- What is advanced manufacturing? The experts have their say
Though not a new term, “advanced manufacturing” has gained a lot of traction in Australia in the last year or two. There is no universal definition of the term, despite organisations all over the world making their own attempts to pin it down.
- Two hands good, three hands better – especially if they are robotic
Universal Robots recently hosted Manufacturers’ Monthly at the Clayton offices of a local supplier. Brent Balinski spoke to the company’s Andrew Pether about the UR3 tabletop robot’s features.
- Success stories at the Victorian Manufacturing Industry Showcase
Some 600 people from the manufacturing industry gathered recently at the Victorian Manufacturing Industry Showcase in Dandenong. Hartley Henderson was one of the attendees.
- Poor research-industry collaboration: time for blame or economic reality at work?
Australia produces great research but it ranks last in the OECD tables for collaboration between researchers and business.
- Titanium without the tears: Australian laser technology moves closer to the market
Several research institutions and companies have been involved with Thermally Assisted Machining, a solution aimed at making tough metals easier to work with. Brent Balinski spoke to the CSIRO’s Dr Nazmul Alam about TAM.
- Innovation lessons from some of the USA’s best
The American Chamber of Commerce in Australia is holding its Inaugural Innovation Mission next month, exploring some of the reasons behind the USA’s tech business success. Brent Balinski reports.
- Economic complexity is the answer to Pyne’s innovation problem
Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has tasked new Innovation, Industry and Science Minister Christopher Pyne with making Australia’s economy more innovative.
- Kaeser Compressors celebrates 25 years in Australia
Next month will see Kaeser Compressors Australia celebrating its 25th anniversary. As Alan Johnson reports, the company has had quite a journey.
- Acquiring finance in today’s market
Interest rates are at an all-time low, but Australian manufacturers are still struggling to raise finance. Alan Johnson outlines some options.
- A master plan for expansion
What sorts of things draw clientele to a new business park? Brent Balinski spoke to MAB Corporation’s Tony Blazevic about how the company hopes to lure “smarter forms of manufacturing” and other industries to the Merrifield development 30 km from Melbourne’s CBD.
- Tough tablet pushes the boundaries
Panasonic has a pedigree of ruggedised electronics – their Toughbook laptops are the stuff of remote mining site lore. Branko Miletic reviews the latest addition to this range.
- The government’s focus on innovation is too narrow
The emphasis the Turnbull government is placing on innovation is very welcome. It is innovation, the successful application of new ideas, which will underpin our future competitiveness and productivity.
- Material differences
High-tech start-ups seem to be the flavour of the month. Brent Balinski spoke to serial entrepreneur Chris Gilbey from graphene technology start-up Imagine Intelligent Materials about the importance of new businesses, and about what’s on the horizon for Imagine IM.
- Solidworks launches its spring design collection
Spring is here, which, among other things, means that 3D software company Solidworks is currently showcasing the latest version of its product suite.
- 2015: When Tier 1 tools become accessible to all and level the playing field
Robert Frandsen, Managing Director of InfoMotion explains how the barriers between market players are coming down.
- Stepping up to the challenge
The writing is on the wall for Australian car component makers. But, while some will surely die in the next couple of years, others are redirecting their energies to new challenges. Hartley Henderson writes.
- Diesel fumes and your health: VW cover-up shows we need to test local cars
Volkswagen has been systematically fixing its diesel cars to be clean during vehicle testing in the United States and then pollute more heavily when on the road.
- Controlling mechanical loads in milling
In milling operations, choices of tooling and cutting parameters affect the generation, absorption, and management of heat in the interrupted cutting conditions that characterise the milling process. Patrick de Vos writes.
- Dealing with Australia’s STEM shortage
An Australian program, which links schools with industry in a collaborative environment, is successfully engaging students in an engineering future. Alan Johnson reports.
- CAD software and the need to keep up to speed
CAD software companies work tirelessly to make the process of designing as fast and efficient as possible, however, many users are not keeping up to date on enhancements.