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Why Australia Needs to Invest in Future Skills for a Thriving Economy

St. Joseph, Michigan, USA, 2022-Jun-17 — /EPR INDUSTRIAL NEWS/ — As our world becomes ever more technologically advanced, so the requirements for skills are undergoing a dramatic shift. While there has historically been a fear within workforces that computers and robotics will reduce the need for humans to carry out tasks, the opposite is proving to be the case.

Instead, automation is removing the need for humans to carry out tasks that are repetitive and boring, and replacing this with an increasing level of non-routine cognitive tasks. Rather than reducing the number of jobs on offer, tech is causing a shift that requires very different skills from workers.

With this comes a challenge for future investment into the skills that will be in demand in the upcoming years and decades.

The Skills that are Driving Economic Growth

Since before the Industrial Revolution it’s fallen to humans to carry out multiple repetitive tasks that have driven economic growth. Although machines have now taken over much of this element, this has created many other higher order and digital openings that demand an increased level of human expertise in order for an economy to advance. The issue with this is that it’s leading to a shortage of those adept to fill the roles – something that needs to be addressed now if we’re to avoid a dramatic skills shortage in the near and medium-term future.

The so-called STEM skills of science, technology, engineering and mathematics underpin what’s needed to drive the circle of elements that are needed for the future. This circle is made up of the following:

  • Future skills
  • Innovation
  • Thriving economy
  • Jobs
  • Solving social, environmental and economic challenges.

These 5 linked elements are crucial for future economic growth, the well-being of the population and addressing environmental issues, such as disease, food and water supplies alongside climate change.

STEM skills aren’t solely limited to the disciplines mentioned above. Instead, a cross disciplinary aspect is what will be needed to solve many of the quandaries that face future generations. Education is key to developing the critical thinking and capabilities that will arm today’s children and young adults with the skills to solve many of today’s environmental issues as well as ensuring that Australia remains a player on the global stage.

Future predictions say that by 2030 it’s expected that the amount of time workers spend solving problems will double, with more than 77% of their time using mathematical and scientific skills.

STEM Education will Drive the Future Workforce

The shift that’s come from technological change means that going forward virtually everyone is going to need at least a basic level of STEM skills. This will, of course, be spearheaded during mandatory education for those of school age, but also through upskilling of those already in employment.

While this will represent significant cost – it’s been estimated at around $600 billion from 2015 to 2030 – it’s also bringing about economic gain. While this might not be as much as the cost of education in the short term, in the medium to long term this on-going expenditure is essential for a future thriving Australian economy.

Manufacturing and engineering are two examples that are representative of current investment at both local and national scale. Australia’s once world-leading manufacturing industry was allowed to reduce to a mere shadow of its glory days. Thankfully, and with substantial government investment, this is beginning to be turned around.

This, along with strategic education of the current and future workforce, is exactly what’s needed to ensure that our country once again becomes a force to be reckoned with.

Precision engineering and CNC machining providers, SixDe, are at the forefront of this new way of working. Not only has the company invested into its workforce and capabilities, but it provides local WA businesses with an expert supplier in their own back yard.

Discover what makes SixDe stand out from the crowd at https://sixde.com.au and get in contact to discuss your requirements.

Jason De Silveira
Managing Director – SixDe
https://sixde.com.au/

Founder and director of specialist manufacturing and engineering companies for both, SixDe and Nexxis Pty Ltd. Jason has over 20 years’ project management experience on installations, commissioning and start-ups in Australia, Singapore, Thailand, Kuwait, Ghana and Dubai.

SixDe, a Nexxis Company, is a 450m2 locally owned CNC machine shop that delivers manufacturing, rapid prototyping, tooling, and engineering solutions to a variety of Australian industries. Its bespoke precision machining service has delivered competitive and cutting-edge solutions for mining, oil and gas, construction and building companies in Australia and overseas.

Tarps Now® Issues Guide Focusing Benefits of Hay Tarp Use to Protect a Vital Agricultural Commodity

St. Joseph, Michigan, USA, 2022-Jun-09 — /EPR INDUSTRIAL NEWS/ — Tarps Now® is pleased to issue a guide focused on helping farms and agricultural firms with a guide focused on the benefits and uses of Hay Tarps. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) in its 2022 Prospective Plantings Report that came out earlier this spring, estimates that the United States acreage dedicated to dry hay production might be the lowest since 1907. This prediction in the report is based on producer surveys generated in the first half of March.

According to the Prospective Plantings Report, United States hay producers plan on harvesting approximately 50.3 million acres in 2022. This is down 1 percent from 2021, which has the potential to be the lowest in 115 years. With less hay predicted to be on the market, and inflation of energy and a wide range of commodities are negatively impacting agricultural producers, protecting with Hay Tarps is vital for cost effective support of livestock.

Effectiveness and efficiency around any farm operations in all areas of the business is critical as margins become tighter and tighter as sourcing for materials and supplies is tougher and fuel prices are astronomical. This is the case when protecting and storing hay, which is the third largest crop in the United States in terms of harvest acres. Upwards of 25 percent hay crop losses can be incurred from exposure and weathering.

Hay Tarps are engineered using heavy-duty polyethylene that is completely waterproof as well as UV ray, mildew, and rot resistant. In addition, Hay Tarps help eliminate moisture buildup that is vital in keeping the hay in the best condition possible. These materials create breathability, allowing air to circulate, which helps moisture to also move freely. If water and moisture does not have the room to evaporate, it will accumulate and seriously affect the hay bales. Details on these products are as follows:

Product Information

https://www.tarpsnow.com/hay-tarp.html
https://www.tarpsnow.com/hay-tarps.html
https://www.tarpsnow.com/blog/benefits-of-hay-tarps

About Tarps Now®

Tarps Now® features an extensive online catalog of heavy duty tarps, canvas tarps, poly tarps, custom tarps, vinyl tarps and industrial divider curtains. As specialists in custom canvas and vinyl tarps, they are the low-price leaders in their category. The company offers the convenience of fast, easy, online ordering as well as a knowledgeable staff to guide customers through the specification process insuring their project will be completed on time and in budget. Tarps Now® has the experience and scale to insure customer specifications are carefully followed and expectations exceeded for every project, large or small.

