April 29, 2024

Swisslog automation trends

The core issues facing supply chains in 2023 – labour availability, capacity, space availability and resiliency – aren’t going away in 2024. But how supply chain leaders address these challenges continues to evolve. Moving into the new year, we are seeing organisations finding new ways around barriers to automation, increasing their investments in established technologies, and seeking new levels of efficiency and productivity through orchestration and artificial intelligence. Here’s a more detailed look at some of the trends we expect to see this year. Removing barriers to automation Smaller and emerging organisations face the same labour, efficiency, and speed challenges as their larger competitors. Yet, they often lack the resources to address these challenges through capital-intensive automation projects, putting them at a competitive disadvantage. In 2024, flexible infrastructure technologies such as mobile robotics and AGVs (Automatic Guided Vehicles) will play a larger role in leveling the playing field. Swisslog’s CarryPick system, for example, is ideal for small-to-medium enterprises (SMEs) because it is fast and cost-effective to…
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April 24, 2024

Robots in motion

If you weren't aware, autonomous robots (AMRs) moving materials around factory, warehouse and manufacturing floors is a booming business. According to US AMR maker OTTO Motors by Rockwell Automation, it's a billion-dollar market today, with market intelligence firm Interact Analysis predicting growth of 30% per year, with the field projected to be worth almost $6bn by 2027. OTTO Motors' VP of Product Jay Judkowitz says there's an increasing imperative around reshoring manufacturing, and the best method to compete with the low-cost overseas manufacturing we've been using for a few decades is automation; what he calls 'more plants in more places with fewer roles per plant, but more production and a greater number of safer and more fulfilling manufacturing jobs in aggregate'. One of the areas most ripe for savings is in materials handling, with Judkowitz citing research that says it uses about 25% of the workforce, 55% of the floorspace and 87% of the production time in a factory. Showcasing their work in September…
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April 22, 2024

The day after AMW2024

AMTIL would like to thank all attendees, exhibitors, sponsors and everyone else who made the Sydney show such a success.  We’ve had so much feedback and conversations about what the metal fabrication industry is doing in Australia, and how so many are also exporting resulting products to the world. The number of people walking through the door at the show over the three days in Sydney was 7732.  That's about 28% increase on the show's Sydney audience in 2022. AMW2024 has been an absolute blast. Very successful on so many levels for the exhibitors. The many attendees we spoke to were pretty stunned there was so much activity on the ground in Australian manufacturing. Others were beaming with pride because they had such great interest and results.  The next big show of course for us is Melbourne 2025. Judging by the 70% filled rate for the MCEC venue right now, AMW2025 in Melbourne will be a massive show. For a closer look at the visuals of AMW2024, click HERE See you in Melbourne!…
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April 19, 2024

Friday finals for AMW2024

The sun seemed to rise early today to greet AMW2024. One last chance to see what we have ready for the final day of the Sydney show. Please register now online HERE or come down to Darling Harbour where you can also register onsite.  We close the show at 4pm. This morning Drew Hoxey was very busy showing off the industrial safety guard rails from Axelent.  X-Guard, X-Rail, X-Tray and X-Protect are completely modular, infinitely customisable and easy on the eye. The Axelent Australia stand was one very compact establishment.  They just craned in the container and opened the side. Hoxey says the presentation was everything and the show has been a very positive experience for the company. Cameron Jamieson of J Tech Laser has picked up the Australian distribution of the HSG lasers now on display down beside the AMTIL stand on the show floor. Brought in from China, these machines are ideal for onshoring jobs and accelerating the Made in Australia program. “HSG's one of the biggest…
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April 18, 2024

Thursday at AMW2024

There was a healthy dose of enthusiasm among the stands at AMW2024 today. I reckon people had some good sleeps because the word is this is the day to impress. Like Wednesday, the hours are extended to 7 pm to assist with attendees visiting later in the day, and giving everyone more time to check out every corner of the AMW2024 show. So much going on and there was an uptick in visitors after hours last night as predicted. Among the many scanners on display at the huge Hi-Tech Metrology stand there were some of the very latest solutions, in this case a handheld 3D scanner, an Ametek Creaform Handiscan Elite mounted on a robot arm, which was scan-building a digital twin of an object on a platform for later inspection. There were Hexagon coordinate Measuring Machines, and a range of micron-accurate digital instruments from Trimos, Sylvac and Bowers. Another stood like a surveyor’s LiDAR station on a tripod. That’s where the similarity stops. This Leica Absolute Tracker is able to scope a viewed surface from a…
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April 17, 2024

