New compact high pressure cleaner


High pressure cleaner manufacturer Kärcher has released a new compact heavy-duty cleaner ideal for the work site.

The K6.200 operates from the prone position and has a water-cooled engine to ensure it can handle the heavy-duty use it’s intended for. Built tough and easy to transport thanks to the rear wheels and compact design, the K6.200 has an impressive 10-metre hose length, so there’s nowhere for dirt and grime to hide.

Case delivers enterprise capabilities to iPad mini


Honeywell has launched a new encasement for the Apple iPad mini. Like its similar cases for the Apple iPhone and iPod Touch, the new Captuvo SL62 enterprise sled provides an Apple iPad mini with powerful enterprise capabilities – not least, for convenient inventory management.

Many roof anchors fail safety standards


The estimated 350,000 Australians who work at height, maintaining buildings, face a deadly threat, with as many as 31 percent of life-saving safety anchors unable to meet the most basic safety standards.

The Working At Heights Association (WAHA), which represents manufacturers and installers of fall prevention equipment, has revealed dramatic footage of several types of commonly used roof safety anchors failing ‘drop tests’ in accordance with Australian Standard AS/NZS5532.

High speed charging of mobile devices


Leading electrical manufacturer Legrand has launched a module for charging multiple mobile devices simultaneously at their maximum speed, from the convenience of a powerpoint or switchplate.

Called the Excel Life Dual USB Charging Module, the product conveniently addresses Australia’s high demand for charging mobile products and the current frustration of not having enough powerpoints to charge them in.

New names in Property Hall of Fame


Three Australian property industry luminaries – Ervin Graf, Bruno Grollo and Rino Grollo – are to be invested into the Australian Property Hall of Fame.

“All three inductees have been extraordinary visionaries within the industry,” says Property Council of Australia national president, Darren Steinberg, adding that they have not only redefined Australia’s property industry, but also reshaped the urban landscape and how people live.

Closing the loop for carbon savings


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. 

Advanced fire safety at the circus


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.

Kit home builder fined for installation without registration


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.

AG Coombs star apprentice wins again


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.

Trafalgar Cabinets goes online


Sydney-based, family-owned Trafalgar has launched an online e-commerce site to display and sell its range of dangerous goods storage cabinets and access panels. The all-Australian-made product range includes Flammable, Corrosive, Toxic, Organic, Oxidising and Emergency Information storage cabinets, which are all built in accordance with Australian Standards.

5-metre scanning from Intermec by Honeywell


Intermec by Honeywell scanners are being used by the Australian shipping industry to scan and automatically read shipping container codes and numbers from a distance of up to five metres, allowing them to track containers in real time and reduce errors in data capture.

Panasonic 6 Series dome network cameras


Panasonic has introduced six new fixed dome network surveillance cameras which offer high-resolution images with clear motion and improved low-light capabilities while resisting vandalism.

OKALUX VIP insulation module


Dow Corning and OKALUX have developed a high-performance insulation module which delivers excellent heat insulation at a fraction of the thickness of traditional insulation materials such as rock mineral wool, glass mineral wool, extruded polystyrene (XPS), expanded polystyrene (EPS) and vacuum insulation panels.

Rheem competition winner announced


Helen Simmons, office manager at Simmons & Associates is the lucky winner of the Rheem Lazer Eco 5L model above bench boiling water system competition held in the February-March issue of Facility Management magazine.

Hydromist 13 Pro-Spotter


Truvox International has introduced the Hydromist 13 Pro-Spotter to its range of carpet cleaners. This lightweight, compact and manoeuvrable carpet and upholstery spray extractor is designed for use in facilities such as small pubs and clubs, hotels, offices, care homes, schools, colleges and universities.