Ask any business owner or board-level executive involved in manufacturing about the demands of growing a business, and they would probably readily agree that it’s tough. Apart from juggling various elements to keep the business on a growth trajectory, there are the endless administration tasks. Regularly producing reports, quotes, estimates, proposals, plans and invoices can be daunting, and may even negatively impact on productivity. However, the challenge no longer needs to be overwhelming thanks to technology. Speech recognition is now more accurate, more powerful, and more usable than ever before, and it can help facilitate the growth of a business. Adopting a desktop speech recognition solution – like Nuance Dragon Professional Individual for the PC – can improve a business’s everyday performance and productivity. Save time producing documents Dragon does the typing for you as you speak and, as we talk three times faster than we can type, the productivity implications are considerable. Dragon quickly and accurately turns your spoken words into text. It lets you put your voice to work to easily dictate and edit documents, proposals, reports and more. With Dragon you spend less time producing documents, and more time on activities that boost the bottom line. Plus, as Dragon works with all Microsoft Office applications, you can also create spreadsheets and presentations by simply using your voice. The solution also lets you speak to send emails, and as it’s compatible with popular web browsers, you can also deploy Dragon to search the web and use social media with unparalleled speed, ease and comfort. Dragon rewards the user by helping you gain precious time. Work that may have taken hours – typing a large document or clearing your inbox – can now be achieved faster and without the need to type, and the time saved can be allocated […]
Global engineering and infrastructure advisory company Aurecon has announced the appointment of Managing Director Australia and New Zealand William Cox as its new Global Chief Executive Officer to lead the organisation’s rapid growth and continuing diversification across Digital, Advisory and Asia. Effective from 1 February 2019, William will be based in Sydney. His appointment marks the end of current Aurecon CEO Giam Swiegers’ successful fixed four-year term, which saw the company more than double its profits since 2015. William said: “This is a terrific opportunity to steer Aurecon during a time of significant growth and change for our industry. Incredible technologies are helping us plan and build infrastructure in a way never seen before, truly changing the way we engineer, design and advise. “My focus areas for the immediate future are to consolidate and continue the growth trajectory in Digital, Advisory, and in Asia where we see immense potential in transport infrastructure, the built environment and fast-growing data centre sector.” As Aurecon Managing Director – Australia and New Zealand, William has a proven track record in building a financially successful, high performance culture with strong client engagement. William is a civil engineer with over 30 years’ experience in transport, aviation and infrastructure across Australia and the UK. William is also Aurecon’s Pay Equity Ambassador for the Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA) and Aurecon’s representative for the Consult Australia Male Champions of Change. Under William’s leadership, Aurecon implemented female representation targets in Australia. In 2016, there was 26 per cent female representation and a target of 30 per cent was set for 2020. That target was reached in early 2018 and now the aim is 40 per cent by 2020. As a member of Aurecon’s Executive Committee, William has contributed to the company’s strategic direction, reporting directly to Giam Swiegers.
October 10th was a milestone day for NCCS with the annual INNO3D event, showcasing what is new in Solidworks 2019, along with industry partners presenting some of the latest products and trends in the design and manufacturing space. INNO3D 2017 was a large event but this year’s event was even bigger and broke all records. With more than 220 keen design and manufacturing industry professionals in attendance, and 10 industry partners showcasing their latest technology, the event was well received by all. David Auld and David Trought from Outerspace Design gave the audience a first-hand chance to see the award-winning Fusion Guitar designed using Solidworks and featured on Channel 10’s Australia by Design: Innovation program. Solidworks 2019 along with Solidworks CAM offers Customers access to best in class design to manufacture technologies and workflows. This will improve collaboration and interactive experiences during design and engineering. Companies will be able to deliver more diverse and better products to their Customers in shorter timeframes. This latest Solidworks release is packed with enhancements based on insights and feedback from the large worldwide Customer base. Solidworks took many of the common ideas along with gains available using current hardware iterations and based Solidworks 2019 on that. Year on year INNO3D is the largest event of its kind in Australia and New Zealand and NCCS plans to showcase Solidworks 2019 along with Solidworks CAM again at Austech 14-17 May 2019.
From accepting and programming any CAD file to Dynamic roughing and precision finishing, Mastercam 2019 Lathe provides a variety of techniques to turn all of your parts exactly as you need them. Mastercam 2019 Lathe features a new Tool Designer, Mill-Turn Environments, Multiple Plunge, and so much more. 3D Tool Support Build tools from 3D STEP models using the new Tool Designer. The Tool Designer is a function panel with tab-style navigation, providing a structured workflow that is similar to using a wizard. You can define tools, assign them to operations, and view them when running Classic Backplot and Mastercam Simulator. Mill-Turn Environments Mastercam 2019 allows Lathe users to run select Mill-Turn machine environments, giving users the productivity benefits of Mastercam’s Mill-Turn programming environment. Experience automated job setup and part transfer, full machine simulation, and simplified programming of C/Y axis toolpaths. Multiple Plunge The Lathe Groove toolpath includes a Multiple Plunge option which allows you to rough out a groove with rib cuts. This is beneficial when you are concerned about tool deflection. Consistent tool pressure can result in better chip control, and more even tool wear. Multiple Plunge gives you the option to machine the ribs with a more aggressive feed rate than the initial plunges. Also available in the Mastercam 2019 Lathe is: Improved support for cross-centerline turning. Support for Swiss machines. Swiss users with active Lathe and Mill/Mill 3D licenses can now take advantage of familiar Lathe and Mill toolpaths (available in the United States). Full integration of the PrimeTurning toolpath. Mastercam 2019 features improved tool libraries, including 3D tool libraries and the introduction of 3D tool support.
