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PROCURING THE WORLD After protracted negotiations, May 2019 sees Australia join the World Trade Organisation Agreement on Government Procurement as the 48th member. The deal opens government procurement markets between all members who have acceded to the agreement – estimated to be worth around Au $2.3 trillion each year Signatories to the agreement include the 28 European Union nations as well as the USA, Canada, Norway, Japan, New

Zealand and Chinese Taipei. (The UK has already secured individual membership in the event of Brexit.)


Most of the solutions required to implement a circular economy within NSW and across Australia already exist… they’re just locked up in research institutions. This was one of the encouraging messages from a NSW Government funded initiative that got under way at the beginning of April in Sydney.

Under the GPA, Australian businesses will have significantly expanded access to government procurement opportunities internationally, including markets were Australia does not have current free trade agreements. This includes seven additional US states not covered under the AustraliaUSA FTA. Continued page 6




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Thankfully the days of child labour are long gone in Australia, yet it remains a global scandal, with World Vision estimating that there are still around 73 million child labourers worldwide between the ages of five and 11. However, the latest statistics suggest that the youngest members of our national workforce are still the most vulnerable when it comes to workplace health and safety. According to SafeWork Australia, young workers under 25 have a disproportionately high risk of being involved in a workplace accident, with 88 young Australians losing their lives at work between 2013 and 2017. What’s more, 13,720 serious workers’ compensation claims were accepted from young workers in 20162017, and that was up from 13,275 the previous year. Just in raw numbers, a young worker is injured every 4 minutes 24 seconds, and this is totally unacceptable. Quite apart from any moral dimension, the annual cost of work

related injuries and illness to young workers is reckoned to be around $12 billion. There are many advantages in employing younger workers – and not just because they are cheaper. But any employer who does so has to accept that there is a duty of care involved. I’m not suggesting acting entirely as a surrogate parent, but you have to realise that in an industrial environment inexperience can be a dangerous thing. This means taking workplace health and safety training especially seriously, and it means proper mentoring for younger workers so that they can benefit from the experience of their older colleagues. Sadly, the statistics do not lie. It appears that we are not all embracing this ethos. And that is not a good look. Exploitation of younger workers without accepting the responsibilities isn’t too far removed from sending six-year-olds up chimneys in Victorian England (as portrayed in “The Water Babies”).

It wasn’t until we decided to expand Industry Update’s coverage of security matters, and in particular cybersecurity, I didn’t realise quite how scary this business is. And I’ve come to the conclusion that the only hope is to close down the Internet altogether and go back to pen and paper. Seriously, though, I don’t know why anyone would be surprised that there are some particularly unpleasant scams going on out there – after all, cyberspace is nothing more than a digital image of the real world. I must admit though that I am intrigued by some of the terminology involved. Take phishing, for example. We’ve all experienced the random emails trying to elicit enough of anyone’s personal details to be able to take financial advantage. Fortunately, today’s email clients are pretty good at spotting the bogus Nigerian princes and sentencing them to spam. However, cleverly targeted scams – or “spear-phishing” – are still responsible for the majority of commercial security breaches, and it only takes one lapse by one member of staff for a company’s entire operations to be compromised. The people perpetrating cybercrime

are changing, and there is much talk of “foreign actors”. This is a term that strictly refers to overseas government-sponsored organisations, with accusing fingers pointed in the directions of Moscow and Pyongyang. But it should be noted that Gérard Depardieu is now registered as a Russian resident to reduce his tax liabilities (I kid you not). Unfortunately there is now a new threat of which we need to be aware, and that is the practice of “island hopping”. And this no holiday – nor is it another tax-saving scheme dreamt up by Sir Richard Branson. In its simplest form, island hopping involves attacking one organisation in order to gain access to all the organisations in its supply chain – potentially then expanding to another set of organisations, and so on. But the practice has now evolved into other forms, including one in which a company’s website is hijacked and turned into a so-called “watering hole”, which becomes a tool used to ensnare the victim’s customers and partners. And this particularly insidious practice is on the increase. So do try to stay cyber-safe. It’s a jungle out there.

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Ai Group Chief Executive, Innes Willox has welcomed the deal, pointing out that it “includes industries in which Australian exporters have comparative advantage such as construction and highway maintenance equipment; mining equipment and technology; agricultural machinery and equipment; water purification and sewage treatment equipment; environmental goods; and health and pharmaceutical supplies.” However, the deal does cut both ways, and while it expands Australian companies’ access to overseas markets, it provides similar privileges to overseas companies in accessing Australian government procurement markets. The Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade is at pains to point out that GPA

requires no changes to Commonwealth procurement policies or programmes that support Australian businesses, including the Indigenous Procurement Policy. Local businesses and jobseekers will also continue to benefit through Australian government procurement contracts. Says Willox: "The carve outs that the Australian negotiators have secured will ensure that our SMEs and Indigenousmanaged businesses will continue to have access to the Australian government procurement market, and we will continue to protect the supply to our essential services, such as security, defence and government communication.” However, the Labor opposition, while

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welcoming the deal has publicly stated policy that favours local suppliers. According to Senator Kim Carr, the Shadow Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research: “While value for money for the taxpayer will continue to be paramount, a Shorten Labor Government will put greater emphasis on buying local, employing locals and supporting economic

activity - particularly in our regions. This is consistent with all of our international agreements.” Interestingly, there are nine further countries currently negotiating to join the GPA, including the People’s Republic of China, whose total procurement market alone is estimated to be worth up to US$2.5 trillion.


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range of initiatives already under way, all of which proved the ethos that one company’s waste is another company’s raw materials.

managers need to be able to buy these waste streams the same way they procure virgin materials.”

“There’s no such thing as waste in nature”, said Planet Ark founder and CEO Paul Klymenko, who went on to describe his organisation’s latest online project as “the eBay of B2B waste”, saying that “Procurement

One company that has been particularly proactive in seeking out opportunities is Newcastle-based manufacturer Moly-Cop, which has tapped in to opportunities as diverse as coffee machine pods (using the


grounds as fuel and extracting aluminium from the pods), extracting plastics from e-waste streams and extracting steel bracing from car tyres recovered from landfill. As the company’s Market Development Manager Ian Tooze described it to the meeting, “we look for ways to create commerce”.

meeting, it was that collaboration will be the key to establishing a circular economy. And, as Ian Hudson, Manager of the Industry Capability Network, put it: “Collaboration is best between disparate parties.”

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“78% of all Australian aftermarket manufacturers engage in export with our largest markets being the USA, Europe and the UK in that order. An incredible 82% of those surveyed expected export sales to be either a little higher or significantly higher over the next 3 years with only 3% projecting lower export sales,” he added.

“We strongly believe that they key to the success of our manufacturing sector is innovation and it is therefore vital that companies continue to invest in R&D, new products and capital equipment to keep ahead of the curve,” said Automotive Innovation Centre Manager, Luke

“The two new Auto Innovation Centres will play a crucial role in the ongoing development of not just world class, but world leading automotive aftermarket products and components for the domestic market and for global export markets,” Charity concluded.

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With a strengthening partnership spanning close to 20 years, Control Logic is now the master distributor for Emerson Machine Automation Solutions hardware and software solutions in Australia. “This win is based on the efforts of everyone within the Control Logic team, our large network of system integrator partners, and our valued clients in delivering world-class automation solutions from Emerson,” said Lee Papadimitrious.

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JAPANESE MATERIALS HANDLING LEADER CONFIRMS EXCLUSIVE DEAL Maverick has been handling the Bishamon Japan range since 1985, and has had notable successes in industries from manufacturing and medical to food processing and hospitality.

Melbourne-based Maverick Equipment is celebrating 35 years of continuing success representing the Bishamon Japan product range in Australia with a renewed exclusive distribution agreement with Bishamon parent company Sugiyasu Corp.

According to Maverick Equipment boss Greig Maver, “We’re delighted to receive this formal recognition from Sugiyasu Corporation. The quality, performance and all-round value for money of the Bishamon Japan materials handling range makes this equipment ideal for the Australian market.”

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Italian machinery manufacturer Biesse Group has opened an all-new facility in Western Sydney to showcase its offerings for the woodworking and special materials markets. The opening came as part of the group’s 50th anniversary celebrations. The Biesse Group Sydney Campus is at Wetherill Park, and covers some 5000m2, of which 2000m2 is a showroom, kitted out with no fewer than 25 of the company’s machines. And the facility is the company’s third largest in the world.

Speaking at the official opening, Biesse Group Subsidiaries Director Federico Broccoli made the point: “We call them campuses for a reason – because you can learn.” This point was not lost on Shayne Fagan, TAFE Head of Skills for Innovative Manufacturing, Robotics and Science, who was present at the opening, and who was delighted that the facility would “give TAFE NSW access to state of the art technology”.

