For the Australian manufacturer, adapting to meet the changing needs of customers and the market is vital to remaining successful. Global financial crises aside, if products and services are not adapted to suit the shifting needs of the marketplace, a business will eventually lose touch with its customers and suffer financially as a result.
Laser Central Pty Ltd is a family owned and operated contract laser cutting facility located in the Brisbane suburb of Richlands. Established in 1998, Laser Central’s key capabilities and activities include flat bed laser processing of sheet material, metal folding and more recently tubular laser processing of large pipe, structural and long product materials including mild steel, stainless steel and aluminium.
When Brad Drury and James Cao founded New Touch Laser in Bayswater Victoria in 2001, they owned just one laser processing machine, which they operated themselves. Now some five years down the track, New Touch Laser employs thirty staff and operates five laser machines, including a new Mazak U44 Spacegear which was recently installed by John Hart.
As the key player, Australian-owned tooling developers, Sutton Tools, requires no introduction. Since their inception in 1917 they have proven to be great pioneers, adopting and developing new technologies to improve the efficiency of cutting tools and their manufacture, including the latest coating technologies. As part of this ongoing development, Sutton Tools has invested heavily in the use of robotics.
With the state of the current global economy, the manufacturing industry has faced some of the toughest challenges in recent memory. With global machinery sales down significantly, declining exports, rising unemployment, coupled with increasing globalisation and cheap foreign imports, the Australian manufacturer can be excused for thinking the whole world is against him.
There are many reasons why manufacturers and businesses choose to automate processes and production. here at John hart Automation & Robotics, we have identified five of the top reasons why you should automate today.
ACIM is a small, but focussed and growing business run by Anthony Coleman with his wife Lisa. ACIM has developed a range of “down-the-hole” products for mining applications which are creating a distinctive stir within the industry.
They’ve been manufacturing parts in Melbourne for over 23 years. Their business has remained strong while competitors have fallen and they have acquired many companies, expanding their own business and are in the process of modernising their Tullamarine workshop. Meet Amiga Engineering.
Gears are a massive part of everyday life and can be found in everything from large mining machines down to children’s toys. Gear Design & Service (GD&S) is a Melbourne based company that specialise in everything gear related. As Clayton Sanderson (Co-Owner) puts it, “if it doesn’t have teeth we don’t take it on.”
Austbore is a large jobbing shop located in Mackay, Northern Queensland. They service the mining and resources industry and have done so successfully for over 20 years. The company originally started with only one machine have slowly expanded, now employing 35 full-time tradesman and host a variety of machines including manual and CNC borers, CNC milling machines, CNC lathes and two new Mazak Integrex CNC multi-tasking machines, which were purchased from John Hart within the last twelve months.
Against a background of a global mining industry boom to supply the insatiable Chinese and Indian markets, Australia has been well positioned with its vast resources. The flow on effect has been good for a select range of industries supplying this sector and those supplying the mining industry with pneumatic drilling and pumping equipment and related products to the mining industry have themselves enjoyed buoyant conditions.
Robbie O’Brien has an undeniable passion for machining, and the success of his Dandenong-based CNC machining business FlexiCut Engineering is a true testament to how hard work and being good at your trade can pay off.
Within Australia and around the globe, the name Sutton Tools is synonymous with quality engineering and cutting tools. With over 90 years of industry experience, Sutton Tools is a fourth generation family run business boasting four main production plants in Australia and New Zealand, and sales offices worldwide.