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Australian Manufacturing PMI

It is official. For the past 3 months Australian Manufacturing has grown each month. This has been confirmed by both AMTIL and Manufacturers’ Monthly.

This is in spite of weak demand in the metals sector. It is good to see some resilience showing as the manufacturing sectors diversify.

Australian PMI for September 2015

Australian PMI

The primary data comes from the Australian Industry Group Australian Performance of Manufacturing Index (Australian PMI). This is a numerical measure of manufacturing output and numbers above 50 indicate growth and numbers below 50 indicate decline. The primary reference link is Australian Economic Indicators.

So some good news for us all.

Successful Endeavours specialise in Electronics Design and Embedded Software Development. Ray Keefe has developed market leading electronics products in Australia for nearly 30 years. This post is Copyright © 2015 Successful Endeavours Pty Ltd.

Casey Cardinia Business Awards

This is the second year of the combined business awards for the City of Casey and the Shire of Cardinia. And I still very much enjoy seeing how well the 2 councils work and collaborate together.

Casey Cardinia Business Awards 2015

Casey Cardinia Business Awards 2015

 

Finalists for 2015

The finalists were announced last night at Monash University and we are please to be able to report that we are finalists again for:

  • Business and Professional Services
  • Manufacturer of the Year

Our congratulations also go to fellow SEMMA members (South East Melbourne Manufacturers Alliance), Australian Precision Technologies and Wastech Engineering, who are also finalists for Manufacturer of the Year.

Cardinia Business Awards Finalists 2015

Cardinia Business Awards Finalists 2015

Above we are with Professor Leon Piterman, Pro Vice-Chancellor of the Monash University campus in Berwick, Shire of Cardinia Mayor Cr Leticia Wilmot, Junette Keefe and Ray Keefe of Successful Endeavours, Natalie Bourke of Jotterbug Creative and City of Casey Mayor Cr Mick Moreland. 

Here is a shot from the night showing the announcements under way.

Finalists Announced 2015

Finalists Announced 2015

And phone grabs of the awards certificates taken on the night.

Business And Professional Services Finalist 2015

Business And Professional Services Finalist 2015

 

Manufacturer of the Year Finalist 2015

Manufacturer of the Year Finalist 2015

 The winners will be announced at a Gala dinner at the newly refurbished Cranbourne Turf Club on 22 October 2015. We are all looking forward to it.

Successful Endeavours specialise in Electronics Design and Embedded Software Development. Ray Keefe has developed market leading electronics products in Australia for nearly 30 years. This post is Copyright © 2015 Successful Endeavours Pty Ltd.

Victorian iAwards 2015

Last year at the Victorian iAwards 2014 , our client Rectifier Technologies Pacific took out 2 categories for Victoria. This year we are pleased to have 2 clients as finalists and at the iAwards ceremony this evening they both took out merit awards for their category. A merit award means they were judged to be within 5% of the category winners and so also qualify for inclusion in the National iAwards.

iAwards VIC Merit

iAwards VIC Merit

Sustainability

Rectifier Technologies Pacific received a Merit Award in the Sustainability category for the RT18 425V High Efficiency EV Charger Rectifier. This is an important technology breakthrough in high efficiency electric vehicle charging and we were pleased to see them received recognition for that. Software we developed for them is part of the product.

New Product

And Skynanny.net received a Merit Award in the New Product category. 

Skynanny.net iAward merit certificate

Skynanny.net iAward merit certificate – New Product

We are very pleased for Jason and Lynne who have had to persevere through a lot to get to this point. The combination of Bluetooth Smart, Qi Wireless Charging, 3G communications and GPS tracking in a device the surface area of a business card was a big technical challenge and deserved to be recognised.

Skynanny.net celebrate with Successful Endeavours and Zain Digital

Skynanny.net celebrate with Successful Endeavours and Zain Digital

Our congratulations also go to Zain Digital for their work in development of the App and Web Services that supports the product.

The list of winners and merit award recipients can be found at Victorian iAwards Winners 2015.

Successful Endeavours specialise in Electronics Design and Embedded Software Development. Ray Keefe has developed market leading electronics products in Australia for nearly 30 years. This post is Copyright © 2015 Successful Endeavours Pty Ltd.

PACE Zenith Awards

The PACE Zenith Awards 2015 celebrate the process control and automation industry’s many and diverse successes. The PACE Zenith Awards bring together some of the biggest names in Process Control, Instrumentation and Automation to celebrate, recognise and award companies and individuals for their key contribution to Australian industry. 

The awards winners were announced at the PACE Zenith Awards dinner at the Four Seasons Hotel Sydney on June 11th 2015.

This year we were finalists in 4 categories with the Power and Energy Management category having 2 projects selected as finalists.

