• Industry growth moderate in April

    May 2, 2008 0 comment

    MANUFACTURING experienced subdued growth in activity for the fourth consecutive month in April, with the Australian Industry Group – PricewaterhouseCoopers Australian Performance of Manufacturing Index (Australian PMI®) rising slightly by 0.4 points to 52.7.*

  • Online conveyor configuration tool

    May 2, 2008 0 comment

    MELBOURNE-based company Robotunits manufacturers a range of flexible belt conveyors available to the machine building and intralogistic industry, but have also given integrators and end-users alike the possibility of configuring their conveyors online at www.robotunits.com.

  • The hard word on HSM software

    May 1, 2008 0 comment

    Despite the productivity benefits HSM (High Speed Machining) can offer, many manufacturers may be missing out because they are not using the correct CAM software. Katherine Crichton reports.

  • Revolutionary cutting system moves into Canberra

    May 1, 2008 0 comment

    PREVIOUSLY known only for its numerous roundabouts and public servants, with the delivery of the imaQcut 12.6 vertical plasma cutting machine to its new owner at Man-U-Fact, located in Canberra, the Nation’s Capital can now be known as the place where innovative new machining technologies are found.

  • Measurement productivity – a key driver

    May 1, 2008 0 comment

    AS Australian manufacturers seek out profitable opportunities in the challenging international aerospace and defence sectors, they need to be totally confident that each and every part they produce and supply as part of their global contract conforms to the specifications supplied by their client.

  • Keeping an eye on robotic vision systems

    May 1, 2008 0 comment

    As vision systems get more sophisticated and user-friendly, the range of applications for this technology continues to grow. Katherine Crichton looks at the integration of 3D vision into robotic cells.

  • Survey finds skill shortages affecting company performance

    May 1, 2008 0 comment

    RESULTS from the first Australian Industry Group-Deloitte National CEO survey released this week highlight the integral role skills play in lifting innovation and driving business success.

  • A new class of ‘fat’ good for Australian industry

    May 1, 2008 0 comment

    CSIRO researchers have discovered a new class of fatty acids – alpha-hydroxy polyacetylenic fatty acids – that could be used as sensors for detecting changes in temperature and mechanical stress loads.

  • Measuring employee engagement

    April 30, 2008 0 comment

    AUSTRALIA is experiencing its lowest levels of unemployment in more than 30 years and with 21% of Australians tertiary qualified, there is more reason than ever to engage and retain good staff.

  • Selling more should not be the only focus

    April 30, 2008 0 comment

    AS business owners/managers we often place more focus on selling than on buying, and that’s natural. But if you can spend a little time looking at costs, it can improve your profits noticeably.

  • Managing interest rate exposure

    April 30, 2008 0 comment

    With interest rates at an uncomfortable level, Carmen Chivers reports there are ways to ease the pain.

  • Techniques available to manage your production line

    April 30, 2008 0 comment

    Managing a production line has always been a demanding task. This article by Sabry Shaaban and Tom Mcnamara* offers a brief overview of the various production line management techniques available today.

  • Manufacturing the right approach

    April 30, 2008 0 comment

    RISING interest rates have reduced consumer confidence and with it, consumer consumption.

  • Top tips for surviving a tight credit market

    April 30, 2008 0 comment

    AS small businesses brace for an economic slowdown, keeping a watch on cash flow is the answer to growth and sustainability, according to global business finance provider, Bibby Financial Services.

  • Automatic remote service for robots

    April 30, 2008 0 comment

    POWER and automation technology group ABB Australia has announced a new and unique Remote Service concept for its customers’ robots that has been designed to identify and even predict problems remotely, and dispatch help automatically.

  • Rudd government – give small business a “fair go”

    April 29, 2008 0 comment

    SMALL BUSINESS in Australia is set to receive a big boost from the Rudd Government in an announcement made earlier this week.

  • Carbon emission experts urge industry to act

    April 28, 2008 0 comment

    A LINE-UP of carbon emission experts will this week tell industry that emissions targets and reporting deadlines set by the federal government demand instant action.

  • Boost for ‘green’ plastics from plants

    April 28, 2008 0 comment

    AUSTRALIAN researchers are a step closer to turning plants into ‘biofactories’ capable of producing oils which can be used to replace petrochemicals used to manufacture a range of products.

  • Handheld infrared camera

    April 28, 2008 0 comment

    THE Flir T-Series handheld infrared camera has won the international red dot design award in the measurement and testing systems design category.

  • Synchronous PLM technology breakthrough

    April 28, 2008 0 comment

    AT last week’s Hannover Fair, Siemens PLM Software announced what the company claims is the next big breakthrough in digital product development with synchronous technology.