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Haizol adds 3D Printing to its range of manufacturing services

LONDON, 6-Jun-2022 — /EPR INDUSTRIAL NEWS/ — Haizol launch a new capability to add to their vast array of services, now offering 3D printing to customers worldwide. They have partnered with some of the best manufacturers in China for additive manufacturing to deliver custom prototypes and end-use production parts for buyers worldwide.

Haizol’s 3D printing services have access to a huge network of factories with the best 3D printing machines in the industry. An online service focused on FDM, SLS, MJF and SLA, manufacturing custom projects from prototype to full scale production. With over 40 metals and plastics available, the platform can cater to all kinds of projects.

Haizol bring highly qualified facilities to the hands of buyers worldwide, with certified manufacturing including ISO9001, ISO13485, & AS9100.

Simply upload a CAD file for an instant quote, and receive manufacturability advice, with fast lead times. All uploads are secure and confidential.

Haizol’s manufacturing processes include Prototyping, Molding, Stamping, CNC Machining, Casting, Fabrication and more. Such comprehensive manufacturing capabilities allow Haizol to meet the needs of many industries across a wide range of product categories, including Automotive Parts & Equipment, Aerospace, Electrical Equipment, Electronics, Design & Engineering, Fabricated Metals, Medical Supply & Equipment, Machinery & Tools, Packaging, Toys, as well as general consumer goods.

Since its inception in 2015, Haizol has enthusiastically awarded multiple rounds of committed financial investment from the world’s top establishment and financial institutes such as Haier, Woofoo Capital, Eastern Bell Capital, Stala Capital and Hongtai Capital Holdings. Their clients include MicroPort, Roche, Siemens, Haier, Zeiss, Whirlpool, Rocker, and Hybrid Racing.

For more information or to learn more, head over to their website at www.haizolglobal.com.

SOURCE: EuropaWire

Tarps Now Releases Guide for Improving the Workplace using Industrial Curtain Applications

St. Joseph, Michigan, USA, 2022-May-31 — /EPR INDUSTRIAL NEWS/ — Tarps Now® is pleased to announce the release of a guide where applications of Industrial Curtains are used to provide improved safety, privacy and security in the workplace by partitioning of a plant, shop, or warehouse facility. These applications result in a more safe, efficient, manageable, and flexible workspace. Some of the applications are discussed include Industrial Curtain Walls function as temperature control and protection from environments where airborne issues such as noise, dust, sparks, fumes, are an ongoing safety issue. The partitioning of your inefficient large spaces into distinct and effective areas also allows for streamlined workflows.

Other applications include Warehouse Curtains, Walls and Dividers improve privacy, increase efficiency, or create temperature-controlled zones, and are also available with special features that include fire retardant and insulated materials. Alternatively, Insulated Warehouse Curtains support the management of space in environments where temperature control is better controlled using multi-layered design to seal cold air in the dedicated areas, such as when securing a freezer or cold environment is necessary.

Other applications include Auto Body Shop Divider Curtains are designed to help protect cars from dirt, dust, and grime while being washed or painted. The created work areas by these curtain sections protect employees, customers, cars, equipment, and supplies from water, welding sparks, and UV light.

Wash Bay Curtains are 100 percent waterproof, they help keep the rest of the place dry and grime free when a vehicle is being washed. They are extremely easy to put up and take down to create temporary wash bays when needed and used for other tasks when not cleaning.

Industrial Curtain Product Information:

https://www.tarpsnow.com/industrial-divider-curtains.html
https://www.tarpsnow.com/divider-curtain-curtain-walls.html
https://www.tarpsnow.com/temperature-control-curtains.html
https://www.tarpsnow.com/warehouse-divider-curtains.html
https://www.tarpsnow.com/body-shop-curtains.html
https://www.tarpsnow.com/food-processing-curtains.html
https://www.tarpsnow.com/noise-control-curtains.html
https://www.tarpsnow.com/noise-control-curtains.html
https://www.tarpsnow.com/welding-blankets-curtains-screens.html
https://www.tarpsnow.com/noise-control-curtains.html
https://www.tarpsnow.com/clear-vinyl-strip-doors.html
https://www.tarpsnow.com/wash-bay-curtains.html
https://www.tarpsnow.com/blog/uses-for-industrial-curtains

About Tarps Now®

Tarps Now® features an extensive online catalog of heavy duty tarps, canvas tarps, poly tarps, custom tarps, vinyl tarps and industrial divider curtains. As specialists in custom canvas and vinyl tarps, they are the low-price leaders in their category. The company offers the convenience of fast, easy, online ordering as well as a knowledgeable staff to guide customers through the specification process insuring their project will be completed on time and in budget. Tarps Now® has the experience and scale to insure customer specifications are carefully followed and expectations exceeded for every project, large or small.

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Haizol celebrate Chinese New Year by offering their customers lower prices on their part manufacturing

SHANGHAI, 2022-Feb-3 — /EPR INDUSTRIAL NEWS/ — OEM manufacturing platform Haizol are a Chinese sourcing platform and in-house manufacturer of metal and plastic custom parts and products. Based in Shanghai, they are currently celebrating the Chinese New Year, the year of the tiger.

Haizol’s platform has over 600,000 manufacturing partners in China, providing on-demand manufacturing to more than 100 countries around the world. Haizol offer their customers direct access to the best specialized engineers and factories across China enabling small and medium sized enterprises to streamline and lower the cost of their supply chain by outsourcing their production efficiently and at high quality.

To celebrate the turn of a new year, Haizol are offering reduced prices on their on-demand manufacturing services, bringing increased savings to their customers. Whether it is a prototype, or full scale production, customers can receive low cost quotations with fast lead times. Covering both components and whole products, as well as reverse engineering, Haizol provide tailor made services

As of today, Haizol has achieved five rounds of financial and industrial investments, including Haier Financial Capital, Fortune Capital under Tsinghua Holdings, ZD Capital and Hong Tai Ji. From 2015 Haizol has grown into a leading domestic manufacturing supply chain and production services.

