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PACE Zenith Awards 2012: Finalists for Lifetime Achievement

John Keys
Schneider Electric

John Keys Schneider ElectricJohn Keys is one of 10 national trainers at Schneider Electric. He is responsible for conducting training courses and contributing to the continuous improvement of its national training offer.

His specific skills also relate the modernisation and migration of the product offer, given his long history (40 years) with the company. Keys was originally employed by Square D Automation in 1972 as a Field Engineer for industrial switchgear.

After three months at the head office on the switchgear assembly lines and workshops learning the products, he became a field engineer.

Then in January 1977, he became the first Australian employee of Square D Automation (acquired by Schneider Electric in 1991) representing the Programmable Controller system and has represented the Automation offer in Australia ever since.

Keys has actively demonstrated his strong commitment to local issues which resulted in feedback for future offer development where he continues to play an active role today.

Ken Brown
K E Brown Electrical Switchboards

Ken Brown K E Brown Electrical SwitchboardsKen Brown is the Founding Managing Director of K E Brown who, at the age of 91, still comes in to work regularly to guide the company he founded after he returned from World War Two.

When Ken returned from service in the Royal Australian Navy, the boiler making trade skills he'd learned in the Eveleigh railway workshops before going overseas were in keen demand and he began working with a company making ice chests.

Ken was given the chance to take the company over in 1948, and fix the engineering problems. The company then diversified and began making anything for households from gates and fences to switchboards.

KEB today provides custom-engineered low-voltage switchboards to companies as diverse as BHP Billiton and IBM, ABN Amro and Bovis Lend Lease, CSR and AMP, Sydney Water and Woolworths, Telstra and EDS, Leighton Contractors and Coles, McDonalds and Optus Vision, and some of the country's leading hospitals, hotels, telecoms and banks.

Ian Gibson

Ian Gibson IICAIICA is a membership body that provides support for the instrumentation, control and automation industry providing training, seminars and exhibitions.

Gibson currently works in a volunteer position which entails liaising with other committee members to review applications from IICA members wishing to be considered for upgrade to Fellow Member and also reviewing nominations fo the IICA Testimonial Award. Gibson is currently also vice chairperson of the Victorian Branch committee of the IICA.

Gibson has been a very well respected member of the IICA for many years and has served on various state and federal committees in a variety of functions.

Gibson has added value to the IICA through his various roles including as Federal President. He was instrumental in the IICA gaining a government grant to support the IICA's regional Table Top Exhibitions.

Dr Pengfu Tan
Xstrata Copper

Dr Pengfu Tan Xstrata CopperDr Pengfu Tan is responsible for managing and developing a team of technical staff, overseeing day-to-day process control as well as monitoring the metallurgical performance of the copper smelter.

By improving the ISASMELT temperature, slag chemistry, draft and burner fire rate controls and by establishing an optimised smelting temperature target, Dr Tan was able to decrease the brick wear rate of the copper smelter furnace to 5 mm for the entire 2011 campaign.

This is a significant improvement in comparison to the previous 10 ISASMELT campaigns (from 1992 to 2010), which resulted in brick wear of at least 115 mm over a 12 month period.

Dr Tan designed and initiated several projects to minimise copper loss in rotary holding furnace slag and has developed a set of operational key performance indicators for copper loss control. This improvement is worth more than $12 million in additional profit per year.

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