The PRWIRE Press Releases http:// 2016-07-20T00:25:56Z IFS number one provider of EAM software for the oil & gas industry for five consecutive years 2016-07-20T00:25:56Z ifs-number-one-provider-of-eam-software-for-the-oil-amp-gas-industry-for-five-consecutive-years MELBOURNE, July 20, 2016 – IFS, the global enterprise applications company, has been identified as the number one vendor in market share in enterprise asset management (EAM) software for oil & gas (O&G) industries by ARC Advisory Group, the leading information technology research and advisory firm for industry and infrastructure. In its publication "Enterprise Asset Management Global Market Research Study," ARC Advisory Group recognises IFS as the leading supplier to the global oil and gas industry. The report, which forecasts the market through 2020, identifies one of IFS's strengths as its established component and service-oriented architecture, which enables customers to purchase an EAM solution that fits their unique and specific asset lifecycle management needs. "The oil and gas industry operates in an environment in which asset integrity management is crucial," Ralph Rio, Research Director for Enterprise Software, ARC Advisory Group said. "The commodity pricing of the petroleum sector creates extreme pressure to control cost while preventing catastrophic failures across asset classes including offshore oil rigs and pipelines." IFS director for the oil and gas industry Knut Møystad added, "The leading position IFS commands in the oil and gas market has been confirmed once again in this latest study by ARC. For more than 20 years, we have worked closely with leading EPCI contractors, drilling contractors, system/equipment suppliers and mobile asset owners to ensure our solutions meet the industry's stringent requirements. Our focus on the oil and gas industry is evidenced both by a deep industry expertise and a solid track record. Dedication to the industry has also attracted a numerous of partner organisations to the IFS network, which we believe is beneficial for our customers." IFS customers in the oil and gas industry include Interwell, Bibby Offshore, Technip, Seadrill, Maersk Drilling, Maersk Supply Service, Rowan Companies, Odfjell Drilling, Agility Group, Babcock Marine, Heerema Fabrication Group, Archer, Apply Sørco, MIR VALVE, Hertel Group, Rosenberg WorleyParsons, BW Offshore, Semco Maritime, Reinertsen, VARD, PGS, Wellstream, Hamworthy, ShawCore, Icon Engineering, Songa Offshore, Mermaid Marine and Trans-Northern Pipelines Inc. For more information on ARC's findings, visit here to see an overview of the report. To learn how IFS supports customers in the oil and gas sector, please visit: www.ifsworld.com/en/industries/oilfield-service-software/ About IFS IFS™ is a globally recognised leader in developing and delivering enterprise software for enterprise resource planning (ERP), enterprise asset management (EAM) and enterprise service management (ESM). IFS brings customers in targeted sectors closer to their business, helps them be more agile and prepare for what's next in their industry. IFS is a public company (XSTO: IFS) founded in 1983 and currently has over 2,800 employees. IFS supports more than 1 million users worldwide from its network of local offices and through a growing ecosystem of partners. For more information visit: IFSworld.com. Follow us on Twitter: @ifsworld Visit the IFS Blog on technology, innovation and creativity: http://blog.ifsworld.com/ Countdown begins for QME 2016: Mackay’s premier mining industry event 2016-07-15T08:06:07Z countdown-begins-for-qme-2016-mackay-s-premier-mining-industry-event 15 July 2016, Sydney, Australia - With just one week to go until the highly anticipated Queensland Mining and Engineering Exhibition (QME) kicks off in Mackay (26 – 28 July), Exhibition Director Robby Clark has commended the mining community for its strong support of the exhibition this year despite the industry’s current market conditions.   “QME supports the industry in good times as well as in challenging times, so this year it has become particularly apparent to us just what QME means to the Mackay region.” Mr. Clark said.   “It is no secret that the mining industry in Queensland is experiencing some challenging times, however QME remains a significant event and we are very proud to bring a number of new features and experiences to this year’s exhibition to bolster the spirits of the mining community.”   As in previous years, QME has been warmly welcomed back to the region by Mackay Mayor Greg Williamson, who said that it was a privilege to confirm such a strong and enduring relationship with QME and its organisers.   “This trade show is a signature event on Mackay’s calendar, providing our region with national and international exposure, which is why Mackay Regional Council is a proud supporter of QME and is keen for it to remain a permanent fixture,” Mayor Williamson said.   Nearly 200 exhibitors have joined ranks this year ready to do business with industry professionals and present a snapshot of the high level of mining and engineering innovations and advancements that will ensure the future of the industry.   Notable brands exhibiting this year include Redfox Solutions showcasing its innovative thermal drones, Mastermyne Group presenting a newly formed Mastertec business, as well as Flexco, which will launch a new, cost-effectiove belt tracker solution which allows for heavy-duty use.   Toyota will also have a presence at this year’s event, showcasing its “Unbreakable” Hilux, which will display Toyota Genuine mining-specific accessories.   As the ‘Official Vehicle’ sponsor of QME this year, Toyota has supplied event organisers with a Hilux SR as well as a Fortuner Crusade, both of which will be available for visitors to view at the entrance to the expo.   Along with the best that technology has to offer, visitors can also expect a number of exciting new features at QME this year designed to propel the Australian mining industry into the future.   These will include a live demonstration program, business matching program and a targeted seminar series, which includes a first for the expo - the QME Thought Leadership Panel will take place from Wednesday afternoon 27 July to discuss the future of the international and domestic coal mining industries.   The panel will be officiated by the Minister for State Development and the Minister for Natural Resources and Mines, the Hon. Dr Anthony Lynham, who will be joined by a number of esteemed industry experts taking part in the ticketed event.   