It is a great time to check out their capabilities and make savings on your manufacturing projects.

SkyRFID completes transfer of assets and management from Canada to the U.S.A.

Lansdowne, Virginia, United States, 2022-Jan-19 — /EPR INDUSTRIAL NEWS/ — SkyRFID Inc. recently completed the transfer of assets and management from Canada to the U.S.A. advancing the support of U.S. customers, including the U.S. government. Long-time technology and equity partners, Geoff Dewhurst and Tim Shinbara, received approval from their respective Boards to continue the 30+ years of SkyRFID development, fulfillment, and operations from within the U.S. in early 2020 and founded SkyRFID, LLC in Lansdowne, Virginia in November of 2020. For SkyRFID, Inc., 2021 was a winddown and dissolution period. The two partners will continue to operate SkyRFID, LLC with Mr. Shinbara being named CEO and President and Mr. Dewhurst retaining Chief Architect duties and responsibilities.

Having merged the talent and resources from Mr. Shinbara’s ventures and experience into SkyRFID, LLC the firm will now be headquartered and operated from Lansdowne, Virginia, U.S.A. The Canadian dissolution transferred all assets from Ontario-based SkyRFID, Inc. to the new Virginia-based SkyRFID, LLC.

All Global Sky Partner channels conveyed to SkyRFID, LLC as well as current contracts, purchase agreements/orders, and projects which will all be subject to US and Virginia laws and policies as applicable.

SkyRFID, LLC continues the decades-long operation of solving asset management challenges, covering more than 135 countries. Solution integrations will continue to include NFC, RFID, RTLS, Wi-Fi, and IoT-based communication protocols and may support further interoperability with mobile cellular protocols such as GSM, GPRS, HSPDA+, 4G-LTE, and upcoming 5G protocols.

About SkyRFID, LLC
SkyRFID, LLC, the leader in Dynamic Asset Management, has become the “go-to” resource for security and tracking for real-time management of high-value, critical assets.

Having 30+ years of continuous improvement toward providing full scope capability, SkyRFID’s differentiation is realized in our consistent and reliable quality, optimal-cost hardware components end-to-end real-time tracking and reporting solutions; all which include our global consulting team supporting multiple industry verticals.

With its established global network of engineers, consultants, resellers, and system integrators, SkyRFID has become the premier partner for developing, implementing, and managing enterprise solutions.

SkyRFID assists at any or all levels from technical design to implementation of hundreds of RFID, sensor, and IoT technology projects each year, using its Global Sky Partner channel of over 500 companies in more than 135 countries to service local implementations and support.

For more information visit: www.SkyRFID.com

For sales information contact SkyRFID, LLC at +1 571-512-5262
E-mail: sales@skyrfid.com

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Digital Manufacturing platform Haizol expands with a new office in Suzhou, China

LONDON, 9-Jan-2022 — /EPR INDUSTRIAL NEWS/ — Headquartered in Shanghai, China, Haizol are growing from strength to strength in the manufacturing industry. From inception in 2015, they have opened offices throughout China year on year. Haizol now have a presence in 12 cities across China, making them the go to platform for connecting with manufacturers for custom OEM parts and products. Currently Haizol are in Shanghai, Shenzhen, Ningbo, Wuxi, Dongguan, Foshan, Huizhou, Suzhou, Changzhou, and Hangzhou. Last month they opened a new office in Suzhou, with an opening ceremony attended by government officials.

Haizol assists small and medium sized manufacturing enterprises in the procurement of resources, meeting output quotas, and manufacturing of traditional parts and components. Their one-stop sourcing solutions platform offers buyers a complete service from start to finish. From your requirements, they locate the best suppliers, then take care of the whole process from the initial order, to quality and inspection, and shipment.

Haizol’s connections span throughout China, having partnered with the best factories that specialize in CNC Machining, Injection Molding, Casting, Stamping, Fabrication, and Mold Making. Haizol also manufacturing products, from a simple CAD design, they can produce the product from prototype to full scale production. Haizol are experts in reverse engineering, whereby products are broken down into the separate parts in order to re-build and re-brand them.

Haizol’s instant quoting technology and extensive network of suppliers has revolutionized the custom manufacturing industry. Providing customers with quotes in under a minute, they get on demand access to high quality low cost manufacturing. For startups or large companies, 2D or 3D drawings can be securely uploaded to receive a dynamic quotation.

SOURCE: EuropaWire

Haizol adds component assembly to its digital manufacturing platform

LONDON, 23-Oct-2021 — /EPR INDUSTRIAL NEWS/ — Haizol, one of China’s largest manufacturers of custom parts, expands its offering to meet increasing customer demand. Now, the manufacturing giant offers services spanning from OEM manufacturing, to component assembly, and product development and manufacturing.

A true one-stop parts procurement and key component assembly platform, Haizol offer their customers a 20% increase in engineering productivity, 30% average cost savings, and 50% faster lead times.

OEM manufacturing requests come from countries worldwide, with their capacity to cater to anything from prototype to full scale production being a key driver. Haizol’s expertise in machining, injection molding, sheet metal manufacturing, customer service, and supply chain enable them to achieve customized goals in strict time frames. Offering over 100 metal and plastic options, and more than 10 surface finishes, the rapid prototyping and on-time delivery mean it is a one-stop solution to supply chains.

As an extension on OEM manufacturing, Haizol have introduced manufacturability solutions for core components of products through high-end machining and precision mold forming. Within the sphere of modern manufacturing services, Haizol is well placed thanks to its strong digital platform and vast project experience. They invest in engineering research and development to ensure the top quality delivery of parts. Haizol’s platform produces specialist equipment resources to improve manufacturing solutions for customers, whilst managing supply chains and production capacity.

Due to increasing demand, Haizol also now offers product development. For those with a product design, or wanting brand an existing product, Haizol offers manufacturing from drawings, and also reverse engineering, where they break an existing product down into components, and can manufacture it in this way.

Haizol simplifies the process of product customization procurement by providing customers with a huge supplier base and diverse production capacity features. Assess the world’s top manufacturing companies through Haizol, and let them handle the communication and production, covering all issues from quality control to delivery and customs.

