Always a pleasure catching up with Mark Czvitkovits, exploring developing technologies to be used for future training through the I-CAR network in the collision industry. innovation training automotive
Always a pleasure catching up with Mark Czvitkovits, exploring developing technologies to be used for future training through the I-CAR network in the collision industry. innovation training automotive
Our European Expansion is under way with the launch of our Innovation and Support centre in Macedonia. What an exciting development for all involved, congratulations to the other founding directors Prof. Nikola Rendevski and Prof. Aleksandar Markoski and thank you for all your hard work to make this venture possible.
Tradiebot got invited to spend the day at Land Force 2018 in Adelaide with the AMGC team meeting a number of defence companies interested in our developing solutions around Virtual and Augmented Reality technologies. Some exciting opportunists to be explored. Watch this space.
Mario Dimovski had the pleasure of attending the Australian Trade and Investment Commission (Austrade) Japanese Innovation Dinner as one of the key speakers. A great event to connect with some of the countries most influential Japanese business minds and explore new opportunities. Thank you Roland Stephens and Evan Read for having me. austrade business partnershipsjapan tradiebot
Australia’s largest automotive collision repair network AMA / Gemini Group has thrown its considerable weight behind Industry 4.0 innovator Tradiebot Industries’ Repair-Bot project being developed in conjunction with Swinburne University.
With backing from the Australian Government’s Innovative Manufacturing Cooperative Research Centre (IMCRC), the stage one, $1.2 million collaborative Repair-bot project is making use of 3D printing technologies and robotics along with novel materials to enable automated rapid repair service for plastic car parts.
Welcoming the new partnership, Tradiebot Industries Founder Mario Dimovski said, “Commitment from leading industry players such as the AMA / Gemini Group is a positive indication we are on track in solving current obstacle in the automotive collision repair industry around the repairs of plastic components.”
“We look forward to building our relationship with the AMA / Gemini Group as we work together towards developing new technologies, skills, materials and complex automated collision repair systems.” Mr Dimovski said.
Dave Calder, Corporate General Manager, AMA / Gemini Group,
“With advances in vehicle technology, parts costs rising and skills availability ever challenging, we are constantly looking at ways to advance the industry, refine our operation and continually deliver on our ability to provide value to our clients and customers.”
“Innovation is core to our business and we are delighted to be collaborating with the leaders in this space, Tradiebot Industries and Swinburne University. The research and development of augmented repair processing, 3D printing, robotics and the advancement in industry 4.0 technologies is a perfect fit and positive outputs of our collaboration will generate immense value to the automotive repair industry.”
Dr Mats Isaksson – Swinburne University of Technology
“The Swinburne research team is excited to welcome AMA / Gemini as a collaborator on the Repair-bot project with Tradiebot Industries. My team and I look forward to the added industry expertise that David Calder and his team will offer.”
This sector is highly concentrated and ferociously competitive, so a solution like the Repair-bot has the potential to be truly transformational, using Industry 4.0 technologies to reduce material wastage, ease the pain of ever more complex and restrictive design elements, and take on routine tasks in an increasingly tight skilled labour market.”
As well as improving procedures in the automotive repair industry, the collaboration is a further sign that the $7 billion Australian industry has started down the path of digital transformation, with technologies that have the potential to lead the world.
The Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre (AMGC) is supporting a collaborative project with Tradiebot Industries to deliver the world’s first automated vehicle panel repair system.
As part of the project, Tradiebot Industries will collaborate with the University of New South Wales (UNSW) ARC Training Centre for Automated Manufacture of Advanced Composites (AMAC) on developing a robotic control system to carry out physical repairs on damaged vehicle panels.
Tradiebot’s chief creator, Mario Dimovski said the project seeks to achieve a shift from manual production jobs, towards a more customised, smart and competitive manufacturing model, backed by high skilled workers.
According to Dimovski, the project addresses a current skills gap in the vehicle collision repair industry.
“The collision repair sector is currently facing shortage of skilled workforce. By automating the panel repair process, we shorten the length of time required to train people to carry out the tasks. This also helps to attract the young generation to the sector, as they will need to control robots rather than doing hands-on tasks,” Dimovski told Manufacturers’ Monthly.
The AMGC is providing $197,000 in co-funding for the first stage of the project, which is matched by equivalent funding from Tradiebot Industries. Further investments will follow as the project achieves set milestones.
