WA Premier announces $66m renewable energy technologies boost at CPS National’s Perth facility

Western Australian Premier the Hon. Mark McGowan chose Ampcontrol Group company, CPS National’s Perth head office and manufacturing facility to announce a $66.3m renewable energy technologies boost as part of its multi-billion dollar WA Recovery Plan. This stimulus will drive $45m worth of infrastructure investment in Western Australia’s North-West, across technologies including Standalone Power Systems and Battery Energy Storage Systems to benefit regional communities and remote Indigenous communities.

The event and announcement was also attended by the WA Treasurer the Hon. Ben Wyatt, Minister for Energy the Hon. Bill Johnston as well as Horizon Power’s Chair Samantha Tough, CEO Stephanie Unwin and CPS National’s General Manager Brent McDowall.

CPS National has been committed to providing high quality infrastructure for regional and remote communities for over 20 years and has emerged as one of Australia’s leading providers of stand-alone power systems, with complementary offerings delivering water treatment and communications infrastructure for remote areas.

CPS National’s General Manager said “It was an honour to host such an important announcement. The Government’s investment in this area, particularly amid the COVID-19 disruption, is really positive and will both improve quality of life in remote areas and support Australian manufacturer’s and supply chains such as CPS National who manufacture this equipment in our Perth facility.”

Read more about CPS National’s capabilities and recent projects on their website.

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Offering Customers A Cost Effective Lighting Power Solution

Moranbah North Coal Mine had become dependent on using development substations in mined panels in order to maintain area lighting, requiring the purchase of additional substations. When the company was looking for a cost effective lighting alternative, it turned to Ampcontrol for a solution.

The Ampcontrol team designed and manufactured a fit for purpose 11kV to 110V lighting enclosure to facilitate extra lighting along with 110V circuit connections for the site. The solution maintained the power to the lighting at a much lower cost than a typical substation. This lighting power solution provided power and featured our IS LED Longwall Mine Light while freeing up a substation so it could be used for the purpose for which it was designed.

Read the full case study here.

Gilghi Wins AWA NSW Water Infrastructure Project Innovation Award

Ampcontrol and Aurecon combined have been awarded the AWA NSW Water Infrastructure Project Innovation Award for their breakthrough Gilghi product, an off-grid water treatment plant for remote indigenous communities.

Announced at the NSW Heads of Water Gala Dinner and Awards Night on 28 February, the awards aim to promote the outstanding work by individuals and organisations in the water industry and recognise innovation and excellence in the technology, business and delivery of water projects.

The Gilghi project and resulting award win centred around the deployment of this innovative product to a remote community 70km outside Alice Springs. The unit is a transportable containerised system that works completely off-grid through a 5kW solar PV array, integrated battery system and emergency diesel genset. Aurecon designed the treatment plant containing filters, a reverse osmosis unit and dosing system. The result is over 16,000L of clean and pure drinking water per day for the community that previously had to truck in fresh water at great expense.

The Sydney event was attended by Ampcontrol representative Wayne Diemar, Product Manager, and Aurecon’s Julian Briggs, Design Director – Water and Waste Water.

Wayne Diemar said after the win, “To be honest, it was a bit of a shock. I think an award like this is a testament to the greater team across Ampcontrol and Aurecon to bring this much needed product to market”.

Event speakers included Jim Bentley, Chief Executive Officer, Water (Deputy Secretary) on behalf of the – NSW Government and Minister for Water Melinda Pavey, Property and Housing, and Carmel Krogh OAM – National President, Australian Water Association.

Having won this prestigious award, the Gilghi project will automatically progress to the national Australian Water Awards, which are presented at Ozwater’20 Online on 11 June.

Production of further Gilghi containerised water treatment units have commenced across Australia. Scalable, transportable, with plug and play commissioning, Gilghi is easily deployable for a wide range of locations and applications.

To discuss how we can solve your water requirements please contact Wayne Diemar via email or phone 1300 445 717.

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Industry 4.0 – Australia’s First Hardware Tech Innovation Hub Has Arrived

Australia’s first industrial Prototyping Lab and Innovation Accelerator powering the creation of the world’s best hardware products, The Melt, has today launched to the public.

