June 25, 2024

Deeps Engineering at Salamander Bay

In the coastal town of Salamander Bay, Deeps Engineering continues to redefine the boundaries of excellence. What began as a modest venture in the garage of Steven Dee's home has blossomed into a testament to resilience, ingenuity, and a steadfast commitment to excellence. For over three decades, Deeps Engineering has not only pioneered advancements in custom plastic injection moulding but has also championed environmental stewardship, setting a new standard for responsible manufacturing practices. Founded by Steven Dee, a visionary with a passion for toolmaking and moulding ideas into reality, Deeps Engineering has been the driving force in the plastics industry for over thirty years. Semi-retired but still a guiding influence, Steven Dee's journey began with a tool-making trade in Sydney where he used his skills in various tool workshops, followed by a bold move to Nelson Bay in 1991 to establish Deeps Engineering. “We started out renting machinery down in Sydney,” recalls Dee, “and I'd travel down three or four days a week to manufacture and trial the moulds.” With determination and support from his family, he transformed his garage in Nelson…
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June 24, 2024

Multi-resolution mapping CSIRO revolution in space

In the early hours of 22 March 2024, a rocket blasted off from the Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida, USA. On board was a small device labelled ‘Multi-resolution scanning’, packed with CSIRO smarts. Its goal was to test a new CSIRO-developed 3D sensing and mapping payload for a NASA robot called Astrobee, which operates inside the International Space Station (ISS). Leading the project was Dr Marc Elmouttie. For Elmouttie, this launch was the culmination of years of hard work and extensive international collaboration. But we’re getting ahead of ourselves. Let’s take a step back. What is the Astrobee anyway? Why does it need multi-resolution scanning? And what are they doing up in space? Let’s start with Astrobee. This system of three free-flying robots moves around the ISS autonomously, or via remote control, to document experiments or even move cargo. As modular platforms, they can be loaded with other technologies, one of which will be multi-resolution scanning. The multi-resolution scanning device brings together…
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June 21, 2024

Bosch and RayGen focus on solar

Bosch, a pioneer in automation solutions, has teamed with RayGen, a leading innovator in solar and long-duration storage technologies, to expedite the deployment of its state-of-the-art concentrated solar photovoltaic (PV) system. This collaboration showcases the pivotal role of automation in modern energy solutions. The project centres around the assembly of heliostats (mirrors used to focus sunlight), a crucial component of the concentrated solar PV system. These heliostats are designed to track the sun throughout the day, optimising solar energy capture. The process, to be deployed on-site at RayGen’s first utility-scale project, after rigorous in-field testing, involves the assembly of the heliostats on a highly automated production line designed by Bosch Australia Manufacturing Solutions (BAMS) automation engineering specialists. BAMS’ cutting-edge automation capabilities are instrumental in making this assembly a faster and lower cost process. The project aims to assemble a heliostat every three minutes. The heliostats, each measuring approximately 4x5 metres, are comprised of eight individual mirror panels that must be assembled to tight tolerances to maximise the energy produced by the solar technology. Scheduled for deployment by the end…
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June 21, 2024

Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing (ARM) Hub

The Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing (ARM) Hub has welcomed news that the Australian Manufacturing Capability Network (AMCN) has been selected as an Industry Partner Organisation for the Industry Growth Program. Australian Government Minister for Industry and Science Minister Ed Husic recently announced that several not-for-profit organisations will work with the Industry Growth Program to help participating small and medium businesses bring new products and services to market. The Industry Growth Program provides expert advice on commercialisation and early-stage business growth to startups and high-growth small-to-medium enterprises (SMEs) operating within the priority areas of the National Reconstruction Fund priority, and to help build Australian manufacturing for the future. This advice is provided by Industry Growth program advisers. As an Industry Partner Organisation, the AMCN will complement this advice, and add value to and enhance the support provided to SMEs by offering specialised advisory services, drawing on its sectoral expertise. ARM Hub Founder and CEO Professor Cori Stewart said this was an opportunity to better enable SMEs and startups to become global innovation leaders. “On behalf of the…
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June 18, 2024

