Transformer Maintenance Webinar Series – Next Up 28 April

As a leading provider of transformer lifecycle support services, we’ve launched the Ampcontrol Transformer Maintenance Series and our next webinar is scheduled on 28 April. Transformers are critical components of high voltage networks and Asset Managers of fleets of ageing transformers are required to make informed life management decisions.

Delivered by our Transformers Oil Services Manager Philip Reilly and titled ‘Power Transformers – Oil Diagnostics, Failures & Life Extension’ this webinar will outline the use of DGA interpretation to understand failure modes in transformers, the ageing process in transformers and the activities available to Asset Managers to extend asset life.

Backed by his extensive technical experience in transformer oil testing, oil analysis’ condition assessment and oil filtration, Philip will outline how the increasing use of natural and synthetic esters in transformer fleets affects our understanding of condition and life extension decisions.

We’re committed to connecting industry contacts across Australia with practical insights into the best way to manage their critical HV assets – register to attend this free event today.

If you missed the first webinar in our series covering the Ageing, Assessment and Management of HV Oil Filled Transformers, you can view it at any time on our YouTube Channel.

Critical Underground Support in Turkey

Ampcontrol’s UK operation services many parts of Europe, including the hard coal mines of Turkey located in the Zonguldak basin.

Working in partnership with the customer, Ampcontrol carried out commissioning of new equipment including the AW2000 along with other critical underground field service work.

Successful outcomes of the project included voltage conversions at the mine surface including a 1100/500V link plate, commissioning of products including methane and remote stop trips along with onsite training and handover of project drawings.

Read the full case study here.

Ampcontrol Play a Part in Getting South Africa Connected to Green Energy

Ampcontrol’s Botswana operation has commenced work on the Golden Valley Wind Energy Facility, one of South Africa’s first Independent Power Producer projects to supply green power to the national electricity grid.

Providing supervision and sign off on contractor works as a further 33km of trenches and cables are laid, Ampcontrol will play a key role in this critical work that will assist to get the 148 turbine farm up and running over the next 6 months.

This ground breaking project will aim to improve the current load shedding, which is happening throughout South Africa, causing widespread nationwide blackouts as electricity supply falls behind demand.

Find out more about Ampcontrol’s expertise in remote area power including our extensive experience designing, manufacturing and commissioning large-scale electrical infrastructure solutions.

Scottish Engineering Members Welcomed in Prestwick

Ampcontrol’s Prestwick site in Scotland hosted Scottish Engineering members on 12 March for a Networking and Best Practice event.

As a Scottish Engineering member company and winner of the 2019 President’s Award for Excellence, Ampcontrol stepped attendees through their contribution to engineering in Scotland. This included an overview of Ampcontrol’s development of the market leading AUK1000, apprentice training program plus the implementation of growth strategies including the new cables service expansion at the Port of Ayr.

After enjoying a guided tour through Ampcontrol’s manufacturing facility, attendees also enjoyed an industry brief from Scottish Engineering CEO Paul Sheerin who provided his insights into the current engineering climate and opportunities to cultivate networking and best practices in Scotland.

NSW Mining Supplier of the Year Finalist 2020

We’re excited to be listed as a finalist in the NSW Minerals Council 2020 NSW Mining Industry and Suppliers Awards.

Nominated in the ‘NSW Mining Supplier of the Year’ category for the development and deployment of Rockstarter, our innovative multi-functional outlet starter designed for use in underground hard rock mines, highlights our ongoing commitment to R&D for our customers across NSW.

With proven experience in the design and manufacture of industry leading power and safety systems for hazardous environments, Ampcontrol has leveraged this expertise to create not only a high quality, high performing and versatile design, but one that is competitively priced for hard rock customers across the globe.

This finalist nomination follows two Good Design Awards wins for Rockstarter in the Engineering Design and Product Design categories in 2019.

We look forward to celebrating with the industry and other finalists on 2 April, 2020.

Find out more about Rockstarter

Ampcontrol Announced as Finalist at Australian Water Association 2020 NSW Water Awards

On the back of our success in 2019 at the Lake Macquarie Business Excellence Awards and Hunter Business Awards, Ampcontrol has been announced as a finalist at the Australian Water Association 2020 NSW Water Awards for their breakthrough water solution Gilghi.

Receiving the nod with our hydrology partner Aurecon in the Infrastructure Innovation Award category, finalists are recognised for their innovation and excellence in the technology, business and delivery of water projects.

Led by Ampcontrol and developed in partnership with Aurecon, Gilghi was manufactured and commissioned as a unique remote area solar water treatment unit that utlilises advanced battery technology. This in-house developed, two-way inverter and locally sourced water treatment and reverse osmosis system that is neatly packaged for delivery in a shipping container. The system offers either a 3G/4G or iridium satellite link for remote monitoring and alarming of the power system and water treatment process. With a range of configurations and a plug and play commissioning process, Gilghi is a simple solution to a variety of applications.

The NSW Heads of Water Gala Dinner and Awards celebrate the NSW water industry’s achievements where winners of the 2020 NSW Water Awards will be announced on Friday 28 February, 2020.

UK Team Welcome Apprentice Advisers To Prestwick Site

Our UK team recently welcomed seven teachers and apprenticeship advisers to our Prestwick site for a guided tour along with an update on our UK Apprentice and Graduate Programs.

Ampcontrol’s Chief Operating Officer – Europe and Asia, Steve Edmund conducted the tour around our factory and workshops where visitors learnt more about how we’re preparing for our next generation of team members who will join the Apprentice and Graduate Programs in the UK.

Our UK operation currently have 5 graduates from The University of Strathclyde working with the team from a range of disciplines including Mechanical Engineering, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Product Development Engineering, and Software and Manufacturing Engineering.