For Biesse, though, the opening comes as a result of a Eur 7 million investment (AU $10 million) that has seen the local headcount increase to more than 100, of which more than half are engaged in service roles. Says Broccoli, “Servicing customers is a lot more important in Australia and New Zealand.” This point was echoed by Biesse Oceania CEO Michael Bullock, who added: “Our users can’t keep waiting for

Federico Broccoli highlighted another purpose for the campus. “It’s like a little R&D department,” he said, “where we can listen to our customers and find out what they want.” And that is no idle boast: Biesse Group is currently investing 4% of its turnover in R&D – and that turnover currently stands at Eur 700 million (or AU $1 billion). Alongside the showroom, the campus hosts a significant parts operation to support local users. This comprises stocks of some 18,000 different parts (a total stock of some 5 million items), all available for same-day dispatch to ensure local users can keep their machines running. Biesse Group 1300 243773

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MANUFACTURING GROWTH CONTINUES DESPITE UNCERTAINTIES Ever onwards and upwards, albeit at a slower rate, the Ai Group’s Performance of Manufacturing Index continued in positive territory in March 2019, falling three points to 51.0. The six manufacturing sectors saw clear winners and losers, with the food, chemicals and textiles sectors all expanding while the machinery, metals and building materials sectors declined on the back of the slowdown of construction work and the ongoing effects of the drought. There was also some good news among the activity indexes, with the input price index falling by 5.9 to 65.1 points – marking the first time it has fallen below its long-run average in the past year. There were also modest rises in both selling prices and average wages.

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The other day I came across a quote that has been attributed to Charles Darwin: “It is not the strongest of the species that survives, but rather, that which is most adaptable to change.”

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What a great quote to use in an article about the challenges facing the manufacturing industry, I thought. It rings absolutely true. But like many things in life it is not that simple. Charles Darwin never actually said or wrote it.

Skilled engineers in this sector are in demand. As an engineer myself I am more than sympathetic to businesses that need skilled engineers!

So I can’t claim the quote has the authority of Darwin, but I strongly endorse the sentiment. We must adjust to changing circumstances, but that is not all. None of us are islands. In life and in business we need to cooperate and form alliances to reach our full potential. So to make it short and sweet: We need to adapt and connect. This includes industries and government working together to achieve the best results for the nation.

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By the time the this edition of Industry Update hits the streets, Australia will be in the middle of a federal election campaign. The choice in this election will be absolutely clear, and nowhere more so than in industry policy. Labor is committed to stimulating investment in Australian manufacturing and Australian jobs. We have already announced key elements of our plan to support manufacturing. The Coalition, in contrast, has spent most of its six years in office defunding and dismantling programmes set in place under the previous Labor government’s innovation and industry agenda. There has been a revolving-door succession of industry ministers, with no consistent strong voice for manufacturing at the Cabinet table. This government has no vision for the future of Australian manufacturing. Labor, however, understands that the manufacturing sector is vital to Australia’s future prosperity. Not only because nearly a million Australians work in the sector, but because it is the key to diversifying this country’s economic base. Australia won’t be a globally competitive economy if we are only an exporter of commodities and services. It is a myth that Australian firms cannot survive in a global market because of the price competition from manufacturers in low-wage countries that produce goods for a mass market. On the contrary, Australia must invest in hi-tech, advanced manufacturing to produce goods that will sell on their quality. We can do that while remaining a high-wage, high-skill country. Indeed, unless we invest in the skills of our workforce we will not be able to take advantage of the technological changes that are transforming manufacturing around the world. Labor’s vision for manufacturing is intimately linked to our vision for the future of Australian science.



It is no accident that the same government that has withdrawn funding from industry programmes has also cut deeply into the funding of universities and the public research agencies such as CSIRO. Since 2013 a net $2 billion has been cut from science, research and innovation programmes. That is not how other countries with which we usually compare ourselves are approaching the challenge of reshaping their innovation programmes in the age of the fourth industrial revolution. That is why Labor’s industry agenda includes rebuilding the gutted TAFE sector, and forging closer relationships between industry, universities and the research agencies.

The fund will be modelled on the Clean Energy Finance Corporation - a proven success. Like the CEFC, it will operate with an independent board, and it will be managed by professionals in providing financial services. Labor will also introduce an Australian Investment Guarantee, an accelerated tax concession for depreciation. The guarantee will allow firms to deduct up to 20 per cent of the value of new investment in the first year. Eligible assets will include both tangible equipment, such as plant, tools and non-passenger vehicles, and intangibles such as software, patents and copyrights. We will also increase the resources and powers of the Anti-Dumping

It is a myth that Australian firms cannot survive in a global market because of the price competition from manufacturers in low-wage countries.... It is why Bill Shorten has announced that a Labor government will set a goal of devoting 3 per cent of GDP to research and development by 2030. And it is why, if we are elected, we will ensure that any changes to the R&D Tax Incentive do not drive innovative firms to take their R&D offshore. Labor has already announced industry programmes designed to boost innovation and new investment. The $1 billion Advanced Manufacturing Future Fund will provide loans to innovative firms, especially SMEs, that find it difficult to obtain finance from conventional sources. The major banks have been extremely reluctant to lend money for manufacturing, but we will remove that obstacle for firms seeking to expand their business.

Commission, to ensure that imports of substandard steel, aluminium and other goods do not create unfair competition for Australian producers. Dumping is always a threat, but the trade war between the USA and China has demonstrated how easily the danger can increase in a vulnerable market like Australia. We will also ensure that Australian firms are not disadvantaged when government contracts are awarded. Our Local Projects, Local Jobs initiative is a plan to increase opportunities for Australian firms to benefit from the $50 billion a year the Commonwealth spends on goods and services. As I noted in a recent Industry Update column, without a local jobs plan; the reality is that international bidders that win government contracts will, all too often, bring their suppliers with them, cutting out the local competition.

The previous federal Labor government had such a plan, set out in the Australian Jobs Act 2013, which created the Australian Industry Participation (AIP) Authority. The AIP Authority had an initial budget of $11 million, and in its first year in government the Coalition inherited 303 AIP plans from Labor. The authority’s budget has since been cut to $1.8 million, and the AIP Authority itself has been relegated to a section within the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science. It is not even fully staffed: instead of the 60 staff originally proposed for a stand-alone authority, there is now only one statutory officer assigned to it, who also has numerous other responsibilities. That decline is all the commentary that is needed on the Coalition’s message to manufacturers and their employees. It is “you’re on your own”. That is not Labor’s message. We will use the power of government procurement to increase Australia’s economic capabilities and create new Australian jobs. We will appoint supplier advocates, and halve the thresholds beyond which bidders for government contracts are required to submit plans to support local jobs. The message is simple: if bidders on large government contracts can’t show how they will support competitive local businesses and create local jobs, they shouldn’t get the contracts. Labor’s message, for manufacturing firms and their employees, is this: “you’re never on your own”.

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AUSTRALIAN MANUFACTURING ECOSYSTEM ON DISPLAY AMTIL’s Events Manager. “We’ve always aimed for Austech to represent all of manufacturing under one roof, and having these big OEMs involved is a key part of that. I’m sure visitors to Austech will learn a lot from them, and I hope BAE and Volgren get a lot out of the show as well.” BAE Systems Australia is one of Australia’s largest defence companies and has been supporting the Australian Defence Force since 1953. Headquartered in Edinburgh Parks, South Australia, BAE Systems Australia’s highly automated advanced manufacturing facilities can machine titanium and aluminium parts to tolerances a third the thickness of a human hair.

Austech 2019 will cover every aspect of modern manufacturing, from the smallest of jobshops to the giant original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) – plus of course the suppliers who provide their state-of-the-art technology. This year’s exhibition will feature OEM displays from BAE Systems Australia and Volgren.

smaller manufacturing businesses that form their supply chains. And neither the biggest OEM nor the smallest SME would retain their competitive edge without the latest advanced manufacturing equipment, provided by technology suppliers with the experience and expertise to fulfil their requirements.

The manufacturing industry – in Australia and worldwide – functions as a kind of ecosystem, where individual organisations exist within a network of interdependent relationships. Many OEMs are multinational corporations selling products to customers all over the world.

All these facets of the manufacturing ecosystem will be on display at Austech 2019. The participation of BAE Systems Australia and Volgren will provide a valuable insight into how companies like these operate and the opportunities that exist in their supply chains.

However, most of them would struggle without the support of numerous

“We’re very happy that BAE and Volgren have agreed to take part in Austech this year,” says Kim Banks,

BAE Systems Australia’s products and services encompass air, land and naval forces, as well as advanced electronics, security, information technology, and support services. As a global partner on the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter programme, BAE Systems has played a leading role in the design, development and production of this ground-breaking aircraft. In December 2018, BAE Systems acquired ASC Shipbuilding and signed the contract to deliver nine Hunter class frigates to the Royal Australian Navy – the largest surface ship project in the nation’s defence history. Building the Hunter class frigates – world-leading bow-to-stern digitally designed, antisubmarine warships – will transform the Australian shipbuilding industry and support the workforce for generations. Volgren is Australia’s largest bus body manufacturer, with headquarters

in Dandenong, Victoria, along with manufacturing facilities in Malaga, Western Australia, and Eagle Farm, Queensland. Over the past three decades, Volgren has redefined bus manufacture, design and safety in Australia, employing the latest technology and the best engineers and builders, to build buses that have the operators’ needs in mind. Volgren recently signed the biggest bus supply deal in its history, extending a contract with Volvo and the Public Transport Authority (PTA) of Western Australia to deliver up to 900 buses over a decade to operator Transperth. The contract extension is Volgren’s third with the PTA. The buses will be built on Volvo chassis and assembled locally in Volgren’s Malaga facility. Set to take place at Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) from 14th to 17th May, Austech is Australia’s premier advanced manufacturing and machine tool exhibition. Colocated with National Manufacturing Week (NMW), Austech 2019 is expected to attract more than 10,000 key decision-makers from across the industry. Free registration is available now online.

