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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

Over the last year, we have seen a shift in outsourced manufacturing to overseas countries be brought back to Australian shores. It is predicted that insourcing back to Australian shores will increase significantly over the coming years.

Made in Australia is making a comeback as businesses reverse the clock on years of offshoring jobs. 

With supply chain issues and component shortages continuing to cause delays in manufacturing, there is a big push from businesses across Australia to have their products manufactured locally. Consumers are also driving the change, with Australians now eager to support local, Australian owned and operated businesses. More than three-quarters of consumers prefer to support Australian-made products, according to Roy Morgan data from 2019.

This trend has also been supported by an initiative by the federal government – which is now seeing a big increase in companies reshoring their production, research, design, logistics and distribution in Australia (The New Daily)

Hetech is Australian owned and run and has been designing and manufacturing products for over 30 years, supplying to a diverse range of industries and markets.

We have been working closely with our clients to navigate the impact of component shortages, including assisting them in planning ahead, keeping stock and placing standing orders. We too are planning ahead, with the prediction of insourcing to increase over the coming 5 years, we are expanding with a second manufacturing space, increasing our manufacturing capabilities by 60%.

To see more about our work and services, visit our website or contact us now!

Hetech welcomed more Park Ridge school students to our head again office this week. A smaller group than the last visit, Mark got to spend some time explaining the world of electronics.

The students are part of the school’s specialist STEM program and planning their career options with a visit to Hetech to see firsthand how advanced manufacturing works.

It was an absolute pleasure to spend the afternoon with the students and show them around our state-of-the-art manufacturing facility.

It’s exciting to see more and more electronics students emerging in schools, all enthusiastic, and keen to learn about the exciting world of technology and the opportunities available to them.

As your electronics, design and manufacturing partner, Hetech is committed to supporting young people and the opportunities available to them in STEM fields, which increase young people’s choices and chances through science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

Do you have a product idea that you’re wanting to get into production?

Have you ever wondered what information you’ll need when taking a new product idea to the design and manufacturer stage?

We’ve created a shortlist of just some of the questions you should be asking yourself to get your idea to the next stage of the lifecycle.

  • Do you own the existing IP around the product?
  • Will you retain the IP created in the Design Stage?
  • Are there any third parties involved in the IP of this project?
  • Are there any competitors on the market?
  • What is the expected sales price of the product?
  • Expected volumes? First-year / future?
  • How does your product idea compare with existing products………pro’s and con’s?
  • What distribution channels are there? Partners, etc
  • How will the project be financed?
  • What is the expected budget for the design?

Want to know more or need some help with your idea?

The Hetech team joined other SME’s, Defence Primes, Defence Force and industry organisations for the annual AIDN QLD Gala event for an evening of entertainment, networking, great food and wine.

On the night we heard from a range of keynote and guest speakers from the Defence industry, including Brigadier Mark Ascough and Ben James from NIOA.

Lynx launch event at MILVEHCOE, Brisbane, October 18, 2021.

Hetech’s Mark Steiner and Steve Plunkett joined other local businesses at the Military Vehicle Centre of Excellence (MILVEHCOE) in Redbank, Queensland for the unveiling of Rheinmetall Lynx Combat Support Vehicle (CSV). Hetech is part of more than 100 Australian organizations supporting Rheinmetall local operations.

Lynx launch event at MILVEHCOE, Brisbane, October 18, 2021.

Rheinmetall Managing Director, Gary Stewart, said that the Lynx CSV is the most sophisticated and capable armoured vehicle ever to be designed and built in Australia, and based on a version of the Lynx Infantry Fighting Vehicle (IFV).

“The Lynx CSV was designed by Australian engineers and manufactured at MILVEHCOE using Australian steel and our industry network of more than 100 partners.“

“It is uniquely Australian as a ‘work horse’ vehicle, even taking on the distinct function of a ute,” he said.

The Australia Made Campaign Limited (AMCL) has also seen fit to bestow the Made in Australia endorsement upon Rheinmetall and the Lynx Combat Support Vehicle.

Mr. Stewart said the Lynx CSV provided significant flexibility in how soldiers operate in the field, the type of equipment they can carry and the combat support roles they can perform.

“The Lynx CSV is a game-changer for armies and would enable soldiers to complete a range of missions while fully protected. With the CSV, soldiers can perform recovery, repair, manoeuvre support and support logistics using a vehicle with similarities to the existing Lynx IFV.”

The commonality between the Lynx CSV and Lynx IFV provides efficiencies and ease of use for armed forces around the world. Together, the two variants expand the Lynx family of vehicles and provide options for up to ten variants thanks to Lynx’s modular design.

