GE commits to Australian additive manufacturing.

GE has signed a wide ranging MOU with the University of Sydney to conduct local research, speed the adoption of 3D printing, and potentially create new industrial opportunities in Australia in the fast-developing field. The MOU, signed with GE Additive, is a boost to the university’s commitment to build a 1,000 square metre Additive Manufacturing…

Nippys – the internet of beverages.

Iconic fruit and milk beverage company Nippys has taken the internet of things (IoT) route to improving operational performance at its Moorook facility in the Riverland. The company has teamed up with Australian supplier, Ailytic, implementing IoT sensors and smart factory software to monitor and control availability, performance, downtime and efficiency. Julian Martin, Nippys Riverland…

B&R Enclosures expands in China.

Australia’s leading manufacturer of enclosures and cabinets, B&R Enclosures, has opened its latest production facility in Suzhou, China taking its manufacturing footprint globally to more than 40,000 square metres. The plant, which offers mechanical and electrical design, engineering, manufacturing, project and supply chain management services, has been designed to apply industry 4.0 technologies. Mr Marko…

Government funds fail to save jobs at Port Pirie smelter.

An financial commitment of $290 million by the SA Government has ensured the survival of one of the world’s largest metals smelters at Port Pirie, but failed to stem job losses. The funding, part of a $660 million upgrade of the giant Nystar lead and silver smelter, was not linked to any job retention guarantees,…

Rio’s HiSmelt and WA’s iron ore – the value adding opportunity that silpped through our grasp.

This is a rare photograph of Rio Tinto’s HiSmelt direct reduction steel making plant in ShanDong province, China. But really it should be in Australia. Rio’s Roy Luo Yuhua posted the picture to celebrate 157 days continual running of the plant with an average hot metal production of more than 55,000 tons per month Direct…

Augmented reality making inroads into creative manufacturing.

Augmented Reality often seems like a gimmick but one company has shown how a very simple application can make a difference in design and manufacturing. UAP Company, a global creative business that works with artists to manufacture their imaginings, released this video of how AR is fast-tracking fabrication in its Brisbane workshop. The project, a…