• On to grader things

    October 18, 2016 0 comment

    Mount Waverley’s GP Graders has helped reshape the way stone fruit and other produce is sorted around the world, introducing automation to an area that’s sometimes been reluctant to embrace it. Brent Balinski spoke to the company’s Director, Stuart Payne.

  • “Traditional” and “advanced” manufacturing: a false dichotomy

    October 17, 2016 0 comment

    While the dollar has returned from its stratospheric journey, improving competitiveness with it, some of the damage done is not going to be reversed and this is particularly the case for manufacturing.

  • Making a splash in water-resistant digital devices

    October 17, 2016 0 comment

    The trend in consumer electronics has always been to make them faster, smarter, and with ever-expanding capabilities. But waterproofing has become the new focus of global electronics manufacturers and most brands are rushing to include this benefit to ensure they are not left behind in this ultra-competitive market.

  • Australian companies identify new, fantastic plastic areas for graphene

    October 14, 2016 1 comment

    Anti-static packaging is one newer area where graphene’s conductivity properties could soon be commercially applied. Brent Balinski reports.

  • 3D metal printing: bringing the dream to reality

    October 13, 2016 0 comment

    It is already old news that 3D printing is going to be the next “game changer” in manufacturing; it is only a matter of when. In the last few years, there has been a surge in demand for 3D printed parts, typically plastic and metal ones – not surprising since the CAD/CAM scene has been vastly improving in recent years.

  • The price of everything

    October 12, 2016 1 comment

    What methods do you use to decide what you charge customers? Brent Balinski spoke to Christoph Petzoldt, the Australian head of pricing consultancy Simon-Kucher & Partners, about the dos and don’ts.

  • We need to pick up the pace on innovation, says secretary of prime minister’s department

    October 11, 2016 1 comment

    Australia needs to speed up the spread of ideas across the economy in its quest for higher living standards, the secretary of the prime minister’s department, Martin Parkinson, has said.

  • Don’t ignore the signs

    October 10, 2016 0 comment

    Recent Australian research reveals the influence of drugs and alcohol on workers is far more widespread than once believed. Alan Johnson reports.

  • The US used foreign investment to develop a new car industry, a lesson Australia hasn’t learned

    October 10, 2016 0 comment

    In Australia, car makers have come to be seen by many as more of a cost than a benefit, a failing industry that was too reliant on government handouts. But in the United States, many state governments have attracted foreign investment that has provided ongoing economic security.

  • Ford workers willing but unlikely to find decent jobs: study

    October 7, 2016 0 comment

    When Ford closes the doors on its vehicle manufacturing operations today about 600 workers will walk out of the factory gate for the last time at the Broadmeadows assembly plant in Melbourne’s northern suburbs and at the company’s engine and stamping plants in Geelong. Preliminary results from a survey of more than 400 auto workers show that most of them still want to work but are unlikely to find secure, long-term jobs.

  • The Ford plant closure is a sad loss of manufacturing know-how

    October 6, 2016 0 comment

    The closure of Ford’s casting plant in Geelong does make you wonder how losing the ability to make our own engines can be a step forward. Australia should take stock and contemplate what kind of society we are becoming.

  • R&D tax incentives need to be simple and underpin investor confidence

    October 4, 2016 0 comment

    Few examples of Australian tax policy are subject to as frequent change as the Research & Development tax subsidy, again under review by the federal government. Substantive changes to the rules have occurred every five of the past 20 years. By contrast, the US has had essentially the same R&D tax rules since 1990.

  • Goodbye Ford – it was a pleasure to drive you

    September 30, 2016 0 comment

    As was recently reported across the mainstream media and on our online daily news site www.manmonthly.com.au, the last six-cylinder and V8 engines have been produced at Geelong, completing one part of the Ford’s staged shutdown, which will tie in with the last vehicle being produced at Ford’s Broadmeadows plant on October 7.

  • Are you claiming your R&D?

    September 30, 2016 0 comment

    Don’t miss out: it’s now easier to claim Research and Development (R&D) activities than ever before, as Alan Johnson reports.

  • Whether China is dumping steel in Australia under the ‘market economy’ label is very subjective

    September 30, 2016 0 comment

    Steel dumping is the latest accusation levelled at China in a growing backlash against the country’s influence in Australia. But dumping can be in the eye of the beholder, depending on how much your country is exporting or importing (or both) and varying government regulations.

  • The engineer inside the system

    September 29, 2016 0 comment

    Now is not the time for engineering companies in Australia to be ‘retiring’ experienced design engineers, project engineers, and estimators. It has not been common practice in the past to electronically harness the decades of knowledge stored in the minds of these engineers, and when they leave the workplace, all this intellectual bounty goes with them.

  • Meet an Endeavour Award winner – Norm Tucker, Heat Treatment Australia

    September 29, 2016 0 comment

    Heat Treatment Australia applies its expertise to high-value parts for areas including aerospace and defence, making them stronger, lighter and more durable. Brent Balinski spoke to the company about its expansion, which will see it open its new Los Angeles site in October.

  • What is the Medical Technology Association and how does it wield its power?

    September 28, 2016 0 comment

    If your health practitioner has used a syringe, tongue depressor (to look at your throat), pacemaker, stethoscope, X-ray or MRI scan, blood test, dental filling or joint implant to treat you, you’ve encountered a product from the medical technology industry.

  • How manufacturers can leverage the potential of intelligent process automation

    September 27, 2016 0 comment

    Intelligent Process Automation is widely recognised as a new tool manufacturers could be leveraging to improve their bottom line. With the underpinning technology continuously evolving and advancing, it’s important to understand that automation is not limited to traditionally labour‑intensive or dangerous work, as in the case of physical robots.

  • Wood innovation looks beyond sawmilling to nail manufacturing process

    September 27, 2016 0 comment

    PRINCIPLES from the automotive, mining and paper industries have helped develop a machine to convert cheap pulpwood into a premium product with the same properties as tropical hardwood.