The PRWIRE Press Releases http:// 2016-09-27T01:47:04Z Virbac Australia's Commercial Manager recognised as a finalist in the 2016 Telstra NSW Business Women's Award 2016-09-27T01:47:04Z virbac-australia-s-commercial-manager-recognised-as-a-finalist-in-the-2016-telstra-nsw-business-women-s-award Virbac Australia’s Commercial Manager, Sarah Hunter has been named as a finalist in the 2016 NSW Telstra Business Awards. The highly sought after Awards not only recognise Australia’s most exceptional business women but are a symbol of business excellence. John Embling, General Manager Virbac Australia said: “Sarah is one of the most senior women in the $1Bn animal health market in Australia and her selection as a finalist in these Awards is a fitting accolade and we are thrilled that her contribution to the industry has been given the recognition it deserves.” With experience spanning two decades and two continents, Sarah says she sees her role as a finalist as an opportunity to promote Australian agriculture - and animal health - as a vibrant and exciting industry in which to build a career. “I am a proud Agricultural Science graduate from the University of Sydney and I love to showcase the myriad – and sometimes not immediately obvious – pathways that exist for those whose passion is for agriculture and veterinary science,” she said. “It is also great to show the way in which progressive leadership and business approaches fit naturally with creative problem-solving - a cornerstone of both agricultural and veterinary innovation” she added. Since joining Virbac Australia in 2004, Sarah and her team have been unlocking value at all levels by asking, “why not?” and breaking new ground in the way they do business and she says, anyone can do it. “All you need is to be prepared to test yourself, back yourself and not be afraid to tread a different path to everyone else.” Sarah is a finalist in the Corporate and Private Award category and will attend the Gala Dinner at Doltone House in Pyrmont on 11 October 2016 where the 2016 Telstra NSW Business Women’s Award winners will be announced. “We wish Sarah every success at the Awards and hope to see her contend the national award next month,” said John. Ends. Leading US veterinarian to tour Australia showcasing the latest research in cattle-related trace mineral science. 2016-08-24T23:30:44Z leading-us-veterinarian-to-tour-australia-showcasing-the-latest-research-in-cattle-related-trace-mineral-science One of the USA’s leading technical services veterinarians, Dr Bob Gentry is about to tour Australia, highlighting the benefits of trace minerals in beef and dairy production. Dr Gentry, who works at Multimin USA Inc, will be travelling from Monday, 29th August to Friday 9th September as a guest of Virbac Australia. He’ll meet with rural merchandisers, local cattle veterinarians, scientists, as well as beef and dairy producers around Australia, in a series of talks that will take him across five different states. Trace minerals are essential for strong growth and optimal production in beef and dairy cattle, by regulating hundreds of bodily processes. Dr Gentry will present the latest in trace mineral science, the differences between injectable and oral trace minerals, the impact on cattle health, fertility, immunity and vaccine function, and the potential impact on profitability. Dr Jerry Liu, Livestock Nutrition Specialist for Virbac Australia, says “we are excited to be hosting Dr Gentry, who’ll present cutting edge, world class information to Australian rural merchandisers and beef and dairy producers.” Dr Gentry has over 35 years of experience as a professional vet, with a specific focus on beef cattle production, nutrition and reproduction. “For beef and dairy producers, the chance to learn the latest in trace mineral science from a global expert is truly unique,” concludes Dr Liu. Virbac Australia welcomes the media to interview Dr Gentry during his visit, as well as attend any of the local events. State Date Time Town Where NSW Monday 29th August 9.00am – 11.00am Holbrook Holbook Library Complex 39 Young Street Holbrook NSW 2644 SA Monday 29th August 6.00pm – 8.30pm Mount Gambier Commodore on the Park Cnr Jubillee Highway & Penola Road Mount Gambier SA 5290 SA Tuesday 30th August 7.00am – 9.00am Mount Gambier Commodore on the Park Cnr Jubillee Highway & Penola Road Mount Gambier SA 5290 SA Tuesday 30th August 12.30pm – 3.00pm Willalooka Willalooka Tavern Riddoch Hwy Willalooka SA 5267 WA Wednesday 31st August 2.30pm – 3.30pm Bellvue The Farm Shop (CRT) Clayton Street Bellvue WA 6056 WA Thursday 1st September 11.00am – 2.00pm Bunbury Farm West Discovery 2016 Lighthouse Beach Resort Bunbury WA 6230 VIC Friday 2nd September 8.00am – 9.00am Pakenham Elders Pakenham Cnr Livestock Way & Koo Wee Rup Road Pakenham VIC 3810 VIC Friday 2nd September 10.00am – 1.00pm Wonthaggi ‘Kent Family Farm’ 289 Mill Road Woolamai VIC 3995 VIC Friday 2nd September 2.00pm – 3.15pm Leongatha Leongatha RSL Cnr Smith Street & Michael Place Leongatha VIC 3953 QLD Monday 5th September 10.00am – 12.30pm Rockhampton Park Avenue Hotel Cnr Haynes & Main St North Rockhampton QLD 4701 QLD Monday 5th September 5.30pm – 7.00pm Killarney Tannymoral Bowles Club 25 Oak St Tannymorel QLD 4372 QLD Tuesday 6th September 7.30am – 9.30am Toowoomba The Toowoomba Motel 2 Burnage St Toowoomba QLD NSW Tuesday 6th September 12.30pm – 2.00pm Glen Innes Glen Innes Services Club 120 Grey Street Glen Innes NSW 2370 NSW Tuesday 6th September 3.30pm – 5.00pm Guyra Rafters Restaurant 87 Malpas Street Guyra NSW 2365 NSW Tuesday 5th September 6.00pm – 9.00pm Armidale St Kilda Hotel 102-104 Rusden Street Armidale NSW 2350 NSW Wednesday 7th September 7.00am – 9.00am Walcha Walcha Vet Supplies Aberbaldie Road Walcha NSW 2354 NSW Wednesday 7th September 10.00am – 12.00pm Tamworth Frog & Toad Function Centre 238 Goonoo Goonoo Road South Tamworth NSW 2340 NSW Wednesday 7th September 6.00pm – 9.00pm Dubbo Cattleman's Country Motor Inn Whylandra Street Dubbo NSW 2830 NSW Thursday 8th September 10.00am – 12.00pm Orange Duntryleague Golf Club Woodward Street Orange NSW 2380 NSW Thursday 8th September 6.00pm – 9.00pm Goulburn Astor Hotel 93 Auburn St Goulburn NSW 2580 NSW Friday 9th September 7.00am – 9.00am Goulburn [Tentative] Astor Hotel 93 Auburn St Goulburn NSW 2580 NSW Friday 9th September 3.00pm – 5.00pm Camden Scibus 2 Broughton St Camden NSW 2570 Media Opportunity Interview opportunity with Dr Bob Gentry, Technical Services Veterinarian, Multimin USA Inc Interview opportunity with Dr Jerry Liu, Livestock Nutrition Specialist, Virbac Australia Interview opportunity with Dr Susan Swaney, Livestock Technical Veterinarian, Virbac Australia (VIC, SA, & WA events) Interview opportunity with Dr Matthew Ball, Technical Services Manager, Virbac Australia (QLD & NSW events) - Ends – Contact: Adam Arndell, C7EVEN Communications, 0403 372 889 / 02 6766 4513 Dr Bob Gentry: Dr Bob Gentry earned his DVM from Kansas State University in 1981. In 1996 he obtained a Certificate in Beef Cattle Production from the University of Nebraska. In 2009 he was awarded a President’s Award from the Kansas Veterinary