A new initiative aims to take 25 years of research into energy-saving that is currently buried in journals and papers and create tangible practical tools for the design and construction industries.
Designer and installer Fire Systems Ltd had just three days to install a specially designed fire alarm system for Cirque du Soleil’s new tour in Germany.
Believed to be the first of its kind to be installed in the country, it is being used to protect the tunnel between the main performance tent and the dressingroom/holding tent.
The Victorian Building Authority (VBA) has advised that kit home suppliers need to be registered builders if they are also installing the homes that they sell.
This timely reminder comes as a supplier and its director in Bendigo, Victoria were found guilty by a magistrate for building a kit home with being registered as a builder.
Ryan O’Connor, a refrigeration apprentice at AG Coombs, was last week named as the recipient of the 2014 First Year Apprentice of the Year – Alan Broadhead Award.
The awards were presented by the Box Hill Institute of TAFE, and he was picked from a field of 35,000 apprentices. O’Connor is no stranger to standing out, last August winning the 2013 First Year Outstanding Student of the Year Award for Refrigeration/Air-Conditioning, which was also presented by Box Hill TAFE.
A company that manufactures and distributes medical imaging equipment has constructed a Customer Experience Centre in Melbourne. It includes a fully functioning operating theatre and enables hands-on experience of the latest versions of equipment and software.
A New Zealand-based developer of employee and visitor registration software has launched a new workplace visitor management app.
A new laminate has been released to provide solutions for environments requiring resistance to the harshest of chemicals.
A global engineering and logistics automation company has introduced a rental program for its voice-directed picking technologies to help warehouse and distribution centre managers meet the demands of peak sales periods.
Energy saving information and programs for business in Australia are constantly evolving due to new technology and, most especially, changes in government policy and funding. The following is just some of the national initiatives currently available, and in development, as at mid-year 2014.
Strong, weatherproof, cost-effective and easily transported direct to site, shipping containers are now being utilised for a wide range of applications, including retail outlets, mobile exhibitions, portable storage and innovative construction projects.
With the help of its new online facility management system, Victoria’s largest not-for-profit private healthcare group, Epworth HealthCare, is to open two new hospitals without adding more facilities management staff, and will open a third hospital in Geelong in 2016.
Berry Systems, one of the world’s leading suppliers of off-highway vehicle barriers and specialist steel safety barriers for car parks and industrial sites, has entered into an exclusive distribution agreement with Carpark Compliance Solutions (CCS).
Manufacturer of professional electronic test tools, Fluke Corporation has released new infrared cameras with wireless connectivity, which the company suggests are ideal for maintenance, troubleshooting and HVAC/R technicians, electricians and facility managers who need to collaborate and share measurements with others on their team.
From 1 July, businesses will be hit with an 11.5 to 14.3 percent increase on power bills due to the rise in regulated electricity tariffs. Queensland Watt Savers is a free energy efficiency program created to help small to medium enterprises (SMEs) and community organisations in south-east Queensland reduce their energy use.
One of the world’s largest plant factories using light emitting diode (LED) lighting has just been constructed in Tagajo, northern Japan. Mirai Co., a Tokyo-based company which operates vegetable growing factories, built facility within the shell of an existing factory. It can produce a daily harvest of approximately 10,000 heads of lettuce.
Forty years ago, a pack of Wrigley’s gum became the first item to be scanned and purchased using what is now used 5 billion times every day: the Universal Product Code barcode. Since then, barcode and scanning technologies have become an integral part of the entire supply chain industry, and have continued to evolve.
Global engineering and logistics automation company, Dematic, has launched an online store that enables Australian and New Zealand warehouse and distribution centre managers to order mobile computing accessories quickly and easily, 24/7.
Laminex Australia has introduced a specialty MDF with the highest level of Building Code fire safety specification.
Office products company Staples has launched a new division Staples Safety Solutions to provide a single-source solution for safety equipment.
Corrosion is a potentially major problem for all fire sprinkler systems, not only due to the risks it presents in performance reliability, but also in maintenance challenges. No one wants their sprinkler system offline.
Timber specialist Big River has debuted Anti-Slip Plywood, a new plywood product featuring a highly slip resistant coating designed to protect against injury on both indoor and outdoor workplace platforms, ramps, walkways and floors.
A technical advance based on an edible salt could revolutionalise solar power.
