• Wind sector powers on

    July 31, 2007 0 comment

    THE drive towards alternative energy sources is opening new opportunities for manufacturing firms, with manufacturers of equipment for electricity generation from wind turbines recording solid growth.

  • Industry slow to use green energy

    July 31, 2007 0 comment

    THE uptake of green energy sources in the residential sector continues to show significant growth, but uptake within industry remains low

  • Second generation RFID trial achieves 100%

    July 31, 2007 0 comment

    MANY manufactures are familiar with the hype of RFID as a revolutionary technology that will improve operational efficiencies, cut costs and enhance business intelligence, but at this year’s SMART conference it was demonstrated how the technology could deliver this and much more.

  • Australian company on track for international success

    July 31, 2007 0 comment

    WA company Vector Lifting, in partnership with the China Steel Machinery Company and Teco Industries from Taiwan, has recently completed its largest and most ambitious project to date.

  • Lessons learnt from MES applications

    July 31, 2007 0 comment

    While MES software is the key to linking SCADA systems to ERP systems, integration is often not as simple as many suggest. Alan Johnson reports.

  • Productivity gains possible with new robot technology

    July 30, 2007 0 comment

    A MELBOURNE-based specialist stainless steel fabricator has installed a new robotic welder to enhance its production efficiency at a time when stainless steel has risen significantly in price and experienced stainless welders are in strong demand.

  • Australia goes the distance with a new trade TV show

    July 27, 2007 0 comment

    AUSTRALIA’s first Pay TV programme solely dedicated to promoting and celebrating the trades has been launched in Sydney.

  • Company sets ‘one million-hour’ safety record

    July 27, 2007 0 comment

    AN AUSTRALIAN compressed air specialist has recently achieved one million production hours without a ‘lost workday case’.

  • Exhibitions combine to form manufacturing mega show

    July 26, 2007 0 comment

    Reed Exhibitions Australia, owner and organiser of National Manufacturing Week (NMW), has announced the purchase of the Manufacturing Technology InFocus exhibition from Diversified Exhibitions Australia.

  • New industry MOU

    July 25, 2007 0 comment

    TRAINING and employment outcomes for regional areas across Australia are set to expand after a key Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed in Melbourne last week.

  • Ford to focus on small cars

    July 25, 2007 0 comment

    REFLECTING Australia’s changing automotive market, with smaller, fuel-efficient cars now favoured, Ford has announced plans to manufacture the European-designed four cylinder Focus range starting in 2011.

  • Decision made on motors and drives for desalination plant

    July 24, 2007 0 comment

    ABB has secured key contracts valued at over $5m to supply motors and drives to the Gold Coast desalination plant. The plant, which is owned by the Queensland State Government and Gold Coast City Council is the largest desalination plant on the eastern seaboard and is located at Tugun on the Gold Coast.

  • Increased measuring efficiency

    July 24, 2007 0 comment

    MANUFACTURING inspection and reverse engineering at a Tasmanian sheet metal company has been made far more accurate and efficient through recently installed imaging equipment.

  • Hybrid laser with constant beam length

    July 24, 2007 0 comment

    YAMAZAKI Mazak has recently unveiled an extensive range of new technology adding to its range of machine tools and lasers, with the addition of the Super Turbo-X Champion hybrid laser cutting system.

  • Alternative energy generates cost savings

    July 24, 2007 0 comment

    IN A joint project with AGL, and with support from the Victorian Government’s Business Energy Innovation Initiative, a major on-site green energy generation facility has been commissioned at the Symex Holdings soap manufacturing plant in Port Melbourne.

  • Manufacturers form NZ alliance

    July 24, 2007 0 comment

    Compressor technology group, Sullair Australia, has appointed Goughs Power Systems/Goughs Cat as its exclusive distributor in New Zealand.

  • Ford’s Geelong engine plant to close

    July 19, 2007 0 comment

    IN a major shock to Australia’s car industry, Ford says it will close its Geelong engine plant, with about 600 jobs to go.

  • Control system announced for new bio-diesel plant

    July 18, 2007 0 comment

    The production processes at Natural Fuels Australia Ltd’s (NFAL) new bio-diesel plant in Darwin will be monitored and managed by a Yokogawa Centum CS3000 R3 Distributed Control System (DCS).

  • Many drive motors not meeting Standards

    July 17, 2007 0 comment

    AUSTRALIAN manufacturers may be unknowingly using non-MEPS compliant motors in their air compressors, with many cheaper imports not meeting Australian Standards.

  • Another Chinese recall

    July 17, 2007 0 comment

    US authorities could recall up to 450,000 Chinese-made tyres that may contain safety defects. The recall is the latest in a string of China-related consumer scares.