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AWARDS DINNER TO RECOGNISE VICTORIAN MANUFACTURING Tickets are now available for the 2019 Victorian Manufacturing Hall of Fame Awards gala dinner to be held at Peninsula, Docklands on 14th May. The awards recognise excellence in Victoria's manufacturing industry, with this year’s winners to be announced on the night. The gala dinner, with the theme of Industrial Evolution, is a great opportunity for businesses and individuals to connect with leaders across the manufacturing industry during National Manufacturing Week from 14th to 17th May. 20


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CONFERENCE FOCUSES ON INDUSTRIALISATION OF ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING Unlimit3D is a new two-day conference on additive manufacturing and 3D printing that will be held on 14th and 15th May at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre alongside Austech, Australia’s premier advanced manufacturing and machine tool exhibition. Colocated with National Manufacturing Week, Austech will again feature a special dedicated exhibition area, the Additive Manufacturing Pavilion, which will showcase the latest innovations in additive manufacturing and 3D printing. The Unlimit3D conference will focus on the industrialisation of additive manufacturing, featuring expert speakers who have implemented this technology in real-world production processes. Their experiences and insights, the challenges they have faced, and the benefits of applying additive manufacturing will be fully explored. Delegates will hear first-hand the trials and tribulations of innovating in this space from companies that can offer practical examples.

feature demonstrations of the latest 3D printers and services from a range of companies and organisations that lead the field of additive manufacturing. Exhibitors in the Additive Manufacturing Pavilion will include: 3D Printing Systems, 3D Systems Asia-Pacific, Bilby 3D, CSIRO, Emona Instruments, EOS Singapore,, Freedspace, GoProto (ANZ), Headland Machinery, Imaginables, Konica Minolta, Markforged, MSC Software, Rapid Advanced Manufacturing, Raymax Lasers, Renishaw Oceania, Thinglab, and Zeal 3D. Companies interested in exhibiting at Austech 2019 should contact AMTIL. Visitors can register online now. AMTIL 03 9800 3666

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The opening keynote address will be delivered by Rob Gorham, Executive Director of America Makes, the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute at the US’s National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining. Gorham was formerly Senior Manager of the Manufacturing Exploration and Development Group at Lockheed Martin Aeronautics, and so has a wealth of experience in the application of additive manufacturing in cutting-edge advanced manufacturing processes.

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“3D printing is a game changer,” says Shane Infanti, CEO of AMTIL. “This conference will assist local companies to innovate, become more productive and excel in future industries. A further opportunity exists post-conference to engage with renowned international experts who will hold workshop sessions in the week following the Austech exhibition.”



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keynote address from Dr Alan Finkel AO, Australia’s Chief Scientist. Other speakers over the course of the four days include Dr Jens Goennemann, Managing Director of the AMGC; Dr Nico Adams of Swinburne University; David Chuter, CEO of the Innovative Manufacturing CRC; and Alex Kingsbury, Managing Director of Additive Economics. The Industry 4.0 Theatre programme will present the latest research and expert opinion on the future impact of Industry 4.0 on their businesses. Subjects covered will include innovation and collaboration; advanced materials; digitalisation; the workforce under Industry 4.0; and robotics and automation.

industrial safety. Among the subjects covered are environment and energy; process improvement and optimisation; safety innovation; mental health and wellbeing; safety; marketing and sales; additive manufacturing and design; and finance, government grants and incentives.

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NMW FOCUSES ON IMPROVING CONNECTED MANUFACTURING AND INDUSTRY 4.0 As the focal point for Australia’s manufacturing industry to connect, engage and be inspired, the 20th edition of National Manufacturing Week will be held at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre from 14th to 17th May 2019. Centred on a theme Industrial Evolution, National Manufacturing Week’s comprehensive conference will help manufacturers be globally competitive by offering expert advice on driving further innovation and adopting advanced technology and processes. “National Manufacturing Week arrives on the industry’s calendar at an exciting time where local manufacturing has evolved and experienced a resurgence in growth. The 2019 conference programme will be our most extensive yet, in both speaker volume and industry experience, offering manufacturing professionals insights and knowledge into tackling the latest industry challenges and generating further success,” says Robby Clark, Exhibition Director of National Manufacturing Week. Strategic partners and industry associations supporting National Manufacturing Week in 2019 include the Weld Australia, the Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre (AMGC), the Innovative Manufacturing CRC (IMCRC) and Engineers Australia. These respective partnerships strengthen National Manufacturing Week’s depth and relevance and cement the event’s status as the hub for the manufacturing community to come together.

Conference programme Developed through a collaboration between National Manufacturing Week, Austech and the AMGC, the 2019 conference programme features an impressive line-up of more than 80 industry speakers sharing key insights within two streams: Industry 4.0 and Connected Manufacturing. The Industry 4.0 Theatre programme will offer visitors the latest opinions, developments and research about the impact of Industry 4.0 on businesses and operations, while conference sessions within the Connected Manufacturing Theatre will provide business owners, managers, WH&S professionals and designers with expert advice for operational success, business management, design and industrial safety.



The conference programme will open with remarks from Dr Jens Goennemann, Managing Director of AMGC, followed by a keynote from Australia’s Chief Scientist, Dr Alan Finkel.

Industry 4.0 Theatre Innovation Stories Series - Chaired by Dr Jens Goennemann, Managing Director, Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre Operationalising Industry 4.0 - Dr Nico Adams, Director of Factory of the Future, Swinburne University Industry Transformation: How Industry 4.0 Impacts Australia’s Manufacturing Sector - David Chuter, CEO, Innovative Manufacturing CRC How Industry 4.0 and IoT can be rolled out to the advantage of the machine building industry - Christopher Vains, Head of Digital Enterprise, Siemens Evolution and Future of Robotic Manufacturing in Australia - Elliot Duff, Robotics Research Consultant, CSIRO Data61

Connected Manufacturing Theatre Energy Solutions for Manufacturers Peter Ticker, Digital Innovation & Advisory Lead - Energy Solutions, ERM Power; Marija Petkovic, Managing Director, Energy Synapse; and Matthew van der Linden, Managing Director, Flow Power How Optimising B2B Packaging Will Reduce Costs - Brooke Donnelly, CEO, Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation Lean Labour & Fonterra - Toni Kennington, HR Systems Owner, Fonterra Cooperative Group Supporting Australian Manufacturers to Take on the World with Access to Export Finance - Philip Smith, Director Business Development Victoria & Tasmania, Efic ISO 18404, an International Standard for Lean Manufacturing - Dr Arash Niavarani, Director, CBIS Metal 3D Printing: A Recipe for Success - Alex Kingsbury, Managing Director, Additive Economics and James Woolcock,

Founder and Engineering Director, Bastion Cycles Understanding Government Grants for the Manufacturing Sector - Kate Whitehead, Managing Director, Avant Group “We know businesses within the industry are actively working to improve their operational practices and refine their approach or strategy for continued success. Because improving a business isn’t a process where ticking a box or achieving that next milestone is the measurement of success. “Whether your objective is to improve efficiency, productivity or quality, it’s crucial to take advantage of opportunities to support your business in its pursuit of future growth, particularly through forums like NMW that enable you to engage with industry leading solutions and expertise,” says Clark.

Exhibiting suppliers More than 200 leading industrial suppliers will be exhibiting at National Manufacturing Week 2019, showcasing their game-changing solutions, new technologies, advanced manufacturing products and operational services. A number of exhibitors will also be joining NMW for the first time in 2019, including: Partable XRF, ASG Group, Lorch South Pacific, Pilz Safe Automation, Plazmax and High Tech Products. In 2019, visitors will be able to take advantage of six designated product zones to navigate through the exhibition floor, segmenting the exhibition by key operational categories. The six product zones for this year’s event will be: Automation and Robotics, Engineering, Industrial Internet of Things, Safety, Welding Technology and Manufacturing Solutions. Exhibitors across these six product zones include: Automation and Robotics – Pilz, Universal Robots, Wago, Nikon; Engineering – Excision, Faro, Prytec, BVE; Manufacturing Solutions - Flow Power, Combilift, Intelli Particle, 3M; Industrial Internet of Things -

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Visitors to the Bomac Engineering stand (K107) at National Manufacturing Week will be able to see the latest addition to the company’s Altrac product range, a novel top-running gantry crane. And this crane comes with an interesting back story involving the company’s founder. Since founding Bomac Engineering 35 years ago, then inventing the core products Altrac and StrongBac in 2001, Barry McFarlane has stepped back from the day-to-day running of the business. He and his wife, Dawn, have moved out to the country for some peace and quiet. Barry can now lift and move tools and machinery into his ute or lift implements into place on his tractor. The crane has given him the ability to continue living his active lifestyle and keep up with the demands of country life.

Naturally, Barry wanted an Altrac crane in his shed to help move his tools and machinery. But when he came to load a tall toolbox onto his ute, he discovered a problem. With a standard gantry crane mounted in a standard farm shed, there was not enough lift to get the base of the toolbox into the tray of the ute. The standard product just wasn’t going to work. So Barry took the problem back to the new generation of engineers running the R&D at Bomac. And between them they designed a top-running gantry crane that greatly increases the height-of-lift without compromising the other benefits of Altrac. The crane is still lightweight and easy to use, and it can easily be installed in a standard farm shed.