International commercial real estate services company Colliers is rolling out in Australia an analytics and communications software platform designed to meet clients’ corporate real estate and facilities management needs.
The conclusions of a new meta-analysis of the systemic pesticides neonicotinoids and fipronil (neonics) – the most widely used pesticides in the world – confirm that they are causing significant damage to a wide range of beneficial invertebrate species and are a key factor in the decline of bees.
Global logistics automation company Dematic has announced an enhancement to its suite of Wireless LAN support services for Australian and New Zealand warehouses with the addition of a Wireless LAN Remote Monitoring service, which optimises wireless network coverage at all times, and avoids costly business downtime.
The first and largest of three state-of-the-art buildings for the University of Technology, Sydney’s billion-dollar City Campus Master Plan, has opened in Ultimo.
A Federal Government report into how Australian companies can succeed in manufacturing has lauded the example set by specialist tapware and safety technology producer Enware Australia.
A US hospital has implemented new mobile facility and work order management apps for iOS and Android that increase the efficiency of hospital technicians who repair equipment across large campuses and enable the immediate rerouting of employees to respond to critical malfunctions as they happen.
Automatica, the biannual international trade fair for automation and mechatronics, held earlier this month in Munich, drew a record number of visitors. The fair showcases robotics, assembly and handling technology, supply, sensor, drive and safety technology, positioning systems, software and more.
Facility Management is proud to present its Annual Software Guide for 2014, offering readers the most comprehensive overview of software products and suppliers in Australasia’s facilities management sector.
The first Australian survey of Activity Based Working (ABW) and technology within the workplace has just been undertaken.
Supported by green building councils all over the world, the annual World Green Building Week showcases the diversity of global action taking place to create sustainable built environments. In 2014 World Green Building Week runs from 22 – 26 September.
With Building Information Modelling (BIM) becoming an important aspect of building design and management, Dulux Australia has launched a range of free content and plugins for Revit, the building design software for BIM.
This year’s Lightfair, the world’s largest annual architectural and commercial lighting trade show and conference, has just concluded in Las Vegas. Not surprisingly there was a blizzard of product announcements.
Global operations management consultancy DuPont Sustainable Solutions has announced the creation of a new suite of training methodologies aimed at helping companies address technical skill shortages in the proper handling of hazardous materials.
The facility management sector is awash with acronyms, especially in the technology sphere with CAFM, CMMS, EAMS, FMIS, IWMS and MMS bandied around with increasing ease, if not understanding.
Helping preserve most metal surfaces against corrosion, MilCorr VpCI Shrink Film provides complete product storage protection, including for shipments.
The 2015 Milan Expo will include a pavilion with an air-cleaning façade designed by Rome-based architectural practice Nemesi & Partners.
ICAM, an Italian supplier of automated storage and filing, has announced a new interactive stock picking system.
Commmercial shelving, storage, and filing systems in New Zealand not only need to meet the usual product demands for their sector: they also need to cope with seismic events.
At its World Wide Developers’ Conference this week, Apple announced new versions of its desktop operating system OS X, and its mobile operating system iOS.
June 4 is World FM Day. Initiated by Global FM, a worldwide alliance of member-centred facility management organisations, World FM Day aims to raise the global profile of the facilities management profession.
An enormous 500-kilowatt (kW) solar photovoltaic (PV) system has just been installed by Autonomous Energy in Melbourne. Two thousand Kyocera solar panels now cover the roof of Toyota Australia’s Engine Factory at its Altona North plant.
The City of Melbourne has become hardcore in reducing carbon emissions from commerce and industry.
A collection of carpet tiles made from discarded fishing nets, sourced from some of the world’s poorest fishing communities, has taken out the 2014 Good Design Award for Sustainability.
Leading wood care brand Sikkens has taken the guesswork out of choosing a timber coating with the new range of Sikkens Cetol 100-millilitre sample pots.
Building on the cutting edge technology of its R250 outdoor luminaire, GE has launched the Eco R250.
BenQ’s new P Series Projectors offer high brightness, optional lenses and interchangeable colour wheels for complete installation flexibility.
The ARBS 2014 Industry Awards, which recognise outstanding achievement in Australia’s air-conditioning, refrigeration and building services industry, have been announced.
Designed in Australia, Clipsal by Schneider Electric’s innovative USB charger offers adaptability, efficiency and reliability in one convenient universal mechanism. Providing up to 1.2 amps, it is efficient in charging times with minimal stand-by energy consumption.