Federal Minister for Education, the Honourable Dan Tehan MP, was welcomed to the University of Wollongong (UOW) on Wednesday, 7 August, visiting the Wollongong and Innovation Campuses.

In his first official visit to UOW since his cabinet appointment in August 2018, Minister Tehan toured the University’s world-class facilities, including Early Start, the Australian Institute for Innovative Materials, iAccelerate and the Facility for Intelligent Fabrication.

UOW’s Facility for Intelligent Fabrication (FIF) provides expertise, technology, equipment and training in automating metal fabrication to help manufacturing businesses adapt and compete. Their knowledge and resources draw on decades of research-based welding and automation expertise and training. FIF also builds on the links between UOW, TAFE NSW and Weld Australia.

Dr Paul Di Pietro, Director of the Facility, gave the Minister an overview of some its successfully completed complex industrial automation projects. These cover a wide range of industries including structural steel fabrication, machinery, equipment and defence.

Dr Di Pietro also outlined some future projects focussed on robotics, and augmented reality, stating “these are all areas that are driving the Fourth Industrial Revolution. At UOW we work closely with our business and commercial partners to develop their capabilities and ensure they are at the forefront of automation technologies”.