• Lean delivers impressive results

    September 20, 2007 0 comment

    TWO manufacturing companies in regional Victoria have achieved outstanding improvements in efficiency and competitiveness through the pursuit of lean manufacturing and continuous improvement objectives. Hartley Henderson reports.

  • All set for take-off

    September 20, 2007 0 comment

    AS the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) program gets closer to the production phase, it is clear Australian manufacturers involved in the project have risen to the occasion. And what an occasion it is, Australia’s aerospace industry stands to reap around $9bn from its involvement in the program over the next three decades. Alan Johnson reports.

  • Energy efficient screw compressors

    September 19, 2007 0 comment

    BOGE has expanded the SLF range of space saving and energy efficient screw compressors which combine a direct-coupled drive system with frequency control.

  • Robots give students new confidence

    September 19, 2007 0 comment

    HELD earlier this month, the latest information session for the contestants of the National Robotics Innovation competition, continued to further develop the skills of tertiary engineering students through the interaction and collaboration between industry, students and universities.

  • Citect SCADA V7seminars

    September 19, 2007 0 comment

    Citect SCADA V7.0 – the revolution in control system architectures has arrived and its coming to a location near you!

  • New telescopic conveyor

    September 19, 2007 0 comment

    COMPANIES waiting for an alternative telescopic conveyor to be brought onto the Australian market now have the opportunity to evaluate the latest model to be introduced by leading manufacturer Adept Conveyor Technologies.

  • Robotics re-shaping warehouses

    September 18, 2007 0 comment

    Frank-Peter Kirgis explains how robots are keeping companies competitive.

  • Eliminating manual links

    September 18, 2007 0 comment

    ONE of the keys in establishing a continuously automated bulk handling system is to iron out the areas where manual handling is involved.

  • Automation helps Wrigley’s

    September 18, 2007 0 comment

    AS part of a project to makeover factory in Asquith, NSW, Wrigley’s has installed a FlexLink system to replace manual handling of the product with a fully automated packaging and transportation system.

  • Air springs isolate vibration

    September 18, 2007 0 comment

    ANYONE who has ever ridden in air-suspended luxury vehicles will have seat-of-the-pants knowledge of the quality of air isolation.

  • Should workers be tested for drugs in the workplace?

    September 18, 2007 0 comment

    AS we continually look for ways to reduce accidents in the workplace one approach being examined by an increasing number of companies is the testing for drugs and alcohol or personality types, particularly when staff are charged with the operation of mobile plant.

  • Automation tech trialled for aluminium

    September 18, 2007 0 comment

    A TRIAL of CSIRO automation technology at Rio Tinto Aluminium’s Bell Bay Smelter in Tasmania is underway, aiming to demonstrate future benefits from automated operation of large hot metal carriers (HMC).

  • Forklifts boost productivity

    September 18, 2007 0 comment

    VICTORIA’S Australasian Pipeline and Pre-Cast took delivery of Crown forklifts just over a year ago to take the pressure of its overstretched fleet.

  • Forklift suits aluminium company

    September 18, 2007 0 comment

    ALSPEC is a distributor of aluminium semi-fabricated products that wanted to make its business more efficient and streamlined.

  • AMS achieves ISO certification

    September 18, 2007 0 comment

    AMS Instrumentation And Calibration has been awarded the prestigious the ISO 9001:2000 certification by Lloyd’s Register for the company’s quality management system.

  • Enhanced industrial controller

    September 17, 2007 0 comment

    ENHANCEMENTS to the Allen-Bradley MicroLogix 1100 family of industrial controllers from Rockwell Automation provide users with increased speed, power and communication capabilities.

  • A new chapter in book distribution logistics

    September 17, 2007 0 comment

    FOR NEARLY 40 years Scholastic (Aust) Pty Ltd has been in the forefront of children’s book publishing in Australia.
    Now as part of a $US 2.2 billion global multi-media company, reported to be the largest publisher and distributor of children’s books in the world, the company is currently in the process of publishing the 7th edition in the Harry Potter series of novels in the USA.

  • New forklift allows warehouse redesign

    September 17, 2007 0 comment

    COMFORT Uniforms recently purchased its second Aisle-Master articulated forklift from Adapt-A-Lift Forklift Rentals and Sales.

  • Warehousing system deals with expansion

    September 17, 2007 0 comment

    THERE are many reasons why companies choose to update their warehouse management system – not the least of which is the significant increase in productivity and cost savings to be gained.

  • Protecting Emsworth Locks and Dam on the Ohio River

    September 17, 2007 0 comment

    Metallisation’s Arc170 equipment has been used in a challenging project to protect the Emsworth Lock and Dam on the Ohio River from corrosion.