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SWER Lines

In rural distribution of electricity, Single Wire Earth Return (SWER) is used to reduce the cost of wiring by running a single wire for the active and using the Ground (Earth) as the return path. Because these lines run for long distances through sparsely populated regions it isn’t as likely that a fault will be detected or that obvious preventative maintenance issues will be easily seen.

Which is one reason event like the Black Saturday fires can get out of control. No-one knows a fault has occurred until the fire is well established.

And example of a failing insulator leading to a pole top fire.

SWER Line Monitoring

This is why the Victorian Government is keen to find new ways to prevent bush fire events and a new technology developed in Melbourne is leading the way in making this happen. We can share some of this with you because we were engaged to do the primary development work for the product and it is now publicly available information.

IND Technology are a start-up out of RMIT University commercialising a PhD project. It uses very high speed sampling of electrostatic signals on the power lines (250Msps) and using mathematics and atomic clock synchronisation, courtesy of the GPS satellite network, can then determine the location of a fault. Recent detection of the sort of event that could have lead to a bush fire has shown the potential of the product.

EVFD Mid Span Conductor Snap Detected

EVFD Mid Span Conductor Snap Detected

Above shows a single strand of an overhead SWER power line has snapped mid span. Because of the elevated voltages, the sharp end points generate corona discharges and the cable slowly deteriorates until it severs and falls to the ground where it can start a fire.

This is detected by the IND Technology EVFD devices which, in this instance, were solar powered and pole mounted approximately 5km apart.

EVFD Wood pole installation

EVFD Wood pole installation

The detection of a fault like this is a world first and an example of the potential of the technology which can also detect failing insulators, partial discharge and even tree branches rubbing against overhead wires on windy days.

#9News

A world-first trial of technology that detects electrical faults before they cause bushfires has had a breakthrough south of Ballarat.#9News | http://9News.com.au

Posted by 9 News Western Victoria on Wednesday, July 11, 2018

High Technology IoT

And this is a great example of a product that is a very high technology IoT device using the Internet as the communications medium for delivering the data back to the central web services that do the correlations. And it is Designed in Australia, and Made in Australia.

The development of this version of the product was awarded the IoT Innovation Award 2018 for Australia at the recent IoT Impact event at UTS in Sydney.

IoT Innovation Award 2018

IoT Innovation Award 2018

News Resources

potentially disastrous fire prevented by new power line technology

EVFD Pictures

IND Technology SWER Unit

IND Technology SWER Unit

SWER line fraying

SWER line fraying

 

Successful Endeavours specialise in Electronics Design and Embedded Software Development, focusing on products that are intended to be Made In AustraliaRay Keefe has developed market leading electronics products in Australia for more than 30 years. This post is Copyright © 2018 Successful Endeavours Pty Ltd.

IoT Impact Awards

This year saw the first IoTAA IoT Impact Conference and Expo. As part of that, there were 3 IoT Impact Awards presented for:

  • Enablement in IoT Award
  • Industry in IoT Award
  • Innovation in IoT Award

IoT Innovation Award 2018

And we are very pleased to announce we won the IoT Innovation award 2018.

IoT Innovation Award 2018

IoT Innovation Award 2018

This was a great celebration of IoT and we are also pleased for the other category winners. The awards was given for the IND Technology EVFD system that detects faults and problems in SWER electrical distribution systems to help prevent bush fires.

Some more pictures from the night.

IoT Innovation Award 2018 Announcement

IoT Innovation Award 2018 Announcement

IoT Innovation Award 2018 Trophy

IoT Innovation Award 2018 Trophy

IoT Innovation Award 2018 with IoTAA MWG Chair Danielle Kennedy

IoT Innovation Award 2018 with IoTAA MWG Chair Danielle Kennedy

Successful Endeavours specialise in Electronics Design and Embedded Software Development, focusing on products that are intended to be Made In AustraliaRay Keefe has developed market leading electronics products in Australia for more than 30 years. This post is Copyright © 2018 Successful Endeavours Pty Ltd.

Casey Cardinia Business Awards 2017

We are pleased to announce that we are finalists in 2 categories in the 2018 Casey Cardinia Business Awards.  The categories are:

  • Business and Professional Services
  • Manufacturing

It will be a little while before the winners are announced and we will keep you informed when we find out the date. However it was also interesting to note that fellow finalists in both categories are part of the same business forums or groups we are also a part of.

Casey Cardinia Business Awards 2018

Casey Cardinia Business Awards 2018

Business and Professional Services

Fellow Waterman Business Centres businesses are also finalists for Business and Professional Services. The 3 finalists are:

Ki Creative, Successful_Endeavours, MPRMG

Ki Creative, Successful_Endeavours, MPRMG

Manufacturing

We are also pleased to see fellow SEMMA members Austbreck are also finalists in the Manufacturing category.

