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- How manufacturers can leverage the potential of intelligent process automation
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
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.
- Australian companies have more work to do on tax transparency
A number of big Australian companies have started to publicly release tax reports recently, such as ANZ, BHP Billiton, AMP and the National Australia Bank. This follows intense scrutiny of tax minimisation and evasion from the Australian government.
- Metal-based additive manufacturing: about to take off?
Major industrial companies have been making serious acquisitions lately, seeking to strengthen their capabilities with metal additive manufacturing. Brent Balinski spoke to Mark Cola, co-founder and CEO of Sigma Labs, about what it all means.
- Taking action on workplace safety
Australia’s largest workplace health and safety event, Safety in Action, took place this year in Sydney, exhibiting the latest systems, products, and seminars to encourage safety in the workplace. Manufacturers’ Monthly was on site speaking to some of the companies that attended. Sharon Masige writes.
- Australian research could help manufacturers beat the heat with graphene
Australian research has recently shown graphene’s usefulness in giving materials improved thermal properties. Brent Balinski spoke to ANU Associate Professor Shannon Notley about getting this out of the lab.
- If the TPP dies, Australia has other game changing trade options
Despite last-minute efforts by the Obama administration, the US Congress’ ratification of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement is in serious danger.
- Business Briefing: we’re overusing and underestimating ‘disruption’
“Disruption” and “disrupters” have become buzz words in the business community and are often used to describe any change or evolution in a sector.
- Internet of Things to sharpen importance of speed, services
First released in October last year, the Synergy platform was officially launched by Renesas in Australia recently. Brent Balinski spoke to the company and one of its local independent design house partners about developing products for the Internet of Things.
- Australia has an internationalisation, not an innovation and R&D problem
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s innovation agenda is being questioned again after both the Coalition and Labor agreed to make cuts to Australia’s R&D tax incentive.
- Pulp friction: new wood to shake up furniture industry
An innovative “smartwood” project is turning pulpwood into a material almost identical to tropical hardwood that is stronger and more environmentally friendly. Researchers from the Flinders Centre for NanoScale Science & Technology (CNST) in South Australia have collaborated with Australian company 3RT Holdings Pty Ltd to develop a method for converting cheap pulpwood into a … Continue reading Pulp friction: new wood to shake up furniture industry
- The beautiful world of drones
The future is predicted to see unmanned aerial vehicles in a fast-growing number of places. Brent Balinski spoke to Dario Valenza, founder of UAV maker Carbonix, about his company’s leap from racing boats to drones, a few design considerations, and what he hopes the future brings.
- Apple is losing the innovation game, it can’t trap users anymore
Not only is Apple suffering from a major lack of hardware innovation but it’s also being outdone in software and online, where apps reign supreme. It quite possibly signals the company’s eventual demise.
- Intrusion detection for the IIoT: how do we detect threats on the factory floor
The Industrial IoT (IIoT) provides manufacturers in all industries with greater connectivity that in turn, generates valuable information and intelligence regarding operations. By leveraging this intelligence, they are able to attain significant efficiencies and manufacturing improvements.
- Viewpoints: do foreigners have more freedom to invest in Australia than in almost any other country?
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull recently said: “China has more freedom to invest in Australia, indeed all foreigners have more freedom to invest in Australia, than almost any other country.”
But is this true? We asked two experts to discuss the evidence for and against this statement.
- Energy risks – and opportunities – for manufacturers in the renewables transition
Electricity is a major cost for many manufacturers and a business-critical requirement for all. Price and reliability matter. And right now both seem to be under a cloud. In South Australia, contract prices have been increasing sharply, and short-term spot prices reached extraordinary highs in July.
- Planes, trains and automobiles (that we used to make)
Last month I had a somewhat public rant about the decision by the NSW state government to award the contract to build new trains for NSW to an overseas (mainly South Korean) consortium.
- ACCC unlikely to secure compensation for Volkswagen customers
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s (ACCC) is unlikely to secure compensation for customers from German car maker Volkswagen and its Australian subsidiary for breaching emission standards.
- Autodesk Manufacturing Innovation Event
Generative Design and Additive Manufacturing Technology Park Bentley Theater Room, 2 Brodie-Hall Dr, Bentley WA 6102 Wednesday, 28th September 2016 Limited places available. Agenda Registration and networking begins at 5pm. 5.15-5.45pm Richard Elving – Future Of Making Things As we enter a new industrial era, Australian manufacturing has an opportunity to place itself at the … Continue reading Autodesk Manufacturing Innovation Event
- Five disruptive trends in technology for 2017
The tech revolution continues to barrel forward lately, and 2017 will see some of the most innovative and evolutionary disruptions we have seen thus far. There will be more connection, more automation, and more significant impact in business and investment than ever before, and the revolution has just begun. The innovations coming to fruit in … Continue reading Five disruptive trends in technology for 2017