Ampcontrol Testing Officer Honoured with Special Industry Training Award

Ampcontrol Testing Officer, Joshua French, has been awarded the prestigious ‘Stan Rippon Award For Excellence In Trade’ at the 2020 NSW Training Awards – Hunter Region.

Recognising and celebrating the achievements of the best in vocational education and training in NSW, the 2020 Hunter Region Awards were announced during a Facebook Live ceremony on Monday 22 June.

Joshua French, a finalist in the Apprentice Of The Year – Electrotechnology Certificate III category, received the highly regarded industry accolade for his dedication and excellence within his chosen vocational trade and commitment to career growth.

Commencing his Electrical Apprenticeship with Ampcontrol in 2016, Joshua is now employed fulltime in the Ampcontrol Electrical Testing Team at Tomago NSW. Demonstrating an ongoing commitment to workplace skills and learning, Joshua has completed a Certificate III in Refrigeration & Air Conditioning and Certificate III in Electrotechnology both at TAFE NSW.

The prestigious Award For Excellence In Trade honours the passion and tirelessly work of tradesman Stan Rippon in promoting vocational training in the Hunter Region. Now retired, Stan holds the position of Vice-Chairperson of the Hunter Regional Apprenticeship & Traineeship Advisory Committee and remains committed to ensuring the region remains robust in the employment and training of our traditional tradesmen and women.

With a long-standing history of career development and engineering excellence in the Hunter region, Ampcontrol actively participates and supports industry, education, and community collaboration to provide students with dedicated pathways to STEM-related qualifications and local employment.

Ampcontrol currently has 68 students participating in vocational education and training (VET) based roles in the areas of engineering, technology, electrical, mechanical, and manufacturing including 48 apprentices, 13 trainees, 6 workplace placements, and one school-based apprentice through the P-TECH Australia partnership program.

Ampcontrol Apprentice Named as Finalist for 2020 NSW Apprentice of the Year

Since our beginnings in 1968, we’ve been proud to offer tradespeople their start in the manufacturing industry, so it comes as no surprise that Ampcontrol’s Josh French is in the running for Apprentice Of The Year – Electrotechnology Certificate III at this year’s NSW Training Awards (Hunter Region).

Selected finalists in the NSW Apprentice of the Year Award are those who have been outstanding in all aspects of their training and demonstrate the relevance of life-long learning. Joining the Ampcontrol team as an Electrical Apprentice in 2016, Josh has been recongised for the accolade due to his strong work ethic, attitude, and commitment to personal growth. Since completing his apprenticeship in 2019, Josh has joined our Electrical Testing Team in Newcastle, NSW.

In 2020, the NSW Training Awards celebrate and honour 65 years of outstanding achievements in vocational education and training for apprentices, trainees, and students as well as teachers, training providers, and employers. Reaching the Finals during the COVID-19 pandemic is an additional achievement for all Finalists who have had to adapt to the new virtual application and interview process.

We’re wishing Josh the best of luck when the Training Services NSW winners are announced via an online awards ceremony on 22 June, 2020. Register to watch the live stream here.

Ampcontrol Calls on Strong University Connections

University of Newcastle expertise sees lifesaving ventilator prototype secure state backing.

Each year The University Of Newcastle (UON) produces thousands of talented graduates and they watch with pride as they trade the campuses for new workplaces, set to make their mark on the world and in their local communities. Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, a group of almost thirty Hunter-based UON alumni and staff have done just that – contributing to an emergency ventilator prototype project led by Ampcontrol to be selected by the NSW Government for pre-production.

Project Lead and Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment Conjoint Senior Fellow and Ampcontrol Group Manager Engineering, Dr Ian Webster, said the success of the project relied on the strong connections between Ampcontrol and The University of Newcastle.

“When we kicked off this project, we were asked to produce 600 ventilators in 28 days. My affiliation with the Faculty of Engineering meant I could immediately reach out to Brett Ninness, as I knew the expertise and facilities housed at UON would be hugely beneficial to the project,” Dr Webster said.

“Since 2004, we’ve had a unique partnership with the University via our joint venture ResTech, which has created a direct path for students to complete placements and do research work with Ampcontrol.

As a result of the strong engineering alumni network in the Hunter Region, around 60% of the ventilator prototype team are UON alumni. Safearth, and NewieVentures – both Hunter-based leading engineering companies with strong alumni ties – also came on board as collaborative partners. The University of Newcastle graduates have a unique set of skills that make them ideal candidates for the work we do. I’m so proud of the team who are working tirelessly to ensure our clinicians have the lifesaving equipment they need.”