Leveraging HP’s Multi Jet Fusion technology, GoProto will be able to meet industries needs for precise and functional prototyping or end-use production at its new facility in Melbourne. GoProto, Inc., a leader in advanced 3D prototyping and short run manufacturing, today announced expansion into the Asia Pacific region, with the launch of a new 3D printing and additive manufacturing facility in Melbourne, Australia. The facility will house the HP Jet Fusion 4210 printer, which is 10-times faster than existing rapid prototyping and 3D printing systems. Jesse Lea, President, of US operations says, “current technologies like SLS or SLA lack the combined precision, speed and function that’s demanded to push printed parts into mainstream manufacturing. HP’s Multi Jet Fusion technology will accomplish high-end, functional prototyping and final part production to industries in search of short run manufacturing needs.” Added Robert Mesaros, Vice President & Head of 3D Printing for Asia Pacific & Japan, HP Inc., “Our ambition is to reinvent the way the world designs and manufactures. This expansion is testament to how HP is working with partners like GoProto to accelerate this transformation, enabling them to shorten and localise the design and manufacturing cycle for their customers.” General Manager, Leon Gairns, will run GoProto’s (ANZ) extensive portfolio of prototyping and manufacturing services, including CNC machining, cast urethane, sheet metal and injection moulding. For more information visit www.goproto.com.au
Myriota is rolling out its next generation technology that will continue to grow direct-to-orbit communications for hundreds of millions of Internet of Things (IoT) devices thanks to today’s launch on SpaceQuest’s BRIO satellite. Launched as part of Spaceflight’s SSO-A SmallSat Express mission, the satellite will be delivered to orbit on SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket; adding to Myriota’s growing constellation by testing and demonstrating its IoT network. The launch is an important step towards the creation of the world’s first real-time, 24/7 direct-to-orbit IoT platform; giving Myriota the capability to collect data from many millions of small IoT devices globally – such as sensors and asset trackers – and contribute to the business rapidly scaling from trial to commercial applications. It also coincides with Myriota’s recent milestone of achieving 250,000 data messages received from a wide range of customers since May last year. Co-founder and Chief Technology Officer of Myriota, Dr. David Haley, said the new satellite payload would complement Myriota’s existing satellite constellation while introducing a forward link to terminals, increasing device battery life and improving communication efficiency. “We are committed to delivering superior satellite connectivity and today’s launch is a valuable step in developing our direct-to-orbit communications capability,” Haley said. “New and existing devices using Myriota technology will benefit, and we’re excited to see the impact across a variety of different sectors.” The satellite will be launched into a sun-synchronous orbit, providing regular and recurring communication opportunities multiple times per day, and place Myriota’s technology into the hands of industry heavyweights and developers to enable ultra low cost, and scalable IoT from anywhere on the planet. One such industry that’s set to be positively impacted thanks to the launch is agriculture, with Goanna Ag’s Chief Operations Officer, Tom Dowling, saying that farmers are becoming more reliant on data driven […]
The Industry Growth Centre Showcase coincides with the announcement from the Minister for Industry, Science and Technology Karen Andrews on the formal extension of the Growth Centre Initiative.
The 2018 GRESB Infrastructure Assessment awarded EastLink the top 5 star sustainability rating for the third year in a row. EastLink ranked #5 globally of 280 infrastructure entities for environmental, social and governance (ESG) sustainability performance. Schneider Electric provided EastLink’s tunnel ventilation on demand project with solutions to help reduce energy usage by 70% Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions have been reduced by an estimated 9,000 tonnes CO2-e annually. EastLink’s 40 km road network connects the Eastern, Monash, Frankston and Peninsula Link freeways with 250,000 vehicles using the motorway every day on average. With the growing usage of the motorway there was a need to find a solution to reduce the amount of power usage, GHG emissions and noise pollution. Technology solutions provided by Schneider Electric have driven significant improvements in energy efficiency, carbon emission reductions, noise reduction and sustainability. Following the implementation of Schneider Electric’s Ethernet Programmable Automation Controllers (ePACs), Variable Speed Drives and Citect SCADA, EastLink has achieved the following tangible improvements: Tunnel ventilation system electricity usage reduced by 70%, saving 6.2 GWh annually. Reduced electricity usage cut GHG emissions from power stations by 9,000 tonnes CO2-e per year. Audible noise from the tunnel ventilation stacks has halved, reducing noise for local residents. Savings in maintenance costs and longer lifespans for tunnel ventilation equipment are expected. In 2018, EastLink improved its GRESB (global ESG benchmark for real assets used by investors) sustainability score from 80/100 to 88/100, was awarded the top 5-star sustainability rating for the third year in a row, and has been ranked #5 globally of 280 infrastructure entities. EastLink also won the prestigious 2018 Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) Australia National Industry Award, for its tunnel ventilation system improvements. The reason Schneider Electric was selected as a vendor to the EastLink project was its compelling offerings […]