October 2012 – Tim Piper – Victorian Director AIG

Tim’s subject is  the state of manufacturing in Victoria.   In September, AIG have published comments on:

  • Performance of Construction Index
  • Australian Performance of Services Index
  • Performance of Manufacturing Index
  • RBA Interest Rate Cut

With luck, Tim may also cover:

  • Australian Dollar and its effect on Manufacturing
  • Our Level Playing Field

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October 11th 2012

12:00pm

Venue: The Kooyong Lawn Tennis Club at 489 Glenferrie Rd  Kooyong VIC 3142

September 2012 – The Techno Challenge

St Pauls Anglican Grammar School, Kingswood College & Port Fairy Consolidated School won the first three prizes. Bannockburn Primary School and Harrietville Primary School won encouragment awards.

August 2012 – Pat Boland CEO ANCA Pty Ltd

ANCA was founded in 1974 by Pat McCluskey and Pat Boland in Melbourne, Australia, where the company still has its headquarters. Although the two engineers had different backgrounds – one academic and one technical and trade – their skills and experience were complementary and they were like-minded in their drive to produce world class Computer Numerical Controls.

In the early 1980s ANCA expanded by applying its high level engineering and mathematical skills used in programming, to develop complete machine tools. The company developed sophisticated CNC tool grinding machines by combining leading edge technology with operating simplicity.

The decision to extend its operations launched the company into a major growth phase which involved the construction of a sophisticated machine tool factory and the employment of highly skilled and specialised staff. Continued growth has been matched by investment in factory equipment, research and development and a sales support infrastructure.
ANCA’s reputation for designing and building the highly capable and flexible CNCs used in our range of tool grinders, led to the formation of ANCA Motion in 2008. ANCA Motion produces CNC Control Systems, IO Devices, Servo Drives and Motors to suit a range of Machine Tool and Motion Control applications.

Since the company incorporation in 1974, ANCA has gained worldwide recognition in the industry as leader in the technology. All our innovations contributed to the success of our products and subsequently to the success of our customers. Some of these are:

  • First to design and manufacture an Australian CNC.
  • First to introduce a probe for digitising tools in a CNC tool and cutter grinder.
  • First to introduce modem for support and diagnostics in a CNC tool and cutter grinder.
  • First to introduce soft axes for significantly simplified programming of a CNC tool and cutter grinder.
  • First to introduce MPG Feed for safe program debugging and testing.
  • First to introduce Windows-style Graphical Users Interface and Real Time Operating System in a CNC tool and cutter grinder.
  • First to introduce a CNC tool and cutter grinder with all rotary and linear axes being directly driven.
  • First to introduce industry standard Statistical Process Control (SPC) in a CNC tool and cutter grinder.
  • First to introduce iBurr software for burr grinding, which uses Active Graphical User Interface.
  • First to introduce full and true 3D simulation of the grinding process. CIM3D (Patented in Australia & USA)

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August 9th 2012

12:00pm

Venue: The Kooyong Lawn Tennis Club at 489 Glenferrie Rd  Kooyong VIC 3142

July 2012 – John Robert from MEO Australia

An Innovative Large Manufacturing Project: Methanol

John’s presentation will provide an introduction to an example of value-added manufacturing in the gas conversion industry. Large offshore natural gas resources containing high levels of carbon dioxide may not be viable to produce for pipeline gas supply or for LNG export.   The production of methanol from such gas can be the basis of a viable manufacturing business.  Methanol is an important ‘chemical building block’ and fuel component with a very broad range of applications.  An innovative approach has been adopted to develop a project concept which can make an valuable export business.

John is a Chemical Engineer and industrial economist with a broad background in petrochemicals manufacturing, export promotion, business development and consulting.  He is currently Project Development Advisor with MEO Australia Limited.

Further details can be found at:
http://www.meoaustralia.com.au/icms_docs/46166_Greenhouse_Gas_to_Liquid_Asset.pdf

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July 12th 2012

12:00pm

Venue: The Kooyong Lawn Tennis Club at 489 Glenferrie Rd  Kooyong VIC 3142

June 2012 – Kate Oaten – Personal Property Security

Andrew Blogg and Kate Oaten from Aitken Lawyers & Advisors:  Personal Property Security:
On 30 January 2012 the Personal Property Securities (‘PPS’) regime came into effect. The reform has had, and will continue to have, a significant impact on manufacturers and suppliers, who commonly sell their products on a part-payment basis. Manufacturers and suppliers will need to register their security interest on the PPS Register to ensure that all their security arrangements remain effective. Businesses that fail to take into account the new regime risk losing property, including property to which they have title, should a company with which they have dealings enter into liquidation. It is essential, therefore, that you or your professional advisor conduct a review of the risks to you and your company and your terms of trade.

