AMPCONTROL’S FUTURE LEADERS TAKE OUT FIRST PLACE

We were proud to have seven Ampcontrol representatives from across our Hunter operations participate in the 2019 Hunternet Future Leaders Program. The participants celebrated their success at a gala dinner in Newcastle on Friday 25 October.

The Hunternet Future Leaders program, now in its fifth year, is designed to equip future leaders with the skills, contacts and confidence to lead. The program is delivered across 12 sessions by current leaders and professional practitioners and culminates in a group project, supported by an experienced industry mentor.

The objective of this year’s group project was to solve the issues in Newcastle’s transition from a regional city to an emerging global city. The Future Leaders were also tasked with identifying natural and built assets can be leveraged to establish the Newcastle as a truly global city.

During the gala dinner, the five Future Leaders groups delivered an elevator pitch presentation of the solution they had developed before the winning submission was announced.

Team HealthPort, featuring Ampcontrol participant Andrew Fisher took home the top gong for their concept. HealthPort proposed attracting health and technology companies to Newcastle to promote economic growth, sustainability and diversity through the establishment of three interconnected innovation precincts.

Congratulations to everyone who was involved in this year’s program. We’re excited to see where this opportunity will take our Future Leaders within the organisation.

Photo credit 3L photography. 

Measuring the response time of gas detectors

Just twelve months after completing his university studies, Ampcontrol Graduate Engineer Thomas Steigler will travel to Tokyo, Japan, next week to deliver the findings of his research work to the international IEC Gas Detector Standards Committee MT 60079-29.

Thomas has been studying innovative ways to measure the response time of gas detectors, and has developed a test procedure that is three to five times more repeatable than any previously used methods. This is significant as repeatability is the most important attribute of any performance test.

The results of Thomas’ work will lead to revisions in the international standards for gas detectors. These same standards will eventually be adopted in Australia, against which Ampcontrol’s Gasguard products will be measured.

Group Engineering Manager Ian Webster said “The invitation extended to Thomas to present his work is an honour for any researcher, let alone one who has only been working in the area for eight months.” He added “It is also a great credit to Ampcontrol that its Graduate Program allows and encourages young professionals to engage in ground breaking research that benefits both the company and the gas detection industry globally.”

Transformer Retrofill Roadshow Heads to Gladstone, Newcastle and Melbourne

As a leading Australian provider of transformer lifecycle support services, Ampcontrol are committed to connecting industry contacts across Australia with practical insights into the best way to manage their critical HV assets.

With transformer manufacturing and service history spanning over 50 years, our complete lifecycle support includes transformer overhauls, upgrades, rewinds; oil regeneration, filtration and disposal; high voltage and oil testing; diagnosis and ongoing maintenance.

In collaboration with MIDEL, Ampcontrol will be presenting a range of technical seminars aimed at providing real world case studies on replacing mineral oil in transformers with ester fluids. Held on November 26, 27 and 28 in Gladstone, Newcastle and Melbourne these free events are a must attend.

Ampcontrol’s Oil Services Manager Phil Reilly will provide an overview about natural ester fluids including some of the technical challenges and asset life considerations related to transformer retrofilling.

Places to these events are limited, to secure your free ticket head to the registration page.

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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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.