Ampcontrol Supports SES Unit with Sandbag Filler Donation

The back-breaking work of filling sandbags has just become safer and more effective for members of Port Stephens SES thanks to a donation from Ampcontrol.

Fabricated at Ampcontrol’s machining workshops in Tomago, the three metal sandbag fillers were a designed by Ampcontrol team members. The donations were kindly received by the Raymond Terrace-based SES unit supported by Port Stephens MP Kate Washington.

In the aftermath of the recent floods, Ms Washington contacted David Douglas, Port Stephens SES unit controller, to see if they needed any support. His response without hesitation was for the steel-framed devices used to fill sand bags at speed.

“Shovelling sand into hessian bags one-by-one is back-breaking work, and our local SES volunteers were run off their feet. So I contacted Wayne Diemar [Product Manager at Ampcontrol], sent them a photo and asked if they could assist. Shortly afterwards, Ampcontrol had constructed three of the sandbag devices and donated them for free,” Ms Washington said.

“Ampcontrol is a great local business and a significant local employer. I’m so appreciative of their support and generosity, and I know how grateful our SES volunteers are, too,” Ms Washington concluded.

Mr Diemar said that the units, which could hold up to 10kg of sand, were easier to use by SES members and members of the public.

“The sandbag fillers enable SES members to bag the sand more efficiently and free up personnel in emergency situations as with instructions (SOP) the general public could come along again to bag themselves in emergency situations. Not to forget the ability for them to throw them in the back of a ute and get them to the needed locations quicker,” Mr Diemar said.

Mr Douglas said the devices were a welcome addition, allowing members to work more efficiently in a safer environment.

“They also provide a quicker response time which is important in times of flood. We can even set up sand bagging points at places such as Hinton in times of predicted heavy rains and flash flooding,” he said.

“We are greatly appreciative of all donations and would like to thank both Ampcontrol and Ms Washington for their assistance in helping us meet our challenges in times of floods,” Mr Douglas concluded.

Follow the link to read the article in the Port Stephens Examiner.

Ampcontrol Supports Academic Scholarship Program

Ampcontrol is proud to support the academic journey of local students once again through the Port Stephens Mayoral Academic Scholarship Program. This is the fourth consecutive year that Ampcontrol has contributed to the program, helping students looking to enter into a STEM based career.

The 2021 Ampcontrol Academic Scholarship was awarded to Lewis Limana who graduated with firsts in Business Studies and Economics. The $2,000 scholarship, presented by Ampcontrol’s CEO & Managing Director Rod Henderson, will help offset the costs of studying as Lewis embarks on his first year of a Bachelor of Renewable Energy Engineering (Hons) at the University of Newcastle.

Lewis is interested in renewable energy and the impact of global warming and would like to be part of the solution to address greenhouse gas emissions in a timely manner.

A sponsor of the Program for the past four years, Rod Henderson said, “these scholarships provide students in our local community with access to the best higher education opportunities and we are excited to support and follow Lewis through his studies in renewable energy.”

The Port Stephens Mayoral Academic Scholarship Program is an annual partnership between Port Stephens Council and local businesses to support the next generation of local business and industry leaders as they embark on their tertiary study.

2021 was a record year for the Program, with $40,000 worth of scholarships shared by 20 local students to boost their education. A full list of scholarship winners can be found HERE.

Ampcontrol Recognised with Innovation Accolade

Ampcontrol has been recognised for developing a fully functional emergency ventilator to assist with the NSW Government COVID-19 response, having been awarded the ‘Excellence in Innovation’ accolade during Friday evenings Lake Macquarie Business Excellence Awards.

We designed and developed the ventilator in consultation with the NSW Government and project partners NSW Health, Safearth, NewieVentures, University of Newcastle and the John Hunter Hospital.

The emergency ventilator was developed in response to the NSW Government ‘call-to-arms’ in March 2020 with our dedicated research & development team successfully delivering an initial functional prototype for testing at the John Hunter Hospital in just 18 days.