He could see that this new product could help his neighbours, farmers, small manufacturers and even weekend warriors in their man-caves to do the same. And so, Bomac Engineering has added the top-running gantry crane to its range and will be demonstrating it (alongside other Altrac cranes) at NMW 2019. Bomac Engineering 03 9796 5300

Axelent Australia is set to showcase its new range of McCue pedestrian barriers on stand D130 at National Manufacturing Week 2019. The McCue range is designed to protect pedestrians, machines, forklifts, racking and facilities, which means Axelent can now offer a complete safety concept that is guaranteed to protect assets. The McCue range offers a wide variety of solutions for protecting everything from wall perimeters and racking to creating traffic lanes, posts, bollards, framing off areas, guard rails and separating equipment from pedestrians.

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THE CHOICE OF TOOLS FOR SUPER-ACCURATE MOULDS we have not only increased our capability, but our capacity, too.” Zelko Galic, a qualified engineer and Asia-Pacific Managing Director of 600 Machine Tools, commented on Wraight’s choice of machine. “The Robodrill family was designed by Fanuc of Japan to meet the demands of global industries where high precision is the top priority – notably aerospace, electronics, and healthcare,” he says. “Manufacturing plants, such as those in the plastics industry, are on a never-ending quest to find mouldmakers able to provide fast, high-quality repeatability, accuracy and surface finish to exacting toolroom accuracy standards (DIN 8605) and beyond. Pat O’Doherty of 600 Machine Tools with Ron Wraight

Not surprisingly, the most sought-after quality in the moulding industry is accuracy, so for many years, moulders throughout Australia have been willing to go ‘the extra mile’ to reach the source of super-accurate moulds. That is why there is a well-used trail to the semi-rural Sydney suburb of Glendenning, and the workshop of Ron Wraight at BlowMoulds Australia. Acknowledged as a master of his craft, Wraight has been in the business of making moulds for the blow-moulding industry



for more than four decades. He is understandably picky about the machine tools and ancillary equipment in his Owen Street workshop. His obsession with accuracy shows especially when he selects new equipment, and this was the case when he recently purchased a brand-new machining centre. For a second time, he selected a Fanuc Robodrill from Fanuc’s exclusive distributor for Australia, 600 Machine Tools of Seven Hills. BlowMoulds Australia has had

a Robodrill since 2010, and it has performed reliably, but the latest models produce an absolutely superb finish. “For example, moulds do not need a week of polishing, but can be machined to the desired level of surface finish in only one or two days,” Wraight says. “Even the more challenging aluminium moulds can now be produced to extremely high specs – and delivered in half the time. “Therefore, by acquiring the Robodrill D21MiB5 model,

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Dimac Tooling has been appointed exclusive distributor in Australia and New Zealand for Raptor Workholding products. Ohio-based Raptor’s patented dovetail fixture is used by some of the world’s leading manufacturers. The fixture speeds up the manufacturing process by allowing machining of five full sides of a workpiece in one setup. The design quickly locks the part in place for extreme clamping strength and rigidity with minimal base material. The spring-loaded clamp can be tightened with a simple T-handle wrench. Raptor’s dovetail design has been tested for strength by an independent laboratory. In addition to the dovetail fixture, Raptor offers an extensive range of strong, flexible workholding products, including vices, multi-fixtures, dovetail cutters, adapters, risers and pinch blocks, which can work independently or together seamlessly. An example of Raptor products working in unison is starting off with a Raptor self-centring vice. The vice can be used in two ways: holding a workpiece for dovetail preparation or machining a complete part. The dovetail fixture

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Advanced engineering plastics specialist Cut To Size Plastics has taken delivery of new advanced machining equipment that will enhance its ability to produce top quality light and strong engineering components and finished products. Without missing a day’s production, Cut To Size Plastics brought the new 3500kg Morbidelli Author M100F heavy-duty CNC router and machining centre from delivery truck tray to factory floor production readiness over two days at its Sydney headquarters. The new high-speed, vibrationfree Italian technology – chosen for its unmatched finishing quality and rapid production turnaround for the company’s Asia-Pacific markets – was eased into place by truck, crane and careful planning as it threaded its way among ongoing production, coming to rest besides the machine it replaced, which was still working at full capacity until the switchover. According to Cut To Size Plastics Managing Director Laurie Green: “This was a real team effort to ensure that the high-capacity new machine – which is about 6.5m long installed – could be efficiently threaded though busy factory floorspace among other high-tech machinery, then introduced

into production without a hitch.” The new machine moved smoothly into production last month (March) to produce high precision, light and durable machinery parts and complete products. These parts and products are engineered from state-of-theart plastic materials from the likes of Licharz, Gehr and Beck-Wefapress - international leaders in plastics technology, distributed in Australia by Cut To Size Plastics. The new machine’s advanced capabilities are directed at industries such as manufacturing, forestry, food and beverage, timber, mining and mineral processing, transport and process, production engineering and automation applications. The new investment in Morbidelli machining technology complements the company’s comprehensive CNC machining facility at its Yennora HQ, where it is coupled with GibbsCAM and SolidWorks software to optimise the company’s ability to produce high-quality products from customer specifications and design briefs for local application or export. The performance and flexibility offered by the new M100F includes a 60 per cent time saving in machining cycles compared with older technology. Morbidelli (part of the




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FIBRE LASER HELPS FABRICATORS CASH IN ON CONSTRUCTION Fibre lasers have revolutionised the metal-cutting industry, and Alliance Metal Solutions has taken the initiative and jumped on board the growing trend. Located in Kings Park, Sydney, Alliance is a privately owned sheet metal fabrication company that was founded in 2007 by Shane Blewden and Sean Carragher. Both men had prior experience in the sheet metal fabrication industry, but after spotting an opportunity in the market and feeling like the time was right, they decided to strike out on their own and subsequently founded Alliance Metal. Alliance undertakes a variety of work, but it specialises primarily in the mining and construction sectors, with the company recently putting a big focus on the construction industry. This has seen it expand its opportunities and business potential. Alliance now services all of Australia, from locally in Sydney to many interstate locations, ranging from Perth to Mackay and across rural/urban Victoria. Shane Blewden’s expertise lies in developing business with customers and ensuring their needs are met, whereas Sean Carragher’s focus lies with the design of the products and their specifications.

Steady growth Experiencing steady growth since its formation, Alliance started out with four employees but in its short operational time has grown consistently to an impressive workforce of 41 people. This is testament to Alliance’s first-class service provided by a skilled workforce using modern technology. Laser cutting has become a big component of Alliance’s activities in recent years and this has transformed the company and the way in which it operates. This has resulted in the company recently purchasing a Yawei HLF-1530 3kW fibre laser cutter, complete with automatic loading and unloading device. Shane Blewden and Sean Carragher travelled to China specifically to find a new machine, visited Yawei and were immediately impressed. “They blew us away,” says Blewden. “The machines 34


and their operations were highly professional and just what we were looking for.” After that, the choice was easy: “When we saw the Yawei HLF we knew it would suit us; the choice was a nobrainer,” Blewden continues. The fibre laser was delivered recently and has already been a big hit in the organisation due to its ease of use and the quality of the end result. “We needed a machine with more speed and energy efficiency,” Blewden explains. “And that’s what we got with the Yawei HLF.” One of the key attractions for Blewden was the quality components fitted to the HLF, in particular the Siemens controller and Precitec auto focus cutting head. “The Siemens 840D CNC controller is simple to learn and easy to use, significantly improving cutting speeds and material capacity. Furthermore, it allows for high-accuracy and repeatability,” says Blewden. “Overall the Yawei is simple and user friendly. Running the machine is a basic task - which we like - it saves time and effort. Another attraction is that

it uses filtered compressed air, which costs less in the long term due to its lower cost compared to ‘traditional’ assist gases. The etching feature is also well liked by Alliance operators.” The introduction of the fibre laser with its advanced capabilities has also allowed previously outsourced work to come back in-house. “To say the least, there have been some really big plusses with this machine,” says Blewden. “It’s also been quite cheap to run. So already we have seen the positive financial implications of the machine; it’s value for money.”

Casino project A current major project for Alliance or in conjunction with another largescale construction company, is James Packer’s new casino, currently under construction at Barangaroo, Sydney. Once completed, Alliance will continue with interior fit-outs as well as cladding work for the casino. This project highlights the success of the company’s move into the construction sector and the abundant opportunities that it has so far provided. Blewden praises the service and expertise provided by Applied

Machinery staff. “The back up and support from Applied has been terrific. They’re great, and their technicians are great. They know what they are dealing with. They deliver on time and really have been wonderful. Overall we’re very happy with them,” he says. Blewden wants to see Alliance continue to grow and expand into the future. “We have already increased the level of available shifts for our workers, but we would like to see continued substantial growth into the future. All in all, we are optimistic about the future and believe we are heading in the right direction – Yawei and Applied have had a role in that,” he concludes Applied Machinery is the exclusive supplier of Yawei precision sheetmetal machinery across the country. At the upcoming Austech exhibition in Melbourne-Applied with be showcasing, an 8kW Yawei HLX series fibre laser, along with a Yawei CNC pressbrake bending cell complete with a Kuka robot.