Haizol’s manufacturing processes include Prototyping, Molding, Stamping, CNC Machining, Casting, Fabrication and more. Such comprehensive manufacturing capabilities allow Haizol to meet the needs of many industries across a wide range of product categories, including Automotive Parts & Equipment, Aerospace, Electrical Equipment, Electronics, Design & Engineering, Fabricated Metals, Medical Supply & Equipment, Machinery & Tools, Packaging, Toys, as well as general consumer goods.

Since its inception in 2015, HAIZOL Online has enthusiastically awarded multiple rounds of committed financial investment from the world’s top establishment and financial institutes such as Haier, Woofoo Capital, Eastern Bell Capital, Stala Capital and Hongtai Capital Holdings. Their clients include MicroPort, Roche, Siemens, Haier, Zeiss, Whirlpool, Rocker, and Hybrid Racing.

For more information or to learn more, head over to their new website at www.haizolglobal.com.

SOURCE: EuropaWire

Haizol unveils new digital platform

LONDON, 17-Sep-2021 — /EPR INDUSTRIAL NEWS/ — Haizol, an industrial data and engineering manufacturing service, have launched a brand new interactive digital platform. The new site is a user friendly portal where customers can get instant access to quotes for metal and plastic custom part manufacturing. Buyers and engineers worldwide can access a host of information on manufacturing, outsourcing, and suppliers in China, as well as quality assurance and assistance with design and prototyping.

Haizol is innovating the path to a new age in manufacturing. With technology at the centre of their efforts, they facilitate access to high-quality machine parts, component assembly, and product development, manufacturing to customers across the world.

A one stop sourcing solution that provides instant manufacturing services to original brands, private labels, distributors, subcontractors, system integrators, startups, value-added resellers and patent creators worldwide. They provide end to end manufacturing services, alongside dedicated consulting and project management.

Haizol’s manufacturing processes include Prototyping, Molding, Stamping, CNC Machining, Casting, Fabrication and more. Such comprehensive manufacturing capabilities allow Haizol to meet the needs of many industries across a wide range of product categories, including Automotive Parts & Equipment, Aerospace, Electrical Equipment, Electronics, Design & Engineering, Fabricated Metals, Medical Supply & Equipment, Machinery & Tools, Packaging, Toys, as well as general consumer goods.

Since its inception in 2015, HAIZOL Online has enthusiastically awarded multiple rounds of committed financial investment from the world’s top establishment and financial institutes such as Haier, Woofoo Capital, Eastern Bell Capital, Stala Capital and Hongtai Capital Holdings. Their clients include MicroPort, Roche, Siemens, Haier, Zeiss, Whirlpool, Rocker, and Hybrid Racing.

For more information or to learn more, head over to their new website at www.haizolglobal.com

SOURCE: EuropaWire

Since 2020 digital manufacturing has become the future and traditional manufacturing a thing of the past

LONDON, 15-Aug-2021 — /EPR INDUSTRIAL NEWS/ — Traditionally, when a procurement team is sourcing parts or products to be manufactured, the process is a long and complex one. After initial research, they then develop a short list of potential manufacturers which fit their desired criteria, and more often than not then make the trip to the factory location to see the facility. This initial research stage is extremely time consuming, not only to ensure the supplier of choice has the capacity to produce the parts, but also checking the qualifications and vetting the supplier itself.

Since 2020, this process has been made even more difficult. Unsurprisingly, digital manufacturing has become the future, and traditional manufacturing a thing of the past. Leveraging the benefits a digital manufacturing marketplace can provide when finding a supplier can bring huge cost and time savings. Eliminating the need to travel, the marketplace have pre-vetted suppliers in a range of specialisms so the buyer can quickly identify a shortlist of ones which would suit their needs.

With online manufacturing platform Haizol, an account is free. Once signed up you can be instantly match made with suppliers based on their manufacturing processes, industry, region, factory size, turnover, certifications, R&D, and employees. Shortlisting is simple, as Haizol have already pre-vetted the factory prior to them being on the website.

Once a request for quote has been securely uploaded into the system, suppliers that fit the requirements have the opportunity to quote on the project, which instantly arrive in the customer’s inbox. Haizol’s in house engineers are on hand to assist with communication, questions, and also design help and manufacturability.

Having been in the metal and plastic manufacturing market for almost a decade, Haizol are experts in CNC Machining, Injection Molding, Casting, Stamping, and Fabrication.

Join free today to unlock the power of digital manufacturing and bring sourcing to the comfort of your own home.

SOURCE: EuropaWire

Inspector 3.0 Changes The Face Of RVI Inspection

Perth, WA, Australia, 2021-Jul-26 — /EPR INDUSTRIAL NEWS/ — Inspection tasks are undergoing rapid advancement thanks to Remote Visual Inspection (RVI) tools, like the Elios 2. However, while there are many advantages to such drone inspection (speed, visualisation of hard to reach areas, increased health and safety etc), it also brings with it one significant challenge: 

That of pinpointing the location of defects. 

Unlike traditional inspection, where the defect is determined by the person in front of it, RVI inspection in areas like boilers requires multiple data input to gain an accurate location. This might include the use of maps, blueprints and barometric measurements. This is a complex task. Getting it wrong can have serious implications, the worst of which is undertaking significant effort (AKA time and money) to gain access to repair the defect, only to find you’re in the wrong place. 

Enter Inspector 3.0 

Inspector 3.0 is the newest version of Flyability’s Inspector software, specifically designed to be used with the Elios 2 for indoor inspections. 

This revolutionary data localisation program allows inspectors to create a 3D map immediately following an indoor drone inspection flight. The advantages of this are many, all of which combine to create one thing – significant savings for repair and maintenance tasks. 