There will be a cameo appearance by Jock Forbes, an agronomist, who will talk about a Smart Water Grant project to treat reclaimed water used to irrigate playing fields at Werribee. The soil on which the ovals are built was once sea floor and it contains Sodium and the irrigation water is quite salty.   The net result is that the ground becomes waterlogged and the grass does not flourish.   Jock will explain why and what can be done to alleviate this problem. He will also describe the construction of a new treatment process and the results it has achieved.

June 14th 2012

12:00pm

Venue: The Kooyong Lawn Tennis Club at 489 Glenferrie Rd  Kooyong VIC 3142

May 2012 – Dr. Michael Myers – Re-Engineering Australia Foundation

Michael will talk to us about young people in engineering.   Dr Myers is a businessman, entrepreneur and passionate Australian.

REA’s revolutionary programs link schools, industry, TAFE, Universities and parents in a collaborative environment focused on changing the metaphor of the education process. More than 45,000 students are mentored each year by REA with another 300,000 benefiting from the outcomes. REA’s goal is to equip these children with the skills and knowledge to allow them to take on the world.

REA has received a great deal of recognition for its work including the Prime Minister’s Award for Skills Excellence, Engineers Australia Engineering Excellence Award, Engineers Australia National Presidents Award, Warren Centre for Advanced Engineering Medal for Outstanding Contribution to Engineering, Association of Consulting Engineers Presidents Award for Outstanding Contribution to Consulting Engineering, the Smart State Science Award and Peter Doherty Science Award.

We will also be joined by Sallie Geary who will describe her recent education experience and the way her perception has changed by being exposed to a technical learning environment.  Sallies experience is intended to encourage us to think about the work of our Vernier Foundation and it potential for influencing young people towards their involvement in technical work activities.

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May 10th 2012

12:00pm

Venue: The Kooyong Lawn Tennis Club at 489 Glenferrie Rd  Kooyong VIC 3142

April 2012 – Bruno Bello – Enterprise Connect

Bruno has held technical, business development or leadership roles in industries such as FMCG, Electronics and Automotive in organisations that have ranged in turn over from $1m to $50M. Internationally Bruno has held positions as the director of operations for business units with a turnover of between $400M and $1bn which in all cases where keen to grow or change in a significant way which is when Bruno feels that rapid change and benefits can be achieved.

Beyond these permanent roles Bruno was engaged by Deloitte to help structure and run one of the largest reviews of the local automotive industry known as ASEA. He has also worked as a consultant for Argo inc. who specialise in assessing the potential of business and implementing initiatives to Starting up Biz-Map where he has assisted local organisations in Aerospace, Metal recycling, Plating, Metal cutting / forming, Electrical, and Community services with sales ranging between $1M and $50M

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12th April 2012

12:00pm

Venue: The Kooyong Lawn Tennis Club at 489 Glenferrie Rd  Kooyong VIC 3142

March 2012 – Bruce McDonald – Engineering at Ford

 

Bruce commenced his career with Ford Motor Company as a Graduate Trainee  in 1974. He retired from the company with his final positions of Vice President for a total of 9 years, heading Marketing and Sales and also Vice President, Ford Customer Service Division.

During his tenure  at Ford, he was also fortunate to be awarded a coveted International Service Assignment to Detroit and New York.

Following his retirement in 2008 from Ford after 28 years’ service, Bruce was appointed CEO of DECA, the Driver Education Centre of Australia, a Victorian Government Business Enterprise.   Bruce is now the Director of his own company, Advantage Point Business Advisors.

The media is full of negative stories about the auto industry and we look forward to hearing an auto executive who has an understanding of economics talk about the dilemma which the industry faces in Australia.

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8th March 2012

12:00pm

Venue: The Kooyong Lawn Tennis Club at 489 Glenferrie Rd  Kooyong VIC 3142

December 2011 – Robyn Guymer – Bionic Vision

Professor Robyn Guymer,  Program Leader, Clinical and Surgical Research,  Bionic Vision Australia