Successful Endeavours Finalists PACE ZENITH 2015

Successful Endeavours Finalists PACE ZENITH 2015

The categories we were finalists in were:

  • Water and Wastewater – for our IoT Monitoring Platform + Telemetry Host
  • Best Fieldbus Implementation – for our IoT Monitoring PlatformTelemetry Host
  • Power and Energy Management – for our IoT Monitoring Platform  + Telemetry Host and the ABB CQ930
  • Transport Power and Infrastructure – for the ABB CQ930
PACE Zenith Awards - 5 Finalist Certificates - Successful Endeavours 2015

PACE Zenith Awards – 5 Finalist Certificates – Successful Endeavours 2015

 

PACE Zenith Awards 2015 Winners

So we didn’t win a category, but it was a great night and I always enjoy being part of celebrating what is good in Australian Manufacturing. The winners on the night were:

  • BEST FIELDBUS IMPLEMENTATION = Sigma NSW
  • FOOD AND BEVERAGE = B.-d.Farm Paris Creek
  • MACHINE BUILDER  = H.I.Fraser
  • MANUFACTURING = ANCA
  • MINING AND MINERALS PROCESSING = Sigma NSW
  • OIL AND GAS = H.I.Fraser
  • POWER AND ENERGY MANAGEMENT = Mescada
  • TRANSPORT, POWER AND INFRASTRUCTURE = Sage Automation
  • WATER AND WASTEWATER = Sage Automation
  • YOUNG ACHIEVER AWARD = Aaron Deal, Honeywell Process Solutions
  • PROJECT OF THE YEAR = H.I.Fraser

 

PACE Zenith Awards 2015

This was our first time at these awards so we learnt a lot about the process and hope to be back next year.

Successful Endeavours specialise in Electronics Design and Embedded Software Development. Ray Keefe has developed market leading electronics products in Australia for nearly 30 years. This post is Copyright © 2015 Successful Endeavours Pty Ltd.

Endeavour Awards 2015

This year we were finalists at the Endeavour Awards in the categories of Australian Industrial Product of the Year and IT Application of the Year. We didn’t win either category but the competition was pretty tough and I was pleased for ANCA for beat us for the Australian Industrial Product of the Year and also won the overall award for Manufacturer of the Year. The full list of winners are announced at the Endeavour Awards Winners 2015 official winners list.

Endeavour Awards Finalists 2015

Endeavour Awards Finalists 2015

It was a great night and a chance to share the evening with most of our team and a room full of people who are looking to be part of the solution rather than just contributing to the problem of being competitive in Australian Manufacturing. 

Endeavour Awards 2015 Australian Industrial Product Of The Year

Endeavour Awards 2015 Australian Industrial Product Of The Year

 

Endeavour Awards 2015 IT Application of the Year

Endeavour Awards 2015 IT Application of the Year

If you have been following us then you will also be aware we are finalists at the PACE Zenith Awards in Sydney on June 11th in 4 categories. Wish us luck.

Successful Endeavours specialise in Electronics Design and Embedded Software Development. Ray Keefe has developed market leading electronics products in Australia for nearly 30 years. This post is Copyright © 2015 Successful Endeavours Pty Ltd.

PACE Zenith Awards 2015

We have only just heard. You probably already know that we are finalists for the Endeavour Awards 2015 this year with 3 of our projects. Today we got the news that we are finalists in 4 categories at the PACE Zenith Awards for 2015. I’m sure at least one of you is wondering whether I spend all my time just applying for awards. The answer is no. I didn’t even apply for these. PACE saw the entries we put into the Endeavour Awards and decided they would also be good candidates for the PACE Zenith awards and asked me if it would be OK if they entered them for us. You can guess the answer I’m sure.

PACE Zenith Awards 2015

PACE Zenith Awards 2015

As a result, we are finalist in 4 categories for the 3 projects they nominated us for. The 4 categories are:

  • Water and Wastewater
  • Best Fieldbus Implementation
  • Power and Energy Management
  • Transport Power and Infrastructure

Both out IoT Platform (Internet of Things Platform) and Telemetry Host web hosted back end qualify for all of these, and the ABB CQ930 power factor correction controller and multi-bank or multi-stage capacitor controller supports the Power and Energy Management and also the Transport Power and Infrastructure categories.

The awards winners are announced at the PACE Zenith Awards dinner at the Four Seasons Hotel Sydney on June 11th 2015.

Wish us luck.

Successful Endeavours specialise in Electronics Design and Embedded Software Development. Ray Keefe has developed market leading electronics products in Australia for nearly 30 years. This post is Copyright © 2015 Successful Endeavours Pty Ltd

Endeavour Awards 2015

Endeavour Awards

Endeavour Awards

 As part of National Manufacturing Week, Manufacturing Monthly run the Endeavour Awards to celebrate Australian manufacturing success stories. Last year we were a finalist for the Technology Application of the Year. This year we are very excited to announce that we are finalists in 2 categories and in one of those, we have 2 separate products that are both finalists. That sounds a bit complicated. What it means is that we are listed 3 times as a finalist. The categories are:

  • Australian Industrial Product of the Year – ABB CQ930 3 phase power factor correction controller
  • Australian Industrial Product of the Year – IoT Monitoring Platform
  • IT Application of the Year – Telemetry Host IoT web platform

IoT of course stands the the Internet of Things.

The official Manufacturing Monthly announcement is at Endeavour Awards 2015 Finalists.

