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.

Find out more about Rockstarter

Going Digital at Ozwater’20 Online

Ready to quench your thirst for action? Join our Product Manager Wayne Diemar and Aurecon’s Sachini De Silva on Tuesday 2 June at 11.30am (AEST) at Ozwater’20 Digital.

Kicking off the first day of this digital conference, Wayne and Sachini will present their paper titled ‘Project Gilghi – Modular Self Contained Solar Water Treatment Plant for Remote Communities’. Online delegates will have the chance to learn more about the design and engineering behind Gilghi, our remote water unit that uses advance filtering technology and is a breakthrough water solution for regional and remote communities.

This presentation follows our Australian Water Association (AWA) NSW Water Infrastructure Project Innovation Award win for Gilghi earlier this year. National winners will also be announced during the online conference on 11 June at 4.45pm.

For more information about securing your registration and to view the full program, head to the Ozwater’20 Online website.

To discuss how we can solve your water requirements please contact Wayne Diemar via email or phone 1300 445 717. You can read the full Gilghi specs and find out more here.

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.

Join us in June for our ‘Safety In Mining’ Webinar Series

As an industry leader offering integrated electrical protection, integrated power distribution systems, monitoring and control solutions and communication systems for coal and hard rock mining, we’ve launched the Ampcontrol Group ‘Safety in Mining’ webinar series. Running throughout June, we are offering a range of free, technical presentations designed for industry.

Kicking off on June 9, we’ll be welcoming ResTech Principal Engineer, Dr Peter Stepien, who will share insights from his ACARP research project around the ‘Control of Touch Potential Transients During Switching’. During a number of investigations into electric shock incidences in the past, machine frames measured touch potential transients when switchgear closed or opened. There were no faults present in the equipment or the earth fault limited supply, yet touch potentials occurred. This webinar will step participants through Peter’s current research that aims to understand the method by which these touch potentials occur and determine a method to eliminate them to improve mine safety.

On June 16, Philip Reilly, Ampcontrol’s Oil Service Manager, will deliver his webinar titled ‘Oil Analysis: Testing OLTC & Managing Corrosive Sulphur in Transformers’. Managing a large fleet of ageing transformers is a technical challenge faced by many Australian mines and reliability surveys show that the On Load Tap Changer (OLTC) can account for up to 30% of all transformer failures. This webinar will address failure modes & available condition monitoring techniques and will also outline the role of oil analysis.  The webinar will also provide insights into the mechanism of copper sulphide formation in transformers, failure modes, details of service experiences, and what assessment and mitigation techniques are available. 

Finally, Ampcontrol Group Engineering Manager, Dr Ian Webster, will deliver his webinar titled ‘Arc Faults (and Flashes) and the Hierarchy of Controls’ on June 23. This webinar will look at the application of the hierarchy of controls to the hazards associated with arcing faults in high powered electrical equipment in general, and in confined spaces such as mines and tunnels. 

We’re committed to connecting industry contacts across Australia with practical insights into real world issues being faced onsite. Attendance is free, secure your space today at one or all of the webinars in the series.

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.