Ampcontrol Awarded for Innovation and Adaptability

Ampcontrol was officially recognised for innovation and adaptability following our development of an emergency ventilator to assist with the NSW Governments COVID-19 response during Friday evenings 2020 Hunter Business Awards.

The Awards, led by the Hunter Business Chamber, are Australia’s most prestigious regional business awards, recognising and rewarding excellence, achievement and leadership by businesses and individuals throughout the Hunter region.

In a collaborative effort combining the expertise of the Government, industry and education sectors, we responded to the NSW Governments ‘call-to-arms’ in March 2020, delivering a functional ventilator prototype for testing at the John Hunter Hospital in just 18 days.

The following three months saw the project team further refine the prototype before manufacturing ten pre-production ventilators for further clinical testing. The pre-production units were officially unveiled by the NSW Premier The Hon. Gladys Berejiklian on 9th September 2020.

The successful outcomes achieved through the NSW Government led ‘Ventilator Innovation Project’ were testament to the collaborative approach adopted by all project partners including NSW Health, Safearth, NewieVentures, The University of Newcastle and the John Hunter Hospital.

Chamber President Tony Rhodes congratulated all winners and finalists on their resilience and entrepreneurship in what has been the most challenging of years for business owners and operators.

“Winning a Hunter Business Award in any year is a significant achievement. In 2020, the year of COVID, bushfires, drought and many other challenges, it is all the more remarkable,” Mr Rhodes said.

Delighted to accept the Award during the Gala Presentation, Ampcontrol Managing Director & CEO Rod Henderson said the business community response to COVID-19 had opened people’s eyes to the capability and adaptability of local manufacturing.

“For a business that specialises in resources, infrastructure, and energy solutions, what the partnership team achieved in such a short timeframe is nothing short of outstanding and a testament to the engineering excellence 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,” added Rod Henderson.

“Whether businesses have had to scale up or scale down, tweak their business model, change it entirely or just grind it out to survive, the past twelve months have demanded flexibility, versatility, courage and innovative thinking from us all,” added Mr Rhodes.

Ampcontrol Recognised with Innovation Accolade

Ampcontrol has been recognised for developing a fully functional emergency ventilator to assist with the NSW Government COVID-19 response, having been awarded the ‘Excellence in Innovation’ accolade during Friday evenings Lake Macquarie Business Excellence Awards.

We designed and developed the ventilator in consultation with the NSW Government and project partners NSW Health, Safearth, NewieVentures, University of Newcastle and the John Hunter Hospital.

The emergency ventilator was developed in response to the NSW Government ‘call-to-arms’ in March 2020 with our dedicated research & development team successfully delivering an initial functional prototype for testing at the John Hunter Hospital in just 18 days.

The following three months saw the project team further refine the prototype before manufacturing ten pre-production ventilators for further clinical testing and submission to the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA). The pre-production units were officially unveiled by the NSW Premier The Hon. Gladys Berejiklian on 9th September 2020.

Lake Macquarie Mayor, Cr Kay Fraser congratulated Ampcontrol and all 13 category winners and finalists who have excelled this year, despite the impacts of COVID-19.

“Never before has our business community had to adjust so rapidly to change because of COVID-19 restrictions. It has been really difficult for many businesses across our city, but these awards have been a chance to celebrate the successes and resilience shown by our local businesses,” Cr Fraser said.

Accepting the award during a virtual ceremony, Ampcontrol Executive General Manager Innovation & Service Warwick Sommer said partnerships and collaboration have been essential to the project’s success.

“The Ventilator Innovation Project is a true partnership in action. Tackling a challenge of this size was only made possible through collaboration with local businesses, clinicians, university, and Government.

To turn a concept into a fully functional life-saving piece of medical equipment within such a critical timeframe is a testament to our region’s skilled expertise and highly advanced capability to produce innovative solutions and products that make a difference to people’s lives.”

“We have an amazing business community in Lake Mac epitomised by organisations like Ampcontrol, so it has been wonderful to be able to provide some positive recognition and congratulate them on their achievements this year. I congratulate all our finalists and award winners and I encourage our community to get behind local business and show your support where you can,” added Cr Fraser.

Following success in the Lake Macquarie Business Excellence Awards, we will now progress to the Hunter Business Awards to be held on Friday 20th November, 2020.

Ampcontrol Unveils Its Fully Developed Life-saving Ventilators

Today, Ampcontrol has unveiled its fully developed emergency ventilator, the ‘Ventasys’, reinforcing local manufacturing capability and a highly skilled region ready for the next generation of product innovation.

A partner of the Ventilator Innovation Project between NSW Government, universities, and industry, Ampcontrol responded to the NSW Government’s ‘call-to-arms’ in March 2020 to design and develop a low-cost, life-saving back-up ventilator solution during the COVID-19 pandemic.

On hand to see the first Ventasys units complete production, Ampcontrol Managing Director & CEO, Rod Henderson said he was very optimistic for the future of the local manufacturing industry.

“To turn a concept into a first-class lifesaving piece of medical equipment within such a critical timeframe is testament to the highly advanced capability and skilled expertise in our region. The collaborative approach adopted to tackle this project in conjunction with clinicians at the John Hunter Hospital, proves the ability of the local industry to rapidly pivot and solve unique problems.

What this rapid innovation health project has brought to the forefront, and more broadly as a country over the past 6 months, is what can be quickly achieved when there are strong partnerships between government, university, and industry. We have shown that we can do these things better and more quickly in Australia.”

As a member of the Committee For The Hunter and the Hunter Central MedTech Industry Network, Ampcontrol strongly advocates for continued government partnerships to boost jobs and the economy through investment in research & development, infrastructure, and product innovation.