Panelists include World Coal Association’s Chairman and Glencore’s Group Executive - Coal Assets Mick Buffier, Peabody Energy’s Australian President Charles Meintjes and Director of Infrastructure and Economic Policy for Queensland Resources Council, Andrew Barger.   QME – held in Mackay just once every two years is free for trade visitors and registration is now open at qmeexpo.com.au.   - Ends -     15 July 2016, Sydney, Australia - With just one week to go until the highly anticipated Queensland Mining and Engineering Exhibition (QME) kicks off in Mackay (26 – 28 July), Exhibition Director Robby Clark has commended the mining community for its strong support of the exhibition this year despite the industry’s current market conditions.   “QME supports the industry in good times as well as in challenging times, so this year it has become particularly apparent to us just what QME means to the Mackay region.” Mr. Clark said.   “It is no secret that the mining industry in Queensland is experiencing some challenging times, however QME remains a significant event and we are very proud to bring a number of new features and experiences to this year’s exhibition to bolster the spirits of the mining community.”   As in previous years, QME has been warmly welcomed back to the region by Mackay Mayor Greg Williamson, who said that it was a privilege to confirm such a strong and enduring relationship with QME and its organisers.   “This trade show is a signature event on Mackay’s calendar, providing our region with national and international exposure, which is why Mackay Regional Council is a proud supporter of QME and is keen for it to remain a permanent fixture,” Mayor Williamson said.   Nearly 200 exhibitors have joined ranks this year ready to do business with industry professionals and present a snapshot of the high level of mining and engineering innovations and advancements that will ensure the future of the industry.   Notable brands exhibiting this year include Redfox Solutions showcasing its innovative thermal drones, Mastermyne Group presenting a newly formed Mastertec business, as well as Flexco, which will launch a new, cost-effectiove belt tracker solution which allows for heavy-duty use.   Toyota will also have a presence at this year’s event, showcasing its “Unbreakable” Hilux, which will display Toyota Genuine mining-specific accessories.   As the ‘Official Vehicle’ sponsor of QME this year, Toyota has supplied event organisers with a Hilux SR as well as a Fortuner Crusade, both of which will be available for visitors to view at the entrance to the expo.   Along with the best that technology has to offer, visitors can also expect a number of exciting new features at QME this year designed to propel the Australian mining industry into the future.   These will include a live demonstration program, business matching program and a targeted seminar series, which includes a first for the expo - the QME Thought Leadership Panel will take place from Wednesday afternoon 27 July to discuss the future of the international and domestic coal mining industries.   The panel will be officiated by the Minister for State Development and the Minister for Natural Resources and Mines, the Hon. Dr Anthony Lynham, who will be joined by a number of esteemed industry experts taking part in the ticketed event.   Panelists include World Coal Association’s Chairman and Glencore’s Group Executive - Coal Assets Mick Buffier, Peabody Energy’s Australian President Charles Meintjes and Director of Infrastructure and Economic Policy for Queensland Resources Council, Andrew Barger.   QME – held in Mackay just once every two years is free for trade visitors and registration is now open at qmeexpo.com.au.   - Ends -     Centrifugal Pump Importer Provides Unprecedented Consumer Information 2016-07-15T06:44:50Z centrifugal-pump-importer-provides-unprecedented-consumer-information Perth, WA, 15 July 2016 - Pump Solutions Australasia imports pumps from manufacturers around the world. They focus on providing the most efficient and reliable pumps for major accounts in a variety of industries, such as the mining, wastewater treatment, hospitality and medical fields. They focus on quality only instead of price point because they know pump failure or “downtime” can cost some of their customers thousands of dollars per incident. Recently, on the company blog, owner Mike Hurlbatt provided insight into the process for choosing the right centrifugal pump for any operation. The post was full of technical information that sheds new light on the importance of having a knowledgeable customer service staff. The Main Hydraulic FactorsThere are four main factors in hydraulic considerations when selecting a centrifugal pump. They are system design, flow rate, resistance and duty point. From a system design standpoint, the pump has to be the right size for the system. If a pump is too large or too small, it can cause typical pump problems such as cavitation, excess noise, impeded circulation or vibration.The pressure or “head” of a pump will determine a system’s flow rate. There are three head measurements: friction head, static head and resistance head. The duty point is the point at which the resistance head is equal to the total of the friction head and static head. Accurately assessing the duty point of a pump is considered to be the key consideration in selecting a centrifugal pump.Net Positive Suction HeadThe next important measurements are Net Positive Suction Head Available (NPSHA) and Net Positive Suction Head Required (NPSHR). The NPSHA must be greater than the NPSHR with a safety margin built in. Trying to run with less NPSHA than NPSHR can result in a common problem called cavitation.Suction LiftIf a pump is only being used to transport clean water that is not being heated, a simplified measurement called “Suction Lift” can be used.The Importance of Customer Service in the Pump IndustryThe importance of technical information in the pump industry makes it crucial to have customer service representatives who not only know pumps but can also manage the numbers that are so crucial to selection. According to Mr Hurlbatt:“There are so many important numbers that it is impossible for them to match most applications. For most applications, finding a solution means compromising and prioritising the numbers to get the closest match. For example, a centrifugal pump with a duty point rate from 50-110% of the best efficiency point is considered to be acceptable.”Mr Hurlbatt concludes: “To