- ABB Australia opens world-first SF6 gas recycling plant
ABB Australia has developed a world-first technology for recycling contaminated sulphur hexafluoride gas at a new facility in NSW.
- CNC kernel shakes up machine tools market
The 10,000th model of NUM’s new-generation CNC kernel has just been produced. This milestone has been achieved within three years from launch marking a success for a mid-level CNC provider that serves mainly specialised machine tool builders.
- Fieldbus Foundation Unveils FOUNDATION For Remote Operations Management
FOUNDATION technology is expected to transform the industrial remote operations market by providing a single integrated infrastructure built specifically for process automation.
- Osmoflo commissions desalination plant at OneSteel Whyalla
The plant is built in two trains each featuring pre-treatment by micro-filtration membranes followed by reverse osmosis modules to remove salts.
- Understanding the automation knowledge crises
Not only are individual automation systems becoming more complex they are increasingly being integrated with each other to facilitate interoperability.
- Sydney University opens Reverse Osmosis Teaching Rig
The rig is designed to desalinate up to 600L/s of brackish water using reverse osmosis membranes.
- ABB concept to revolutionise concentrating solar power plants
The plants use 70 percent less material, require 40 percent less land and consume 80 percent less water per megawatt generated than parabolic trough designs.
- Manufacturing union ad campaign hits out at Australian mining industry
The Australian Manufacturing Workers’ Union has hit out at Australia’s mining industry, claiming they make profit, don’t pay tax and don’t support manufacturing.
- Australian-built robots train US Marines to hit targets
A squad of Australian built and designed robots has just been shipped to the US to help train Marine Corps in marksmanship.
- Sevaan offers streamlined engineering and fabrication for Defence sector
Sevaan Group has taken the jobbing shop concept to a new level by offering profitable economies of scale for fabrication in everything from very small quantities through to the largest orders.
- Nyrstar converts DCS to Rockwell Automation PlantPAx
NYRSTAR Hobart has awarded a $2.5 million order to Rockwell Automation to replace a distributed control system (DCS) with the PlantPAx process automation system.
- Spending on New Renewable Energy Capacity to total US$7 trillion over the next 20 years
In 20 years’ time 15.7% of total energy production will come from renewable sources.
- Miners rejoice as electronic sensor monitors conveyor rollers
The sensor monitors the condition of conveyor belt rollers and wirelessly warns if the rollers need replacing. The device has the potential to save companies millions of dollars in lost production and downtime.
- Precision Mechatronics acquires Surfx Technologies
Acquisition will provide Precision Mechatronics with a competitive edge in clean atmospheric plasma technology.
- ABB to acquire Powercorp in Australia to expand offering for renewable integration
Darwin based Powercorp employs around 30 people and offers automation and intelligent control solutions to manage renewable energy generation in isolated grids.
- Shark found in seawater intake station at Perth Desalination Plant
The Water Corporation has confirmed that a wobbegong (carpet) shark has been found in the seawater intake station at the Southern Seawater Desalination Plant during scheduled maintenance work.
- Behind wireless technology and industrial automation systems
The increasing threat of cyber attacks coupled with open enterprise wireless architectures have had the biggest impact on electronic security fears and slowed down the spread of wireless.
- Vinidex to provide 3200km of pipe to Australia Pacific LNG project
IN a win for local manufacturing, Australia Pacific LNG has awarded Vinidex a contract to supply the high-density polyethylene (HDPE) plastic pipes for its CSG to LNG project.
- Honeywell’s wireless future
HONEYWELL, with the release of its OneWireless Adapter, says manufacturers will be able to improve plant efficiency by converting HART field devices into devices that can transmit data over an ISA100.11a-compliant wireless network.
- National Instruments organises Autonomous Robotics Competition
Student teams from ten Australian universities recently participated in the competition that focused on inspiring student innovation in the field of robotics.