• Technological breakthroughs open up markets

    November 3, 2007 0 comment

    AUSTRALIA has historically been regarded as a fertile nursery for the conception and development of innovative ideas, and sometimes these lead to the launch of entirely new and unique products onto the international market. Hartley Henderson reports for Manufacturers’ Monthly.

  • Manufacturers turning greener

    November 3, 2007 0 comment

    AT a time when the world is firmly focused on all aspects of the environment, it is very satisfying to be able to report that Australian businesses are deeply concerned about greenhouse emissions and are taking steps to reduce their consumption of electricity, gas, water usage and waste production.

  • Industry looks to ‘smart’ systems

    November 2, 2007 0 comment

    THE inaugural Innovation in Manufacturing Series event, Embedded Systems Technologies – the future for smart object manufacturing, was held at the Western Sydney Business Centre in North Parramatta recently.

  • SA industry in transition

    November 2, 2007 0 comment

    WITH globalisation affecting the manufacturing industry world-wide, it’s no surprise to see South Australia in a period of industrial flux. Alan Johnson reports.

  • Steel in touch with Australian innovation

    November 2, 2007 0 comment

    NOW in its fifth year, the Manufacturers’ Monthly Endeavour Awards continues to grow, with 2007 seeing a record number of finalists in the history of the awards, and 2008 is shaping up to be a massive year for Australian manufacturing.

  • Warning for Australian exporters

    November 2, 2007 0 comment

    THOUSANDS of Australian exporters are unaware they could be forced to pay substantial compensation to their European agents on termination or expiry of agencies following a recent confirmation of the position in the UK.

  • Manufacturing bounce in October, but exports slowed

    November 1, 2007 0 comment

    THE latest monthly industry report reveals manufacturing activity picked up in October to record moderate growth while a soft export outcome signalled the negative impact of the high Australian dollar.

  • Sustainability focus for Toyota’s factories

    November 1, 2007 0 comment

    TOYOTA has announced plans for “sustainable plant” activities aimed at increasing the sustainability of its production operations.

  • AEEMA members vote to consolidate with Ai Group

    October 31, 2007 0 comment

    MEMBERS of the Australian Electrical and Electronic Manufacturers’ Association (AEEMA) recently approved a motion to consolidate its operations with one of the nation’s largest industry associations, the Australian Industry Group (Ai Group).

  • New Australian agent for Sanco announced

    October 31, 2007 0 comment

    CNC Machinery Sales Australia has recently announced the appointment of a new Australian sales and service agent for the Sanco Machine & Tool Corporation of Taiwan.

  • WorkCover reforms good for both employees and business

    October 30, 2007 0 comment

    “The WorkCover premium cuts and reforms announced by Premier Morris Iemma will deliver a welcome reduction in business costs in NSW,” Australian Industry Group NSW Director Mark Goodsell said last week.

  • Manufacturers get more accuracy with new technology

    October 30, 2007 0 comment

    FARO Technologies, provider of portable computer-aided measurement arms and laser tracker sales, recently announced the release of the Fusion FaroArm.

  • ABB launches ‘next generation’ robot

    October 29, 2007 0 comment

    ABB has announced the launch of a new stronger robot, the IRB 6640. This new robot is suitable for various applications within material handling, machine tending, and spot welding.

  • Storage and flow rack system

    October 29, 2007 0 comment

    ICA has released a new Creform concept for a multi-tasking, storage and part transfer unit to support warehouse order picking operations, or point-of-use locations for assembly and machining stations and work cells.

  • Extra funding keeps world-class researchers in Australia

    October 29, 2007 0 comment

    THE AUSTRALIAN Government has contributed an extra $4.8 million over two years to NICTA, Australia’s Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Research Centre of Excellence, which will enable retention of a team of world-class researchers in Australia.

  • More support announced for renewable energy

    October 29, 2007 0 comment

    THE Prime Minister recently announced that a re-elected Coalition Government will provide further support to new and emerging renewable energy technology as part of a broader plan to develop a clean energy future for Australia.

  • National manual task standard declared

    October 28, 2007 0 comment

    THE National Standard for Manual Tasks (2007) and the National Code of Practice for the Prevention of Musculoskeletal Disorders from Performing Manual Tasks at Work (2007) were declared on 22nd August 2007 by the Australian Safety and Compensation Council (ASCC).

  • Worker death causes $300,000 fine

    October 28, 2007 0 comment

    Inadequate training, a lack of protective equipment and poor work procedures have led to a conviction and $300,000 fine for the employer of a man who died while changing a lightbulb.

  • Students develop fully autonomous humanoid robot

    October 27, 2007 0 comment

    ENGINEERING students from the Robotics & Mechanisms Laboratory (RoMeLa) at Virginia Tech have developed a bipedal humanoid robot using the National Instruments LabVIEW graphical system design platform.

  • Handling the invisible hazard

    October 27, 2007 0 comment

    ACCORDING to Commonwealth Government statistics, the manufacturing industry has a lot to answer for in terms of hearing damaged by industrial noise.