• Qld attracts insulation makers

    March 6, 2008 0 comment

    CSR’s new $50m glasswool insulation factory at Brendale, in Brisbane’s north, is well on track with the official sod-turning ceremony recently carried out.

  • Mentor program seeks participants

    March 6, 2008 0 comment

    THE OHS Mentor Program, a partnership with industry and WorkCover NSW to help small businesses improve their OHS, workers compensation and injury management practices, is searching for participants.

  • Prisoners breaking into manufacturing

    March 6, 2008 0 comment

    UTILISING prison labour in industry is not a new concept – Australia was founded on the hard work of convictsand with the current skills shortage affecting much of the country, inmate labour has been touted as a solution.

  • Brushless DC motors

    March 5, 2008 0 comment

    Portescap has released the N Series slotted brushless DC motors.

  • Largest ever mass flowmeter

    March 5, 2008 0 comment

    YOKOGAWA has released the Rotamass XR Coriolis mass flowmeter, which is the largest ever product of its type: it is capable of handling a maximum flow rate of more than 544 metric tonnes/hour (600t/h).

  • Extra support needed for Australian exporters

    March 5, 2008 0 comment

    There have been calls for the Rudd Government to start its review of trade policy and look to enhance support for exporters.

  • Effective water management reduces usage

    March 5, 2008 0 comment

    MORE and more companies are reaping the benefits of structured water management projects aimed at reducing the volume and cost of mains water in their operations.

  • Poor start to the year for Australian manufacturers

    March 5, 2008 0 comment

    GLOBAL market turbulence contributed to a weak start to the year for Australian manufacturers with the Australian Industry Group – PricewaterhouseCoopers Australian Performance of Manufacturing Index (Australian PMI) falling by 8.4 points in the month to 49.2 (falling below the key 50.0 level separating expansion from contraction).

  • Defence opportunities on the way up

    March 5, 2008 0 comment

    Australia’s defence needs are growing, and the opportunities for companies to supply those needs are expanding rapidly. Whether you are an established player in the defence field or have never considered it before, exploring the new possibilities should be on everyone’s ‘to do in 2008’ list. Derek Parker reports.

  • Design takes centre stage

    March 5, 2008 0 comment

    Industrial designers and engineers from around the world came together in Southern California recently to see the latest advances in 3D CAD. Alan Johnson was there.

  • Real time warehouse management

    March 4, 2008 0 comment

    With manufacturers increasingly under pressure to meet tighter deadlines, supply chain visibility is paramount. Katherine Crichton examines the latest technologies providing warehouse efficiencies.

  • Measuring the benefits of CMMs

    March 4, 2008 0 comment

    CMMs are more robust and refined than ever, providing users with accurate, fast measurements directly from the factory floor, but how do the results add up for manufacturers? Katherine Crichton reports.

  • Fire extinguisher training

    March 4, 2008 0 comment

    BULLEX Digital Safety has introduced a live fire extinguisher training simulator called the ITS Xtreme, for use by fire departments, emergency responders, companies, and other organisations.

  • Pedal-operated tilt cart

    March 4, 2008 0 comment

    PALL Mall has added a Tilt Cart to its range of bins and carts for industry. To avoid the need to manually tilt the entire cart to empty, this cart has a pedal-operated tilt release.

  • Floor degreaser cleaner

    March 4, 2008 0 comment

    NEW foam-activated scrubbing technology – the FaST 965 heavy duty degreaser cleaner has earned the National Floor Safety Institute of USA (NFSI) high traction certification.

  • New asbestos removal regulations

    March 4, 2008 0 comment

    WORKCOVER NSW has issued a reminder to factory owners, builders and contractors out changes to regulations around licensing of asbestos removalists.

  • TEA goes ‘back to basics’ at NMW

    March 4, 2008 0 comment

    SUPPLIER of components for the engineering trade TEA Transmissions will remind visitors at Stand 5210 during this year’s NMW, that purchasing readily-available, basic components off-the-shelf has many benefits.

  • Sobering outlook for GDP growth

    March 3, 2008 0 comment

    New research released by the Australian Industry Group (Ai Group) estimates that Australia’s annual rate of growth over the next ten years is set to struggle to reach 3%.

  • Manufacturing activity remains subdued

    March 3, 2008 0 comment

    MANUFACTURING activity remained subdued in February with the Australian Industry Group – PricewaterhouseCoopers Australian Performance of Manufacturing Index (Australian PMI) rising 2.2 points to 51.4 (above the key 50.0 level separating expansion from contraction) following a drop of 8.4 points in January.

  • Furniture manufacturers go online

    March 3, 2008 0 comment

    Production line goes online Australian furniture manufacturers have a new multimedia online demonstration that promotes efficient production practices across the industry.

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