARM Hub.
  • Oversee the work of junior staff working in the technical team. Including supporting their continued professional development.
  • Liaise and work with project staff as well as working with vendors and/or consultants who will primarily be responsible for the configuration and deployment of work.
  • Manage projects and activities in line with agreed scope and timeframes and work collaboratively to maximise project outcomes.
  • Develop software for various systems, including robotics, user interfaces, and simulation.
  • Design and build electrical and mechanical systems in support of research goals.
  • Comply with health and safety policies, procedures, hazard reporting and safe work practices.

Desirable skills

  • Ability to supervise and train HDR and honours students in the field of robotics and autonomous systems.
  • Supervise research undertaken at the ARM Hub, including writing and editing reports, notes, and other documentation.
  • Registration as a Registered Professional Engineer of Queensland (RPEQ) or equivalent.

To ensure job flexibility, the successful appointee may be required to:

  • Perform any other duties as nominated by the ARM Hub, and Staff undertaking any new duties will receive training;
  • Participate in job rotation or multiskilling in consultation with their supervisor;
  • Work across locations.

Type of appointment

This appointment will be offered on a fixed full-time basis for 12 months, with the possibility of renewal subject to funding.

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ARM Hub welcomes AMCN appointment

The ARM Hub has welcomed news that the Australian Manufacturing Capability Network (AMCN) has been selected as an Industry Partner Organisation for the Industry Growth Program.

Australian Government Minister for Industry and Science Minister Ed Husic today announced that four not-for-profit organisations will work with the Industry Growth Program to help participating small and medium businesses bring new products and services to market.

The Industry Growth Program provides expert advice on commercialisation and early-stage business growth to startups and high-growth small-to-medium enterprises (SMEs) operating within the priority areas of the National Reconstruction Fund to help build Australian manufacturing for the future. This advice is provided by Industry Growth Program advisers.

As an Industry Partner Organisation, the AMCN will complement this advice, offering specialised advisory services, drawing on its sectorial expertise.

ARM Hub Founder and CEO Professor Cori Stewart said this was an opportunity to better enable SMEs and startups become global innovation leaders.

“On behalf of the AMCN, we are thrilled to be partnering with the Industry Growth Program. I would like to thank the Australian Government for this opportunity as well as our network partners for their commitment to strengthening sovereign manufacturing capability and growing the national economy,” Professor Stewart said.

“Australian industry has a scale-up challenge resulting in a ‘missing middle’ of ambitious export-orientated SMEs and startups. Small business – which accounts for 93% of all Australian business – have low levels of free cash flow and human resources that limit their capacity to invest in adopting and scaling innovation.

“The AMCN, which will be led by the ARM Hub, will help them by facilitating access to a comprehensive network of technology experts, world-class manufacturing facilities and equipment, and valuable commercialisation services.

“We complement the role of the Industry Growth Program by offering deep technical support across the spectrum of ‘enabling capabilities’ such as robotics, artificial intelligence, and autonomous systems.”

The AMCN is a collaboration between industry, government, and universities.

Its members include the ARM Hub, Core Innovation Hub, CSIRO, Flinders University, Swinburne University of Technology, Queensland Government, University of Technology Sydney, and Western Sydney University.

It is further supported by technology partners, specialist providers, and venture capital investors Advisory Board Centre, Data and Knowledge Enterprise (DKE), Defence Science Centre Western Australia, Defence Innovation Network, Defence Science Institute, Friday Capital Partners, Johnson Winter Slattery, Paradigm Shift Asset Management, Partner Ventures, and Smartsat CRC.

It will act as a support and advisory service to the Industry Growth Program, helping companies in the program to overcome challenges associated with commercialising projects.

Further details about the AMCN will be released shortly.

>> Read the full announcement by Minister for Industry and Science Minister Ed Husic.