Manufacturers' Monthly http://www.manmonthly.com.au Fri, 25 May 2018 06:20:11 +0000 en-AU hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.6.1 Can Sydney become host to the nation’s first space agency? http://www.manmonthly.com.au/news/sydney-become-home-first-space-agency/ http://www.manmonthly.com.au/news/sydney-become-home-first-space-agency/#respond Fri, 25 May 2018 01:01:49 +0000 http://www.manmonthly.com.au/?p=75961 On Monday, the NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull will host an aerotropolis summit in Sydney, with the NSW Government outlining its plans for the future space agency at the new Western Sydney Airport site. The NSW Government has been lobbying strongly to house the nation’s first national space agency, with the Government appointing Australia’s … Continue reading Can Sydney become host to the nation’s first space agency?

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On Monday, the NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull will host an aerotropolis summit in Sydney, with the NSW Government outlining its plans for the future space agency at the new Western Sydney Airport site.

The NSW Government has been lobbying strongly to house the nation’s first national space agency, with the Government appointing Australia’s first astronaut, Dr Paul Scully-Power to lead the state’s bid to locate the agency in Sydney.

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced on Wednesday Dr Scully-Power will advise the state government on how to host the Australian Space Agency.

In 1984 Dr Scully-Power became the first Australian in space when he was selected by NASA to be a payload specialist — a person brought in from an outside organisation to go on a NASA mission — aboard the shuttle Challenger for eight days, orbiting the earth 133 times.

The now 73-year-old is widely recognised in the fields of defence, national security, aviation, aerospace, marine science, communications, systems analysis and education.

“We are home to the nation’s busiest and biggest space industry sector, bringing high-tech research and advanced manufacturing together to support the nation’s future space ventures.

Minister for Trade and Industry Niall Blair said NSW leads the nation in space technology and capability, with more 40 per cent of Australia’s space businesses.

“NSW’s Parkes telescope – The Dish – famously played a critical role receiving footage of the first moon walk by the crew of Apollo 11 in 1969 and we’ve remained Australia’s space innovation capital ever since,” he said.

“One in every three space industry jobs in Australia are already based in NSW – we are the natural home for the Australian Space Agency.”

Ms Berejiklian said the Government planned to use Dr Scully-Power’s contacts with global leaders in the space industry to “attract investment opportunities” and develop new industries in the state.

NSW is not the only state showing interest in becoming home to the national space agency. South Australia and Western Australia have both offered to host the agency. The Northern Territory has expressed serious interest and Victoria is expected to put forward a bid soon.

The Federal Government announced in the budget $41 million to establish a new space agency in an effort to capitalise on a global industry worth over $400 billion a year.

The fund also includes a $15-million investment for Australians to take part in international space projects. In addition, the government will spend $260 million to develop core satellite infrastructure and technologies.

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CSIRO’s new x-ray technology is revolutionising gold mining http://www.manmonthly.com.au/news/csiros-new-x-ray-technology-revolutionising-gold-analysis-system/ http://www.manmonthly.com.au/news/csiros-new-x-ray-technology-revolutionising-gold-analysis-system/#respond Fri, 25 May 2018 00:11:06 +0000 http://www.manmonthly.com.au/?p=75956 A powerful x-ray technology is revolutionising a 500-year-old method for detecting and analysing unseen gold, with the world-first adoption by major Australian mining services company, Ausdrill. Developed by Australia’s national science agency CSIRO and brought to market by Chrysos Corporation, photon gold analyses is a faster, safer and more environmentally-friendly alternative to the conventional fire … Continue reading CSIRO’s new x-ray technology is revolutionising gold mining

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A powerful x-ray technology is revolutionising a 500-year-old method for detecting and analysing unseen gold, with the world-first adoption by major Australian mining services company, Ausdrill.

Developed by Australia’s national science agency CSIRO and brought to market by Chrysos Corporation, photon gold analyses is a faster, safer and more environmentally-friendly alternative to the conventional fire assay technique for gold analysis.

Fully automated, it dramatically reduces the turnaround time on assays from days to minutes, providing critical data to miners on gold grades in near real-time to support operational decisions.

