GROWTH CONTINUES FOR AMPCONTROL UK

Following their win of Scottish Engineering’s 2019 President’s Award in May, and recent upgrade to its sales and service operation in the UK, Ampcontrol UK’s continued growth has seen it expand its Scottish based manufacturing facilities with a new, additional facility being secured at the Port of Ayr.

The facility will enhance Ampcontrol’s UK operations ability to service key customers in mining, infrastructure and industrial sectors both in the UK and abroad. In particular, its location at one of Associated British Ports (ABP) key regional transport hubs will improve transport links with customers.

Steven Edmund, Managing Director of Ampcontrol UK, said “The new facility is a real testament to our team as we have continued to successfully execute our strategy to grow and diversify our business. Using our core electrical engineering and manufacturing capabilities to solve complex problems for new and existing customers is part of our DNA, and this new facility will increase our ability to do just that.”

Stuart Cresswell, ABP Port Manager at Ayr and Troon, said “We’re pleased to welcome the Steve and all of this team at Ampcontrol to our Port of Ayr. Many locals will recall that they have had a long history of supporting the town’s industry and we look forward to working with them on this new development, which is another positive step towards ensuring future economic prosperity of the region.”

Ampcontrol UK celebrated 100 years of operation in 2018 and was originally established in 1918 as Wallacetown Engineering Company Limited and was later known as Allenwest Wallacetown. In 2007, the business was acquired by global technology leader Ampcontrol and since 2015, the business has continued to grow and expand into new markets and sectors.

Ampcontrol Heads to the 2019 NT Resources Week

Ampcontrol is proud to be a Supporting Sponsor at the 2019 NT Resources Week, held at the Darwin Convention Centre from 4 – 5 September.

Held in partnership with the Northern Territory Government, NT Resources Week combines three conferences; South East Asia Australia Offshore and Onshore Conference; Mining the Territory; and Environmental Management & Logistics Forum.

You’ll find Ampcontrol on stand 31 in the Mining The Territory exhibition hall where our team members will be on hand to discuss our range of offerings, from HV field service and rapidly deployable energy infrastructure solutions through to our newest off grid containerised water filtering unit, Gilghi.

For more information and to view the full program, head to the NT Resources Week website.

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Ampcontrol Takes Out Innovation Award at The 2019 Hunter Business Awards

On 23 August 2019, Ampcontrol was recognised for Excellence in Innovation for their Remote Water System Gilghi at the Hunter Business Awards.

Sponsored by Pitcher Partners, Ampcontrol’s CTO Tim Wylie accepted the award, which recognises a business that has made significant contributions to their industry through the introduction or improvement of an idea, method, technology, process or application.

“As an engineering firm with a long history here in the Hunter and one who continues to invest in R&D, we’re thrilled to be recognised with the Excellence in Innovation award at this years’ event,” said Tim Wylie.

“We’re fortunate here at Ampcontrol to have the necessary team diversity to not only come up with an idea like Gilghi, but to design, manufacture and deliver an off grid, fully transportable containerised water treatment system.”

The win at the Hunter Business Awards comes a day after the successful launch of the Gilghi Remote Water System at the indigenous community of Gillen Bore, 75km from Alice Springs in the Northern Territory.

As a result of this win and for the second year in a row, Ampcontrol will proceed to the NSW Business Chamber State Business Awards to compete for the state’s top innovation honour this November.

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

Image (left to right): Wayne Diemar, Jarrod Fair, Tim Wylie, Jason Padgett, Clint Bruin, Damon Vandermaat, Brendan Titmarsh and Adrian Bastiani. Photo Credit: AJM Photography. 

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2019 QUEENSLAND MINING INDUSTRY HEALTH & SAFETY CONFERENCE

As a leading provider of integrated electrical, electronic and control solutions that improve safety in the mining sector, we’re headed to the Queensland Mining Industry Health & Safety Conference on The Gold Coast from August 18 – 21, 2019.

Don’t miss your chance to have a chat with our product management and sales team at one of Queensland’s key safety events. See our newest product offerings including our latest underground gas detection solutions and lighting range.

Ampcontrol’s Tim Mills Product Manager, Environmental Monitoring will be presenting at the conference on Tuesday 20 August, with his presentation titled: Telemetry and Detector Response Times.  

For more information and to view the full program, head to the Queensland Mining Industry Health & Safety Conference website.

