The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2019-01-08T22:38:01Z Welding Safety in Western Australia 2019-01-08T22:38:01Z welding-safety-in-western-australia Having worked in the welding safety industry for over 23 years, I have seen more positive change in the last year than I have over the last twenty years and I feel like we’re just getting started in WA. Toward the end of 2018 we saw the WA housing market and general growth bottom-out and begin to rebound and it was announced that there would be a number of large-scale iron-ore and lithium mining projects planned to commence in the coming years. The Western Australian welding outlook looks bright in 2019 both from an economy and safety perspective. The main welding industries and applications in WA The mining of iron ore, gold, lithium, and nickel drives the welding industry in Australia’s westernmost state as well as a strong shipbuilding presence. So, the news of large-scale iron ore and lithium projects on the near horizon is great news for WA. Due to the heavy-duty nature of the welding that supports these industries the primary welding application in Western Australia is high amperage MIG welding between 200 and 400 amps. MIG welding at high amps is hot work and produces high levels of welding fume which is basically microscopic particles of hot metal and gases that are small enough and buoyant enough to be released from the welding arc and rise in a cloud of metal fume. If not properly protected, welding fume can pose significant short-term and long-term health risks to welders and workers in close proximity. As an example, it’s recommended that even in good environments with forced ventilation that a powered air respirator be worn when MIG welding with materials like aluminium, stainless steel, galvanised steel and non-coated steel. The big change in welding safety in Western Australia The big change in Western Australia came shortly after the 2017 reclassification of welding fume by the International Agency for the Research on Cancer (IARC). The IARC concluded that there was sufficient evidence in humans that welding fume can cause lung cancer and limited evidence for kidney cancer. As a result, the IARC reclassified welding fume as carcinogenic to humans. Following this news, 2018 witnessed many large, medium and small Western Australian companies completely change their stance on welding fume and the protection of their employees. The 3M Speedglas Welding Helmets with the Adflo PAPR which offer powered air respiratory protection against welding fume have become the “norm” for welders and companies in Western Australia. For me personally, it’s great to see the faces on the welders when they experience the refreshingly cool and clean air delivered by the Adflo PAPR for the first time. Not only do the systems keep the welders protected from welding fume, they also keep welders cool in the WA heat. Speedglas Welding Helmets Speedglas welding helmets with Adflo PAPR also protect the welders’ eyes and face from ultra-violet and infra-red radiation, bright visible light, high-speed particles, and certain helmets are also available with integrated over-head safety helmet protection and hearing protection. A recent study performed by a large company in the US found that foreign body eye injuries decreased by over 70% year-on-year after introducing the 3M Adflo Powered Air Purifying Respiratory Protection (PAPR) Systems. This is an often-overlooked positive side-effect of using these welding PAPR systems. Speedglas welding helmets are available with clear grinding visors which means the welder can keep the welding helmets in the safe down-position for the entirety of their workday providing continuous high impact eye and face protection. What does WA need for welding to remain strong into the future? For the welding industry to remain strong in WA I think we need to make sure that welders, companies and educational bodies training our next generation of welders coming through, understand that while the risk posed by welding fume and welding, in general, is real, protecting themselves from this risk is both easy and readily available. Teaching welders about respiratory and welding safety will ensure welders don’t leave the industry due to the potential health hazards. We’ve experienced that the general level of welding safety knowledge can be low and often misguided. This would be a major step in ensuring welders are fully informed to facilitate positive change. If you’d like more information on welding safety please contact AWS. OXAIR FANFARE USHERS IN GOLDEN ERA FOR OXYGEN GENERATORS 2019-01-07T10:18:41Z oxair-fanfare-ushers-in-golden-era-for-oxygen-generators Australia-based Oxair says that having a constant supply of high purity oxygen on tap, compared to being dependant on shipping in cylinders from an outside source, could be the difference between life and death when treating patients in hospitals and medical facilities. Already in use in many remote locations where healthcare might be compromised due to failing supplies of cylinders, Oxair’s Pressure Swing Adsorption (PSA) system is enabling hospitals to be self-sufficient in generating the purest of oxygen for years to come. By switching from cylinders, that can be at the mercy of delays during transportation as well as being potentially prone to corrosion from moisture, salt and other materials, to Oxair’s oxygen generator reduces manpower handling cylinders, saves room space and the life-saving gas is immediately available. In addition to saving lives on wards, Oxair’s robust technology is ideal in the extreme conditions that can often be encountered in sectors such as mining, farming or even in the military where the use of resources to clear empty oxygen cylinders can become a thing of the past. Safety in gold mining is improved significantly through the use of oxygen generators. Mined rock is usually ground up and turned into a slurry by adding cyanide, oxygen and water before being fed through a carbon bed to extract the gold. Incorporating highly purified oxygen actually allows cyanide to work more efficiently and thus reduces the quantity of this deadly poison in the leaching process. Another advantage of Oxair’s generators when a constant, onsite source of oxygen is required for mining operations is their design. High quality parts for valving and piping means less maintenance and low power consumption when compared to other manufacturers. Environmental considerations are a key priority for mining companies, the addition of highly purified oxygen into the mix helps to destroy leftover cyanide in the waste mixture and so creates a purer and cleaner waste product at the point of disposal or evaporation. Oxair generators can deliver constant oxygen of 94%-95% purity through PSA filtration, a unique process that separates oxygen from compressed air. The gas is then conditioned and filtered before being stored in a buffer tank to be used directly by the end user on demand. The equipment also boasts noise control technology, user friendly colour touch screen HMI, full diagnostic history, continuous monitoring of on-stream oxygen to ensure uninterrupted supply, consistent, high purity oxygen, automatic operation – no extensive technical training required – high quality parts for less maintenance, guaranteed performance and lower energy and air consumption. From saving precious lives to extracting precious metals rugged oxygen generators from Down Under can safely and securely ensure an uninterrupted flow of this precious gas for many processes, offering a cost-effective alternative to shipping in cylinders. Does drinking milk protect you from welding fume? 2018-12-13T01:16:46Z does-drinking-milk-protect-you-from-welding-fume There will be two types of welders reading this article. The first will think this is a joke. That no one could seriously believe that milk would be a suitable shield against a now known carcinogen. The other has heard from their peers that drinking milk does protect them from welding fume and wants to know whether there is any truth to this tale. Below, we look into facts and give you the answers once and for all.   