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Technology Collaboration Readies Workers for the Future

Sydney, 2 June 2018: Tradiebot Industries and Deakin University today launched a collaborative research project exploring the use of virtual and augmented reality technologies to develop a revolutionary new Industry 4.0 training system for the automotive collision repair and service industry.

The project will develop the industry’s first Virtual/Augmented Reality Training and Service Solution, to enable and drive new career pathways in the $7billion automotive repair industry by redefining the way information, communication and training is delivered.

The announcement was made at Skills Show Australia 2018, where Tradiebot Industries is exhibiting its transformative projects for the first time.

Training using virtual and augmented reality technologies blurs the line between the physical world and the cyber world, creating a sense of immersion and bringing complex modern-day vehicle repair catalogues alive.

The project is being developed using Deakin University’s CADET Virtual Reality Lab – the first of its kind in the world: a unique facility in which the developers can walk round, walk through, and even touch objects in the virtual world and test systems and products that are yet to be realised using virtual reality technologies.

Future apprentices and their parents attending the Skills Show will be the first to experience Tradiebot Industries’ revolutionary 4.0 automated and virtual environments in development including VR training for spray painting and AR training for auto repair.

Tradiebot Industries and Deakin University were joined at the Skills Show by automotive industry heavyweights Capital S.M.A.R.T. Repairs and PPG, on a shared platform of taking a world-leading approach to training their current and future workforces, and a passion for unlocking and accelerating promising talent in science, engineering and future technologies.

Dr Ben Horan, Director CADET VR Lab, Deakin University:

Tradiebot Industries is working with us to look at how virtual and augmented reality technologies can revolutionise the workplace and automation. Immersive Reality, which encompasses VR and AR, provides a fantastic opportunity to help overcome some of the skills training challenges in sectors such as collision repair. Virtual Reality can provide access to training environments which are either difficult to access or don’t exist, and Augmented Reality can help provide digital assistance while performing a task.

We have worked with many industry partners and applications to help translate these technologies into competitive advantage. This work builds on our world-leading expertise and research in immersive technologies, to support the communities we serve.”

Mario Dimovski, Founder, Tradiebot Industries:

“At Tradiebot Industries we are creating the technologies that will revolutionise the automotive collision repair sector.

Like many trades, our industry is facing a serious shortfall of skilled talent and an ever-widening skills gap as repair businesses struggle to keep up with the latest OEM repair methods and industry best practice. Rather than wait for our technologies to hit the shop floor and face a productivity-sucking gap while talent is trained up to use them, we are partnering with the leading employers who will be deploying these technologies, and developing state of the art training solutions now to teach the skills that will be needed.

As a technology company, we think it is important that we play a role in the creation of new career pathways as we create technologies that help our industry evolve, informed by real-time data insights. We are creating new skills and exciting new career pathways in safer environments for both the talent we already have and to entice new apprentices to the sector.

We’re collaborating with researchers to transform our industry and then partnering with industry leaders like S.M.A.R.T. and PPG to create the smarter workforce our future needs.”

David Marino, CEO, Capital S.M.A.R.T Repairs:

“S.M.A.R.T continuously strives to lead the repair industry by creating innovative solutions for our business partners and customers.

We are proud to be associated with Tradiebot Industries who share the same values and we look forward to partnering with them to train and develop the next generation of automotive technicians.”

Kevin Woolerton, Business Improvement Manager, PPG:

“PPG has long-standing a reputation as an innovator so it is, perhaps, no surprise that we are always keen to welcome exciting new innovations and support their transition to market. The collision repair industry is constantly changing and, with each evolution, new technologies arrive and are embraced before going on to become part the ‘new normal’ repair process.

What might a collision repair shop look like in 10 or even 20 years’ time? PPG has global research and development resources focused on these very questions. With that same vision in mind, PPG is very pleased to partner with Tradiebot Industries in the development of breakthrough technologies that will help to transform repair processes. Their approach and energy has mobilised resources from major universities and research institutions to tackle a range of ground-breaking projects.

