• Mobile enterprise asset management solution

    December 4, 2007 0 comment

    INFOR has announced Infor EAM Advanced Mobile, an adaptable portable asset management solution that supports multiple applications from a single device.

  • Industrial machine deployment systems for OEMs

    December 4, 2007 0 comment

    NATIONAL Instruments has announced the release of the new NI cRIO-9072 and cRIO-9074 CompactRIO systems that give engineers and machine builders an ideal solution for rapidly deploying industrial machines at high volume.

  • Profibus connectors

    December 4, 2007 0 comment

    2E SysCom has expanded its product range with the introduction of three new Profibus connectors.

  • Enhanced HMI/SCADA software

    December 4, 2007 0 comment

    GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms, a unit of GE Enterprise Solutions, has included a wide range of unique features specifically designed for OEMs and their specialised needs in the recently announced Proficy HMI/SCADA – iFIX 4.5.

  • Cost-efficient nitrogen supply

    December 4, 2007 0 comment

    ATLAS Copco Compressor Technique is launching a full range of nitrogen generators.

  • Group programs deliver big benefits

    December 3, 2007 0 comment

    IN Victoria, three inter-related organisations are facilitating improvements for participating manufacturers, and impressive results are being achieved.

  • Moderate growth for industry in November

    December 3, 2007 0 comment

    ACTIVITY in Australia’s manufacturing industry grew moderately in November with the Australian Industry Group – PricewaterhouseCoopers Australian Performance of Manufacturing Index (Australian PMI) rising 0.5 points to 53.8 (still above the key 50.0 level separating expansion from contraction).

  • Efficient container handling heads to the UK

    December 2, 2007 0 comment

    THE FIRST Mobicon was sold in the UK market was recently delivered to Karl King Transport in Suffolk, England.

  • Export taxes to continue

    December 2, 2007 0 comment

    THE US International Trade Commission has agreed to maintain anti-dumping and countervailing duties on imports of hot-rolled steel products from China and five other countries.

  • Seven key numbers to drive profit

    December 1, 2007 0 comment

    WHILE financials in a manufacturing business are important, some numbers are critical to success.
    Most of the ‘Seven Key Numbers’ listed below are not contained in a typical set of financials because they are ‘Drivers’ rather than ‘Results’. Let me explain why these seven numbers are so critical.

  • An environmental difference of opinion

    December 1, 2007 0 comment

    ACCORDING to recent study by Dow Chemicals, eight out of ten manufacturing managers in the US, Brazil, Italy and Germany view reduction of waste as a higher priority than other environmental factors such as increasing energy efficiency or developing environmentally friendly products.

  • Industry program designed to boost productivity

    November 30, 2007 0 comment

    THE new Australian Industry Productivity Centre (AIPC) program is now officially up and running and it presents a great opportunity for SMEs to lift their productivity and performance and become more globally competitive.

  • R&D investment pays off

    November 30, 2007 0 comment

    TAKING the plunge and investing $2m in research and development was a calculated risk that has paid off for a Victorian high precision manufacturing company.

  • Manufacturing safety campaign launched

    November 29, 2007 0 comment

    BUSINESSES in Melbourne’s eastern and south eastern suburbs will be the first to learn about a major safety campaign being launched by WorkSafe Victoria.

  • An end of an era for steel can recycling

    November 29, 2007 0 comment

    THE WITHDRAWAL of BlueScope Steel from local manufacture of tinplate for packaging and continued market demand for scrap steel means that there is now a different dynamic in the steel making and recycling industry.

  • New peak industry body for Australia’s lighting industry

    November 28, 2007 0 comment

    THE LIGHTING Council Australia earlier this week commenced operation as a Canberra-based, incorporated peak industry association for the lighting industry.

  • NMW gets bigger in 2008

    November 27, 2007 0 comment

    NATIONAL Manufacturing Week 2008 – now Australia’s only annual integrated manufacturing exhibition – will be back at the Sydney Exhibition & Convention Centre, Darling Harbour in a significantly expanded form in May next year.

  • Smarter energy storage for solar and wind power

    November 27, 2007 0 comment

    DEVELOPMENT of the first hybrid battery suitable for storing electricity from renewable energy sources such as solar and wind is now a step closer.

  • A sustainable footprint for carpet producers

    November 27, 2007 11 comments

    A RESOURCE efficiency study is currently being conducted by the Carpet Institute of Australia with assistance from Sustainability Victoria.

  • Infectious waste cleanup systems

    November 26, 2007 0 comment

    NEW waste cleanup systems are being introduced by Enware Australia to help public and private organisations protect staff, visitors, clients and customers while complying with WorkCover code of practice for handling body fluid spills.