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Mineral Technologies hosts Summer Studio at UTS

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As a member of the alliance formed with University of Technology Sydney (UTS) and Innovative Manufacturing CRC (IMCRC) to research Additive Manufacturing (AM) solutions, Downer’s Mineral Technologies business hosted a UTS Summer Studio Series in Sydney in February.

Alex de Andrade, Associate professor with UTS and Global Manager Sales, Equipment, and Technology at Mineral Technologies led the session. Alex outlined how important an Internet of Things (IoT) strategy is to the Mineral Technologies business and shared knowledge around how Mineral Technologies has adopted industry 4.0 and automation into products, services and production lines. Alex also provided some useful industry case studies referencing both successful and unsuccessful automation attempts.

Alex was supported by Thomas Romeijn, a chartered mechanical engineer with Mineral Technologies and PhD student with the UTS industry doctorate program (IDP). Thomas is one of three PhD students allocated to the UTS/Downer/IMCRC research project which is focused on AM solutions to improve the production of mineral separation equipment and create new manufacturing technologies.

“These sessions are beneficial for both parties. The students can see the theory from a business point of view and Mineral Technologies gets some fresh ideas and opinions from the students on the technology which will likely shape our future,” said Thomas.

Initially scheduled for an hour, the Summer Studio session went into overtime due to the collaborative discussion and keen interest from students and soon-to-be Capstones.

“We actively seek engagement with graduates to help bridge the gap between industry and universities. The responses from students and tutors to the industry visit from Mineral Technologies was overwhelmingly positive. We enjoyed the opportunity to update students on the alliance’s research work with AM, and engage in collaborative and robust discussions about future solutions and new technologies,” said Alex.

For more information about the research alliance between Downer, UTS and IMCRC visit this link.


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