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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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.

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.

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.

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 takes part in Digitalize 2019

The World Economic Forum says that in the next two years, 70 million jobs will be displaced by robotics and artificial intelligence – but at the same time there will be a net gain of 50 million new jobs. Never before has the world seen such an upheaval and rapid change. Are you ready for this?

Ampcontrol’s COO Warwick Sommer will form part of a stellar line up of local and international panellists after recently visiting the world’s largest industrial fair, Hannover Messe in Germany. He will share his experience and learnings about the applications, solutions and benchmarks that local companies can leverage off at Digitize 2019, in the interactive breakout session, Digitalization journey: Is Australia behind the rest of the world?

For more information about this thought-provoking event focussing on smart infrastructure, embracing the fourth industrial revolution and the role of technology and digitalization in Australia’s energy transition, visit the Siemens Digitize 2019 website.

Gilghi Water Solution Receives Lake Macquarie Business Excellence Award for Innovation

On July 12, Ampcontrol was recognised for Excellence in Innovation at the 2019 Lake Macquarie Business Excellence Awards for their breakthrough water solution Gilghi.

Sponsored by Event Cinemas, the Excellence in Innovation category recognises businesses that have made significant contributions to their industry through the introduction or improvement of an idea, method, technology, process or application.

The Gilghi remote water unit has been installed at Gillen Bore, approximately 75km from Alice Springs in the Northern Territory and uses advanced filtering technology and is a breakthrough water solution designed and developed at Ampcontrol’s new Warners Bay, NSW facility.

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, the Gilghi is a simple solution to a variety of applications.

As a result of this win, Ampcontrol now proceeds to the Hunter Business Awards announced in August this year. For enquiries regarding Gilghi, please contact +61 1300 267 373.

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. To find out more head to our starters page.