  • Accurate defect location in real time: The whole reason for inspections is to identify defects. Being able to pinpoint them immediately after an inspection flight has taken place means efficient action plans can be immediately put in place.
  • Lowered costs: Wholly accurate localisation of a defect in a hard-to-reach asset area allows for exact planning to gain access. Whether this involves scaffolding, digging through dirt, cutting into the asset or any other means of access, it negates the risk of ending up in the wrong location. Such unhappy incidents are common and result in prolonged downtime and the associated loss of revenue.
  • Better communication: Industrial maintenance often includes many different personnel. From inspectors through to maintenance staff, C-suite level and managers, accurate data localisation can assist in helping everyone understand the needs of the inspection data. A 3D map speaks volumes and bypasses much of the requirement to fully understand technical data, therefore aiding comprehension at all levels and improving communication.
  • Improves customer relations: Performing inspections often causes frustration if a customer can’t see a tangible report of defect locations as soon as its finished. The ability to present them with a 3D visualisation straight away is hugely advantageous to customer confidence.

How Inspector 3.0 Works

1. Launch the indoor inspection mission: Using the Elios 2

2. Collect visual data: On the fly collection of data, allowing you to mark points of interest at the touch of a button

3. Create a 3D map: Following the flight, utilise the mapping feature of Inspector 3.0 to create a sparse map of the asset that includes the points of interest detected. This takes between 20-50 minutes to generate 

The Elios and next-generation Elios 2 continue to evolve, along with the software that goes alongside. Such innovations are key to driving down costs and increasing productivity in an ever-competitive marketplace.

Equipment provider, Nexxis, is committed to procuring such technology and providing the unique availability of a dynamic model that allows their customers to take full advantage of tech as it becomes available. 

Head to www.nexxis.com to discover the Nexxis difference, and why they’re becoming the equipment supplier of choice to industries as diverse as oil & gas, petrochemicals, manufacturing and aeronautical.

Royal Caribbean Awards Handling Specialty its Largest Fixed Price Contract in 58-Year History

Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, 2021-Jul-05 — /EPR INDUSTRIAL NEWS/ — To have recently landed a project that can be identified as a company’s largest fixed price contract in its long history is reason enough to celebrate, but when it’s with a corporation who is intimately familiar with your work and company values, that validates an organization’s processes from sales and engineering to manufacturing, installation and service.

Handling Specialty made history in 1995 when it was contracted to produce the underwater stage lift system for Cirque du Soleil at the Bellagio, in Las Vegas. The ‘O’ show continues to perform 2 shows per night after 24 years on the original Handling Specialty lift systems. It is an extraordinary engineering feat from a world class SME located in the heart of Niagara, in Grimsby, Ontario.

Since that monumental moment for the company, several underwater stage lift systems have been designed, built and installed into multiple theatres including the City of Dreams theatre, which runs The House of Dancing Water show in Macau. This epic undertaking gained Handling Specialty a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records.

Handling Specialty is the world leader in underwater theatrical spectacles, and is installing systems all over the world. They are also flown to remote vacation locations to provide highly skilled technicians to repair or maintain these multi million-dollar systems efficiently to ensure that the show(s) go on.

This latest win for the company is the accumulation of an almost 20-year relationship designing and building for Royal Caribbean International. “This project began 2.5-years ago with technical sales and conceptual engineering leading the charge to win this prestigious venture,” says Tom Beach, President of Handling Specialty and the lead sales associate on this project. “We cherish our relationship with Royal Caribbean and with a revenue stream via new builds, service, and dry dock overhauls that will last over 10-plus-years, we understand what it takes to keep our customers happy.”

Handling Specialty’s turnkey solutions for Royal Caribbean includes conceptual engineering and contract settlements to full design including all electrical and hydraulic networks, custom stage flooring, installation, training, commissioning and on-going MRO.

“Experience goes a long way in winning a project as large as this,” Beach goes on to say. “Deploying professionals and skilled technicians to Finland over the next 6 years to install our equipment will be a challenge, but we’ve completed similar scenarios many times before.”

In March of 2021, Handling Specialty sent a team of technicians to Barbados where they quarantined on the Allure of the Seas for 14 days, one of the Oasis class of ships, and then performed planned maintenance on the ship’s underwater stage lift equipment. This same group of people went on to Spain where they completed similar work on Harmony of the Seas. Freighting the parts and flying people to these locations during a pandemic and successfully completing the work ahead of schedule is another nod to Handling Specialty’s abilities to organize massive projects and perform the work without interruption. It also speaks to the quality of the people working at Handling Specialty, and the lengths they will go to, to see a job through.

“Having worked together for almost 20 years on our Oasis class ships, I’m thrilled to be partnering with Handling Specialty again.” – Christopher Vlassopulos, Superintendent SLVR & Architectural Lighting for Royal Caribbean International & Celebrity Cruises, says.

The financial impact on the Niagara-based company is a welcome one. Entertainment industry builds have been scarce through the pandemic and to come out the other end with a project of this size is a boost to company moral and another nod to Handling Specialty’s impressive track record designing and building stage lift systems for the entertainment industry.

Beach says of the future, “I feel certain that Handling Specialty will continue our relationship with Royal Caribbean International and international ship yards for decades.”
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Since 1963, Handling Specialty has been exclusively dedicated to the custom design and manufacture of your material handling systems & equipment for demanding applications. We are the premier source for made to order lifting, tilting, rotating and traversing equipment for clients seeking innovative solutions, exceptional professional support, world-class credentials and unmatched experience.

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New Hurricane Season Prompts Dramatic Increase in Demand for Disaster Recovery Materials

Tarp Manufacturer Notes Unprecedented Demand for Tarps Coverings used in Disaster Recovery

St. Joseph, MI, USA, 2021-Jun-03 — /EPR Network/ — With the 2021 Atlantic Hurricane Season officially beginning on June 1st, U.S. based industrial tarps and covering producer Tarps Now® has announced record purchase of a wide range of disaster recovery products often found in high demand in the aftermath a major hurricanes and tropical storms.

