Manufacturers' Monthly http://www.manmonthly.com.au Mon, 24 Sep 2018 05:05:01 +0000 en-AU hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.6.1 Getting a clean advantage over the rest http://www.manmonthly.com.au/features/getting-clean-advantage-rest/ http://www.manmonthly.com.au/features/getting-clean-advantage-rest/#respond Mon, 24 Sep 2018 04:49:09 +0000 http://www.manmonthly.com.au/?p=79842 Manufacturers’ Monthly finds out from CRC how specialty chemicals for cleaning are essential in maintenance and performance in defence industries. As one of Australia’s leading manufacturers of chemical cleaners, CRC Industries offers a comprehensive range of scientifically formulated products specifically targeted to meet the needs of Australia’s defence industries. CRC’s diverse offering of aerosol and … Continue reading Getting a clean advantage over the rest

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Manufacturers’ Monthly finds out from CRC how specialty chemicals for cleaning are essential in maintenance and performance in defence industries.


As one of Australia’s leading manufacturers of chemical cleaners, CRC Industries offers a comprehensive range of scientifically formulated products specifically targeted to meet the needs of Australia’s defence industries.

CRC’s diverse offering of aerosol and bulk cleaning products and systems cater to a broad range of defence applications, including auto mechanical, heavy vehicles, aviation, electrical precision, marine and more.

Managing director of CRC Australia, Shona Fitzgerald, said the company was dedicated to increasing the efficiency, reliability and safety of machinery and equipment through the provision of technologically advanced, high performance products.

“The defence sector is critically aware of the importance of asset protection and performance and the detrimental effects poor cleaning and maintenance protocols can have on machinery and equipment wear, safety and workplace productivity,’’ Fitzgerald said.

“CRC’s proven products and industry best practice are giving military and peacekeeping teams peace of mind and the ability to extend equipment life and provide healthier and safer working conditions.”

Fitzgerald said CRC’s expertise in supplying the defence sector was based on its commitment to innovation, strong process understanding and distribution networks.

“Through our proven systems, products and services, backed by over 50 years’ experience, we are proud of the role we have played in providing customers with excellent outcomes in productivity, labour management, equipment maintenance and safety,’’ Fitzgerald said.

“The defence industry has high standards and so do we. CRC is recognised as being a leader in product quality, performance and regulatory compliance.

“Our research and development team continually advances new and improved products to help workers in the defence industry do their job faster, easier and safer.

“As a premium supplier of quality industrial cleaners, degreasers, corrosion inhibitors and effective lubricants, we offer the tools needed to keep operations running smoothly, even in the harshest environments,’’ she said.

When choosing an industrial cleaner it is important you are getting the product that is best suited to your needs, and to seek professional advice where needed.

“There are many options to consider, such as whether to use chlorinated or non chlorinated formulas, with each have their advantages depending the specific applications and compliance protocols,’’ Fitzgerald said.

Traditional chlorinated solvents such as CRC Brakleen is an industry favourite because of its fast evaporation and good cleaning properties for non-polar soils such as grease, oil and carbon deposits.

CRC also offers an extensive range of non-chlorinated solvent blends such as Non-Chlorinated Brakleen, Brakleen Force and Lectra-Clean in addition to brominated, fluorinated and naturally derived solvents.

In each case it is important for users to familiarise themselves with the intended use, follow directions carefully and consider factors such as flammability, controls for EHS and effects that some compounds may have on materials such as plastics and elastomers.

Some of CRC’s best-selling cleaners are:

• CRC Bio Degreaser: It is biodegradable, non-toxic, non- hazardous, non-flammable, pH balanced, and water soluble. The advanced formula is powerful but non-abrasive, non-corrosive and solvent free, specially designed to penetrate and dissolve tough grease, oil and contaminants for easy removal – with a focus on personal and environmental safety.

• SmartWasher: Considered across multiple industry sectors as the ultimate solution to
parts washing, CRC’s patented SmartWasher systems deliver high-performance cleaning while maintaining a non-hazardous and non-flammable environment. The SmartWasher uses a natural process called bioremediation to degrade and remove contaminants from its cleaning fluid, allowing re-use.

• CRC NF Contact Cleaner: This is a revolutionary precision cleaning solvent which is non- flammable, chemically stable, non- conductive, non-corrosive and fast evaporating. NF Contact Cleaner instantly removes grease, oil, dirt, flux and other contaminants.

• CRC Brakleen NF: A non- flammable (NF) heavy duty cleaner and degreaser for
brake, clutch parts and general mechanical equipment. With its excellent penetration, CRC Brakleen NF helps brakes last longer and perform better, helps eliminate brake squeal and clutch chatter and safely settles and removes potentially hazardous brake dust. It is powerful, quick cleaning, quick evaporating, non-staining, non-corrosive and silicone free.