AMW2024 has arrived

With much fanfare, today the Australian Manufacturing Week event opened at the ICC in the beautiful Darling Harbour precinct. The show was officially opened by the NSW Government Industry Executive Director Maroun El-Khoury, standing in for the Hon Houssos, the very first Minister for Local Manufacturing, and a message from NSW Premier Chris Minns. “I want to extend my best regards to everyone attending Australian Manufacturing Week,” said Minns. “This state is home to more than 28,000 manufacturing businesses and it employs close to 300,000 people.” Minns also noted that the State generates more than $135bn of output each year. “If we work together, we are convinced manufacturing has a bright future in New South Wales,” he said. Introduced by MC Warrick Perry, the gathered crowd experienced an educational Welcome to Country and Idiki Ceremony by the Aboriginal Land Council councillor Brendan Levin to Gadigal Land on the Eyora Nation. Not long before, guests enjoyed an exclusive breakfast upstairs with Simon Kuestenmacher, the Director and Co-Founder of The Demographics Group who presented his findings on…
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April 15, 2024

Gekko Systems is just the start

In August 2023, Elizabeth was inducted into the Victorian Manufacturing Hall of Fame for Service to Industry. She spoke with Sonya Murphy for AMT. AMT: What were your initial thoughts when you received the Honour Roll at the Victorian Manufacturing Hall of Fame Awards this year in Melbourne? Elizabeth Lewis-Gray: I was expecting to have been nominated for a regional manufacturing award, or the women in manufacturing award. As the night went on, those awards came up and I wasn’t nominated for them. Then I thought maybe it was the medium manufacturer’s award, but soon realised I hadn’t been nominated for that either. I looked at the program and came to the realisation that I was up for the top gong for the night. It was an exciting, and very special night shared with my husband, daughters,…
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April 15, 2024

AMTIL announces change of CEO

Lorraine comes with a wealth of experience in an industry membership peak body and the not-for-profit sector, having spent the past 15 years with AusBiotech, an Australian biotechnology industry organisation, including the past five and a half years as their CEO. After an exhaustive selection process, the AMTIL Board is pleased to see Lorraine Maxwell take office on 1st May. Lorraine led AusBiotech’s work to grow and promote Australia’s strength in biotechnology, influence policy change with state and Federal governments, serve and build its 3000-strong membership, galvanise networks, and succeed through strategic engagement and partnerships. She has played a key role in developing and advocating for manufacturing policy and support, specifically in medical manufacturing. She is currently chairing CSIRO’s Manufacturing Business Unit Advisory Group, and serves as a Ministerial appointment to the Trade 2040 Taskforce. Lorraine’s broader experience includes policy and communications roles with a multinational pharmaceutical manufacturer, a not-for profit membership organisation, a university faculty…
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April 15, 2024

Rittal EPLAN at AMW2024

In today’s rapidly evolving manufacturing landscape, the search for efficiency, sustainability, and innovation is at the forefront of industry priorities. As digital transformation reshapes traditional manufacturing processes, there's a growing need for solutions that not only enhances operational efficiency, but also integrate seamlessly with emerging technologies such as AI, IoT, and smart automation. Rittal, renowned for its German engineering excellence, offers a comprehensive suite of solutions designed to meet the complex demands of modern manufacturing. As Industry 4.0 and sustainability shift from emerging trends to essential requirements, Rittal's offerings, including the Blue e+ S cooling systems, Micro Data Centres, and Eplan software, have emerged as the ultimate solution for contemporary manufacturing needs. Blue e+ S cooling systems The Blue e+ S cooling systems represent a significant advancement in machine cooling technology, focusing on energy efficiency and environmental sustainability. These systems are engineered to minimise energy consumption and reduce the carbon footprint of manufacturing operations. By maintaining optimal operating conditions, the Blue e+ S series extends the lifespan of machinery and lowers operational costs, marking a step forward in…
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April 15, 2024

