Australia links with the US WateReuse Association

11 July, 2008

Information and research on water recycling available in Australia will be boosted with the establishment of an Australian division of the influential US WateReuse Association.

Uni to help navy retain corporate knowledge

09 July, 2008

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.

Crescent Gold suspends operation

09 July, 2008

Crescent Gold shares have sunk to a 12-month low, after the gold producer suspended its Laverton operation in Western Australia following problems with the processing plant.

GroundProbe and Geoforce merge

03 July, 2008

GroundProbe and Geoforce have announced the signing of an agreement for GroundProbe to purchase the shares of Geoforce and merge the two companies.

AMS becomes Beamex premium partner

02 July, 2008

AMS Instrumentation & Calibration has been named one of the first four companies to join Beamex’s recently announced Premium Partner Program.

Building a better maintenance force — how knowledge testing simplifies training

25 June, 2008 by Roland T Ramsay, PhD*

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.

Construction commenced on Australia's helium plant

06 June, 2008

BOC has commenced construction in Darwin on Australia’s first helium plant, due to begin production in July 2009.

Static electricity management

01 June, 2008 | Supplied by: SMC Australia | New Zealand

Static electricity is a major problem in packaging, processing and materials handling. Static electricity attracts dust, and affects efficient paper and plastic handling and also label adhesion.

Low-torque rotary air connectors

01 June, 2008 | Supplied by: SMC Australia | New Zealand

With the current trend for automation systems to include operations involving rotary transfer of air and fluids, SMC Pneumatics has addressed the problems of tube rotation with its range of MQR rotary joints.

Air nozzle range

01 June, 2008 | Supplied by: Spray Nozzle Engineering

Compressed air safety has now been joined with energy efficiency, with the Silvent compressed air blowing nozzle range.

Wide surface static eliminator

01 June, 2008 | Supplied by: Compressed Air Australia Pty Ltd

Exair’s 48" (1219 mm) Super Ion air knife neutralises static electricity while blowing away dust and particulates from printed surfaces, paper, plastics and 3D shapes. The wide laminar airstream full of static-eliminating ions is effective at high speeds and provides good cleaning up to 6.1 m away.

E+H sets new patent record

30 May, 2008

Over 200 inventors from the Endress+Hauser Group worldwide gathered recently to celebrate the company’s new record of 182 patent applications in 2007.

EMEX 2008 "a monster success"

26 May, 2008

EMEX 2008, New Zealand’s largest engineering and machinery industry showcase held in Auckland 6–8 May, was a great success, according to feedback from both visitors and exhibitors.

WA conference highlights corporate manslaughter

26 May, 2008

Workplace ‘wellness’ is expected to be the hottest new buzzword at the inaugural WA Safety Conference, held in Perth from 12–14 August, but the program will also touch on much less optimistic issues like bullying and ‘corporate manslaughter’.

New ISO12500 standards help users compare compressed air quality and contamination

08 May, 2008 by John Davis* | Supplied by: Parker Hannifin (Aust) Pty Ltd

When selecting compressed air purification equipment, installers and users often compare the performance of equipment from many manufacturers in an effort to cost-effectively achieve the quality of compressed air required by their application. A new ISO standard will add greater clarity to the decision-making process.

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