give multi-million dollar operations the customer service they require, we have to always be on our game. There is no room for mistakes.”Pump Solutions Australasia are the foremost importers of pumps in Australia. They offer a wide range of centrifugal pumps, submersible pumps and other pumps for a wide range of industries and applications. Pump Solutions Australasia only choose to do business with the best pump manufacturers from around the world including Lowara, Grundfos, Speck, Becker and many more. To learn more about the centrifugal pump article or to talk to customer service, call 1300 793 418 or visit their website: http://www.pumpsolutions.com.au/. Light Online Australia brings new Energetic Lighting LED retrofit lamps to its affordable bulb range 2016-07-14T02:03:14Z light-online-australia-brings-new-energetic-lighting-led-retrofit-lamps-to-its-affordable-bulb-range LightOnline today announced the next generation of its Light Emitting Diode (LED) portfolio with the launch of new affordable Energetic LED light bulb in GLS and Candle shapes for the home segment in Australia. Led light bulbsThe new LED bulb Energetic A67 LED in GLS 13Watt dimmable warm white colour offers two variations in its bases such as Edison Screw (ES) and Bayonet Cap (BC) for different lighting fixtures. Whereas the new LED Energetic LED in Candle 5.7Watt 3000K warm white colour dimmable offers four different bases such as  Edison Screw(ES), Bayonet Cap(BC), Small Edison Screw(SES) and Small Bayonet Cap(SBC). The new LED bulbs offer significant energy savings of up to 80 percent compared to traditional soft-tone or halogen bulbs, giving Australians the potential to reduce their home energy bills. Both GLS and Candle shapes offer 13Watt and 5.7Watt respectively. The new ranges will fit into most existing lamp sockets and light fittings and can also be used for a range of lighting applications in homes, such as chandeliers, all-purpose wall/ceiling lighting and table lamps. Both the Energetic Lighting LED range last up to 15,000. These mercury-free light bulbs are ideal for home environments as they provide premium ambiance and great comfort without glare or UV emission. The producers of Energetic LED Xiamen Yankon Energetic Lighting Co., Ltd won the “SEAD Global Efficiency Medal” with the LED A-Bulb 806 lumen LED retrofit lamp as a replacement for a 60W incandescent bulb. The prize, with which the production and sales of super-efficient appliances are to be encouraged, was awarded for the first time for lighting products, because of the high global electricity consumption of grid-based lighting. The awarded A-Bulb 806 lumen LED retrofit lamp from Energetic Lighting is a replacement for a 60W incandescent bulb, equipped with state-of-the-art energy saving LED technology “This new range truly brings affordable LED into the home and at the same time gives consumers potential savings in home energy bills, as well as greater energy efficiency. As Our LED light bulb range continues to develop even more affordable lighting technology, we hope to offer home owners more innovative lighting solutions that inspire and personalise their living environments,” says Light Online Managing Director. Domestic and commercial customers who is interested in learning more about LightOnline LED, or who would like to buy LED lights, may visit the our website at any time; there, they can read more about the benefits of using LED lighting as well as browse through the vast selection of merchandise. Handy category tabs like “LED Downlights” and “LED Candles” at the top of the home page make it easy for shoppers to find exactly what they are looking for. About Light Online: Light Online is Australia’s leading LED provider focused on supplying domestic and commercial customers with LED lights to suit their needs. The company’s range of products includes LED bulbs, LED downlights, LED panels and LED candles to name a few. Light Online’s indoor and outdoor LED lighting solutions provide great energy and cost savings for its customers. For more information, please visit https://www.lightonline.com.au, and for Energetic LED https://www.lightonline.com.au/energetic-led Media contact:Light Online Australia Citywest Locksmiths Presents top Tips to Deal with Emergency Lockout Situation in Melbourne. 2016-07-13T10:54:16Z citywest-locksmiths-presents-top-tips-to-deal-with-emergency-lockout-situation-in-melbourne Lockouts in Melbourne appears to have taken a dramatic setback with City West Locksmiths getting better at what they do by the passing years. This one of a kind company has gained massive popularity over the past two decades on its application of expertise in cases of domestic / residential, corporate, industrial and even automobile lockouts. A long list of happy clientele have expressed their satisfaction over the fact that City West Locksmiths have actually lived up to their promise of being the most affordable and reachable emergency locksmiths Melbourne that are available 24 hours on call. As has been expressed by experts in this company, their primary motive is to save time and money in the part of the clients while adding extended security to their locking systems so that catastrophes as such can be avoided in the future. As far as the world of automobiles is concerned, hundreds of vehicle owners who could otherwise have spent 500$ to 1000$ on unlocking their vehicles and having new keys issued have managed to save their precious dollars with the 24 hour emergency lockout mobile services of City West Locksmiths. Things could never have been better than this and they offer the best tips ever to come out of such deplorable plight. Since the first day of their service till today, City West Locksmiths have used nothing short of the best instruments and equipments to cater to varied needs that arise from different corners of Melbourne. Powered with a team of highly experienced and certified locksmiths, this current leader is expected to introduce further innovations within the next few years. While the wheels of evolution promises to offer an added sense of security to Melbourne residents, as of now, people experiencing harassing lockout situations are rolling in the soothing, supportive, assuring and friendly services of City West Locksmith Melbourne.  