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- Low cost shrinkwrappers
NEW LSK Series machines by SMI, described as “the world’s most affordable automated shrinkwrappers” are now being commissioned in Europe.
- Robotic solutions automate packaging
PERFECT Packaging has introduced the IRB 2400, an industrial robot from Tecnopack of Italy.
- Vacuum gripper systems
PIAB’s new VGS series of products is comprised of three gripper system sizes: 2010, 3010, and 5010.
- RFID system configuration software
TURCK has announced new configuration software for its recently introduced BL ident RFID system.
- Mobile enterprise asset management solution
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
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
2E SysCom has expanded its product range with the introduction of three new Profibus connectors.
- Enhanced HMI/SCADA software
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
ATLAS Copco Compressor Technique is launching a full range of nitrogen generators.
- Group programs deliver big benefits
IN Victoria, three inter-related organisations are facilitating improvements for participating manufacturers, and impressive results are being achieved.
- Moderate growth for industry in November
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
THE FIRST Mobicon was sold in the UK market was recently delivered to Karl King Transport in Suffolk, England.
- Export taxes to continue
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
THE LIGHTING Council Australia earlier this week commenced operation as a Canberra-based, incorporated peak industry association for the lighting industry.