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
Servicing, Maintenance and Welding (SMW) Group provides field servicing, maintenance and emergency repair and rebuild services to customers in Central Queensland. The company also provides complete plant and equipment management, supported by a range of mine site compliance activities. In response to SMW’s desire to make its large welding workshop more efficient, BOC and its … Continue reading New gen robots cutting weld time by up to 90 per cent
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
When I first saw the results of IFS’s Digital Transformation Survey of nearly 500 senior decision makers in 20+ countries, I was surprised that only 50 per cent of respondents in Australia said they had a clear strategy for digital transformation. The reason wasn’t that 50 per cent seemed like a low figure based on … Continue reading OPINION: Are Australian companies doing enough to transform themselves?
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
Bluescope has made its fourth profit upgrade in a year, greatly assisted by improved steel margins in the US. The Australian Financial Review reports that it was the second profit upgrade in as many months, and the June half earnings before interest and tax were revised from May’s estimate of $270 million to $340 million. A … Continue reading Bluescope upgrades half-year profit, assisted by US margins, acquisition
A robotic arm that combines a suction, a “two-fingered” gripper and a 3D depth-sensing camera has won Amazon’s latest warehouse bot competition. Team Delft’s machine triumphed over its rivals at both of the two tasks. One involved selecting products from a container, picking them up and putting them on a shelf. The other was doing … Continue reading Suction-cup robot arm wins Amazon Picking Challenge
Florida man Thomas S Ross has filed a lawsuit in the Florida Southern District Court, alleging that Apple stole his idea, laid out in an abandoned patent filing, and used it in products including the iPhone.
There are great concerns about the potential effect of Brexit on the engineering industry, particularly in regard to free movement of engineers and scientific research funding.
The Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry said it was encouraged by today’s strategic decision to bring together the planning, coordination and operation of Victoria’s transport system under the new body, Transport for Victoria. Victorian Chamber Chief Executive said that a highly integrated infrastructure system was vital to supporting long term economic growth and liveability … Continue reading New body to help meet transport needs of Victorian business
Arrium’s Moly-Cop grinding media business has lodged an application with Chilean environmental authorities to double capacity at its Mejillones plant.
DHL is piloting the use of collaborative robots in “co-packing” and “value-added” tasks, aiming to roll these out in places that have been traditionally hard to automate.
Research led by chemist Zheng Huang at the Chinese Academy of Sciences has demonstrated a way to break down polyethylenes into a liquid fuels.
Former World Bank president and top US diplomat Robert Zoellick is warning Australia’s business leaders not to “bet the house” when it comes to China. Zoellick said he first sensed complacency about China from Australia’s business leaders when he was here last year to celebrate 10 years of the US-Australia trade agreement, a deal he himself … Continue reading Don’t bet the house (or much else) on China warns US diplomat
Any new technology is bound to have its share of challenges and barriers — for example the initial security concerns around cloud computing — and the Internet of Things (IoT) is no different. With smart devices adding billions of new access points into enterprise systems and communicating with the network, IoT security will be key. A number … Continue reading IoT and security: Hype, hysteria or cause for concern?
Boeing could soon resume sales to Iran, which have been on hold since the country’s 1979 revolution.
India is seeking a commitment from Apple that it establish a local manufacturing presence before it is able to open any Apple stores there.
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
Former ALP leader, defence minister and Ambassador to the United States Kim ‘Bomber’ Beazley has been appointed to the board of Lockheed Martin Australia which is developing the F35 joint strike fighter for the Australian Air Force. At a price tag of $AUD18 billion, the F35 deal is to date Australia’s most expensive defence acquisition … Continue reading ‘Bomber’ Beazley lands a job with strike fighter maker
A report by Research and Markets predicts the market for 3D printing in concrete will grow from $US 24.5 million last year to $US 56.4 million by 2021.