- 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.
- SAP EcoHub now includes Plaut’s expertise in Manufacturing Integration and Intelligence
Manufacturing Integration and Intelligence provides a direct connection between business operations and shop-floor systems. It helps ensure that all manufacturing data is visible in real time – including information about orders, materials, equipment, status, costs and product quality.
- Fast-acting bio-sensor warns of hazardous substances in water supply
Classical poisons such as cyanide or ricin as well as plant protectives or toxic metabolic products from bacteria can be fatal even in concentrations of nanograms per litre.
- Nyrstar’s Port Pirie smelter migrates PLCs painlessly
Nyrstar were experiencing a high incidence of premature failure on their drives. In order to reduce this risk, the company wanted a partner who could develop and manage a preventative maintenance program.
- Clayton Synchrotron gets locally-designed motor control system upgrade
The Clayton Synchrotron is highly integrated making it more compact and serviceable than ones overseas because it is not as cluttered and has less cabling.
- Gaming technology powers visualisation software
Sentient Computing has developed a 3D automation and visualisation software product targeted at mining, oil & gas and manufacturing operations. The software company’s product, MVX, uses technology that is also used in the world of gaming and this Perth-based business has plenty of reasons to keep an eye on the latest video games.
- Intelligent safety monitoring keeps workers and machines always in view
Particular care must be taken in a production hall where robots and people work together, where even minor carelessness could result in serious accidents or stop production. Fraunhofer researchers are introducing a new prototype for intelligent safety monitoring in industrial workplaces.
- Improve performance and reliability of water treatment plant
A major upgrade to a municipal water plant called for the replacement of outdated remote terminal units with an intelligent distributed I/O system.
- Helena Water to build WA’s Mundaring Water Treatment Plant
Helena Water has been selected as the preferred consortium to fund, build and operate the new Mundaring Water Treatment Plant in Western Australia. This is the first fully fledged Public Private Partnership in the Western Australian water industry.
- Measuring Position or Speed in Harsh Environments
Harsh environments come in many forms but their common feature is that they place heavy demands on control equipment. The failure of position or speed sensors in the field can have a massive technical or commercial impact. If you are the engineer that specified the sensors in the first place, sensor failure might also have an impact on your career. So how do you make sure your sensors won’t let you down when the going gets tough? Mark Howard from Zettlex examines the options.