• Brakleen Compliance Plus: This modern technology product has been formulated to not only remove brake fluid, grease, oil and other contaminants from linings and pads, but is an ideal wetting agent for both brakes and clutches. Brakleen Compliance Plus is designed to be applied using a plastic sprayer, creating a mist which settles and removes dust from brake and clutch assemblies, keeping users in line with new Australian regulations prohibiting the use of compressed gas for the removal of debris.

In jurisdictions not impacted by the new laws, CRC’s original brake parts cleaner Brakleen and Brakleen Force are non-staining and non-corrosive products designed to safely settle and remove dust without the need for disassembly.

• CRC CO Contact Cleaner: A precision electronic cleaning solvent, CO Contact Cleaner is a technically proven, stable, inert, plastic safe formula. It is a high purity, non-staining, cleaning solvent with rapid evaporation.

• CRC Lectra-Clean: A trusted electric motor and equipment cleaner and degreaser. The TCE free product effectively removes grease, oil, wax dirt and other contaminants from motors, parts and other electrical and mechanical equipment.

Company: CRC Industries

Customer Service: 1800 224 227

Web: www.crcindustries.com.au

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Twice as safe under pressure http://www.manmonthly.com.au/features/twice-safe-pressure/ http://www.manmonthly.com.au/features/twice-safe-pressure/#respond Mon, 24 Sep 2018 04:42:39 +0000 http://www.manmonthly.com.au/?p=79837 VEGADIF 85, a differential pressure transmitter developed by Vega, offers a safe and reliable tool for measuring differential and static pressure simultaneously. In processing facilities in the chemical, pharmaceutical and energy industries, the main focus today, more than ever, is on safety. That’s why SIL, or Safety Integrity Level, is becoming more and more important, … Continue reading Twice as safe under pressure

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VEGADIF 85, a differential pressure transmitter developed by Vega, offers a safe and reliable tool for measuring differential and static pressure simultaneously.


In processing facilities in the chemical, pharmaceutical and energy industries, the main focus today, more than ever, is on safety. That’s why SIL, or Safety Integrity Level, is becoming more and more important, providing modern process instrumentation with a coherent concept that can minimise potentially high risks to people and the environment.

Reliable measurement, easy integration

VEGADIF 85, a differential pressure transmitter developed especially with safety in mind, is Vega’s new component for reliable, continuous control and monitoring of industrial processes. Its strengths lie not only in functional safety, but also in the option of measuring differential and static pressure simultaneously with just one instrument. Housed in a compact single-chamber case, the transmitter is designed for economic efficiency and installation with low space requirements. These features are flanked by particularly simple, intelligent operation: a real plus in terms of error avoidance.

VEGADIF 85 is qualified and approved according to SIL-2 (SIL-3) for manufacturing processes that depend on certified components, user-friendly operations and permanently transparent processes. It can be parameterised conveniently via cable connection as well as wirelessly via Bluetooth. Its measured values can be integrated into the existing processes quickly – in a form suitable to the respective conditions and requirements.

Unaffected by steam

Differential pressure, a robust and universal measuring principle, is used in many processes, especially for gases or steam. The pressure difference is determined by means of an orifice disc that narrows the flow in a pipe at a predetermined point. Flowing steam or gas builds up a higher pressure in front of the constriction point than behind it. The difference between the two values – before and after the restriction – can be used to deduce the absolute quantity of gas that flows through.

Differential pressure transmitters are characterised by their high accuracy in measuring flow rates, even at pressures of only a few millibars. They also handle extreme temperatures with no problem.

Vega rounds out these advantages with a large number of available measuring ranges. Many different process fittings are available in conjunction with single or double sided chemical seals, denoted as CSS or CSB respectively. With this high-performance line of products, highly accurate measurements can be realised even under the most challenging conditions.

Differential and static pressure with one instrument

VEGADIF 85 sensors are equipped with a second, piezoresistive detector. They are thus the first transmitters of their kind that can measure both differential pressure and static pressure. And they can easily handle these two different measuring tasks in parallel. For example, they ensure a high degree of fail-safety in pipelines by determining the dynamic pressure and the superimposed static pressure at the same time: a measuring task that always required two separate pressure transmitters until now.

Where Bluetooth makes sense

There are many ways to simplify processes. However, it is important to strike the right balance between  safety and convenience. Wireless data transmission can offer real added value in cases where access to data is difficult. With intuitive simplicity, Bluetooth makes operation more flexible via smartphone, tablet or PC and provides transparency in wide applications.