The following three months saw the project team further refine the prototype before manufacturing ten pre-production ventilators for further clinical testing and submission to the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA). The pre-production units were officially unveiled by the NSW Premier The Hon. Gladys Berejiklian on 9th September 2020.

Lake Macquarie Mayor, Cr Kay Fraser congratulated Ampcontrol and all 13 category winners and finalists who have excelled this year, despite the impacts of COVID-19.

“Never before has our business community had to adjust so rapidly to change because of COVID-19 restrictions. It has been really difficult for many businesses across our city, but these awards have been a chance to celebrate the successes and resilience shown by our local businesses,” Cr Fraser said.

Accepting the award during a virtual ceremony, Ampcontrol Executive General Manager Innovation & Service Warwick Sommer said partnerships and collaboration have been essential to the project’s success.

“The Ventilator Innovation Project is a true partnership in action. Tackling a challenge of this size was only made possible through collaboration with local businesses, clinicians, university, and Government.

To turn a concept into a fully functional life-saving piece of medical equipment within such a critical timeframe is a testament to our region’s skilled expertise and highly advanced capability to produce innovative solutions and products that make a difference to people’s lives.”

“We have an amazing business community in Lake Mac epitomised by organisations like Ampcontrol, so it has been wonderful to be able to provide some positive recognition and congratulate them on their achievements this year. I congratulate all our finalists and award winners and I encourage our community to get behind local business and show your support where you can,” added Cr Fraser.

Following success in the Lake Macquarie Business Excellence Awards, we will now progress to the Hunter Business Awards to be held on Friday 20th November, 2020.

Ampcontrol Testing Officer Honoured with Special Industry Training Award

Ampcontrol Testing Officer, Joshua French, has been awarded the prestigious ‘Stan Rippon Award For Excellence In Trade’ at the 2020 NSW Training Awards – Hunter Region.

Recognising and celebrating the achievements of the best in vocational education and training in NSW, the 2020 Hunter Region Awards were announced during a Facebook Live ceremony on Monday 22 June.

Joshua French, a finalist in the Apprentice Of The Year – Electrotechnology Certificate III category, received the highly regarded industry accolade for his dedication and excellence within his chosen vocational trade and commitment to career growth.

Commencing his Electrical Apprenticeship with Ampcontrol in 2016, Joshua is now employed fulltime in the Ampcontrol Electrical Testing Team at Tomago NSW. Demonstrating an ongoing commitment to workplace skills and learning, Joshua has completed a Certificate III in Refrigeration & Air Conditioning and Certificate III in Electrotechnology both at TAFE NSW.

The prestigious Award For Excellence In Trade honours the passion and tirelessly work of tradesman Stan Rippon in promoting vocational training in the Hunter Region. Now retired, Stan holds the position of Vice-Chairperson of the Hunter Regional Apprenticeship & Traineeship Advisory Committee and remains committed to ensuring the region remains robust in the employment and training of our traditional tradesmen and women.

With a long-standing history of career development and engineering excellence in the Hunter region, Ampcontrol actively participates and supports industry, education, and community collaboration to provide students with dedicated pathways to STEM-related qualifications and local employment.

Ampcontrol currently has 68 students participating in vocational education and training (VET) based roles in the areas of engineering, technology, electrical, mechanical, and manufacturing including 48 apprentices, 13 trainees, 6 workplace placements, and one school-based apprentice through the P-TECH Australia partnership program.

Ampcontrol Apprentice Named as Finalist for 2020 NSW Apprentice of the Year

Since our beginnings in 1968, we’ve been proud to offer tradespeople their start in the manufacturing industry, so it comes as no surprise that Ampcontrol’s Josh French is in the running for Apprentice Of The Year – Electrotechnology Certificate III at this year’s NSW Training Awards (Hunter Region).

