Innovation centre stage at NMW 2015

National Manufacturing Week – the event that brings industry
together – got off to a strong start in Melbourne yesterday, with a clear focus
on innovation across the event’s exhibition, demonstration and speaker

veteran John Blakemore addressed manufacturers directly, commenting that
manufacturers need to lead with innovation that develops the new industries to
underpin Australia’s future. Mr Blakemore, CEO of Blakemore Consulting
International recommends that manufacturers start collaborating with your
networks – especially with those in different disciplines such as medicine – to
apply manufacturing know-how to the task of creating new solutions for diverse

“We all have
different ways of looking at things – and when you get different sets of eyes
on a problem, it’s remarkable what you can discover,” Mr Blakemore said.

The core theme of innovation
was also reflected in the Day 1 Demonstration program, which included Adept
Turnkey’s demonstration of 360 degree automated inspection, a solution that
rests on sophisticated integration of vision from multiple cameras.

NMW’s Demonstration program will be in full swing on Day 2 –
Wednesday 27 May – with:

  • Steel Finishing: Metal Science Technologies
    demonstrate the cleaning of stainless steel welds using electropolishing to
    create a mirror sheen
  • Metal Marking: Trotec Laser Pty Ltd will
    demonstrate how galvo laser technology can dramatically reduce the
    processing times for metal marking
  • Fastening Tools & Systems: Autofast
    Australia will demonstrate the rivet gun that has set world riveting speed
  • Lifting: Kockums Bulk System will
    demonstrate the advantages of innovative vacuum lifting solutions.

The theme of innovation will also continue in NMW’s R&D
Theatre, with presentations on Creating a high-performing manufacturing
, and Unusual approaches to developing an idea to fully-testable

Innovators will also benefit from a presentation by Lachlan
Mullane, Partner at trade mark and patent attorney firm Hodgkinson McInnes, as
well as advice from exhibitors KPMG on accessing support for your R&D

NMW 2015 continues until Friday May 29, with late-night
trading to 9pm on Thursday May 28. For program details or to register, visit

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