After recognising the technology’s potential, CSIRO research program director Nick Cutmore said they partnered with investors to create new Australian company Chrysos Corporation in late 2016 to bring it to market.

“We developed photon assay recognising the market need for innovative data solutions to drive better and faster decision making across the minerals value chain,” Dr Cutmore said.

“The result is a technology export opportunity for Australia worth $1 billion in gold mining alone, and a competitive edge for Australia’s mining industry on the global stage.”

As the world’s second largest gold producer, Australian industry will benefit from the opportunity to capture more value from mined resources, as well as increased operational efficiencies, revenue and productivity.

The first photon assay system is now operational at Ausdrill’s MinAnalytical facility in Perth, with two more systems to be established in the Kalgoorlie goldfields in the coming months.

Ausdrill has longer term plans to take the innovation to Africa.

Photon assay accurately and rapidly detects low levels of gold in ore samples so that miners can determine gold grade. Picture credit: CSIRO
Photon assay accurately and rapidly detects low levels of gold in ore samples so that miners can determine gold grade.
Picture credit: CSIRO

Chrysos CEO Dirk Treasure said that the company had a rapid growth plan and were well placed to disrupt the global gold analysis services market, offering near-real time, accurate analysis for the first time.

“With the first system now up and running at Ausdrill, we have successfully progressed the photon assay technology from concept through to a deployed product in just 16 months,” Treasure said.

“Our lease model has been well received by the industry, with photon assay technology benefits being delivered without any increase in operating or capital costs.”

The photon assay system will analyse at least 50,000 gold samples a month, at a similar cost to conventional methods. It can be applied to a range of other minerals, including silver and copper.

CSIRO is a world leader in developing advanced sensor technologies for the global mining industry, other innovations include bulk ore sorting solutions for copper and gold ores.

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Australian, US universities to collaborate on defence research http://www.manmonthly.com.au/news/australian-us-universities-collaborate-defence-research/ http://www.manmonthly.com.au/news/australian-us-universities-collaborate-defence-research/#respond Thu, 24 May 2018 23:37:27 +0000 http://www.manmonthly.com.au/?p=75950 Four Australian universities have been selected to conduct joint research with US universities on priority defence projects under the US Department of Defense Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI). Griffith University, University of New South Wales and University of Technology Sydney, will work with Duke University, the University of Oregon and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology … Continue reading Australian, US universities to collaborate on defence research

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Four Australian universities have been selected to conduct joint research with US universities on priority defence projects under the US Department of Defense Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI).

Griffith University, University of New South Wales and University of Technology Sydney, will work with Duke University, the University of Oregon and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology on integrated quantum sensing and control for high fidelity qubit operations.

Sydney University and the University of New South Wales will partner with the University of Tennessee, Ohio State University and Virginia Polytechnic Institute on a project in material sciences.

Minister for Defence Industry, Christopher Pyne, said this collaboration was thanks to the Next Generation Technologies Fund, and was the first time Defence had funded Australian universities to work with their US counterparts.

“As these universities were chosen from a pool of over 400 proposals, this is a great outcome, one which shows that Australian researchers are world class,” Minister Pyne said.

The Australian universities will each receive a grant of up to $1 million per year for three years to support their research in Australia.

While Australian universities could bid for MURI projects in the past, they were not eligible for grants from the US Department of Defense.

“The Government is investing $25 million in the Australian version of the MURI program, called AUSMURI, to facilitate joint research with the American universities,” Minister Pyne said.

Defence and the US Department of Defense have also selected the next topic eligible for funding under AUSMURI 2019 – Active perception and knowledge exploitation in navigation and spatial awareness.

“Research in this area will enhance the manoeuvrability of people and autonomous platforms in environments where traditional navigation systems are ineffective.

“The AUSMURI program enables Defence to access the best research expertise from Australia and the US to develop game-changing military capabilities.”

Advanced manufacturing solutions for the factories of the future

Professor Simon Ringer, who will lead the project from the University of Sydney welcomed the collaboration with US universities, noting that it could dramatically change the current notions of material science and additive manufacturing.

“Additive manufacturing is a major scientific and technological disruption – it will enable layer-by-layer printing of metal objects that are unique in geometric form, have gradients in their functional properties that can change over the nanoscale or the microscale, as need be, and which use a near-zero waste production process,” Professor Ringer said.