Drinking milk to protect you from welding fume The first concept is that after drinking milk, the body will absorb the calcium from the milk and this will “fill up” the spaces that other heavy metals like zinc and cadmium would otherwise fill. By filling these gaps, the welder lowers the potential intake of these heavy metals. While the body will absorb calcium, this process relies on the digestion system pathway NOT the respiratory system. Therefore, the heavy metals that make their way into the respiratory pathway by breathing in welding fume are in no way affected by the intake of milk through the digestion system. Furthermore, a healthy diet means there should be no calcium deficiency, so the extra calcium in the milk will not be absorbed (or very little).   Holding milk in the mouth while welding acts as a filter The other theory is that welders would hold the milk in their mouth while welding. After welding they would spit the now dirty milk out! Trying to use it as a scrubber solution.   The whole notion is wrong. Holding the milk in your mouth forces the welder to breathe through their nose. Again, this process relies on the respiratory system with the welding fume being transported to the welder’s lungs. Clearly a respirator worn and used correctly will be more effective at preventing the welding fumes from getting into the welders’ airways to start with, rather than attempting to do something after the fumes have already entered the body.      So how should welders protect themselves from welding fume? The 3M Speedglas 9100 Welding Powered Air Purifying Respirators (PAPR) give welders a required minimum protection factor of 50. This means that the air the welder breathes when using a PAPR welding helmet will be 50 times cleaner than an unprotected welder. This is 5 times the level of protection offered by a properly fitted and tested disposable or reusable respirator. To learn more about how to protect yourself from welding fume please visit our resources below or download our free Welding Fume White Paper which takes a closer look at the recent reclassification of welding fume as a Group 1 Carcinogen.  Visit our range of Welding Helmets with Powered Air   Airmaster launches New Zealand expansion, Optimum Air 2018-12-06T21:04:41Z airmaster-launches-new-zealand-expansion-optimum-air The move represents the company’s first foray outside of Australia.   Founded in 1988, Airmaster is an award-winning technical solutions company, delivering end-to-end management of heating, ventilation, air conditioning, industrial and process cooling and building automation.   Headquartered in Melbourne, Airmaster services all states and territories from 12 branches around Australia, and employs over 800 staff.   Speaking at the company’s announcement, Airmaster CEO Noel Courtney said the time is right for Airmaster to cross the Tasman and enter New Zealand’s growing HVAC market, trading under the name Optimum Air.   “This is an exciting time for Airmaster,” Courtney said. “Having grown our operations across all of Australia, New Zealand represents a natural progression for us in terms of expansion.”   Optimum Air’s first branch will be located in the Auckland suburb of Mount Wellington, and will employ local management and technicians. Branches in other cities are planned for the future.   “Airmaster is a proud, innovative company and we are thrilled to begin our journey in New Zealand with the launch of Optimum Air,” said Courtney. “We believe our culture, values and reputation will allow us to grow our New Zealand operations, and we look forward to creating new opportunities for the best and brightest of New Zealand’s HVAC industry.”   Courtney said Optimum Air would offer the same products, services and solutions as those currently provided to Airmaster’s Australian-based customers.   “Many Airmaster customers already have a New Zealand presence, and we look forward to introducing our innovative approach to HVAC and mechanical services in this exciting market.” For more details: Optimum Air Website Optimum Air on LinkedIn Conserve It releases PlantPRO CORE® 2018-12-06T02:49:13Z conserve-it-releases-plantpro-core Conserve It, developers of PlantPRO®, announced today the release of a new version of the award-winning solution, named PlantPRO CORE. PlantPRO, released in 2014, is award-winning plant room optimisation and control software developed by Conserve It. PlantPRO provides control of the chiller plant system in a way that delivers efficiencies beyond that of the individual components. PlantPRO 2.0, released in 2017, is the latest version of PlantPRO, incorporating trusted and proven control algorithms supported by an informative HTML5 user experience. Built on the success of PlantPRO 2.0, Conserve It is excited to announce PlantPRO CORE – a low cost, high feature chiller plant control system. PlantPRO CORE will be released in Quarter 1, 2019. “PlantPRO CORE is a lightweight version of PlantPRO, and includes the most commonly used features of PlantPRO 2.0.” explains Conserve It General Manager Chirayu Shah. “Our objective with PlantPRO CORE is to provide a control solution for more price sensitive projects and markets, whilst still maximising the features and benefits provided by the flagship PlantPRO 2.0 product.” About PlantPRO® PlantPRO uses feedback from its on-board real-time analytics, diagnostics, measurement and verification systems to continually readjust the chiller plant for optimal performance. PlantPRO was named Product of the Year at the 2015 AIRAH Awards in Australia, and was awarded Energy Savings Solution Product of the Year at the 2017 Control Trends Awards in USA. The solution is currently deployed across six continents, 20 countries and 50 cities around the world covering over 3 million square metres of building space. Introducing PlantPRO CORE® Like PlantPRO 2.0, PlantPRO CORE will include the ability to control chillers, pumps and cooling towers in a very wide array of plant configurations. Users will be able to monitor current plant operating conditions with PlantPRO CORE via a responsive HTML5 user interface on either desktop, mobile or tablet without the need for JAVA or similar supporting software. PlantPRO 2.0’s reliable charting and alarming features will feature in PlantPRO CORE to allow end users to chart historical data effortlessly. Conserve It is releasing PlantPRO CORE on the highly reliable edge IoT controller – CI-534 series hardware. News: Industry 4.0 Innovator Launches Free Tool to Help Manufacturing and Industrial Businesses Save Hundreds of Thousands of Dollars Each Year 2018-12-05T01:31:17Z news-industry-4-0-innovator-launches-free-tool-to-help-manufacturing-and-industrial-businesses-save-hundreds-of-thousands-of-dollars-each-year Brisbane, December 5, 2018 - MOVUS, the developer and provider of the FitMachine® IIoT solution, has launched a free tool to help asset owners, reliability and maintenance teams, operations and technology executives quickly estimate the financial benefits of condition-based maintenance (vs. reactive and preventive maintenance) in their organisation. Built by engineers for engineers, MOVUS’ ROI Calculator provides either a basic or advanced interface to