Selected finalists in the NSW Apprentice of the Year Award are those who have been outstanding in all aspects of their training and demonstrate the relevance of life-long learning. Joining the Ampcontrol team as an Electrical Apprentice in 2016, Josh has been recongised for the accolade due to his strong work ethic, attitude, and commitment to personal growth. Since completing his apprenticeship in 2019, Josh has joined our Electrical Testing Team in Newcastle, NSW.

In 2020, the NSW Training Awards celebrate and honour 65 years of outstanding achievements in vocational education and training for apprentices, trainees, and students as well as teachers, training providers, and employers. Reaching the Finals during the COVID-19 pandemic is an additional achievement for all Finalists who have had to adapt to the new virtual application and interview process.

We’re wishing Josh the best of luck when the Training Services NSW winners are announced via an online awards ceremony on 22 June, 2020. Register to watch the live stream here.

Ampcontrol Calls on Strong University Connections

University of Newcastle expertise sees lifesaving ventilator prototype secure state backing.

Each year The University Of Newcastle (UON) produces thousands of talented graduates and they watch with pride as they trade the campuses for new workplaces, set to make their mark on the world and in their local communities. Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, a group of almost thirty Hunter-based UON alumni and staff have done just that – contributing to an emergency ventilator prototype project led by Ampcontrol to be selected by the NSW Government for pre-production.

Project Lead and Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment Conjoint Senior Fellow and Ampcontrol Group Manager Engineering, Dr Ian Webster, said the success of the project relied on the strong connections between Ampcontrol and The University of Newcastle.

“When we kicked off this project, we were asked to produce 600 ventilators in 28 days. My affiliation with the Faculty of Engineering meant I could immediately reach out to Brett Ninness, as I knew the expertise and facilities housed at UON would be hugely beneficial to the project,” Dr Webster said.

“Since 2004, we’ve had a unique partnership with the University via our joint venture ResTech, which has created a direct path for students to complete placements and do research work with Ampcontrol.

As a result of the strong engineering alumni network in the Hunter Region, around 60% of the ventilator prototype team are UON alumni. Safearth, and NewieVentures – both Hunter-based leading engineering companies with strong alumni ties – also came on board as collaborative partners. The University of Newcastle graduates have a unique set of skills that make them ideal candidates for the work we do. I’m so proud of the team who are working tirelessly to ensure our clinicians have the lifesaving equipment they need.”

The ventilator prototype, dubbed ‘Anemoi’, will now move into production of 10 units for further testing. If the model is successful in completing the pre-production phase, full production would be manufactured in NSW supporting the local industry, the local economy, and employment.

“This prototype is likely to become a new manufacturing product, diversifying our business and supporting regional development,” Dr Webster said.

To quickly accelerate their knowledge of ventilator systems, the Ampcontrol team engaged with the University to guide solutions and minimise clinical and deployment risks.

Professor Brett Ninness said our COVID-19 response was a powerful example of collaborating across STEM disciplines.

“COVID-19 presented a situation where people skilled across health, science, engineering, design, and commercialisation needed to come together to rapidly collaborate to solve imperative global issues. We were part of that solution, so this is a proud moment for us all to celebrate,” Professor Brett Ninness said.

“Our strong industry connections have proven invaluable in ensuring our people are embedded in the local response to COVID-19 and our graduates remain highly sought after for their expertise.”

“This is another example of the power of the University of Newcastle, local business, and government partners coming together to demonstrate leadership on important issues in our region and beyond.”

The NSW Premier said that with the easing of restrictions there could be a rise in COVID-19 infections, in which case it’s imperative hospitals to have all the equipment they need. Read NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian’s announcement here.

 

Photo credit: UON

Supporting the Health Sector with Locally Manufactured Medical Face Shields

Off the back of our success in being named as one of two organisations to move forward with a prototype emergency ventilator for NSW Health, we’re pleased to share that the Burn Brite Ampcontrol team based in Melbourne have commenced production of 3000 face shields to help protect frontline health care workers in NSW.

