• Many drive motors not meeting Standards

    July 17, 2007 0 comment

    AUSTRALIAN manufacturers may be unknowingly using non-MEPS compliant motors in their air compressors, with many cheaper imports not meeting Australian Standards.

  • Another Chinese recall

    July 17, 2007 0 comment

    US authorities could recall up to 450,000 Chinese-made tyres that may contain safety defects. The recall is the latest in a string of China-related consumer scares.

  • Sheetmetal awards recognise industry’s youth

    July 17, 2007 0 comment

    CALLED the entrepreneurs of tomorrow, NSW’s finest sheetmetal apprentices were on show at the Sheetmetal Industry Association (SIA) annual awards night held in Sydney last month.

  • Manufacturing exhibition in focus for Sydney

    July 17, 2007 0 comment

    AUSTRALIA’S manufacturing and technology event, Manufacturing Technology InFocus is to be staged at the Sydney Convention & Exhibition Centre, Darling Harbour, 24 – 26 July 2007

  • Compressor company earns ‘Australian made’ status

    July 17, 2007 0 comment

    Compressed air specialist, Champion Compressors, has been made a licensee of the Australian Made Campaign, earning the right to display the famous ‘green and gold kangaroo’ logo on its range of industrial rotary-screw air compressors.

  • Holden in the red, again

    July 17, 2007 0 comment

    GM Holden has posted back-to-back losses with a $146.56m slide into the red in 2006.

  • More steel produced

    July 17, 2007 0 comment

    GLOBAL raw-steel production totalled 1.244 billion metric tons in 2006, with China by far and away the leading producer nation with 422.7 million tons of output last year.

  • Woman wanted

    July 17, 2007 0 comment

    APICS NSW is once again co-sponsoring a Women in Manufacturing Scholarship with the NSW Department of State and Regional Development.

  • Industry growing, but strong dollar hurting exporters

    July 17, 2007 0 comment

    GROWTH in manufacturing activity strengthened moderately in the June quarter, according to the latest Australian Industry Group – PricewaterhouseCoopers Survey of Australian Manufacturing

  • Car parts ‘grown’ from vegetable plastics

    July 17, 2007 0 comment

    IMAGINE a world where vehicle body parts – that can be made from plant matter but have to be almost unbreakable – “do their job” efficiently and then, at the end of their working life, biodegrade harmlessly.

  • NVH contained

    July 17, 2007 0 comment

    Because so much industrial equipment is prone to high levels of damaging impact vibration and noise, plant engineers are giving increasing attention to OHS and reliability issues.

  • Manufacturing activity softens

    July 13, 2007 0 comment

    THE latest industry survey shows growth in Australia’s manufacturing activity continued to slow in April, largely due to a stalling in production growth.

  • Endeavour finalists announced

    July 13, 2007 0 comment

    The finalists of the 2007 Endeavour awards can now be revealed. Alan Johnson reports.

  • Communication the key to Byron’s success

    July 13, 2007 0 comment

    NEWS of companies closing plants or cutting staff to stay competitive regularly makes headlines and the fact there is currently a skills shortage across all sectors of industry in Australia is common knowledge.

  • Company inductees are optimistic

    July 13, 2007 0 comment

    CELEBRATING manufacturing excellence, ten companies were inducted into Victoria’s Manufacturing Hall of Fame at a gala dinner in Melbourne last month (May 21)

  • Getting straight to the heart of HSM

    July 12, 2007 0 comment

    ANYONE who has ever tried to make something without all the necessary components will know the project is deemed to fail even before it has begun.

  • Mobile RFID: dock door to factory floor

    July 12, 2007 0 comment

    THE ABILITY to access information anytime, anywhere is vital in today’s fast-paced world.

  • Compressor efficiency not a load of hot air

    July 12, 2007 0 comment

    With climate change and global warming a concern, manufacturers are finding more efficient ways to operate compressors resulting in financial and environmental benefits.

  • How to implement high-security in low-cost FPGAs

    July 10, 2007 0 comment

    “Device DNA” can protect your design and embedded code from cloning, overbuilding, and reverse-engineering while still using outsourced manufacturing and assembly facilities.

  • The price of sheetmetal precision

    July 2, 2007 0 comment

    New developments in sheetmetal cutting technologies are giving manufactures faster, more efficient options when it comes to cutting materials, but how much accuracy do you really need and how much can you afford? Katherine Crichton looks at the key differences between plasma and laser cutting.