Take a deep dive into AS/NZS 2290.3:2018

Ampcontrol’s Group Engineering Manager, Ian Webster, as a presenter for Verico Training Services, will be facilitating at a new series of seminars around Australia. At the seminars, which are designed for key stakeholders in the coal mining sector, Ian will discuss how to interpret and comply with the new edition of the AS/NZS 2290.3:2018 Standard.

Not only is Ian one of Australia’s leading technical experts in the design, performance and maintenance of gas detectors for use in coal mines, he has provided significant input into the development of national and international standards for gas detection in mines. Ian has presented invited papers on the subject at a host of leading industry conferences, including the Queensland Mines Health and Safety Conference, the Electrical Engineering Safety Seminar and the Mine Managers Association of Australia.

Ian is also Chief Researcher for an ACARP project looking into dust accumulation in gas detectors and the effect this has on detector performance.

In this deep review, participants will develop a comprehensive understanding of requirements and recommendations for the inspection and maintenance of gas detection equipment. Find out more or register now so you have the information you need to check in on your mine’s current procedures for the facilitation of safe, efficient and productive use of gas detection and monitoring equipment.

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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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 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.

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.

Ampcontrol and Anglo American take out Innovation Award at the 2019 Mine Electrical Safety Conference

Moranbah North Mine’s Variable Speed Drive project received the Innovation Award at the 30th annual Mining Electrical Safety Association Conference earlier this month.

The technical presentation delivered by Ampcontrol’s Chief Technology Officer Tim Wylie and Shane McDowall, Anglo American’s Principal for Technology and Automation Underground Operations, outlined the development and implementation of the game changing project at the Moranbah North site.

This was the first time a high power Variable Speed Drive (VSD) has been deployed in a hazardous zone in an Australian mine, and was used on an Armoured Face Conveyor (AFC) to provide full control of starting torques on the three drive motors.

This honour was received after three years of hard work by the Ampcontrol and Anglo American project teams, who are no strangers to leading the way when it comes to innovation.

Wylie said, “We implemented a new electrical protection element that is yet to be described in Australian mining standards. As such, the project contains several industry ‘firsts’ and the electrical system reliability directly contributed to the system setting a new Australian record for monthly production.”

“The Moranbah AFC upgrade to VSD saw Ampcontrol and Anglo operate quite differently – it was more like a partnering arrangement than the standard tender and contact. In the early stages, Ampcontrol effectively worked as the ‘owner’s engineer’ to technically review and assess the available options for the variable speed drive. Technical staff travelled to China with Anglo a number of times to evaluate suppliers and drive technology,” he said.

The delivery of the system has enabled consistent AFC performance, reduced downtime and in turn delivered improved safety and productivity on site.

“The successful delivery of the system required input from almost every aspect of Ampcontrol’s business, and is a shining example of what we are capable of when we work together as a group toward a common objective. The project is something none of us could have delivered individually, but something each of us can be proud of,” said Wylie.

Ampcontrol also exhibited at the conference where we displayed our newest product offerings including Rockstarter, our multi-function outlet starter, our latest lighting range and our underground gas detection and diesel machine monitoring solutions.

Image: Shane McDowall from Anglo American (left) and Tim Wylie from Ampcontrol (right)

Ampcontrol Singapore’s Bernie Raj moderates Engineers Australia event

Engineers Australia recently held three Thought Leadership Forums in Singapore and Hong Kong. They were part of a series that covers a range of engineering topics.

The series kicked off in Singapore with a Thought Leadership Forum on Digital Engineering on 25 April. Liak Goh from Aurecon was the keynote speaker, Ampcontrol Singapore’s Bernie Raj was the moderator for the panel discussion and ARUP’s Andrew Nelson was on the panel. Forty-five people attended the event, including His Excellency Bruce Gosper, Australian High Commissioner.

The series then moved to Hong Kong on 24 May on the topic of Waste Management and returned to Singapore on 11 June to discuss Facade.

Engineers Australia will continue to host more Thought Leadership Forums covering different topics in Malaysia, Singapore and Hong Kong. The aim of the series is to offer continuous learning opportunities that engage members and industry as well as providing opportunities for speakers to share their expertise and experience.

The next topic is on Energy. The event will take place in Singapore on 10 July and Malaysia on 11 July.

Image: Bernie Raj from Ampcontrol Hong Kong (right) with Liak Goh from Aurecon (left) and Andrew Nelson from ARUP (centre).

Ampcontrol UK heads to Russia for Ugol Rossii

Ampcontrol UK is currently exhibiting at the Ugol Rossii 26th Annual International Trade Fair for Coal Mining Technology, Preparation and Materials Handling at the Kuzbass Fair Exhibition Centre in Novokuznetsk, Russia. The fair runs from 4 to 7 June and Ampcontrol UK’s exhibition booth is being manned by Sales Manager Doug Etches. Feel free to come along and see the exhibition and meet many industry leaders all in one place.