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Monty Compost and Hetech PCB's
  • Monty Compost is an innovative compost tool used to manage your compost efficiently and effectively.
  • World-first compost monitoring device and mobile app that work together to track your compost’s health, gamify your decomposition data and engage with your organics.
  • Hetech manufacture the PCBA’s for Monty Compost.

At Hetech, we work with customers who are both established and at the beginning of their life cycle, recently we started working with Ash Baxter on her product Monty, an innovative composting companion.

Ash is the true definition of an entrepreneur, coming up with her business idea in her last year of university at UQ, a local Brisbane university. After months of research, Ash came up with the idea of a tool to optimise the composting process which was then accepted into the ilab Accelerator program and received seed funding to take her business to the next level.

Hetech were approached by Monty Compost and Carbon Circuits to manufacture the PCBA’s (Printed Circuit Board Assemblies) for the product.

Hetech prides itself on being an expert Australian PCB manufacturing & assembly company that supplies PCB assembly solutions to businesses of all sizes across Australia.

Monty Compost Printed Circuit Board

Monty Compost Co is an innovative and intelligent environmental compost solution that aims to help make composting easy and efficient for everyone through the power of technology.

Monty takes out the composting learning curve, put Monty into your compost and it will tell you exactly what it needs through an app. Some great examples of the product in use are – Your compost needs to be turned. Your compost needs more waste. Composting made smarter, better and faster with our world-first compost monitoring device and mobile app that work together to track your compost’s health, gamify your decomposition data and engage with your organics.

The vision of the company is a world where 100% of our organic waste is recycled back into our soil. They believe that compost can be a big part of this and are working to enable anyone to do it.

Ash said of her recent visit to Hetech HQ:

As an Australian, and specifically Queensland, founded company, it was such an amazing experience seeing Monty being made in Queensland by Queenslanders.
After three years working on Monty through countless prototype and MVP iterations, having this level of production around it is wild.
It was even better being able to share it with the team and meet in person the people helping make Monty happen.“

It’s been a tough few years of component shortages and unfortunately, this doesn’t look to change for the rest of 2022 with shortages forecasted to continue throughout the rest of the year.

Supply chains to improve in late 2022

A report, titled “Tech, Media, and Telecoms Predictions 2022,” details that the conflict between the US and China over the supply chain of chips and minerals will remain heated for most of this year but will begin to improve in the latter half of 2022. Daniel Clarke, an analyst on the Thematic Research Team has said that consumers could expect the automotive and tech industries to be the most impacted. You can read the full Deloitte report here.

Rise of onshoring

Over the past year, we have also seen a trend of Australian businesses bringing their electronic manufacturing back to Aussie shores. This trend has been brought on by continued international conflict, component shortages and a lack of control over IP/process, redundancy. According to research published by the Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre last year, more and more Australians are valuing the industry, and 72 per cent of Australians see it as important or very important, up 7 per cent between 2019 and 2021.

Government-backed industry

Brent Balinski from Australian Manufacturing was quoted saying, ‘We predict manufacturing and its role in sovereignty will be a 2022 election issue, with the investment in the industry by the federal government and the effectiveness of this and other industrial policies certain to be debated.’ Read more here.

At Hetech, we have been working with local businesses to bring their electronic manufacturing back to Australian shores and, sourcing components for our customers at a time when the world is seeing delays and shortages.

We have partnered with a range of companies such as CSIRO, Boeing Defence, Saab, WEIR, BV and FLSmidth on projects to reduce costs and integrate automation. We are also involved in a vast range of other projects for industries such as Mining, Renewables, Defence, Utilities and many more. Working with IoT/sensor solutions, PCB builds, insourcing, redesigning & designing electronics equipment for more efficient solutions.

Electronex Sydney 2022

After a two year hiatus, we are happy to see Electronex is back for 2022!

Data and Time

Tues, 5th April: 10.00 am – 6.00 pm
Wed, 6th April: 9.00 am – 4.00 pm

Location

Rosehill Gardens – James Ruse Dr, Rosehill, NSW, 2142, Sydney FREE PARKING.

Electronex Sydney 2022

At Electronex designers, managers, engineers, technicians, manufacturers and system integrators can discuss their specific requirements with industry experts and see, test and compare the latest products and solutions to help them in their business.

As a leading electronic parts supplier and manufacturer, Hetech is excited to announce our participation in this year’s Electronex expo.