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STRUT CUTTERS MAKE A CLEAN BREAK The M-40LB is powered by an 18V 5Ah Hitachi Liion battery and motor and features a maximum cutting force output of 9.5t when in operation. These strut cutting tools are WH&S compliant, and protect the user from common dangers found in alternative cutting methods such as abrasive and saw cutting applications. When these cutters are in use they don't produce particle debris, deburring or mess after completing the cut.

Weld Australia and the Australian Manufacturing Workers’ Union are working together to address growing concerns around welding safety. Weld Australia CEO Geoff Crittenden and AMWU Victorian State Secretary Tony Mavromatis met in February to discuss safety and compliance in the industry. Their discussions focused on Australia’s relaxed regulatory and compliance frameworks, which have resulted in a growing lack of adherence to Australian Welding Standards and a substantial increase in the risk of welding-related injury for both workers and members of the public. “The lack of regulation covering steel manufacturing, fabrication and erection is a national disgrace,” Crittenden says. “There is absolutely no question, lives are at risk. The only way to guarantee public safety is to implement and enforce regulations that mandate compliance to Australian Standards for the manufacture, fabrication and erection of steel within Australia, and the inspection of imported structural and fabricated steel. Weld Australia looks forward to collaborating with the AMWU on this important issue.”

The Kamekura strut cutting range boasts a portable and durable design for use in many remote and factory based applications. The M-40LB strut cutters are suitable for use in electrical, air conditioning, mechanical services and plumbing industries as well as in plant and engineering installations, and various on-site applications. Available from Stainelec Hydraulic Equipment is the Kamekura M-40LB cordless hydraulic strut cutters for the construction and electrical industry. These tools are designed to cut Uni-Strut, Flexi-Strut, Burndy and alternative strut materials with ease as well as custom dual strut cutting profiles per customer’s request.

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Mavromatis is equally as concerned. “We have a range of concerns. Do builders, surveyors, fabricators and engineers understand what is required when it comes to meeting Australian Standards? Does WorkSafe understand Australian Standards? Do welding workers understand what they need to do to meet Australian Standards? Most concerning of all, there are no welding regulations mandated by legislation.” “The AMWU has a lot of members who are welders and boilermakers. They are watching as their trade is degraded. The big concern is that if nonqualified people are welding – whether it’s a multistorey building or a road sign – someone is going to die. Until someone is seriously hurt, the authorities won’t pay attention.” “The AMWU and Weld Australia share a common interest here – we will continue to work together to improve welding-related safety, not only for the guys working on-site, but for the wider community.” Together, Weld Australia and the AMWU will work towards eliminating loss of life or injury attributable to welding. They will investigate activities such as establishing and maintaining the framework and infrastructure required to identify and analyse welding risks, and formulate and execute related mitigation strategies. Weld Australia 02 8748 0100






Industry Update Video has been a huge success, with more than a million impressions and half a million YouTube views in one month alone during 2018. All our videos can be viewed on the Industry Update YouTube Channel and from the Industry Update Website. And now readers of Industry Update Magazine can check out the latest releases direct from this regular Video Update section. Just scan the QR codes on these pages with your mobile device of choice and you will be taken straight to the video. (Users of some older mobile devices may need to download a QR reader app.)

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MAKING THE SWITCH TO VALUE-ADDED DISTRIBUTION As the exclusive distributor for the internationally renowned ITW Switches brand in Australia, Arlin Components & Hardware could be forgiven for selling the range based purely on the quality, performance and value for money of the products. After all, over the past 55 years, ITW Switches has gained a global reputation for its innovation and high quality standards. Now well into the second year of its distribution deal, Arlin has taken a different approach, and one that mirrors ITW Switches’ own ethos of working with its customers to supply exactly the product they need for their specific applications. According to Arlin’s ANZ National Sales Manager Anil Garyali, this has been a key differentiator in the highly competitive market for pushbutton switches. “It’s all about application support,” he says. “Where the customer needs a special mounting, say with an IP67 enclosure, or

a special backplate, perhaps with laser engraving, we’re happy to arrange all that,” adds Garyali. In fact, Arlin offers a full kitting service for manufacturers, even going as far as supplying custom wiring looms with the switches ready connected. And this extends to the facility to hold stock in the Arlin warehouse to cater for just-in-time manufacturing. Highlights of the ITW Switches range for the Australian market include the 76–94 series of panel mounting switches. These are ideal for use in harsh environments with a 20J impact rating and panel sealing to IP67. The bezels and actuators are made from non-sparking zinc alloy, and so the switches are suitable for use in hazardous environments such as mining equipment and petrochemical plants as well as a full range of industrial applications. Another notable performer is the series 49 of miniature sealed ESDAnil Garyali - Sales Manager

resistant pushbutton switches that Arlin recommends for applications such as industrial equipment control handles, medical equipment and beverage dispensing equipment. These switches are also panel sealed to IP67, and so are suitable for any application where water, moisture or dust is problematic. And for miniature applications that also demand non-sparking performance, Arlin recommends the ITW series 59 of pushbutton switches that builds on the features of the series 49 with a construction featuring a special highcreep-strength zinc alloy, making it suitable for critical applications in harsh or hazardous environments.

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Arlin stocks a full range of pushbuttons from ITW Switches with a choice of actuators and housings, with either momentary or maintained action and including illuminated versions. Arlin is the only ITW Switches distributor in Australia to offer production quantities and pricing across the range.

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CUSTOM SWITCHING PRODUCTS SOLVE REAL DESIGN CHALLENGES One aspect that differentiates ITW Switches from the market is the company’s willingness and ability to produce customised switching solutions that will solve its customers’ design challenges. This willingness is demonstrated by the company’s six-step plan that has been developed to ensure that the finished product truly does add value in meeting the needs of the customer.

Finally, on acceptance of the prototypes, the custom design is transferred to the appropriate ITW manufacturing facility for full production, testing and packaging, all to the company’s ISO9001 quality standards. For a distributor like Arlin, this willingness to produce fully customised products brings added appeal to the ITW Switches product line.

The process begins with a faceto-face planning meeting at which the ITW Switches team listens to the customer and formulates an understanding of the customer’s needs.

“It’s all about supplying the customer with products that really do add value to their operations,” says Anil Garyali, ANZ National Sales Manager for Arlin Components & Hardware.

This understanding is passed on through the ITW Switches engineering team, which encompasses engineers with an extremely wide skill set across multiple industries and with wide ranging experience in the application of electromechanical and electronic technologies.

“While we are well placed to supply any of the ITW Switches standard product line with accessories or modifications that will help customers with their assembly operations, the ability to go further and produce full custom designs to solve specific design requirements makes the ITW Switches product line all the more appealing – particularly for high-value applications,” he adds.

From this point, the project team will be formed from the ITW Switches engineers best suited to the application, and the project team will define the concept required for the application. The chosen concept is then presented back to the customer, with a complete breakdown of the design benefits, the expected production schedule and a full cost analysis. Only once the design is agreed does ITW begin developing prototypes, handing the design on to its dedicated in-house rapid prototyping team using desktop moulding equipment and highly skilled tool and model technicians.

And there is virtually no end to the customisation possibilities, whether it be improved sealing, high actuation forces, increased vibration resistance, the capability to withstand high G-forces, chemical resistance, or just a change of connector or harness. Says Garyali: “Regardless of whether you are looking at standard products or a full custom design, one thing you can be sure of with ITW Switches is that you will be getting high-quality and reliable parts. And for Arlin that means we can really add value for our customers.”

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Throughout manufacturing industry there are many older test rigs that have outlived their useful life but which still have load frames and drive systems that have been designed for a specific requirement and which, in many cases, are still robust and very precise. In these instances the problems lie with the measurement and control systems: their accuracy, speed and control features and software no longer meet modern test requirements and they are incompatible with today’s operating systems.