Successful Endeavours and Austbreck - Manufacturing Finalists 2018

Successful Endeavours and Austbreck_- Manufacturing Finalists 2018

The full list of finalists is at Casey Cardinia Business Awards Finalists 2018.

Looking forward to the Gala dinner on 126th October 2018 when the winners are announced.

Successful Endeavours specialise in Electronics Design and Embedded Software Development, focusing on products that are intended to be Made In AustraliaRay Keefe has developed market leading electronics products in Australia for more than 30 years. This post is Copyright © 2018 Successful Endeavours Pty Ltd.

IoT Impact

IoT Impact is the primary IoT (Internet of Things) event for 2018. It is supported by IoTAA (IoT Alliance Australia) and is being held in Sydney at UTS from 10 – 11 September. We will be exhibiting.

You can register with our discount code to get a discount on the conference part of the show. The exhibition is free but you need to register. You can register at IoT registration and use discount code IOTsuccessful-C1.

IoT Impact Awards

And some extra news, we are also finalists for the IoT Impact Awards in 2 categories: Enablement in IoT and Innovation in IoT.

IoT Impact Award Finalists

IoT Impact Award Finalists

The winners are announced at the IoT Impact cocktail reception which is held at the UTS Tech Lab which will also coincide with the opening.

For the exhibition we will be showing 2 custom IoT devices. The first is the arcHUB Smart Cities Sensor device and the second is a 15 year battery life NB-IoT water meter.

Successful Endeavours specialise in Electronics Design and Embedded Software Development, focusing on products that are intended to be Made In AustraliaRay Keefe has developed market leading electronics products in Australia for more than 30 years. This post is Copyright © 2018 Successful Endeavours Pty Ltd.

Smart 100

Each year Australian Anthill look select their Smart 100. This year the arcHUB Smart Cities Sensor Suite was selected as a Smart 100. This is an IoT (Internet of Things) device that is Designed in Australia, and Made in Australia.

Australian Anthill

Australian Anthill

You can read the full list of Smart 100 finalists 2018. Judging was done by the Smart 100 2018 Mavens and the winners are announced on 28th August 2018 at LaunchPad Evolve. You can get tickets at Smart 100 Awards 2018.

Anthill Smart 100

Anthill Smart 100

We will be there. We think the arcHUB is a revolutionary device and are pleased the judges selected it as one of the Smart 100 finalists 2018.

arcHUB trial at Fitzroy Gardens

arcHUB trial at Fitzroy Gardens

And an update. The Smart 100 2018 have been revealed in judges order with the arcHUB Smart Cities Sensor Suite developed for The Active Reactor Company coming in just outside the top 20.

Successful Endeavours specialise in Electronics Design and Embedded Software Development, focusing on products that are intended to be Made In AustraliaRay Keefe has developed market leading electronics products in Australia for more than 30 years. This post is Copyright © 2018 Successful Endeavours Pty Ltd.

Endeavour Awards 2018

Tonight was the awards dinner for the Endeavour Awards 2018. We are finalists in 3 categories and one of our clients, IND Technology, is a finalist for Outstanding Startup of the Year.

Endeavour Awards Ceremony 2018

Endeavour Awards Ceremony 2018

On this occasion we didn’t win but our congratulations goes out to those that did. Here is the list:

  • Technology Application Award – SPEE3D
  • Environmental Solution of The Year – Fletcher International Export
  • Outstanding Start-up Award – Robo Helix Pty Ltd
  • Global Supply Chain Integration of The Year – CST Composites
  • Best Industrial IOT Application – SAGE
  • Safety Solution of The Year – BOC
  • Exporter of The Year – REDAR
  • Australian Industrial Product of The Year – Carbon Revolution
  • Most Innovative Manufacturing Company Award – Watkins Steel
  • Manufacturer of the Year – BOC
Endeavour Awards 2018 booklet

Endeavour Awards 2018 booklet

We were pleased to share the evening with Water Synergy Group whose project we executes was finalist for Environmental Solution of The Year, IND Technology who were finalist for Outstanding Start-up Award and whose product we developed for finding faults in the electrical distribution grid was finalist for Australian Industrial Product of The Year and representatives from our local council, the City of Casey. Thanks Tom and Lydia for supporting us on the night.

Endeavour Awards 2018 WSG Casey

Endeavour Awards 2018 WSG Casey

One of the persistent themes of the night was the strong growth in Australian Manufacturing. So good news there. Our thanks go to Manufacturers’ Monthly for running the awards and supporting Australian manufacturers as strongly as they do. The official notification is at Congratulations to all the winners of Endeavour Awards 2018.

Endeavour Awards

Endeavour Awards

Successful Endeavours specialise in Electronics Design and Embedded Software Development, focusing on products that are intended to be Made In AustraliaRay Keefe has developed market leading electronics products in Australia for more than 30 years. This post is Copyright © 2018 Successful Endeavours Pty Ltd.

