Held at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre from 9-12 May, Austech 2017 will see roughly about 10,000 industrial decision makers visiting the show, taking the opportunity to see the latest technology up close and find the right fits for their businesses.
Austech will be co-located with National Manufacturing Week (NMW) and the Safety First Expo.
According to Australian Manufacturing Technology Institute Limited (AMTIL), more than 120 organisations will be exhibiting at Austech 2017, with numerous key industry players and major machine tool companies gearing up to have a presence at the show. All areas of manufacturing are covered, including tooling, workholding, software and systems integration.
Two years ago, Austech 2015 was the first time the exhibition was held since the decision to shift from an annual show to a biennial event.
Among the highlights of this year’s show will be the Digitalisation Pavilion, a brand new area that will explore developments at the cutting edge of manufacturing technology today. Manufacturing is on the cusp of a wave of radical change – often described as the Fourth Industrial Revolution or Industry 4.0 – where advances in robotics & automation, the Internet of Things, big data and Cloud computing, and more, will usher in the smart factory of the future. The Digitalisation Pavilion is where visitors can learn what this will mean for them and their business, and what opportunities it can create. It will also be the venue for a comprehensive four-day speaker program.
“The Digitalisation Pavilion is going to be a really exciting new addition to the show,” says Infanti. “You hear more and more talk about things like Industry 4.0 these days, but a lot of people struggle to understand what it all actually means. Well now they can get all their questions answered by the experts, right here at Austech.”
Making its return will be the Manufacturers Pavilion – first held as part of Austech 2013 – a specially dedicated area showcasing the capabilities of Australia’s precision engineering and advanced manufacturing industry. As well as featuring a diverse array of Australian component manufacturers, precision engineering firms, toolmakers, advanced manufacturers and general engineering companies, it will feature major exhibits from original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), including the Hawkei protected mobility vehicle from Thales, and a prime mover from Paccar. The Additive Manufacturing Pavilion, again held in collaboration with Inside 3D Printing, will also be back, featuring the latest advances in this fast-evolving new field of manufacturing.