Plotting the way forward

In December of last year, the Westpac Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) survey revealed that sentiment among local manufacturers had fallen to its lowest levels since the global financial crisis. This sentiment was mirrored in the New Zealand market with the latest data from Business NZ revealing that the manufacturing sector contracted for the tenth straight month in a row. The results were no surprise, given the ongoing economic uncertainty caused by inflationary pressures, regulatory change and supply chain disruptions. Despite the economic headwinds, I have observed a sense of quiet confidence among local manufacturers regarding business conditions. Data can often be a lagging indicator, and with inflationary pressures likely to ease in the second half of this year, the Australian economy is expected to land more softly than originally anticipated. A recent Grant Thornton study also suggested that local manufacturers have a more positive outlook on the market, with many recording strong sales growth in 2023. This trend is particularly evident for emerging manufacturers that are continuing to…
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June 17, 2024

JAZBI from SDIP

From an early age, Dr. Maryam Parviz was inspired to innovate, even channelling her creativity into drawing and designing a more comfortable hearing aid for her mother. Today, as a biomedical engineer, scientist, and CEO and Co-Founder of SDIP Innovations, she is at the forefront of designing medical devices that will transform bone repair, while also advancing manufacturing excellence and capabilities in New South Wales. Driven by witnessing the distress faced by pediatric patients and their families due to repetitive orthopaedic surgeries, SDIP’s Co-Founder and Chief Scientific Officer, Dr. Iman Manavitehrani teamed up with Dr. Parviz motivated to develop a transformative solution. Their goal: to pioneer a product that reduces the need for multiple surgeries and improves treatment outcomes for both patients and healthcare providers.   Challenges with traditional bone repair Traditionally, repairing bone fractures involved plaster casts and moulds. As medical technology advanced, the use of metallic implants became widespread. However, these implants have introduced significant issues, including pain after insertion, inflammation, and the potential need for revision surgeries. They also present a particular…
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June 13, 2024

Alloys with UltiMaker

Alloys announces its expanded partnership with UltiMaker, a global leader in professional 3D printing technology. Under this enhanced collaboration, Alloys will distribute UltiMaker's full range of 3D printers, including the professional S series, throughout Australia. UltiMaker has earned a reputation for its innovative and reliable 3D printing solutions, catering to professionals across diverse industries such as engineering, design, manufacturing, education, and healthcare. The addition of the UltiMaker S series to Alloys' product lineup further solidifies the company's commitment to providing cutting-edge technology solutions to its customers. “We have been involved in the 3D printing market for a number of year and the extension of our partnership with Ultimaker provides us with further opportunities for our partners to grow their sales and capabilities in this space”, said Paul Harman, Alloys CEO.  “Our customers have been asking us to distribute this range and we believe we can provide growth for the entire Ultimaker stable at Alloys.” The UltiMaker S series provides professional 3D printing, combining cutting-edge features, reliability, and seamless integration into existing workflows. Designed to…
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June 10, 2024

Manufacturing the market

Perhaps as a manufacturing business you’ve never considered that marketing could be your superpower.  That’s understandable – the two disciplines haven’t always been the match made in heaven they could be. Historically, manufacturers have relied heavily on a sales team to connect with potential customers through a limited number of channels - trade shows, direct selling and industry publication advertising.  Strong word of mouth and referrals have also been key to growth, and this organic approach, supported by sales, has been the new business development model that’s been popular for a large portion of manufacturers across the country.  This approach has served them well, but times are changing. In today’s competitive landscape, with challenging economic headwinds to contend with, manufacturers are engaging with strategic marketing more than ever before, not only to pursue growth, but to remain relevant with existing customers. But how do you get started?  The world of marketing can be overwhelming.  There are so many different routes out there, so many agencies offering services to generate leads…
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June 7, 2024

Wiring System 3D printing process

Specialising in diverse industries such as Defence, Rail and Road, Medical, Recreational Vehicles, and Solar PV, the company has embraced 3D printing to streamline its manufacturing processes. Wiring Systems initially experimented with a $5000 3D printer from a different supplier but encountered issues due to the lack of supplier support. Recognising the potential of 3D printing, Harry Antoguelli sought a reliable solution that would meet their printing needs and provide comprehensive support. After that experience, Harry came to Bilby3D and was introduced to the Raise3D Pro3 Plus. Harry mentioned how a main consideration for purchasing from Bilby3D was that we offer parts and support for the Raise3D machines, so he could have the peace of mind that if any problems were to arise then he would have a phone number to call, and that there are spare parts for his machine stocked in Australia. Having a dedicated and foolproof holder for all the hand tools required at a given assembly station means that tools don't find themselves wandering across the…
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June 5, 2024