Available now from APS Industrial, the Sirius Act series is the latest generation of pushbuttons and signalling devices from Siemens. The range comprises high-performance elegantly designed pushbuttons, indicator lights and switches that APS Industrial reckons offer the perfect balance of style, intelligence and durability. And there’s a novel snap-on mechanism that simplifies installation. The Sirius Act range is ideal for industrial applications, maintaining its durability and reliability when dust or water under high



pressure are involved. Even oils, caustic solutions and extreme environmental influences cannot disrupt reliable operation. Various interface options enable simple combinations of pushbuttons and signalling devices, HMI touch screens and industrial PCs. This means that complex input stations can be set up without extensive wiring and engineering time and effort. APS Industrial 1300 309 303

These systems are prime cases for test system modernisation. Doli is Europe’s largest manufacturer of servo-controllers for electromechanical test machines, static and dynamic electro-hydraulic test machines and servo actuators. The company has recently released a new range of high-performance controllers with clock speeds of 10kHz and 24bit resolution. Up to 16 input channels are available along with drivers for servovalves and motors. Hylec Controls is Doli’s agent in

Australia and New Zealand and has over 40 years’ experience in the sale and commissioning of new test machines and in the modernisation of existing machines. The company reckons that upgrading is generally considered to be viable if the upgrade cost is less than 50% of the cost of a new machine. This is generally the case for static machines of greater capacity than 100kN or for all dynamic servo-hydraulic machines. As well as saving costs, the upgrade will provide improved efficiency of testing and ongoing savings due to the automation of data acquisition. It will also improve test evaluation with paperless documentation as well as reducing the time and labour required for testing. And all this comes with the peace of mind of reliable and well-proven hardware and software. Hylec Controls 02 9645 4777



SPECIALITY AND CUSTOM PARTS FOR THE GREAT OUTDOORS The performance demands of products in the outdoor recreational and adventure sports industries require components combining light weight, high strength, corrosion- and UVresistance, extreme durability and the highest levels of reliability. Boker’s provides original equipment manufacturers with 100 years of applicationsolving experience, including an industryleading range of non-standard washer and spacer sizes, thickness, profiles and materials, plus custom, made-to-order washers, spacers, shims, stamped parts and components, manufactured for hundreds of products. Along with the millions of possibilities offered by its extensive range of standard and non-standard sizes, industry-leading brands rely on Boker’s for the manufacturing of their proprietary parts, custom shapes and specialised requirements. Whether manufacturers are looking for formed or fender washers that can be used in tents, or miniature specialised washers for the needs of complex fly fishing reels, they can turn to Boker’s as a trusted partner. Boker’s can also provide simple to complex custom stamped


components used in a variety of products ranging from snowshoe cleats to camping stoves. Manufacturers recognise the unique qualifications, capabilities and industryleading quality that Boker’s offers, including over 32,000 non-standard washer sizes that can be manufactured to exact specifications with no tooling charges. Custom washers are available in outside diameters ranging from 2 to 300mm. Boker’s custom stamping includes flat blanking and piercings in sizes up to 300 x 300mm, complex metal forming in thicknesses from 0.125 to 5mm (varies by material), and deep draws up to 75mm deep and 200mm in diameter.

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Boker’s offers immediate access and experience with over 2000 common and hard-to-find exotic material choices to meet the needs of the outdoor recreational market, including metallic or non-metallic options, low-carbon sheet steel, numerous super alloys, stainless steel, aluminium, brass, beryllium copper, phosphor bronze and nickel silver. Non-metallic materials available include ABS, acetal, polyester, nylon, MD nylon, polycarbonate, fibre, polyethylene and NEMA-

Boker’s is also equipped with in-house secondary operations to meet the demanding finishing requirements of the industry including deburring, tapping, reaming, counterboring, and spotfacing, plus trusted local vendors for heat treating, plating and non-destructive inspection and testing. It also offers 3D rapid prototyping and functional prototyping, plus co-development capabilities to help manufacturers solve their product engineering challenges quickly and efficiently.

Manufacturers can use Boker’s easy online specification engine to find their tooling size, thickness and material requirements for millions of configurations. They can quote their custom stamping project by completing a fast quote form and uploading their CAD files or production prints. Boker’s +1 612 729 9365




E-DRIVE SYSTEM POWERS UP PICKING TROLLEY traditional electric industrial trucks. The company’s aim was to increase its system’s capacity and flexibility from one minute to the next. In order to achieve this, it decided to use order-picking trolleys that could move under their own steam. But as these trolleys would weigh up to 400kg when fully loaded, they needed to be easy to operate, move quickly and comfortably, and manoeuvre perfectly.

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Esselte Leitz is a company known for its innovative office products including ranges for organisation, presentation, filing, archiving and storage. It has subsidiaries in 25 countries around the world, including Australia, and sales in more than 120. As part of its 24-hour delivery service, orders received before 1pm are shipped the same day, which demands maximum flexibility of its personnel and equipment. So the company has looked to improve the utilisation of its technical resources and reduce the time its employees needed to pick orders. Working in close cooperation with Esselte Leitz, Tente developed multi-

shelf picking trolleys with an electric drive (e-drive) system, low-noise castors with rubber treads, and ergonomic controls. This smart solution allows Esselte Leitz’s employees to easily transport large volumes of goods, which not only improves productivity, but also reduces walking distances by up to 80 per cent.

High volumes Esselte Leitz ships 1.7 million order items and records 6 million goods withdrawals each year, with a total weight of 40,000 tonnes, so the company is always looking to improve its systems to make its order picking more efficient. As a central part of this process, it introduced a new system designed to allow shipments to be organised with as little effort as possible, while also reducing the use of

The heart of the design An electrically driven industrial wheel system is a novel way to move heavy loads effectively and efficiently. The electric motor and a single fixed wheel are integrated into a single unit to simplify installation. These powered wheels can be mounted underneath existing trolleys or integrated into new designs, as in Tente’s design for Esselte Leitz. And they can be mounted at the front, centre or back of a trolley.

At first, Esselte Leitz’s idea to remove industrial trucks almost entirely from its warehouses seemed daring, but Tente’s engineering team took a closer look and began to consider e-drive motors and wheels, operations and controls, and ergonomics for trolleys.

A new design of picking trolley with a novel powered wheel system has revolutionised logistics at a global office products giant.

As an added bonus, the reduced use of industrial trucks means that it also saves time and money on training staff, and on maintenance and repair costs for vehicles.

E-drive systems typically include an acceleration handle, a battery pack and charger, and a control unit.

The team developed a trolley system with a powerful electric motor that can be started and stopped at the push of a button. Its speed, both forward and backward, is infinitely variable, and if no motorised assistance is required, the drive wheel retracts automatically. The wheel is also retracted when manoeuvring the trolley.

A single wheel can move loads of up to 400kg, and adding a second wheel will allow loads up to 800kg. Powered wheels work well in combination with standard castors by enabling trolleys to be manoeuvred easily in tight spaces. The suspension system, which consists of a suitably sized spring, allows the wheel to move up and down when needed to ensure it is always in contact with the ground.

Low-noise castors with precision ball bearings and treads made of natural rubber also significantly improve driving and manoeuvring characteristics.

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continue. This will bring a range of new security threats that may affect, not just the critical infrastructure where they are deployed, but also the Internet users and online firms that rely on secure networks and manufacturing processes.

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Consumer-facing Internet of Things (IoT) devices, from smart refrigerators to Internet-connected lightbulbs, have proliferated rapidly in recent years. The same is true of Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) devices designed to improve efficiency and productivity in the manufacturing sector. While IoT devices are very visible because of the role they play in consumers’ daily lives, IIoT technologies have received less attention because they are only used within industrial settings. With projections estimating that $6 trillion will be spent on IIoT solutions over the course of the next five years, rapid growth in IIoT devices is set to

The sheer scale of sensors and number of IoT and IIoT devices currently being deployed provides a much larger attack surface, with many more potentially vulnerable devices than ever before for attackers to target. These risks have manifested in a series of serious security incidents. For example the “Industroyer,” or “Crash Override,” malware that was used to crash the Ukrainian electric grid in 2015, or the massive Mirai botnet of compromised IoT security cameras and routers that was used to launch several distributed denial-of-service attacks in 2016. Not only are attacks like these larger and more damaging than many pre-IoT cyberattacks because of their scale and physical system consequences, they have also proved much harder to mitigate. Furthermore, security standards

and requirements are highly fragmented by region and country as governments have started regulating IoT technologies in very different and sometimes conflicting ways. This creates challenges for manufacturers and developers who are trying to create and deploy these services for a global market.


For instance, Japanese regulation aimed at strengthening the security of IoT devices has explicitly legalised hacking those devices to uncover vulnerabilities in the hope that this will lead to more security research being focused on these technologies. But that activity is largely forbidden in the USA, where unauthorised access to a computer is illegal.

For instance, IIoT sensors are used to monitor machine performance in factories and provide predictive diagnostics that connect maintenance and production processes, therefore avoiding unplanned downtime. This increases the likelihood of malfunctions and bugs going undetected for extended periods of time.

Meanwhile, Australia has explored using an IoT security rating system to assess devices, and the UK has released a voluntary IoT security code of practice. A further complicating factor is the fact that few - if any - of them recognise the significant differences between IIoT and IoT technology.

Key differences Few existing regulations recognise the significant differences between IIoT and IoT technology, therefore they fail to take into account the unique challenges posed by the IIoT







IIoT devices are located in industrial settings rather than commercial ones and they typically facilitate structured machine-tomachine connections rather than ad-hoc people-to-people or peopleto-Internet connections.

IIoT devices have very different longevity and reliability expectations. While IoT devices are typically designed to last between two and five years, IIoT technologies are designed to last for anywhere from ten to 30 years and withstand harsh industrial environments. Continuity of service is crucial for IIoT devices. More reliability, less downtime and more stringent availability requirements make IIoT services even more challenging to update because any kind of configuration change requires an outage which may lead to unacceptable business interruptions or loss of revenue. IIoT systems must also be able






to coexist with legacy systems and support proprietary protocols, while IoT devices are typically based on open standardised protocols. There are also economic challenges to securing the IIoT ecosystem. The IIoT supply chain is complex, making it difficult to secure and difficult to assign clear liability to various stakeholders for vulnerabilities introduced at different stages of the supply chain. Third party conformity assessment of IIoT device components as well as a periodic inventory of deployed IIoT technologies is important to ensure that only trusted devices are installed and operational.

