- Additive manufacturing can get us more from ore says CSIRO titanium expert
Australia’s vast titanium reserves can be converted to high-value manufactured items and deliver massive export earnings for the next 9,000 years.
- Faulty solar wiring in Sydney: Who is to blame?
The Sydney solar market is polarised about who’s to blame for the one-in-five dodgy solar panel installations uncovered by the Department of Climate Change, with some blaming the DC manufacturer and others pointing fingers at the electricians.
- Will the car of the future be made of magnesium?
Lighter, more economical, more reasonably priced. If possible, equipped with electric drive, too. Carmakers have many demands and magnesium may be the solution.
- Cogeneration plant supports renewable energy generation at Queensland sugar mill
ABB to design and deliver a $4 million distributed control system and electrical package for Mackay Sugar’s Racecourse Mill renewable cogeneration plant.
- Perth-based design company wins major aerospace contracts
Quickstep develops innovative process to manufacture of composites and signs agreements with Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman and Sikorsky.
- Shell and KBR in hydroprocessing technology alliance
KBR and Shell Global Solutions International have formed a new alliance in which KBR will market, sell and provide technology and design packages with Shell Global Solutions on hydroprocessing solutions worldwide.
- Australia’s Navy investigates computer gaming for its training needs
The Royal Australian Navy is investigating the use of video gaming technology to assist in scenario-based training of its sailors.
- Advances in automatic orbital welding systems enhance efficiency and functionality
Automatic orbital Gas Tungsten Arc Welding has gained favour in a variety of industries in which maximum leak integrity or high performance are of paramount importance.
- Rodinia spudds its first well in South Australia
Rodinia Oil Corp has spudded its first well, “Mulyawara 1”, in the Officer Basin of South Australia.
- Intergraph’s CADWorx 2012 is now compatible with AutoCAD 2012
Intergraph CADWorx Plant Design Suite 2012, the newest version of Intergraph’s design solution for mid-market and AutoCAD-based projects and workgroups, is now compatible with AutoCAD 2012, the latest AutoCAD release from Autodesk.
- A Solution to Skills Shortages – How Technology Helps Bridge the Gap
Automated knowledge transfer solutions that effectively close the skills gap and deliver a powerful combination of rich functionality and ease of use are likely to become increasingly popular.
- Australian engineers enable lights on at benchmark coal wash plant
Located in the South Gobi region near the Mongolian/Chinese border, the Uhkaa Khudag mine is the first large-scale coal mine in Mongolia to be developed and operated to international mining standards and practices.
- Shell to build world’s largest floating LNG facility off Western Australia coast [VIDEO]
Moored out to sea, 200 km from the nearest land in Australia, Shell’s FLNG facility will produce gas from offshore fields and liquefy it onboard by cooling. The world’s largest floating offshore facility chills gas to -162 degrees C and turns it into liquid. It shrinks the gas by 600 times, allowing it to be shipped to far off towns and cities where energy is needed.
- Green Car Fund helps Holden cut fuel consumption by 7 percent
Using a $39.8 million Green Car Innovation Fund grant, Holden will transform the way they design, engineer and manufacture the Commodore, reducing fuel consumption by more than 7 per cent.
- What the Federal budget means for the process control and automation industries
The mix of shot and long term policy changes and initiatives may turn out to be positive for the industry. The Federal government finally acknowledges, and acts on, skills shortage. But clean energy is the biggest loser.
- Harness the power of information to efficiently manage energy needs
Reducing energy consumption is no longer a nice thing to do – it has become business critical. Taking action, however, needs to be more than just a stab in the dark.
- CRC scientists start mining Australia’s manure mountains
Scientists in CRC CARE are working on ways to turn one of the nation’s major urban organic wastes into a safe source of fertility for the continent’s depleted soils.
- How to ensure perfect welds for car bodies
Surface welding instead of penetration welding, allows a laser to produce a weld that is only visible on one side. But how do you control the laser power to prevent it burning a hole through the sheets of metal? A new camera system analyses thermal images in real time – and ensures a perfect weld.
- Are we over-investing in desalination?
THE AUSTRALIAN Productivity Commission has published a draft report titled Australia’s Urban Water Sector, finding reforms can be made to current approaches to water management.
- Vision systems will drive the next major wave in industrial robotics
Curently less than 10 per cent of manufacturers have a vision system but in 10 years only 10 per cent will not have this technology. Extending the robot’s capability to embrace less-structured areas of manufacturing is the next major wave of change.