Ampcontrol UK Sponsors and Attends ABMEC’s 10th Annual Conference

As one of Europe’s leading specialist manufacturers of electrical and electronic mining solutions, Ampcontrol UK attended the Association of British Mining Equipment Companies (ABMEC) 10th Annual Conference and Exhibition at The Nottingham Belfry Hotel, on Thursday 21 November 2019.

With over 100 years of mining history, Ampcontrol UK were proud to be an ABMEC Sponsor and continue to spearhead Safety and Best Practices in the UK Mining Industry, supplying an extensive portfolio mining related equipment to international customers from our base in Ayrshire, Scotland.

Ampcontrol UK was thrilled to discuss topics such as International Trade and Mining in Europe with delegates at this key industry event and look forward to their continued involvement with ABMEC.

Pictured (L-R): Ampcontrol UK Chief Operating Officer – Steven Edmund, Sales Manager – Doug Etches, and Service Manager – Andy Trenam.

European Mining Study Group Visit Ampcontrol UK Sales and Service Centre

Ampcontrol UK was delighted to partner with The Association of British Mining Equipment (ABMEC) and Hargreaves, to co-host a contingent of Polish and European mining companies at our Sales and Service Center in Sheffield, England.

Welcoming members from JSW Group, JSW Innowacje, Lubelski Weigal Bogdanka, Polska Grupa Gornicza, Spotka Restrukturyzacji Kopaln and Premogovnik Velenje, the visiting Study Group were also joined by three Department of Trade representatives; Ros Lund (UK), Janusz Bil  (Poland), and Martin Retelj (Slovenia); with the session chaired by Jane Isaacs, Director General at ABMEC.

Ampcontrol UK Sales Manager Doug Etches, provided an overview of Ampcontrol’s electrical and electronic solutions across the Mining, Tunnelling and Infrastructure, and the Oil and Gas sectors. Visitors on site enjoyed viewing some of our latest product offerings including the AUK Load Center and Rockstarter.

With a strong commitment to the ongoing supply of bespoke equipment and service to our European and International customers, we’re pleased to be sponsoring and attending the ABMEC’s 10th annual conference on Thursday 21st November 2019, held at The Nottingham Belfry Hotel.

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.

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 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)