About City West Locksmith  City West Locksmiths is one of the most trusted and reliable locksmiths Melbourne with 20 + years of experience in the field. This company has gained popularity in their area of operation for using best in class equipments, extended affordability and 24 hour service all through the week and in all types of lockout situations. Karcher At The Forefront Of High Cleaning Performance 2016-07-13T02:59:25Z karcher-at-the-forefront-of-high-cleaning-performance The Kärcher NZ wet and dry vacuum cleaner range includes four machines in the entry-level, medium and top class ranges – WD 3 Premium-WD 6 Premium. The vacuum cleaners are distinguished by high suction power and energy efficiency and the new, patented filter removal technology by Kärcher makes them especially convenient. The devices are very energy-efficient: for example, one of the new top models, the WD 5 Premium, achieves an enormous suction power of 1,800 W with a power consumption of only 1,100 watts. In its range alone, it achieves a performance increase of up to 20% in comparison with its immediate predecessors. This is made possible by new energy-efficient motors, optimised airflow in the vacuum cleaner and accessories and excellent sealing of the machine. As a result, the suction power shows up where it is needed; at the floor nozzle. The machines from classes WD 4, 5 and 6 are fitted with Kärcher's new, patented filter removal system: the flat pleated filter sits on the casing head in a cartridge, with which it can easily be removed for cleaning. The cartridge catches any dirt that falls out, preventing the user from coming into contact with it while transporting the machine. A convenient solution, for example, if a lot of dust accumulates. The top-class WD 5 and 6 also feature the tried-and-tested filter cleaning function: at the push of a button, a powerful pulsating blast of air blows through the flat pleated filter in the reverse direction. This removes dirt deposited on the filter, blows it into the suction container and restores the suction power. Other advantages which ensure that working with the machine is convenient and the results thorough: the elbow can now be removed from the hose. Accessories such as the crevice nozzle can therefore be attached directly – a noticeable advantage when vacuuming in confined spaces. The floor nozzles are also a new feature. Here, emphasis was placed on improved flow properties, which has a positive effect on dirt pick-up. The nozzles can also move very well over the floor, as they are fitted with two rollers. For more information on Kärcher wet and dry vacuum cleaners, visit http://www.karcher.co.nz .   Melbourne OEM Sheet Metal Manufacturer replaces in-house sheet metal fabrication 2016-07-12T06:51:45Z melbourne-oem-sheet-metal-manufacturer-replaces-in-house-sheet-metal-fabrication When FORM2000 first came to JWPM - Industrial Strength Marketing in 2015, they had a marketing problem to solve. “We operate a fully automated sheet metal manufacturing facility but we are the world’s best kept secret.” FORM2000 are market leaders in providing sheet metal component manufacturing, offering the following capabilities… ·         Sheet metal OEM component outsourcing ·         Complete sheet metal product outsourced solutions ·         Sheet Metal product concept development ·         Sheet Metal Fabrication of specialised products ·         Fabricating sheet metal parts for shop fitting and display interiors ·         Fabrication of sheet metal street furniture for local government and civic spaces FORM2000 do not manufacturer and sell their own products, rather they are subcontracted by other manufacturers who use FORM2000 to fabricate sheet metal components that form part of their end products. For example, one customer produces laboratory instruments. The main added value in their laboratory products is the sensors, electronic circuitry and display components. But, they need a housing for this equipment. Equipment cases are easy for FORM2000 to manufacturer. With their advanced 3D CAD design facilities, and fully automated robotic manufacturing facility they can provide superior build quality and fast turnaround. Their customer previously manufactured their instrument cases in-house but discovered that a disproportionate amount of factory space, management time and cost was tied-up in fabricating sheet metal in-house. Whereas the main value in their products is the electronics which is their core business. Outsourcing to FORM2000 enabled them to obtain a superior sheet metal product and to reduce cost. FORM2000 is a critical sheet metal supply chain partner to a wide range of final product manufacturers producing electrical cabinets, instrument cases, rolling stock components, railway signaling, fabricated sheet metal boxes and enclosures, vending machines, lighting, renewable energy, and medical equipment. The main reason for wanting to fabricate sheet metal components in-house (apart from “we’ve always done it that way”) is for control, reliability of supply and flexibility. But, in reality FORM2000 can actually improve on all of these assumed benefits and for reduced cost. As FORM2000’s Simon Mollison explains “If a manufacturer takes into account all of the costs, factory overheads, maintenance, management time, training, safety compliance as well as direct labour and raw material – in fact, they actually can’t produce the same item as cheaply as we can.” However, on top of that FORM2000 has access to the latest Sheet Metal fabricating equipment enabling them to incorporate design features not always found in in-house sheet metal shops. “In-house sheet metal shops usually can’t justify the capital equipment budget to provide the latest sheet metal fabrication processes and machinery. Consequently, they put-up with manual processes and old equipment; kidding themselves that it is more cost effective to fabricate in-house” Simon explained. From a marketing perspective our task was to obtain more sheet metal OEM manufacturing contracts for FORM2000 to fill-up their vast underutilised manufacturing capacity. JWPM provided the following services… ·         Rebranded FORM2000, developing a new company logo, brand manual and new strapline “Manufacturing the future.” ·         Shot a high quality corporate video providing an interesting compelling story explaining what FORM2000 offered and showcasing the company’s enormous investment in automation. ·         Built a new company website featuring the video and presenting FORM2000 with high appeal to other manufacturers and conveying the message “this is the kind of company we want to partner with.” ·         Developed a comprehensive lead generation campaign incorporating online marketing through social media, and search marketing. FORM2000 has