F-35 to be used to develop industry 4.0 supply chain

The F-35 Lightning, the world’s most advanced fighter plane, will be used to develop the world’s most advanced digital supply chain under a new partnership. BAE Systems Australia and the Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre (AMGC) will bring Industry 4.0 to reality through a $750,000 project to develop a new approach to supply chain digitisation. The…

Drone Shield to enter Middle East markets

Australian anti-drone security company, DroneShield (ASX: DRO) has signed a memorandum of understanding with Saudi Arabia’s Public Telecommunication Co to enter Middle East markets. Public Telecommunication’s STC Specialized group, which is ‘guided’ by the Saudi government to partner with leading foreign companies, has added DroneShield to its partner list. The company said in a statement:…

Sienna appoints Brazilian distributor

Sienna Cancer Diagnostics (ASX: SDX) has appointed a Brazilian distributor for its breakthrough bladder cancer detection test. The appointment of Inside Diagnosticos as its exclusive agent selling to pathology labs follows the recent appointments of distributors in Korea and Singapore. Sienna has the first ever in vitro diagnostic (IVD) for detection of telomerase as an…

Would an Australian merchant fleet help manufacturing?

Analysis by Peter Roberts If the ALP is elected at the upcoming national poll, as seems likely, Australia just may see the revival of Australian-owned shipping. Opposition leader, Bill Shorten has promised to re-develop maritime skills training, establish an investigative task force, and develop a core, privately-owned, Australian ‘strategic fleet’. Made up of perhaps a…

NEW National body to promote stair and balcony safety

The construction industry is in the spotlight over multiple issues to do with compliance and safety, especially of cheap imported substitute products. Industry leaders have responded by launching a new professional body to promote safety and certification standards for balustrades – the supported railings that are found everywhere in our cities and homes. The main…

Top countries for attracting international workers – inforgraphic

Australia has always relied on immigration to satisfy much of its requirement for highly skilled staff. In recent years in Australia, for example, half of all new engineers joining the workforce have come from overseas – we just don’t train enough. But it is not just companies, but nations that are in a global competition…

Low carbon concrete defies the waves

In a world-first project, researchers and NSW Ports have incorporated waste from coal-fired power stations into low carbon Geopolymer concrete. The concrete has been cast into barricades and installed to protect the coastline at Port Kembla from extreme weather events. Steel furnace slag (SFS) Geopolymer concrete is denser than traditional concrete and emits 50 per…

Supersonic Particle Deposition proven for 3D use

Supersonic particle deposition (SPD) has been proven as a reliable additive manufacturing repair solution for aircraft and maritime structures. Defence contractor, RUAG Australia, studied SPD as a method of restoring full structural functionality to corroded surfaces. It found that SPD repairs restore the stress field in the structure and ensure that the load carrying capability…