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.

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.

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.”

‘Super sewer’ emergency back-up power project a success in London, UK

The existing sewer system in London, UK, built around 150 years ago, was originally constructed for a planned population growth of four million people. With London’s population now nearing the nine million mark, the city decided to invest in the Thames Tideway Tunnel, dubbed London’s new ‘super sewer’.

The Ferrovial Agroman/Laing O’Rourke Joint Venture (FLO JV) was selected to build the central section of the new 25km Thames Tideway Tunnel to run under the River Thames. As part of this landmark project, Ampcontrol was contracted to assist with the provision of emergency back-up power.

Ampcontrol provided 1,100kVA of emergency back-up generation capacity and the associated cabling for the tie-in to the distribution system of the project.

Due to the project’s time sensitivity, temporary generators of equal capacity were supplied during the manufacturing period of the new units. Ampcontrol also provided onsite pre-commissioning support to ensure smooth installation and operational readiness of the new units supplied.

Ampcontrol is proud to have successfully completed the scope of generation capacity supply and support within the required timeframe to one of the most significant UK tunnelling projects in the heart of London.

Steven Edmund, Ampcontrol’s Managing Director in the UK, said, “A very high standard of quality is demanded by the UK industry and in true Ampcontrol style this was achieved by following sound engineering principles, providing high quality equipment, being customer centric, and recognising the requirements of all stakeholders and the environment.”

Read our Thames Tideway Tunnel case study here.

Gilghi Water Solution Receives Lake Macquarie Business Excellence Award for Innovation

On July 12, Ampcontrol was recognised for Excellence in Innovation at the 2019 Lake Macquarie Business Excellence Awards for their breakthrough water solution Gilghi.

Sponsored by Event Cinemas, the Excellence in Innovation category recognises businesses that have made significant contributions to their industry through the introduction or improvement of an idea, method, technology, process or application.

The Gilghi remote water unit has been installed at Gillen Bore, approximately 75km from Alice Springs in the Northern Territory and uses advanced filtering technology and is a breakthrough water solution designed and developed at Ampcontrol’s new Warners Bay, NSW facility.

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, the Gilghi is a simple solution to a variety of applications.

As a result of this win, Ampcontrol now proceeds to the Hunter Business Awards announced in August this year. For enquiries regarding Gilghi, please contact +61 1300 267 373.

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 India moves to new premises in Kolkata

Allenwest Ampcontrol India, the Indian branch of the Ampcontrol Group, has recently relocated to a new facility in Kolkata, leaving behind its previous premises in Bilaspur. The new facility is modern, centrally located and has already received the approval of the employees working there. Allenwest Ampcontrol India’s work focuses primarily on the mining sector and the relocation was important: Ampcontrol India needed to move closer to its customers so the business could provide improved customer support and service to the region.

“We are very excited to realise the full potential of the new facility over the coming months and have already seen a benefit to our productivity and existing relationships,” says Avinash Kumar, Sales and Service Engineer.

For those keen to visit the office in Kolkata, the address is: Allenwest Ampcontrol India Pvt Ltd, Floor 9, Victoria Park, Plot No GN 37/2, Sector 5, Salt Lake, Kolkata 700091, West Bengal.

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.