Edwin Wakefield, a 70-year-old South African engineer, has just successfully completed a three-month, part-time course in PLCs and SCADA Systems, offered by IDC Technologies.
The 3000 series Metric Splined Shafts and Bushings are designed for applications in the mechanical engineering sector and the automotive industry.
The OPC Training Institute has launched a vendor-neutral online resource centre for standards-based OPC technology used in process control and manufacturing automation.
Endress+Hauser Australia has developed ‘Mine Model on Wheels’, a working demonstration rig for the mining industry that can be transported around the country to provide a hands-on model for designing complex wet processes, such as flotation cells and thickeners.
Expressions of interest are being sought from experienced professional logisticians and junior practitioners in NSW and Victoria to participate as mentors or mentees in the LAA/APICS 2009 logistics chain mentoring program.
National Instruments has added to its list of training and certification courses for 2009.
IDC Technologies has won a contract with Western Power to provide the training and associated materials for the Diploma in Power Transmission based on the standards efforts of EE-OZ.
The demise of the instrumentation technician in Australia began over 20 years ago when formal training in these skills ceased. Throw in Generation Y, short-sighted venture capitalists, outsourced servicing and company reengineering and it is evident that all is not well with the instrumentation profession.
Specialised corporate knowledge loss is a significant business risk in the 21st century with a large number of ‘baby boomers’ now approaching retirement. The University of Wollongong and the Navy have committed themselves to a project that plans to maximise retention of irreplaceable knowledge before it ‘walks out the door’. The research project will be directly applied to Navy’s maritime engineering community and the knowledge gained could also provide benefits for other Australian organisations.
The maintenance manager of any facility has as first priority the efficient and reliable operation of the organisation. But sometimes the individual employee assigned to a maintenance activity may not be equal to the task at hand.
ABB Australia is calling for applicants to its graduate program for future business leaders.