Queensland manufacturers facing supply challenges caused by COVID-19 can seek expert advice from the Advanced Robotics Manufacturing (ARM) Hub based at Northgate in Brisbane.

Launched in early 2020, the ARM Hub is a not-for-profit, collaborative facility that uses advanced robotics to find smarter solutions to manufacturing challenges.

ARM Hub Technical Director Professor Jonathan Roberts from QUT said the hub team was ready and eager to support operational transformation during this challenging time and beyond.

‘Businesses can use the ARM Hub to explore, experiment and implement advanced manufacturing solutions, powered by robotics and assistive technologies like augmented and virtual reality.’ Professor Roberts said.

‘The hub offers design capabilities, from industrial, process and digital through to workflow, engineering and architectural design.

‘Additionally, our Learning Factory is available for businesses to see and trial the technology firsthand.’

The hub has already worked with a local venture that is developing a ventilator to help fight COVID-19.

The hub’s robotics and design team supported the prototyping of the OzVader ventilator, which was designed and manufactured in Queensland.

The ARM Hub is led by the Queensland Government and delivered in partnership with QUT and Brisbane firm Urban Art Projects, who offer world-class expertise in advanced manufacturing.

Businesses needing manufacturing support can get in touch with the ARM Hub to schedule a video call or teleconference to discuss their needs.

As a first step, they should email Peta Portelli, the hub’s Business Development Manager.

Manufacturers and suppliers can also register supply needs and express interest in filling supply-chain gaps caused by COVID-19 with the Queensland Government.

More information for exporters affected by COVID-19 is available on the TIQ industry recovery package webpage.