“The new materials science and engineering that we learn as we do this research will dramatically change the notion of design and manufacturing – this will have huge economic impacts and will be used in demanding industries including defence, space, aerospace and other transportation. Most importantly, we are pioneering the fundamentals here, and the application space is really up to our imaginations.”

Using this grant, Professor Ringer and his research team will study the new physical metallurgy challenges in additive manufacturing and explore the potential of new technologies. The world-leading electron microscopy and atom probe microscopy at Sydney will be pivotal to this work.

“Making materials and building devices via 3D printing takes us back to the periodic table – we’re exploring thermodynamic and kinetic ‘states’ that people have never previously been able to access,” Professor Ringer said.

“While we are  becoming familiar with 3D printing, machines that prototype parts and make simple devices are common-place, quite cheap and both fun and useful. But, what we are doing is the materials science that will enable the machines that make the machines.”

 

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TBSx3 joins GS1 Alliance Partner Program with blockchain technology http://www.manmonthly.com.au/news/tbsx3-joins-gs1-alliance-partner-program-blockchain-technology/ http://www.manmonthly.com.au/news/tbsx3-joins-gs1-alliance-partner-program-blockchain-technology/#respond Thu, 24 May 2018 23:23:14 +0000 http://www.manmonthly.com.au/?p=75945 TBSx3, an Australian start-up committed to restoring trust to international trade using blockchain technology combined with the latest anti-counterfeit technologies, has announced they have joined GS1 Australia’s Alliance Partner Program. GS1 is a not-for-profit organisation providing standards, services and emerging technologies to help solve omni channel challenges and improve inventory accuracy, visibility and traceability of … Continue reading TBSx3 joins GS1 Alliance Partner Program with blockchain technology

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TBSx3, an Australian start-up committed to restoring trust to international trade using blockchain technology combined with the latest anti-counterfeit technologies, has announced they have joined GS1 Australia’s Alliance Partner Program.

GS1 is a not-for-profit organisation providing standards, services and emerging technologies to help solve omni channel challenges and improve inventory accuracy, visibility and traceability of supply chains across physical and digital channels in the retail sector.

The team at TBSx3 have developed a blockchain solution that protects brands and their supply chains and empowers their consumers with product origin information. The TBSx3 system provides three essential supply chain capabilities and digitises all related documents such as Certificates of Origin: provenance, traceability through the custodian chain and authentication.

“Our entry into the GS1 Australia Alliance Partner Program as an Associate Alliance Partner signifies our commitment to enable brands to protect their supply chains through end-to-end visibility using GS1 standards in both sea freight and air freight,” Pieter Vandevelde, Chief Revenue Officer at TBSx3 said.

“The TBSx3 technology also helps brand owners and retailers reassure their consumers that their products are genuine and safe. We use any packaging tracking technology such as QR, intaglio labels or NFC to connect brands with their consumers.”

TBSx3’s technology is supported by a global blockchain consortium of freight forwarders, shippers, sea and airport operators. The platform is next-gen SCM technology and is designed from the ground-up to run on blockchain technology.

“The entry of TBSx3 into the Alliance Partner Program is a great asset to the Alliance Partner community and a significant investment in leveraging GS1 standards to uniquely identify items and exchange data across organisations using a common language'” GS1 Australia’s manager – business development and partnerships, Sean Sloan said.

“We look forward to working in partnership with TBSx3 in the Australian marketplace to combat the trade of counterfeit goods including food, wine, dairy, meat and pharmaceuticals using GS1 standards.”

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Boost your IIoT development http://www.manmonthly.com.au/news/boost-iiot-development/ http://www.manmonthly.com.au/news/boost-iiot-development/#respond Thu, 24 May 2018 22:59:23 +0000 http://www.manmonthly.com.au/?p=75940 An intelligent Platform for data acquisition and device management For many system integrators and engineers, a key challenge in the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is achieving robust and secure data transfer from operational technology (OT) devices to IT-based cloud services. Moxa’s ThingsPro™ Suite is a software platform designed to simplify the development of data … Continue reading Boost your IIoT development

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An intelligent Platform for data acquisition and device management

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