Looking ahead IIoT technologies hold tremendous promise to boost productivity and efficiency in our critical infrastructures, but that promise will only be realised if some of the challenges facing manufacturers and technology providers are addressed. A lack of harmonised global standards for IIoT security has hindered the adoption and deployment of many of these options. Aligning IIoT system-level requirements across manufacturers is difficult because of an ever-changing set of uncoordinated cybersecurity


standards, guidelines, and regulations. Many countries are in the process of developing their own security standards for IoT devices and critical infrastructure. But in many cases, existing security standards have not been designed with the complexities of IIoT devices in mind.


It is essential that industry stakeholders work together to help add appropriate global security standards to address the existing technical and economic challenges. It is also important for companies and academic institutions to begin forging partnerships to develop a strong pipeline of professionals in this area, as well as instigating internal training programmes to cultivate cybersecurity awareness and skills within IIoT firms. Initiatives like these will help meet the growing demand for managing IIoT systems in Australia and globally. Michael Regelski is Chief Technology Officer at Eaton Corp. He recently addressed the IEC Cybersecurity Council in Sydney advocating for a global standard that provides consistency for manufacturers.



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While these secondary underground fans strategically optimise airflow, they eliminate much of the power traditionally wasted in such applications while performing across a very large operating range and meeting broad regulatory compliance requirements. “Until now, the market has to a certain limit used high maintenance variable speed drives to provide some level of control to the air flow in secondary ventilation systems,” says Minetek Engineering Manager Remy Bourcier. “But our patented system works on high pressure, steel fabricated impeller technology allowing operation at temperatures and conditions previously thought impractical for an axial fan – and we achieve this in seriously harsh environments. “It’s in the area of energy costs where the real savings are found, and this is very tangible too. Various studies point out that between 42 and 49 per cent of a mine’s energy costs are consumed by mine ventilation, with the figure of about 27 per cent attributed to the cost of secondary ventilation alone. “Typically, a fan consuming 190kW with an electricity price of 15c/kW will cost $249,660 per year to run and may not even be properly compliant. Considering the average mine uses about 15 secondary fans, the total annual consumption costs around $3,744,900.” The key to the system’s cost efficiency is the POD system, an electronic controller on the fan allowing the fan to be regulated from very low flow requirements right through to more than double the duty point of a traditional vane axial fan. The mine air control system’s RFID

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By Karen Varian

In 2011, Rack Armour was chosen for racking protection by The Australian Antarctic Division. Protecting stock, avoiding pallet racking repairs and replacement in such a remote location is essential, and it certainly helps that Rack Armour is capable of performing at temperatures as low -40°C.

Do you service your company vehicles and forklifts? Of course you do. Maintaining your vehicles provides assurance that they will continue to run the way you need them to, as well as minimising the danger of having to spend thousands of dollars in major repairs or replacement of parts. The same applies with pallet racking protection. A small outlay on racking protection will protect your asset from expensive repair bills. If a forklift damages an unprotected racking upright, rendering it unsafe, not only is time now focused on unnecessary spending to repair or even replace the upright, the down-time and hassle could possibly have been avoided. Then the



question always comes back: should you have installed racking protection in the beginning to prevent the inevitable?

the years, and has proved that traditional steel protection is not necessarily the better option.

Rack Armour Australia has been manufacturing pallet-racking protection for more than a decade and understands how important it is for businesses to protect and maintain their assets.

The effectiveness of the product is in its design. The outer shell is manufactured from an extremely tough polymer that can withstand significant impact and has the persistence of shape to give ongoing protection after the unit reverts to its original form. The compact design is unique in that the curved edges deflect the impact away from the rack face.

Based in Chipping Norton NSW, the company’s range of upright protectors is readily available and presents a simple solution to rack damage – one that has saved companies thousands of dollars in rack repairs. However, not all upright protectors are this effective. The patented Rack Armour design has come a long way over

The foam inner acts to reduce inertia from any impact and diffuse the force along the whole length of the unit, rather than being concentrated at the point of impact.

Throughout Thailand, the Rack Armour product continues to protect racking for leading organisations including DHL, Tesco and Mitsubishi. And here in Australia, Rack Armour has been chosen by some of the country’s leading pallet racking companies as their preferred choice of rack protection. Rack Armour is Australian made and it works. And with EOFY approaching, this might be a good time to invest in protection to protect your valuable assets. Karen Varian is with Rack Armour (Australia). Rack Armour (Australia) 9722 0502



SERIES 6 - 80GHZ RADAR LEVEL SENSORS PROVIDE NEW LEVELS OF ACCURACY Radar sensors have been used for noncontact level measurement for many years. But now, with the move to 80GHz microwave technology, VEGA’s latest generation of radar level sensors provide new levels of accuracy and ease of use. In this series of videos, VEGA engineers Jurgen Skowaisa and Clemens Hengstler show how the 80GHz Vegapuls 64 radar level sensor overcomes many of the process conditions that

have traditionally caused problems for older 26GHz sensors.

process equipment such as shut-off valves and nozzles.

The videos demonstrate how the Vegapuls 64 is immune to the effects of condensation and buildup and how its smaller size makes it suitable for applications in smaller vessels. Jurgen and Clemens go on to show how well the new sensor copes with foam, and how it deals with measuring through glass and through

SERIES 7 - HIGH-FREQUENCY RADAR IMPROVES BULK SOLIDS MEASUREMENT Level measurement of bulk solids in silos and other storage containers presents some unique challenges that can now be met using 80GHz radar technology.

They illustrate the performance improvement with several different types of bulk media as well as in applications where the measuring environment creates its own challenges.

In this series of tutorial videos, VEGA engineers Jurgen Skowaisa and Clemens Hengstler look at the technical difficulties and show how the Vegeapuls 69 outperforms traditional 26GHz radar sensors.

The series concludes with a valuable lesson on the importance of the correct mounting and alignment of radar sensors to achieve optimum performance in bulk solids measurement.


demonstrate how the VEGA Tools smartphone app can be used to align the Vegapuls 69 for maximum accuracy.

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WIRELESS SENSORS KEEP WATCH OVER STRUCTURAL HEALTH received by the receiver within a specified timeframe, or else it will be automatically deleted.

Flexible, smart shock detection As the pioneer in ultra-low-power Wi-Fi sensing technology, WiloW sensors are set in sleep mode most of the time and only activated once a certain shock threshold is reached. These threshold values can be easily configured up to maximum that the sensor can measure. Not only does this feature extend battery life as the sensors spend most of their time in sleep mode, it also leads to higher-quality data acquisition as the only data that are recorded and transmitted are those values after the shock threshold is reached.

Real benefits of wireless sensor integration No matter how strong and reliable it is when it was built, any structure will degrade over time thanks to a combination of environmental and geological factors. Therefore a reliable monitoring system is required to assess the health and condition of crucial structures to determine whether they are still safe for operation.

inclination and shock. The wi-fi accelerometer and inclinometer from the WiloW series are already well-accepted in structural health monitoring for civil engineering applications. These devices offer integrated data

Lossless data transmission technology One issue faced by wireless technology is the potential loss of data during the transmission process, particularly when the network is disrupted during the transmission cycle.

Rapid RoI can be expected after integrating these sensor systems into existing infrastructure. Because there is no requirement for wiring or complex cabling, the sensors can also be quickly integrated into existing system infrastructure using IT-friendly wireless links. (Some cabling may be required to provide a power supply or final data link, but this will be way less than the cost of wiring the whole system.)

Strain gauge techniques, when correctly applied, can provide the necessary information. However, the technology has traditionally had limitations when applied in a remote or inaccessible area because of the need for the wiring for the data acquisition system that processes the captured signals and generates the final data. Fortunately, one of the major enabling technologies of the Industrial Internet of things (IIoT) has been the advancement in the sensor technologies in recent years. And there is now a wide range of wireless sensors available that do not require the wiring traditionally required for data acquisition.

Wireless sensors increase measurement capabilities

logging with up to 5 million data points and are capable of line-of-sight wireless transmission up to 200m.

Bestech Australia now offers a new generation of ultra-low-power Wi-Fi sensors (WiLow sensors) from BeanAir for measurement of vibration, tilt,

However, the soon-to-be-released integration of LoRaWan technology will greatly extend the range to 15km with the additional benefit of GPS time-stamping.



Remote monitoring sensors, integrated with either Wi-Fi or another wireless technology, offer streamlined monitoring solutions with reduced costs for installation and operation. This makes these sensors ideal for cost-effective structural monitoring in difficult-to-access or hazardous areas, such as the mining industry.

To counter this, the WiloW products integrate a “store and forward” function that works by storing the message transmitted by the sensor to a Wi-Fi access point or receiver where it is stored before forwarding to the next recipient. Alternatively, users can define a hardreal-time option where the data must be

These wireless sensors also require little or no maintenance, and so personnel seldom need to physically access the installation. Any anomalies can be directly monitored from the control room, with any necessary maintenance planned and performed in advance of any catastrophic failure.

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If you feel your manufacturing workflow has room for improvement, it can be worthwhile to stand back and assess whether there might be a bottleneck that is affecting other parts of the process.

Available now from Compressed Air Australia, Exair’s new 64 and 76mm Line Vacs are powerful inline conveyors made to transport high volumes of material through ordinary hose or tube.