What is next for the collision repair industry? We think Tradiebot Industries’ technologies provide an intriguing snapshot!”

High res images available on request.

Media information:

Tradiebot Industries       Carolin Lenehan, media@tradiebot.com.au, +61 (0) 412 959 095

Deakin University           Elise Snapshall-Woodhams, e.snashallwoodhams@deakin.edu.au,

+61 (0) 436 409 659

Capital S.M.A.R.T.           Nick Harbeck, nick.harbeck@capitalsmart.com.au, +61 (0) 413 275 749

PPG                                    Rachael Siotas, siotas@ppg.com,  +61 (0) 408 543 458

 

 

ABOUT THE PARTNERS

TRADIEBOT INDUSTRIES is revolutionising the world’s automotive repair industry, reconfiguring future processes, creating new skill sets to accelerate the industry’s growth and building training and information environments to supply the industry’s future workforce. Tradiebot is both pioneer and fast-follower, developing technology platforms and automated systems that fast-track routine jobs, repairs, training and deliver an up-skilled workforce. Tradiebot Industries is helping to lift the bar in Australia’s automotive repair sectors, collaborating with Australia’s leading research institutions to develop new Industry 4.0 technologies, and partnering with industry and business to implement them.

www.tradiebot.com.au

 

DEAKIN UNIVERSITY, named after Australia’s second Prime Minister, is a young contemporary university with a reputation for being innovative, nimble and friendly. We aspire every day to combine excellent research and outstanding teaching with a strong focus on the communities we serve.

The CADET Virtual Reality (VR) Lab is a unique facility in which you can walk through virtual reality representations of products that are yet to be realised using virtual reality technologies. The VR Lab is the first of its kind in the world, and is located within the Centre for Advanced Design in Engineering Training (CADET) facility located at Deakin’s Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus.

www.deakin.edu.au/engineering/cadet/vr-lab

 

CAPITAL S.M.A.R.T REPAIRS specialise in performing high quality repairs to drivable vehicles. Through the integration of world-class systems, processes and equipment, Capital S.M.A.R.T Repairs is able to return customer vehicles up to 50% faster than the industry average.

Capital S.M.A.R.T Repairs employs over 1,000 people and repairs in excess of 160,000 cars annually. With 45 sites around Australia and New Zealand and further growth planned, the future is exciting at Capital S.M.A.R.T.

www.capitalsmart.com.au

 

PPG: WE PROTECT AND BEAUTIFY THE WORLD™

As one of the world’s largest paints, coatings and specialty materials suppliers, PPG’s vast and diverse range includes protective and decorative paints, aircraft cockpit and cabin windows, sealants, adhesives, metal pre-treatment products and specialty products. For more than 135 years PPG has been dedicated to innovation and, today, customers trust us for an extraordinary range of applications, from cars, trucks and motorcycles to aircraft, ships, homes, commercial structures and everyday items, such as whitegoods and beverage containers. With a global team of approximately 46,000 employees, operating in over 70 countries, PPG also chooses to manufacture locally – there are more than 150 manufacturing sites worldwide, including Australia and New Zealand.

www.ppg.com.au

Tradiebot – Spearheading the Revolution

In the “factory of the future” at Swinburne University, the industry recently celebrated the launch of Tradiebot Industries and its Repair Bot project, in collaboration with Swinburne University and IMCRC.

Tradiebot Industries is part of the Industry 4.0 revolution, providing automated repair solutions and new skills for the automotive collision industry. It grew from the perfect storm of rapid technological advancement, a burning platform for change in our sector, and a specialist with a passion to play a part in helping the industry to transform rather than wait for disruption to hit.

Read the full article here.

Tradiebot Industries to Exhibit 4.0 Technologies at Skills Show

Tradiebot Industries will be exhibiting at WorldSkills Australia for the first time and will put on show its revolutionary 4.0 automated solutions, virtual environments, career pathways and new skills for tomorrows smarter workforce. Tradiebot Industries will bring STEM skills to life with the launch of the Immersability project, an industry first Virtual/Augmented Reality Training and Service Solution being developed in collaboration with Deakin University and industry partners.

