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The need to constantly evolve

The innovation journey can begin from any point and this is why the Facility for Intelligent Fabrication (FIF) is designed to provide integrated solutions to industry needs. These include problem solving, technology adoption and education, training and certification. The core partners of FIF each have independent but complementary national networks that can deliver the various client services ranging from consulting, prototyping, through to training, and bespoke niche manufacturing capability.

One-Stop Shop Solution

Evolution of fabrication industry for jobs and growth
New People
Business Growth
New Materials
Smarter Ways
Installation & Integration

UOW (research, consulting, technical problem solving, demonstrations, prototyping and education) has an automation research facility (including specialist welding capability), with strong networks to other industry-focussed universities and research partners. UOW is at the forefront of robotics, automation, welding, and materials research and development. Much of this work has been directed at research into lean and flexible automation systems with the aim of making these technologies and systems cost-effective for SMEs to adopt.
TAFE NSW (welding technology demonstration and problem solving, training) has world-class welding and fabrication workshops designed for teaching, and access to training facilities across the country that can be used to deliver tailored technical training. TAFE Illawarra has a long and successful history of hands-on teaching of industry-focused metal working, forming and welding skills. Over the last five years, TAFE Illawarra has invested $10 million in equipment relevant to engineering and fabrication.
Weld Australia (industry linkages, networks, certification) is ideally positioned to certify training, identify industry needs, and help deploy new technical developments. Weld Australia has a nationwide membership base of companies and individuals with a strong interest in welding technology who directly contribute in the manufacturing, defence, infrastructure and power generation areas.

Not only does FIF draw on the complementary skills of UOW, TAFE NSW, and Weld Australia, it also brings together a range of national and international industry partners. The facility’s networks and industry collaborators extend through government, technology suppliers and equipment suppliers.

  • Equipment suppliers: Lincoln, Fronius, BOC; and ABB
  • Australian steel producers, including Bisalloy and BlueScope
  • System integrators

FIF members are working closely with the Australian Government Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre (AMGC). This centre has a focus on promoting and assisting the manufacturing sector across the country.