“With the continued support of government, I am confident as a region we can build an industry leading medical manufacturing hub where businesses, researchers, students, and trainees work side-by-side developing new ideas, learning pathways, products and services with commercial application. The development of strategically important domestic manufacturing within the Hunter will provide immense benefit to the local industry, economy, and community,” Mr. Henderson added.

With prototyping, pre-production, and clinical user group assessment and testing now completed, application for TGA (Therapeutic Goods Administration) ‘Permission To Supply’ the Ventasys for COVID-19 use in Australia is expected to be granted in the coming weeks.

The Ventasys will now progress to the manufacturing phase with components ordered for up to 100 units. Ampcontrol will also conduct further software engineering to provide the additional sophisticated ventilator functionality requested by NSW Health clinicians and integrate them into Intensive Care Unit electronic medical record systems.

Tuas Water Reclamation Plant Temporary Electrics

Ampcontrol’s Singapore team recently carried out installation, testing and commissioning of temporary electrics for Singapore’s Tuas Water Reclamation Plant.

Contracted to deliver services for the Public Utilities Board on behalf of McConnell Dowell South-East Asia, the Singapore team supplied a range of equipment and services to support the project.

This work included installation, testing and commissioning of all temporary electrics including substations, switchrooms, transformers and high and low voltage cables within the Tuas Water Reclamation Plant.

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Hong Kong Service Team Step into Action

Hong Kong is in the middle of an infrastructure boom with the population set to reach 7.78 million by 2025. From rail and road projects to new skyscrapers in the city, Ampcontrol’s Hong Kong  service team have been on hand to support these critical developments and keep things moving amid travel restrictions stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Contracted by Siemens to support their customer Chu Kong Transhipment & Logistics Co Ltd, the Ampcontrol service team recently re-tested and commissioned Siemens NXPLUS C and GIS Switchgear within the new CKS phase 2A office building in Tuen Mun, Hong Kong.

The scope of this onsite service visit included a visual inspection of the 11kV GIS panels, IDMT test and functional test for 7SR protection relay, 10kV Megger Insulation Test, as well as a range of mechanical tests and checks to ensure safe and reliable operation of the switchboard.

With Ampcontrol’s service team based in country, our agile team has supported a number of projects and customers since international travel restrictions were imposed. Learn more about our range of capabilities across South East Asia here.

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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Hong Kong Team Perform Maintenance Works in Central-Wan Chai Bypass Tunnel

Ampcontrol’s Hong Kong team were contacted by equipment supplier FILTRONtec to assist with installation and maintenance works on their ultra-modern and efficient Air Purification System (APS) in the Central-Wan Chai Bypass Tunnel on Hong Kong Island.

The FILTRONtec APS is the first high tech system of its kind to be used in a road tunnel in Hong Kong and is the backbone of the ventilation system that provides fresh air to help maintain good air quality for commuters while discharging vitiated air via exhaust points throughout the tunnel.

The scope of these onsite works by Ampcontrol included the installation and maintenance of eight APS systems in the 3.7km long tunnel. The APS can treat up to 1500 m3/s of road tunnel exhaust air and can remove about 80% of the respirable suspended particulates including nitrogen dioxide (NO2), nitric oxide (NO) and nitrogen oxide (NOx).

Ampcontrol has agile service teams based in country across South-East Asia, enabling prompt maintenance support where and when it is needed.

Read the full case study here.

Ampcontrol Power New Mine Expansion In India

Powering equipment in some of the most hazardous environments across the globe comes as second nature here at Ampcontrol. Recently, several of Ampcontrol’s AUK products made their way from our UK manufacturing facility in Prestwick, Scotland to the PVK-5 Coal Mine in Telangana, India.

Designed to help power equipment as part of a mine expansion, a 10 drive AUK5000 Power Centre and 4 drive AUK1000 550V Motor Starter was delivered and commissioned with long standing customer Gainwell Commosales Private Limited (GCPL) by Ampcontrol’s Indian Service Engineering Team.

The AUK5000 had an incoming supply of 3,300V feeding the primary windings of the 1.5MVA Transformer via a 3,300V E10 HV Circuit Breaker. The dual voltage secondary windings provided 1,100V and 550V to the 10 drive Load Centre. All the equipment was coupled together and mounted on a custom-built skid to allow the Powercentre to be transported safely underground.

All equipment was fully examined and tested before the 3,300V site supply being applied to the equipment, with all functional tests carried out to GCPL requirements and specifications.

Practical training on the AUK5000 Power Centre and AUK1000 Motor Starter was also provided by the Ampcontrol Service Team to ensure the GCPL Engineers were familiar with their new equipment.

Additional training on the AUK product range functionality enabled the customer to gain insights into how to adjust the equipment for use in a different application.

Read the full case study here.

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 Named NSW Minerals Council 2020 Mining Supplier of the Year

On 18 June, Ampcontrol was named as the 2020 NSW Minerals Council NSW Mining Supplier of the Year at the annual NSW Mining Industry and Suppliers Awards.

Taking out the NSW Mining Supplier of the Year category for the development and deployment of Rockstarter, Ampcontrol’s multi-functional outlet starter designed for use in underground hard rock mines highlights an ongoing commitment to research and development for customers across NSW and the globe.

Rod Henderson, Ampcontrol CEO and Managing Director accepted the award at the online ceremony. “What the last few months have shown is the incredible ingenuity and agility of Australian manufacturing, we have such highly advanced expertise, skill and capability in our country and the development of Rockstarter is a testament to that ingenuity.”

“Our Rockstarter product has been an innovative game changer for Ampcontrol, enabling customers in NSW to make the transition to smart mining technology, with an off the shelf, commoditised solution,” he said.

This prestigious accolade from the NSW Minerals Council follows two Good Design Awards wins for Rockstarter in the Engineering Design and Product Design categories in 2019.

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