• Lean thinking is key to survival

    BY adopting lean, forward-thinking manufacturers are able to improve production efficiencies, reduce waste and cost, better utilise space and resources and engage staff. Claire James reports

    November 8, 2007 0 comment

  • New robots axes all areas

    Industrial robot technology is on the move, with advances in design now producing robots with human-like flexibility. Katherine Crichton reports.

    November 8, 2007 0 comment

  • Rockwell Automation to acquire Pavilion Technologies

    ROCKWELL AUTOMATION has entered into a definitive agreement to buy Pavilion Technologies Inc, a privately held advanced process control and automation company providing production optimisation and environmental compliance solutions for process and hybrid industries.

    November 7, 2007 0 comment

  • Integrated Architecture goes on tour

    ROCKWELL Automation’s inaugural Automation University event is touring Queensland and New South Wales during February and March 2008.

    November 6, 2007 1 comment

  • SA industry in transition

    WITH globalisation affecting the manufacturing industry world-wide, it’s no surprise to see South Australia in a period of industrial flux. Alan Johnson reports.

    November 2, 2007 0 comment

  • Advanced Manufacturing Australia takes off

    THIS year has been a significant one for Tooling Australia, with the launch of Advanced Manufacturing Australia (AMAus), at Tooling Australia’s annual Dinner on October 19.

    October 25, 2007 0 comment

  • Modern machine safety systems

    ROCKWELL Automation will showcase the full range of its machine safety capabilities at the Safety Show 2007, to be held in Sydney during October.

    October 18, 2007 0 comment

  • Dual core Micro ATX motherboard

    BACKPLANE Systems has announced the release of iBase Technology’s MB900 ATX motherboard, an LGA775 Pentium D (Dual core) platform integrating the Intel 945G Express chipset.

    October 2, 2007 0 comment

  • The many faces of multi-tasking

    With a major skills shortage in Australia, the very technology creating a need for higher skilled workers is also helping to address it. Katherine Crichton reports.

    September 26, 2007 0 comment

  • Technical training forum an educational success

    HELD recently in Brisbane, Rockwell Automation’s annual technical training forum, RSTechED, provided system integrators, end-users, distributors and OEMs with four days of informative seminars, practical lab work and networking. With an emphasis on education and knowledge-sharing.

    September 20, 2007 0 comment

  • Automation tech trialled for aluminium

    A TRIAL of CSIRO automation technology at Rio Tinto Aluminium’s Bell Bay Smelter in Tasmania is underway, aiming to demonstrate future benefits from automated operation of large hot metal carriers (HMC).

    September 18, 2007 0 comment

  • Robotics re-shaping warehouses

    Frank-Peter Kirgis explains how robots are keeping companies competitive.

    September 18, 2007 0 comment

  • Design automation puts extra shine on CAD/CAM

    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.

    September 11, 2007 0 comment

  • Protective suits for robots

    ROMHELD Australia has introduced the Roboworld range of protective suits designed for robotic equipment operating in extreme environments.

    September 11, 2007 0 comment

  • MES and RFID technology keep tags on eggs

    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).

    September 6, 2007 0 comment

  • Industry recognition for Endress+Hauser

    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.

    September 4, 2007 0 comment

  • Intelligent motor management system

    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.

    September 3, 2007 0 comment

  • Predicting the perils of automation

    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.

    August 24, 2007 0 comment

  • CalAir wins innovative industrial product of the year

    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.

    August 21, 2007 0 comment

  • SAP-qualified automation environment software

    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.

    August 17, 2007 0 comment