Ampcontrol Play a Part in Getting South Africa Connected to Green Energy

Ampcontrol’s Botswana operation has commenced work on the Golden Valley Wind Energy Facility, one of South Africa’s first Independent Power Producer projects to supply green power to the national electricity grid.

Providing supervision and sign off on contractor works as a further 33km of trenches and cables are laid, Ampcontrol will play a key role in this critical work that will assist to get the 148 turbine farm up and running over the next 6 months.

This ground breaking project will aim to improve the current load shedding, which is happening throughout South Africa, causing widespread nationwide blackouts as electricity supply falls behind demand.

Find out more about Ampcontrol’s expertise in remote area power including our extensive experience designing, manufacturing and commissioning large-scale electrical infrastructure solutions.

Scottish Engineering Members Welcomed in Prestwick

Ampcontrol’s Prestwick site in Scotland hosted Scottish Engineering members on 12 March for a Networking and Best Practice event.

As a Scottish Engineering member company and winner of the 2019 President’s Award for Excellence, Ampcontrol stepped attendees through their contribution to engineering in Scotland. This included an overview of Ampcontrol’s development of the market leading AUK1000, apprentice training program plus the implementation of growth strategies including the new cables service expansion at the Port of Ayr.

After enjoying a guided tour through Ampcontrol’s manufacturing facility, attendees also enjoyed an industry brief from Scottish Engineering CEO Paul Sheerin who provided his insights into the current engineering climate and opportunities to cultivate networking and best practices in Scotland.

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 on 6 May.

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.

NSW Mining Supplier of the Year Finalist 2020

We’re excited to be listed as a finalist in the NSW Minerals Council 2020 NSW Mining Industry and Suppliers Awards.

Nominated in the ‘NSW Mining Supplier of the Year’ category for the development and deployment of Rockstarter, our innovative multi-functional outlet starter designed for use in underground hard rock mines, highlights our ongoing commitment to R&D for our customers across NSW.

With proven experience in the design and manufacture of industry leading power and safety systems for hazardous environments, Ampcontrol has leveraged this expertise to create not only a high quality, high performing and versatile design, but one that is competitively priced for hard rock customers across the globe.

This finalist nomination follows two Good Design Awards wins for Rockstarter in the Engineering Design and Product Design categories in 2019.

We look forward to celebrating with the industry and other finalists on 2 April, 2020.

Find out more about Rockstarter

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

Ampcontrol Announced as Finalist at Australian Water Association 2020 NSW Water Awards

On the back of our success in 2019 at the Lake Macquarie Business Excellence Awards and Hunter Business Awards, Ampcontrol has been announced as a finalist at the Australian Water Association 2020 NSW Water Awards for their breakthrough water solution Gilghi.

Receiving the nod with our hydrology partner Aurecon in the Infrastructure Innovation Award category, finalists are recognised for their innovation and excellence in the technology, business and delivery of water projects.

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.

The NSW Heads of Water Gala Dinner and Awards celebrate the NSW water industry’s achievements where winners of the 2020 NSW Water Awards will be announced on Friday 28 February, 2020.

100 Australian Engineering Leaders Featuring Ampcontrol Co-Founder

This year Engineers Australia turns 100. In celebration they are showcasing Australian Engineering Leaders who “pushed boundaries, defied odds, and came up with innovations that no-one could have imagined 100 years ago”.

At Ampcontrol we’re proud our co-founder Peter Cockbain is featured in the Engineers Australia publication “Anything is Possible 100 Australian Engineering Leaders”. The book celebrates 100 Australian engineers past and present who have made a difference.

Peter is featured as a leader in manufacturing and strong champion of the Australian advanced manufacturing industry as well as one of the founders of the international business that is Ampcontrol. He’s in esteemed company, featured alongside engineering leaders such as Sir Peter Nicol Russell whom Australia’s highest recognition of individual engineering achievement is named and Sir Ernest Fisk who introduced Australians to the airwaves.

Peter joined Engineers Australia in 1966 and started volunteering around 50 years ago to return some of the benefits that Engineers Australia had given him. Peter’s voluntary contributions include National President of Engineers Australia in 2006, a member of the University of Newcastle Council, the Engineering Faculty Advisory Board and the University Student Services Board, a member of the Prime Minister’s Science, Engineering and Innovation Council, Senator Kim Carr’s Future Manufacturing Industry Innovation Council, a Director of Standards Australia and Chairman of the Standards Development Committee. In 2015, he received a Member of the Order of Australia honour for his significant contribution to the mining and energy sectors and professional organisations. Find out more about Peter’s voluntary roles.

Congratulations to Peter and all of the 100 Australian engineers past and present, who have the honour of being included in this publication.

Ampcontrol Finalists in the Hunter Safety Awards!

Celebrating its fifth year, the Hunter Safety Awards have announced the 2020 finalists who have demonstrated positive approaches to Work, Health and Safety (WHS) in their workplace. Ampcontrol is represented as finalists in three categories.

