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. AUSTRALIAN BEEF PRODUCER, JACK'S CREEK RETAINS THE WORLD'S BEST STEAK TITLE 2016-09-22T22:56:49Z australian-beef-producer-jack-s-creek-retains-the-world-s-best-steak-title The competition was tougher than ever with 17 countries and 83 of the world’s top beef producers entering the competition Held in London last night in a bid to win the title. The Jack's Creek winning steak came from a Wagyu F2+ 75% aged for 30 months and grain fed with judges noting it won on it's all round top quality. Patrick Warmoll, managing director of Jack's creek said of the win, “We spent considerable time selecting the entry and this win confirms that we’re the best in the world again. Winning last year was one of the biggest things to happen to us and our brand awareness rocketed and it’s been great for business. This is as much a win for Australia as it is for us.” He also added. “We will be going for the hat trick next year!” Chair of judges and butcher Keith Boxley said, “Every gold medal winner was worthy of winning the top prize but the overall winner was outstanding. It scored highly on appearance, quality, taste and tenderness.” He also added, “People are getting more selective about the meat they eat and they want something more prepared. As a butcher judging this competition, I'm looking for something that looks and tastes nice that has no gristle.” Jack’s Creeks’ award winning beef can be found in many of Australia’s top restaurants including, ARIA, black by EZARD, Catalina, LuMi Bar and Dining and many more. ARIA restaurant Head Chef Ben Turner commented that, “Jack’s Creek beef is always a consistent and tasty product” and Catalina’s Executive Chef, Mark Axisa, commented: "Jack's Creek beef is of the highest quality and the fullest flavour. It is a pleasure having the Jack's Creek dry-aged ribeye on my menu; it just flies out the door!" Jack’s Creeks’ 150+ days Grain Fed 100% black angus also won the Silver award. For more information on Jack’s Creek, interviews with Patrick Warmoll and images, please contact Annabel Carroll at Polkadot PR 02 9281 4190 / annabel@polkadotpr.com.au About Jack’s Creek Jack’s Creek is still regarded as a relative newcomer in the world of specialist beef after launching in 2000. However, in 1947 the Warmoll Family began farming in Breeza and the company’s links to fine food dates back to 1852, when the Warmoll Family emigrated from Ireland before opening butcher’s shops in the Victorian and NSW gold fields. The company is family run by co-founders and brothers, Philip and David Warmoll and sons Patrick Warmoll, MD and Robert Warmoll. Jack’s Creek is at the forefront of Australian premium beef production – processing and marketing grain fed Wagyu and Black Angus, which it ships to more than 20 destinations around the world including Japan, Saudi Arabia, China and the Germany. 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/ 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 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 Dissolved Oxygen, Nonload Parameters in Surface Water 2015-06-04T05:14:47Z dissolved-oxygen-nonload-parameters-in-surface-water As part of the tools for developing and implementing watershed plans and total maximum daily loads (TMDLs) there is also a need to look into nonload parameters. These parameters are difficult or impossible to express in terms of load. They 're often measured directly in the field with a variety of single- (ProODO, Pro20, ODO200) dual– (Pro2030) or multiparameter (Pro Plus, ProDSS) instruments. These instruments can either be used as convenient handheld spot sampling scenarios or long-term unattended continuous monitoring. Dissolved Oxygen in Watersheds Fish, invertebrates and most aquatic organisms need oxygen for their metabolism. They obtain this oxygen from dissolved oxygen (DO) gas held in the water. When these DO levels become too low, organisms are weakened and eventually die. The young of any species are especially susceptible because of their high metabolism and limited mobility, which doesn’t allow them to effectively seek higher-oxygen waters. Therefore, DO is one of the most critical parameters that reflects the health of the aquatic ecosystem. Dissolved oxygen measurements provide a direct indication of the ability of the water to support aquatic life other than plants. Indicator species can also provide clues on the DO levels, as DO demands differ among species. The maximum amount of oxygen (saturation concentration) that can be dissolved in water decreases with increasing temperature. For example, air-saturated water at 15°C contains 10.1 mg/L DO; at 25°C, the water would be air-saturated at approximately 8.3 mg/L DO. It’s important to note that water can receive substantially more DO when the gas source is pure oxygen, as from photosynthesis, instead or air, which is only ~21% oxygen. Note: An additional resource of interest may be the DO-Oxygen-Solubility-Table  that shows the correlation between dissolved oxygen and temperature. Oxygen enters water from photosynthesis by algae and other submerged aquatic plants, and from the atmosphere. Oxygen exchange between the stream and the atmosphere often occurs most effectively where cascades, riffles or fast-moving water exist. Oxygen is consumed by larger organisms; microbes breaking down organic matter from sediments, manure, dead algae or other plant materials; microbes oxidizing ammonia to nitrate; and chemicals that spontaneously oxidize. Living algae consume DO at night when they are not photosynthesizing. Even short periods of low DO can kill organisms, so continuous monitoring is especially important for this parameter. Dissolved oxygen must be determined in the field, as sample handling can rapidly change concentrations. Oxygen electrodes are extremely stable and, with some minimal maintenance, can