help professionals understand the potential cost savings they could make by minimising unplanned downtime and reducing maintenance costs, while extending equipment lifetime. The ROI calculator is a quick and easy to use resource for maintenance staff, planners, plant and production managers, operations professionals and executives to develop a business case for condition-based maintenance in their organisations. MOVUS also provides easy-to-adopt, tangible solutions via its FitMachine® sensor and dashboard to then deliver on these efficiencies for those keen to establish a condition-based maintenance strategy, but don’t know how or where to start. “As the voice of the Industry 4.0 technology in Australia, we are committed to educating the relevant industries on the benefits - financial, operational and environmental - of condition-based equipment maintenance,” said Brad Parsons, Co-Founder and CEO of MOVUS. “We are simultaneously dedicated to then delivering the actual solutions needed to achieve these outcomes. We have done this by developing the most cost-effective, and easy-to-use and technologically advanced solution in our FitMachine platform. Businesses can literally save hundreds of thousands of dollars by moving to condition monitoring, so it’s a no brainer to instigate an initiative like this.” FitMachine is a condition-based maintenance solution that detects machine failures in advance using artificial intelligence and machine learning. The solution comprises an industrial wireless bluetooth sensor, industrial gateway, mobile application, analytics and trending dashboards, and artificial intelligence engine. The system automatically monitors equipment 24x7 and learns what the normal operation of machinery is to detect any abnormalities and alert the organisation before failures occur. The insights provided are machine health, degradation, utilisation, energy consumption and more. For more information about MOVUS, please visit or to get started with the ROI Calculator and learn how to save money, visit About MOVUS MOVUS is an Australian company headquartered in Brisbane, with customers in the Asia Pacific region and across several industries including manufacturing, food and beverage, mining, industrial chemicals, commercial property/HVAC, packaging, steel manufacturing, oil and gas, water utilities, government, and data centres. Founded in 2015 and backed by Blackbird Ventures, Telstra Ventures and Skip Capital, MOVUS’ world leading Industrial IoT (IIoT) solution FitMachine® transforms dumb equipment into ‘smart equipment’ and enables this through consumer styled simplicity combined with world class artificial intelligence. FitMachine proactively monitors the condition and operating performance of industrial equipment. For customers, compelling return on investment is realised via reducing the need for manual inspections, reduction in hazardous work and energy consumption, while minimising the risk of unplanned downtime. MOVUS acts as a conduit for improved asset management and lifecycle optimisation, thus reducing energy consumption and waste on a global scale. About Industry 4.0 Wikipedia defines Industry 4.0 as a name given to the current trend of automation and data exchange in manufacturing technologies. It includes cyber-physical systems, the Internet of things, cloud computing and cognitive computing. Industry 4.0 is commonly referred to as the fourth industrial revolution. AFA Launches 2019 ACE Awards 2018-12-04T12:57:19Z afa-launches-2019-ace-awards The Australasian Furnishing Association (AFA) has launched the 2019 Australian Contemporary Emerging Design Awards (ACE). The official launch was held in the magnificent showrooms of Catapult Design Sydney.   The spectacular space that showcases the very best of current Australian Contemporary furniture and lighting provided the perfect backdrop to launch the 2019 Awards for Australian contemporary emerging design and address the need to improve communication between industry and the design community. The products at Catapult Design speak of how incredible Australian talent can be promoted, and the opportunities that exist for collaboration and innovation. AFA CEO Patrizia Torelli spoke openly and passionately of the industry. “The future of Australian furnishing design lies in the hands of emerging designers.   The role of the AFA is to provide an arena to acknowledge and showcase the work and the potential of these amazing creative Australians to national and international markets,’ she said.   ‘The Australian Contemporary Emerging (ACE) Design Awards reflect the vision of the industry and are open to students, emerging designers and masters from all fields related to the furnishing industry.   These NATIONAL Australian Furnishing Industry Awards represent a tremendous opportunity for all sectors of the furnishing industry to engage in a collaborative way to put the Australian Furnishing Industry on the world map – and help achieve the ultimate goal of Australian Furniture for every room in the world!’ concluded Ms Torelli.   Industry leader and ACE Ambassador, Andrew Brown followed on with a special announcement speaking of the philosophy of industry icon Tony Parker.   ‘Tony was unfortunately unable to attend but sent his best wishes to the next generation of Australian designers and reinforcing his confidence in the fact that they will bring renewal and growth to the industry,’ he said. ‘In my capacity as Ambassador for ACE, I have delighted in highlighting the works of the great masters of the industry who continue to support and believe in the evolution of the industry which includes future disruptive technologies and innovation in both design and distribution. Therefore, it gives me great pleasure to announce the new award category - the Rob Cooper Lightmakers lighting design award,’ he announced. ‘The importance of Lightmakers contribution to Australian lighting manufacture from the 70s to the 90s cannot be underestimated and should be held up as an example to young aspiring lighting designers to work toward,’ he concluded. Andrew cited the incredible lighting design on display at the launch by LAAL, Ben-Tovim, Lumil and Paul Townsin and the incredible international success of Melbourne designer Christopher Boots as additional inspiration for those emerging designers. The evening was indeed one of industry and design community coming together as one and finding that there is so much common ground and room for discussion and collaboration. In one of Australia’s best showcases of local design Catapult Design directors Leigh Johnson and Aaron Zorzo showed incredible generosity in providing the perfect venue for this sophisticated and intimate event where many new connections were made, and future collaborations planned. Nominations for the 2019 ACE Awards are now open and the winners will be announced in June 2019 # ENDS # MEDIA CONTACTS Joe Perri /AFA Joe Perri & Associates Pty Ltd  T:  +61 3 9324 0362  M:  +61 412 112 545   E:   ABOUT THE AUSTRALASIAN FURNISHING ASSOCIATION The Australasian Furnishing Association (AFA) is the peak industry organisation representing Australian and International Members spanning national and global markets.  