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Issue highlights of AMT May 2012 magazine from AMTIL

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The May 2012 issue of the AMT magazine by AMTIL focusses on green technologies and trends in the manufacturing industry.  

The May issue leads with a feature on cutting emissions and saving costs at Toyota’s Altona and Port Melbourne plants in Victoria. The company also requires its dealers and suppliers to meet its strict environmental requirements.  

The feature also covers the federal government’s $1.2bn Clean Technology Program, providing grants to assist manufacturers to become greener. Managed by AusIndustry, the program aims to improve manufacturers’ energy efficiency and supports research and development in low-pollution technologies. As of 31 March, some 2000 manufacturers had registered to attend AusIndustry Clean Technology Program information sessions held across the country.  

The Industry News section features an article on the Tasmanian link with the historic dive made by James Cameron recently.  

Also in this section, the Torch that will open the London 2012 Olympics Games has been manufactured using laser technology from Prima Power.  

The issue also covers Innovativity, a four-day management program organised by Advanced Manufacturing Co-operative Research Centre (AMCRC) to help companies and entrepreneurs in the SME segment implement a more fruitful innovation process.  

The upcoming National Manufacturing Week co-located with Austech at Sydney Showground in Sydney Olympic Park (8-11 May) is also featured in the current issue of AMT. A highlight of the event is the NMW 2012 Conference on 9 May, which will give manufacturers tips, tools and strategies for addressing industry’s big issues such as boosting productivity, sustainability and innovation.  

An article on the Clean Technology Investment Program announced by the Federal Government, which is committed to reducing Australia’s carbon emissions by between 5% and 25% from 2000 levels by 2020, explains who may apply, eligible expenditure and how to apply for funding.

Energy management is the theme of an article featuring Endress+Hauser’s measurement and control technology products, which will be of relevance to industries that are increasingly required to monitor and control the energy efficiency of utilities.  

Alfred Geissler, technical director of DECKEL MAHO Pfronten GmbH, explains in an interview how DMG supports the trend towards the environmentally oriented use of resources with the development of the DMG Virtual Machine, a future-oriented software tool, which makes it possible to plan and check machining processes ahead of the actual cutting operation.  

The New Technologies section features a white paper on ‘Cost-effective, high-speed metal cutting with 1kW sealed CO2 lasers’ by Coherent.  

The Composites section features two articles including ‘Flying light with composites’ by Leung Soo and David Aspinwall of the Machining Research Group, University of Birmingham (UK) as well as ‘A revolution in composite materials characterisation’, which describes a research program at the US Naval Research Laboratory on the rapid development of new-generation materials.  

The Business Management section features the article ‘Open Innovation can work’ by Roger La Salle about building businesses on the back of innovation. This section also includes the modernisation of the supply chain at Swagelok, a major developer and provider of fluid system solutions.  

Software trends include the launch of Autodesk’s new 3D design suites and cloud services for manufacturers, as well as survey findings by Epicor Software on companies lagging in the comprehension and execution of carbon accounting initiatives.  

A new tool from Kubotek, KeyCompare addresses data divergence problems normally associated with CAD system interoperability that plague designers and manufacturers while converting data from one format to another.  

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In Manufacturing History, AMT continues its regular series of instalments from the book ‘60 Years with Men and Machines’, the autobiography of US machinist and author Fred Herbert Colvin (1867-1965). This month’s issue covers turn-of-the-century automobiles.

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