Innovate to Grow

Australia’s national science agency, CSIRO, is inviting small to medium enterprises (SMEs) working on advanced manufacturing solutions to apply for a self-paced, 10-week, online program that can help them turn an idea into an R&D opportunity. 'Innovate to Grow' was launched in 2020, and in just four years the free program has equipped over 500 SMEs with the knowledge and tools required to progress their research. CSIRO recently announced a $20m investment to provide SMEs with greater access to vital research and development (R&D) opportunities to accelerate their growth. The funding will support an additional 600 SMEs through its Innovate to Grow program, kicking off with its Advanced Manufacturing cohort. CSIRO’s Director of Manufacturing, Marcus Zipper, explained how CSIRO’s unique position in the research ecosystem drives innovation to advance Australian manufacturing. “Advanced manufacturing is a vitally important sector, employing over 800,000 people across Australia,” Dr Zipper said. “It’s an exciting area of research and development for CSIRO, and we work collaboratively to connect SMEs with new technologies to improve efficiency, productivity, health, safety and environmental outcomes, while driving prosperity…
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April 15, 2024

SMC turning the Razer

Best described as a customer-centric business, Western Australian manufacturing company, Vekta Automation has grown to become one of the most trusted automated machine suppliers for the timber frame and truss industry – both locally and beyond our borders. In 2007, Mechatronics Engineer (and Vekta Automation Managing Director), Ed Serrano spotted an opportunity in the Razer – a linear saw developed for the timber construction industry. After securing the rights to purchase the Razer and its IP, Serrano set up Vekta Automation from an unpowered shed on his Beckenham property. He worked to improve the functionality and performance of the Razer and to reduce the costs associated with its operation. “We were taking on a failed product with a terrible reputation. Every time one of these machines was built, it was done so at a loss. This was a major challenge for us – to spin that around and change the reputation of our core product. But we did it and it has been a hugely challenging and satisfying process,” Serrano said. In addition to the constant innovation of products,…
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April 14, 2024

AXT coming to AMW2024

AXT has built a portfolio of products to suit the demands of industrial and academic customers looking to take their additive manufacturing beyond the limits of domestic systems. Catering to polymer, metal and ceramic 3D printing, we have systems that offer levels of precision superior to filament printers as well as imaging and analysis tools to verify the quality and accuracy of what you have produced. Using DLP (Digital Light Processing) technology, Miicraft 3D printers exceed the limitations of filament printers, producing parts with higher resolution (39µm) with excellent uniformity and surface finish. Boston Microfabrication (BMF) go a step further enabling you to fabricate components with resolutions down to 2µm using PµSL (Photo Micro Stereolithography) technology. Their systems combine ultra-high resolution, accuracy and precision. For the ultimate in polymer 3D printers, the UpNano NanoOne 3D printers allow you to print parts with resolutions down to 170nm. Their 2PP (2 Photon Polymerisation) technology dispels the myth that 2PP printers sacrifice speed for resolution. For those looking to print with metals, Aconity 3D offers modular tailorable laser powder bed fusion systems with printable…
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April 14, 2024

AMW2024 opens tomorrow

Register Online Now and check out more details at australianmanufacturingweek.com.au I hope you have already registered to spend at least a few hours discovering new stuff at AMW2024 in Sydney. The time taken out of the office and warehouses will be richly rewarded with new connections, education and experiences you can only have when you go to Australia’s biggest and most respected manufacturing show. The Darling Harbour forecourt in Sydney is even been busy drumming up unique entertainment, great food and drier weather for the show as well. Over the first two days, there is a very full program of speakers covering many areas of solutions for manufacturers in the Future Solutions Speaker Program, which was so well received last year in Melbourne. Check out the program HERE: There are Seven distinct Zones in the halls of the Sydney ICC, each focused on specific areas of manufacturing. AMW2024 has 271 exhibitors coming for the three-day event with their crews and stands filling the huge space. We are expecting many thousands to turn up for the big three-day Sydney event.…
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