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- Rapid roll industrial doors
NERGECO’S latest addition to its range of rapid-roll industrial doors, the Forum Star 2, is designed for smooth traffic flow and safety.
- Defences to liability for defective products
The importance of quality control. Colin Loveday and Zoë Kimberley* report for Manufacturers’ Monthly.
- Safety awareness course
PSYCHOLOGIST Carl Reams has written and developed a nationally recognised cometency based course in Advanced Safety and Quality Awareness (AS&QA).
- Positively managing workplace injury
WORK injuries are a pain for all concerned and a drain on resources.
- Watching out for forklift operators
THESE days forklifts are designed with more in-built safety features than ever, including speed limiting, seatbelt interlocking and impact sensors, but they still continue to be one of the most hazardous pieces of equipment on the factory floor.
- Wind sector powers on
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
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%
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
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
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
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
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
AN AUSTRALIAN compressed air specialist has recently achieved one million production hours without a ‘lost workday case’.
- Exhibitions combine to form manufacturing mega show
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.