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.

Gilghi Recognised with International Engineering Award

Gilghi, Ampcontrol’s innovative off-grid containerised water treatment solution has today been acknowledged with its first international accolade, receiving the Chris Binnie award for Sustainable Water Management from the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE). ICE, a UK based professional membership body supporting in excess of 95,000 members bestow the Chris Binnie award to projects that have ‘benefited society by improving the sustainability of water’.

Developed in conjunction with project partner Aurecon, Gilghi is designed to improve the accessibility of clean drinking water within remote communities.

Utilising a stand-alone hybrid power supply consisting of solar photovoltaic (PV) panels, a back-up diesel generator and battery storage, Gilghi is designed to stand up to the demanding environmental conditions experienced within the isolated communities in which it is deployed.

The innovative water treatment solution is currently installed in the remote community of Gillen Bore, located 75km’s from Alice Springs, which until Gilghi’s installation in 2019 relied on the continued truck transport of potable water due to the high salinity, hardness and low pH levels found in their existing bore water.

Ampcontrol Managing Director & CEO Rod Henderson said he was thrilled to see Gilghi receiving international recognition.

“The transformative technology of the Gilghi unit has had a remarkable impact on the wellbeing of the local community, which now has immediate access to locally sourced, great-tasting, and contaminate free drinking water for the first time.

For remote communities’ access to clean, safe drinking water can’t be taken for granted. Gilghi is now a proven sustainable water solution that has the potential to be a game-changer when it comes to addressing water security across our country, as well as developing nations around the world,” commented Rod Henderson.

Professor Chris Binnie, ICE Water Panel member and Exeter University visiting Professor was highly impressed by Gilghi’s value creation and its applicability to a bigger sustainability picture.

“Gilghi is a genuinely new project with a novel technological approach; the integration of the work of water process engineering and electrical engineering and solar panels was particularly pleasing. The solution provides a reliable and potable supply of water in a sustainable manner that does not increase CO2 emission,” Professor Binnie said.

“We are honoured to be recognised on an international level for the innovative products and solutions we design and manufacture in Australia that make a meaningful improvement to people’s lives”, added Rod Henderson.

Gilghi’s reception of this international honour follows closely the award of a number of Australian accolades including an Australian Engineering Excellence Award, Good Design Award and an Australian Water Association Award.

For further information on Gilghi and the benefits it’s able to provide to remote communities, click here.

Gilghi Claims Top Newcastle Engineering Award

Gilghi, Ampcontrol’s innovative off-grid containerised water treatment solution has been announced as the Newcastle divisional winner in the 2020 Australian Engineering Excellence Awards (AEEA). The win sees Gilghi advance as a finalist in November’s Sir William Hudson Awards, the highest project accolade bestowed by Engineers Australia.

Developed by Ampcontrol in conjunction with project partner Aurecon, Gilghi is an innovative off-grid water treatment plant designed for remote communities.

The Gilghi water treatment plant utilises a standalone hybrid power supply consisting of solar photovoltaic panels, a back-up diesel generator and battery storage, and is designed to meet the demanding environmental conditions of the isolated communities in which it is located.

It has been initially deployed in the community of Gillen Bore, 75km from Alice Springs, which until 2019 relied on the continued transport of potable water due to the high salinity, hardness and low pH levels found in their existing bore water.

“We are immensely proud to receive this prestigious accolade by Engineers Australia, in acknowledgment of the engineering pedigree, innovation, and technical excellence we have at Ampcontrol” said Ampcontrol CEO and Managing Director Rod Henderson.

Engineers Australia Newcastle Division Manager Helen Link added: “Thanks to Project Gilghi, Indigenous and remote communities across Australia now have access to affordable and continuous potable water thanks to an innovative new off-grid, containerised water treatment plant. It is a remarkable achievement and a worthy nominee for the national award.”

“The award-winning success of Gilghi, and our ability to design, develop and manufacture high-quality products and solutions that make a difference to people’s lives around the world is a direct result of our passionate, talented, and innovative team” added Rod Henderson.

The award capped off what proved a successful week for Ampcontrol, with Gilghi’s latest accolade quickly following last week’s Good Design Award win announcement.

For further information on Gilghi and the benefits it can provide remote communities, click here.

Gilghi Off-Grid Water Treatment Solution Receives Good Design Award

Ampcontrol’s innovative off-grid water treatment solution, Gilghi, designed in collaboration with project partner Aurecon, has been awarded the Good Design Award Winner accolade in the ‘Social Impact’ category during today’s virtual Good Design Week awards ceremony. The annual Good Design Awards signify the pinnacle of Australian industry’s design and innovation honours.