Bluetooth is now available as an option for the new generation of differential pressure transmitters. Since it is part of the modular Vega instrument platform plics, it implements safety precautions at various levels already proven in the field. These include current encryption modes at the interface level, i.e. via PC or smartphone, as well as the necessary access codes that protect the sensor from unauthorised access. Bluetooth is also suitable for older systems. The current display and adjustment module PLICSCOM is downward compatible for the majority of Vega measuring instruments manufactured since 2002 and now operating in the field.

Flameproof housing

In process engineering applications, pressure transmitters have to withstand environments where flammable gases, vapours or mists can escape from closed systems. Under certain conditions, with oxygen from the air mixed in in the right proportion, there is a great risk of explosion.

The electronics used in VEGADIF 85 are intrinsically safe and flameproof and they are certified by organisations including the European Union’s ATEX, the IECEx (International Electrotechnical Commission System for Certification to Standards Relating to Equipment for Use in Explosive Atmospheres) and the CSA Group. This means that the instruments can be safely adjusted at any time, even during operation in hazardous areas.

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Clean TeQ, Ionic Industries partner on graphene-based water filtration tech http://www.manmonthly.com.au/news/clean-teq-ionic-industries-partner-graphene-based-water-filtration-tech/ http://www.manmonthly.com.au/news/clean-teq-ionic-industries-partner-graphene-based-water-filtration-tech/#respond Mon, 24 Sep 2018 01:08:34 +0000 http://www.manmonthly.com.au/?p=79811 Clean TeQ, a metals recovery and industrial water treatment company based in Melbourne, has formed an incorporated joint venture with Ionic Industries, an Australian company focused on the commercialisation of graphene technologies, to further develop and commercialise its graphene-oxide based water filtration membrane technology. Clean TeQ has been working with Ionic Industries and Monash University … Continue reading Clean TeQ, Ionic Industries partner on graphene-based water filtration tech

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Clean TeQ, a metals recovery and industrial water treatment company based in Melbourne, has formed an incorporated joint venture with Ionic Industries, an Australian company focused on the commercialisation of graphene technologies, to further develop and commercialise its graphene-oxide based water filtration membrane technology.

Clean TeQ has been working with Ionic Industries and Monash University to develop, manufacture and apply graphene oxide membranes for water filtration applications.

Subject to the agreement receiving the approval of Monash University, the partnership will see Clean TeQ funding a substantial program of works for product development and testing with the Monash research team and at Clean TeQ’s facilities.  Subject to Clean TeQ successfully completing this product development and testing phase, Clean TeQ and Ionic will form a joint venture for the purpose of bringing the products to market.

While graphene and graphene oxide are the world’s thinnest, strongest and most conductive materials yet discovered, with huge potential for industrial water filtration applications, difficulty in manufacturing processes and high production costs have to date severely limited their commercialisation.

Over the past 18 months, Clean TeQ and Ionic have successfully developed a process to manufacture high purity graphene oxide that can be applied to a membrane support to create a highly efficient graphene nanofiltration membrane (GO-Membrane). Significantly, the GO-Membrane manufacturing process has been demonstrated on commercial scale industrial equipment.

Read: Clean TeQ to promote water treatment technology in China

Graphene oxide-based membranes have the potential to deliver significant benefits due to their high water flux, tunability and non-fouling properties. The advantages of the membranes over existing commercially available membrane technologies include increased flow, better water recovery and lower energy costs.

The joint venture will be owned 75 per cent by Clean TeQ and 25 per cent by Ionic, and will be led by Peter Voigt, Clean TeQ’s founder and CTO. Once established, joint venture will be focused on achieving commercial scale production of graphene oxide and GO-Membranes, as well as water purification modules targeted at wholesale and retail customers.

“We are excited by the potential to apply the Monash/Ionic graphene oxide based technologies in the water markets in which we are active.   The partnership with Ionic reflects our strategy to continuously improve and enhance our technology platform by partnering with groups who have developed complimentary technologies,” Voigt said.

Ionic is a commercialisation partner of Monash University, with a framework agreement covering a range of graphene-based technologies being developed by Monash. Over the past 6 years, Ionic together with a research team at Monash University has been developing several graphene-based technologies with potential in the application of water treatment and filtration.

Ionic Industries’ managing director, Simon Savage, said the new partnership represents further validation of Ionic Industries’ graphene-based technologies.

“For a successful company like Clean TeQ to invest in our technology, to explore  ways of incorporating it into new commercial products, is an enormous show of confidence in our work over the past 6 years and in the work of our brilliant research team.  It represents a great step toward commercialisation of our technologies,” Savage said.