easily provide continuous monitoring of DO (and other parameters) in water. Although wet chemistry titration methods are still used to measure DO, continuous monitoring methods are preferred in the majority of applications. Data can also be remotely acquired and real-time data visible at any time. Read complete article on YSI Waterblogged Need more information on YSI instruments? Our Technical Experts want to hear from you AUS Freecall Ph. 1800 552 724 and  NZ Freecall Ph. 0800 651 700 Email: environmental@johnmorris.com.au   Progressive Cavity Pumps, what are they? 2015-05-06T06:04:04Z progressive-cavity-pumps-what-are-they Considering using a progressive cavity pump? These pumps are designed for heavy industrial applications in which pumping high viscosity fluids is necessary. Learn all about how these pumps work and why you may need one in this short video (below). Colin Heathfield, Technical Sales Manager from our UK office, tells us all about it. A progressive cavity pump is a type of positive displacement pump and is also known as a progressing cavity pump, progg cavity pump, rotary screw pump, eccentric screw pump or cavity pump. It transfers fluid by means of the progress, through the pump, of a sequence of small, fixed shape, discrete cavities, as its rotor is turned. This leads to the volumetric flow rate being proportional to the rotation rate (bidirectionally) and to low levels of shearing being applied to the pumped fluid. Hence these pumps have application in fluid metering and pumping of viscous or shear-sensitive materials. The cavities taper down toward their ends and overlap with their neighbours, so that, in general, no flow pulsing is caused by the arrival of cavities at the outlet, other than that caused by compression of the fluid or pump components. Watch our comprehensive video including a discussion of the technology and its terms, strengths and drawbacks plus applications. Typical uses are:    Food and drink pumping    Oil pumping    Coal slurry pumping    Sewage and sludge pumping    Viscous chemical pumping    Stormflow screening    Downhole mud motors in oilfield directional drilling (it reverses the process, turning the hydraulic into mechanical power)    Limited energy well water pumping Need more information on Pumps?  Our Technical Experts want to hear from you AUS Freecall Ph. 1800 552 724 or  NZ Freecall Ph. 0800 651 700 email: cpinfo@johnmorris.com.au          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. Hazguard VB Coveralls 2015-03-26T03:37:37Z hazguard-vb-coveralls Are you looking for a coverall that not only provides you with full body water resistant protection, but is also cool and comfortable to wear? The Pro-Val Hazguard VB coverall is made from breathable microporous fabric on front, legs and arms. The vented blue back (down to waistline), rear of hood and crotch is made from cooling SMS, providing you with increased ventilation and a high level of comfort. Certified to Type 5 and Type 6 protection levels you can trust that these coveralls will give you the required protection you need in a variety applications including asbestos removal, pesticide and insecticide spraying, emergency services, veterinary, waste management, food processing and abattoirs just to name a few. The Hazguard VB coverall also has excellent abrasion and tear resistance, stitched seams, a two way zip, fully elastic hood, waist and ankles and comfort cuffs. Available in sizes Medium up to 3XL. For more information and free samples visit our website www.pro-val.com.au 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. Waste Choices Brings A New Competitive Edge to Australia's Waste Management Industry 2014-09-08T23:26:13Z waste-choices-brings-a-new-competitive-edge-to-australia-s-waste-management-industry Sydney, Australia – September 9, 2014 – Waste Choices, Australia’s first online marketplace for waste management and recycling was launched today for businesses wanting a simple, fast, transparent, cost-effective and compliant solution for waste collection, recycling, treatment and disposal.   Through Waste Choices, businesses of any size have the flexibility of posting a one-off project or an ongoing contract for the management of over 30 waste streams. A range of reputable waste management providers across Australia including URM, 1300 Rubbish, Action Waste, Waste 2 Resources, State Waste Services, Bingo and smaller providers will bid for posted projects and businesses can select whom they wish to work with.   Small and medium businesses, hospitality, food services, property management and construction companies would stand to benefit most from working with Waste Choices. Joel Harrison, Co-Founder of Waste Choices said, “Waste Choices simplifies the management of waste by providing businesses the choice and flexibility of working with different service providers to manage various waste streams in a compliant manner.  The cost of managing and disposing waste has increased over the years. Waste Choices offers businesses a better way to manage their waste streams by providing more options and access to a wider range of service providers.”   Businesses can post a waste project in three simple steps: entering the pick-up location, type of waste to be collected from general waste, liquid waste, recycling to hazardous materials and selecting a bin size to represent the volume of waste. They will be able to select from a range of competitive bids from 14 national and state-based waste management providers with the flexibility to award a project based on price or reputation of the provider.   Christine Ford, General Manager of Trio Packaging and a foundation client of Waste Choices said, “Before Waste Choices, it would take more than two days for us to call and secure a service provider to provide a quote and to confirm a job. Since we’ve started using Waste Choices, we receive a range of competitive bids from different providers for one-off or ongoing projects. Waste Choices has not only reduced my waste costs, it has also reduced the time it takes for us to identify a reputable service provider.”   