- Local instrumentation manufacturer does brisk business
Sydney-based SensMar is thriving on a brisk export business while retaining product development and manufacturing in Australia.
- Control system boosts productivity in steelmaking
Real Time Systems has recently developed an advanced electrode control system that offers substantially higher productivity and reduced specific energy consumption in electric arc furnaces.
- Australian-first project at Tarong Power Station uses algae to absorb carbon emissions
Under a process called Algal Synthesis, captured flue gases from the coal-fired power station are injected into waste water contained in long plastic membranes next to the station.
- Manufacturing is the third largest targeted industry for cyber attacks
Duqu threats were created to gather intelligence data from industrial control system manufacturers. The creators of Duqu had access to the source code of Stuxnet and were looking for information such as design documents that could help them mount future attacks on industrial control facilities.
- IT investments are shifting to plant
After a couple of tumultuous years companies once again are ramping up spending in CPM solutions. What are the reasons for this upsurge?
- Super hoists enable Intimate Mode at Etihad Stadium
Etihad Stadium could always do things differently due to its retractable roof. Now the Intimate Mode Hoisting System designed for unison lifting takes it to new heights.
- Opening the black box of mission critical networks
Security, wireless and zero-second switchover redundancy are trends set to dominate the industrial network sector.
- TAFE and Santos GLNG Project establish CSG Operations Training Centre in Queensland
In the first year of operation the Centre aims to train up to 90 people in the skills required to work in the Santos GLNG Project gas fields.
- 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.