New frontiers for South Australian space industry

New frontiers for South Australian space industry

The International Astronautical Congress hit Adelaide in 2017, bringing more than 4500 space experts to town and the focus of the world on South Australia. Jim Plouffe The Hubble Space Telescope being serviced as the Space Shuttle crosses South Australia in December 1993. Picture courtesy NASA. Although the IAC was the culmination of a decade of […]

Production automation opens up new opportunities for thermoplastics

Production automation opens up new opportunities for thermoplastics

As production automation seeks to drive down the cost of manufactured and processed products, machinery engineers must find materials that enable their designs to achieve faster, more efficient and more reliable applications. The search for high performance materials that are also low cost, safe and sustainable has led some producers away from traditional metal solutions […]

Remote-controlled trolley-collector wins award for ‘Game Changing’ Innovation

Remote-controlled trolley-collector wins award for ‘Game Changing’ Innovation

A Melbourne engineering company, Lockelec Innovations, has solved the problem of wayward supermarket trolleys, with a Bluetooth remote controlled trolley collector, the Red Rover.  The bane of supermarket operators worldwide is the manual collection of the ubiquitous supermarket trolleys scattered throughout car parks. Not only is the practice of collecting the trolleys labour intensive and […]

Does the role of the engineer need to be re-imagined?

Does the role of the engineer need to be re-imagined?

Engineers today face multiple, increasingly complex challenges. The need for future-proofed infrastructure, the impact of automation, intelligent buildings and new infra-technology to better design, build and manage our assets – will all require an extremely high level of innovation. Engineering and infrastructure advisory firm Aurecon’s focus has been on re-imagining engineering through leadership in design – and […]

Metso partners with RA to create IoT solutions for mining

Metso partners with RA to create IoT solutions for mining

Metso has selected Rockwell Automation to deliver a global industrial Internet of Things (IoT) platform that connects, monitors and performs analytics for Metso’s equipment and services, resulting in improved efficiency and profitability for its mining and aggregates customers.
 The digital solution will securely collect and store data from Metso’s equipment around the globe, including new […]

Medical devices give hope to traditional manufacturers

By Caleb Radford Manufacturing companies in Australia are finding niches in the medical technologies sector as their traditional markets of mining and automotive diminish. Lower production costs and more robust large-scale capabilities offshore are playing a major role in the exit of mining and automotive component manufacturers from Australia. However, industry and government support have […]

Australia’s first certified flame-retardant polyurea coating

The economic impact of corrosion is often exacerbated in harsh climatic environments and in workplaces with heavy traffic wear from operation of large vehicles and equipment. Excessive moisture, heat and abrasion can accelerate the deterioration of machinery, vehicles and assets. Applying a protective surface coating is one way of minimising or reducing the effect. One […]

Three quarters of Australian manufacturers plan to invest in automation

Three quarters of Australian manufacturers plan to invest in automation

Robotics most popular type of automation chosen for future investment among Australian manufacturers Universal Robots, the Danish pioneer of human-robot collaboration, has released the results of a survey, which canvassed the views of members of various online groups dedicated to communicating with the Australian manufacturing community. These groups include; the Australian Manufacturers Forum, the Australian […]

FactoryTalk Batch software introduces modern approaches

FactoryTalk Batch software introduces modern approaches

Industrial producers with batch applications can now create more flexible, reliable and productive operations with the latest release of FactoryTalk Batch software from Rockwell Automation. The software enhances scalability and responsive control of distributed, skid-level phases with the integrity of plant-level coordination, whilst delivering an improved, reliable user experience with built-in mobility. “Rather than trying […]

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