During the exhibition, we’ll be located at Stand C24. Over the years we have worked with hundreds of clients throughout Australia and, our team would love to discuss how we can partner with your company to improve your bottom line and capabilities.

Can’t make it to the exhibition? Feel free to contact us via email: carcher@hetech.com.au, phone: 07 3297 9700

EcoJoule’s EcoVAR helping grid businesses towards a net-zero future

Quick facts on the EcoVAR

  • EcoJoule is improving and innovating electricity supply through smart grid technology.
  • The influx of solar on homes and businesses changes the way the local grid operates. EcoVAR technology helps improve voltages and increases the ability of solar to export clean energy.
  • Hetech has teamed up with EcoJoule to manufacture the PCB boards for the EcoVAR and build the products ready for distribution.
  • EcoJoule has quoted that the product has shown to be a success both here and overseas.
  • The EcoVar is not only improving the quality of electricity in these areas, but it is also helping grid businesses like Ausgrid work towards a net-zero future.

With the rapid uptake of solar PV, the low voltage residential electricity network is being required to perform in ways it was never originally designed to perform. The main problem being experienced is worsening voltage regulation. The solar PV systems are generating at their maximum during the middle of the day when residential consumption is typically low, this then causes voltage rises on the low voltage networks causing solar inverters to trip, reducing the ability of solar panels to export clean energy. This sustained delivery of excess voltage levels is also diminishing reliability, reducing appliance lifetime and reducing appliance efficiency.

Introducing the EocVAR, the EcoVAR helps to manage grid voltages. The influx of solar changes the way local grids operate. The EcoVAR technology helps improve voltages and increases the ability of solar to export clean energy to the grid. The benefits of this product are felt throughout the whole solar / energy supply chain, with households benefiting from better energy utilisation, higher solar export volumes and lower bills.

Hetech working in Renewable Energy with EcoJoule
Hetech working in Renewable Energy with EcoJoule

Hetech has teamed up with EcoJoule to manufacture the PCB boards for the EcoVar and, build the products ready for distribution. With many installations complete and delivering results in multiple states currently, the EcoVar is predicted to continue to roll out nationally over the coming months.

Hetech's Printed Circuit Board for EcoJoule

EcoJoule has quoted that the product has shown to be a success both here and overseas:

“Ausgrid has installed a three phase EcoVAR unit from EcoJoule Energy at Nords Wharf, which has successfully reduced the voltage fluctuation to consumers, also preventing the potential tripping of solar systems and delivering reliable outcomes in the delivery of power.

In the area where the EcoVAR unit has been installed there is a significant increase in the amount of solar energy that can be exported into the grid, virtually eliminating constraints on existing solar customers.”

Not only is the EcoVar improving the quality of electricity in these areas, but it is also helping businesses like Ausgrid work towards a net-zero future.

Ausgrid’s Executive General Manager of Asset Management Junayd Hollis said:

“Ausgrid has a diverse and complex network and we are looking to use innovative technology to improve service quality for all of our communities,” Mr Hollis said.

“That’s why we commenced these trials with the EcoVAR units, to improve customer voltage and quality of electricity supply. This is an integral part of our actions to increase hosting capacity for rooftop solar as well as other Distributed Energy Resources (DER), and reduce costs on our network. In turn this helps de-carbonise the grid and work towards a net-zero future.”

Spiral Automation

The manual nature of the product/reject splitters mean that operators are slow to respond to changes in feed quality.

Vanadium developed an innovative means of automating spiral splitters. This technology (patent pending) now allows for the accurate remote adjustment of each spiral’s product and middlings splitters.

Requirement
To design and manufacture an automation system that integrates into existing mining spiral circuits which will autonomously operate the feed splitters using linear actuators and motor controllers.

Work Performed
Hetech have designed and manufactured several units with fast manufacturing and delivery times to meet the specified requirements. The Spiral Galaxy system is now being utilised in Australian mines. Improving feed quality and efficiency through minimisation of human intervention, risk reduction and improved plant recovery.

“We partnered with Hetech’s engineering team to design and build a mining automation system to be integrated into gravity-fed spiral circuits. Their customer service and professionalism have exceeded my expectations. They consistently deliver within time-frames and even fly out engineers to assist with diagnosing and maintaining products in the field, ensuring the system was operating as expected. I highly recommend Hetech; they have gone beyond their expectations to ensure the best product possible.”
 
