Engineering

Lifelong mechanical enthusiast Tyler Gilchrist puts his future in his own hands as a Hydraulink Owner Operator

A man with extensive experience in farming, logging and mechanical engineering has taken the first steps to secure his family’s future and serve his local area, by becoming a Hydraulink Owner Operator.  Tyler Gilchrist says he’s had a lifelong interest in mechanical engineering, and started picking up tools as early as thirteen, to find out how things …

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Cost-efficient polymer shock blocks offer 100 years of concrete bridge protection against earthquakes in Australia and New Zealand

Lateral restraint blocks made of an engineering plastic that typically retains most of its strength over 100 years are being produced by Hercules Engineering to safeguard suburban and highway concrete bridges against earthquakes and radical structural movement.   The custom-fabricated high density polyethylene PE 100 blocks are used as sacrificial elements so concrete components will remain preserved instead of grinding on one-another, says bridge bearing producer Mr David Booty, Manager of …

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Automated bearing polisher delivers greater railway haulage service life

Mr John Tawadros with BES’ new automated journal bearing polishing machine. An automated journal bearing polishing machine that delivers superior raceway finishes and extended service life in railway journal bearings produced using innovative new processes has been introduced by Bearing Engineering Services (BES, a division of Schaeffler Australia). In a first for the Australian bearing …

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How to cross Australia’s Great Wall to understanding quality control in China

Paul Sly – quality governance is a key issue in successfully sourcing form China Even little quality control problems can have big consequences for manufacturers serving demanding markets. The failure of the tiniest, comparatively inexpensive O-ring, gasket, seal or machined part can result in recalls, refunds and the rupturing of business relationships founded on total …

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Supersonic Air Springs help scientists save multi-millions

F/A18 Aeronaut testing Cost-efficient use of simple industrial actuators has helped Australia’s Defence Science & Technology Organisation to implement a programme designed to achieve tens of millions of dollars worth of extra lifespan for the RAAF’s F/A-18 fighters. Air Spring Airstroke pneumatic actuators (fabric-reinforced rubber bellows designed for long life and rapid-cycle operation) were used …

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Engineers who raised the Titanic aid Nacap’s simple solution to tricky pipeline lifts

Pronal Lifting Bags used to position pipelines Australia presents many challenges when lifting, shifting and engineering pipelines to ensure safety and security of supply. A huge variety of terrain has to be crossed as they run over hundreds of kilometres, often between States, carrying substances as widely varied as water, petroleum and gas. Between the …

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