Former Prime Minister, and architect of the National Innovation and Science Agenda, The Honourable Malcolm Turnbull, officially opened The Melt in Lake Macquarie, NSW.

The Hon. Mr Turnbull shared his insights about the future of product innovation in Australia and introduced The Melt as Australia’s first integrated industrial prototyping lab and innovation Accelerator.

“I have always been a strong believer in innovation and it is accelerators like The Melt that will create the modern, dynamic economy that Australia needs,” said The Hon. Mr Turnbull.

“The Melt is a welcome addition to the Hunter region, and embodies the key elements of the Innovation Agenda I put in place as Prime Minister,” he added.

Poised to create more than 50 jobs and expand the economy by $50M over the next two years, the hardware accelerator will be a significant addition to the Australian technology landscape. The Melt will grow and scale engineering projects, revolutionising the way startups and larger companies prove, prototype, pilot and produce globally scalable products and companies.

Founder and CEO of The Melt, Trent Bagnall said it was born out of the realisation that building physical products was hard.

“There is huge support in Australia for tech-based software companies to help grow the next Atlassian or Canva, however, there is very little support for engineering startups building the next Cochlear implant, Catapult Sports performance technology or black box flight recorder,” he said. he said.

“The failure rate for hardware development is high, the process is often slow, and the costs associated are significant. The Melt has been designed to target these challenges and help both startups and corporates access funding, expertise, equipment and pathways to rapidly realise product development success,” he added.

The Melt takes the startup principles made popular in Silicon Valley and applies them to complex hardware engineering projects both for new startups and large existing companies.

The Melt will be a game-changer and a critical part of the successful renewal of the manufacturing sector in the Hunter region and Australia-wide, building on the Hunter’s core strength and history as the centre of energy and engineering. It will fuel innovation and power the creation of

Australia’s next generation of leading hardware products.

One of the early occupants of The Melt is med tech company Respia which is building a pediatric asthma monitor for kids. The prototype is being built at The Melt and a trial of the device is pending at the Children’s Hospital at Westmead.

“Based at Dashworks Makespace in Warners Bay, on the shores of Lake Macquarie, it is strategically located close to advanced manufacturing and research hubs, Australia’s largest corporates, a major airport and only 90 minutes by car to Sydney,” said Mr Bagnall.

It was one of three businesses announced by the Federal Government to share in more than $1 million under the Incubator Support initiative to help entrepreneurs turn their ideas into reality.

Minister for Industry, Science and Technology Karen Andrews said supporting these ideas was vital to growing the nation’s economy and creating jobs for Australians.

“Being innovative and embracing technology is essential for industry to continue to flourish and to create new jobs,” Minister Andrews said at the funding announcement made in July.

“These startups will be able to prototype, pilot and produce products, which can strengthen traditional industry in Australia, as well as be sold around the globe, which presents many economic opportunities,” said Minister Andrews.

The Melt is a unique collaboration between its partners Dantia (the Lake Macquarie Economic Development Company) and Ampcontrol (one of Australia’s largest and most-successful engineering companies).

The Melt aims to produce 10 new products and fund around the same number of new startup businesses in the next 12 months.

Learn more about The Melt Accelerator here.

‘Super sewer’ emergency back-up power project a success in London, UK

The existing sewer system in London, UK, built around 150 years ago, was originally constructed for a planned population growth of four million people. With London’s population now nearing the nine million mark, the city decided to invest in the Thames Tideway Tunnel, dubbed London’s new ‘super sewer’.

The Ferrovial Agroman/Laing O’Rourke Joint Venture (FLO JV) was selected to build the central section of the new 25km Thames Tideway Tunnel to run under the River Thames. As part of this landmark project, Ampcontrol was contracted to assist with the provision of emergency back-up power.

Ampcontrol provided 1,100kVA of emergency back-up generation capacity and the associated cabling for the tie-in to the distribution system of the project.

Due to the project’s time sensitivity, temporary generators of equal capacity were supplied during the manufacturing period of the new units. Ampcontrol also provided onsite pre-commissioning support to ensure smooth installation and operational readiness of the new units supplied.