Our Victorian operation, renowned for producing industrial lighting products for harsh and hazardous environments, has advanced manufacturing facilities for electronics, precision fabrication and plastic extrusion and was well placed to answer the call to arms issued across Australia to support frontline health workers tackling COVID-19 with critical PPE.

The single use face shields were prototyped to meet NSW Health requirements and 3000 face shields will now be shipped from our Melbourne manufacturing facility in the next two weeks.

Designed to help ease supply chain issues associated with internationally sourced products, these face shields are fast to assemble and feature a clear face shield with an adjustable fit to suit most head sizes and shapes. They also include a pressure headband to provide relief for wearers once the face shield has been tightened.

Read more about our face shields in this product overview.

Ampcontrol Pivots Expertise to Design Ventilators

Ampcontrol has answered the NSW Government’s call to quickly design and prototype a new and innovative ventilator to assist with COVID-19 preparedness.

The new functional emergency ventilator design, dubbed ‘Project Anemoi’ was developed in just 18 days. This is a substantial pivot for Ampcontrol who is known as a leading global designer and manufacturer of electrical and electronic equipment in the resources, infrastructure and energy sectors.

Ampcontrol engineers worked around the clock, to design and produce the emergency ventilator prototype in collaboration with local clinicians and Hunter based specialist engineering companies.

Ampcontrol Managing Director & CEO, Rod Henderson said, “We have such highly advanced manufacturing capability and ingenuity in our country. It is so important that industry and Government work together so that we can continue to produce innovative solutions and products here in Australia that make a difference to people’s lives around the globe”.

Production of 10 pilot ventilators will now commence undertaking further clinical assessment and testing with NSW Health, with the objective of enabling 600 ventilators to be rapidly built in the Hunter region if the need arises.

Ampcontrol Designs Lifesaving Ventilators

Ampcontrol is proud to be supporting the NSW Government’s development of ventilators as part of its COVID-19 response. The dynamic nature of this project showcases the critical importance of Australian innovation, design and manufacturing. We look forward to continuing to progress the ventilator development and securing the necessary approvals to deliver this solution to where it is needed.

Gilghi Wins AWA NSW Water Infrastructure Project Innovation Award

Ampcontrol and Aurecon combined have been awarded the AWA NSW Water Infrastructure Project Innovation Award for their breakthrough Gilghi product, an off-grid water treatment plant for remote indigenous communities.

Announced at the NSW Heads of Water Gala Dinner and Awards Night on 28 February, the awards aim to promote the outstanding work by individuals and organisations in the water industry and recognise innovation and excellence in the technology, business and delivery of water projects.

The Gilghi project and resulting award win centred around the deployment of this innovative product to a remote community 70km outside Alice Springs. The unit is a transportable containerised system that works completely off-grid through a 5kW solar PV array, integrated battery system and emergency diesel genset. Aurecon designed the treatment plant containing filters, a reverse osmosis unit and dosing system. The result is over 16,000L of clean and pure drinking water per day for the community that previously had to truck in fresh water at great expense.

The Sydney event was attended by Ampcontrol representative Wayne Diemar, Product Manager, and Aurecon’s Julian Briggs, Design Director – Water and Waste Water.

Wayne Diemar said after the win, “To be honest, it was a bit of a shock. I think an award like this is a testament to the greater team across Ampcontrol and Aurecon to bring this much needed product to market”.

Event speakers included Jim Bentley, Chief Executive Officer, Water (Deputy Secretary) on behalf of the – NSW Government and Minister for Water Melinda Pavey, Property and Housing, and Carmel Krogh OAM – National President, Australian Water Association.

Having won this prestigious award, the Gilghi project will automatically progress to the national Australian Water Awards, which are presented at Ozwater’20 Online on 11 June.

Production of further Gilghi containerised water treatment units have commenced across Australia. Scalable, transportable, with plug and play commissioning, Gilghi is easily deployable for a wide range of locations and applications.

To discuss how we can solve your water requirements please contact Wayne Diemar via email or phone 1300 445 717.

Read full specs and find out more here.