The AFA contributes to worldwide consultation, collaboration and developments on behalf of all Members, particularly in the Australasian region. AFA Members benefit from the AFA’s services in both residential and commercial environs and provides advocacy and lobbying leadership via government and industry led networks. AFA Members operate across all areas of the residential and commercial furnishing supply chain including education and training, design, manufacturing, supply of services and materials, installation, compliance, testing and certification, import and export of furniture, furnishings and components Parsable Appoints Former Walmart Executive as Head of Latin American Market 2018-12-03T17:52:15Z parsable-appoints-former-walmart-executive-as-head-of-latin-american-market Parsable, the Connected Worker Platform company, today announced that it has appointed Jaime Urquidi to head its Latin American operations. Urquidi is a seasoned global supply chain leader who was previously head of logistics quality and systems for Walmart Mexico, and also held operational leadership positions at Coca-Cola, Procter & Gamble and Unilever. Following its recent $45 million Series C investment – one of the largest investment rounds to date for Industry 4.0-based digital transformation – Parsable is continuing its fast-paced growth trajectory with its expansion into Latin America. Digital transformation and the rise of Industry 4.0 have driven increasing international interest in the Connected Worker space, with companies strategizing on the most effective ways for their workers to leverage new technologies in order to collaborate and work more efficiently. “We’re seeing increasing international demand for Parsable’s Connected Worker platform as digitalization goes truly global, and as companies recognize that they must empower their frontlines or risk having an obsolete workforce and an enormous data gap in their operations," said Lawrence Whittle, Parsable CEO. "Regional leaders are starting to embrace the next wave of competitive advantage, and Jaime Urquidi is such a leader. We are delighted that he is joining us to help even more of the market accelerate their digital transformation and Industry 4.0 strategies." With more than 20 years of experience in helping organizations implement large-scale changes through lean manufacturing, Urquidi will be tasked with expanding ready-access to Parsable expertise and solutions, and building a team to help a growing list of prospects and customers in the region to quick-start their digital transformation efforts. “In my role leading factories and supply chains over the last two decades, I saw firsthand how even the biggest companies in the world struggle with digital,” said Urquidi. “Vendors offered us sensors and automation solutions, but we were presented with very little usable technology for the frontline workers that would help us improve our operations. To say the space was underserved is an understatement. Parsable makes digital transformation an achievable near-term goal for my colleagues in the industry. I’m excited to get to work helping them rethink just how fast they can make digital transformation a reality.” About Parsable Parsable ( helps the world’s largest industrial firms get jobs done right – every time. Parsable provides a Connected Worker platform so employees can collaboratively execute their work using paperless, modern, and digital work instructions on modern mobile devices. In addition to measuring every step and action, employees can raise issues and provide feedback so that every process is quickly analyzed and improved. With Parsable, teams of Connected Workers know what they need to do and how to do it. Parsable’s customers include Corteva, Green Chef, Procter & Gamble, Schlumberger, Scientific Drilling, Shell, Silgan, Zume, and other category leaders in energy, industrial manufacturing, and consumer packaged goods. Founded by veterans of Accenture, Google, Microsoft, SAP, Oracle, and YouTube, Parsable is headquartered in San Francisco with offices in Austin, New York, Vancouver, Canada, and Dublin, Ireland. ### OXAIR’S OXYGEN SYSTEMS WIPE OUT HOSPITAL CYLINDER COSTS 2018-11-29T14:19:30Z oxair-s-oxygen-systems-wipe-out-hospital-cylinder-costs Oxair Gas Systems’ new India venture will be taking centre stage with the company’s showpiece oxygen generating equipment at next year’s Arab Health Show in Dubai’s World Trade Centre from January 28-31. Representatives from Oxair Gas Systems India P Ltd will be available on Stand H58 to give a demonstration and answer any questions about the company’s latest high purity oxygen delivery systems supporting the health service in even remote parts of the subcontinent, as well as providing a safer and cost-effective alternative to conventional cylinders in local hospitals and medical facilities. A leading global manufacturer of advanced gas process systems, Oxair’s Indian subsidiary will also be showcasing the OA120 Medical Oxygen Generator Pressure Swing Adsorption (PSA) system, which can produce the equivalent of 12 cylinders a day (7 M3 capacity). The company eagerly awaits the world’s healthcare decision-makers at Stand H58 in Centre Hall 2 to show them the amazing cost-saving and safety benefits of its systems compared to traditional gas cylinders. These high quality medical devices are designed to last and deliver consistent, high purity oxygen to hospitals and healthcare facilities of all sizes.   Oxair’s Medical Oxygen Generators PSAs are registered medical devices under ISO 13485, which makes them fully compliant for use in all hospitals and medical facilities around the globe regardless of remoteness. As the equipment provides hospitals with the ability to control their own supply of 94% pure oxygen, it eliminates the chance of succumbing to failures in the oxygen cylinder supply chain. Clinicians are guaranteed a constant source of high quality oxygen that can be piped directly to the patient’s bedside on demand. The system is designed with ease of use in mind and comes with a user-friendly full colour touch screen requiring no extensive technical training. In addition, due to high quality parts being used to produce superior valving and piping, the system requires less maintenance, has low power consumption and guarantees high performance levels throughout its long lifespan. The Arab Health Exhibition presents the perfect platform in a region where healthcare expenditure is accelerating to meet an anticipated rise in the number of patients. Over 700 projects involving hospitals, clinics and research centres worth billions of US dollars are under various stages of development. These developments will need regular supplies of life-saving gas. Installing oxygen generators can not only significantly reduce a hospital’s oxygen costs, but also improve the health and safety standards for its staff due to them no longer handling dangerous high-pressure cylinders while eliminating the noise pollution associated with their delivery. CEO at Oxair, Jim Newell explained: “This is a major show for Oxair India and a chance to connect with the right people us so early in the year in a vital target market. Oxygen generators are the future for healthcare to reduce the reliance on cylinders except as a back-up for medical needs.” Oxair’s technology is suitable for small to medium-sized hospitals and has minimal impact on the workplace thanks to its specially designed muffler which makes it one of the quietest PSA systems on the market. The system can be engineered to integrate with any existing system, or designed from scratch. Oxair’s medical oxygen generators can also be used to fill cylinders for backup use. Visit Oxair in Centre Hall 2, Stand H58 at the Arab Health Exhibition in Dubai where Oxair’s representatives will be delighted to answer any questions. Alternatively, if you are not able to attend the show but would like to know more visit Advisory Board Centre and AustCham Shanghai Announce Dates for 2019 Engage China Trade Mission 2018-11-27T22:28:17Z advisory-board-centre-and-austcham-shanghair-announce-dates-for-2019-engage-china-trade-mission The Advisory Board Centre has confirmed the dates for the 2019 Engage China Trade Mission.  