• Environment to play a larger role in product design

    The present consumers’ demand for sustainable products will only increase over the coming years, and manufacturers are advised to get on board. Alan Johnson reports.

    July 22, 2011 0 comment

  • Swedish Software Company Visited GstarCAD

    The managing director of SIMTRA Ben paid a visit to GstarCAD and shared information about their company and products.

    July 7, 2011 0 comment

  • Swedish Software Company Visited GstarCAD

    The managing director of SIMTRA Ben paid a visit to GstarCAD and shared information about their company and products.

    July 7, 2011 0 comment

  • Dassault Systèmes goes cloud with Version 6

    Dassault Systèmes (3DS) has released its online Version 6 platform, open for the developer community, its new store, and its first online cloud business services.

    July 6, 2011 0 comment

  • Robots and humans working together a reality

    A robot carefully lifts and positions a heavy component while a worker welds lightweight aluminum components to a machine right next to it. Although such scenarios are visions of the future at present, they will soon be part of the everyday work routine if industry has its way.

    July 4, 2011 0 comment

  • New Sydney switchboard factory focuses on ‘lean’

    Privately-owned switchboard manufacturer, K E Brown, has opened a new manufacturing facility in Sydney’s western suburbs.

    July 1, 2011 0 comment

  • Wilson first to deploy Epicor ERP

    THE Wilson Transformer Company will become the first company in Australia and New Zealand to implement the next-generation Epicor ERP software.

    June 30, 2011 0 comment

  • Manufacturing managers’ guide to the new financial year

    A new paper called ‘Five Challenges for the New Financial Year for Managers of Mid-Sized Manufacturing Companies – Australia & New Zealand’, is now available for download, designed to help local business-owners overcome market volatility through 2012.

    June 27, 2011 0 comment

  • Manufacturing asset management research underway

    Sydney-based software developer Mainpac has struck a deal with the Australian Cooperative Research Centre for Infrastructure and Engineering Asset Management (CIEAM) to develop asset management solutions for the manufacturing industry.

    June 1, 2011 0 comment

  • Heinz slashes more than 300 jobs in Australia

    More than 300 jobs will be lost as Heinz reduces the number of its manufacturing plants. The food maker has announce that 160 workers will lose their jobs at the Golden Circle plant in Northgate, Brisbane; 146 in Girgarre, near Shepparton, North Victoria; and 38 in Wagga Wagga.

    May 27, 2011 0 comment

  • Manufacturers hit hard by rising costs in 2010

    Sage SME Business Sentiment Index 2011 shows manufacturers challenged by costs, revenue growth and the need to find new customers

    May 22, 2011 0 comment

  • 50 years on, MM looks into the crystal ball

    Why ‘smart manufacturing’ is the way of the future. Sarah Falson writes.

    May 5, 2011 0 comment

  • Five top tips to improve your online visibility

    Businesses today are realising the importance of the internet to promote themselves, get their name out there and ultimately increase profits. However, it is not enough to simply be online. Your business actually needs to be found amongst the millions of businesses cluttering the online world.

    May 5, 2011 0 comment

  • Beware of Data Overload – A practical approach to job costing and revenue recognition

    Many businesses don’t know the difference between ‘need to know’ and ‘nice to know’ when it comes to gathering data for job costing and revenue recognition, according to Trish Hall, CEO of Melbourne-based Greentree Partner Star Business Solutions.

    May 2, 2011 0 comment

  • Electronics manufacturer chooses Epicor PLM plug-in for ERP system

    Wilson Transformer Company, an Australian power and distribution transformers manufacturer, will implement the next-generation Epicor enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution, which includes a Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) capability especially for manufacturers.

    April 21, 2011 0 comment

  • How the last 10 years changed manufacturing for good

    AUSTRALIAN manufacturers have experienced their fare share of ups and downs over the past decade, but local companies have continued to thrive because our industry is flexible, it can roll with the punches, and it makes the best of what it’s got.

    April 13, 2011 1 comment

  • Conference puts manufacturing capacity under the microscope

    Primarily led by the resources boom, Queensland has enjoyed significant growth rates outperforming the rest of Australia for most of the past decade. More recently with the onset of the GFC and natural disasters, Queensland is faced with the unique challenges of business recovery – one of which is addressing the balance between growth and capacity.

    “Building Capacity for Growth” is the theme for the 2011 Manufacturing Skills Conference. Speakers will get to the heart of the ‘capacity’ issues directly affecting Queensland manufacturing such as:

    • Skills capacity – what skills are required and where
    • Supplier capacity – improve or import
    • Capacity constraints – what project owners need from suppliers
    • Sustainability capacity – what happens when the work is finished

    April 7, 2011 0 comment

  • Cloud computing now on design’s horizon

    CLOUD computing is a term that has been bandied about in many different industries, and it has now reached us in the manufacturing industry.

    January 24, 2011 0 comment