Frank-Peter Kirgis explains how robots are keeping companies competitive.
WITH Australian manufacturers working hard to buck the downward growth curve of recent years, new technology in the manufacturing process is being used to drive up final product value for customers.
ROMHELD Australia has introduced the Roboworld range of protective suits designed for robotic equipment operating in extreme environments.
RFID technology is now increasingly gaining importance in various sectors of the manufacturing industry. The advantages become apparent when this technology is used in conjunction with devices capable of integrating the related benefits into a new design model of industrial automation using Manufacturing Execution System (MES).
A PROACTIVE initiative by Endress+ Hauser to alleviate the shortage of skilled instrument technicians in the manufacturing industry has been recognised by the RMIT School of Electrotechnology in Melbourne.
SCHNEIDER Electric has released its innovative TeSys T intelligent motor management system. Designed to protect and monitor installations demanding high levels of production equipment availability, the TeSys T increases process performance and reduces operational costs.
A MAJOR retail outlet currently offers a very cute robot manikin labelled “RoboSapiens –A fusion of technology and personality” with a $244.00 price tag. The reality in the manufacturing world is vastly different.
THE 2007 Endeavour Award’s Australian Product of the Year – Industrial, was awarded to CalAir Pipe Systems at a gala function held in Sydney on August 2, with Kanga Loaders and Speedshield highly commended.
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.
HONEYWELL Process Solutions (HPS), a part of Honeywell’s Automation and Control Solutions group, will host its 19th Pacific Users Group Symposium in Queensland, Australia next week.
ABB Australia’s performance services team at the company’s transformer site located in Darra, QLD, has been working hard to improve water usage across the site, resulting in reducing water consumption by up to 60%.
Frank Schrever explains why administrative controls are never enough to protect employees working in hazardous industries.
BROCK Dominish, mechatronic engineer with Lincoln Electric’s automation division, recently had to design and build a robotic welding cell capable of assembling and welding large cable trays.
As part of National Science Week 2007, CSIRO is opening its robotics and automation laboratories in Brisbane for everyone to explore.
GE Fanuc Automation has entered into an agreement with Pepperl + Fuchs North America, to provide interface components that create connections in industrial automation systems including Profibus-based analog signal transfer and digital fieldbus communication.
STUDENTS from universities across Australia have joined forces with top manufacturing companies to participate in the National Robotics Innovation competition, with each participating educational institution having the opportunity to receive a fifty seat site license of Robot Studio valued at A$100,000, provided by ABB at no cost.
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.
AUSTRALIA’S manufacturing and technology event, Manufacturing Technology InFocus is to be staged at the Sydney Convention & Exhibition Centre, Darling Harbour, 24 – 26 July 2007
THE ABILITY to access information anytime, anywhere is vital in today’s fast-paced world.
Electronic devices in automation are not only improving the reliability of safety systems, but are also enhancing production control. And now one network can be used to manage both. Katherine Crichton reports.