Bringing the NBN up to speed

Analysis by Peter Roberts It is hard to believe but after tens of billions of dollars spent, Australia heads towards 2020 with slow internet speeds that are going to affect the country’s economic future. New figures released in the Speedtest Global Index show Australia comes in at number 55 globally in terms of internet speed,…

Where does Australia stand in digital transformation?

Analysis by Peter Roberts Digital technologies giant Dell Technologies released a survey on digital transformation this week that suggested Australia, and its manufacturers, were confident about their path and progress towards a digital future. But on reading the results I am not so sure – perhaps we are further behind than we think. The global…

Fleet Space lures manufacturers with global connectivity

Adelaide nanosatellite builder and operator, Fleet Space Technology, has thrown open its array of small satellites to manufacturers wishing to connect their operations and devices. The company has launched a website seeking applications from companies and will connect up to one million devices at a cost of US$2.00 (Aud$2.75) per device, per year. Applications are…

Liquid Instruments revolutionises laboratory equipment

Precision laboratory test instrument manufacturer, Liquid Instruments has raised $11.1 million in Series A venture capital funding. The company, which developed a software configurable hardware platform that integrates 12 test and measurement instruments in one, raised the funds from US-based Anzu Partners and Canberra’s ANU Connect Ventures. The funds will accelerate product development and sales…

Global markets beckon for Krix loudspeakers

By David Sly Specialisation in niche manufacturing can connect South Australian companies with a keen global market – if their products are good enough, competitive in price and backed by an unwavering commitment to research and development. Elite loudspeaker manufacturer Krix has enjoyed sustained success through 45 years, a family company that is still based…

Game changing digitial business technologies for 2019

A massive 40 per cent of top technology executives rate artificial intelligence (AI) as the top-game changing technology of our times, according to a survey by Gartner research. Gartner surveyed chief information officers (CIOs) of top performing companies and AI came out on top, followed by data and analytics, cloud and digital transformation. With a…

Pioneering Australian agricultural robot company begins production

With a population of 209 at the last census and a nine-hour drive to the state’s capital city, Gindie might seem an unlikely destination for talented young software or mechatronics engineers chasing a career with a promising robotics manufacturer. But Queensland’s Central Highlands has a high-tech centre. And it’s hiring.

Cultural issues slow digital change in Australian companies

By Helen Hull. It’s not technology or even budget that’s holding Australian organisations back when it comes to digital transformation, it’s culture. New research* of mid- to large-sized Australian businesses highlights the barriers faced along this journey, reinforcing internal organisational issues including a lack of leadership and culture, and aversion to risk taking, In a…

@AuManufacturing partners with Industrial Internet 4.0 Summit 2019.

@AuManufacturing and the Australian Manufacturing Forum have teamed up with the third annual Industrial Internet 4.0 Summit which will take place in Sydney on February 26 and 27. Peter Roberts, editor of @AuManufacturing will speak at the event and host the afternoon session on the second day of the two day event. Roberts will speak…