Medical Association. Dr Gentry spent 31 years in mixed-animal practice, predominantly working with beef cattle. Prior to joining Boehringer Ingelheim in 2012, he worked as a faculty member at the University of Nebraska, lecturing on Beef Cattle Production medicine. Dr Gentry joined Multimin in 2014. His professional areas of interest are beef cattle production, nutrition and reproduction. Virbac Australia: Virbac (Australia) Pty Ltd is a specialist animal health company, with its core business in sheep and cattle products, veterinary pharmaceuticals and vaccines, a wide range of petcare products for dogs and cats, plus a broad range of products for horses. Virbac Australia’s 2015 sales turnover was more than A$120 million. In Australia, Virbac employs around 260 personnel, all of whom are passionate about animal health. Virbac offers an injectable product called Multimin, designed to top-up important trace minerals (manganese, zinc, selenium and copper) in beef and dairy cattle. The focus of trace mineral supplementation has developed to beyond merely correcting deficiency symptoms. Strategic mineral supplementation is aimed at the optimisation of reproductive performance, immune function and growth, resulting in significant improvements in productivity and subsequently profitability. Further information on Multimin can be found here. Lucerne a stand-out performer for grazing tolerance 2016-08-16T02:00:46Z lucerne-a-stand-out-performer-for-grazing-tolerance PGG Wrightson Seeds Stamina® GT5 has emerged from long testing processes, both locally and internationally, as a standout performer delivering excellent persistency, acceptable winter dormancy, strong pest and disease resistance, and yields equal to the best standard cultivars. James Sewell, PGG Wrightson Seeds Research and Development Manager, says that there are a lot of lucerne products that claim to be ‘grazing tolerant’ but the fact is not many have been tested under the internationally recognised ‘Standard Test Protocol’ in the same way Stamina GT5 has. “The results of this rigorous testing, along with the subsequent trials and published literature clearly show that Stamina GT5 is one of the best lucernes for grazing tolerance,” said James. South-west NSW producers Steve and Genevieve Affleck, turned to Stamina GT5 four years ago to improve their prime lamb production and haven’t looked back. “What started out as an experiment across five hectares of our property in Wombat, has genuinely paid off,” says Steve. “We started using Stamina GT5 four years ago when we needed to improve our pastures for persistency and to establish a high tolerance to grazing. Stamina GT5 lucerne has certainly delivered that.” The husband and wife team run a first cross ewe enterprise with some composites. Running two lambing seasons; in autumn and spring annually meant they needed consistent feed throughout the year. “Our biggest issue for pasture management is the region’s dry summers and wet winters. Here like most of NSW once the real summer bites a lot of your grasses are just useless. This is when the persistence of Stamina GT5 comes into its own,” says Steve. “Stamina GT5 has been a great way to help bridge the gap in the feed when other grasses and clovers are not available,” he said. Initially, Steve and Genevieve trialled dual pasture options on their property. The first, a pure lucerne stand that comprised 5ha of Stamina GT5 lucerne sown in the autumn four years ago. This was sown at 12kg/ha and was primarily for finishing lambs. Another 10ha was sown in 2015, and a further 15ha this year in 2016. The second was a pasture mix incorporating Stamina GT5 lucerne (3kg/ha), sub clover (2kg/ha), tall fescue (3kg/ha) and phalaris (2kg/ha). Steve sowed 10ha in 2015, primarily for his joined ewes and to provide high-quality feed during lambing. Both pastures were sown using a small air-seeder with a five-inch spacing to keep plant population dense per square metre, and to have a high level of ground cover. “It’s only a very small spacing but the resulting ground coverage and grazing tolerance in both pasture options have been exceptional,” Steve says. “We are lucky if we give the stand two weeks’ rest between grazing. It’s still really thick and dense. We wouldn’t have lost more than 2% coverage even after four years of hard grazing and we have had no issues with pests in the pure Stamina GT5 lucerne stand.” Sheep performance is another area Steve and Genevieve have experienced outstanding results. Steve said: “On the 5ha of pure Stamina GT5 lucerne stand, we turned off more than 400 lambs in the last year, while the same area carried up to 20 lambs/ha at any one time.” He added that lambs also gained an extra 2kg of weight and turned off two weeks earlier than lambs that were finished on oats. “We found that finishing on the Stamina GT5 lucerne actually gets better quality lambs quicker than having them on grazing oats. That’s why we’re pushing now to put so much Stamina GT5 in. It just gives us that flexibility with a quality feed and the sheep perform well on it.” Steve and Genevieve are also upbeat about hay harvested from the Stamina GT5 lucerne. “With our last cut we averaged nine five-foot-round bales/ha of excellent quality hay,” said Steve. “We had just sold the lambs and thought, we’ll lock it up and see what it does. After some timely rain, it took off and we decided to cut it for hay. The sheep eat the lot so it’s beautiful hay, it really is and it retains its leaf really well,” Steve added. James said: “it’s great to see Steve and Genevieve achieving such excellent yield and quality over the warmer months with Stamina GT5.” “It demonstrates that maintaining stand density, improved persistence, quality and yield can be achieved in lucerne cultivars that have been selected for grazing tolerant characteristics.” James explained that unlike Stamina GT5, many cultivars have not been subjected to the standard test protocols under the harsh Australian conditions and as such, producers should be cautious when assessing and purchasing cultivars claiming grazing tolerance. “If this claim is made, it is strongly recommended that producers request evidence and data to prove that it was run according to the industry standard test protocol,” he said. For more information on how Stamina GT5 grazing tolerant lucerne can improve your farm grazing productivity and profitability, contact your local PGG Wrightson Seeds Sales Agronomist as listed at www.springpasture.com.au ENDS. Media enquiries: C7EVEN Communications Adam Arndell 02 6766 4513 / 0403 372 889 adam.arndell@c7even.com.au New maize silage hybrid delivers exceptional production yield for dairy farmers 2016-08-10T02:30:18Z new-maize-silage-hybrid-delivers-exceptional-production-yield-for-dairy-farmers Z71-F1 is an exciting new addition to the PGG Wrightson Seeds’ Corson Maize Seed silage range that can help farmers boost their productivity and profitability where a full season hybrid is appropriate. Northern Victorian maize grower Adam Whipp says people are now chasing Corson Maize Z71-F1 because it brings a wider harvest window, greater yield and higher