UNSW University students have designed a virtual and augmented reality system that enables workers to safely shut down dangerous machinery in industrial plants, an effort that has seen them win this year’s UNSW Maker Games competition. Now in its third year, the Maker Games encourages UNSW students from multiple faculties to come together and design … Continue reading Virtual reality industrial safety solution wins UNSW Maker Games
Over 100 local engineering professionals attended Engineers Australia’s South Australian office for the Engineered Safety Symposium 2019. The Symposium was held over two days and featured talks from leading practicing professionals, representing a cross-section of industry and academia. Topics included design for safety, systematic safety, engineered safety, safety in automation, cyber security, perspectives on reasonably … Continue reading Engineering safety event sees discussions across automation and cyber security
The federal Department of Industry, Innovation and Science is soliciting feedback and comments as part of its review of the safety regime for offshore oil and gas workers in Commonwealth waters. The Department’s discussion paper can be accessed on its online Consultation Hub, with comments to be submitted before 23 July. The discussion paper provides … Continue reading Federal government undertaking review of oil and gas safety regime
Peter Braun, senior technical sales consultant process automation, Schneider Electric, explains how safety within the manufacturing process can help with profitability Traditionally, safety and profitability have seemed to be diametrically opposed for many manufacturing and production operations. Although no-one disputes the value of investing in safety, the primary objective for a manufacturing or production business … Continue reading Five steps to boost safety and increase profitability
Experts in cyber security are concerned that a lack of security in smaller companies and start-ups creates room for attacks. The concern comes from IT industry experts that are pushing for companies to pay more attention to securing their infrastructure. Giovanni Polizzi, energy solutions manager at technology company Indra, said new companies were using insufficient … Continue reading Cyber security should be addressed with small companies first, experts say
The news that an Uber self-driving vehicle has killed a pedestrian in the US has made headlines around the world. It’s a reminder that the era of self-driving cars is fast approaching. Decades of research into advanced sensors, mapping, navigation and control methods have now come to fruition and autonomous cars are starting to hit … Continue reading Who’s to blame when driverless cars have an accident?
Plant machinery and safety considerations are key components when it comes to the day-to-day running of an engineering or manufacturing enterprise. Continual improvement is something a lot of companies strive to reach. However, with some safety aspects there are sometimes different approaches, especially when it comes to process plant safety versus rotating machine safety. The … Continue reading A common approach to improve safety
As Australasian industry continues to optimise its efficiency to meet international competition and delivery deadlines, uptime is king. This is where the value of on-site tool services is truly felt. Not having to ship out valuable maintenance and fabrication tools – including torque wrenches, hand pumps or cylinders – just for a service or calibration … Continue reading On-site tool service keeps production flowing
B&R has expanded its range of automation-ready Panel PCs with a new series of widescreen formats ranging from 7″ WVGA to 24″ Full HD.
Beckhoff Automation has generated global sales of 679 million euros ($AUD 989 million) in 2016, an increase of 9.5 per cent over the previous year.
During a major air show in New Zealand, in order to help ease the traffic flow by providing spectators with live traffic updates, Beca deployed a network of BlipTrack sensors, produced by Denmark-based BLIP Systems.
Process and plant engineers who can’t find room for the recommended straight pipe run required by liquid flow meters in their municipal water treatment plant retrofit projects will find the Vortab Elbow Flow Conditioner available from AMS, eliminates the problem by removing swirl and asymmetric velocity profiles caused by pumps, valves and other equipment placed too close to the meter.
Bertin Technologies has announced that its Second Sight MS standoff detector of chemical threats has just been chosen by the Australian Defence Force (ADF) to equip its troops.
Research and Markets has released a new report on the position sensor market, which it says is expected to reach AUS$7.93 billion by 2022, at a CAGR of 6.27 per cent between 2017 and 2022.
According to a recent blog post on the ARC Advisory Group website, data analytics are critical to the concept of IIoT. But what if we don’t trust what the data indicates? Asset condition monitoring and management applications have been the initial IIoT target, but are the benefits being realised?
New radar technology developed in Australia promises comprehensive surveillance of enemy troops without compromising safety.
The Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) Safety Centre and the Safety Institute of Australia will publish two new chapters in the Occupational Health and Safety Body of Knowledge next week.
With the push for greater development of clean renewable energy sources continuing to gather momentum, is there likely to be an increasing focus on potential opportunities for involvement of Australia’s manufacturing industry in supplying this market segment?
According to a report in The Lead, a new study into honeybee eyesight has the potential to improve the vision of robots according to Australian scientists.
Internet of Things (IoT) is the term du jour. As adoption increases the natural question becomes, how has it been secured? To understand an effective security strategy for IoT, we first need to understand where the value from IoT is generated.