Open FebNov 2021
Level 1The Arcade
- The Brief
- Let's Complicate Things
We are living in the fourth industrial revolution. Smart Things, sensors, and cloud computing are making our lives easier.
But what about robots? How will we work with them? UniSA Engineering students are working with Dorna, our robot arm, to build custom-made racing cars.
Each week, students will be focussing on a new aspect of functionality. Observe and interact as this project evolves over the course of It’s Complicated at MOD.
What is happening this week?
On Display: Assembly and disassembly of customised racing vehicles.
Student Focus: Testing communications and connectivity from vehicles to the Robot Operating System (ROS).
Throughout previous industrial revolutions, the work of humans has been augmented with machines in order to improve productivity, reduce workloads and operate in environments that are difficult or hazardous for people.
The fourth industrial revolution (Industry 4.0) shares these ambitions by focusing on the integration of distributed smart sensing, control and communication systems using cloud computing and real-time data storage/retrieval.
The Industrial Revolutions
The first industrial revolution brought about a shift towards mechanical production using steam and water power as a method of actuation. The second revolution increased the movement of people and ideas through extensive railroad and telegraph infrastructure, and created mass production lines through increased electrification. The third revolution saw the rise of computers and digital electronics which enabled industrial robotics to perform single repetitive tasks.
The rise of physical systems which are connected to the digital world marks the fourth industrial revolution. Collaborative robotics, machine-to-machine and human-to-machine communication, artificial intelligence and machine learning, and smart sensors are being increasingly used to provide the consumer-led customisation of products.
Some main features of Industry 4.0 are:
- Autonomous robots
- Advanced human-machine interfaces
- The Internet of Things (IoT)
- Big data and cloud computing
- 3D printing
- Smart sensors
- Simulation (digital twins) and data visualisation
- Augmented reality and wearables
- System integration
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