 

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CSIRO launches new space industry roadmap http://www.manmonthly.com.au/news/79813/ http://www.manmonthly.com.au/news/79813/#respond Mon, 24 Sep 2018 01:06:46 +0000 http://www.manmonthly.com.au/?p=79813 The CSIRO has launched a new report into opportunities for Australia’s space industry, highlighting deep space exploration, earth observation and debris tracking as potential growth areas. The report, Space: A Roadmap for unlocking future growth opportunities for Australia, was launched by federal industry, science and technology minister, Karen Andrews, at the 18th Australian Space Research … Continue reading CSIRO launches new space industry roadmap

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The CSIRO has launched a new report into opportunities for Australia’s space industry, highlighting deep space exploration, earth observation and debris tracking as potential growth areas.

The report, Space: A Roadmap for unlocking future growth opportunities for Australia, was launched by federal industry, science and technology minister, Karen Andrews, at the 18th Australian Space Research Conference on the Gold Coast today.

Andrews said that the report outlined the business opportunities that a growing space industry would create in the country, and the potential expansion of jobs that could result.

“From our factory floors to our farms a vibrant space industry will unlock opportunities and create jobs for all sorts of businesses,” Andrews said.

“CSIRO’s report is a key component in planning the future pathway for the Australian space industry.”

According to the report, Australia can leverage its strengths and geographic advantages to grow its share of the international space sector, and help expand the domestic space industry to $12 billion by 2030.

For instance, Australia’s industrial and research strengths across astronomy, mining, manufacturing, medicine, agriculture and robotics, the report states, can help support space deep space exploration missions. Further, the country’s position in the sourthern hemisphere enables close work with international programs that track objects in space, manage space debris, and enable deep space communication.

CSIRO chief executive, Dr Larry Marshall, said the report charts a course for economic growth via an expanding national space industry.

“CSIRO’s unique position creates a bridge between research and industry to deliver breakthrough innovation to Australian SMEs and start-ups across the space value chain,” Marshall said.

Dr Megan Clark, head of the new Australian Space Agency said the report introduced key scientific opportunities to drive engagement and growth across the space industry value chain.

“Together, the Australian Space Agency, CSIRO and other key partners will drive the full potential of our nation’s capabilities and competitive advantages, optimising our research and development opportunities and targeting growth across the space value chain to build a space sector of which all Australians can be proud,” Clark said.

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Inaugural Australia-France defence industry symposium takes off http://www.manmonthly.com.au/news/australia-france-defence-industry-symposium-begins/ http://www.manmonthly.com.au/news/australia-france-defence-industry-symposium-begins/#respond Mon, 24 Sep 2018 00:40:52 +0000 http://www.manmonthly.com.au/?p=79808 The inaugural Australia-France Defence Industry Symposium has started today in Adelaide, bringing together industry bodies and representatives, senior government figures and academics from the two countries. Defence industry ties between Australia and France have become closer following the selected of Naval Group – the French state-owned shipbuilding company – as the designer and manufacturer of … Continue reading Inaugural Australia-France defence industry symposium takes off

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The inaugural Australia-France Defence Industry Symposium has started today in Adelaide, bringing together industry bodies and representatives, senior government figures and academics from the two countries.

Defence industry ties between Australia and France have become closer following the selected of Naval Group – the French state-owned shipbuilding company – as the designer and manufacturer of the Australian Navy’s new submarine fleet.

Defence minister Christopher Pyne said that the two-day symposium would strengthen industry partnerships and help identify further opportunities for cooperation and collaboration.

“Australia’s Future Submarine Program is the cornerstone of our defence industry relationship with France, but the Symposium demonstrates the relationship is set to grow further,” Pyne said.

Read: France wins contract to build next Australian submarines

“Defence industry lies at the crossroads of national and economic security, so strengthening the linkages between our defence industries will be a multiplier for our bilateral relationship.”

The Symposium was established following the signing of an agreement between the Australian and French governments during president Emmanuel Macron’s visit in May. It is to be held annually.

Alongside defence minister Pyne, keynote speakers include French Minister for the Armed Forces, Florence Parly, Airbus Head of Asia Pacific Region, Pierre Jaffre, Global Head of Naval Group, Herve Guillou, and CEO of Thales Australia, Chris Jenkins.

Defence industry minister Steven Ciobo said that the event would encourage greater connections between the defence industries of both nations.

“The Symposium will provide a forum in which Australian and French industry leaders can come together to identify complementary capabilities and mutually beneficial opportunities,” Ciobo said.

“I look forward to seeing the fruits of these new connections deliver long-term benefits to both nations’ respective industries and warfighting capabilities.”

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