Speedpanel embracing Industry 4.0 to streamline steel panel manufacturing process 

Research team with Lindsay Evans, Speedpanel, and A/Prof. Matthias Weiss, Deakin, at the centre. Source: Speedpanel

Improving design, manufacturability and performance

IMCRC has granted cutting-edge fire rated and acoustic panel system manufacturer, Speedpanel, and Deakin University $100,000 in funding to refine Speedpanel’s steel panel manufacturing process. 

During the 10-month research collaboration, the project team will use new steel forming and joining solutions to further enhance Speedpanel’s production technology, with a focus on reducing waste and optimising and strengthening panel design. This research will also support Speedpanel’s high-volume production output and enable the business to have a more refined platform for continued expansion locally and abroad. 

Commenting on the project, Lindsay Evans, Speedpanel’s Sales and Operations Manager, said the IMCRC activate funding would assist Speedpanel to further revolutionise the way it manufactures its fire rated and acoustic systems. 

“By streamlining manufacturing processes with innovative joining solutions and advanced techniques for material monitoring and process control, we’ll be able to evolve our product offering and bring a more environmentally friendly and sustainable panel system to market,” he said. 

“Tapping into Deakin’s expertise in material analysis and forming process control will enable us to assess and monitor material properties and key production parameters throughout the process to enhance process efficiency, enabling better quality control and reducing waste.”