Apart from providing an internal solution for the automotive repair sector, Dimovski said the project also opens the path for creating new manufacturing jobs in Australia as the technology sets to disrupt the global automotive industry.
Successful completion of the project will allow Tradiebot to create new revenue streams by leasing or selling digital assets and robotic systems to vehicle repairers.
Tradiebot has partnered with the global automotive coating giant, PPG Industries, on developing and later distributing the robotic solution through its global customer base.
Kevin Woolerton, marketing director, PPG Industries Australia, said PPG is happy to work with Tradiebot on leading innovations within the automotive repair sector.
“We are interested in the innovations within the industry and leading that innovation with Tradiebot. The repair processes have evolved considerably over the years. Using a robotic arm to do the physical repairs such as the sanding process can help avoid the occasional flaws that occur as a result of the human factor,” Woolerton told Manufacturers’ Monthly.
AMGC state director, Michael Sharpe said the project is a good example of how collaboration can help Australia advance forward.
“Tradiebot is setting an example of how we can advance Australia further – helping to upskill the next generation as well as generating jobs for today.
“Also, the fact that Tradiebot is collaborating with a global company such as PPG is instrumental in creating export opportunities. The AMGC research clearly shows that as more Australian companies look at export opportunities, it positively affects the nation,” Sharpe said.
The project is the first collaboration between AMGC and the AMAC centre. Dr Jayantha Katupitiya, head of Mechatronic Engineering at UNSW, will be the leading academic working on the project.
The two core activities involved in the project include digitalising the process of repairing damaged vehicle panels by developing virtual models of vehicle panels, as well as developing a robot control system that can conduct these physical repairs, including sanding, painting and polishing.
The participants will also collaborate to integrate data from various devices into a unique Internet of Things (IoT) solution for vehicle panel repair.
A successful project outcome is likely to inspire similar solutions in areas beyond vehicle repair, such as commercial cleaning, painting and washing. Participating companies will also enhance their skills base by gaining first-hand experience in developing cyber-physical systems.
Showcasing Tradiebot Industries VR Spray Painting Training and Education Simulator Software at the Skills Expo 2018 ACT with over 4000 students passing through. The interest in this exciting solution has been very rewarding with lines of kids waiting to have a go at spray painting over the 2 days. A special visit by the local Education minister Natalie Howson who enjoyed the display and new opportunities school kids will have to explore career pathways in the collision industry via these new technologies. #education #training #spraypaint #newskills #collisionrepairs #automotive #training
Australia’s highly competitive car repair industry is big and getting bigger.
Motor vehicle ownership in Australia is at more than one vehicle for every two people, and vehicle servicing and repair is a key part of vehicle ownership.
According to latest IBIS figures, the $8 billion-plus car repair industry has an estimated 23,000 businesses across Australia and employs nearly 68,000 people.
After decades of relying on manual skills, the automotive repair industry is now undergoing a major transformation.
As competition grows and profits shrink, repairers are now turning to the latest automated solutions.
And one Australian company is leading the way.
Tradiebot Industries, a startup company with ground breaking new technologies, is spearheading an Industry 4.0 automotive revolution.
Tradiebot is developing technology platforms and automated systems that can fast track routine jobs, repairs, training, and deliver an up-skilled workforce.
“We’re a small company with big ideas,” Tradiebot CEO and founder Mario Dimovski told Inside Robotics.
“I’ve been involved in the car repair industry for almost 28 years and I have a great understanding of how it all works.
“With key partners, Tradiebot has developed solutions that can benefit the entire industry.
“Our technology is way beyond anything else that’s out there at the moment,” he says proudly.
And this technology is set to change the auto repair industry as we know it.
Using robotics, automation and 3D printing technologies to streamline automotive plastic repairs and reduce costs, the company is fast attracting global attention.
Collaboration with leading universities
Tradiebot is now working on projects with universities and research bodies including Swinburne University of Technology, University of NSW and Deakin as well as the Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre and Innovative Manufacturing Cooperative Research Centre (IMCRC).
It has also forged a strategic partnership with PPG Industries, one of the world’s biggest suppliers of paints, coatings and specialty materials.
Through PPG’s extensive network in more than 70 countries, Tradiebot aims to eventually offer its new technologies to the world.
“We want to first roll them out into the local market before exporting them internationally,” says Mr Dimovski.