The notable increase in consumer demand for disaster recovery products often mentioned by consumers was a memorable 2020 hurricane season, which brought 30 different named tropical storm systems, among the most storms ever recorded. Spurring awareness were two tropical storms already emerging well before the 2021 storm season, with many anticipating a similar type of year. Also frequently mentioned was the effects of Global Warming impacting businesses and consumers living and working on the Eastern Seaboard and Gulf of Mexico, as well as multiple protectorate island nations such as Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

With many citing their memories of the events of flooding, tidal surges and serious levels of storm damages upon homes, businesses and public service concerns, many are focused on stockpiling Hurricane Mesh Tarps and industrial grade roofing tarps to protect valuable possessions, as well as critical inventories and supplies needed to ensure a more rapid recovery. Others cite the need for Debris Lifting Tarps and water draining diverter tarps to better facilitate clean ups and reduction of flood damages, as well as rugged clear vinyl and screen mesh materials used to cover windows, capture fresh rain waters, and provide shade for the care and protection of pets and livestock in the aftermath of a major hurricane or storm. A list of such materials follows.

Tarps Now® Disaster Recovery Products:

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Haizol on improving supply chain flexibility

LONDON, 29-Apr-2021 — /EPR INDUSTRIAL NEWS/ — Supply chains worldwide have experienced some level of turbulence in the last 18 month. The pandemic continues to cause disruption, as well as other events such as the obstruction of the Suez Canal in March.

The countless obstacles encountered have been coupled by innovative development and novel means of working in all phases of the supply chain. Digital manufacturing, as a solution to mitigate supply chain risk, is being increasingly implemented by companies globally.

Many companies are looking at ways to improve their supply chain flexibility, here is what we recommend to increase agility.

1. Expect the unexpected
Being prepared for unforeseen situations will stand you in good stead should they occur. It is not uncommon for things to not go to plan. To combat this, planning is key, you know your business better than anyone else, and it will ensure your supply chain will continue working smoothly.

In order to plan ahead effectively, it is important to communicate often and in detail with suppliers. We need to adopt a proactive approach to supply chain, and consider likely future trends and market direction to make preparations for them. As the market and businesses alike are fluctuating at speed, interruptions are also going to keep happening, and likely more often.

2. Stock a little more than you need
Whilst being lean, reducing waste, and being as productive as possible is the aim, one should be conscious to not be too lean. It is beneficial to stock a little more than you need, to account for any eventuality. Having that extra material can still be lean, customers know they can repeat orders rapidly, they can rely on Haizol to produce at speed, and have adaptations to the design put in place which can reduce lifecycle cost.

3. Stay connected to the engineers on the ground
Technology has meant that we can acquire large amounts of data from machines, however having a close relationship to the actual machine operators and factory floor can prove invaluable. It is irreplaceable to be on the ground with the actual machine, to see what is happening, and help to solve the issue. Based on this, it is beneficial to ensure there is someone in manufacturing bases all the way through the supply chain. In this regard, relationships are crucial, supplier engineers are able to find problems that were not apparent to begin with, and they can report this information and adapt the plan when required.

4. Don’t put all your eggs in one basket
Ensuring you don’t rely solely on a single-source supply will help in building a more flexible supply chain. Having more options will mean less of a risk that material will be unobtainable. Keeping your options open means if stock does run short will your supplier you can source from another supplier with ease. Using a manufacturer like Haizol, who partner with over 200,000 factories across Asia, mean risk is mitigated.

SOURCE: EuropaWire

Rayflex discusses the benefits and advantages of industrial plastic strip curtains to your business

Warrington, UK, 2021-Mar-10 — /EPR INDUSTRIAL NEWS/ — Rayflex discusses the benefits and advantages of industrial plastic strip curtains to your business.

PVC strip curtains are used across a wide range of industries due to their impressive list of features. They are economical to buy, they are easy to maintain and they do an excellent job at forming a flexible barrier that prevents energy loss. PVC Curtains can be found in use in many areas of our daily lives including at the supermarket, warehouse, distribution center, hospital, restaurants and so much more.

If an exit, entrance, or access point to a building sees constant traffic, whether personnel or vehicular, Industrial Curtains are the perfect solutions. They are as good as an open door but without allowing heat to escape or rain, wind, and dirt to enter. Plastic door curtains can be constructed from different types and weights of PVC dependent on the application. They are typically clear or tinted to that they allow for good visibility so that those using the door can see if there is an obstruction on the other side before entering.

The beauty of these Industrial Curtains is that they are great for saving energy, they maintain a room’s temperature and they are easy to install, maintain, clean, and replace and this makes them the most popular type of door barrier in the UK.

For buildings, rooms, and openings that require frequent access by pedestrians or vehicles, PVC strip curtains offer the perfect solution. Industrial Plastic Curtains are designed to form a flexible barrier across an opening. This allows easy access and yet efficiently manages the temperature of the room inside be that hot or cold. Walk-in freezers and cold stores are one such example where the PVC strip curtain comes into its own. The PVC is polar grade which means it remains flexible even when temperatures reach as low as -32 degrees.

There are many advantages and benefits of Plastic strip curtains such as:
• Low cost and easy to maintain.
• Maintains the room’s ambient temperature.
• Prevents the loss of hot or cold air.
• Isolates against noise or the movement of airborne particles.
• Easy to repair or replace on a strip-by-strip basis.
• Admits light and omits rain, wind, and draughts from the workplace.

PVC strip curtains can be ordered in different sizes, weights, and grades with specialist PVC grades available such as welding bay PVC and anti-static PVC. For external curtains, the PVC tends to be of a thicker grade with more overlap to protect it from the outside elements. Internal grade plastics will be of a lighter material to aid easy passage for pedestrians.

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Digital agility enables manufacturers to quickly pivot when faced with disruption

LONDON, 22-Feb-2021 — /EPR INDUSTRIAL NEWS/ — We are moving more and more into an on-demand world, where the companies who embrace digitalization and agility thrive. We have witnessed that the companies surviving in this new era of manufacturing are the ones who go digital, be agile, and mitigate risk.

The recent pandemic has resulted in new ways of working, highlighting the importance of getting immediate access to products and services. As manufacturers navigate the new normal, realizing digital agility has never been more important.

Having a responsive supply chain proves essential. Once you take a product to market, it is key to safeguard the supply chain. With a constantly changing market, your supply chain should be able to rapidly respond to satisfy demand where that means making more of the same product, or shifting focus to another more in demand item.