tripled its enquiry rate and is steadily acquiring new customers from not just Melbourne but all over Australia. You can visit FORM2000’s website here… FORM2000 Sheet Metal Component Manufacturing The Difference Between Circuit Breakers and Safety Switches 2016-07-12T01:58:24Z the-difference-between-circuit-breakers-and-safety-switches Do you know the difference between a safety switch and a circuit breaker? While these devices both promote safety and prevent damage in your home, they’re not the same thing. It’s important to understand the difference between safety switches and circuit breakers and the common misconceptions of the two of them. What is a Safety Switch? The biggest problem that stems from the confusion surrounding the difference between safety switches and circuit breakers is that people believe they have both installed when they do not. Safety switches or residual current devices (RCD’s) are devices that must be installed in your switchboard by law. They are designed to provide protection against electrocution and fires caused by electrical faults. They do so by constantly monitoring the current flowing in the live and neutral wires supplying an electrical system or a group of equipment. If a problem is detected that may pose a risk to personal safety, the device will turn the power off within 0.03 of a second (you can read how to test safety switches in our other blog posthere). Even if your home has a safety switch installed, one may not be enough to protect you from electric shock. A safety switch only protects you if it’s on that circuit. You should consider having safety switches installed on all circuits in your home, including power points, lights, air conditioning, oven, hot water and pool equipment circuits, even if they are on a separate tariff. For a simple explanation of why you should contemplate having more than one safety switched installed, take a look at this WorkSafe Queensland video. Summary: Safety switches will protect you – they are your insurance against electric shocks. What is a Circuit Breaker? Circuit breakers or fuses in your main switchboard are there to protect the wiring from overloads. They can be operated manually or automatically, and they are used for switching off an electrical supply to a load e.g. a lighting or power circuit. Circuit breakers provide short-circuit and over current protection (e.g. when a power point is overloaded). In the modern power system, consumers have to deal with high currents, so electrical engineers place a lot of emphasis on designing the best circuit breaker to safely interrupt the arc produced during operation of the circuit breaker. While circuit breakers look similar to a safety switch, they are ARE NOT a device that protects an individual from electrocution. They can be distinguished as a circuit breaker does not have a test button. Summary: Circuit breakers switch off the electrical supply to a load (e.g. lighting), but do not prevent harm to people. Sources: Energy Safe Victoria If you need your safety switches or circuit breakers tested, or if you would like more installed, please contact AMP’D Electrical & Solar on 0475 415 414 or email us at info@ampdes.com.au. You can also follow our social pages to stay informed on the latest in efficient electrical solutions. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AmpdElectricalandSolar Twitter: https://twitter.com/ampdelectrical ADIA Tells Re-elected Turnbull Government To Cut Red Tape 2016-07-11T02:33:16Z adia-tells-re-elected-turnbull-government-to-cut-red-tape For Immediate Release — 11 July 2016 Dental product manufacturers and suppliers across the nation are looking to the re-elected Turnbull Government to continue progress in cutting the red-tape faced by business. That’s the message from the Australian Dental Industry Association (ADIA), the peak business organisation representing manufacturers and suppliers of dental products. “The focus of the government throughout the last parliamentary term on cutting red-tape was welcomed by the dental industry. Slowly, steps were being made that reduced the regulatory complexity associated with manufacturing, exporting and importing dental products – this work needs to continue,” said Troy Williams, ADIA Chief Executive Officer. A priority for ADIA will be to ensure that the government continues reforms that are underpinned by the principle that if a system, service or product has been approved under a trusted international standard or risk assessment, then the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) should not impose any additional requirements for approval in Australia, unless it can be demonstrated that there is a good reason to do so. “This commitment was important to the dental industry as, when reflected in legislation, it allows dental product suppliers accelerated pathways that will expedite the process of introducing new and innovative products into the Australian market,” Mr Williams said. Once the new Turnbull Ministry is settled, ADIA will continue its negotiations to ensure that the regulatory framework administered by the TGA supports an environment in which businesses across the dental industry can grow, create jobs and operate sustainably. “ADIA enjoyed a strong working relationship with the two Health Ministers that served in the last Parliament, and we look forward to continued collaboration, Mr Williams said. As in the last parliament, ADIA will also engage with the Opposition and cross-benchers to develop an understanding of the need to further reduce the amount of red-tape that manufacturers and suppliers face. “To date, there has been broad bipartisan support to reform the TGA’s complex regulatory system. We look forward to our ongoing discussions at a parliamentary level to ensure this continues to be the case,” Mr Williams concluded. Ends. New research from IFS indicates 50% of Australian/NZ businesses are unprepared for digital transformation despite 81% expecting it to play a key role in their future 2016-07-08T01:59:06Z new-research-from-ifs-indicates-50-of-australian-nz-businesses-are-unprepared-for-digital-transformation-despite-81-expecting-it-to-play-a-key-role-in-their-future MELBOURNE, 8 July 2016 – IFS, the global enterprise applications company, today reveals the findings of a survey of nearly 500 senior decision makers from companies ranging across industrial manufacturing, construction, retail, oil and gas, automotive, energy and utilities and other industries.  