Waste Choices offers an automatic alert feature that notifies businesses that are on annual contracts with service providers when they are about to expire. This avoids businesses getting automatically rolled into new contracts with their existing providers which would generally attract price increases of between 10-25 percent on average annually.   Harrison added, “Many businesses get stuck with their existing service providers because their annual contracts are automatically rolled over. Australia has over 2 million business waste generators and Waste Choices will free them from long term fixed contracts, help drive down the cost of waste management and increase the transparency through a system of bidding.”   “Waste Choices brings a new competitive advantage to the industry by opening the waste disposal market to smaller service providers who want to grow their market share and to target new customers without making additional capital constraints such as hiring sales people or leasing trucks to manage waste collections. This is a win-win solution for both businesses and service providers.”   According to IBISWorld, the industry is valued at over A$2.5 billion in Australia. There has been a concerted effort by state and local governments to increase targets for recycling and waste recovery with the aim of reducing the amount of waste going to landfill. However, with Australia’s growing population and business activity, the demand for waste management services is expected to continue to grow.   To post a project as a business or service provider, visit www.wastechoices.com.au. Waste Choices will be available as an iOS and Android app by December.   ENDS  About Waste Choices Waste Choices is an online marketplace that provides a simple, fast and cost-effective solution for businesses looking to collect and dispose waste. Businesses have the choice and flexibility of working with a range of reputable service providers to manage various waste streams in a compliant manner. Through Waste Choices, service providers can grow their market share, access new customers and increase their efficiencies in waste collection. Latest glove from Pro-Val the Precision Plus 2014-06-26T00:03:26Z latest-glove-from-pro-val-the-precision-plus The Pro-Val Precision gloves are form fitting gloves, developed for intricate work, requiring finger touch sensitivity, great grip and outstanding dexterity.  The Precision Plus is a new premium version of the Pro-Val Precision gloves, even more flexible, comfortable and dexterous. The glove is extremely comfortable, made from breathable nylon, which acts as a second skin, allowing prolonged use, less perspiration and hand fatigue.  With its water based polyuerthane palm, the Precision Plus will give fantastic grip and good abrasion resistance, without compromising the gloves touch and feel. It is made to snug the hand and provide extreme fingertip sensitivity.  The gloves are tested to and comply with standard EN388 for occupational gloves – mechanical risks AS/NZS 2161.3, defining their performance characteristics for abrasion, cut, tear and puncture resistance. They are also washable and re-usable. The Precision Plus is well suited for use in precision instrument work environments such as engineering. It can also be used in applications when working with machinery and equipment, electronics and semiconductor industries, pharmaceutical, light assembly tasks, bricklaying and paving, the automotive industry, mining and construction.  For more information regarding the Precision Plus gloves or for our complete Pro-Val catalogue range please visit our website www.pro-val.com.au or phone us on 03 9558 2020. Grants can help revitalise Geelong economy 2014-06-20T05:46:41Z grants-can-help-revitalise-geelong-economy Local businesses may not be taking advantage of the State and Federal Government grants to help establish or grow their enterprises. Either they may not be aware that they are eligible for a particular grant or they think it is just too difficult to explore what is available says a grants specialist. Matthew Fletcher, general manager of GrantReady, was addressing the second meeting of the newly formed Geelong Entrepreneurs group yesterday. “Grants are the Government’s way of helping to build certain parts of the economy,” he said. “In that respect the Geelong region is a unique environment for grants because of the focus on recent changes with Ford and Alcoa. While start-ups are commonly believed to be the major recipients of grants, established businesses wanting to expand or diversify should make themselves aware of the available grants.” Both State and Federal Governments want to encourage diversification of Geelong’s former industrial economy.  To that end, relevant grants cover such areas as research and development, skills development, design, export and trade partnerships, science and technology, biotechnology and business growth explains Mr Fletcher. But with more than 700 State and Federal grants available worth more than $50 billion it is a challenge for small businesses to determine their eligibility. To help in that task Grants Ready has developed Business GrantGuru, a free database of government grants for business. Businesses can register for free to receive email alerts about grants for which they may be eligible. The Geelong Entrepreneurs Group now has 70 members who meet to exchanges experiences and ideas about how to build their enterprises in the newly developing regional economy. To learn more about Geelong Entrepreneurs Meetup Group go to www.geelongentrepreneurs.com or email info@geelongentrepreneurs.com Ends