• Combination shrink-wrapping machine

    January 8, 2008 0 comment

    PERFECT Packaging has introduced the Combo 55/85, a combination shrink-wrapping machine capable of sealing and shrinking in one operation.

  • Digital wet/wet differential pressure gauge

    January 8, 2008 0 comment

    CRYSTAL Engineering Corporation, a US-based pressure instrumentation company, has developed the XP2i-DP, a new digital wet/wet differential pressure gauge with 0.1% of reading accuracy.

  • Buderim Ginger taps into water savings

    January 8, 2008 0 comment

    Queensland’s iconic Ginger Factory on the Sunshine Coast has slashed its water use by 25.6 million litres a year with the support of the Queensland Government’s $55m Business Water Efficiency Program.

  • Toy factories to close

    January 8, 2008 0 comment

    RECENT reports released from Hong Kong suggest hundreds of Hong Kong-owned toy factories in China may be forced to close after huge global recalls hit the industry.

  • Omron releases Ethernet/IP

    January 8, 2008 0 comment

    INDUSTRIAL automation company Orman Electronics has released Ethernet/IP communication modules (EIP21) for its CS and CJ range of PLCs.

  • Open line speaker system

    January 8, 2008 0 comment

    ADTEC Communications has released the VoiceTrader open line speaker system for use in the transport industry and other industrial sectors.

  • Lift trucks

    January 8, 2008 0 comment

    HYSTER has introduced the Fortis line of lift trucks representing a transformation in the way lift trucks are designed, built, and acquired.

  • Pallet dimensioning system

    January 8, 2008 0 comment

    SCALE Components has launched the PalletScan Dimensioning System, designed for transportation, distribution and logistics installations where pallets are weighed, cubed, and tracked.

  • Spot welding robot

    January 8, 2008 0 comment

    NACHI’s newly developed Presto ST robot is suitable for spot welding, palletising, handling, deburring, loading, die casting, press brake and press to press handling applications.

  • New asbestos removal regulations

    January 8, 2008 0 comment

    WORKCOVER NSW has issued a reminder about upcoming changes to regulations around licensing of asbestos removalists.

  • Alcoa sells consumer and packaging businesses to Rank Group

    January 7, 2008 0 comment

    GLOBAL producer and manager of primary aluminum, fabricated aluminum and alumina facilities Alcoa, late last year announced it has agreed to sell its packaging and consumer businesses to New Zealand’s Rank Group Limited for $2.7 billion in cash.

  • Endress+Hauser invites Australian engineers to tour Europe

    January 7, 2008 0 comment

    ENDRESS+Hauser, global supplier of measuring instruments and automation solutions for the industrial process engineering industry, is inviting Australia’s instrument technicians, electrical and process engineers, consultants, contractors and project engineers to join a Process Instrumentation Training Tour to Europe.

  • China raises steel export tariffs

    January 7, 2008 0 comment

    ACCORDING to Chinese reports, export tariffs on Chinese steel billets, pig iron, and non-alloy steel ingots were increased from 15% to 25% on January 1, in an effort by the government to restrain its trade surplus, reduce energy consumption, and cut rising air pollution in the country.

  • LaserBond goes public

    January 7, 2008 0 comment

    NEW SOUTH WALES engineering company LaserBond Ltd, formerly known as HVOF and Laser Technologies, has been listed on the Australian Securities Exchange (LBL.ASX) as of December 17th, 2007.

  • Manufacturing spend on IT set to grow

    January 3, 2008 0 comment

    A New report finds Manufacturing companies globally are looking to improve production agility, enhance reporting capabilities and reduce overall costs from their operations.

  • No end in sight for price-fixing saga

    January 2, 2008 0 comment

    Editorial comment piece for the December issue of Manufacturers’ Monthly.

    ALTHOUGH the Visy/Amcor cardboard box price-fixing and market-sharing cartel is no longer in the headlines, don’t think this story has ended. There are a few more twists in this sordid tale to come.

  • What are you buying when you ask for “green” power?

    January 2, 2008 0 comment

    INCREASING awareness of declining traditional energy sources and rising greenhouse emissions coupled with the Government’s recent ratification of the Kyoto Protocol are driving consumer and business demand for energy retailers to offer renewable energy products.

  • Government’s lazy attitude revealed

    January 1, 2008 0 comment

    Editorial comment piece from the October issue of Manufacturers’ Monthly.

    Surprise authors of damming report on Government’s industry policy. Committee calls for significant changes, including a strategic manufacturing policy.

  • Global integration is on the right track

    December 31, 2007 0 comment

    Editorial comment piece from the September issue of Manufacturers’ Monthly.

    The closure of Ford’s Geelong engine plant will bring short term pain for sure, but it could also mean the blue oval’s long term gain in Australia. Alan Johnson writes.

  • Automating the design process further

    December 30, 2007 0 comment

    WITH the trend to automate the manufacturing design process ever expanding, the move this year to embed DriveWorks Express in SolidWorks 2008 was a targeted move.