Australian collaboration targets decarbonisation through digitalisation

Article by Amanda Jasi

ROCKWELL Automation and the University of Melbourne will work together to help manufacturing and resource companies in Australia use digitalisation to reach their decarbonisation goals.

They will conduct research, jointly develop training, and work together to help solve real-world challenges put forward by industry.

Rockwell, an industrial automation vendor, will contribute engineering resources and product training. The University of Melbourne will bring academic and research expertise. The University said it will also use the collaboration to give students real-world training, as it seeks to prepare them to tackle tomorrow’s engineering challenges, including using digital innovation, to accelerate decarbonisation and become future leaders in their field.

Mark Cassidy, Dean of the University’s Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology said the partnership will allow the organisations to deliver outcomes that could not be achieved independently.

“Our engineering and information technology talent and resources, and Rockwell’s capital and expertise are perfectly placed to achieve the digital transformation of Australian industrial manufacturing that is needed.”

Anthony Wong, Regional Director for the South Pacific region at Rockwell, said the MoU marks an important new phase that will benefit industry.

“Decarbonisation is now front of mind for Australian industrial companies. They know they must act to remain attractive to consumers and meet compliance targets, but they often don’t know how to start or where to focus their energies for the greatest returns.

“Rockwell Automation and the University of Melbourne are coming together to share our expertise and explore practical solutions to this challenge.”

The collaboration officially commenced at a signing event on 27 July.

Article by Amanda Jasi

Staff Reporter, The Chemical Engineer

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