Ampcontrol is proud to have successfully completed the scope of generation capacity supply and support within the required timeframe to one of the most significant UK tunnelling projects in the heart of London.

Steven Edmund, Ampcontrol’s Managing Director in the UK, said, “A very high standard of quality is demanded by the UK industry and in true Ampcontrol style this was achieved by following sound engineering principles, providing high quality equipment, being customer centric, and recognising the requirements of all stakeholders and the environment.”

Read our Thames Tideway Tunnel case study here.

Take a deep dive into AS/NZS 2290.3:2018

Ampcontrol’s Group Engineering Manager, Ian Webster, as a presenter for Verico Training Services, will be facilitating at a new series of seminars around Australia. At the seminars, which are designed for key stakeholders in the coal mining sector, Ian will discuss how to interpret and comply with the new edition of the AS/NZS 2290.3:2018 Standard.

Not only is Ian one of Australia’s leading technical experts in the design, performance and maintenance of gas detectors for use in coal mines, he has provided significant input into the development of national and international standards for gas detection in mines. Ian has presented invited papers on the subject at a host of leading industry conferences, including the Queensland Mines Health and Safety Conference, the Electrical Engineering Safety Seminar and the Mine Managers Association of Australia.

Ian is also Chief Researcher for an ACARP project looking into dust accumulation in gas detectors and the effect this has on detector performance.

In this deep review, participants will develop a comprehensive understanding of requirements and recommendations for the inspection and maintenance of gas detection equipment. Find out more or register now so you have the information you need to check in on your mine’s current procedures for the facilitation of safe, efficient and productive use of gas detection and monitoring equipment.

Breakthrough water solution provides sustainable clean drinking water to remote indigenous communities in central Australia

Today, the remote indigenous community of Gillen Bore in the Northern Territory showcased for the first time how they are accessing safe, sustainable drinking water through an innovative, new water treatment system developed by Australian engineering company Ampcontrol.

Through the support of the Northern Territory Government, Ingkerreke Outstations Resource Services and Alkupitja Land Trust, the breakthrough Gilghi Remote Water System transforms undrinkable bore water into pure water – providing people in Gillen Bore and surrounding communities with immediate access to clean and contaminate free drinking water.

Ingkerreke Outstations Resource Services CEO, Skye Thompson, said, “Ingkerreke services over 20 outstations that are reliant on bore water. This project has allowed the concept and opportunity for the improvements of the quality and quantity of water for the outstations in the future. We are grateful to be a part of this pilot project for our ongoing development in Central Australia.”

An Australian-first, the Gilghi Remote Water System is an off-grid, fully transportable containerised water treatment system with remote monitoring. The smart combination of solar and battery storage technology to optimise power, and advanced treatment filtering systems designed in collaboration with Aurecon, allow the unit to be fully maintained and supported by the local community.

Marking the official opening of the Gilghi Remote Water System, members of the local community, government representatives, media and stakeholders gathered in Gillen Bore to take part in a water drinking ceremony.

Tasting the water in Gillen Bore for the first time, Ampcontrol CEO Rod Henderson said, “We are very proud to play a role in providing the Gillen Bore community with a sustainable water solution that provides access to clean drinking water. The Gilghi Remote Water System has the potential to be a game-changer, delivering better and safer ongoing water across Australia and the world, and improving quality of life as a result.”

“This project could not have happened without the support of the Northern Territory Government, Ingkerreke Outstations Resource Services and Alkupitja Land Trust, and we are very grateful for the opportunity to profile Australian innovation and technology,” added Henderson.

The Gilghi project is sponsored by the Northern Territory Government through the Department of Local Government, Housing and Community Development MES Special Purposes Grant.

For further information on our Gilghi Remote Water Solution, visit our Ampcontrol Group company CPS National website.

Ampcontrol exhibits at BAE Systems’ Factory of the Future event

In a move that showcased Ampcontrol’s capabilities in the defence sector, Ampcontrol exhibited at BAE Systems’ recent Factory of the Future themed technology event.