Mr Dimovski says his collaborations with leading universities and research centres have been vital in the development of innovative solutions for the auto industry.
“We are currently working closely with universities on three different projects,” he says.
“Each project has been tailored for that particular uni. “We find out which universities are best suited to each project by looking at their strengths and expertise.”
Earlier this year, his company partnered with Swinburne and IMCRC to develop world-first technology that will revolutionise repairs of plastic components.
The collaborative project, Repair Bot, uses 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.
“The ability to repair previously non-repairable parts using world-first technology will reduce overall repair times and repair costs,” Mr Dimovski explains.
“It will also create real and significant export opportunities and has flow-on benefits for the environment by reducing land-fill.
“Tradiebot will also deliver new future skills to the industry as more processes become automated.”
Robotics will play a key role
Mr Dimovski predicts robotics will play a huge role in the future of the auto repair industry.
“It’s at the core of our innovation.”
Robotic machines bring flexibility to a production system with the right combination of sensors, actuators and digital control logic to perform a variety of tasks.
With modern automation car repairers can increase precision, speed and accuracy allowing machines to perform repetitive tasks with zero defects and perfect consistency.
A robotic system can be connected to a global knowledge database to provide machine learning and control algorithms.
This kind of technology is set to revolutionise the car repair business and at the same time create a next generation workforce, Mr Dimovski says.
3D printed auto parts
Also, 3D printing used in conjunction with new polymer material solutions will enable a low-cost rapid repair service for automotive plastic trim and assembly components.
The goal is to have stronger, lighter and cheaper materials that can be 3D printed with the accuracy and performance of mainstream production parts.
Tradiebot is also using virtual and augmented reality (now well-known for its applications in the gaming) as a training tool.
“Industries are beginning to see the potential of using these virtual tools in staff training,” he says.
Virtual and augmented reality can help to reduce set up costs and staff logistics by creating a virtual work space for training purposes.
Embracing Industry 4.0
Mr Dimovski, a recognised expert in Industry 4.0, says more Australian industries are now embracing digital technology.
But unfortunately, when it comes to Industry 4.0, educators have “missed the boat,” he says.
In fields such as engineering and technology, the skills gap is widening.
“Where are we going to find those people?” Mr Dimovksi asks.
“While industry is rapidly developing new technologies, the education system is struggling to keep up.
“They don’t have sufficient courses in place to feed the demand.”
Mr Dimovski is a strong advocate for promoting STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) skills in schools throughout Australia.
Robotics will help fill the skills gap
“Hopefully, we (Tradiebot) can play a part in encouraging more students to focus on STEM – and help make a difference.
“STEM skills have to start at school. “In five years’ time, just about every job will require some kind of coding.”
It has been estimated there are about 50 new skills emerging for people interested in STEM careers.
Mr Dimovski says robotics will help to fill the skills gap by upskilling Australia’s workforce.
“Labourers will become robotics technicians by default – we will need people to manage the robots.”
He’s not expecting any job losses in the automotive industry due to automation.
“We will be creating new roles giving technicians an opportunity to upskill.
“Staff will develop more skills as cobots develop and integrate into the industry process.”
Auto repairers that don’t embrace automation will not survive, Mr Dimovksi warns.
Relying on hand skills for too long
“Many of those businesses have been focussing on hand skills for too long – and clearly that’s no longer working.
“They need to re-invent their manufacturing processes. Those that don’t adapt will unfortunately fall behind.”
So where will Tradiebot be in five years time?
“We will definitely be a pioneer in the automotive repair space.
“It’s rapidly evolving and we are a fast follower as well as a pioneer.
“We are aligning ourselves with the right people … so I definitely think we will be a global player in the auto sector.”
And Mr Dimovski believes the potential benefits of his new technologies go far beyond the automotive collision industry.
“We are receiving a great deal of interest from areas outside the automotive sector like defence and other industries that are using automated vehicles.
“Basically, our technology can be applied to just about anything that has wheels.
“The future potential is great.”
Thanks to Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre Ltd for the invite to be one of the key speakers today at UNSW on Tradiebot Industries road to digital transformation. A sold out event with over 200 attendees and a great line up of speakers. Well done Michael Sharpe and the team on organising such a dynamic event. #digitaltransformation #manufacturing #innovation #IoT
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!”
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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.
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.
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.
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.