Gerald Van Niekerk, Director – Vanadium Group

It was great to sponsor the Australian Industry & Defence Network (AIDN National) Gala Dinner again this year. At Hetech, we are passionate about supporting our local network and the next generation of innovators.

Congratulations to all the finalists of the National Young Achiever Award and Jason Brand who won the award for his Flight Design.

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Hetech in Sydney

With the east coast state borders now open, we are looking forward to getting back on the road to see our customers and colleagues.

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At Hetech we have been committed to quality electronics manufacturing & PCB assembly for over 30 years, producing and manufacturing locally here in Australia. Hetech is capable of manufacturing any project size from prototypes to high-volume runs. One of the recent projects we have worked on is the tailing dam systems.

Did you see Mark’s Q&A with Zachary Skidmore at Mining Technology? If not, don’t worry we’ve included the full article below!

The application of advanced sensory systems has proliferated across mine sites over the last decade to alleviate the threats posed by tailing dam failures. Zachary Skidmore speaks to Mark Steiner, managing director of Hetech about its new sensory system.

TOPSHOT – A firefighter takes part in the search for victims at the Vale plant, 20 days after the rupture of a tailings dam of mining company Vale in Corrego do Feijao, near Brumadinho, in the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais, on February 13, 2019.

Tailings facilities pose a real and inherent threat to mining operations across the globe. The legacy of disasters such as the 2019 Brumadinho dam collapse, which led to extensive ecological damage and the deaths of 270, has led miners to focus more on the monitoring of these sites to prevent further disasters.

Hetech is an Australian technology company which has developed a new sensory system to detect and measure a vast range of unique local risks. From soil disruption that could reveal damage to dams, to slower and more subtle movements, the technology aims to help detect potential problems within the tailings facility and allow time for mine operators to correct the issue prior to a catastrophic failure.

We speak to its managing director, Mark Steiner about the potential of Hetech’s AIM system and its application in the evolution and monitoring of tailings facilities.

Zachary Skidmore (ZS) Could you provide an overview of Hetech’s AIM system?

Mark Steiner (MS): The early warning ground movement technology is designed to identify minute ground movements in three dimensional spaces and trigger real-time alarms based on site determined sensitivity.

It is made to provide early warning of events rather than long-term slow-moving changes, and is ideally suited to landslide detection, embankment failures, and catastrophic collapses of structures and ground surfaces.

ZS: How are the sensors deployed on the mine site? Are they static or used in conjunction with drone technology?

MS: The AIM system is designed as a fully rugged technology that can be remotely deployed in harsh and remote areas. Used in conjunction with drone technology, the sensors are installed on the ground where they are attached to infrastructure, buried underground, or submerged, submitting data to an AIM Cloud application.

ZS: How has the digitalisation of mines supported the efficacy of evaluation and monitoring?

MS: The digitisation of the mines has made many processes more automated, meaning workers spend less time on surveying because they have access to instant, real-time data and feedback. Consequently, we’re seeing less costly machinery breakdowns and worker downtime.

ZS: How much more data can the AIM system derive from tailings dams in comparison with standard monitoring protocols? What impact does this have upon the safety of these facilities?

MS: The system measures a wide range of unique local risks, from fast soil movements that indicate a dam breakage to slower, more subtle movements that give early warning of potential problems. When compared to standard monitoring, it provides more accurate data on the movements of the dam. The safety benefits of this relate to risk mitigation. Mine sites can detect and circumvent a potential crisis before it occurs. It’s preventative maintenance.

ZS: How does Hetech’s AIM system differ from other AI driven monitoring programmes?

MS: The AIM system is currently in the data collection phase. Before AI can be introduced, it will take some time to collect enough data on the dam movements to identify patterns and notable activity. In time, we will have gathered sufficient data to enable us to build AI monitoring into the system, but we are not yet at that point.

ZS: How critical is ESG to Hetech corporate policy?

MS: Hetech is committed to helping to build a more sustainable, resilient future. We are preparing to introduce environmental, social, and governance metrics into our corporate policy and look forward to sharing details of our plan once developed.

