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Bosch and Ellume to automate together for Covid-19 detection

Automation equipment manufacturer Bosch Australia Manufacturing Solutions (BAMS) will work with digital diagnostics company, Ellume to automate the high volume production of its COVID-19 diagnostic tests. Brisbane based Ellume has developed a suite of COVID-19 tests that give results in less than 15 minutes, with the first batch of product already shipped to the United States. BAMS will work closely with Ellume’s engineering team to build and install state-of-the-art automated assembly lines to increase production capacity, including end of line functional testing to ensure reliable product quality. Ellume CEO and founder Dr Sean Parsons said: “Ellume is pleased to be working with Bosch (and) this will allow Ellume to manufacture best-in-class diagnostics that can be relied on in a health crisis.”

Tonga receives gift of Guardian-class patrol boat.

Australia’s Pacific Maritime Security Programme has provided a second Australian-built Guardian-class Patrol Boat to the Kingdom of Tonga at a ceremony in Henderson, Western Australia. This is the eighth Guardian-class vessel to be delivered under the programme. The High Commissioner to Australia HRH Princess Angelika Lātūfuipeka Tuku’aho and His Majesty’s Armed Forces’ Lieutenant Colonel Tevita Siu Fifita accepted the VOEA Ngahau Siliva built at Austal’s shipyard on behalf of Tonga.

Micro-X ships first Rover X-ray machine orders

Adelaide portable X-ray machine manufacturer Micro-X has packed and shipped (pictured) the first order of its Rover machine for delivery to Governments of a number of Pacific Island nations. The ruggedised Rover is part of a $1.4 million contract from the World Health Organisation and complements Micro-X’s own marketing efforts in the military sphere. These are the first machines to be branded by the company, rather than by a distributor.

VEEM partners with shipbuilder Damen Shipyards

Perth marine engineering firm VEEM has signed a three-year partnership with European workboat builder Damen Shipyards to supply its VEEM Gyros as an option on Damen’s fast crew supplier vessels. VEEM gyroscopic stabilisers have previously been fitted to the vessels, increasing the number of potential operating days and giving them longer endurance in rough seas. Damen sells 175 vessels per year, including 20 FCS vessels.

Ansell expects double digit growth for the year

Global rubber glove manufacturer Ansell is predicting double digit sales growth this financial year as the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic continue to boost markets for its rubber personal protection safety equipment. Ansell told investors it was experiencing better than anticipated production volumes and sales across all of its five business units covering medical and industrial products. Costs associated with manufacturing examination and single use rubber gloves were rising but being managed. The company has been increasing production capacities in a number of its plants, all of which are outside Australia.

Aurora Labs collaborating with HP in 3D print software

Additive manufacturing technology group Aurora Labs is jointly investigating with HP new software with capability to generate 3D print files compatible with Aurora’s 3D printers. The companies are combining HP’s Universal Bid Manager with Aurora’s Rapid Manufacturing Technology to optimise print speeds on the company’s RMP-1 printer. Aurora develops 3D metal printers, metal powders and digital parts.

Envirostream receives sustainability funding

Lithium-ion battery recycling business Envirostream Australia has received a grant of $201,399 from Sustainability Victoria under its E-Waste Infrastructure support funding. The funding will further develop and optimise Envirostream’s electrolyte management in rechargeable battery project. Envirostream operates a mixed-battery recycling operation with the project tackling the handling of toxic electrolyte components of spent batteries.

Picture: Micro-X packing Rover X-ray machines

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