2020 Year of Collaboration

Collaboration in 2020

Collaboration is a key ingredient to secure opportunities. And a lack of Collaboration is a big impediment. So I was very pleased to see Manufacturers’ Monthly covering a recent project we did that needed Collaboration from multiple industry partners to work.

I presented this case at the IoT Impact 2019 manufacturing stream. I’ll include the main slides for that below. And this is for a product that was Made In Australia, not just because we want to, but because it was the only way it could happen in time.

Collaboration Case Study

The Collaboration Case Study is for the IND Technology Early Fault Detection system that was deployed to a rural SWER Line Monitoring trial as part of the Victorian bush fire amelioration program. This required us to coordinate the program and also do the primary electronics and embedded software design along with our supply partners gearing up for PCB Assembly, Cable and Loom Assembly and mechanical design and production for boxes, mounting and solar panels. All this in parallel with web services. For a new technology category. So we needed to work together very closely.

A Winning Combination covers the project. The story was put together by Connor Pearce of Prime Creative Media.

Successful Endeavours - CCBA Manufacturer of the Year 2019
Successful Endeavours – CCBA Manufacturer of the Year 2019

Collaboration Partners

It takes a team of partners to pull off a project like this. So here are some of the people we collaborated with:

And of course IND Technology were highly Collaborative as well.

IoT Impact Slides

These are the slides from the presentation.

A common IoT problem

•Buyers want a catalogue for solutions
•Catalogues don’t contain a viable solution
•There are plenty of sensors available
•Hardware platforms don’t fit the opportunity
•Software back ends are also often a barrier
•Total cost of ownership ends up too high

A possible solution

•Rapid design of a suitable hardware solution
•Get it made locally (in Australia)
•But the catch is that unless very confident, you don’t invest in this until you get the order
•So how quickly can it be done?

Example IND.T

•IND Technology EVFD – finds power system faults – reduces outages and bush fires
•Got the order for 65 trial units end of July 2017
•For Delivery in November 2017 (< 16 weeks)
•For a product not yet designed
•With features not yet confirmed eg. turned out most units had to be solar powered

IND Technology EVFD solar powered

IND Technology - EVFD Solar
IND Technology – EVFD Solar

Above is an example of one of the solar powered units as built but without the cover plate over the FPGA based processing systems that samples at 250MSPS.

Collaboration Ecosystem

Below is the Collaboration Ecosystem where Collaboration was needed.

IND Technology - Collaboration Ecosystem
IND Technology – Collaboration Ecosystem

The areas with dark borders are the parts we handled internally as well as overall coordination and integration. Each of the other areas was handled by one of our supply partners.

Precision Electronics Technologies received a supplier award for their contribution.

Precision Electronics Technology Staff
Precision Electronics Technology Staff

As did Connect Electronics.

Connect Electronics Team
Connect Electronics Team

And the overall result won the IoT Innovation Award for 2018.

IoT Innovation Award 2018
IoT Innovation Award 2018

So a very good outcome all round. And the trial was a resounding success showing that we have another weapon in our arsenal of bush fire prevention strategies. And isn’t that very timely at the moment?

So I’m looking forward to doing more Collaboration in 2020 and especially in IoT where it really needs whole ecosystem to deliver a solution.


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.


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EIDA Electronics Industry Excellence Awards 2019

EIDA Electronics Industry Excellence Awards

This coming week we will be at the EIDA Electronics Industry Excellence Awards for 2019 in Adelaide at the World Electronics Forum. We have 4 submissions across 2 categories but won’t know anything further until the night when the announcements are made.

The Categories are:

  • New Product Design Award
  • Best Industry Collaborative Project

 

World Electronics Forum 2019
World Electronics Forum 2019 Adelaide

All the products are Designed in Australia and Made in Australia so I’m very pleased to see them getting this recognition. And also pleased to see Collaboration being specifically recognised. You can still register to go at World Electronics Forum Adelaide 2019 registration.

I’ll provide an update once we know more.


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.