Founder and Chief Creator of Tradiebot Industries Mario Dimovski said: “The Skills Show gives us a chance to demonstrate to young people, who are the future of industry, the revolutionary changes taking place in sectors like automotive. It’s the new world of AI and AR that totally re-engineers this massive industry.”

About Tradiebot:

Tradiebot Industries is revolutionising the world’s automotive repair industry, reconfiguring future processes, creating new skill sets to accelerate the industry’s growth and building training and information environments to supply the industry’s future workforce. We are developing technology platforms and automated systems that fast-track routine jobs, repairs, training and deliver an up-skilled workforce. We’re both pioneer and a fast follower.

Article can be read here.

The hi-tech future of automotive plastic repairs

Swinburne is partnering with the Innovative Manufacturing Cooperative Research Centre (IMCRC) and leading repair solutions company, Tradiebot Industries, to transform the automotive repair industry.

The collaborative project, ‘Repair Bot’, will make use of 3D printing technologies and robotics along with complex materials to enable an automated rapid repair service for plastic car parts.

Inspiration for the project stems from a need for technology-driven solutions to issues facing the automotive repair industry. These issues range from material wastage, complex and restrictive design elements and the limited availability of skilled labour.

Tradiebot Industries Founder Mario Dimovski believes the project’s potential benefits go far beyond the automotive collision industry.

“The ability to repair previously non-repairable parts using world-first technology will reduce overall repair times and repair costs.

“It will also create real and significant export opportunities and has flow-on benefits for the environment by reducing land-fill,” explains Mr Dimovski.

“Tradiebot will also deliver new future skills to the industry as more processes become automated.”

Tradiebot signing with Aleks
Tradiebot Industries founder Mario Dimovksi (middle) believes the partnership can benefit more than just the automotive plastic repairs industry.

Swinburne’s involvement

Swinburne will play a major role in the development of the Repair Bot project.

“We will rely heavily on the Swinburne team to research, develop, document and problem-solve,” explains Mr Dimovski.

“This will be vital as we invent various aspects of this world-first automated system that will revolutionise repairs of plastic components.”

The future of industry 4.0

As well as improving procedures in the automotive repair industry, the project could have a lasting impact on future of Advanced Manufacturingand Industry 4.0.

Senior research fellow in Swinburne’s Faculty of Science, Engineering and Technology, Dr Mats Isaksson, believes the project is perfectly aligned with Industry 4.0 principles.

“Industry 4.0 is all about ways of using digital technologies and connectivity to integrate the value stream,” says Dr Isaksson.

“In the case of this project, knowledge can be captured regarding design information, supply and logistics, as well as distributed manufacturing capacity.”

A unique partnership

IMCRC CEO and Managing Director David Chuter is enthusiastic about the positive implications of the Tradiebot Repair Bot project for other Australian manufacturers.

“We (IMCRC) are excited about the collaboration between Tradiebot, Swinburne University and IMCRC,” he says.

“This is a unique partnership that explores and invests in advanced manufacturing technologies. It is a great example of how research-led innovation ensures that the Australian automotive repairs industry can meet the challenges and opportunities of the global economy.”

The Tradiebot Repair Bot has accumulated over $1.2 million in funding, and research will take place throughout 2018 and 2019.

To learn more about the project, visit the Tradiebot Industries current projects webpage

Download the media release here.

Swinburne kick starts 1.2 million automatic 3D printed car repair service

Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne is to spearhead the development of an automated, 3D printed repair service for cars with the Australian, not-for-profit Innovative Manufacturing Cooperative Research Centre (IMCRC) and industrial automation firm Tradiebot Industries.

Funded by a sum of $1,264,695 AUD, project ‘Repair Bot’ will run through 2019. The goal, as outlined by the IMRC, is to “enable a low cost rapid repair service for automotive plastic trim and assembly components” that can be commercially implemented in a same-day fix of vehicles damaged by collisions.

Read the full article here.

Concept drawing for the Repair Bot project. Image via Tradiebot