A Retinal Specialist Professor Guymer is the Head of the Macular Research Unit at the Centre for Eye Research Australia (CERA). Prior to this, she undertook a two-year medical retinal fellowship at Moorfields Eye Hospital in London under Professor Alan Bird, for which she was awarded a Royal Australian College of Surgeons travelling fellowship. She is a practising clinician, appointed as a medical retinal consultant at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital (RVEEH).
In 2002, Professor Guymer was awarded the Amgen medical researcher award for her ability to translate basic science into clinical practice though her work in age-related macular degeneration (AMD), the genetic study of which she had initiated at CERA, establishing the McComas molecular genetics laboratory in 1997. She conducts clinical trials into AMD treatment and epidemiological studies into its risk factors and has been responsible for introducing new treatments and investigative tools to the RVEEH.
Research interests
Professor Guymer’s finely honed clinical skills and many years of research into AMD make her one of the most important figures in Australian AMD research, a matter that has been recognised by funding support from the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) and the Ophthalmic Research Institute of Australia.
Contribution to bionic eye project
Professor Guymer’s contribution to the bionic eye project is two-fold. Firstly, it is to establish clinical tests for appropriate selection of implant recipients, and assessing and monitoring eye health, visual performance and vision-related quality of life, pre- and post-implementation.
Secondly, Professor Guymer’s contribution is to develop safe and reproducible surgical procedures for implantation of the wide-view and high-acuity neurostimulators for animal and human studies and to lead surgical aspects of the first human tests of the wide-view neurostimulator at the RVEEH.

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8th December 2011

12:00pm

Venue: The Kooyong Lawn Tennis Club at 489 Glenferrie Rd  Kooyong VIC 3142

November 2011 – Jon Faine – ABC radio 774

Our guest speaker will be Jon Faine from ABC radio 774.

Jon Faine (ABC Local)
After seven years as a lawyer, Jon entered radio broadcasting in 1989 to produce and present Radio National’s Law Report. He then presented 3LO’s Morning and Afternoon programs, worked on ABC TV’s Investigators, First Edition and Wise UP and has been presenting the Morning program on 774 ABC Melbourne since 1997.
Known for his provocative and probing debate, quick wit and willingness to ask the stickiest of questions, Jon Faine delivers thought-provoking radio. Each weekday morning from 8.30am, be it politics, finance, health, law, arts or sport, Jon investigates the issues and stories affecting Melbourne with energy and vigour – all without taking life too seriously.
Faine is known for vigorous debate and fostering conversation on politics, law, arts or sport. Enjoying high ratings peaking in September 2002, he was found to be Victoria’s top talk-show host (AC Nielsen survey). In 2003 he received the ABC Local Radio ‘Broadcaster of the Year’ award. He has also worked on scripts for a number of TV and feature films. In 2005 he undertook study in mechanical engineering technology at NMIT to be able to machine parts for his hobby of working on old cars in his spare time.
Together with his son Jack (aged 19) he used his long service leave in 2008 to drive overland from Melbourne to London

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10th November 2011

12:00pm

Venue: The Kooyong Lawn Tennis Club at 489 Glenferrie Rd  Kooyong VIC 3142

October 2011 – Heather Wardlaw – Engineers Teaching Children

Heather Wardlaw will talk about development of good engineering work practices in children.

The parallels between the work of Heather at ATC Williams and the Vernier Foundation are too great to be overlooked for anther moment and it will be valuable for us to learn how she has achieved such success and penetration of the Engineers Australia.

Heather Wardlaw moved from her Canberra birth place in 1980 to study Civil Engineering at the University of Melbourne.
Her aim of becoming a Geotechnical Engineer was achieved when she graduated with a Bachelor of Engineering in 1984 In 1985 she started work with what is now VicRoads and eventually went on to complete a Master of Engineering Science at Monash University in 1992. While completing her MEng Sc Heather worked as a full time tutor at Monash and then as a Geotechnical Engineer for Gutteridge Haskins and Davey.

ATC Williams, a local engineering consulting firm, with the support of Engineers Australia, Victoria Division is providing educational support for Sandringham Primary School.
Heather Wardlaw, a geotechnical engineer and long time employee at ATC Williams, has a keen interest in engineering and engineering education and has fostered the link between a new method of teaching introduced at Sandringham Primary School and the development of good engineering work practices in children.

ATC Williams, a company whose staff members spend most of their working days on dams and other civil projects, have indeed found a new meaning to their by-line “Grounded in Design”.
ATC Williams is proud to be able to support both the school and the engineering profession in its bid to develop a future generation of outstanding engineers. It is hoped this pioneer relationship between schools and the engineering profession will grow.

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13th October 2011

12:00pm

Venue: The Kooyong Lawn Tennis Club at 489 Glenferrie Rd  Kooyong VIC 3142

September 2011 – The Techno Challenge

A super Vernier occasion is to be held on 8th September In attendance we will have:

  • 5 schools represented by students, parents and teachers,
  • Marita Cheng, the founder of Robogals Inc, a Churchill Fellow who will tell us about her journey,
  • Zeb, a former Techno Challenge prize winner will tell us about his progress in developing a new product with the assistance of his Vernier mentor, Bob Weekes,
  • Journalists, Members of Vernier and guests.

This will be a remarkable Vernier occasion.