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- Chess takes out PM’s award
CHESS Engineering, the Padstow-based general engineers, has won the NSW leg of this year’s prestigious Prime Minister’s Award for Excellence in Community Business Partnerships.
- Drive-In rack storage system
THE structural design team at Dematic has created a new Drive-In rack system. According to Dematic, the new Drive-In system is the lowest cost solution for high density storage on the market.
- Fuel-cell forklifts operating
CANADIAN companies, LiftOne and Engineered Solutions, have unveiled two hydrogen-powered fuel cell lift trucks.
- Systems technology agreement
GE Fanuc Automation has entered into an agreement with Pepperl + Fuchs to provide interface components that create connections in industrial automation systems including Profibus-based analogue signal transfer and digital fieldbus communication.
- Climate neutral products
INTERFACEFLOR is said to be Australia’s first manufacturing company to have 100% of its products climate neutral.
- ANCA takes out technology award
The winner of this year’s Technology Application award was ANCA, with highly commended going to Steinhoff Furniture and packaging group Portavin.
- CSBP provides the environmental solution
And the winner is – CSBP for Environmental Solution of the Year; with highly commended awarded to packaging company Amcor and Davey Water Products.
- ANSTO creates a workplace safety culture
SAFETY in the workplace should be a top priority for all businesses, and ANSTO proved OH&S is a prime focus for the organisation by taking out the Safety Scheme of the Year award. Penfold Buscombe followed closely with highly commended.
- Production Parts exports to the world
AT the 2007 Endeavour Awards, Exporter of the Year went to Victorian company Production Parts, with highly commended going to Eye Catcher Innovations from SA and Seawind Catamarans from NSW.
- Cleaner workplace air
DONALDSON Australasia has compiled a study on specially developed technologies that replace commodity filter media to achieve better workplace air. This is an abridged version of its white paper.
- Chinese goods recalled
CHINESE-made consumer goods have been subject to more safety recalls in Canada than products from any other country, according to recently released Health Canada data.
- Pacifica doing it tough
CAR parts maker Pacifica Group says tough conditions in the automotive industry make it hard to predict future profitability although the company expects to make a loss in the second half of its financial year.
- Newcastle steel plant to close
AUSTRALIAN Tube Mills, a joint venture between OneSteel and Smorgon Steel, has announced it will be closing two of its three mills in Newcastle, NSW.
- Seawind sets sail for consumer product success
Wollongong-based Seawind Catamarans took out the 2007 Innovative Australian Product of the Year – Consumer category with Navisafe awarded highly commended. Katherine Crichton reports.
- Drives contract awarded
ABB has secured key contracts valued at over $5m to supply motors and drives to the Gold Coast desalination plant.
- Control system announced
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).
- Smorgon broken up
SHAREHOLDERS in Smorgon Steel Group ended an era in Australian steel production last month when they voted to support their company’s break-up.
- HART-based device conversion agreement
YOKOGAWA Electric and Moore Industries-International have expanded their global preferred vendor agreement to include Moore Industries’ HART concentrator system (HCS).
- SAP-qualified automation environment software
INTERGRAPH SmartPlant Enterprise for Owner Operators version 3.8, a preconfigured engineering automation environment for plant operators, has gained “Powered by SAP NetWeaver” qualification from SAP AG.
- More Chinese problems
TOY giant Mattel has been forced to recall close to a million toys, under the Fisher-Price brand, following the discovery of high levels of lead in a wide range of toys in Australia, NZ, US and UK.