Mr. Stewart said the Lynx CSV featured additional onboard fuel capacity to support refuelling other vehicles in the field; a rooftop mounted crane capable of lifting more than five tonnes, allowing it to pull other vehicles utilising the crane, interchangeable power pack; and excavation attachments including a clam shell bucket and rock breaker.

The modular remote weapon station can be configured with a range of weapons and ammunition from 7.62mm, 12.7mm up to 40mm grenade.

“The Lynx CSV will be positioned for export from Australia to allied armed forces,” Mr. Stewart said.

Rheinmetall invested in Queensland to establish the Military Vehicle Centre of Excellence (MILVEHCOE) to deliver capability to the Australian Army. Today more than 450 team members are onsite to manufacture BOXER Combat Reconnaissance Vehicles and perform final integration of logistics trucks.

Hetech had the pleasure of taking the latest Year 10 students from Park Ridge State School through our facility again.

The students are part of the school’s specialist STEM program and planning their career options with a visit to Hetech to see firsthand how advanced manufacturing works.

Following their visit to Hetech, students have the opportunity to join our work placement program or go on to complete a school-based manufacturing course, counted towards their QCE.

After 30 years in the industry, our Managing Director Mark Steiner said that the future of electronic manufacturing was more exciting than ever.

“The possibilities are truly endless. Progression, innovation, the future, it is all happening; but it will only continue if we spark the passion of the next generation,” Mark said.

“Right now, is a very exciting time to be in electronic manufacturing as we are starting to see more work around the technological and environmental problems in industries such as mining and space,” he said.

“New problems and ideas are born every day. It is our job, as professionals in the industry to pass on our passion and experience to the future leaders of our industry – creating awareness and excitement – opening their eyes to a future in electronic manufacturing where they can be the one to solve these problems.”

Park Ridge State High School electronics teacher Wayne Spyve said Hetech had been a terrific support for the student electronics program.

“It is a good opportunity for the students. The kids don’t know these emerging career options are out there,” Wayne said.

“It is rewarding to see the students build on their natural curiosity. Especially afterwards when they come to me and say, Sir, I’d like to work there.

“Listening to Mark share his story gives me with the materials to take back into the classroom to engage and inspire the students. Not only do they learn about electronic manufacturing but they learn what it means to be an entrepreneur.”

Hetech’s Managing Director, Mark Steiner joined Adam Gilmour, the CEO of Gilmore Space Technologies at the Gold Coast Chamber of Commerce where Adam spoke about the future of the space industry in Queensland.

Recognising the growing market opportunities for new space products and services, the organization is supporting an AU$150 million ($109 million) bid for the Federal Government’s Modern Manufacturing Initiative Collaboration (MMI-C) grant to advance space technology manufacturing in Australia. And since most space manufacturing today involves 3D printing technology, the ASMN promises plenty of additively manufactured parts will go to its rockets and satellites.

Led by Gilmour Space Technologies, one of Australia’s top space manufacturers, the ASMN will be a genuinely industry-led project that will provide the framework and infrastructure needed to unlock collaborations, create jobs and capability, attract private investment, and advance Australian space technologies from initial concept through to commercialization and launch.

Led by Gilmour Space Technologies, one of Australia’s top space manufacturers, the ASMN will be a genuinely industry-led project that will provide the framework and infrastructure needed to unlock collaborations, create jobs and capability, attract private investment, and advance Australian space technologies from initial concept through to commercialization and launch.

With over AU$88 million ($64 million) raised since being founded in 2012, Gilmour Space is one of the country’s largest sovereign low-cost hybrid launch vehicle developers. The Queensland-based company plans to launch the first Australian made rockets and satellites to low Earth orbit (LEO) starting in 2022. The company is highly immersed in 3D printing high-performance rocket and space components and received $3.7 million in investment funding in 2017 to develop its launch vehicles that use 3D printed rocket fuel.

The ASMN aims to establish three new space facilities centered in Queensland. The first will be a standard test and manufacturing plant, enabling members to advance their space research and technology development at a lower cost. This is followed by an advanced manufacturing facility for building commercial rockets and satellites anchored to Gilmour Space and an orbital spaceport in North Queensland that will help launch many of these products to orbit.

Did you know we are an ISO9001:2015 accredited and are on our way to be AS9100D accredited? We also build to J-STD-001/IPC-A-610 class 3.
AS9100D is the international Quality Management System standard for the Aviation, Space and Defense (AS&D) industry. The AS9100D standard sets quality management system requirements for the challenges faced by these complex industries.

Quality is not just a word it’s a mantra that we at Hetech live by. We are constantly striving to improve and meet our customer’s expectations. With this in mind, we are well on the road to our AS9100 Certification and hope to have it implemented by February next year.

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