86% of global respondents (Australia/NZ: 81%) think that digital transformation will play a key role in their market but 40% (Australia/NZ: 50%) lack a strategy for it. Internal responsibilities for digital transformation When asked who within the company has responsibility for driving digital transformation global respondents call out the CIO (40% of respondents, Australia/NZ: 31%), CEO (39%, Australia/NZ: 31%) and the CFO (35%, Australia/NZ: 56%), while the CTO (20%, Australia/NZ: 9%) and the CMO (6%, Australia/NZ: 0%) are not considered as influential in this area. When C-suite leaders answer who owns digital transformation, they often point to themselves. 53% of global CEOs surveyed consider that they are themselves responsible. The corresponding numbers for CFOs and CIOs are 69% and 63% respectively. High priority but no clear strategy 86% of global respondents (Australia/NZ: 81%) say that digital transformation will play a key role in their market in the coming five years, but at the same time 76% (Australia/NZ: 72%) answer that they need more information about digital transformation. Many companies have not come far when it comes to implementing strategies:  40% of the respondents (Australia/NZ: 50%) answer that they don´t have a clear strategy for digital transformation. Technologies driving digital transformation When asked to rate several disruptive technologies’ importance in driving digital transformation in the respondents’ industries, the following ratings were given: (Scale: 1-100. 1=Unimportant, 100=Very important). ·         Internet of Things: 59 (Australia/NZ: 53) ·         Cloud computing: 59 (Australia/NZ: 60) ·         Cognitive computing: 55 (Australia/NZ: 53) ·         Machine learning: 53 (Australia/NZ: 44) ·         Wearable technology: 48 (Australia/NZ: 38) ·         3D printing: 42 (Australia/NZ: 39) ·         Drone technology: 37 (Australia/NZ: 35) Regional differences The survey reveals a number of regional differences regarding the view of internal responsibilities: ·         Polish respondents believe that the CIO (57% of the respondents) is the one driving digital transformation. 41% think that it is the CEO ·         In the US and Australia/NZ, the CFO is believed to drive digital transformation (US: 42%, ANZ: 56%). Less than a third (US: 30%, ANZ: 31%) think that it is the CEO who is responsible, the two lowest CEO scores out of all the regions ·         57% of the Brazilian respondents call out the CTO as the one responsible for digital transformation, the highest number for CTOs of all the regions ·         The Scandinavian respondents trust the CIO to be responsible for digital transformation, (45%), followed by the CEO (38%) ·         Asian respondents are the most uncertain, where 29% answer that they don´t know who within the organisation owns digital transformation “This survey shows that senior leaders of large industries have realised the potential that digital transformation offers, but in many cases haven´t got a strategy in place to leverage it yet. It appears that there is also great uncertainty regarding who is actually responsible for driving the digital transformation agenda within companies. Companies must clarify their goals and outline clear strategies in order to utilise the full potential of digital transformation,” says Mark Boulton, CMO at IFS. “I was surprised that only 50% of respondents in Australia/NZ said they had a clear strategy for digital transformation, less than any other region surveyed, including ASEAN, Benelux, Brazil, China, Finland, Poland, Scandinavia and the US,” says Rob Stummer, Managing Director, IFS Australia & New Zealand. “We see tremendous innovation in a range of local industries but the question is: Is it enough to remain globally competitive in this era of disruptive change?” About the survey: Almost 500 respondents in 20+ countries (Australia: 31 respondents; New Zealand: 1) were surveyed to gather insights about their thoughts on digital transformation. Respondents include senior decision makers (CEOs, CIOs, CTOs, CFOs, CMOs etc.) from a wide range of industries that IFS works with, including industrial manufacturing, construction and contracting, and retail and wholesale. About IFS IFS™ is a globally recognised leader in developing and delivering enterprise software for enterprise resource planning (ERP), enterprise asset management (EAM) and enterprise service management (ESM). IFS brings customers in targeted sectors closer to their business, helps them be more agile and prepare for what’s next in their industry. IFS is a public company (XSTO: IFS) founded in 1983 and currently has over 2,800 employees. IFS supports more than 1 million users worldwide from its network of local offices and through a growing ecosystem of partners. For more information visit: IFSWorld.com. Follow us on Twitter: @ifsworld Visit the IFS Blog on technology, innovation and creativity: http://blog.ifsworld.com/ How To Get The Most Out Of Your Driving Lessons? 2016-07-06T02:32:15Z how-to-get-the-most-out-of-your-driving-lessons Driving lessons are important you get the most out of your lesson to reduce the amount of lessons you need to get your driver’s license. The team at Learner Drivers have professional and experienced instructors that will get you on the road in Sydney. Here’s how to get the most out of your driving lessons. Opt for a Time That Suits You When are you most alert and ready to learn? Choose a time slot that works for you. It’s pointless getting a morning appointment if you’re not a morning person. The same goes for if you are tired in the afternoons or evenings. You want to make sure you are on time so you can utilise the whole of the lesson time. Losing ten to fifteen minutes every lesson soon adds up, so make sure you are ready to go. Wear Comfortable Clothing Think about what you’re going to wear for the lesson. Loose and comfortable clothing is your best bet. Steer clear of heels and the like, you may wish to wear thongs so that you can easily take them off to drive. Sunglasses are good to have on hand if there is a glare. Keep hair of your face to avoid any distraction and give you the best clear view of the road. Remove any jewellery that jangles around or could distract you in any way. Be Prepared So that you can jump straight into your lesson make sure you are prepared to prevent any delays. You must carry your learner’s license when driving so make sure you have this with you. Your instructor should check for this prior to commencing the lesson. If you need to fill out a logbook then make sure you bring it. If you haven’t already