Government rewards innovation in manufacturing

A highly sensitive electronic mat that detects intruders and a device that pinpoints unusual vibration in machinery are among the latest innovative projects to receive Australian Government assistance to help bring them to market.

A highly sensitive electronic mat that detects intruders and a device that pinpoints unusual vibration in machinery are among the latest innovative projects to receive Australian Government assistance to help bring them to market.

Innovation Minister, Senator Kim Carr recently announced that six Commercialising Emerging Technologies (COMET) grants totalling $422,400 had been awarded to companies to help market their innovations.

Canberra-based company Sensol is among the receivers for their Sensor Mat which comprises fibre-optic cable encased between two layers of material. A control box detects any pressure or disturbance on the mat which sends a light bean alert message through the fibre to the control box.

Fabtale Productions of Queensland also received funding for its FilmAudioBook (FAB) product, an ‘e-book’ that incorporates text, film, photos, music, voice-overs and click-notes into a multimedia experience with page turning. Fabtale Productions is looking to launch the product domestically and internationally in 2010.

Engine mounting systems designer and manufacturer Isoflex Technologies International is also set to receive funding to assist with its vibration isolator software that analyses vibration in vessels, vehicles and stationary plants.

With the commencement of Commercialisation Australia, the COMET program will be closed to new applications from 1 January 2010.

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