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OPINION: Taxing times for dirty industry
Cutting the amount of pollution emitted into our atmosphere will help preserve our country’s future. So why is our industry so dirty about the carbon tax?
The future of manufacturing: Collaborative value networks
A primary driver in the plant operations software market has been the need to align plant operations with the business needs of the enterprise. Now, market forces are beginning to take this pressure to the next level, as manufacturers face increasingly dynamic market ecosystems and value networks.
Top tips to ensure your manufacturing business thrives in 2012
This year has been a tough race for manufacturers. Find out how you can get on top in the new year by reading our top-tips for 2012.
Australian racing car team wins race and design challenge
Kelly Racing received a design award for using manufacturing software to mock-up new car components that helped them win the ultimate prize — without even testing them on the racing track.
Designing storage systems to cope with earthquakes
Designing rack structures to cope with the unpredictable forces generated during an earthquake requires a combination of detailed engineering, sophisticated computer analysis, and a degree of crystal ball gazing – on the part of the engineer – into how the storage system may be utilised over its lifetime.
How to achieve redundancy in power supply systems
Probably no other issue generates more discussion or confusion in the electrical market than how to correctly implement a redundant power supply system. Yet, redundancy is paramount when extreme reliability is required in power supply systems, as is the case in the DC supply to a DCS or PLC control system.
Using safety monitoring filters with cartridge dust collectors
Many cartridge dust collectors today are equipped with a bank of filters installed downstream of the clean air discharge. These systems are known by a variety of names – safety monitoring filter, secondary filter, after-filter and safety filter being the most common terms.
Siemens or SolidWorks? CAD battle gets serious
LOOK out SolidWorks; we are coming to get you. This was the key message from Siemens PLM’s recent analyst conference in Boston – with some impressive growth figures to back up those claims. Alan Johnson reports from Boston.
3PL overhaul gives Lion’s Dairy & Drinks division a competitive edge
Thanks to a smart new layout and storage systems, this dairy and drinks NDC distributes 100,000 cases a day.
Driving productivity: the new wave of Motors and Drives
Innovative developments in motors and drives are set to deliver significant productivity gains as well as environmental benefits.
Transport summit drives home importance of intelligent systems
Standards consistency and common platforms adoption are critical to the future of Australia’s transport infrastructure, according to delegates at a recent transport systems conference.
The case for imported fabricated steel
Is there a legitimate reason for Australian industry to import fabricated steel? We’ve heard the case against it; now let’s hear the case for it.
No room for small food, beverage manufacturers in new market
Australia’s food and beverage industry is not doing as well as it seems, and substantial change is set to hit the sector, a new report says.
[VIDEO] Laser Tracker enables precision engineering in the middle of the ocean
What do you do when you need precision parts machined for an oil processing project in the middle of the ocean? Send in the experts, of course. Check out this video of the FARO Laser Tracker, an ingenious system used by one manufacturing company to cut-out the tedious surveying legwork required to start the job.
Choosing the right voltage
Given rising energy costs and the increased efficiency of modern VSDs, many applications can be warranted on power savings alone, writes Craig Southwell.
Food testing: checking for bad culture
One of the most critical roles of the food manufacturing industry is to deliver food that is not only of good quality but is safe to eat. Rita Mu reports.
High-speed doors dominate the market
Automatic doors are becoming the more popular option for companies requiring high levels of ‘opens and closes’. Annie Dang writes.
$100m cash injection to save BlueScope jobs
The Federal Government has moved to prevent any further job losses at BlueScope Steel a $100m cash advance for Australia’s largest steel maker.
The right tool path for the job
Matching the correct tool path software to the production needs of each application will get the most out of advanced CNC machines. David White writes.
Have you secured your tickets to the Endeavour Awards?
Now that the Endeavour Awards nominations are closed, get your tickets for the prestigious gala dinner event held in Melbourne at the RACV Club, on 25 May 2011.