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SolidWorks 2015 showcased in Sydney
The current suite of SolidWorks programs was recently launched. Brent Balinski spoke to the company’s Sharon Toh and to the innovators at Forcite Helmet Systems about what’s new and why it matters.
How FDA regulations are shaping the pharmaceutical manufacturing sector
Jonathan Wilkins of European Automation examines the implications of the latest update CFR21/11 to 21 CFR part 11 of Code of Federal Regulations of FDA.
Government must support SMEs says RMIT’s Aleksandar Subic
In this broad ranging discussion, RMIT’s Dean of Engineering presents solutions than can help steer the manufacturing industry on to a different course.
Engineering a future in manufacturing by listening to customers
A realization that it manufactures wire, not car parts, has helped Multi Slide Industries face the impending closure of the automotive industry.
Manufacturers’ Monthly Material of The Month Part 3: Carbon Fibre
In composites, its strength to weight ratio is unmatched, and, if it can be made a little more cheaply, we might one day see it everywhere. Brent Balinski looks at some of the ways Australia is making use of carbon fibre.
Quickstep looks to Geelong in automotive composites drive
Quickstep’s efforts to crack the automotive market received a couple of significant boosts last month. Brent Balinski spoke to the company’s CEO Philippe Odouard about the potential of the Quickstep’s RST technology and opening a new auto headquarters in Geelong.
Mental health on the job
Mental health is a big OHS issue. As Marko Turner writes, the benefits of establishing a psychologically safe and healthy workplace cannot be ignored.
Automating can keep you ahead of the pack
Compac Sorting faced an increasingly competitive global market for fruit and vegetable manufacturing.
There’s a lot to gain from mobility
Logistics businesses which have only dabbled with mobility in the warehouse should apply it across information systems and across the wider workplace.
Trade deal with China? Yes, but…
The FTA with China has been under negotiation for 10 years.
NORD rises to the occasion
Finding that its crane of choice was no longer available, an overhead crane provider was faced with the task of synchronising a new bridge crane…
Understanding environmental sustainability in manufacturing
Australian manufacturers planning a long term future must go down the sustainable manufacturing path, if they are going to survive. Alan Johnson reports.
Local company welded to success
Common sense management and a strong focus on training are just two of the key reasons for a South Australian welding company’s remarkable success.
Automating using mobile devices
Paperless inspection and servicing systems using Pads and tablets help improve productivity and accountability.
Manufacturers have two choices – to innovate or perish
Whether they like it or not, change is on the horizon for South East Melbourne’s manufacturers. Hartley Henderson reports.
Carbon tax axing – what’s the result?
The repeal of the carbon tax has stolen plenty of headlines recently. Mike Lorge looks at what is it likely to mean for the nation’s manufacturers.
What’s the difference between IoT and M2M?
Before the industrial Internet of Things there was machine-to-machine communications. Chantal Polsonetti outlines the features of each.
Do you have the freedom to operate?
Manufacturers are advised to check all intellectual property (IP) rights before signing any trade deal. Susanne Hantos writes.
How is welding safety looking?
The authors take a critical look at gas equipment use and maintenance in Australia.
How does a successful manufacturing workplace behave?
Brent Balinski spoke to Professor Peter Gahan from the University of Melbourne and Jeffery Yeh from Homart Pharmaceuticals about the importance of High Performance Work Practices to small and medium enterprise companies.