• R&D tax concession having a positive impact

    August 14, 2007 0 comment

    THE R&D Tax Concession is said to be having a long-term impact on business R&D collaboration, management and commercialisation, according to a report released yesterday (13th) by Industry Minister, Ian Macfarlane.

  • Australian Cat for Japan

    August 13, 2007 0 comment

    Heralding a new era in Japanese ferry transportation, the impressive new Incat 112m Wave Piercing Catamaran Natchan Rera has been delivered to Higashi Nihon Ferry.

  • Assembly process key to syringe’s success

    August 13, 2007 0 comment

    In response to the growing risk of needle-stick injuries worldwide Safety Medical Products invented the SecureTouch Safety Syringe.

  • Acetal steals a march on metal machinery components

    August 13, 2007 0 comment

    One of the foremost of the light, clean and tough engineering thermoplastics making inroads into the traditional domains of metal machinery components is that wonderfully versatile material acetal. Bruce Armstrong reports.

  • Key oil & gas body targets a nuclear future

    August 13, 2007 0 comment

    Nuclear power could be as cheap as coal if the cost of carbon capture and storage is considered, according to Professor Peter Johnston, Head of Physics at RMIT and panel member of the 2006 federal government review into the nuclear industry. Julia Tranter reports.

  • Peacock re-launches colour print division

    August 13, 2007 0 comment

    PEACOCK Bros has re-launched its colour print division bringing with it new equipment, technologies and experience. Additional label printing presses have been installed in Melbourne, Sydney, and New Zealand to expand on the label printing capacity and range of printing services.

  • Tetra Pak on track to meet CO2 target

    August 13, 2007 0 comment

    TETRA Pak, one of the world’s leading food and beverage processing and packaging equipment companies, is on target to reduce CO2 emissions by 10% in absolute terms by 2010, according to the company’s 2007 Environmental and Social Report.

  • Industry centres to open soon

    August 13, 2007 0 comment

    AUSTRALIAN Industry Productivity Centres (AIPC) are on track for a September opening following Friday’s announcement by Industry minister, Ian Macfarlane, of partner organisations to deliver the AIPC services to SMEs.

  • Whole-chain view pays dividends

    August 13, 2007 0 comment

    LOOKING at supply chain management from the perspective of ‘lean manufacturing’ can provide important benefits for company performance as well as the environment, according to Professor Peter Hines, a UK-based specialist and consultant in the field who recently conducted a series of workshops in Sydney and Melbourne.

  • Low OHS risk with disabled workers

    August 13, 2007 0 comment

    THE recent release of a government report titled Are People With Disability at Risk at Work? shows that Australian workers with a disability are not an increased occupational health and safety risk

  • Health products protected from dust

    August 13, 2007 0 comment

    HEALTH FOOD company Sanitarium recently enhanced and enlarged a major component of its food grade OH&S system at its beverage manufacturing plant, located in Berkelely Vale, NSW. The facility commissioned a third production line to add twice the manufacturing capacity of its existing two lines

  • Understanding height safety liabilities

    August 13, 2007 0 comment

    Many Australian businesses are unprepared for the liability presented by contractors and employees working at height on their sites, says height specialist Carl Sachs.

  • A safety PLC beats a padlock

    August 13, 2007 0 comment

    Frank Schrever explains why administrative controls are never enough to protect employees working in hazardous industries.

  • SEW bolsters industrial gear production capabilities

    August 10, 2007 0 comment

    Leading drives solutions provider, SEW-Eurodrive, has announced plans to construct a new manufacturing facility alongside its global headquarters in Bruchsal, Germany.

  • Creating a custom-built safety system

    August 10, 2007 0 comment

    BROCK Dominish, mechatronic engineer with Lincoln Electric’s automation division, recently had to design and build a robotic welding cell capable of assembling and welding large cable trays.

  • Reducing risks with high speed doors

    August 10, 2007 0 comment

    Safety issues have become an important concern for manufacturers. Accidents in North America and Europe have led to changes to national standards. Katherine Crichton reports.

  • Vietnam calls for Australian made products

    August 9, 2007 0 comment

    AN AUSTRALIAN-manufactured electrical and safety conduit with halogen-free flame retardant properties has been selected for use in the most advanced cold storage facility in Vietnam.

  • Technology rental scheme designed to improve working capital

    August 9, 2007 0 comment

    ROLAND DG Australia has introduced its new Roland Rental Program which enables customers to enjoy the use of Roland equipment without the associated costs of ownership.

  • CSIRO Opening the doors to robotics and automation

    August 8, 2007 0 comment

    As part of National Science Week 2007, CSIRO is opening its robotics and automation laboratories in Brisbane for everyone to explore.

  • NZ pushes for trans-Tasman partnership

    August 8, 2007 0 comment

    WHILE the All Blacks and Wallabies were battling it out on the rugby field for the Bledisloe cup, Australia and NZ manufacturers put aside their sporting rivalries to come together at a special manufacturing forum held recently in Sydney.