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ICT Business of the Year 2019

Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Business of the year 2019

We are very pleased to let you know that on Friday 15th November 2019 we were awarded the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Business of the Year for 2019 at the MyBusiness Awards.

ICT Business of the year 2019
ICT Business of the year 2019

We were pleased to be selected as MyBusiness Awards Finalists in October so this is pretty exciting for us and I’m really pleased for the recognition our team has received for their hard work in creating new electronics based products for manufacture in Australia. And the vast majority of those products are communicating products in the Internet of Things category.

2019_Winners_INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGY (ICT) BUSINESS OF THE YEAR
2019 Winners ICT BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Here are some more shots from the night.

ICT Business Award Presentation 2019
ICT Business Award Presentation 2019
ICT finalists 2019
ICT finalists 2019
ICT finalists plaque 2019
ICT finalists plaque 2019

This really caps of 2019 for us. We start a new IoT project every 3 days at the moment so looking forward to what another 12 months deliveries for leading edge Australian made smart products.


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.


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Casey Cardinia Manufacturer Award 2019

Casey Cardinia Business Awards 2019

We are very pleased to announce that we won the Casey Cardinia Manufacturer Award for 2019. This has been a long time coming and I’m very pleased for the recognition of what our team are doing for Australian Electronics Manufacturing.

Casey Cardinia Manufacturer Award 2019
Casey Cardinia Manufacturer Award 2019
Casey Cardinia Manufacturer of the Year 2019
Casey Cardinia Manufacturer of the Year 2019

Our congratulations go to all the finalists and winners and especially Gumbaya World for taking out the Case Cardinia Business of the Year.

Casey Cardinia Business Awards Winners 2019

And here are all the winners.

2019 Casey Cardinia Business Awards
2019 Casey Cardinia Business Awards
  • Business and Professional Services – Nobelius Land Surveyors
  • Health, Education and Wellbeing – Glow Clinic
  • Home-based Business – Tour Local
  • Hospitality – Atura Dandenong
  • Manufacturer – Successful Endeavours
  • New Business – Glow Clinic
  • Retail – New York Barbers
  • Social Enterprise – Waverley Industries
  • Tourism and Travel – Gumbaya World
  • Trades and Construction – Insight Construction Group
  • Casey Cardinia Business of the Year 2019 – Gumbaya World

Successful Endeavours 2019

And we have been so busy that it is hard to get everyone together for a group shot so this is half our team.

Successful Endeavours Team 2019
Successful Endeavours Team 2019


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.


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IoT Impact 2019 Update

IoT Impact 2019

This year we are again exhibiting at IoT Impact. But we also have some breaking news for the event.

I am speaking at IoT Impact
I am speaking at IoT Impact

I’m part of the panel discussing IoT and Industry 4.0 uptake in Australian Manufacturing and also the opportunities for manufacturing IoT products in Australia. That last part is a core part of what we are doing so I’m very pleased to be contributing to that discussion.

IoT Impact Awards Finalists 2019
IoT Impact Awards Finalists 2019

We are also pleased to announce that the Water Synergy Group Waterlink MESH networked pulse water meter reader is a finalist for the IoT Impact Innovation Award for 2019. So I’m particularly pleased for Water Synergy Group to see their partnership with us not only generating commercial sales but also technical recognition for the design of the IoT solution. Which is also a very Low Power Electronics, Made in Australia, Cellular Mobile Communications Gateway device.

Waterlink MESH PCB
Waterlink MESH PCB
Waterlink Communicating Water Meters
Waterlink Communicating Water Meters

You might remember we won that category in 2018 for the IND Technology EVFD system that helps prevent bush fires by detecting faults in the grid including insulator breakdown, tree branches rubbing against overhead cables and even cable strands snapping in high voltage power distribution 3 phase and SWER networks.

IoT Impact
IoT Impact Australia

IoT Impact is on next week in Sydney. There is still time to book and I’ve just heard there are 110 speakers involved and many workshops and a presentation covering every aspect of IoT from Smart Cities, environment, metering, asset management, manufacturing, health and transport. You can get a 20% discount using this code SPEAKRSIOT. Book online at IoT Impact Registration.


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.


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