  • Best WHS Improvement Award (Large Organisation)
  • Best Health and Wellbeing Award (Large Organisation)
  • WHS Champion of the Year – Carolyn Parish

The Hunter Safety Awards was launched in 2016 to highlight and acknowledge companies and individuals within the Hunter region who demonstrate best-practice and innovative approaches when it comes to workplace health and safety. Find out more about the 2020 Hunter Safety Awards 

New Cable Shop at the Port of Ayr

Ampcontrol continues to expand its global footprint, opening a new cable workshop in the Port of Ayr to fulfil the rising demand for cable products and services.

Locals are pleased to see familiar faces from Ampcontrol supporting the local economy and driving business to the town of Ayr. Ampcontrol’s Chief Operating Officer – Europe and Asia, Steven Edmund opens the facility by saying “Expanding into the cable shop symbolises a long history of heritage at the Port of Ayr. We are fortunate to support our local communities through our international growth.”

For over 100 years, Ampcontrol has built its reputation on the back of its service and technical expertise, supporting some of the largest mining and tunnelling projects worldwide. Andrew Trenam, Service Manager, who has been overseeing the progressing demand for Ampcontrol cable services said, “The extent of our growth is a testament to the service we provide. As we continue to exceed the expectations of our customers, we continue to advance.”

The new Cable Shop team is comprised of some of Ampcontrol’s most experienced technicians with over 35 years of combined technical expertise. Joining them will be Daniel Morris, an electrical engineering apprentice from Ayrshire Kilmarnock College who has been with Ampcontrol for 2 years.

Supplying an impressive range of mining and tunnelling cable to its local and international customers, Ampcontrol also provides a complete package of cable management services such as cable repair, terminations, coupler fitment, and safety testing. Ampcontrol has already amassed an impressive portfolio of international projects and clients to the Ayr cable shop, including major tunnelling projects in Paris and Europe.

As a business, we are extremely proud to reach this key milestone as it is a testament to our continued development and the increasing demand for Ampcontrol products and services across international mining, tunnelling, and oil and gas industries.

Industry 4.0 – Australia’s First Hardware Tech Innovation Hub Has Arrived

Australia’s first industrial Prototyping Lab and Innovation Accelerator powering the creation of the world’s best hardware products, The Melt, has today launched to the public.

Former Prime Minister, and architect of the National Innovation and Science Agenda, The Honourable Malcolm Turnbull, officially opened The Melt in Lake Macquarie, NSW.

The Hon. Mr Turnbull shared his insights about the future of product innovation in Australia and introduced The Melt as Australia’s first integrated industrial prototyping lab and innovation Accelerator.

“I have always been a strong believer in innovation and it is accelerators like The Melt that will create the modern, dynamic economy that Australia needs,” said The Hon. Mr Turnbull.

“The Melt is a welcome addition to the Hunter region, and embodies the key elements of the Innovation Agenda I put in place as Prime Minister,” he added.

Poised to create more than 50 jobs and expand the economy by $50M over the next two years, the hardware accelerator will be a significant addition to the Australian technology landscape. The Melt will grow and scale engineering projects, revolutionising the way startups and larger companies prove, prototype, pilot and produce globally scalable products and companies.

Founder and CEO of The Melt, Trent Bagnall said it was born out of the realisation that building physical products was hard.

“There is huge support in Australia for tech-based software companies to help grow the next Atlassian or Canva, however, there is very little support for engineering startups building the next Cochlear implant, Catapult Sports performance technology or black box flight recorder,” he said. he said.

“The failure rate for hardware development is high, the process is often slow, and the costs associated are significant. The Melt has been designed to target these challenges and help both startups and corporates access funding, expertise, equipment and pathways to rapidly realise product development success,” he added.

The Melt takes the startup principles made popular in Silicon Valley and applies them to complex hardware engineering projects both for new startups and large existing companies.

The Melt will be a game-changer and a critical part of the successful renewal of the manufacturing sector in the Hunter region and Australia-wide, building on the Hunter’s core strength and history as the centre of energy and engineering. It will fuel innovation and power the creation of

Australia’s next generation of leading hardware products.

One of the early occupants of The Melt is med tech company Respia which is building a pediatric asthma monitor for kids. The prototype is being built at The Melt and a trial of the device is pending at the Children’s Hospital at Westmead.

“Based at Dashworks Makespace in Warners Bay, on the shores of Lake Macquarie, it is strategically located close to advanced manufacturing and research hubs, Australia’s largest corporates, a major airport and only 90 minutes by car to Sydney,” said Mr Bagnall.

It was one of three businesses announced by the Federal Government to share in more than $1 million under the Incubator Support initiative to help entrepreneurs turn their ideas into reality.

Minister for Industry, Science and Technology Karen Andrews said supporting these ideas was vital to growing the nation’s economy and creating jobs for Australians.

“Being innovative and embracing technology is essential for industry to continue to flourish and to create new jobs,” Minister Andrews said at the funding announcement made in July.

“These startups will be able to prototype, pilot and produce products, which can strengthen traditional industry in Australia, as well as be sold around the globe, which presents many economic opportunities,” said Minister Andrews.

The Melt is a unique collaboration between its partners Dantia (the Lake Macquarie Economic Development Company) and Ampcontrol (one of Australia’s largest and most-successful engineering companies).

The Melt aims to produce 10 new products and fund around the same number of new startup businesses in the next 12 months.

Learn more about The Melt Accelerator here.