profit. “Corson Maize Z71-F1 interested me because it promised above average early-growth, a tall and bulky plant with large cobs, as well as superior stay green attributes, and it delivered,” said Adam. Yields from the Corson Maize Z71-F1 were around 25 tonne/ha, an extra 5 tonne/ha increase from the traditional maize varieties on his farm. “That extra five tonne a hectare makes a big difference in terms of profit,” Adam says. Located in the heart of dairy country, west of Shepparton, at Nanneella, Adam Whipp runs a 100ha property where maize is a big part of his annual crop rotation. “Generally, I’ll grow shaftal clover for the winter from April to November, then I’ll sow maize at the end of November,” Adam says. However, increasing water costs and reduced allocations left Adam searching for a higher yielding maize silage that could offset this increasing cost. Working with his local agronomist, Adam initially sowed Corson Maize Z71-F1 as a “trial” but says it performed that well he’s made it a permanent part of his crop rotation system. “The Corson Maize Z71-F1 grew a metre taller than the other variety of maize I normally grow and has 11-12 leaves on the plant above the corn cob, compared to the standard variety which has about six leaves above the corn cob,” says Adam. “It also has a stay green gene in it and it does stay greener, so when you go to chop it, it doesn’t dry off like the other varieties. The other varieties go brown very quick but this one hung on pretty well,” Adam explained. In preparation for planting, Adam first cut the shaftal hay, then ran over the area with a disc plough, before pre-irrigating, adding a broadcast based fertiliser and incorporating it with a grader board. Five days later, Adam planted the Corson Maize Z71-F1 at 85,000 seeds/ha to a depth of 2.5 inches, and also added 50 litres/ha of liquid starter fertiliser. Adam said for this crop he used around seven megalitres/ha of water through the growing period and deployed 300 litres/ha of liquid fertiliser that he applied with a water applicator so that it “dribbled into the irrigation channel and gave the soil a nitrogen boost.” Adam said: “Corson Maize Z71-F1 is at least 10% better than the other varieties I have grown.” Feed testing on the Corson Maize Z71-F1 also showed good nutrition results, especially the starch levels and these results were supported by local dairy farmers, who Adam sold his harvested crop too. “I would definitely recommend Corson Maize Z71-F1 to other growers and to dairy farmers as a quality supplement to their pasture-based systems,” he said. PGG Wrightson Seeds Product Development Manager, Kelly Burke says Corson Maize Z71-F1 has a high grain content and above average whole plant digestibility and is suitable for warmer regions where early planting is possible. “It is ideally suited to contract silage production, targeting high yields and quality silage. Dairy farmers, in particular, can take advantage of its performance by planting early at run-off,” Kelly added. For more information on how Corson Maize Z71-F1 can improve your silage production, contact your local PGG Wrightson Seeds’ Sales Agronomist as listed at www.pggwrightsonseeds.com.au Ends. For media enquiries: C7EVEN Communications Adam Arndell 02 6766 4513 / 0403 372 889 adam.arndell@c7even.com.au Safe Work Australia’s Award for Good Design goes to a Forklift with a difference 2016-06-06T00:16:55Z safe-work-australia-s-award-for-good-design-goes-to-a-forklift-with-a-difference Safe Work Australia’s Award for Good Design goes to a Materials Handling device with a difference Creativity, innovation and design has come together, winning Makinex Construction Products’ Powered Hand Truck Safe Work Australia’s Award for Good Design last weekend. The revolutionary machine, the Powered Hand Truck, replaces the need for a forklift and has the potential to cut shoulder and back injuries in the workplace. The Makinex Powered Hand Truck is a universal materials handling solution that enables one person to safely lift and load small equipment or bulky goods weighing up to 140kg (309lbs). It provides a quick and easy alternative to using a forklift or tailgate loader for small loads. The inaugural Safe Work Australia Award for Good Design was selected from finalists across all categories in the 2016 Good Design Awards. Makinex were presented with their award as part of the 2016 Good Design Awards ceremony on 27 May 2016. Since using the Powered Hand Truck, Australian company Kennard’s Hire has seen a significant decrease in shoulder and back injuries. It has become an indispensible piece of equipment in Kennards Hire across Australia and New Zealand. “A focus on health and safety in design helps eliminate hazards and risks before they enter the workplace. Good work design can radically transform the workplace in ways that benefit the business, workers, clients and others in the supply chain.” said Safe Work Australia Chief Executive Officer, Ms Michelle Baxter. “Makinex is about making inefficiencies extinct, where the name itself comes from this driving force. Makinex strives towards continuous improvement by looking close at it’s business to find unique, innovative and practical product solutions that provide the construction and rental industries with a better way to do their jobs to save time, physical effort and money”, says CEO Rory Kennard, who plays an instrumental part in the design and development of many of Makinex’s products. Makinex is an Australian owned private company that have been experts in the design, development and distribution of innovative products since 2004, providing solutions to the construction, landscaping, equipment hire, infrastructure and related industries. With plans to expand the existing designed product range, growth in local and global markets with offices in Los Angeles, and a global dealer network they have a commitment to ongoing research and development, Makinex is experiencing exponential growth, particularly in its own line of designed and manufactured products. “We believe that ‘good enough’ is never enough for our customers”, says Kennard. Watch the multi-award winning Powered Hand Truck here ENDS For further information, hi-res images and interviews please contact: Amy Dowd | Rhetoric Communications|0420 979 187| amy@rhetoriccommunications.com Makinex Makinex seeks to make an impactful difference on the global construction industry through the provision of truly unique and innovative Australian designed quality products. http://www.makinex.com.au/ Farmer's Own Milk proves to be toast of the town for consumers 2016-05-13T07:36:53Z farmer-s-own-milk-proves-to-be-toast-of-the-town-for-consumers Dairy farmers supplying Woolworths supermarkets directly under the Farmer’s Own brand wrapped up a successful 2-day marketing conference in the Barossa Valley, South Australia. Produced by a small number of select farmers from some of Australia’s premier dairying areas, Farmer’s Own milk is minimally processed and as a result the composition of the milk often varies with the seasons.  Conference participants heard that “Farmer’s Own has become a popular choice with consumers for its fresh-from-farm flavour and is now a well-established Woolworths brand.  “Farmer’s Own”  has now progressively launched in almost all states over the last three years, with South Australians most recently having access to this quality milk when we commenced supplying Woolworths nine months ago,” said Andrew Koch, who chairs the Barossa supply group.    “As home of Australia’s provenance-based wine and food revolution, the world-renown Barossa Valley proved to be the perfect backdrop for the first national Farmers’ Own conference”, Mr Koch said.  “Farmers were very motivated hearing from speakers including  Ann Maroney from Barossa Tourism, Steve Henschke from Henschke Estate wines and Victoria McClurg, CEO of the Barossa Cheese Co., who offered real insights into the marketing of fine food products with a particular provenance,”  said Tim Bale, one of seven NSW dairy farming families attending the conference. The conference considered marketing plans and focussed on promotional activities that participating farmers could consider in their local communities, as well as using various social media channels to further promote the brand. “In what is a first for Woolworths when it comes to milk, the supermarket works directly with farmers rather than going through the traditional processor-middleman,” said Mr Bale,.    “We know that customers are keen to see farmers get a fair price for their produce, and our direct relationship with Woolworths is delivering exactly that,” he added. “This relationship gives the farmers end-to-end transparency from shed to shelf, a longer term contract and a much closer relationship with customers – so it is a win:win outcome for everyone.” Farmer’s Own dairy farmers are also located in the Mary Valley in Queensland, the Manning Valley in NSW, the Otways region of Victoria and  in WA’s Margaret River district. The milk is available in three varieties; full cream and reduced fat homogenised milk and full cream unhomogenised milk with the cream on top.  Farmer’s Own milk is only available from Woolworths supermarkets. For further information please contact Andrew Koch on 02 8885 1033 or Tim Bale on 0427 535 511 FRACTIONAL PRIVATE JET OWNERSHIP HEADED TO AUSTRALIA 2016-02-19T01:49:19Z fractional-private-jet-ownership-headed-to-australia Australia is set to receive the latest mode of air travel, fractional jet ownership.  After more than 12 months of planning, YOURJET was formally launched during an event hosted by the QLD Government Department of State Development and the Australian High Commission in Singapore. Company Director Jason Hazell recognised an opportunity to bring the model to Australia after hearing the same messages from people every time he travelled.  “People are increasingly frustrated with commercial air travel but left with few choices.  YOURJET brings the efficiencies and benefits of private jet travel to people that don’t need or can’t justify the cost of an entire aircraft.”  YOURJET’s fractional model is based on successful programs operating in Europe, Asia and the US with enhancements to suit the Australian market.  A fleet of brand new aircraft each owned by up to four businesses or individuals will be managed and operated by YOURJET.  Owners will automatically gain access to the entire fleet significantly increasing aircraft availability even when “their” aircraft is being used by another owner. Flight bookings are made with the easy to use online reservation system, which is backed up by a 24/7 customer support team.  The flight operations department takes the hassle out of jet ownership by managing all maintenance, servicing, fueling, cleaning and catering.  This means that all the owner has to do is arrive at the private jet terminal and get on their way.  The use of private jet terminals is where the model really offers time savings, doing away with airport queues and waiting around.  Coupled with the ability to fly directly to their destination, owners can shave hours off their current travel times particularly when flying from capital cities to regional centres. Speaking after the event in Singapore, Mr Hazell said “Almost 1.5 Million people flew between Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne in November 2015 alone.  Even with each person spending one hour wasted in transit, that’s a lot of unproductive time.  We’ve been talking to businesses that can’t afford that kind of waste and are looking for a flexible, affordable option to move key staff between cities across Australia.” The Singapore Airshow provided the opportunity for some of the first potential participants to view the aircraft that they could own a share in, the Embraer Phenom 300.  The award winning aircraft is the leader in the light jet category, quickly becoming the most popular choice for fractional ownership programs, particularly in the US. Not just for the business traveler, YOURJET also caters for individuals looking for the flexibility and convenience of private travel.  The range of the Phenom 300 means a party of eight can easily fly direct to places like Queenstown or Fiji from the East Coast of Australia while South East Asia can be reached with a short stop for fuel in Darwin. YOURJET will employ a team of experienced pilots that will receive training on the jet from the manufacturer.  Ongoing training will be provided by a major Australian flight training school to ensure their skills remain current. Mr Hazell continues to operate other successful aviation businesses providing consulting and aeronautical design in Australia and the Asia Pacific Regions.  As a highly experienced aeronautical engineer Mr Hazell brings more than 30 years of aviation knowledge to YOURJET ensuring the program offers quality and value for the owners underpinned by the highest standards of aviation safety. With a maximum of four owners per aircraft, the first aircraft are expected to be taken up quickly.  “There’s no other program in Australia that lets you own a brand new jet for a ¼ of the price.  We’re really excited to launch this innovative model today and offer our customers the ability to transform their travel with YOURJET.” For media enquires contact:   Paul Robbie General Manager 1300 598 538 paul.robbie@yourjet.com.au CEPA High-Speed Centrifuges for Separation and Solids Removal from Liquids 2016-02-13T01:56:38Z cepa-high-speed-centrifuges-for-separation-and-solids-removal-from-liquids The CEPA family of high-speed centrifuges is widely used in a variety of biological processes from cell harvesting and clarifying to separations of chemicals, foods, blood and pharmaceuticals. Consistently high performance is achieved without using costly disposables in continuous, semi-continuous or batch operations. Ruggedly built in a range of sizes, CEPA centrifuges provide an efficient, cost-effective technology in a myriad of applications extending from the research laboratory to the production plant. The CEPA High Speed Centrifuge family of instruments, offered through John Morris Scientific, efficiently separates from one to several thousand litres of biological cultures and other mixtures. For mixtures with extremely