The Engage China Trade Mission will be held from 26th May – 31st May and will include site visits and business meetings in Hong Kong, Shenzhen and Shanghai.  Delegates will also attend the prestigious Australia China Business Awards in Hong Kong and may extend their visit to take part in the AFL Premiership game between Port Adelaide and St Kilda at Jiangwan Stadium in Shanghai. The 2019 Engage China Trade Mission follows on from the successful 2018 Trade Mission to Beijing and Shanghai, led by the Advisory Board Centre and facilitated by the Senior Executive team at AustCham Shanghai. Louise Broekman, Founder and CEO of the Advisory Board Centre, organised the Engage China Trade Mission to meet the practical needs of business owners exploring opportunities in Chinese import/export markets. Broekman said, "Leading the 2018 Trade Mission was a privilege as we were able to gain access to local executives and businesses who openly shared their experiences, connections and guidance on how to best maximise the opportunities China.  Delegates from the program were overwhelmingly positive about their experience.  The Trade Mission has substantially informed their future China strategy with some already operating in market as a direct result of the program and connections.   The 2019 program has been specifically designed to provide a practical pathway for businesses and advisors to make informed decisions about their entry into China or to positively increase their current exposure." The Engage China Trade Mission follows on from recent positive news regarding business opportunities in China including a significant rise in Australia’s services exports.  According to a recent media release from Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham, Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment,  China remained Australia's largest services export market, valued at $16.9 billion, an increase of 17 per cent on 2016-17.  "Our services industries whether it be education, telecommunications or professional and financial services continue to enjoy strong growth and this is good news for the thousands of small businesses across Australia who operate within these sectors,” Minister Birmingham said. The Advisory Board Centre has partnered with AustCham Shanghai, International Leaders and the Australia China Business Council for the Trade Mission to support access to more businesses and advisors to attend. Applications to attend the Engage China Trade Mission are now open.  For full program details and application information, visit Seagate Launches New Data-Readiness Index Revealing Impact Across Four Global Industries As 30 Percent Of Data Forecasted To Be Real-Time By 2025 2018-11-27T05:15:21Z seagate-launches-new-data-readiness-index-revealing-impact-across-four-global-industries-as-30-percent-of-data-forecasted-to-be-real-time-by-2025 SYDNEY, Australia – 27 November, 2018 – The global datasphere1 could grow to 175 zettabytes by 2025, and industries such as Financial Services, Manufacturing, Healthcare, and Media and Entertainment are helping to define this new era of data growth. This is according to an IDC White Paper The Digitization of the World – From Edge to Core, sponsored by global data and storage leader Seagate Technology, which examines impending shifts to the global data model. While Healthcare currently has the smallest share of the global enterprise datasphere among key industries examined in the study, it is primed to grow the fastest, far surpassing the Media and Entertainment sector and matching the Financial Services sector by 2025. The growth reflects advancements in healthcare analytics and imaging technology, as well as the increasing amount of real-time data created in medical care. The study, The Digitization of the World – From Edge to Core, assesses data-readiness of the four critical industries that encompass nearly half of the global enterprise datasphere. It does so by using DATCON (DATa readiness CONdition), an index that evaluates management, usage and monetisation of data to help inform today’s business leaders on their level of data-readiness. Ranging from 1 (Critical) to 5 (Optimised), DATCON scores are calculated across a number of metrics, including data growth, criticality, security, investment, management, skills and C-level involvement. DATCON: evaluating global data readiness by sector Industries are in various states of readiness and should take action to prepare for, and capitalise on, data growth. Using the DATCON index, the study identifies the most pressing initiatives businesses must consider as they approach 2025: Manufacturing and Financial Services scored the best overall at 3.3 each, representing the greatest use of edge computing in the four industries, with opportunity for blockchain, analytics and AI. Despite its rapid growth, at 2.4, healthcare has room for improvement as well in data readiness. Survey results indicate blockchain will be important for the industry, but nearly 60 percent lack a strategy or have yet to implement any initiative. Media and Entertainment received the lowest DATCON score of 2.0, showing the sector ripe for advanced data technologies; particularly in data security and data management. “We are at the beginning of an era where both data creation and data utilisation are forecasted to grow rapidly over the next decade. While some industries are more prepared for digital transformation than others, all businesses need to be ready to act on a solid digital strategy in order to be successful in the data age,” said Dave Mosley, Seagate’s chief executive officer. “Data technologies are becoming central for productivity expansion, data monetisation and value-creation. We are excited to be part of this transformation and be a strong supporter to enable these opportunities for the years to come.” Enterprise out in front The enterprise is fast becoming the world’s primary data steward in today’s connected world. The Digitization of the World study predicts that the installed bytes across the enterprise is to represent over 80 percent of total installed bytes worldwide in 2025. This trend will only continue to amplify the data protection responsibilities of companies around the world. The cloud is the new core Also revealed by The Digitization of the World study, almost half (49%) of the world’s stored data could reside in public cloud environments by 2025. The shift to the public cloud is largely being driven by a world filled with IoT sensors that are constantly capturing, recording, and analysing data in business environments. With businesses looking to centralise data management and delivery, there is an increased reliance on the connectivity, performance and convenience that cloud services provide. As companies continue to pursue the cloud for increasing data processing and storage needs, cloud data centers are becoming the new enterprise data repository. In essence, the cloud is becoming the new core. “While endpoints continue to be the primary location for data creation in the short term, the fastest growth is forecasted to happen at the core and the edge - with more data stored in the core than in the world’s endpoints by 2025. This will be particularly true for major industries as edge computing continues to be a key driver of business-critical factors and digital transformation,” said David Reinsel, senior vice president at IDC. For more information on “The Digitization of the World – From Edge to Core” and DATCON index, download the study: About Seagate Seagate creates space for the human experience by innovating how data is stored, shared and used. Learn more at Follow Seagate on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Spiceworks, YouTube and subscribe to our blog. © 2018 Seagate Technology LLC. All rights reserved. Seagate, Seagate Technology and the Spiral logo are registered trademarks of Seagate Technology LLC in the United States and/or other countries. All other trademarks or registered trademarks are the property of their respective owners. Seagate reserves the right to change, without notice, product offerings or specifications. 