Happy Birthday Barcode!

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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.

New anti-corrosion coating for fire sprinkers

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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.

Anti-slip plywood improves workplace safety

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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.

Risks of systemic pesticides confirmed

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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.

Enhanced wireless LAN support for warehouses

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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.

Mobile FM apps create huge savings for hospital

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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.

Rise of the machines

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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.

Dulux makes adding colours to BIM easier

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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.

Lightfair showcases the latest in lighting

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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.