Showcase spotlights the future of advanced manufacturing in Victoria

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04 May 2023

An 'Advanced Manufacturing Showcase' at Deakin University's Waurn Ponds Estate on May 5 will highlight future advanced manufacturing capabilities and showcase successful product commercialisation and research and development initiatives in Victoria.

Jointly hosted by Deakin, MEMKO Australia and Dassault Systèmes, the one-day event will deliver valuable insights from industry leaders in four different streams:

  • Learning and Adopting Manufacturing 4.0
  • Industry 4.0 – Driving Manufacturing Excellence
  • Advanced Manufacturing Innovations – the Pathway to Sustainability
  • Australian Advanced Manufacturing – the Roadmap

A highlight of the event will be Guarda System's demonstration of its trailblazing masonry cutting dust suppression technology. Guarda's revolutionary masonry cutting saws and related products are patented and proven in real-world scenarios to significantly reduce respirable crystalline silica (RCS) dust on Australian construction sites in line with the aims of Federal and State regulatory bodies.

Guarda's solutions are patented and independently validated to reduce silica dust exposure by between 87 and 99 per cent compared to conventional saws. Exposure to silica dust is a known cause of silicosis, lung cancer and autoimmune diseases. Silicosis is a growing, global health condition, impacting millions of workers and resulting in many thousands of deaths globally every year.

Deakin's Director of Regional Manufacturing Mark Curnow said Deakin was delighted to host the Advanced Manufacturing Showcase in partnership with MEMKO Australia and Dassault Systèmes.

"This free event brings together industry peers, researchers, businesses, and government to showcase developments across our industry and technology partners," Mr Curnow said.

"This event will provide a window on the exciting future of advanced manufacturing in Geelong and Victoria."

The event includes tours of cutting-edge Deakin facilities, including ManuFutures, the Institute for Intelligence Systems Research and Innovation, Carbon Nexus, and the Centre for Advanced Design in Engineering Training.

MEMKO and Dassault Systèmes will display their pioneering technologies in developing digital twin products in the manufacturing process, battery manufacturing and recycling on the exhibition floor.

The showcase is supported by AMTIL, Bosch Australia, Hanwha Defense Australia, Geelong Manufacturing Council, Regional Partnerships Barwon, the City of Greater Geelong, and Farmers2Founders.

Event details:
Advanced Manufacturing Showcase
Friday 5 May 2023, 8:30am to 4:30pm
Presented by: Deakin, MEMKO Australia, and Dassault Systèmes
Waurn Ponds Estate, Nicol Drive South, Waurn Ponds, VIC Australia
Attendance is FREE.
Numbers are limited. Bookings are essential.
Register now:

Media Contact:
Bethany Cavenagh
Deakin Communications and Events Coordinator
P: 03 5227 8434

This project includes co-contributions from the Victorian Higher Education State Investment Fund (VHESIF).


Interview and photo opportunities are available with the Advanced Manufacturing Showcase event partners.

Deakin's ManuFutures (event partner)

Deakin University's expanded $20 million ManuFutures hub is now complete and working in partnership with 14 successful and emerging businesses to grow advanced manufacturing capability in regional Victoria and Australia. The new-look ManuFutures building at Deakin's Waurn Ponds campus has doubled in size to deliver an increased number of tenancy opportunities, new manufacturing incubator programs, training, and product engineering services. The expansion was funded by the Victorian Government ($10 million) and Deakin University ($10 million) as part of the State Government's $350 million Victorian Higher Education State Investment Fund (VHESIF) launched post-COVID.

MEMKO Australia (event partner)

MEMKO is an Australian company offering engineering services, technology solutions and training to assist and support customers in advanced and highly regulated industries. Established in 2007 with its headquarters in Melbourne, Australia; MEMKO is also a certified software, systems integration and training partner of Dassault Systèmes PLM Software, DELMIA, CATIA, ENOVIA, 3DVIA & EXALEAD for Australia and New Zealand, Verisurf metrology software for Australia and New Zealand, ICAM for the Asia Pacific region.

Dassault Systèmes (event partner)

Dassault Systèmes, the 3DEXPERIENCE Company, provides businesses and people with virtual universes to imagine sustainable innovations. Our world-leading solutions transform the way products are designed, produced, and supported. Our collaborative solutions foster social innovation, expanding possibilities for the virtual world to improve the real world.

Today, next-generation vehicle manufacturers face new challenges of becoming more efficient, powerful, flexible, reliable, sustainable, and quieter than their competitors. The Dassault Systèmes 3DEXPERIENCE platform delivers innovative applications that support end-to-end digital continuity between the multiple disciplines involved in the car's conceptual design, embedded systems, and software development.

Guarda Systems (exhibitor)

Guarda Systems aims to protect workers from the dangers of silica dust and carbon monoxide through an innovative range of masonry-cutting products, empowering them to 'work hard, breathe easy'. The company develops and manufactures concrete cutting saws that provide the world's best silica dust, slurry, and fume control. Guarda is leveraging off the advanced manufacturing expertise of ManuFutures in readiness for Victorian based scalable commercial manufacturing in 2024 and beyond.

Guarda's lead product, the Guarda Edge Powercutter, is a revolutionary concrete cutting saw, featuring patented 'Tri-Vac Technology' which provides a competitive edge over other engineering controls. This unique technology utilises water and vacuum, working together to remove silica dust, slurry, and fumes, reducing exposure to saw operators and others nearby. Rather than using existing dust suppression technologies that haven't been improved upon for many years, Guarda is the only brand to have developed a new and more effective way of removing silica dust and other harmful by-products during masonry cutting.

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