The advisers from Skills Development Scotland were pleased to hear about our annual recruitment activities from local colleges and left with a better understanding of how Ampcontrol approaches career development for young people as they transition into the professional workforce.

Welcome To The Team 2020 Apprentices!

On Thursday 21 November Ampcontrol welcomed 14 new Apprentices into the business across NSW and QLD following a record intake application process.

Each year Ampcontrol offers a range of apprenticeships in the areas of engineering, technology, mechanical and manufacturing. The most recent intake attracted over 800 applications, an increase of 138% on last year.  Of these applicants over 15% were female and 10% were Indigenous.

Following a rigorous recruitment process, including two rounds of interviews and skills testing (online and on-site), the 2020 cohort has already shown great talent and determination to secure one of the heavily sought-after positions.

In keeping with longstanding Ampcontrol tradition in the Hunter region, the new NSW group of Apprentices together with friends and family attended a celebratory morning tea with CEO Rod Henderson and Co-Founder Peter Cockbain to receive their uniforms and toured various worksites.

Having both started their careers as Apprentices, Rod and Peter spoke of the career opportunities and pathways that lay in front of them at Ampcontrol.

The group also heard from Chief Technology Officer, Tim Wylie, on the incredible innovation taking place at Ampcontrol, as well as personal insights from three current Apprentices – Sophie Chaffey (3rd Year), Thomas Newman (4th Year) and Joshua French (4th Year).

A similar event will be held for our QLD Apprentices in the new year.

If you’d like to find out more about our 2021 Apprentice Program, head to our careers page and join our talent community to keep up to date with the latest updates.

Ampcontrol UK Sponsors and Attends ABMEC’s 10th Annual Conference

As one of Europe’s leading specialist manufacturers of electrical and electronic mining solutions, Ampcontrol UK attended the Association of British Mining Equipment Companies (ABMEC) 10th Annual Conference and Exhibition at The Nottingham Belfry Hotel, on Thursday 21 November 2019.

With over 100 years of mining history, Ampcontrol UK were proud to be an ABMEC Sponsor and continue to spearhead Safety and Best Practices in the UK Mining Industry, supplying an extensive portfolio mining related equipment to international customers from our base in Ayrshire, Scotland.

Ampcontrol UK was thrilled to discuss topics such as International Trade and Mining in Europe with delegates at this key industry event and look forward to their continued involvement with ABMEC.

Pictured (L-R): Ampcontrol UK Chief Operating Officer – Steven Edmund, Sales Manager – Doug Etches, and Service Manager – Andy Trenam.

Ampcontrol Supporting The Next Generation of Creators, Innovations, Entrepreneurs and Business Leaders

The inaugural Hunter Young Business Mind Awards (HYBMA) in 2017 were the first steps in creating a program to connect and energise the future leaders of tomorrow. The Program is driven by Local Chambers of Commerce and business leaders who see the importance of building greater relationships and connections between industry, business, educators, parents and young people.

Ampcontrol is very proud to have been involved and support the Program for the past 2 years in helping create opportunities and career pathways for young people within our community.

On Thursday 7 November, 200 students, parents, educators, and supporters attended the 2019 Hunter Young Business Mind Awards Presentation, to celebrate the incredible innovation, creativity and savvy business minds of local students.

Check out some of the amazing ideas below and highlights from the night by clicking here.

Pictured: Andrew Fisher (Production Manager, Electronics) formally welcoming guests at the Awards Presentation.

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PRIMARY SCHOOL CATEGORY
Winner $1,000: Hudson Jessup – Maitland Primary School – Helping Hand Wristband.
Runner up $500: Tomiko Henry-Cook – Maitland Primary School – Sew Not Throw
Videos

SECONDARY SCHOOL CATEGORY
Winner $1,000: Charles Imig and Mackenzie Roddenby – St Philip’s Christian College – Good Reflections
Runner up $500: Max Daniels – St Philip’s Christian College– Power/Play Box
Videos
TAFE/RTO CATEGORY
Winner $1,000: Jordan Green – Hunter St TAFE –  A Lasting Culture for Maitland
Runner up $500: Jack Mylott – Hamilton TAFE – Mylott’s Bakery
Videos

UNIVERSITY CATEGORY
Winner $1,000: Jack Torr – UoN – Grey Water Microguard
Runner up $500: Tim Keys, Bal Dhital, Pat Prell, Dan Robson – UoN – Borne
Videos

SCHOOLS/CLASS CATEGORY
Winner $3,000 Harvey Norman gift card – Holy Family Primary, Merewether – PLAGS
Runner up $2,000 Harvey Norman gift card – San Clemente High School, Maitland – Parsnip it On
Runner up $1,000 Harvey Norman gift card – Callaghan College Wallsend Campus – The Van
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SPECIAL ENCOURAGEMENT AWARDS
$150 each awarded to:

Billy Meares
St Philip’s Christian College
Combat Model Aircraft

Charlotte Warburton, Abbie Woolmer and Olivia Pickles
Hunter River High School
Disaster Master

Charlotte Coake-Jenkins and Kathleen Doherty
Hunter Valley Grammar School
Make That Money Board Game

Isaac Shepherd
Hunter Valley Grammar School
Bookshelf Bed

Joseph Guilfoyle
St Mary’s Primary School
Website for Mental Health

Kaila Ronan
Belmont Christian College
Safe Space

Gaby Wilkes and Rosie Davis
Maitland Primary School
Virtual Waiting Room

Oliver Ford
Maitland Primary School
Convert Rubbish into Oil

Talia Falconer, Bella Norman-Donaghy and Erika West
St Bede’s Catholic College
Water in the World