Manufacturing for green hydrogen’s Soft Grid – by Stan Thompson

A green hydrogen economy looks more likely to develop every day. Here Stan Thompson, Co-founder of the Mooresville Hydrail Initiative, compares the advent of hydrogen to that of electricity, and asks who will manufacture all the components, tools, test gear, safety apparatus and as yet unanticipated ancillary hardware needed for the new soft grid? While…

Hypersonic engine, battery manufacturing get support

The federal government has announced $8 million in grants to 14 Australian businesses to support commercialisation. The latest Accelerating Commercialisation grants go to a range of manufacturing companies including Queensland firm Hypersonix, which will use its $952,575 to develop an Australian manufactured hydrogen fuelled scramjet engine, designed to put small satellites into low-level orbit. Scramjets…

A.H. Beard shows how Australia should market its products in China

Comment by Peter Roberts Bed manufacturer A.H. Beard is an object lesson in clever marketing and manufacturing excellence that should be a wake up call for Australia’s broader manufacturing sector. Some years ago the company, one of three large local manufacturing firms that dominate the business of making beds, decided it would not go down…

Advanced Fibre Cluster to develop AI for composites testing

The Advanced Fibre Cluster Geelong has been awarded a Defence Science Institute (DSI) Smart Ideas Grant to help develop Artificial Intelligence (AI) solutions for composite materials integrity testing. The award, made to the cluster in collaboration with carbon fibre road wheel manufacturer, Carbon Revolution, and Deakin University, will use machine learning to improve quality assurance…

Integra TransForm launches industry 4.0 workplace kiosk

Broadmeadows, Melbourne manufacturer Integra TransForm has quietly launched the extraordinary K4.0 Kiosk (main picture and below) aimed at facilitating the industry 4.0 and digitisation journey of Australian manufacturers. The kiosk has been turning up in factories across the country with the pictured version spotted and photographed by Australian Manufacturing Forum member Steve Zanon. Zanon, director…