paid, have the correct cash with you. Also turn off your mobile phone for the duration of the lesson. Be a Good Student Be willing to learn from your instructor. A common problem is that students have learnt one way from their parents and are then unwilling to try it the instructors way. The instructor wants to get you to pass the test and drive well so it’s important that you follow their instructions over anyone else’s. After all you are paying for their expertise so the sooner you follow their methods, the quicker you can get in to book your test. Practise What You’ve Learnt In between lessons you should be getting in as much supervised practise as possible. Try and vary your driving experiences by driving at different times of the day and exposing yourself to different weather conditions. Implement everything you’ve learnt from your instructor to get into good habits. You can get the most out of your driving lessons by selecting a suitable time, wearing appropriate clothing and being prepared. Be open to learning the methods the instructor will be teaching and get as much practise in as possible. Learner Drivers know their stuff and will give you the best possible chance of passing your test in Sydney. Alzheimer's Australia NSW study proves that Group Homes Australia outperforms traditional aged care providers 2016-06-29T04:41:36Z alzheimer-s-australia-nsw-study-proves-that-group-homes-australia-outperforms-traditional-aged-care-providers Media Alert Alzheimer's Australia NSW study proves that Group Homes Australia outperforms traditional aged care providers 29th June 2016, Sydney, Australia- Group Homes Australia offers an innovative model of care for people living with dementia. In late 2015, Group Homes Australia engaged Alzheimer's Australia NSW to benchmark their practice against the Moving Into Care project results. Group Homes Australia wanted to find out how their method compared with the traditional, residential aged care model. The findings of the study proved that Group Homes Australia ranked well above industry benchmarks. The organisation focuses on non institutional way of living and emphasises residents abilities rather than their disabilities. Each resident receives customised care. The study benchmarked 5 homes against 80 residential aged care providers across NSW and ACT. The research highlighted the following: Care: Respondents reported a warm, compassionate enviro ENT where staff were seen to be empathetic, engaged and connected to residents and their families. Involvement: Families are encouraged to be actively involved in the care of their loved ones Leadership: The philosophy of care provides a clear director for team members Environment: Respondents described a warm and welcoming environment with best practice approaches to engaging residents. Tamar Krebs, Founder and CEO of Group Homes Australia, states: “We anecdotally feel the impact we have on people living and visiting our homes, but it was very reassuring to see the results of the benchmarking study and receive such positive validation from Alzheimer’s Australia.” Tamar is available for interviews. Please contact Candice for more info. Black Moth Releases topVIEW 2016-06-28T23:31:03Z black-moth-releases-topview opVIEW is the latest feature release for Black Moth’s atlas system and provides users an aerial view of the surroundings of their machinery. The additional perspective enables an enhanced view to further reduce the risk of incidents and injuries on work sites. topVIEW uses the video streams of four cameras around the vehicle, stitches them together and displays a view encompassing the entire perimeter of the vehicle. Footage for the distinctive helicopter view is captured with high sensitivity HDR image sensors and fisheye lenses, producing crisp and clear high resolution imagery of any person or object close to the vehicle. Thanks to the low latency of the imagery, the new feature gives a real-time understanding of the situation around the vehicle. With a clear overview of the direct vehicle vicinity, topVIEW allows operators to determine if it is safe to set the vehicle in motion via a single glance at the display. It is also helpful to quickly analyse events around the machine while manoeuvring in tight or congested areas such as construction sites, machinery yards or loading bays. “At Black Moth our No. 1 priority is to help our clients to keep people safe around moving machines. topVIEW is the latest step in our continuous and rapid development process to provide operators with a ‘one glance’ tool to vastly improve the safe operation of their heavy vehicles,” says Tony Clear, Sales Director of Black Moth. “Combined with the connectivity and integration possibilities of the atlas system, Black Moth offers significant benefits for operators and companies alike.” topVIEW is now available as an optional feature for all new and existing atlas system configurations. The atlas system The mobile vision and communication system is designed to make drivers aware of hazards and avoid incidents by providing blind spot free 360o vision. This leads to improved safety around vehicles and can reduce cost for insurance premiums and claims substantially. The atlas system allows operators to visualise everything around the vehicle at all times. It uses four smartMX-180 IP cameras to create full surround vision and delivers streamed imagery in high definition for efficient and seamless monitoring of operations. A fifth camera can be utilised for any machine specific application, e.g. the lift movements on a mobile crane. The vision server of the system, the tigerMX-5, features comprehensive monitoring and recording capabilities. Its powerful two computers combine vision, recording and fleet operations in one unit. While one computer processes footage, the second computer can run custom applications at the same time without performance limitations. Unmatched connectivity ensures remote access to stored footage via Wi-Fi and 3G phone networks. Offering simple integration with existing systems such as GIS and fleet management, the tigerMX-5 facilitates vehicle centric machine management and vision control, while reducing cab clutter and simplifying driver operation. More information about Black Moth’s atlas system and its features is available at blackmoth.com. About Black Moth Black Moth designs and builds intelligent mobile vision and communication solutions for transport and heavy industries. Based in Brisbane, the technology provider drives innovations to enhance worksite safety for heavy machinery. A dedicated team of industry experts, genuine entrepreneurial spirit and cutting-edge technology enable high-end solutions to support operations in diverse industries. To deliver extremely robust and durable products, Black Moth banks on high quality standards and exclusive in-house development. Customers benefit from tailored solutions, exemplary service and a true partnership approach. For more news and information about Black Moth, please visit blackmoth.com. A New Innovation From Bartercard -– Bucqi 2016-06-26T21:13:47Z a-new-innovation-from-bartercard-bucqi On 1 April this year Bartercard launched an exciting new software platform – bucqi, a national rewards programme designed for small to medium sized businesses as a way to reward their customers; it’s set to revolutionise the way consumers, clubs, charities and businesses interact.  