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Everyone's talking about 3D printing, or 'additive manufacturing'
Hope or Hype? When will this technology break through into the main stream, and what are the implications? Seco's head of Research and Development, Anders Ericsson, takes a closer ...
Countersink tools help save time and money
The old way to make a countersink was a three-step process: punch the hole, drill the sink, deburr. Costing you more time and money.
A guide for staged tooling for press brakes
Applications requiring multiple tools can cost you time as a result of multiple setups. Staged tooling is one of the most effective ways to reduce setup time in a press brake operation. ...
The science behind grinding
Angle grinding is a time consuming activity in metalworking industry, so to save you time and money we have tried to deconstruct the process to achieve optimum performance.
Metal manufacturing - which repetition welding method is best?
In the metal manufacturing industry, repetition welding methods are an important consideration which affects the cosmetics and economics as well as the functionality of the welded ...
5 things you should discuss with your metal parts manufacturer
Swift Metal Services is a trusted turnkey manufacturing company and we have developed 5 points you should discuss with your Metal Parts Manufacturer to ensure the process is smooth ...
Decline in trade commencements for trainees and apprentices
The latest release of apprentice and trainee data show there were 282 900 apprentices and trainees in-training as at 30 June 2016, a decrease of 7.8% from 30 June 2015.
Metal fabrication company fined after student partially blinded
A Hunter Valley metal fabrication business has been fined $240,000 on appeal after a 15 year old work experience student suffered partial blindness from welding without eye protection. ...
The benefits of repetition metal fabrication
Repetition fabrication is a process of manufacturing steel components and products. Involving; cutting, bending and assembly of material and sub-assemblies.
Australian PMI®: manufacturing stabilises in September
After a sharp drop in August, the Australian Industry Group Australian Performance of Manufacturing Index (Australian PMI®) regained 2.9 points to record a broadly stable 49.8 in ...
How to deal with conflict on the factory floor
What causes workplace conflict? Well, in its broadest sense, human nature.
Engineers challenge Minister over Skilled Occupation listing
The Government continues to allow companies to source engineers from overseas when thousands of Australian based engineers struggle to find work.
Ai Group leads high-level Industry 4.0 apprenticeship initiative
"Ai Group is embarking on a major collaborative project that could reinvent apprenticeships in Australia."
6 Great Podcasts for Manufacturing Professionals
If you’re not up to speed with podcasts, they’re a great way to stay up to speed with anything and everything while, well, operating at speed.
Benefits of using a turnkey manufacturing company
Turnkey manufacturing is when the entire manufacturing and supply chain process is carried out by one supplier. From concept to component. Including; the design process, the full ...
Manufacturing people power: full time or labour hire?
With eCommerce and an ever-growing market of impatient customers expecting everything yesterday, manufacturing has never faced more challenges.
10 Things to Consider When Selecting a Contract Manufacturing Partner
You have a fantastic product and while you concentrate on the sales and marketing side of your company, it is extremely important that your supply chain aligns with your goals for ...
FIFO workmates urged to ask R U OK?
WITH up to 1 in 3 fly-in fly-out workers reportedly experiencing mental health difficulties[1], suicide prevention organisation R U OK? is urging workmates to support one another ...
Training Supervisors to Improve Health and Wellbeing of Employees
Mental and stress related disorders such as depression, anxiety and burnout account for a large percentage of all work-related health problems.
Ai Group welcomes job creation focus in SA State Budget
The Australian Industry Group (Ai Group) welcomes the SA Government's initiative in job creation and the Job Accelerator Program.
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