The ventilator prototype, dubbed ‘Anemoi’, will now move into production of 10 units for further testing. If the model is successful in completing the pre-production phase, full production would be manufactured in NSW supporting the local industry, the local economy, and employment.

“This prototype is likely to become a new manufacturing product, diversifying our business and supporting regional development,” Dr Webster said.

To quickly accelerate their knowledge of ventilator systems, the Ampcontrol team engaged with the University to guide solutions and minimise clinical and deployment risks.

Professor Brett Ninness said our COVID-19 response was a powerful example of collaborating across STEM disciplines.

“COVID-19 presented a situation where people skilled across health, science, engineering, design, and commercialisation needed to come together to rapidly collaborate to solve imperative global issues. We were part of that solution, so this is a proud moment for us all to celebrate,” Professor Brett Ninness said.

“Our strong industry connections have proven invaluable in ensuring our people are embedded in the local response to COVID-19 and our graduates remain highly sought after for their expertise.”

“This is another example of the power of the University of Newcastle, local business, and government partners coming together to demonstrate leadership on important issues in our region and beyond.”

The NSW Premier said that with the easing of restrictions there could be a rise in COVID-19 infections, in which case it’s imperative hospitals to have all the equipment they need. Read NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian’s announcement here.

 

Photo credit: UON

Supporting the Health Sector with Locally Manufactured Medical Face Shields

Off the back of our success in being named as one of two organisations to move forward with a prototype emergency ventilator for NSW Health, we’re pleased to share that the Burn Brite Ampcontrol team based in Melbourne have commenced production of 3000 face shields to help protect frontline health care workers in NSW.

Our Victorian operation, renowned for producing industrial lighting products for harsh and hazardous environments, has advanced manufacturing facilities for electronics, precision fabrication and plastic extrusion and was well placed to answer the call to arms issued across Australia to support frontline health workers tackling COVID-19 with critical PPE.

The single use face shields were prototyped to meet NSW Health requirements and 3000 face shields will now be shipped from our Melbourne manufacturing facility in the next two weeks.

Designed to help ease supply chain issues associated with internationally sourced products, these face shields are fast to assemble and feature a clear face shield with an adjustable fit to suit most head sizes and shapes. They also include a pressure headband to provide relief for wearers once the face shield has been tightened.

Read more about our face shields in this product overview.

Ampcontrol Pivots Expertise to Design Ventilators

Ampcontrol has answered the NSW Government’s call to quickly design and prototype a new and innovative ventilator to assist with COVID-19 preparedness.

The new functional emergency ventilator design, dubbed ‘Project Anemoi’ was developed in just 18 days. This is a substantial pivot for Ampcontrol who is known as a leading global designer and manufacturer of electrical and electronic equipment in the resources, infrastructure and energy sectors.

Ampcontrol engineers worked around the clock, to design and produce the emergency ventilator prototype in collaboration with local clinicians and Hunter based specialist engineering companies.

Ampcontrol Managing Director & CEO, Rod Henderson said, “We have such highly advanced manufacturing capability and ingenuity in our country. It is so important that industry and Government work together so that we can continue to produce innovative solutions and products here in Australia that make a difference to people’s lives around the globe”.

Production of 10 pilot ventilators will now commence undertaking further clinical assessment and testing with NSW Health, with the objective of enabling 600 ventilators to be rapidly built in the Hunter region if the need arises.

Ampcontrol Designs Lifesaving Ventilators

Ampcontrol is proud to be supporting the NSW Government’s development of ventilators as part of its COVID-19 response. The dynamic nature of this project showcases the critical importance of Australian innovation, design and manufacturing. We look forward to continuing to progress the ventilator development and securing the necessary approvals to deliver this solution to where it is needed.
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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.

Read full specs and find out more here.

Ampcontrol Supports Academic Scholarship To Boost STEM Careers

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

Ampcontrol CEO & Managing Director, Rod Henderson, proudly presented the 2020 recipient of the Ampcontrol Academic Scholarship, Magdalen Newton, with $2,000 to help kick start her first year of tertiary study.

With a personal interest and passion for renewable energy, Magdalen is undertaking a Bachelor of Electrical & Electronic Engineering (Honours) at the University of Newcastle.

A sponsor of the Program for the past 3 years, Rod Henderson said “not only are we proud to support students in our local community financially as they take their next step in their academic journey, the Program provides local pathways to STEM related qualifications and future employment opportunities with  businesses such as Ampcontrol”.

The Port Stephens Mayoral Academic Scholarship Program is an annual partnership between Port Stephens Council and local businesses to support the next generation of local business and industry leaders as they embark on their tertiary study.

In 2020, 18 talented and inspiring students shared in a scholarship pool of $36,000 to boost their education. A full list of scholarship winners can be found HERE