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.
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 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.
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.
A technical advance based on an edible salt could revolutionalise solar power.
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.
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.
Office products company Staples has launched a new division Staples Safety Solutions to provide a single-source solution for safety equipment.
Laminex Australia has introduced a specialty MDF with the highest level of Building Code fire safety specification.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
A new laminate has been released to provide solutions for environments requiring resistance to the harshest of chemicals.
A New Zealand-based developer of employee and visitor registration software has launched a workplace visitor management app.
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.
Patrons at this year’s Splendour in the Grass event near Bryon Bay will be the first to experience a new state-of-the-art, waterless and low-odour composting toilet.
Technology and consumer expectations have advanced to the point where static posters and billboards are quickly being replaced by digital interactive displays. One company has just released a range of 10-inch digital ePosters that offer state-of-the-art features.
Library at The Dock is a revolutionary addition to Melbourne’s skyline, setting new environmental benchmarks for future developments and acting as a centrepoint for the Docklands neighbourhood.
Sam Davey, sales manager at Forum Group, offers an overview of the current state of play for the technology.
An environmentally safe and economical alternative to the use of chemicals for cleaning up oil spills has been released.
A new workplace safety glove offers better performance in the handling of wet and toxic products.
US software developer Bentley has announced a new version of AssetWise, its performance management program for infrastructure assets.
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 recent rise of rapid turnover low-cost clothing retailing – ‘fast fashion’ – has triggered a global demand for quicker and more efficient logistics and distribution operations within the apparel industry.
Released in March 2014 for iOS, and soon to be available for Android, PocketFM is a mobile work management app designed primarily for the facilities, maintenance and trades industries.
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.
A range of fixed dome security cameras has been released, which are claimed to deliver exceptional image quality even in low light conditions.
A random survey of nine commercially available insulated flexible duct products in Australia has found all samples failed to comply with mandatory energy efficiency performance standards.
A new range of metallic laminates is now available in the Australian market.
Australia is to be the home of one of the largest solar photovoltaic research plants in the world.
Two advanced high definition touch screen displays for educational and commercial environments have just been released.
A new model of one of Australia’s most successful floor cleaning machines has been launched with features aimed at improving productivity, as well as health and safety.
The University of Melbourne has installed a 1150-kVA (kilo volt ampere) voltage optimisation unit for the mechanical services supply of its Law Building.
A new disability bathroom range provides fittings that are more user-friendly, including for the designers and architects that specify them.
A new range of water-based enamels, ceiling paints and prepcoats delivers finished results via spray application much faster than was previously possible.
With advanced features that include an optimised inverter control and compact high efficiency heat exchanger, a new series of air-conditioners promise significant benefits for commercial and home use.
A global survey has indicated that sustainability is becoming a more strategic and integral part of business, but that many companies still have a long way to go in mastering the reputation, execution and accountability of their sustainability programs.
Like most industries, facility management has become increasingly data driven. That’s about to increase exponentially. Driving it will be remarkable developments in mobile three-dimensional (3D) mapping that will make the technology accessible to not only professionals, but everyone else as well.
Until recently, stylish wasn’t a word you would attach to safety glasses, eye protection being their most critical feature.
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.