The one-day event is aligned with BAE Systems’ Digital Shipyard and Industry 4.0 initiatives to facilitate digital engagement across all aspects of the Hunter Class frigate program. Limited to 20 key suppliers and with BAE representatives attending, the invitation-only event took place on Tuesday 23 July in Melbourne.

Ampcontrol attendees included Rohit Sandlesh, Austech Site Manager, an Ampcontrol Group company, Paul Reynolds, Ampcontrol Business Manager Electronics, and John Watson, Ampcontrol Automation and Digital Technology Manager.

“Ampcontrol is a big player both in specialised electrical and electronics manufacturing in Australia and globally. With 50 plus years of experience, we have the capability to offer highly sophisticated digital solutions. Our capabilities are also transferable to commercial maritime and naval defence industries and we offer comprehensive national service,” said Sandlesh.

“This defence event provided us with a great opportunity to showcase Ampcontrol’s expertise and broad capability in harsh and challenging environments. It also offered some great partnering possibilities.”

For information about BAE’s digital shipyard click here.

Image: Paul Reynolds (left) with John Watson at the Ampcontrol stand.

Ampcontrol Takes Out Two Prestigious Good Design Awards for Rockstarter

Ampcontrol’s Rockstarter has been awarded in two categories at the 61st annual Good Design Awards Ceremony at The Star, Sydney, on 11 July.

The Good Design Awards are Australia’s most prestigious industry design awards – the highest honour for design and innovation in the country. Rockstarter received Good Design Awards for the Product Design and Engineering Design categories in recognition of its outstanding design and innovation.

“As an Australian based business that still designs and manufactures in Australia, it’s a huge honour to be selected as a winner of a Good Design accolade in not one, but two categories at this year’s awards,” said Ampcontrol CEO and Managing Director Rod Henderson.

“Our project teams worked in partnership with our customers to deliver a product that was needed in the market and aimed to solve a range of operational challenges in a single piece of groundbreaking technology.”

The Good Design Awards’ jury spent several days evaluating each entry according to a strict set of design criteria which covers ‘good design’, ‘design innovation’ and ‘design impact’. Projects recognised with a Good Design Award must demonstrate excellence in all areas and convince the jury they are worthy of recognition.

Dr. Brandon Gien, CEO of Good Design Australia, said, “Receiving a Good Design Award at this level is a significant achievement given the very high calibre of entries received this year.
“Australia’s Good Design Award is more than a symbol of design excellence, it represents the hard work and dedication towards an innovative outcome that will ultimately improve our quality of life. These projects showcase the brilliance of design and the potential it has to improve our world.”

The Good Design Awards’ jury praised Rockstarter commenting, “This is clearly good design and a demonstrated innovation with the packaging of existing technologies to deliver an ‘off-the-shelf’ product with enough flexibility to challenge the more common delivery methods. A really desirable product particularly for those with a high priority for fast delivery.”

Ampcontrol’s Rockstarter is a multifunction outlet starter designed for use in underground hard rock mining as well as tunnelling and other industrial applications.

Relocatable Switchroom Design Tackles Major Water Issues

Underground water has been a major issue for Centennial Coal’s Springvale mining site, which is why the mining company contracted Ampcontrol to design, manufacture, assemble and test a relocatable switchroom along with commissioning the high voltage switchgear and Toshiba VVVF Drive System.

Ampcontrol’s Grant Waring, Senior Electrical Engineer, explained, “The Centennial Coal site has traditionally experienced major, widespread underground water issues. The Ampcontrol switchroom therefore needed to be relocatable, allowing for power supply to support the pumping of water in a range of locations.”

The switchroom is designed to run a 4kV variable frequency 700kW submersible borehole pump at a depth of 390m with an output flow rate of 100 litres per second.

As experts in hazardous area design, Ampcontrol successfully developed the switchroom with the borehole in mind and incorporated explosion protection, based on Ex p, for the borehole and pumping operations.

“This is the first in a series of switchroom designs for this site,” adds Waring, “and we are looking forward to working with the range of challenges the site will ‘throw at us’ in the future.”

To find out more, read the full case study.