1 The global datasphere is the quantification of the amount of data created, captured, and replicated across the world. # # # Media Contact Richelle Gillett Einsteinz Communications Email: Ph: +61 02 8905 0995 SMA Commissions 1.8GW of Solar Inverter Power for Projects in Australia in 2018 2018-11-26T01:12:45Z sma-commissions-1-8gw-of-solar-inverter-power-for-projects-in-australia-in-2018 Niestetal / Sydney, November 26, 2018 — SMA Solar Technology AG (SMA) will have commissioned 1.8GW of solar inverter power in Australia in 2018. This brings SMA’s total utility-scale PV power plant installation base in Australia above 2GW. With this achievement, SMA has succeeded in offering system solutions for utility-scale PV plants in all states and territories on mainland Australia.   “Industry trends suggest that solar power systems are becoming a key player in energy production in Australia, both in households and in large-scale PV power plants, “said John Susa, Executive Vice President, Sales - APAC / North America. “In the month of September alone, over 1GW of SMA central inverters were actively commissioned. We are very proud to announce that SMA system solutions are thus installed in PV plants in each state and territory on Mainland Australia. The uptake in the utility segment has added 10 permanent staff members to our local service team in Australia and has resulted in 15 additional local employees being subcontracted to work on these projects for the duration of the plants’ life.”   Almost all of the utility-scale PV power plant projects in Australia rely on the SMA Medium Voltage Power Station. This turnkey solution includes Sunny Central inverters, a powerful medium-voltage transformer and a medium-voltage switchgear, is easy to transport and allows for fast commissioning. In addition to advanced system technology, SMA also provides first--class service for utility-scale power plants. Local SMA experts inspect the installation of inverters and medium-voltage components, set up required and plant-specific parameters and perform comprehensive function tests to ensure systems are stably connected to the grid and work smoothly from the outset. SMA Australia began operations in 2007 and provides a range of solutions for centralized and decentralized PV power plants as well as for residential PV applications and PV hybrid projects. With a team of 54 employees without temporary workers, the company also supports planning, design, engineering and project management as well as installation and commissioning of its solutions.   For more information on SMA products and solutions, visit     About SMA The SMA Group with sales of around €900 million in 2017 is a global leader for solar inverters, a key component of all PV plants. SMA offers a wide range of products and solutions that allow for high energy yields for residential and commercial PV systems and large-scale PV power plants. To increase PV self-consumption efficiently, SMA system technology can easily be combined with different battery technologies. Intelligent energy management and digital energy solutions, comprehensive services and operational management of PV power plants round off SMA’s range. The company is headquartered in Niestetal, near Kassel, Germany, is represented in 19 countries and has more than 3,000 employees worldwide, including 500 working in Development. SMA’s multi-award-winning technology is protected by more than 1,200 patents and utility models. Since 2008, the Group’s parent company, SMA Solar Technology AG, has been listed on the Prime Standard of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange (S92) and is listed in the SDAX index.   Press Contact: Adele Zhang Marketing Director, APAC Tel. +61 29491 4223   This press release serves only as information and does not constitute an offer or invitation to subscribe for, acquire, hold or sell any securities of SMA Solar Technology AG (the “Company”) or any present or future subsidiary of the Company (together with the Company, the “SMA Group”) nor should it form the basis of, or be relied upon in connection with, any contract to purchase or subscribe for any securities in the Company or any member of the SMA Group or commitment whatsoever. Securities may not be offered or sold in the United States of America absent registration or an exemption from registration under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended. This press release can contain future-oriented statements. Future-oriented statements are statements which do not describe facts of the past. They also include statements about our assumptions and expectations. These statements are based on plans, estimations and forecasts which the Managing Board of SMA Solar Technology AG (SMA or company) has available at this time. Future-oriented statements are therefore only valid on the day on which they are made. Future-oriented statements by nature contain risks and elements of uncertainty. Various known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors can lead to considerable differences between the actual results, the financial position, the development or the performance of the corporation and the estimates given here. These factors include those which SMA has discussed in published reports. These reports are available on the SMA website at The company accepts no obligation whatsoever to update these future-oriented statements or to adjust them to future events or developments.   Welders’ eye injuries decreased by over 70% year-on-year 2018-11-20T04:14:52Z welders-eye-injuries-decreased-by-over-70-year-on-year Recently all the talk regarding Welding Helmets with Powered Air has been focused around the reclassification of welding fume as carcinogenic. However, a recent study out of the US has found that “foreign body eye injuries decreased over 70% year-on-year in areas that implemented the 3M™ Adflo™ Powered Air Purifying Respiratory Protection (PAPR) Systems”. This is an often-overlooked positive side-effect of using these welding PAPR systems. Below, we take a look at this report in more detail. Eye Injury Reduction Report With over 1,500 employees and 600 certified welders, FreightCar America Inc. is one of the largest North American manufacturers of railroad freight cars. Headquartered in Chicago, IL, FreightCar America has been manufacturing quality railcars since 1901. FreightCar America is also a leading manufacturer of railcar parts for the railcar industry. Eye Injury Statistics FreightCar America historically utilised various auto-darkening welding helmets, protective eyewear and hearing protection to meet the local requirements for head & face protection. When Environmental Health & Safety Director, Russ Lazzell, came on board in 2012, he discovered what he thought was a higher than normal number of eye injuries. Further investigation found that many of the eye injuries were caused by foreign bodies, and not the result of direct impacts during the working process. Russ and senior leadership became determined to create a world-class health and safety culture at FreightCar. He chartered a comprehensive, company-wide eye injury reduction program. This was critical in regard to the safety