Consumer the winner with locally made goods

Dux Hot Water takes out the Australian Consumer/Trade Product of the Year Award with Highly Commended Awards for Catapult Innovations and Observant.

Dux Hot Water takes out the Australian Consumer/Trade Product of the Year Award with Highly Commended Awards for Catapult Innovations and Observant.

DUX Hot Water is the largest Australian-owned manufacturer of water heaters, which includes a full range of environmental water products such as the Airoheat heat pump water heater.

The Dux Airoheat, which took out the award, is a domestic heat pump water heater which utilises solar generated free energy in the ambient air, to heat water domestically at low electrical energy consumption levels.

The water heater can reduce traditional domestic hot water energy consumption by up to 75% along with a load levelling 75% reduction in running current. The product also operates with an extremely low “neighbour friendly” noise level of 51dB.

It has three primary unique and innovative features which combine to provide significant energy savings whilst heating water including ‘intelligent’ control technology; unique coil design to minimise air and heat loss; and ‘subzero’ protection that allows the unit to continue to heat water even when the outside temperature drops below zero.

The product has been awarded a Design Mark and Engineering Excellence Award (Environmental). It is also recognised by the Federal Government as a desired environmental product, with a rating of 30 REC points.

Dux can now add the 2009 Endeavour Australian Consumer/Trade Product of the Year Award to its prize cupboard for the Airoheat heat pump water heater.

David Waterman, State Manager Victoria/Tasmania, from Dux Hot Water said the company was very pleased to accept the award as it is recognition for the work conducted by the company’s research and development team in developing such a product.

“Dux has invested heavily in developing a range of environmentally-friendly water heaters, designed and manufactured right here in Australia.

“Recognition by way of the Endeavour Awards is very gratefully received and what perhaps set this product apartment from a worthy group of finalists is the contribution this product makes in assisting Australian families to reduce their carbon emissions,” Waterman said.

Highly Commended

Established in 2006, Catapult Innovations designs, manufactures and markets cutting edge technology products for the elite sports market.

The company’s minimaxX product line, which was awarded Highly Commended in the 2009 Endeavour Awards, was developed in conjunction with the Australian Institute of Sport and the Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) for micro Technology over 5 years. It incorporates the ‘state of the art’ in sensor miniaturisation through micro technology (MEMS).

The technology comprises a small electronics device which athletes wear on their back, and a sophisticated software package that collects and analyses data that streams wirelessly from the wearable units.

It measures tactical information like player position and speed, physiological information like heart rate, and biomechanical information like accelerations, timing and impact loading.

The technology enables users to reduce labour and increase the effectiveness of elite athlete management. It automates routine collection of reliable performance data.

This replaces very labour intensive manual data collection, or worse still, completely subjective measures of performance.

The products were used by many Australian Olympic athletes in the lead up to the Athens and Beijing Olympic Games.

Highly Commended

Working alone in remotes areas has never been easy, particularly when you are situated on an isolated cattle station in the Northern Territory.

The Observant Remote Management System was developed by Observant through a need to reduce time, fuel and vehicle maintenance costs associated with managing on-station water and livestock in extremely isolated areas.

The product, which was awarded Highly Commended at this year’s Endeavour Awards, was developed to cope with limited power supply and patchy mobile phone coverage but also needed to be rugged with a highly visible enclosure, with easy-to-install electronics and simple operation allowing easy interpretation.

Central to the Observant system is the Observant C2 – a remote unit which communicates, using UHF and/or NextG technology, from a remote location to a central computer, usually located in an office.

The principal function of the remote unit is to allow data (pictorial and numerical) to be viewed and management decisions to be made – without undertaking time consuming (and fuel dependant) manual checking, across hundreds of kilometres.

From the Observant desktop software, equipment can be turned on and off, cameras can be viewed and water flow monitored.

Water levels (high level and low level) can be set for pump control, and auto drafting and tag reading can be collated.

Observant has worked hard to establish strategic relationships with the people and companies who already work in the pastoral and animal management arena with the product set to increase in use and popularity.