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It has been headline news in the trade press that the Australian Trade Mission will be visiting global defence companies based in Europe to further opportunities and develop new and potential defence business. See more here.
In conjunction with these initiatives, Ronson will be linking with the mission as well as following our independent business interests with our European Agents Martin Farmer and Andrew Williams. It will be a packed agenda…
The amount of plastic contaminating our oceans has now got the world’s attention and is right at the top of the international agenda.
Given the fact that Australia is the world’s largest island, it impacts us and our ecology more than most.
So, it is a matter of pride that Manufacturers’ Monthly report on one solution that has been developed and rolled-out in Queensland.
The Association of American Gear Manufacturer’s annual meeting was held in Florida this year. Ronson was represented by Managing Director, Gordon New and Gavin New, our Head of Sales and Marketing. (Shown above taking in one of the many sessions.)
It was an opportunity to catch up with old colleagues, meet new ones and make sure we are keeping up-to-speed with the latest industry developments and thinking. It’s always useful to compare notes with other manufacturers and make sure we are competing as well as we can. Not forgetting, flying the flag for this part of the world and reminding them we are here!
The annual meeting also provides a platform for some of the most influential speakers.
It has been a recurring theme in these posts about the problems of recruitment faced across all manufacturing sectors. In fact, according to the Society for Human Resource Management, ‘In the manufacturing arena, recruiting employees is harder than at any time in the past nine years’. This simple 6 step rule could help manufacturers improve the situation.
Our very own Managing director, Gordon New, sits on the board of the AGMA Foundation. Its key purpose is to enable people to begin a career within the industry by making available funding for scholarships, grants and awards for suitable applicants.
That’s quite a claim made in this month’s Gear Solutions magazine. It is especially pertinent to certain industries with higher wear out rates. In the wind industry for example, gearboxes need to be replaced two or three times over a 20 year period. This is much sooner than had been originally anticipated. So any lubricant that could extend their life cycle could have a significant effect on the industry when aggregated over multiple turbines.
A blog posted by Matthew Croson emphasises the global remit of AGMA. ‘30% of the membership is made up of global companies’.
Indeed, our very own Managing Director, Gordon New, has long held key roles in the organisation and now sits on the board of the AGMA Foundation.
This global reach makes sense on a number of fronts, not just membership gains.
Leading on from last week’s blog about tech trends in manufacturing – let’s take a step closer to home and look at the seismic changes that will occur in gear manufacturing.
This includes gears capable of operating in the hostile environments of outer space.
Manufacturing Business Technology magazine picks 3 tech trends of 2018 likely to make a big impact on manufacturing.
As it says, the world of manufacturing tends to lead consumer markets when it comes to innovation, so we can take it as a key indicator of things set to shape our world beyond the workplace.
Centennials, Millennials, Generation Y, Generation X….Baby Boomers….There has never been a time when generations are so defined and categorised. However, if we are to address the key industry issue of recruitment and retention we must adopt a more inclusive culture where each generation recognises what the other can bring to the table.
That’s the view of Warren Pearce, Chief Executive of The Association of Mining & Exploration Companies (AMEC).
It was in response to the last annual report on the ‘Regional Median Investment Attractiveness Score 2016 -17 for the mining industry.
It ranks countries and regions for their relative investment attractiveness for mining operations.
Traditionally, Australia has held top spot – but not any more.
So, what’s happened?
Recently in Gear Talk we have posted the annual survey from Gear Technology magazine, ‘State of the Gear Industry in 2018’. The one real negative, amongst the mostly positive sentiment, was the difficulty in recruiting and attracting labour to manufacturing.
That’s why this article in New Equipment Digest is a timely follow up as it outlines some initiatives we can take to promote careers in manufacturing, particularly amongst younger age groups.
Gear Technology’s ‘State of the Gear Industry’ survey is becoming an anticipated annual bell weather of the sentiment and challenges faced by the industry.
This year, records high levels of optimism from the Reader Survey but it is balanced by many of the challenges.
In the most demanding applications, PVD coatings can help extend the life of gears by increasing surface hardness and durability.
Even though gears are made of hardened steel or metal alloys they can still fail and have a shorter life cycle in many applications. These include subjecting the gear to high loads, metal-to-metal contact, extreme temperatures, high-speeds or if contaminants are present. So what are the recommended options to extend life under such conditions?
Kevlar was discovered by an unsung heroine in 1965, who was working to find fibres stronger and lighter than steel.
Today, working on a ‘nano’ scale is the pathway to developing new materials with even greater capabilities and applications.
‘Gearheads’ get their own channel delivered by Gear Technology magazine. Gear Technology TV is a must watch for anyone in or around the gear industry. It is being rapidly populated by a whole array of features and faces that many of you will recognise. As well as educational and gear-related videos there’s ‘Ask the Expert Live’ recorded at Gear Expo.
Have a look at this blog posted by Wenzel, they manufacture our gear measuring machine.
The blog shines the spotlight on the way gears work largely unnoticed in a multitude of applications that make the modern world function.
Manufacturers’ Monthly reported last month that the Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre (AMGC) is calling for a ‘massive transformation’ of Australia’s workforce.
A transformation that will see a workforce develop the requisite skills to compete and offer value in the rapidly changing technical advances taking place on the factory floor. But how can we meet these ‘mission critical’ objectives?
An interesting idea was presented in AGMA’s blog pages posted by Leah Lewis. Her subject was about industry sponsorship, an often overlooked possibility on the marketing menu but one that can yield long-term benefits.