• Precision slide units

    September 11, 2007 0 comment

    METAL Work Pneumatics has added a precision slide to its range of handling units. The new S13 precision slide features a double acting cylinder with a hardened and ground steel guide on the body and a recirculating ball bearing pad fixed to the moving slide.

  • AS-approved isolation and dump valve

    September 11, 2007 0 comment

    NORGREN P64S and P74S series monitored soft start air isolation and dump valves have been independently tested and assessed as meeting the requirements for up to Category 4 safety in the AS4024.1501 – 2006 Safety of Machinery standard.

  • Letters to the editor – Too many cheap imports

    September 10, 2007 0 comment

    Hi Alan, WE are importers of Deprag screw assembly equipment air motors and tools as well as other products for the assembly industry.

  • Letters to the editor – China imports OK

    September 10, 2007 0 comment

    Dear Alan,

    Having been a subscriber to MM for many years I was surprised to read your editorial in the August 2007 issue: “Made in China now a warning sign?”

  • New magnesium casting process a boost for auto industry

    September 10, 2007 0 comment

    A MAJOR development by the CSIRO some years ago has led to the recent commercialisation of a magnesium casting process, T-Mag, with remarkable response from the castings industry world-wide.

  • Applying fieldbus in hazardous areas

    September 10, 2007 0 comment

    “IMPLEMENTING Foundation Fieldbus H1 Networks in Hazardous Areas” provides a rigorous discussion of hazardous environments, the standards and practices involved, and considerations for installing a Foundation Fieldbus H1 system.

  • Top shelf – the successes of Australian manufacturing

    September 6, 2007 0 comment

    Manufacturing in Australia has faced many obstacles in the past, but as Katherine Crichton found out, the ability for manufacturers to adapt, innovate and deliver is paving the way for a stronger industry.

  • MES and RFID technology keep tags on eggs

    September 6, 2007 0 comment

    RFID technology is now increasingly gaining importance in various sectors of the manufacturing industry. The advantages become apparent when this technology is used in conjunction with devices capable of integrating the related benefits into a new design model of industrial automation using Manufacturing Execution System (MES).

  • Bright future for new laser technologies

    September 5, 2007 0 comment

    Emerging laser technologies are giving manufacturers new ways of looking at conventional techniques. Katherine Crichton looks at the growing awareness and acceptance of fibre lasers in industry.

  • The skills shortage: making headway, but no easy answers

    September 5, 2007 0 comment

    Training and skills development is now firmly on the agenda of industry and government, and there have been some important success stories. But there is still a long road to travel before the manufacturing sector gets to where it needs to be. Derek Parker examines the issues.

  • Company presents new face: ‘engineered tough’

    September 5, 2007 0 comment

    ONE of Australia’s leading compressed air technology groups, Champion Compressors, recently unveiled an entirely new public image, comprising a new company slogan, a new colour scheme, and a company mascot–Champ, the Blue Heeler.

  • Industry recognition for Endress+Hauser

    September 4, 2007 0 comment

    A PROACTIVE initiative by Endress+ Hauser to alleviate the shortage of skilled instrument technicians in the manufacturing industry has been recognised by the RMIT School of Electrotechnology in Melbourne.

  • Pathways to carbon neutral manufacturing

    September 4, 2007 0 comment

    INCREASINGLY, concerted efforts are being made by manufacturers to reduce the environmental footprint of their operations, and some have made significant advances in aiming for a carbon neutral outcome.

  • The future of lamp-pumped solid-state lasers

    September 4, 2007 0 comment

    ALTHOUGH it provides the lifeblood for the majority of industrial solid-state lasers, the humble CW lamp or flashlamp is rarely afforded the importance it deserves.

  • Apprentices stand to gain more benefits

    September 4, 2007 0 comment

    THOUSANDS more Australians have today become eligible for a wide range of incentives to encourage the take up of apprenticeships in areas of skills shortages.

  • Grate magnet for food industry

    September 3, 2007 0 comment

    SERPENT and Dove has introduced the Econo-Grate range of protection magnets that provide the strength required (10,000 Gauss +) to remove fine iron in food processing plants.

  • Sliding head stock lathes

    September 3, 2007 0 comment

    CITIZEN Machinery has a comprehensive range of sliding head (Swiss type) lathes, ranging in workpiece diameter from 10mm to 42mm.

  • High-performance miniature drill

    September 3, 2007 0 comment

    FOLLOWING the introduction of the smallest internally-cooled solid carbide drill in the world, Titex has now extended its range to include a solid carbide, externally-cooled high-performance miniature drill.

  • Intelligent motor management system

    September 3, 2007 0 comment

    SCHNEIDER Electric has released its innovative TeSys T intelligent motor management system. Designed to protect and monitor installations demanding high levels of production equipment availability, the TeSys T increases process performance and reduces operational costs.

  • Spill containment pallets

    September 3, 2007 0 comment

    SPILL Station has launched a new range of spill containment pallets that include units to suit single and double IBC storage requirements.