Endeavour Awards 2018

We are excited to announce that we are finalists in 3 categories for the 2018 Endeavour Awards. These are run by Manufacturers’ Monthly.

Endeavour Awards

Endeavour Awards

The categories are:

  • Environmental Solution of The Year
  • Australian Industrial Product of The Year
  • Most Innovative Manufacturing Company Award

And our clients are also in the award mix including:

  • Water Synergy Group – Waterbook
  • IND Technology – EVFD
IND Technology EFD

IND Technology Early Fault Detection

The awards dinner is on 12th July 2018 and we will find out who the winners are then. These are national awards so we are very pleased to be finalists and also pleased for our clients who are also finalists.

The full list of all finalists is available at Endeavour Awards Finalists and Manufacturers Monthly Endeavour Awards 2018 Finalists.

Successful Endeavours specialise in Electronics Design and Embedded Software Development, focusing on products that are intended to be Made In AustraliaRay Keefe has developed market leading electronics products in Australia for more than 30 years. This post is Copyright © 2018 Successful Endeavours Pty Ltd.

Australian Manufacturing PMI

Unlike what you are probably hearing from politicians, Australian Manufacturing is one of the current success stories of the Australian economy. Currently the second highest growth sector in Australia, Australian Manufacturing has been in growth every month bar one since mid 2015. Check out the chart below from Trading Economics Australian Manufacturing PMI.


source: tradingeconomics.com

Which is really great news for Australia because Australian Manufacturing:

  • creates fundamental value
  • creates more indirect jobs around it than any other industry
  • spreads wealth more evenly through the Australian community than any other industry

So jobs, equitable distribution of wealth and a thriving service sector are all better because of local manufacturing.

Australian made products

Our focus is on products you can make in Australia. And profitably of course. Some recent examples of Australian made products we have worked on are:

And quite a few we can’t tell you about yet.

Successful Endeavours is a leading economic indicator business. When we get busy, the Australian economy will be going through a lift in 6 to 12 months. And we are very busy right now. Which I am taking as a very good sign.

Some additional resources if you want to know more are:

Successful Endeavours specialise in Electronics Design and Embedded Software Development, focusing on products that are intended to be Made In AustraliaRay Keefe has developed market leading electronics products in Australia for more than 30 years. This post is Copyright © 2018 Successful Endeavours Pty Ltd.

Australian Manufacturing Grows

Last night I was at the SEMMA (South East Melbourne Manufacturers Alliance) end of year get together at the Nissan Casting Plant in Dandenong. We were celebrating another year of Australian Manufacturing, and in particular Melbourne Manufacturing. The Nissan Casting Plant is a great example of how we can compete globally. Nissan have pulled their car assembly operation out of Australia a long time ago but the casting plant stayed and supplies their world chain.

SEMMA

SEMMA

And I was reminded again that not only is Australian Manufacturing not dead yet, it is in fact still growing. Check out this 5 year view of the Australian Performance of Manufacturing Index. 50 represents stable with numbers below 50 meaning it is contracting and numbers above 50 meaning it is expanding or growing.  The trend line is up and it has been expanding since 2015 with only 1 month where that didn’t happen.

 

Australian Manufacturing PMI 2017

Australian Manufacturing PMI 2017

That is 3 years of solid growth. So some really good news for the end of 2017 and I expect it to continue into 2018.

Successful Endeavours specialise in Electronics Design and Embedded Software Development, focusing on products that are intended to be Made In AustraliaRay Keefe has developed market leading electronics products in Australia for more than 30 years. This post is Copyright © 2017 Successful Endeavours Pty Ltd.

Meet the Winners

Tonight was the Casey Cardinia Business Awards 2017 and the winners have been announced.

Business and Professional Services Award

  • Ideas Ministry

Environmental Sustainability Award

  • Beaconsfield Dental

Health, Education and Wellbeing Award

  • YMCA Casey

Home Based Business Award

  • Tour Local

Hospitality Award

  • Cannibal Creek Vineyard

Manufacturing Award

  • Powerplants Australia

New Business Award

  • Davey Marine

People’s Choice Award

  • Twisted Sista Upper Level Fountain Gate

Retail Award

  • Emerald Village Pharmacy

Social Enterprise Award

  • Waverley Industries

Tourism Award

  • Safir Tours Pty Ltd

Trades and Construction Award

  • POWERPLANT Project Services Pty Ltd

Casey Cardinia Business Awards 2017

Casey Cardinia Business Awards 2017

We were finalists in 2 categories. No wins this year but I was particularly pleased to see The Ideas Ministry win the Business and Professional Services category and PowerPlant Project Services who took out both the Trades and Construction category and also Casey Cardinia Business of the Year.

Successful Endeavours specialise in Electronics Design and Embedded Software Development, focusing on products that are intended to be Made In AustraliaRay Keefe has developed market leading electronics products in Australia for more than 30 years. This post is Copyright © 2017 Successful Endeavours Pty Ltd.

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