Ampcontrol Announced as Finalist at Hunter Business Excellence Awards for Breakthrough Water Solution

On the back of our recent success at the Lake Macquarie Business Excellence Awards, Ampcontrol has been announced as a finalist for the Excellence in Innovation Award at Australia’s most prestigious regional business awards, the 2019 Hunter Business Awards.

Receiving the nod as a finalist for our breakthrough water solution Gilghi, the award category recognises a business that has made significant contributions to their industry through the introduction or improvement of an idea, method, technology, process or application.

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.

“Innovation is very much a part of our culture at Ampcontrol, and we are delighted that our electrical design and advanced manufacturing is being recognised at the Hunter Business Awards,” said Ampcontrol CEO and Managing Director, Rod Henderson.

Sponsored by The University of Newcastle, the Hunter Business Awards will be presented at a gala function at NEX (Wests City), Newcastle West on 23 August, 2018.

NSW Minister For Skills and Tertiary Education Meets With Ampcontrol Apprentices As 2020 Program Attracts Record Applicants

The Hon. Dr Geoff Lee, NSW Minister For Skills & Tertiary Education, conducted a tour of Ampcontrol operations on Thursday 18 July meeting with Apprentices to see firsthand how Vocational Education and Training (VET) is shaping the local workforce in the Hunter for the future.

Ampcontrol currently has 45 students participating in VET based roles including 31 apprentices, 13 trainees and one school based apprentice through the P-Tech Australia partnership program.

Apprentices James Ramsay (school-based), Joshua French (4th Year), James Thorley (1st Year) and Taylah Osmond (1st Year) showed Minister Lee through one of the four Tomago site workshops to talk about some of the projects they are currently working on including the design, manufacture and testing of high voltage transformers.

Following the tour, Dr Geoff Lee MP said, “It was great to meet the enthusiastic apprentices working at Ampcontrol, a fantastic company and exemplar for the Hunter region.”

As a founding partner of the Regional Development Australia (RDA) Hunter workforce development programs in the Hunter region, Ampcontrol actively participates and supports industry, education and community collaboration to provide students with pathways to STEM related qualifications and local employment opportunities.

Each year Ampcontrol offers a range of apprenticeships in the areas of engineering, technology, mechanical and manufacturing. The most recent intake attracted a record 830 applications, an increase of 138% on the previous year.

With the State Government announcement on 18 July that NSW has the highest number of new students in Australia enrolling in vocational education and training, the significant number of Ampcontrol Apprenticeship Program 2020 applicants strongly emphasises the growing interest of young people wanting to learn work-place skills and the technical knowledge required for specific industries.

The National Centre for Vocational Education Research report, Government-funded students and courses 2018, showed that NSW is the only state in Australia to see an increase in VET enrolments. NSW is also the only state to increase VET student participation in regional and remote areas.

Commenting on the report, Dr Geoff Lee MP said he is pleased that more people in NSW recognise that VET student participation is a solid pathway towards a meaningful career. “Greater participation in vocational education and training means a more highly skilled workforce,” Mr Lee added.

Minister Lee also met with representatives from Regional Development Australia Hunter and NSW Training Services during his visit to Ampcontrol’s Tomago site.

To learn more about our current opportunities head to our careers page.

Ampcontrol and Anglo American take out Innovation Award at the 2019 Mine Electrical Safety Conference

Moranbah North Mine’s Variable Speed Drive project received the Innovation Award at the 30th annual Mining Electrical Safety Association Conference earlier this month.

The technical presentation delivered by Ampcontrol’s Chief Technology Officer Tim Wylie and Shane McDowall, Anglo American’s Principal for Technology and Automation Underground Operations, outlined the development and implementation of the game changing project at the Moranbah North site.

This was the first time a high power Variable Speed Drive (VSD) has been deployed in a hazardous zone in an Australian mine, and was used on an Armoured Face Conveyor (AFC) to provide full control of starting torques on the three drive motors.

This honour was received after three years of hard work by the Ampcontrol and Anglo American project teams, who are no strangers to leading the way when it comes to innovation.

Wylie said, “We implemented a new electrical protection element that is yet to be described in Australian mining standards. As such, the project contains several industry ‘firsts’ and the electrical system reliability directly contributed to the system setting a new Australian record for monthly production.”

“The Moranbah AFC upgrade to VSD saw Ampcontrol and Anglo operate quite differently – it was more like a partnering arrangement than the standard tender and contact. In the early stages, Ampcontrol effectively worked as the ‘owner’s engineer’ to technically review and assess the available options for the variable speed drive. Technical staff travelled to China with Anglo a number of times to evaluate suppliers and drive technology,” he said.

