B&R Enclosures moves into defence sector

B&R Enclosures’ has expanded its interests to the defence sector following contracts it worked on for Boeing’s Currawong battlespace communications system. The company manufactured brackets and racks for the Boeing system which provides secure wideband voice, data and video services over wireless and wired infrastructure for land-based Australian Defence Force personnel. B&R’s core business has…

Wearables maker gets a Queensland govt boost

By Joseph Brookes Brisbane-based MedTech manufacturer WearOptimo, which is backed by the Australian National University (ANU), will produce devices in Australia after getting support from the Queensland government. The company makes small sticker like devices (pictured) that can detect dehydration in patients. According to tWearOptimo, the ‘microwearables’ provide accurate results in real time and may…

Double boost to shipbuilding workforce

The federal government is backing two new measures to boost the naval shipbuilding workforce. Minister for defence industry Melissa Price announced a $5 million Naval Shipbuilding Training and Upskilling program to assist workers displaced by the Covid-19 pandemic move into naval shipbuilding. And the government has awarded 40 new scholarships to students from the Queensland…

Digitalisation drives manufacturing progress – WEF

By Peter Roberts Factory digilisation is the key driver of a resilient and competitive manufacturing sector. Leading manufacturers use digital capabilities to find new revenue streams and increase product output, matching their focus on advanced technology with building workforce skills. The World Economic Forum calls the leaders in the field Global Lighthouses, and this week…

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ACS manufactures carbon fibre composite faraday shields Advanced Composite Structures has manufactured a batch of carbon fibre composite faraday shields (pictured) for electromagnetic sensors. The cylindrical housings will be used in a mining industry application, with the carbon fibre shielding electromagnetic radiation. Twenty five carbon fibre housings were made with a cylindrical tool for batch…