high solids concentrations, drum centrifuges can be supplied for high performance separations. How They WorkCEPA centrifuges are characterised by their ability to process many times the volume of their tubular bowl. Fluid mixtures are fed into the bottom of the rapidly rotating separation chamber. Solids are retained, while liquid components are expelled from the top of the chamber through a collection tray. For liquid-liquid separations, two collection trays are used. The retained solids cake is dry and densely packed by the high G-forces of the CEPA centrifuge. Plastic bowl liners are available for models LE, Z41 and Z61 to facilitate cell paste removal. The optimum size of a centrifuge for a given application depends on the properties of your process liquid. Typical process volumes specified for each centrifuge are approximate. Contact John Morris Scientific for a no-obligation consultation regarding your specific application. Typical Applications Harvesting biomass Clarifying process liquids Separating liquid products Fractionation of human blood Animal blood processing Bioremediation Processing of granular, crystalline and fibrous suspensions Separation of filterable and non-filterable sludges Features and Benefits Rapid separations. Consistent performance. Range of models facilitate scale-up. Simple to set up, easy to use and rapidly cleaned with minimal downtime. No fragile membranes to install. No replacement membranes, or costly disposables Small footprint saves valuable space Enclosed models available to help control aerosols and ambient gas and attain quieter operations For mixtures with extremely high solids concentrations, drum centrifuges can be supplied Powerful 3-phase electric motors (in models Z41 - Z101) provide rapid acceleration, and quieter operation Permanently lubricated oversized head bearings maintain long service life Variety of Models To Choose From Model LE: This bench-top laboratory model features variable speed as a standard and a wide choice of optional bowls for research, scale-up experiments and small volume production. This model is typically used with 2 to 15 litre cultures. Maximum throughput is 30litres/hour. Model Z101G: an enclosed model used for processing large volumes at high rates. Shown with optional cooling coil. Model Z41: This small, dual-purpose, floor standing machine is employed in large or small pilot-scale application and typically used with 20 to 75 litre culture volumes. Maximum throughput is 500 litres/hour. Model Z61: This popular size centrifuge allows convenient handling of workloads. With roughly three times the solids capacity of the Z41, Model Z61 is often used in multiples for large volumes production operations. This unit is typically used with 30 to 200 liter process volumes. Maximum throughput is 1,500 litres/hour. Model Z81: This large and powerful production centrifuge is typically used with 100 to 500 litre process volumes. Maximum throughput is 2,000 litres/hour. Model Z101: As powerful as the Z81, and with a 25% larger cylinder capacity, this model is typically used with 150 to 600 litre process volumes. Maximum throughput is 3,000 litres/hour. Advantages of Centrifugation Over FiltrationOf the two technologies commonly used to separate fluids, centrifugation and filtration, CEPA centrifuges offer these benefits: Economical to use, no costly membranes or other disposables. Faster; In the same floor or bench space, CEPAs process many times faster than filtration systems. No wasted product; with CEPA High Speed Centrifuges, separated solid and liquid components are readily available. Filtration systems trap and embed cell mass and other solids. Consistent performance; No mid-run degradation as filters clog. No membrane ageing or lot variations. No chemical leaching from polymeric filters. Rugged; Heavy duty construction. All stainless steel* fluid path resists chemicals and high temperatures. * Except when equipped with optional silicone rubber bottom valve. Need to know more about the CEPA high-speed centrifuges?Talk to our experts in the Laboratory team todayFreecall AUS. 1800 251 799 and NZ. 0800 651 700Email: automation@johnmorris.com.auNEW WEBSITE: www.johnmorrisgroup.com/AU/Laboratory SAI Global recognised as a Leader in Independent Analyst Report on GRC Platforms 2016-01-29T04:10:54Z sai-global-recognised-as-a-leader-in-independent-analyst-report-on-grc-platforms MEDIA ANNOUNCEMENT 29 JANUARY 2016 SAI Global recognized as a Leader in Independent Analyst Report on GRC Platforms Noted for having an extremely diverse and happy customer base SAI Global, a leading provider of solutions that help organizations manage risk, protect reputation and optimize performance in an increasingly complex ethical and regulatory environment, has been recognized by independent analyst firm, Forrester Research Inc., as a Leader in The Forrester Wave™ : Governance, Risk and Compliance Platforms, Q1 2016 report. The Forrester Wave™: Governance, Risk and Compliance Platforms, Q1 2016 is one of the industry’s most thorough and detailed analyses, based on briefings, demonstrations, customer surveys, interviews and analyst access to demo environments of each vendor’s product. Vendors are rated on 30 criteria that cover current offering, strategy and market presence. SAI Global was evaluated for its Compliance 360 Platform, a comprehensive software solution that streamlines governance, risk, compliance and internal audit processes for clients across the Heathcare, Life Science, Financial Services, Manufacturing, Automotive and Retail, Agri-Food industries. The report says that: “SAI Global has an extremely diverse, extremely happy customer base”. The report noted, SAI Global is among vendors that have a “solid value proposition and philosophy of GRC success that make them an overall strong pick.” Peter Mullins, SAI Global Chief Executive Officer said: “I believe that our recognition as a ‘Leader’ in this analysis validates our strategy and investment. The result we are most proud of is our customer references score, which is among the highest in the report, together with the commentary which cites our extremely happy customer base.” Mullins noted that strong, responsive and honest relationships between clients and providers are the cornerstone of successful GRC platform implementations and evolution. “I believe this result is a testament to the relationships we build as well as our technology, and we would like to thank our customers for enabling us to get continually better in what we do”, he said. Elisabeth Gehringer, Chief Ethics & Compliance Officer, Realogy Holdings Corp. said: ”Our implementation of Compliance 360 has supported our keen focus on ethics and risk management. It’s been integral to managing supply chain risk at our subsidiary Cartus, and ensuring that our clients are working with compliant vendors. The capabilities provide us with a number of business benefits which we continue to expand upon, and the SAI Global team is responsive and knowledgeable.” According to Forrester’s TechRadar™: Risk Management, Q4 2015 , a separate report analyzing GRC technology trends, GRC platforms are poised to