More than 55 Good Design Awards Jurors evaluated each entry according to a strict set of design criteria which covers ‘good design’, ‘design innovation’ and ‘design impact’. Projects recognised with a Good Design Award must demonstrate excellence in good design and convince the Jury they are worthy of recognition at this level.

Gilghi is an innovative off-grid water treatment plant designed for application within remote communities. The water treatment plant utilises a standalone hybrid power supply consisting of solar photovoltaic panels, a back-up diesel generator and battery storage, and is designed to meet the demanding environmental conditions of the isolated communities in which it is located.

“We are incredibly proud to be playing a role in delivering a sustainable water solution to communities in need through the innovative design and advanced technology of Gilghi” said Ampcontrol CEO and Managing Director Rod Henderson.

“For remote communities access to clean, safe drinking water can’t be taken for granted. The Gilghi unit is designed to be serviced and supported by the people in the communities it serves, making a meaningful improvement to people’s lives.”

Dr. Brandon Gien, CEO of Good Design Australia said: “Receiving a Good Design Award is a significant achievement given the very high calibre and record number of entries received in 2020.”

“There’s no doubt it has been a really tough year for everyone so it’s nice to be able to share some good news for a change. The projects represented in this year’s Good Design Awards shine a positive light on our creative and innovative capacity as human beings. These inspirational winning projects give me hope and optimism that our design community will continue to innovate, no matter how challenging the world around us is,” said Dr. Gien.

The Good Design Awards jury praised Gilghi, adding: “A great solution and potentially a massive market across the globe. This off-grid containerised water treatment solution has the potential to make a significant impact on the lives of people who rely on groundwater for their main water supply. A breakthrough solution that provides remote communities with quality, potable water. This is such a beautiful example of good design that makes our world better. Well done.”

For more information on Gilghi and the benefits it can provide remote communities, click here.

Ampcontrol Named NSW Minerals Council 2020 Mining Supplier of the Year

On 18 June, Ampcontrol was named as the 2020 NSW Minerals Council NSW Mining Supplier of the Year at the annual NSW Mining Industry and Suppliers Awards.

Taking out the NSW Mining Supplier of the Year category for the development and deployment of Rockstarter, Ampcontrol’s multi-functional outlet starter designed for use in underground hard rock mines highlights an ongoing commitment to research and development for customers across NSW and the globe.

Rod Henderson, Ampcontrol CEO and Managing Director accepted the award at the online ceremony. “What the last few months have shown is the incredible ingenuity and agility of Australian manufacturing, we have such highly advanced expertise, skill and capability in our country and the development of Rockstarter is a testament to that ingenuity.”

“Our Rockstarter product has been an innovative game changer for Ampcontrol, enabling customers in NSW to make the transition to smart mining technology, with an off the shelf, commoditised solution,” he said.

This prestigious accolade from the NSW Minerals Council follows two Good Design Awards wins for Rockstarter in the Engineering Design and Product Design categories in 2019.

Find out more about Rockstarter

Going Digital at Ozwater’20 Online

Ready to quench your thirst for action? Join our Product Manager Wayne Diemar and Aurecon’s Sachini De Silva on Tuesday 2 June at 11.30am (AEST) at Ozwater’20 Digital.

Kicking off the first day of this digital conference, Wayne and Sachini will present their paper titled ‘Project Gilghi – Modular Self Contained Solar Water Treatment Plant for Remote Communities’. Online delegates will have the chance to learn more about the design and engineering behind Gilghi, our remote water unit that uses advance filtering technology and is a breakthrough water solution for regional and remote communities.

This presentation follows our Australian Water Association (AWA) NSW Water Infrastructure Project Innovation Award win for Gilghi earlier this year. National winners will also be announced during the online conference on 11 June at 4.45pm.

For more information about securing your registration and to view the full program, head to the Ozwater’20 Online website.

To discuss how we can solve your water requirements please contact Wayne Diemar via email or phone 1300 445 717. You can read the full Gilghi specs and find out more 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.

NSW Mining Supplier of the Year Finalist 2020

We’re excited to be listed as a finalist in the NSW Minerals Council 2020 NSW Mining Industry and Suppliers Awards.

Nominated in the ‘NSW Mining Supplier of the Year’ category for the development and deployment of Rockstarter, our innovative multi-functional outlet starter designed for use in underground hard rock mines, highlights our ongoing commitment to R&D for our customers across NSW.

With proven experience in the design and manufacture of industry leading power and safety systems for hazardous environments, Ampcontrol has leveraged this expertise to create not only a high quality, high performing and versatile design, but one that is competitively priced for hard rock customers across the globe.

This finalist nomination follows two Good Design Awards wins for Rockstarter in the Engineering Design and Product Design categories in 2019.

We look forward to celebrating with the industry and other finalists at the online awards on Thursday 18 June, at 3.30pm (AEST) – register to attend today.

Find out more about Rockstarter