Queensland tech company builds system for a greener future for mining – The Pick Online Magazine

A Queensland company has been commissioned to custom build state of the art motion sensors to detect ground disturbance and provide early warning of environmental disasters like tailings dam collapses. The new technology brings the internet of things (IoT) to major engineering structures and is part of a breakthrough monitoring system called EarthSub being developed by Automated Infrastructure Monitoring (AIM).

Hetech Managing Director Mark Steiner said Australia was leading the development of digital solutions that would be instrumental in preventing major tailings dam disasters like the Brumadinho Dam collapse, in Brazil, which claimed 270 lives and led to the introduction of new world standards for dam monitoring.

Earlier this year, communities affected by the disaster were awarded a $7bn compensation from Vale, one of the world’s biggest iron ore miners.

Miners are under unprecedented scrutiny when it comes to protecting lives and the environment,” Mr Steiner said.

 “The world currently has its eyes on climate change and global warming technologies – and rightly so, but the industry also needs to maintain a strong focus on preventing other environmental disasters.

“Until now, the sensitivity of monitors has been a weak link in the evolution of sophisticated mine monitoring systems.

“Hetech has specially developed the new system of sensors for gold mine in New South Wales to detect and measure a big range of unique local risks – from fast soil movements that indicate a dam breakage, as well as slower, more subtle movements that give early warning of potential problems.

“This gives asset owners the ability to monitor their assets remotely, around the clock. By tracking subtle ground shifts, they have a very real opportunity to correct problems before they occur.

“Most companies are responsible and keen to do the right thing but much of the storage infrastructure is ageing and there are big challenges for monitoring facilities in remote locations and achieving compliance with new international safety standards.”

AIM Managing Director, Peter King said the system was a unique solution for remote, real-time monitoring of tailings dams and other ‘at risk’ structural assets to detect impending catastrophic failures.

Following the introduction of the new Australian system in NSW, it will be commercialised for other local miners as well as for the global market. The system is the result of two years of research and development and was commissioned by AIM, an Australian company leading the development of the Earthsub ground monitoring system.

See more from The Pick by clicking here

Hetech and the work we did in collaboration with AIM featured recently in Mining Monthly.

The custom build motion detectors built can sense ground disturbances to provide early warnings of environmental disasters such as tailing dam collapses. You can read the full article below or simply CLICK HERE.

Queensland tech company builds system for a greener future for mining

A Queensland company has been commissioned to custom build state of the art motion sensors to detect ground disturbance and provide early warning of environmental disasters like tailings dam collapses.

The new technology brings the internet of things (IoT) to major engineering structures and is part of a breakthrough monitoring system called EarthSub being developed by Automated Infrastructure Monitoring (AIM).

Hetech Managing Director Mark Steiner said Australia was leading the development of digital solutions that would be instrumental in preventing major tailings dam disasters like the Brumadinho Dam collapse, in Brazil, which claimed 270 lives and led to the introduction of new world standards for dam monitoring.

Earlier this year, communities affected by the disaster were awarded a $7bn compensation from Vale, one of the world’s biggest iron ore miners.

“Miners are under unprecedented scrutiny when it comes to protecting lives and the environment,” Mr Steiner said.

“The world currently has its eyes on climate change and global warming technologies – and rightly so, but the industry also needs to maintain a strong focus on preventing other environmental disasters.

“Until now, the sensitivity of monitors has been a weak link in the evolution of sophisticated mine monitoring systems.

“Hetech has specially developed the new system of sensors for gold mine in New South Wales to detect and measure a big range of unique local risks – from fast soil movements that indicate a dam breakage, as well as slower, more subtle movements that give early warning of potential problems.

“This gives asset owners the ability to monitor their assets remotely, around the clock. By tracking subtle ground shifts, they have a very real opportunity to correct problems before they occur.

“Most companies are responsible and keen to do the right thing but much of the storage infrastructure is ageing and there are big challenges for monitoring facilities in remote locations and achieving compliance with new international safety standards.”

AIM Managing Director Peter King said the system was a unique solution for remote, real-time monitoring of tailings dams and other ‘at risk’ structural assets to detect impending catastrophic failures.

Following the introduction of the new Australian system in NSW, it will be commercialised for other local miners as well as for the global market.

The system is the result of two years of research and development and was commissioned by AIM, an Australian company leading the development of the Earthsub ground monitoring system. If you need a bespoke electronic solution for a complex mining problem, you can find out more about Hetech at www.hetech.com.au

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