• 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.

  • IT investment turns leads to growth

    August 8, 2007 0 comment

    IF you happen to be driving a vehicle
    equipped with an aftermarket harmonic
    balancer, it probably came from Precision
    Parts’ Wagga Wagga, NSW, manufacturing

  • SAFETY: it really is your business

    August 8, 2007 0 comment

    THE risk management process, as prescribed in legislation, is a strategic system that allows employers to identify OHS issues in their workplaces and to methodically control them by the best means available.

  • Driving the SOA-enabled enterprise

    August 7, 2007 0 comment

    THE drive right now for efficiency amongst Australian manufacturers is relentless. Not only must manufacturers continue to evolve in order to stay agile and lean, they need to reduce downtime in order to keep up their competitive advantages.

  • Industry awards recognise manufacturing excellence

    August 6, 2007 0 comment

    THE ELITE of Australia’s manufacturing industry were recognised at the 4th Annual Endeavour Awards held in Sydney last week (Thursday August 2), with Melbourne-based Production Parts taking out the Endeavour Award’s 2007 Manufacturer of the Year.

  • Technology partner announced

    August 6, 2007 0 comment

    GE Fanuc Automation has entered into an agreement with Pepperl + Fuchs North America, to provide interface components that create connections in industrial automation systems including Profibus-based analog signal transfer and digital fieldbus communication.

  • Industry lifted in July

    August 6, 2007 0 comment

    AUSTRALIA’S manufacturing activity lifted in July underpinned by stronger domestic demand, with the Australian Industry Group – PricewaterhouseCoopers Australian Performance of Manufacturing Index (Australian PMI) rising 4.3 points to 57.4 (above the key 50.0 level separating expansion from contraction).

  • Robotics innovation competition

    August 6, 2007 0 comment

    STUDENTS from universities across Australia have joined forces with top manufacturing companies to participate in the National Robotics Innovation competition, with each participating educational institution having the opportunity to receive a fifty seat site license of Robot Studio valued at A$100,000, provided by ABB at no cost.

  • New Magnesium casting process a boost to car industry

    August 6, 2007 0 comment

    A joint venture involving CSIRO and three South Australian companies has been awarded a $1.95m grant to develop a magnesium casting process that will have significant benefits for the automotive industry and the environment.

  • Crunch time for 306,000 young Australians

    August 6, 2007 0 comment

    NEW research released Monday 6th of August reveals that more than one in ten, or 306,000 young Australians are either unemployed, want to work, or are under-employed.

  • Reliability the key to dust filter systems

    August 4, 2007 0 comment

    THE LOWEST cost components often have the largest influence on the reliable operation of dust collectors and knowing what makes a reverse pulse jet dust collector operate reliably is essential to preventing system failure.

  • Australia first: SA company gets Defence ready

    August 1, 2007 0 comment

    BEING both capable and flexible are key elements in attracting defence contracts, says the Amanda Wood, MD of A-Class Metal Finishers.

  • High-speed door preserves safety

    August 1, 2007 0 comment

    THANKS to Rite-Hite and Red Australia’s Traxion Drive System, FasTrax doors consistently operate at high speeds with maximum reliability for maximum productivity.

  • Top tips for choosing a high speed door

    August 1, 2007 0 comment

    Need to know facts to ensure you buy the right door for your application.

  • See thru flexible doors

    August 1, 2007 0 comment

    MTI QUALOS has introduced its new range of flexible see-thru doors, manufactured in Australia under licence to Sigerist of Switzerland.