In some cases, it may be easy to identify one particular area that could be made more efficient. And if the delay is coming from physically moving items from one space to another repetitively, a jib crane can offer a cost-effective solution.

Designed for areas like food and pharmaceutical processing, the units are made from 316 stainless steel, providing chemical and corrosion resistance, reliable performance in high or low temperatures, long service life and low maintenance.

Bomac reports that some customers have made huge gains in productivity by using a jib to lift and move bulky, awkward and heavy items, or lighter items that needed to be moved regularly and repetitively. A lifting device like this also improves safety and protects employees from injury. Improved staff morale naturally follows improvements made in workflow and safety. And that will also feed in to improved productivity. Empowering workers with the

right tools in the right part of the workflow is definitely a win-win decision. Most standard Altrac jib cranes are priced below $20,000, and so are eligible for full relief under the Federal Government’s Instant Asset Write Off Scheme. However, to claim for this year, assets must be ordered and installed by 30th June 2019.

Commonly used to fill hoppers, move trim and waste or transfer parts, the 316SS Line Vac conveyors eject a small amount of compressed air through directed nozzles into the throat to produce a vacuum on one end and high output flows on the other.

There are now nine sizes in the Line Vac range from 10 to 76mm that fit popular hose and tube diameters. Threaded versions of the Line Vacs are also available for use with common pipe..

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The response is instantaneous, and the material conveying rate is easily controlled using a pressure regulator. An optional bracket permits easy mounting.

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DATA ACQUISITION MODULES BRIDGE THE COMMUNICATIONS GAP The Data Station DA10D and DA30D range of data acquisition and protocol convertors from Red Lion Controls bridges the communication gap between serial, Ethernet and fieldbus devices to unlock data from PLCs, drives, controllers and more.


Available now from Control Logic, the ranges include point and click built-in MQTT connectors and embedded OPC UA server functionality to easily connect to cloud platforms as an IIoT gateway. They are fully compatible with Red Lion’s highly praised and free-to-use Crimson 3.1

The DA10D and DA30D protocol convertor and data acquisition platforms can be used as a key part of any plant’s industrial data collection, visualisation and management system, to provide real-time data from virtually any industrial equipment, anywhere.

With a growing list of more than 300 serial, Ethernet and fieldbus drivers, the Data Station provides the freedom to choose the best-in-class components for a given application, regardless of vendor.

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DEVELOPMENT KIT FIRES UP IOT SENSOR APPLICATIONS Available now from Mouser Electronics, the STEVAL-BCN002V1B BlueNRG is a sensor node development kit from STMicroelectronics. This fully equipped evaluation kit includes the BlueNRG-Tile multisensor board and STEVAL-BCN002V1D programming board for the development of IoT applications. The kit is built around the BlueNRGTile, a coin-sized sensor node based on the BlueNRG-2 system-on-a-chip (SoC) with an Arm Cortex-M0 core. Supporting Bluetooth 5 Low Energy for remote monitoring and sensing applications, the ultra-low-power SoC is ideal for smart agriculture, supply chain management,

smart home and industrial applications. The versatile BlueNRG-Tile sensor board includes a comprehensive ultralow-power sensor portfolio, including magnetometer, gyroscope, accelerometer, pressure, temperature and humidity, MEMS microphone and time-of-flight sensors. Additionally, MEMS sensor algorithms enable 9-axis sensor fusion and event detection. The STEVALBCN002V1D adapter board, powered via USB, allows engineers to program and debug the sensor board. The kit includes a comprehensive software development kit that includes ready-to-go examples and voice-over-

Bluetooth code. These comprehensive resources enable developers to design, debug and prototype imaginative IoT applications straight out of the box.

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integration into automation environments. The increased contact surface of the FXCB cobot gripper reduces impact forces and allows the new design to meet ISO TS 15066 – the latest standard for collaboration between humans and collaborative industrial robots.

Schmalz has developed a novel gripper designed specifically for safer human-robot collaboration. The FXCB cobot gripper is an ideal fit for end-of-line packaging and pick-andplace applications. The gripper features a flexiblefoam gripping surface that allows it to safely handle cardboard boxes and other components up to 8kg. It also includes smart communication technology that enables easy

The gripper is modular, and can be equipped with energy-saving ejector modules or intelligent vacuum switches for process monitoring. And as an alternative to onboard vacuum generation the FXCB gripper can be used with an externally supplied vacuum.

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On display was an Omron Techman TM collaborative robot that was connected to the cloud using the Microsoft Azure platform.




Visitors to February’s Microsoft Ignite conference in Sydney were exposed to some of the technologies that are set to change the face of manufacturing as we know it. And one demonstration that attracted much attention was a collaboration between Omron Electronics and cloud-solution specialist rhipe.

“For the first time we were able to show how these traditional robots, which have never talked to the cloud, can be used more efficiently,” said Sridhar Deenadayalan, Head of Azure Practice at rhipe, adding that “by marrying this equipment to the cloud as part of the IoT it opens up a big window of opportunity for a broad range of industries.” Among the features demonstrated, the robotic arm was sent a request through the cloud to carry out a set of tasks. This included selecting either chocolate or health bars and handing them to a group of people of different ages and genders. “This was a good demonstration of how an industrial-grade robotic arm can seamlessly integrate with the Azure IoT platform,” said Deenadayalan. “This could be potentially used on a manufacturing sorting line to look for specific items where it can sort through and select certain goods.”

But the real benefit, he added, is using a cloud-based solution to monitor the entire manufacturing process. Data can be pulled from a device (such as a robotic arm), sent to a special dashboard and analysed. “Statistical and telemetry information could be used to determine how a machine is performing in real time,” said Deenadayalan. “This means companies can assess the efficiency of the equipment on the floor and perform preventative maintenance if needed.” The Microsoft Ignite demonstration was the latest fruit of a 5-month collaboration between rhipe and Omron, and the two companies are continuing to develop further cloud-based industry solutions beyond the robotic arm. “Omron has a suite of IoT products, so we are keen to find new Cloud solutions for our customers and partners and eventually to commercialise those products,” said Deenadayalan. Omron Electronics 1300 766 766





The world’s leading change management software is now available in Australia from Control Logic following the company’s appointment as a master distributor for MDT Software.

Particularly in industrial environments, proper thermal management is essential to safeguard the reliable operation of electronic control circuitry. Put simply, you need to keep your control systems cool as you can ill afford electronics overheating and shutting down.

Founded in 1987, MDT Software has become a trusted provider of disaster recovery and change management solutions for leading manufacturers. MDT’s flagship product, AutoSave, empowers users to protect, save, restore, discover, and track changes in industrial programmable devices and plant-floor documents. AutoSave supports the most comprehensive range of devices and editors in the industry from Schneider Electric, Siemens, Mitsubishi, Emerson (GE), Rockwell Automation and others.

According to Lee Papadimitrious, General Manager Products & Marketing at Control Logic: “Through our extensive in-house testing, Autosave came out as the clear winner providing a user-friendly scalable solution that provides flexibility based around the client’s requirements. “We were also extremely impressed with the entire MDT operations and their complete alignment with Control Logic in terms of their brand promise and business ethos – which made our decision even easier.”

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Available now in Australia from Seifert Systems, the SlimLine Series of cabinet coolers features a contemporary lowprofile design, with a choice of top- and side-mounted units rated from 320W to 1.5kW. The German-designed and Europeanmanufactured cabinet air conditioners are based on a filterless maintenancefree design with a reliable rotary piston compressor. The units are housed in rugged industrial-grade powder-coated mild steel enclosures, sealed to IP54, with stainless-steel versions available for food and pharmaceutical manufacturing environments or for anywhere with a corrosive atmosphere. All units are factory set to maintain a cabinet temperature of 35°C, regardless

of fluctuations in the outside temperature, providing the enclosed circuitry with a stable operating environment. The temperature and alarm settings can be altered using onboard switches, depending on the requirements of the application. In order to help users to specify the correct unit for any application Seifert has developed the online Cal-Cool-Lator, which makes it easy to calculate the thermal loading of the electronics in any given enclosure, which determines the appropriate cooling capacity required. Seifert Systems Australia carries a comprehensive range of SlimLine models in mild steel and stainless steel with a wide range of cooling capacities. The company also stocks a large selection of spare parts to support local users. Seifert Systems 03 9801 1906

















FORTHCOMING LATERAL EVENTS THINKING OZWATER’19 7-9 May 2019, Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre NATIONAL MANUFACTURING WEEK 14-17 May 2019, Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre

(1) Why are 2019 dollar coins worth more than 2018 dollar coins? (2) In a standard pack of cards, two Jacks have one eye and the other two have two eyes. How many eyes are on the four Jack cards? (3) It takes Sandy three hours to paint a fence, and Alex six hours. If they work together at their usual speed, how long will it take them to paint it?

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5 Which side has won cricket’s Big Bash the most times (3)? 6 Which is the southernmost city in the world? 7 Where in Australia is the Big Pelican? 8 Which now ubiquitous electrical device was developed by Peter Talbot for Kambrook in 1972? 9 … and why didn’t Kambrook get the full benefit of the development? 10 What do two, three and five have in common?



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1 Because there is one more of them. They are worth $2019.


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4 Which rocker was born Vincent Damon Furnier in Detroit, Michigan on 4th February 1948?

2 Twelve. Each Jack appears twice on his card.


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