Australian Manufacturing Forum passes 11,000 members

@AuManufacturing’s social media discussion and networking group, the Australian Manufacturing Forum on Linkedin, has passed an important membership milestone. The Forum, Australia’s largest professional social media group of Australian manufacturers, passed 11,006 members this morning with the admission of 10 new members. The Forum has grown steadily since its founding in 2013, and 18 months…

Pierlite extends IIoT offering with Levaux purchase

Lighting manufacturer Pierlite has acquired the SenseAgent smart building technology portfolio from Brisbane industrial IoT developer Levaux for an undisclosed sum. Pierlite made the purchase together with parent company Signify to bolster the group’s Interact smart IoT ecosystem offering. SenseAgent is a smart building platform that promises to give owners and occupiers of buildings fine-grained…

ASA and Aerobotix launch into hypersonic missile production

Robotic integration companies Aerobotix and Automated Solutions Australia (ASA) today announced an international robotic automation partnership for the development, testing and manufacturing of hypersonic missiles. The partnership follows the 2021 signing of the AUKUS security pact between the US, UK and Australia which includes provisions for the allies to work together on hypersonic and counter-hypersonic…

On a roll: FormFlow develop two new processes

FormFlow, Deakin University and the Innovative Manufacturing CRC have shared results of a collaborative research partnership, which they say has yielded commercially useful technologies for the metal forming sector. The team originally announced a 12-month project backed by IMCRC’s activate program in January last year, targeting development of a “an Industry 4.0 enabled manufacturing cell”…

Brands are leaning on ‘recycled’ clothes to meet sustainability goals. How are they made? And why is recycling them further so hard?

Recycling clothing isn’t like recycling paper, glass or metal. Clothes are endlessly variable and unpredictable. So they’re not ideal for recycling technologies, which require a steady and consistent source material. Even a seemingly simple garment may contain multiple materials, with fibre blends such as cotton/polyester and cotton/elastane being common.

Elexon Electronics invests $4m in industry 4.0

Elexon Electronics has invested nearly $4 million in new design, prototyping and manufacturing equipment with a focus on Industry 4.0 interconnectedness and automation. The initial procurement round of high-precision automated surface-mount technology (SMT) equipment allowed intelligent material handling, solder paste jetting, vacuum vapour phase soldering and X-Ray inspection. More recent procurement of intelligent production, inspection…

WA battery metals prospectus targets investment

The Western Australian state government has launched a new prospectus promoting investment opportunities in the state’s growing battery and critical minerals industries. The prospectus, which has already been presented to potential investors in Germany by development minister Roger Cook, aims to build on the state’s minerals endowment and local companies’ increasing involvement in critical metals…

BlueScope thinks Big for the future of Port Kembla

BlueScope steel has announced an ambitious exercise to plan for the reuse of potentially up to 200 hectates of land it occupies adjoining the Port Kembla steelworks. CEO Mark Vasella announced the appointment of ‘world-leading architects and urban designers’, Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) to develop a Master Plan for the company’s excess landholdings. Vasella described…