act as the central hub to all risk data and that they are well positioned to add more value if they can become platform of choice to aggregate risk data.” Jan Kruger, Head of Risk, SAI Global, noted: “Constant regulatory change, new and emerging risks, and ongoing business transformation means companies need scalable, flexible platforms that deliver immediate business value and protection,and also adapt and grow with them. This corresponds well with our own offering of service-based software solutions that enhance compliance, integrate the various components of compliance and risk programs, and allow organizations to scale at their own pace with minimal overhead. It is my view that we received the highest of all strategy scores in the report in reflection of this.” To access a complete copy of The Forrester Wave™: Governance, Risk, And Compliance Platforms, Q1 2016, go to www.saiglobal.com/forrestergrc2016 “The Forrester Wave™: Governance, Risk, And Compliance Platforms, Q1 2016, 22 January 2016. Copyright (c) 2016, Forrester Research, Inc. - ENDS – About SAI Global SAI Global helps organizations manage risk, protect reputation and perform better in an increasingly complex and interconnected ethical and regulatory environment. The company’s solutions include risk management software, standards and regulatory content, ethics and compliance learning, risk assessments, certification, testing and audits. In Australia, SAI Global are also a leading provider of settlement related services; company, personal and property information. SAI Global Limited is listed on the Australian Securities Exchange with its head office located in Sydney, Australia. The company employs more than 2,000 people across 29 countries and 51 locations across Europe, North America and Asia. saiglobal.com Media enquiries: Tamsyn Alley, Porter Novelli Sydney on behalf of SAI Global T: +61 478 474 634 Ground-breaking floating solar technology launches in Australia 2015-04-29T03:02:13Z ground-breaking-floating-solar-technology-launches-in-australia ADELAIDE, Australia, 29 April 2014 – Infratech Industries launches Australia’s first floating solar system today which will generate an estimated 57 percent more power than fixed land-based systems. The proprietary tracking, cooling and concentrating technology uses water to counteract the gradual loss of output caused by overheating solar panels to create a better performing and more efficient system. Based in South Australia’s Jamestown, the Northern Areas Council Waste Water Treatment Plant is the first to implement the new system which is expected to exceed the plant’s high energy needs and will feed through to the surrounding local communities and Council buildings. Infratech Industries Director Felicia Whiting said the benefits extend beyond energy efficiencies to improve the treatment plant’s water quality and create nearly 70 new jobs for the local community as a result of the project. "Blue-green algae is a major concern for wastewater treatment plants and the shade produced by the floating solar panels combats this problem by limiting the photosynthesis process. The energy goes into the panels, not the water, so the surface stays cool which helps to lift the quality of treated wastewater.” she said “On a broader scale, the technology is suitable for any body of water including drinking water and moving water bodies such as lakes. Since it reduces evaporation by up to 90 percent, it can have a powerful saving for areas affected by drought and dry climate such as Australia and California, Indonesia, Singapore and Philippines,” she said. The Northern Areas Council will reap additional economic benefits with a cost saving of approximately 15 percent on their current energy expenditure plus an additional one percent margin on the excess energy provided to the local community. No small undertaking and privately funded, more than15 Australian engineers and research scientists in the Nano Science and Technology Department in Adelaide’s Flinders University were involved in the project’s technological and engineering development. The development team will remain involved as research and development continues into integrated water treatment, phosphorous treatment systems and energy storage. Jon Dee, Australia’s leading expert in energy efficiency, author of 'Energy Cut' (EnergyCut.info/SME-book), and co-founder of the Planet Ark and DoSomething organisations, has applauded the innovation and leadership of Infratech Industries. “Solar PV panels currently generate renewable electricity on more than 1.36 million Australian rooftops, so we’ve more than shown our acceptance of solar technology” said Dee. “However, many people want to see more solar innovation being undertaken in Australia by local companies, in a way that helps the environment and generates local jobs at the same time.” “The development of Australian-owned, researched and developed floating solar is to be applauded as it shows that Australian companies can be leaders in the transition to economies that are powered by increasing amounts of renewable energy. In addition to reducing greenhouse emissions, there is also strong potential to export this technology to other countries which can only lead to even more jobs.” As such a major milestone in the renewable energy movement, Whiting expects a national and international spotlight will be focused on Jamestown with visiting ambassadors from South East Asia, France and the Hon. Minister Ian Hunter MLC for Climate Change attending the launch with key members of the SA Cabinet having already visited the site. “Just how strong Australia's post-2020 emissions reduction targets remain unknown however we do know solar innovation is a milestone towards Australian councils, communities and businesses making a difference. As Australians evangelise this type of technology, it is our hope that renewable energy becomes the mainstream rather than niche solution. Change is not beyond us and this is definitely a strong step forward,” Whiting said.   Infratech Industries Pty Limited has offices in Sydney, San Diego and Singapore. For more information on Infratech Industries and the Floating Solar technology please visit www.infratechindustriesinc.com or follow Infratech @Infratechind. Naturally Good Expo Promises to tap into Healthy Profits 2015-04-20T06:21:17Z naturally-good-expo-promises-to-tap-into-healthy-profits Naturally Good Expo Promises to tap into Healthy Profits There has never been a better time for Australian retailers to put more health on their shelf with sales of natural and organic food and beverages, supplements and personal care products forecast to grow to $12.5 billion by 2016, according to research from Nutrition Business Journal. In response to this strong growth and to cater for the high level of new product innovation happening amongst manufacturers, a new tradeshow devoted exclusively to natural and certified organic food and grocery products will be held in Sydney at Royal Hall of Industries, Moore Park from 3-4 May 2015. The Naturally Good Expo is Australia’s first large-scale tradeshow and learning event for retailers, distributors and manufacturers of packaged health products. According to event director Andrew Jones, the event is a barometer for where the Australian natural and organic products market is now, and where it is headed.  “There’s been an explosive shift in the way we consume, with today’s mainstream shopper more educated and more passionate about the benefits of eating and living a healthier lifestyle. Coupled with the growing gluten free, vegetarian, paleo and other specialty diet communities, this healthy lifestyle movement has evolved from fad to essential choice wherever consumers make purchase decisions. We have moved beyond awareness to a tipping point where there is now high demand for all things natural, organic and sustainable.” Said Jones This rapidly increasing societal shift is challenging brand owners and manufacturers of all sizes to innovate and develop new products with natural healthy ingredients. It’s also fueling a new wave of entrepreneurs full of energy, innovation and passion who are all launching exciting products across a range of categories. “Naturally Good Expo is where you can see and sample what’s new in the market, discover the latest product innovations, identify what’s selling today, and gain an insight into what the health and wellness trends of tomorrow are. The event provides a window into the many categories driving growth of the health and wellness retail market in Australia.” Catering for the new generation of health conscious consumers by adding more health and wellness to your aisles may lead to healthier profits from new sales with greater margins. According to research from Nielsen, about 71 per cent of consumers in the APAC region are changing their diets to lose weight and around half of those consumers are more than willing to pay a premium for food with healthy attributes. This is mirrored locally, where consumers are turning to ‘healthy foods’ to curb our growing waistlines as well as prevent health issues and medical conditions such as obesity, diabetes, high cholesterol and hypertension. The health craze has well and truly hit; we’re looking at our diet more closely, which is being reflected in our buying habits. More than two thirds (69%) of households have bought health food products in the past year, according to Nielsen HomeScan data. The total grocery health foods category in Australia is growing at 8.2%, more than double the rate of growth in the broader food and grocery market and almost twice the rate of growth in fresh food (4.4 percent) such as fruit and vegetables, dairy and meat. This presents a huge opportunity for retailers who range up their healthy options and for local manufacturers looking to explore new product innovations and extensions. Now more than ever, the manufacturing and retail industries have a real opportunity to benefit from this phenomenon. Naturally Good Expo will feature nearly 200 exhibitors with thousands of SKUs showcasing the biggest selection of natural and certified organic food and beverages, vitamins and supplements, natural cosmetics, skin care and toiletries, and home and pet products.  New products are the lifeline of the retail and grocery industry so there’s been a concentrated effort to ensure a good mix of new products and new companies are represented on the Expo floor. A Featured Product Showcase will highlight new products and innovations being exhibited at the Expo. Attendees can see the products at-a-glance, then head off to the exhibitors stand to sample the product and learn more about the ingredients and health benefits. Education is a strong focus of the event with more than 30 sessions running across the two days. All sessions are free and provide in-depth information and insights on product and market trends, consumer and shopper behavior, merchandising, and customer experience. For brand marketers and product manufacturers, there’s a series of education sessions that deliver practical ideas and strategies for business growth. Topics cover getting products retail ready, pricing and margins, building out distribution, brand building, packaging and labeling, and exporting into the two largest consumer markets in the world, Asia and North America. For exhibitors, the tradeshow provides face-time and the ability to have high-quality conversations with retail buyers and distributors and receive valuable feedback about how they perceive their product and how they can expand and grow with their companies. Admission to the Expo is strictly trade only. The entry fee is $30 however if your pre-register online before 30 April, it’s free. To register or for more information on the event including the full education program, speaker line up and exhibitor list, visit NaturallyGood.com.au  -End- Naturally Good Expo is Australia’s first and only tradeshow and conference for the natural, organic, free-from, Fairtrade and sustainable products market. It’s an annual gathering of progressive business owners, brand manufacturers, entrepreneurs, retail buyers, specifiers and purchase influencers, product and marketing managers, health practitioners, investors and the media. It showcases thousands of new and innovative products across food and beverages, health and beauty, vitamins and supplements, and home living categories. It delivers the knowledge and education to understand where the opportunities lay ahead, and provides a forum to share industry information, lessons-learned, new perspectives, insights and intelligence. National Media is an award winning exhibition organiser with a reputation for delivering industry defining events. Established in 1993, the company specializes in the conception, creation, marketing and management of world-renowned trade shows and conferences. The management team have launched and run over 200 highly successful and award winning exhibitions across a wide range of industries. MAPAX LD: fresh solution for the packaged goods industry 2015-03-24T03:40:08Z mapax-ld-fresh-solution-for-the-packaged-goods-industry Gases and engineering company BOC has today launched its new MAPAX® LD leak detection technology at AUSPACK in Melbourne, an innovative solution for the packaged goods industry that offers high-speed and non-destructive in-line leak detection.   Jon Hawton, Market Manager, Food & Beverage Bulk Gases explains that MAPAX® LD uses hydrogen as the detection gas and detects faulty packages which can be removed from production chain more quickly and easily.   “This globally patented technology uniquely allows 100 percent of packages to be tested in a non-destructive manner which can prolong shelf-life. This is particularly important in the food industry. Previously production pauses and visual or water testing could only test the integrity of random samples of packages,” said Mr Hawton.   Leakage and failure often occurs when food packages are not all fully hermitically sealed.  This can be due to poor sealing or physical damage such as pinholes, or when product gets caught in the seal and can lead to loss of shelf life, damaged products or poor appearance and therefore spoilage.   