• Holden slashes water consumption

    December 18, 2007 0 comment

    THE global market poses both challenges and opportunities for the Australian automotive industry.

  • Increasing emphasis on water management

    December 18, 2007 0 comment

    WITH the cost of water set to rise significantly, businesses have a further incentive to identify opportunities to save water and take action to implement water reduction programs.

  • Top 100 Manufacturers – Tough year ahead for many

    December 18, 2007 0 comment

    Australia’s manufacturing industry looks set for a challenging year ahead, but as Alan Johnson and Katherine Crichton report, there will be exceptions.

  • Top 100 Manufacturers – machinery & equipment

    December 18, 2007 10 comments

    MACHINERY and equipment manufacturers have done well in 2007 despite the intensely competitive situation in the automotive market, largely driven by the ongoing strength of the Australian dollar.

  • Top 100 Manufacturers – petroleum, coal & chemical products

    December 18, 2007 0 comment

    PETROLEUM currently accounts for more than 50% of Australia’s primary energy needs, and with rising demand over the last year fuelling increasing production of both crude oil and natural gas, 2007 has been a year of structural change for the sector.

  • Top 100 Manufacturers – non-metallic & mineral products

    December 18, 2007 0 comment

    COMPANIES in the housing and construction market, already hit by cyclical downturns in Australian and US housing markets and the negative effects of the US subprime mortgage crisis, experienced mixed results.

  • Top 100 Manufacturers – food, beverage & tobacco

    December 18, 2007 0 comment

    IT HAS been an uncertain year for the Food, Beverage & Tobacco industry with a strong economy and high consumer confidence running against the backdrop of a number of business pressures and changes in retail ownership.

  • Top 100 Manufacturers- metal products

    December 18, 2007 0 comment

    IT HAS been another strong year for Australian metal product manufacturers, with the global steel market driven by demand from China, the US and Europe, despite persistently higher raw material costs.

  • Top 100 Manufacturers – paper & wood products

    December 18, 2007 0 comment

    IT HAS been a year of mixed results for the packaging sector, with climate change, changing consumer trends and a tight labour market posing significant challenges for the industry.

  • Fork Off competition gets under way

    December 17, 2007 0 comment

    THE SUPPLY Chain and Logistics Association of Australia (SCLAA) officially announced the launch of the ‘Great Fork Off’, earlier this week.

  • Automation software control tool

    December 16, 2007 0 comment

    GE Fanuc has announced that VisiconX, an enterprise-wide analytical tool, is now available for Proficy HMI/SCADA CIMPLICITY.

  • Drive-integrated automation systems

    December 15, 2007 0 comment

    PILZ Motion Control (PMC) provides an overall solution for machine automation. A new generation of drive-integrated automation systems, PMCprimo Drive, and servo amplifiers, PMCtendo DD, makes the product range more compact and more powerful.

  • Sheet metal fabrication NC control

    December 14, 2007 0 comment

    AVAILABLE from Power Machinery, the Cybelec DNC 880 numerical control unit is ideal for upgrading existing Cybelec-controlled press brakes.

  • Fieldbus temperature transmitter

    December 14, 2007 0 comment

    THE TFZ programmable Foundation Fieldbus temperature transmitter can be installed on the same segment with all standard Foundation fieldbus devices.

  • Dump-to-bin weigh batching system

    December 13, 2007 0 comment

    A NEW manual dump to rigid bin weigh batching system eliminates dust during manual dumping from bags, boxes, drums and other containers, de-lumps the material, and feeds it gravimetrically from messanine level into rigid bins placed on a floor scale.

  • Band sawing machines

    December 13, 2007 0 comment

    MEP Shark 282, CCS, SXI Evo, and NC Evo, band-sawing machines available from Power Machinery, offer different solutions to various cutting applications.

  • Punch press slitting tool system

    December 13, 2007 0 comment

    MATE Precision Tooling has introduced a the Mate LongLife slitting tool system for Trumpf style punch presses.

  • Increased productivity in steel turning

    December 13, 2007 0 comment

    STEEL turning grade GC4215 from Sandvik Coromant delivers higher performance machining results across a wide steel application area and enables increased cutting data in wet and dry conditions.

  • Compressed air filters

    December 13, 2007 0 comment

    MOTOR Guard compressed air filters utilise the dual-compression concept and are designed to remove oil aerosols, smokes, condensed moisture and sub-micronic solid particles from compressed air and vacuum lines.

  • New drives offer more torque per dollar

    December 13, 2007 0 comment

    SOME of the most versatile and powerful gearmotors in the Bonfiglioli range are being combined to produce drives that offer the best features of each for heavy feeder and conveyor applications.