Viral sensation the Australian Seabin invention is in its final trials, with the team developing it in Europe anticipating production early next year.
Innovation might be a word some are sick of, but it remains essential for success. Melbourne-based manufacturer Trajan Scientific and Medical shared a few insights into what it involves for them. Brent Balinski writes.
Universities today are under more pressure than ever to collaborate with industry.
In the words of Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull:
Increasing collaboration between businesses, universities and the research sector is absolutely critical for our businesses to remain competitive.
New industry, innovation and science minister Greg Hunt has said that the innovation message had to be made meaningful to everybody and not just focus on digital start-ups. In an interview with The Australian Financial Review, Hunt said that innovation was critical for all businesses, including established ones. Some have criticised prime minister Malcolm Turnbull’s innovation … Continue reading Innovation fundamental to businesses, jobs, must be communicated: Greg Hunt
Malcolm Turnbull’s innovation agenda failed to resonate with the Australian electorate, but it is too important to be abandoned. The agenda can be recast in several ways.
The tone of commentary about the appropriateness and effectiveness of innovation as a centrepiece of Australian government policy has turned from one of enthusiasm, particularly among the start-up community, to pessimism and even rejection.
Rare earth elements and their compounds are a crucial part of our everyday technologies. But our demand for these precious elements are growing, and the world’s supply is not evenly distributed. Below is an infographic outlining these major elements, how they are used, and where they are found. 7 Rare Earth Elements that Run our … Continue reading INFOGRAPHIC: Rare earth metals supply and where it is found
While hiring intentions among Australian employers remain positive, their employees feel let down on the training front and many are actively looking to switch jobs, the latest Hudson Report has revealed. The report tracked the hiring intentions of more than 2,000 employers, as well as the attitudes of 1,330 employees in April this year. It … Continue reading Report finds employers eager to hire but staff also eager to leave
Pasternack has released a new line of waveguide bends from 5.85 to 90 GHz across 12 frequency bands, from C band to W band. These waveguide bends are commonly used in applications such as instrumentation, test benches, high efficiency RF, microwave and mm-wave transmissions, SATCOM, MILCOM, radar and telecom. These 90 degree waveguide bends are … Continue reading New waveguide bends across 12 frequency bands
Emerson has announced the release of the Rosemount 975 flame detectors, a complete line of optical flame detectors designed to perform in the harshest environmental conditions and connect directly to alarm or automatic fire extinguishing systems. The new line incorporates a variety of flame detection technologies that will provide optimal coverage for a wide range of … Continue reading New flame detectors to help keep staff and facilities safe
In a move that could help reinvigorate the metal production industry in Australia, CSIRO and Enirgi Group have joined forces to develop and commercialise an affordable and low-emission technology for producing magnesium metal. The CSIRO-developed technology, known as MagSonic, produces magnesium using up to 80 per cent less energy and up to 60 per cent … Continue reading Low-cost magnesium developed by CSIRO
The business founded by young engineer, STEM evangelist and entrepreneur Marita Cheng has just begun shipping its new product, Teleport. Brent Balinski spoke to Cheng about getting robots into our homes.
As many firms will tell you, “business as usual” means falling behind. Brent Balinski spoke to senior management at Geofabrics Australasia about how they look to all employees to help refresh their operations.
Technology is all around us, and sometimes in us. We experience it daily in the way we stream music, in how we use an app to navigate a museum or a shopping centre, or to check our calorie burning and heart rate. This technology is changing our lifestyle and consumption. There is, of course, a … Continue reading A fourth industrial revolution is powering the rise of smart manufacturing
Argon has introduced its 21.3-inch rugged display, designed for command and control applications where maximum viewable surface area is needed in the smallest mounting possible. The ARD21 has a small bezel size, flexible mounting configurations, configurable I/O and universal AC/DC power supply. This makes it a suitable solution for mission critical applications. The product’s display … Continue reading New rugged display
The use of very large lithium-ion battery packs has become increasingly common, much more so than it was ten years ago. For example, on ships where there were once no such batteries, there are now lithium-ion banks of 1-5MWh. Autonomous underwater vehicles, mining trucks and buses are also now sporting batteries of up to 350kWh. … Continue reading Growing use of very large lithium-ion batteries
Catastrophic failure of machinery or structures is usually expensive to repair and can pose a threat to the health and safety of workers and the public. Remote Visual Inspection (RVI) of materials, components and structures can give inspectors and technicians warnings of many potential failures before they cause problems. A videoscope is an inspection instrument … Continue reading Industrial videoscope being touted as the new ‘gold standard’
If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to export to 48 countries around the world, Frosty Boy CEO Dirk Pretorius will tell you that it takes diligence, thorough research and automation of business practices to achieve this feat. “The team at Frosty Boy has worked really hard to get where we are today. Through research … Continue reading Food manufacturer keeps local workers competitive
According to IDTechEx, significant growth is predicted for the electric vehicle market, which will result in almost one trillion dollars in sales at ex-factory prices in 2026. Approximately half of this is predicted to be the 48V mild hybrids that are launching in 2017, but by 2026, sales will consist of completely electric vehicles with … Continue reading Battery shortage worries amid electric vehicle growth
Glencore has announced that it will be closing its North Queensland Bowen Coke Works facility over the next few months. According to the bulk commodities company, the Bowen Coke Works has been in operation since 1933 providing metallurgical coke for the Mount Isa Mines’ lead smelter. While no exact timeline for the closure was given, … Continue reading Bowen Coke gets snuffed out