The delivery of the system has enabled consistent AFC performance, reduced downtime and in turn delivered improved safety and productivity on site.

“The successful delivery of the system required input from almost every aspect of Ampcontrol’s business, and is a shining example of what we are capable of when we work together as a group toward a common objective. The project is something none of us could have delivered individually, but something each of us can be proud of,” said Wylie.

Ampcontrol also exhibited at the conference where we displayed our newest product offerings including Rockstarter, our multi-function outlet starter, our latest lighting range and our underground gas detection and diesel machine monitoring solutions.

Image: Shane McDowall from Anglo American (left) and Tim Wylie from Ampcontrol (right)

AMPCONTROL DELIVERS ‘PURE’ WATER TO REMOTE COMMUNITY IN THE NT

Solving problems comes as second nature to Ampcontrol, one of Australia’s largest and most successful electrical engineering and manufacturing companies. When presented with the challenge of delivering drinkable water to a remote, indigenous community approximately 75kms from Alice Springs in the Northern Territory, the team set about engineering a solution that could be maintained and supported locally.

Partnering with Aurecon on the design of the hydrology system, Ampcontrol devised a unique and entirely portable solution that literally transforms undrinkable bore water into pure water. The parties dubbed this Project Gilghi, with Gilghi meaning “water” or “place of water” in the Barkindji indigenous language.

“Innovation is very much a part of the culture at Ampcontrol, and we specialise in electrical design and advanced manufacturing. We are grateful for this opportunity provided by the Northern Territory Department of Local Government, Housing and Community Development and Ingkerreke Outstations Resource Services. Our partnership with Aurecon meant we were able to leverage the respective strengths of our two organisations and deliver a truly unique solution” said Ampcontrol’s CEO and Managing Director, Rod Henderson.

After months of collaborative engineering between Ampcontrol and Aurecon specialists to devise the reverse osmosis water treatment plant and electrical infrastructure to power the system, what looks like a shipping container with solar panels has meant the people of Gillen Bore have immediate access to clean, contaminant free drinking water. The bore was sunk in 2014, however the community were still getting their drinking water trucked in until the system was installed onsite in late February.

Aurecon’s Design Director for Water and Wastewater Treatment Julian Briggs said groundwaters in arid areas commonly consist of high concentrations of salts as well as minerals, often described as ‘hard water’, which can cause problems both for human consumption and for household technologies designed for softer waters.

“By partnering with Ampcontrol what we have been able to achieve is something that is fit for purpose and scalable to the environment. We’ve designed a transformative technology that will have an immediate impact on the local community,” Mr Briggs said.

The local community created a beautiful artwork titled “honey ant dreaming”, which is a big part of their culture – this was installed on the exterior of the system and provides a great visual connection for the people and their new water source.

With the system now up and running, both Aurecon and Ampcontrol are looking at further applications in remote areas and indigenous communities across Australia.

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

SUPPORTING THE NEXT GENERATION OF STEM TALENT

With a commitment to developing career pathways for those looking to enter into a STEM based career, Ampcontrol has once again supported the Port Stephens Mayoral Academic Scholarship program.

Jayden Maidstone was awarded one of the prestigious $2,000 scholarships, sponsored by Ampcontrol, which will be used to kick start his first year of tertiary study at the University of Newcastle.

About to take on a double degree in Mechatronic and Electrical Engineering (Honours), Jayden was a graduate of Hunter River High School where he showed a passion for STEM subjects, leading to his involvement in the P-TECH program.

As an organisation with an active involvement in STEM based outreach activities, for several years Ampcontrol has proudly supported both the Port Stephens Mayoral Academic Scholarship program and P-TECH program.

Ampcontrol’s involvement with the P-TECH program provides High School students with opportunities for work placements and workshop tours across their Hunter based sites.

Supporting power and communication requirements for WestConnex

Ampcontrol was contracted to supply 46 electrical equipment rooms (EERs) for WestConnex, Australia’s largest transport infrastructure project. The EERs include a transformer, switches, circuits and communication systems to assist with fire control, air quality and fan systems.

Westconnex is the first tunnelling project in Australia where EERs have been manufactured offsite and installed directly into the tunnel, compared to the traditional method of building them in-situ. This method has resulted in a number of positive benefits for the project, namely significantly reduced install time, improved safety and a decrease in the resources required for installation.

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Our approach, which focused on offsite manufacturing, has supported speedy deployment in line with our customer’s fit out schedule. Take a look at the final EER leaving Ampcontrol for the Westconnex site.