• Low cost shrinkwrappers

    December 4, 2007 0 comment

    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

    December 4, 2007 0 comment

    PERFECT Packaging has introduced the IRB 2400, an industrial robot from Tecnopack of Italy.

  • Vacuum gripper systems

    December 4, 2007 0 comment

    PIAB’s new VGS series of products is comprised of three gripper system sizes: 2010, 3010, and 5010.

  • RFID system configuration software

    December 4, 2007 0 comment

    TURCK has announced new configuration software for its recently introduced BL ident RFID system.

  • 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.