When done correctly, automation paves the way to digital agility. Agility results in lower cost and errors, whilst increasing productivity and sales. Digital agility enables manufacturers to quickly pivot when faced with disruption.

When manufacturers get it right, automation provides a path towards digital agility, which ultimately leads to the reduction of cost and errors, while improving productivity and raising revenue. Digital agility is especially important amid COVID-19 disruptions, as it allows manufacturers to quickly pivot.

Digitalization and technology help companies embrace new market trends. Market opportunity is evident in industry, the capture this, companies and their manufacturing partners need to push the existing boundaries and strive to push themselves and digitalize their processes. As products and services are moving more and more on-demand, only those that embrace this will gain competitive advantage.

SOURCE: EuropaWire

Haizol’s digital manufacturing platform in the light of COVID-19 supply chain disruption

LONDON, 9-Feb-2021 — /EPR INDUSTRIAL NEWS/ — COVID-19 taught us numerous things when it comes to manufacturing. Throughout 2020, we saw countless industries and companies alike struggling to source materials, complete production, and get their product to the end user. When normal supply chains were disrupted, there was a challenge and difficulty sourcing alternative means to achieve supply chain stability during this time, and keep production going.

Despite the world having a magnitude of advanced manufacturing capabilities, these are difficult to find and access. What has become clearer than ever before, is that current supply chains and manufacturing processes are international, proficient, and well-organised, and at the same time, they are delicate and can struggle delivering transparency to its user when hit with unforeseen instability. This was demonstrated by the shortage of supplies in numerous industries, from medical, to automotive, to digital goods. Not only did raw material become a challenge to source, but key industrial component shortage led to issues with final assembly of goods.

The future of the manufacturing industry requires improved resilience, agility, and supply chain transparency in order to manage any future disruption more effectively. Breaking the existing mold, embracing new technology, and developing a digital supply network which is able to quickly respond and adapt to any situation thrown its way.

This industry requires visible and accessible manufacturing in a digital format. China, in particular, is a country which is at the forefront of this new vision. China boosts advanced manufacturing competences, resources, and has a transparent and accessible infrastructure. Agility and resilience is key, and digital manufacturing platforms, particularly ones that offer an online marketplace at the users fingertips of a multitude of capabilities, is key. This digital core allows high transparency, easy visibility, easy access, and agility when faced with disruption.

Having a digital marketplace which can be accessed at any point from anywhere for any kind of manufacturing requirement allows for a truly agile foundation of digital supply networks. A user can identify manufacturing resources and capabilities at the touch of a button from part designs, features, machine tools, capabilities and more. This essentially breaks down the barriers and reduces effort typically found when sourcing manufacturing resources and capabilities.

The future will see more complex and improved versions of this digital manufacturing marketplace, allowing a user to be able to search for diverse manufacturing resources and capabilities and multiple variables such as manufacturing capacity (such as machine tool / specification) and complex part design. A further development is likely to be a more inclusive service, allowing the user to source based on capability to manufacture components with specific requirements, such as 5-axis CNC turning with horsepower and x/y/z travel metrics with metal additive manufacturing as an option.

Manufacturing is an extensive and multifaceted sphere, therefore a comprehension platform with effective searchable options is something which needs to be continually adapted and upgraded. Haizol’s manufacturing platform provides users with over 200,000 suppliers in Asia with wide-ranging capabilities and the ability to filter based on a variety of criteria. In terms of supplier, the user can select based on manufacturing type, region, industry, factory size, employee number, annual turnover, certification, R&D capacity, and more. They also have the option to filter by product, choosing process, material, and region, to see examples of what factories have previously made, to guide their decision making.

SOURCE: EuropaWire

Sourcing new suppliers for manufacturing custom parts in China can be challenging with travel restrictions for many in Europe

LONDON, 20-Jan-2021 — /EPR INDUSTRIAL NEWS/ — With travelling both nationally and internationally still difficult for many in Europe, sourcing new suppliers for manufacturing custom parts can prove challenging. To be instantly connected with new suppliers without leaving home is possible through Haizol. This platform is an on-demand manufacturing service which connects buyers with manufacturers that fit their project requirements.

As a buyer, you can register an account online, and submit a request for quote, together with an optional two level NDA agreement. The quote is then immediately sent through to over 200,000 factories across Asia. These factories are partners of Haizol, pre-vetted and screened in terms of their capacity, certifications, quality control, MOQ, and customer reviews. Those with the right capabilities are able to respond with their price for the project, this usually happens within 24 hours.

A customer can filter the quotes based on several criteria, and also choose to get more information of a potential supplier. Haizol is on hand to assist with any questions or with communication between the two parties. Once selected, production can begin immediately, with peace of mind that the project is being carried out by experts in the field.

Current suppliers include thousands specializing in CNC machining, injection molding, casting, stamping, fabrication, and mold making. They also offer a wide range of secondary processes, such as coating, anodizing, conditioning, and assembling.

With new suppliers joining the platform daily, matchmaking is possible in minutes. Sourcing manufacturers through Haizol not only reduces cost, it enables time to be freed up to focus on other aspects of the business. Having access to stable suppliers is crucial during this period, and mitigates the risk of supply chain instability.

SOURCE: EuropaWire

Haizol to ensure customer’s supply chain remains stable and consistent ahead of Chinese New Year

LONDON, 31-Dec-2020 — /EPR INDUSTRIAL NEWS/ — Preparations in China for Chinese New Year happening on the 12th February 2021 have seen a surge in orders during this festive period.

2021 marks the year of the Ox in China, Oxen are the hard workers in the background, intelligent and reliable, but never demanding praise. In Chinese culture, the Ox is a valued animal. Because of its role in agriculture, positive characteristics, such as being hard-working and honest, are attributed to it.

Spring Festival, the official Chinese New Year, officially begins on the 12th and ends February 22nd. This is shortly followed by the lantern festival, celebrated on the 15th day of the first month in the lunar Chinese calendar, it signals the last day of traditional Chinese New Year celebrations. During this period, and production is China is often slower than usual, as factories close for the holidays.