and health of workers as well as driving operational efficiency. High eye injury rates often result in higher worker compensation claims and lost time costs from worker treatment and recovery off the job. Russ also implemented the 2012 American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH) Threshold Limit Value (TLV) recommendation for respiratory exposures to manganese to combat contact with the harmful particulates produced in welding fumes. Based on these safety and health improvements, Russ knew he needed to look at his workers’ personal protective equipment (PPE) in a new way. He began searching for an alternative PPE solution to help meet these new requirements. FreightCar tried the 3M™ Speedglas™ 9100 MP Welding Helmet, a system that’s primary design is respiratory protection, but other benefits include eye and face protection, as well as enhanced worker comfort and productivity. The welding helmet has an integrated grinding shield. If the welding filter is flipped up for grinding and set-up procedures, the same level of foreign body eye and face protection is maintained. The helmet also connects to a breathing tube to deliver clean filtered-air from the PAPR System. To assure the workers would be receptive to the new systems, Russ worked with 3M to have multiple workers trial the product for several weeks in their working environment. Although multiple other industry offerings were included in the trial, the workers preferred the 3M Adflo PAPR system due to overall comfort. FreightCar America implemented over 700 3M systems across all facilities in heavy manufacturing areas. The Speedglas PAPR Systems were able to meet FreightCar’s increased respiratory protection requirements while providing a higher level of protection than a half face mask. The workers also reported a noticeably improved working environment especially by eliminating the need to be clean shaven or fit tested. Lastly, the Powered Air Purifying Respirators provided airflow across the workers’ face which was not only refreshing but significantly reduced fogging of safety glasses, a known contributor to foreign body eye injuries. Outcome Nine months after implementing the 3M Speedglas PAPR’s, Russ and the company achieved what they set out to do: FreightCar America met ACGIH’s TLV recommendation and foreign body eye injuries were reduced by over 70% year-on-year in areas that implemented the PAPR systems. Russ attributes the 3M system as a significant factor in lowered worker compensation claims as well as markedly improved employee morale. View the range of Speedglas Powered Air Welding Helmets  NOTE: This story captures the experience of one manufacturer at its facility (ies). Other companies at other facilities may have different experiences – results may vary. Sensor Measurement Leads in the Production of Safety Sensors 2018-11-16T07:05:00Z sensor-measurement-leads-in-the-production-of-safety-sensors Safety sensors are an integral part of production, manufacturing, gas and mining operations around the world. Dr. Reza Ghassemifar, CEO of Sensor Measurement, announced that the company offers a specialty line of safety light curtains, laser distance sensors and inductive proximity sensors. Sensor Management offers sensors by Fiessler Electronik and Banner for the control of safety light curtains, an especially effective way of managing personnel to prohibit entry to any number of areas. The company’s sensors works with assemblies of 2 to 20 beams and are effective for heights ranging from 100mm to 190mm in 100mm steps. A microprocessor monitors safety functions and contains self-diagnostics, along with an error display. The sensors are effective for multiple applications. The sensors are for use in horizontal safety light curtains that prevent entrance to areas that are dangerous, toxic or hazardous, along with locations where robotics are beingdeployed. Fiessler Elektronik laser distance sensors offered by Sensor Measurement detects and recognizes people and objects within a defined protection field perimeter. It’s used with a pencil laser beam that’s deflected with a rotating mirror. It has an aperture of 190 degrees and can scan an area of about 49m. The recognition field is divided into two distinct areas. The software can be independently programmed with a company PC and coordinates of the field are saved within the laser distance sensor. When anything enters the field, the information is immediately collected by the proximity laser scanner FLSC. Sensor Measurement offers inductive proximity sensors by Turck and Synatel. They’re designed to detect metal objects utilizing a high-frequency electromagnetic field that interacts with a specific target. They feature reliability, durability and long life for high switching frequencies. The company offers a comprehensive array of sensors for use in multiple industries encompassing mining, petrochemical plants, and offshore gas and oil projects. Sensor Measurement also provides monitoring and measuring devices for the food and beverage industry, power authorities, and an extensive range of manufacturing concerns. Safety is of primary interest in any industry and Sensor Measurement provides the gauges, sensors, measuring and monitoring devices required to protect people, products and equipment. The inductive proximity sensors, safety light curtain and laser distance sensors offer maximum service within an extensive range of operational conditions for durability and effectiveness. About Sensor Measurement Sensor Measurement is a wholly owned and operated Western Australian company established in 1988. We supply high-quality instrumentation, sensors for automation, machine safety and connectivity products directly from world-renowned international manufacturers. The staff has over 60 years of combined experience in sales and engineering applications. Connect with Sensor Measurement on Facebook. Media Contact Sensor Measurement Phone: +61 8 9317 2552 Email: Website: Rimini Street Expands Investment and Operations in Asia-Pacific 2018-11-16T00:48:31Z rimini-street-expands-investment-and-operations-in-asia-pacific AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND, November 16, 2018 – Rimini Street, Inc. (Nasdaq: RMNI), a global provider of enterprise software products and services, and the leading third-party support provider for Oracle and SAP software products, today announced that it has expanded its operations in the Asia-Pacific region with the launch of its new subsidiary, Rimini Street New Zealand Limited, and the opening of its new office in Auckland to address the growing demand for Rimini Street’s premium, ultra-responsive support services in New Zealand. Rimini Street’s expansion was announced at a gala event held at The Northern Club in Auckland, where clients, local IT leaders and the special guest of honor, Ambassador Scott P. Brown, the U.S. Ambassador to New Zealand, were hosted by Rimini Street’s general manager for Asia-Pacific, Andrew Powell, and Rimini Street corporate senior executives. Growing demand for IT optimisation and a business-driven IT roadmap Rimini Street launched its new subsidiary in response to the region’s increasing desire for software support solutions that can help optimise their IT spend and enable them to liberate significant funding for their business transformation initiatives. Rimini Street already supports nearly 50 clients with operations in New Zealand, including local brands James Pascoe, Spark, 2Degrees Mobile, Refining New Zealand and The University of Auckland. By switching to Rimini Street support from the vendor’s support, organisations have saved up to 90 percent of the total cost of maintenance of their