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- AI Group
- artificial intelligence
- augmented reality
- australian industry group
- Australian Made
- BAE Systems
- David Chuter
- enterprise resource planning
- industry 4.0
- Innes Willox
- machine tools
- medical manufacturing
- Mouser Electronics
- Research And Development
- University of Wollongong
- Weld Australia
- Women in Industry
- Budget timing tricks do nothing to help small business, or the economy
I’ve always thought all businesses capable of creating jobs and wealth, regardless of their size. There’s certainly no economic theory that suggests big businesses can’t. But according to Treasurer Scott Morrison small businesses are blessed with special creative powers. He told AFR Weekend last week: “they are the hope of the side.” I’ll do my … Continue reading Budget timing tricks do nothing to help small business, or the economy
- Tomorrow’s jobs: the next Elon Musk is still in primary school
It’s a fact – jobs as we know them are changing and many ‘tried and true’ career paths will cease to exist as we enter the digital age. How do we prepare our children for jobs that don’t yet exist; using technology that hasn’t yet been invented; for problems that don’t exist yet? The digital … Continue reading Tomorrow’s jobs: the next Elon Musk is still in primary school
- Bondor opens door to a new era, creates 50 more jobs
Insulated building products maker Bondor is preparing to both mark its 65th anniversary and announce a new $20 million facility in Melbourne. Brent Balinski spoke to General Manager Geoff Marsdon about what has shaped the company´s diversification and longevity. Handled smartly, tougher standards for building products have presented new opportunities for Bondor in the last … Continue reading Bondor opens door to a new era, creates 50 more jobs
- Not just for quantum computing and not just for academics
UNSW is home to a vast array of world-class nano and micro-fabrication tools, available to electronics manufacturers looking for an edge in product development. Brent Balinski spoke to ANFF NSW’s Dr Nadia Court about the Kensington labs. Australia, and in particular Sydney, has emerged as an area of great quantum computer expertise. Last week the University … Continue reading Not just for quantum computing and not just for academics
- Finalists announced for 2016 Endeavour Awards
After a pleasingly large number of nominations, the finalists for the 2016 Manufacturers’ Monthly Endeavour Awards have been announced. Boasting incredible depth and diversity, the field this year represents an outstanding sample of the Australian manufacturing community. We are pleased to say, also, that the field’s size was significantly larger than last year’s. We give … Continue reading Finalists announced for 2016 Endeavour Awards
- Australia’s submarine contract means huge opportunities for Industry 4.0
The upcoming submarine contract could be a real game-changer for the future of Australia’s manufacturing industry, as John Allen reports. Probably the single most important topic right now for the future of manufacturing in Australia is the decision about to be made on which submarines the Federal Government will choose. Many industry leaders believe that … Continue reading Australia’s submarine contract means huge opportunities for Industry 4.0
- Talking about the death of manufacturing
Is 3D printing going to do away with manufacturing employment? Brent Balinski spoke to Asimov Ventures’ Tyler Benster about a provocative suggestion. As productivity goes up, the number of man-hours needed to make something goes down. It’s not always a comfortable thing to acknowledge, but it’s one of the reasons manufacturing will probably employ fewer … Continue reading Talking about the death of manufacturing
- Saab’s vision to bring LEGO simplicity to advanced manufacturing
WORK is underway on software that aims to use hologram technology and LEGO-inspired assembly to help manufacture some of the world’s most complex machines. The Australian arm of global defence and security company Saab has partnered with Microsoft to build a range of ground breaking training, education and other complex 3D Holographic applications. Worn as … Continue reading Saab’s vision to bring LEGO simplicity to advanced manufacturing
- Why China could never sign on to the Trans-Pacific Partnership
Recent estimates show that most members of the Trans-Pacific Partnership will make substantial gains, unlike those who opt not to participate. US annual real income is expected to increase by 0.5% of GDP while annual exports will increase by 9.1%. Exports of Japan, Vietnam and Malaysia are expected to increase by 23.2%, 30.1% and 20.1% respectively. … Continue reading Why China could never sign on to the Trans-Pacific Partnership
- Three ways to build innovation into your organisation
Despite the explosive rate of innovation transforming our world, how established organisations innovate themselves is another matter altogether. The string of defunct or struggling organisations such as Kodak, Nokia, Blockbuster, Blackberry or Borders Books attests to the fact that incumbent, established and erstwhile successful organisations either resisted, or were unsuccessful at attempting intrinsic innovation. At the same … Continue reading Three ways to build innovation into your organisation
- Combating the rising tide of malware
Sandboxing solutions can help businesses maintain an effective barrier against cybercriminals and minimize the chances of an attack. David De Laine writes. The term ‘malware’ has become so widely used in recent years that it’s easy to forget how many forms it can take—adware, spyware, viruses, worms, Trojans and many more. While each affects computer … Continue reading Combating the rising tide of malware
- The importance of cyber hygiene
Manufacturers are being urged to regularly asses their network infrastructure, and to close all possible opportunities for hackers. Alan Johnson reports. IN a room full of manufacturers, it would be hard to find anyone who would admit their companies’ computers are not adequately protected from computer hackers. However, Dick Bussiere, Principal Architect with Tenable Network … Continue reading The importance of cyber hygiene
- Could robot submarines replace the ageing Collins class?
The decision to replace Australia’s submarines has been stalled for too long by politicians afraid of the bad media about “dud subs” the Collins class got last century. Collins class subs deserved criticism in the 1990s. They did not meet Royal Australian Navy (RAN) specifications. But in this century, after much effort, they came good. Though they are expensive, Collins class boats have “sunk” … Continue reading Could robot submarines replace the ageing Collins class?
- A grim future for Arrium, Ford and Queensland Nickel workers?
The OECD report Back to Work Australia makes some grim predictions for workers who lose their jobs. That is the potential threat facing some 7,000 Arrium employees
- A view from the frontier: turning hospitals into factories
Developments in 3D printing and associated software will empower hospitals and communities to fabricate, rather than buy, many of their solutions.
- Tesla’s gamble on its ‘affordable’ electric car
Tesla announced what it calls its “most affordable” electric vehicle in the Model 3 last week. The car can now be ordered with a deposit of A$1,500in Australia (US$1,000 in the United States) but won’t be delivered until late 2017.
- Whereto Industry Policy?
The recent announcement by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to establish a new Centre for Defence Industry Capability (CDIC) headquartered in Adelaide adds a new dimension to Australian Government industry policy, crafted in the lead-up to a Federal Election.
- The vision thing: why do we need robots that can see?
Linking computer vision with robotics is a tricky problem, but the benefits in places like factories, fields and the ocean floor are worth the trouble. Brent Balinski spoke to Professor Peter Corke of Queensland University of Technology about giving robots the power of sight.
- Great start the key to company’s racing success
WHEN the starter climbs the platform for the world’s richest horse race in Dubai on Saturday night, what happens next will be in the hands of a small company more than 10,000km away.
- Lithium: Australia needs to recycle and lease to be part of the boom
Australia is pivoting its economy away from resources like coal and iron ore, but are there other commodities we can bank on to take up some of the slack? In this “future commodities” series we explore the economic future for commodities we’ve always relied on, and some we haven’t.