The Endeavour Awards ceremony is being held at the The Crown Casino Melbourne in the River Room on 28 May 2015. We hope to have even more good news on the night.

Endeavour Awards 2015 Finalist

Endeavour Awards 2015 Finalist

And we also have a couple of logos we can use to promote our finalist position, and of course, the Endeavour Awards themselves.

Endeavour Awards 2015 Finalists

Endeavour Awards 2015 Finalists

 Successful Endeavours specialise in Electronics Design and Embedded Software Development. Ray Keefe has developed market leading electronics products in Australia for nearly 30 years. This post is Copyright © 2015 Successful Endeavours Pty Ltd

Technology Challenge

We have had to keep quiet about this until the Victorian Government announcement today. Now we can let you know that Successful Endeavours was awarded the Feasibility Study stage for the Gas Sensors in Sewers project. We will be working with Melbourne Water to put together the study and it will be based on our data logging and sensor interface technology with a little help from a collaboration partner. More on that later.

Melbourne Water

Melbourne Water

Driving Business Innovation

The program is called the Driving Business Innovation program and is one of the ways the Victorian Government is creating local commercial opportunity for Victorian businesses by aligning local business capability with the needs of government agencies. The result is the technology needed to better serve the people of Victoria and a new commercial opportunity to grow jobs and revenue in Victoria.

DSDBI

Department of State Development and Business Innovation

At a time when we see a federal perspective more like killing off opportunities, it is good to see a government that gets the need for jobs and income in the future and is prepared to do something positive to support that.

Collaboration Creates Opportunity

Hybrid Electronics and Successful Endeavours both have Intellectual Property to contribute to the final solution should the project proceed to the Proof of Concept stage. In order to win the Feasibility Study, we collaborated to share technology, expertise and presented a combined case for the project.

Hybrid Electronics

Hybrid Electronics

The work is underway and we hope to have more good news in the future.

Our congratulations go to the other companies who were also awarded Feasibility Study grants.

Successful Endeavours specialise in Electronics Design and Embedded Software Development. Ray Keefe has developed market leading electronics products in Australia for nearly 30 years. This post is Copyright © 2014 Successful Endeavours Pty Ltd

Manufacturers’ Monthly Endeavour Awards 2014

Last night we attended the Manufacturers’ Monthly Endeavour Awards gala dinner at the Ivy Ballroom in Sydney as finalists in the Technology application of the Year category.

We didn’t win this year but we also didn’t know what each of our competitors had submitted until the dinner. I was very impressed.

Successful Endeavours - Technology Application of the Year - finalist

Technology Application of the Year – finalist – Successful Endeavours

The winner for Technology Application of the Year was Micreo for their patented microwave communications tuning technology which reduces the time and cost to tune a new microwave communications device allowing to compete internationally with a high Australian Dollar. Very well deserved.

The overall winner was Marand Precision Engineering who have transitioned their business away from dependency on the automotive industry and recently secured production orders for the F35 Joint Strike Fighter vertical fins.

And personal favourite as a musician was RODE Microphones win as Exporter of the Year. 

It was a great night celebrating success within Australian manufacturing.

Here is what we went up against:

Technology Application of the Year - Finalists 2014

Technology Application of the Year – Finalists 2014

We’ll be back next year.

Here are the winners from each category this year, courtesy of the Manufacturers’ Monthly Endeavour Awards Winners 2014.

Successful Endeavours specialise in Electronics Design and Embedded Software Development. Ray Keefe has developed market leading electronics products in Australia for nearly 30 years. This post is Copyright © 2014 Successful Endeavours Pty Ltd

Manufacturers’ Monthly Endeavour Awards 2014

I recently spotlighted the Endeavour Awards which are held on the first evening of National Manufacturing Week. This is where we celebrate manufacturing success stories each year. What I didn’t mention at the time was that we had entered this year for the first time.

The awards are run by Manufacturers’ Monthly who also select the categories, finalists and ultimately the winners. They were first held in 2007. We have already been asked a few times if they were named after us. And the answer is that this is a pure coincidence. So a nice synchronicity but no relation.

Technology Application of the Year

We have just received the news that we are finalists in the category of Technology Application of the Year. The technology we put forward was our Production Test Technology that allows us to put in place product test end of line equipment at as little as 5% of the cost of other approaches that are more commonly used. This is one way we help Australian Electronics Manufacturers to be able to have a cost competitive product that is still Made in Australia.

Endeavour Awards Finalist 2014

Endeavour Awards Finalist 2014

We were already going to National Manufacturing Week to support Casey Cardinia Region who are exhibiting this year. We are exhibiting with them.

Casey Cardinia Region

Casey Cardinia Region

The full list of finalists is available at Endeavour Awards 2014 Finalists. There were a record 138 entries this year.

We won’t know the final outcome until 13th May 2014 when the Endeavour Awards Presentation Dinner is held at the Ivy Ballroom in Sydney. Either way we already feel like winners.

Wish us luck.

Successful Endeavours specialise in Electronics Design and Embedded Software Development. Ray Keefe has developed market leading electronics products in Australia for nearly 30 years. This post is Copyright © 2014 Successful Endeavours Pty Ltd.

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