SAP and Oracle software assets and are able to run their current ERP releases with no forced upgrades for a minimum of 15 years from the date they switched support. Rimini Street clients also benefit from the Company’s flexible, premium-level enterprise software support model, including its industry-leading Service Level Agreement (SLA) of 15-minute response times for critical Priority 1 cases. In addition, each client is assigned a Primary Support Engineer (PSE) with an average of 15 years’ experience in their particular enterprise software system, backed by a broader team of technical experts. By switching their support to Rimini Street, organisations are able to take back control of their IT roadmaps with a ”business-driven roadmap” strategy that provides much more flexibility and value compared to the vendor roadmap, allowing CIOs to focus on creating value and providing competitive advantage for growth. “Organisations in New Zealand, both public and private, spend hundreds of millions of dollars every year on their annual enterprise software support and maintenance, yet see little return from this significant spend,” said Andrew Powell, general manager, Asia-Pacific, Rimini Street. “Our conversations with CIOs are squarely focused on how we can help them dramatically lower the total cost of ownership of their stable, mature enterprise systems as part of a hybrid computing model and business-driven roadmap, and as a result, we are experiencing increased demand in the region. With Rimini Street, organisations have the option to break free from the seemingly never-ending upgrade cycle dictated by the vendor’s roadmap – an expensive and disruptive path for companies to undertake just to stay fully supported. With our new operation in Auckland, we are better able to engage with and support organisations in New Zealand who want to significantly cut their software support spend and take back control of their IT roadmaps.” Region at risk of “falling behind” on innovation Recent research from Vanson Bourne, commissioned by Rimini Street, found that enterprises in the ANZ region plan to spend the second-least amount on IT innovation in the world in the next 12 months, and they plan to increase their IT innovation spend by just 6.31% in the 12 months following the survey, well below the global average of 10.94%. “New Zealand is famous for innovation, but it is at risk of falling behind the rest of the world,” continued Powell. “New Zealand CIOs know that it’s important to spend their IT budgets on more than daily operations. With budget pressures between operating costs and the need to invest in innovation, CIOs need to reassess the value of existing support arrangements and explore better software support options designed to provide a greater ROI. Rimini Street enables CIOs in New Zealand to unlock significant savings and redirect that funding into critical innovation initiatives.” To download an eBook summary of the survey, “The State of Innovation: Priorities and Challenges,” click here. About Rimini Street, Inc. Rimini Street, Inc. (Nasdaq: RMNI) is a global provider of enterprise software products and services, and the leading third-party support provider for Oracle and SAP software products. The Company has redefined enterprise software support services since 2005 with an innovative, award-winning program that enables licensees of IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, Salesforce, SAP and other enterprise software vendors to save up to 90 percent on total maintenance costs. Clients can remain on their current software release without any required upgrades for a minimum of 15 years. Over 1,700 global Fortune 500, midmarket, public sector and other organizations from a broad range of industries currently rely on Rimini Street as their trusted, third-party support provider. To learn more, please visit, follow @riministreet on Twitter and find Rimini Street on Facebook and LinkedIn. (C-RMNI) Forward-Looking Statements Certain statements included in this communication are not historical facts but are forward-looking statements for purposes of the safe harbor provisions under The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements generally are accompanied by words such as “may,” “should,” “would,” “plan,” “intend,” “anticipate,” “believe,” “estimate,” “predict,” “potential,” “seem,” “seek,” “continue,” “future,” “will,” “expect,” “outlook” or other similar words, phrases or expressions. These forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements regarding our expectations of future events, future opportunities, global expansion and other growth initiatives and our investments in such initiatives. These statements are based on various assumptions and on the current expectations of management and are not predictions of actual performance, nor are these statements of historical facts. These statements are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties regarding Rimini Street’s business, and actual results may differ materially. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, continued inclusion in the Russell 2000 Index in the future; changes in the business environment in which Rimini Street operates, including inflation and interest rates, and general financial, economic, regulatory and political conditions affecting the industry in which Rimini Street operates; adverse developments in pending litigation or in the government inquiry or any new litigation; the final amount and timing of any refunds from Oracle related to our litigation; our need and ability to raise additional equity or debt financing on favorable terms; the terms and impact of our 13.00% Series A Preferred Stock; changes in taxes, laws and regulations; competitive product and pricing activity; difficulties of managing growth profitably; the success of our recently introduced products and services, including Rimini Street Mobility, Rimini Street Analytics, Rimini Street Advanced Database Security, and services for Salesforce Sales Cloud and Service Cloud products; the loss of one or more members of Rimini Street’s management team; uncertainty as to the long-term value of Rimini Street’s equity securities; and those discussed under the heading “Risk Factors” in Rimini Street’s Quarterly Report on 10-Q filed on November 8, 2018, which disclosures amend and restate the disclosures appearing under the heading “Risk Factors” in Rimini Street’s Annual Report on Form 10-K filed on March 15, 2018, and as updated from time to time by Rimini Street’s future Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, Current Reports on Form 8-K, and other filings by Rimini Street with the Securities and Exchange Commission. In addition, forward-looking statements provide Rimini Street’s expectations, plans or forecasts of future events and views as of the date of this communication. Rimini Street anticipates that subsequent events and developments will cause Rimini Street’s assessments to change. However, while Rimini Street may elect to update these forward-looking statements at some point in the future, Rimini Street specifically disclaims any obligation to do so, except as required by law. These forward-looking statements should not be relied upon as representing Rimini Street’s assessments as of any date subsequent to the date of this communication. # # # © 2018 Rimini Street, Inc. All rights reserved. “Rimini Street” is a registered trademark of Rimini Street, Inc. in the United States and other countries, and Rimini Street, the Rimini Street logo, and combinations thereof, and other marks marked by TM are trademarks of Rimini Street, Inc. 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