Haizol are committed to ensuring customer’s supply chain remain stable and consistent, at a time when delays and longer lead times are more frequent than normal. In preparation for this holiday, Haizol are providing customers who place an order in the coming month an even faster lead time. Alongside this, the team provides a one to one tailor-made service providing advice on design, production, and logistics.

For on-demand manufacturing for metal and plastic parts, Haizol offer a comprehensive service with a turnaround time to fit their customers. Experts in CNC Machining, Injection Molding, Casting, Stamping, Fabrication, and Mold Making.

SOURCE: EuropaWire

The Future of Robotics In The Petroleum & Petrochemical Industries

YANGEBUP, Perth, Western Australia, 23-Nov-2020 — /EPR INDUSTRIAL NEWS/ — The petroleum and petrochemical industries, although booming, face numerous challenges. These are only set to intensify as obtaining crude oil and petrochemicals by conventional and non-conventional means becomes more demanding financially, environmentally and in ever more hostile habitats. For these reasons the use of robotics and autonomous systems to carry out practical tasks is virtually a necessity for the industry to progress.

The time of the robot is well and truly upon us, and strategic use of such technology is set to bring about significant safety advances and cost efficiency for global industry. And this is particularly true when it comes to the production of petroleum and petrochemicals.

Because of the colossal value of these industries, with assets totalling billions of dollars, it’s understandable that those held responsible for ensuring continued profits are decidedly cautious when it comes to embracing new technology.

This means that the use of robots for inspection and maintenance is by no means the norm quite yet. But as more and more proof of the advantages becomes common knowledge, such solutions are becoming more widespread.

Inspection and maintenance challenges 

Historically, achieving efficient inspection and maintenance of assets is a necessary but expensive task that needs to be carried out on a regular basis. Challenges posed include:

  • Significant downtime of assets causing reduced revenue
  • High costs associated with the opening, inspection, cleaning and maintenance of assets
  • Lengthy preparation periods to set up scaffolding and vent toxic gases to create a safe environment for human entry
  • The risk to human life when entering confined spaces and non or reduced oxygen atmospheres
  • The high cost of specialist inspection and maintenance teams
  • Worker compensation following accidents or incidents
  • The risk of human error during inspection
  • Inadequate visualisation of certain structures that are inaccessible for humans

Such challenges have meant that inspections and necessary maintenance can take weeks – even months – to complete. While this is taking place revenue ceases, so the need for speed is paramount. In addition, such challenges create little enthusiasm for companies to carry out proactive inspection over and above what’s required by legal industry standards. 

Enter the robots

Rapidly advancing technology over the past decade has brought us to an era that’s truly able to overcome many of these challenges. And whilst we’re not quite in the realms of the most futuristic of sci-fi movies yet, the tech continues to advance. Today, robots such as crawlers and drones are able to reduce multiple challenges of inspection and maintenance, providing the opportunity for companies to not only meet health and safety requirements, but to exceed them, therefore reaping the benefits of proactive asset analysis and associated reduction in maintenance costs

Advantages of using robotics

As technology increases it becomes possible for companies to take advantage of robots to carry out tasks that present significant hazards to human life. Not only does this lower exposure to danger in this high-risk industry, but also provides a financial edge thanks to minimizing employee costs and improving manufacturing efficiency.

The latest in robotic developments have been dedicated towards ensuring they can be employed in real world situations, not simply in a laboratory. Over recent years the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has been pivotal in pushing such technology forwards, organising various tests and challenges for robotic manufacturers to overcome. These include the ability to handle tools, open doors, overcome unexpected obstacles, open valves and more.

Manufacturers have also had to ensure that such automaton tools are able to withstand explosive blasts. 

Recent advancements

The speed of technological advancement is expanding fast. Perhaps the most significant progression is that of increasing autonomy. Once only able to perform the basics, the capacity for robots to carry out more complex tasks is now either in existence or poised on the cusp of becoming reality. These include:

  • The ability to navigate autonomously
  • Identifying and solving problems
  • Learning from their experiences and those of others
  • Sharing a workspace with humans and interacting with them. 

Current and future opportunities

The four major industry processes of exploration, development, production and site abandonment are all ripe for increased usage of robotic technology to reduce costs, improve efficiency and increase safety.

Throughout all these stages there are many opportunities for robot use, especially in that of inspection and maintenance. Current and potential applications as the industry and technology moves forward include:

  • Using robots to enter confined spaces to carry out tasks. Not only does this dramatically decrease human risk, but negates the need for unnecessary downtime to prepare for human entry. Currently such health and safety procedures account for up to 80% of asset downtime, therefore the adoption of a robotic element within the workforce provides cost reduction on a significant scale.
  • The use of robots for other potentially hazardous tasks: These include working at height, working within low or non-oxygen environments, firefighting and working in non-temperate conditions.
  • As a replacement for humans in remote locations: Robots that can carry out more complex operations will reduce the need for human operators in locations such as offshore sites.
  • Reducing safety preparations in hazardous work locations: For example, a robot working at height or in a difficult to reach location will not require health and safety measures such as scaffolding and other preparations, therefore reducing costs, downtime and risk.

Furthermore, the reduced cost and time effect of using advanced robots allows for the adoption of much improved inspection and maintenance programs. Proactively carrying out such tasks leads to a considerably reduced chance of any unplanned maintenance issues and/or the occurrence of catastrophic events.

In short, the use of robots in the future will lead to a significant reduction in downtime of industry assets, lowered costs, increased human safety and the ability to work in ever more hostile, hard to reach environments.

In a global marketplace that’s predicted to reach over $7 trillion US dollars* (Oil & Gas) by 2024 and $958.8 billion** (Petrochemical) by 2025, companies, although sensibly judicious in their eagerness to take advantage of such technology, are fast-becoming aware of the competitive edge it can bring.

* https://www.globenewswire.com/news-release/2018/07/12/1536385/0/en/Oil-Refining-Market-worth-over-7-trillion-by-2024-Global-Market-Insights-Inc.html

** https://www.grandviewresearch.com/press-release/global-petrochemical-market

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