Better parts storage with BAC Systems Drawers

Perhaps it is the erroneous ideas that boxes on the shelves are easier to access, that they keep your parts in the best order, or that they are significantly cheaper than other options, which fuel the persistance of warehouse managers in choosing this storage method for small to medium spare parts. Australia, we can do better! At BAC Systems, we proudly promote the alternative and, in our opinion, superior solution for small spare parts storage – the BAC High Density Drawer Storage Cabinet. BAC Drawer Storage Cabinets allow you to select your drawer heights and the dimensions of your adjustable internal partitions – you get to choose the “bin” size you want to use for your parts, and this can be adjusted over time if the size of your parts changes. This is a very important factor, because a BAC Drawer Storage Cabinet lasts so long that it is likely that your inventory will change multiple times during the many decades that a BAC Cabinet serves your business. It…
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June 3, 2024

WAM® in the Metal Additive Manufacturing Ecosystem

Metal additive manufacturing encompasses various techniques for creating complex 3D objects layer-by-layer from digital models. Generally speaking, metal AM touts many benefits, including less manufacturing time, lower material waste and, in some cases, stronger material properties than traditional manufacturing processes. The landscape of metal additive manufacturing is constantly evolving for advanced manufacturers in Australia, particularly those serving industries like Defence, Oil and Gas, and Maritime Aerospace and Energy. While techniques like Laser Bed Powder Fusion (LPBF) and Cold Spray have garnered significant attention, Wire Additive Manufacturing (WAM®) offers a compelling alternative, especially when considering large-scale applications. The question often posed to industry specialists is, “How does one know which metal additive manufacturing process is best suited to their workshop needs?” Under ASTM/ISO 52900, there are currently over 18 processes categorised into seven core metal AM techniques; without technology education, the average manufacturer can be forgiven for confusion regarding the process and technique suitable for their specific application. Generally speaking, a majority of Metal AM processes are best applied to smaller componentry or metal parts with a footprint well under…
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May 31, 2024

Opie Manufacturing Group

Located in Emu Heights, just under the vast skyline of Sydney's Blue Mountains, Opie Manufacturing Group stands as a prominent example of industrial evolution. Founded in 1962 by James MacDougal Opie, this enterprise has transitioned from its early days of basic metalwork to become a leader in contract metal manufacturing and fabrication services across Australia. Today, the business is managed by his grandson, Tristan Opie, is the third-generation leader to successfully direct this Australian manufacturing company alongside his sister, CFO Alyssa Le Breton. Opie Manufacturing Group, despite its size and growth, always retains at its core the heart of a family business. From humble beginnings to advanced operations Initially focused on leveraging the then-novel potential of stainless steel to produce sanitary fixtures and washroom accessories, the company has expanded significantly. Today, it combines decades-old engineering practices with advanced technologies. This strategy not only sustains but enhances Opie Group's market position through high-precision laser cutting and full-service contract manufacturing to development of complex Data-Enhanced Production Systems and “Smart”…
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May 28, 2024

Elexon 2.0 launch

A significant milestone for the Elexon Group of Companies has been hit as it relaunches its facility nine months after the devastating fire that fatally damaged the whole business. Stepping into the new era of Elexon 2.0, the group, led by its manufacturing branch, Elexon Electronics, is not just setting goals but setting the bar high. With an ambitious vision of achieving zero delays, zero defects, and zero returns, Elexon is propelling itself into the future with an Industry 4.0 facility and a bright outlook that aligns with the goals of product quality enhancement through the Elexon2Zero program. “Embarking on the Elexon 2.0 journey, the company is shifting its focus from recovery towards quality and continuous improvement, setting the stage for the future in alignment with the innovative Elexon2Zero program,” said Frank Faller, the CEO of Elexon Electronics. The event was a huge success, and we were honoured to have an incredible lineup of speakers, including Minister for Manufacturing Glenn Butcher, Minister Nikki Boyd, CEO of Regional Development Australia Jacqueline Steele, and Professor Karen Becker. The Elexon Group of Companies has…
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