MAPAX® LD is used on modified atmosphere production lines for a wide range of packaged goods. It allows all products to be tested and individual defective items to be removed. This reduces spoilage and minimises environmental impact, because only the leaking packs need to be destroyed instead of the entire batch.   “If only random checks are applied, this means that when a leak is found, the whole batch produced since the last check either has to be repackaged, disposed of or even recalled. MAPAX® LD can help companies reduce these inefficiencies and keep production costs down,” added Mr Hawton.    MAPAX® LD can be seen in action at BOC’s stand at the AUSPACK exhibition at Stand 548.    The MAPAX® LD is now available throughout Australia and New Zealand. For more information please contact Jon Hawton jon.hawton@boc.com or Steve McLoughlin steve.mcloughlin@boc.com IndustryFriend looks to change the B2B landscape in 2015 2015-02-03T06:41:51Z industryfriend-looks-to-change-the-b2b-landscape-in-2015 Just launched, IndustryFriend is planning to revolutionize B2B supply in 2015 by offering over 550,000 products at low prices to meet the operational needs of Australian industry. The products on offer cater to a wide range of industries, from hospitality to mining, and everything in between. Giving customers the choice and variety associated with over 4,500 brands in one spot, puts IndustryFriend right amongst the pack-leaders of Australian industrial supply. “From the very beginning our goal was to adopt a retail ease-of-use philosophy on our site. but give you easy access to all the products a businesses needs but sometimes don’t know where to get!” says Karl Wyzenbeek, owner and founder of IndustryFriend. That being said, it’s not just about having all the brands in place. IndustryFriend has also released a number of key innovations to help it stand out from the crowd. Customers can chat to the customer service team live online to ensure that there is no delay in getting the information they need, and making confident and informed buying decisions. The instant online quote feature is also sure to be another big hit. “We know that sometimes it’s not just about saving money, but saving time as well! Waiting for quotes is a big time-waster for Australian companies. We have simplified this with our instant quote function” says Wyzenbeek. Other online innovations include the “My Account” user profile system, which stores a customer’s order history, including quotes and invoices, for easy access at any time.  All products also have live pricing and lead times so customers have a good idea of how long an item will take to deliver.  This also extends to after-sale care, with the site providing routine updates to customers through to the completion of their order. “This is something new” says Wyzenbeek. “We are purely online. We are purely trying to assist business. We don’t have the overheads of bricks and mortar stores. We don’t have the overheads of a sales force. Our price is always right!” A successful business is more than just pricing. An emphasis on customer service is a core principle of IndustryFriend, hence the name. Setting out to put the customer first meant ensuring that IndustryFriend had, not just the greatest range, but also the support to back it up. Based out of Sydney, Australia, the customer service team is available to assist online, over the phone or via email. IndustryFriend focuses on making sure that customers receive a response quickly and efficiently.  If the experience is good, why look elsewhere!? “It’s about making sure Australian businesses save time, money and energy. If we can give you the best price, the biggest range, the fastest lead times, and outstanding levels of customer’s service, we believe you will want to come back,” says Wyzenbeek. 2015 might just be the year we begin to see more and more businesses buying online, just like your average modern shopper. If you are responsible for purchasing for your organization, maybe IndustryFriend could be the answer you are looking for. What Vacuum Pump do I need? Three Types Explained 2014-11-04T22:44:20Z what-vacuum-pump-do-i-need-three-types-explained Do you need a vacuum pump? Vacuum pumps can be categorised as: Cole-Parmer® Rotary Vane Vacuum Pump Laboratory/Filtration vacuum pumps: low vacuum pumps used in filtering, drying, degassing, and evaporation applications. Most laboratory/filtration pumps have vacuum and pressure capabilities Rough vacuum pumps: used in applications requiring a level of vacuum less than 10–3 Torr, such as degassing, freeze drying, and cryogenics High vacuum pumps: those vacuums higher than 10–3 Torr, used for mass spectroscopy, electron microscopy, evaporation coating, and space simulation Additionally, vacuum pumps may be dry, water-based, or oil-lubricated: Dry Pumps (non-lubricated) offer a clean vacuum over the entire vacuum range. These pumps require little maintenance and don’t generate any waste materials. Dry pumps do have a higher initial cost. Typical dry pumps include diaphragm, piston, scroll, and turbomolecular pumps. Water-Based Pumps provide a rough vacuum at low initial cost with minimum maintenance. These pumps are corrosion resistant but are unsuitable for water vapour sensitive systems. Another concern for these pumps is disposing of contaminated water. Common water-based pumps include water aspirator pumps. Oil-Lubricated Pumps deliver high pumping speeds and a range of ultimate vacuum at an economical price. However, these pumps require routine maintenance and oil changes. The oil may contaminate your vacuum. The pumps also require inlet and outlet filters to protect the pump and the environment. Oil-lubricated pumps include rotary vane pumps and gear pumps. For help in selecting a vacuum pump, contact our Technical Application Specialists. View our selection of vacuum pumps. Need Dependable Peristaltic Pumps with High Flow Rates? 2014-10-14T01:36:42Z need-dependable-peristaltic-pumps-with-high-flow-rates When an application requires high flow rates and rugged reliability, Masterflex®B/T® tubing pumps are your must-have choice. These pumps transfer viscous or shear-sensitive materials with very powerful motors. They also offer: o    Simple tube loading and improved occlusion of tubing when closed with Rapid-Load® occlusion mechanism. This mechanism easily slides the tubing occlusion bed out of the way for smooth loading. o    Quiet, more rugged operation with cast-aluminium housing plus, epoxy-powder coating resists chemical corrosion. o    Better tubing performance in higher-pressure applications for tubing sizes B/T 87 and B/T 91 o    An easy-to-open cover swinging away to allow for CIP or SIP protocols o    Enhanced tubing use with PerfectPosition™ tubing retention marks indicating exact length of required tubing o    Safety features such as the interlock which shuts the pump down whenever the head is opened From variable-speed and air-powered models to fixed-speed pumps, B/T pumps can transfer bulk media, dispense corrosive fluid, pump glue and much more.See our selection of Masterflex B/T peristaltic pumps. For help in determining if our B/T pumps suit your application, contact our technical experts.