Rio completes deployment of world’s biggest robot and ‘factory’

Analysis by Peter Roberts Iron ore miner Rio Tinto (ASX: RIO) has completed the deployment phase of its $900 million Pilbara AutoHaul automated heavy-haul, long distance rail network. After a build up from running its first autonomous train in July, the company has announced the system is now fully operational. The company operates more than…

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…

REDARC’s expansion confirms SME sector strength.

Analysis by Peter Roberts. Since the fall of the dollar from its resources-boom highs manufacturing has been on the up with the small and medium size business (SMEs) sector now emerging as a star performer in the economy. Tentatively at first SMEs used up spare capacity, but now leaders such as Adelaide-based REDARC Electronics are…

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…

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…

Two Fleet Space IoT micro-satellites to be launched from NZ.

US rocketry company Rocket Lab is to launch two Adelaide-made micro-satellites from its NZ launch complex ‘in the coming weeks’. Adelaide’s Fleet Space Technologies’ Proxima 1 and 2 micro-satellites will be sent into space where they will test its software-defined data transmission radios. Fleet Space plans a network of more than 100 nanosatellites which will…