Billed as the ‘app that gives you more bang for your bucqi’, bucqi isn’t like other reward points schemes.  Instead, it allows people to earn dollar-for-dollar rewards, and spend them without the need for working out how many points are required to generate a purchase.  bucqi was launched in Wellington but it is anticipated that bucqi will be rolled out to other regions later in the year. Developed by BPS Technology, which owns Bartercard - the world’s largest listed Global Trade exchange - bucqi has already enjoyed much success in Queensland, Australia since its launch in December 2015. Bartercard NZ CEO, John Scott says the platform was developed to connect Bartercard members to everyday consumers: “For consumers, bucqi offers an entirely new way to shop. Each time you pay with bucqi, you earn ‘bucqs’ which can then be used dollar-for-dollar on your next purchase. “We chose Wellington as the location for the New Zealand launch because of its high number of tech-savvy consumers, compact central city and large number of Bartercard merchants.” says Scott.  “To have names such as the Wellington Lions and Hurricanes supporting the launch is a tremendous boost to everyone that is involved, and demonstrates a belief of its anticipated early success.”  With over 50 outlets already on board within the Wellington CBD and a further 6,000 Bartercard businesses nationwide, it’s not just the big names that will benefit.  What’s more, the opportunities are expected to grow over the coming months as more and more businesses want to come on board.  One of Bartercard’s chosen charities, The Child Cancer Foundation, is thrilled to be a part of the initiative as Michelle Berriman, Business Development Manager for The Child Cancer Foundation, Wellington explains: “As the chosen charity for the Bartercard Foundation, the Child Cancer Foundation is very grateful for its ongoing support and the chance to be part of this exciting new project.  It is a great opportunity for our supporters to raise funds simply by spending on things they purchase regularly; earning rewards for themselves while 1% of their spend through bucqi, goes towards supporting children with cancer and their families.  It’s a fantastic initiative!” To find out how to get more bang for your bucq, visit bucqi.co.nz or simply visit the app store to download the free bucqi app.  With this innovation, Bartercard have provided a great way for consumers to support their local charity by linking to bucqi. For further information please visit http://www.bucqui.co.nz, and for more information on Bartercard please go to http://www.bartercard.co.nz . WORLDWIDE DEBUT FOR ROAM-e FLYING SELFIE CAMERA’S MAIDEN VOYAGE! 2016-06-23T22:59:22Z worldwide-debut-for-roam-e-flying-selfie-camera-s-maiden-voyage WORLDWIDE DEBUT FOR ROAM-e FLYING SELFIE CAMERA’S MAIDEN VOYAGE! The world’s first affordable flying selfie camera, the ROAM-e, will be unveiled for the first time all around the world simultaneously at www.myroam-e.com on Monday 27th June at 7pm in Los Angeles and 10pm in New York and on Tuesday 28thJune at 3am London, 11am Tokyo and 12 noon in Sydney. This will be the first time the world will be able to see the Roam-e fly. The spectacularly produced video of the ROAM-e flying has been filmed and made under strict security at a secret location somewhere in the Southern Hemisphere that would make the CIA, MI6 and the KGB proud. The video focuses on the ROAM-e being the flying selfie and on the ROAM-e technology and the way it works. It’s all about the SELFIE or rather, it’s all about the ROAM-e!  The ROAM-E Flying Selfie camera can be ordered online now US$399 at www.myroam-e.com or $499 Australian dollars at www.myroam-e.com.au  TO INTERVIEW ROAM-e  INVENTOR SIMON KANTOR OR IAN DUFFELL email max@marksonsparks.com or call Max Markson + 61 412 501 601 also contact Max to receive further information, photos, video footage or to test drive the ROAM-E.  ABOUT THE IOT GROUP LIMITED www.theiotgroup.com (Internet of Things)  IOT Group has tapped into global niche markets by adapting and enhancing existing trend products and making them more affordable and useful to consumers. The IOT Group is designing and developing a range of smart wearables, a range of flying selfie drones, augmented reality, virtual reality, home automation products and much more; as we look to create a complete IoT ecosystem over the next 24 months. IOT Group is listed on the Australian Stock Exchange (ASX:IOT)   Utilising industry specific innovation and our own technology, we’ve created the first facial recognition flying selfie device operated through smartphones and vision control systems, called ROAM-e. With unique follow me truly functionality, a flight time of up to 20 minutes and the capacity to charge in just two hours! You will always capture perfectly uninterrupted panoramic shots with ROAM-e’s 360 degree 1080p HD camera. And you will never miss a moment with ROAM-e’s live streaming capabilities, so the action is always in real time whenever, where ever. ROAM-e is your personal companion who will always be within 5m of you, so you never have to worry about invading anyone’s personal space. Built with the world’s first dual-axis collapsible blades means that ROAM-e’s light, compact and easy to carry and ready for any occasion but most importantly not weigh you down. Selfies have reached new heights!   Outdoor Konnect (OK) is focussed on designing and developing a range of affordable innovative wearable devices, accessories and outdoor products combining the latest technology with unique features. Our devices include a variety of smart watches with some already available through retailers and from our website.