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First IoT network launched in Sydney
A public access open data network has been launched in Sydney, connecting the city to the Internet of Things (IoT).
Brisbane high-tech manufacturers want clustering, collaboration encouraged
South-east Queensland has emerged as an area of surprising manufacturing strength, with one local CEO suggesting that the benefits of clustering could be encouraged through zoning cheap land.
25 Bluescope slab yard jobs to be automated
About 25 jobs at Bluescope Port Kembla’s slabyard will be lost as automated processes are brought in.
Komatsu will acquire mining machinery manufacturer Joy Global for US$3.7 billion
The acquisition is the first major step for Komatsu into the underground mining space since its partnership with GE to develop underground mining technology, as despite the fact it has manufactured mining equipment since 1921 “the company’s portfolio does not include equipment for underground mining”.
OPINION: Unlike in Australia, US elections are all about manufacturing
Unlike our previous election, in fact unlike our past three federal elections, in the US, both candidates for president are vowing to revitalise and resurrect the U.S. manufacturing industry. In fact, Donald Trump says he will “reclaim millions of American jobs” while Hillary Clinton is pushing a “make it in America” strategy. “While too many … Continue reading OPINION: Unlike in Australia, US elections are all about manufacturing
INFOGRAPHIC: Rare earth metals supply and where it is found
Rare earth elements and their compounds are a crucial part of our everyday technologies. But our demand for these precious elements are growing, and the world’s supply is not evenly distributed. Below is an infographic outlining these major elements, how they are used, and where they are found. 7 Rare Earth Elements that Run our … Continue reading INFOGRAPHIC: Rare earth metals supply and where it is found
New gen robots cutting weld time by up to 90 per cent
Servicing, Maintenance and Welding (SMW) Group provides field servicing, maintenance and emergency repair and rebuild services to customers in Central Queensland. The company also provides complete plant and equipment management, supported by a range of mine site compliance activities. In response to SMW’s desire to make its large welding workshop more efficient, BOC and its … Continue reading New gen robots cutting weld time by up to 90 per cent
Manufacturing success sees job ads jump
The manufacturing sector’s growth appears to be behind a surge in demand for machinery operators and drivers in a Department of Employment survey.
Report finds employers eager to hire but staff also eager to leave
While hiring intentions among Australian employers remain positive, their employees feel let down on the training front and many are actively looking to switch jobs, the latest Hudson Report has revealed. The report tracked the hiring intentions of more than 2,000 employers, as well as the attitudes of 1,330 employees in April this year. It … Continue reading Report finds employers eager to hire but staff also eager to leave
OPINION: Are Australian companies doing enough to transform themselves?
When I first saw the results of IFS’s Digital Transformation Survey of nearly 500 senior decision makers in 20+ countries, I was surprised that only 50 per cent of respondents in Australia said they had a clear strategy for digital transformation. The reason wasn’t that 50 per cent seemed like a low figure based on … Continue reading OPINION: Are Australian companies doing enough to transform themselves?
New waveguide bends across 12 frequency bands
Pasternack has released a new line of waveguide bends from 5.85 to 90 GHz across 12 frequency bands, from C band to W band. These waveguide bends are commonly used in applications such as instrumentation, test benches, high efficiency RF, microwave and mm-wave transmissions, SATCOM, MILCOM, radar and telecom. These 90 degree waveguide bends are … Continue reading New waveguide bends across 12 frequency bands
New flame detectors to help keep staff and facilities safe
Emerson has announced the release of the Rosemount 975 flame detectors, a complete line of optical flame detectors designed to perform in the harshest environmental conditions and connect directly to alarm or automatic fire extinguishing systems. The new line incorporates a variety of flame detection technologies that will provide optimal coverage for a wide range of … Continue reading New flame detectors to help keep staff and facilities safe
Low-cost magnesium developed by CSIRO
In a move that could help reinvigorate the metal production industry in Australia, CSIRO and Enirgi Group have joined forces to develop and commercialise an affordable and low-emission technology for producing magnesium metal. The CSIRO-developed technology, known as MagSonic, produces magnesium using up to 80 per cent less energy and up to 60 per cent … Continue reading Low-cost magnesium developed by CSIRO
Centre of Excellence for Burnie manufacturing jobs opened
A new Manufacturing Centre of Excellence has been opened in Burnie, part of the response to Caterpillar Underground Mining’s decision to move manufacturing to Thailand.
Greg Hunt becomes third different industry minister in under a year
Prime minister Malcolm Turnbull reshuffled his ministry yesterday, expanding cabinet to 23 and appointing Greg Hunt as industry minister, with Christopher Pyne moving to defence industry.
US vice president praises Melbourne Boeing workforce
US vice president Joe Biden visited the Boeing Aerostructures plant in Port Melbourne yesterday, talking up the value of free trade and innovation and addressing 200 employees after a factory tour.
Tesla amending autopilot system after fatal crash
Tesla Motors is working on amendments to its autopilot system after it failed to stop a fatal crash earlier this year. In a recent Twitter post, CEO Elon Musk said Tesla is improving its radar system, which is used (along with cameras and computers) to detect objects and automatically brake if the vehicle is about to hit something.
Administrators want Whyalla steel workers to take 15 per cent pay cut
Union representatives will meet Arrium administrators KordaMentha today, with administrators wanting Whyalla steelworks workers to accept a 15 per cent pay reduction. AAP reports that Australian Workers Union branch secretary Peter Lamps said the workers had already made sacrifices. Discussions were continuing. “I would suspect when you start getting closer to that bedrock, negotiations will … Continue reading Administrators want Whyalla steel workers to take 15 per cent pay cut
Police investigating suspicious Melbourne automotive factory fire
A fire at an unnamed automotive factory in Sunshine North, west of Melbourne’s CBD, yesterday morning is being treated as suspicious.
Boeing celebrates 100 years
US aircraft manufacturer Boeing celebrated its centenary over the weekend, showcasing all its 7 series jets at Seattle’s Museum of Flight. Reuters reports that the company’s CEO Dennis Muilenburg said the company had a century-long history of innovation, and the disciplined nature of this was key to its longevity. The company has a work backlog … Continue reading Boeing celebrates 100 years