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One of the Applidyne team is off on a worldly adventure and needs your help!

Applidyne Mechatronics Engineer, Kade Turner has decided to partake in the Mongol Rally which has been described as ‘the greatest motoring adventure on the planet!’ and will be raising funds for charity.

Kade will be participating in the 2018 Mongol Rally which thunders 10,000 miles across the mountains, desert and steppe of Europe finishing in Ulan Ude, Russia. There’s no backup, no support and no set route; just Kade, his fellow Kiwi adventurist Michael and a tiny 2000 Suzuki Wagon R bought for a pittance in the UK.

The rules of the Rally are simple…

  1. Small & Shit - You can take any car, as long as it’s crap and with an engine of 1 litre or less.
  2. On Your Own - There will be no on the road backup or support. If you get stuck or in trouble, you need to solve the problem yourself
  3. Save the World - Raise a minimum of £1000 for charity. £500 of this must go to The Adventurists official charity Cool Earth

Kade’s team called “Yeah Nah” will be travelling to London before making his way to Prague in mid July for the official start of the Rally. They will then make their way over across Europe in 4-6 weeks to Ulan Ude, Russia finishing before the 16th September.  

This is where we need your help…Kade and the ‘Yeah Nah’s are embarking on this adventure to raise funds and awareness for Men’s health and the Adventurists official charity Cool Earth. Donations can be made via https://givealittle.co.nz/cause/yeah-nahs-charity-box. 

Kade will be strapping on a webcam to share his adventure online (internet connection permitting) and you can follow thier trials and tribulations on "Yeah Nah's" Instagram or Facebook.


Felixer cat traps deployed

The first batch of generation 3 prototype Felixer traps has been deployed in the APY lands in NW Australia, protecting a threatened colony of Warru (Black Footed Rock Wallaby) from cats and foxes. Our Technical Director, Paul van de Loo, accompanied our client and assisted in training the local rangers to install and monitor the traps.

 

For more information on the Felixer in the APY Lands http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-12-18/feral-cat-management-in-the-apy-lands/9269240


Applidyne Director attends Warman Design and Build Competition

Our Technical Director, Paul van de Loo, once again spent the weekend judging the National Finals of the Warman Design and Build Competition for engineering students. This year was the 30th anniversary of the competition, which has been generously sponsored by Weir Minerals since inception.

Eighteen teams competed, fourteen from Australia, two from New Zealand and one each from China and Malaysia. The task this year was to separate balls representing uranium ore represented by golf balls, from the waste represented by squash balls and hand balls. The uranium and the waste then had to be transported to, and deposited in, separate bins. Points were awarded for accuracy of sorting, deposition and for speed. This year there was no score for weight, though devices had to weigh less than 6kg.

 

The competition was won by the University of Canterbury, followed by RMIT and the University of Adelaide. The Canterbury device was beautifully constructed, and demonstrated the adage about reliability being key; as one of the judges remarked “there is no point in quickly failing to perform the task”.

As usual, the quality of design in the devices was inspirational. Paul got a close look at each device during design judging. The design award was awarded to Auckland University who had a very simple and elegant device that used a single roller to sort the balls, exploiting the compliance of the waste ore balls. The same drive motor that powered this roller, after a delay, also extended two arms that deposited the uranium and waste simultaneously into the bins. This all happened simultaneously with the device navigating the track to the bins using an electric drive system with encoder feedback.

Overall, it was another year where NZ punched well above its weight. This has been a recurring theme in the competition and reflects the poor state of design teaching at Australian Universities, something Paul has discussed previously at http://www.applidyne.com.au/index.php?select=204


2017 Scholarship Awarded

The 2017 Applidyne Engineering Design Scholarship winner has been announced.

This year’s Applidyne Mechanical Engineering Design Scholarship has been awarded to Andrew Smulders.

Andrew is an University of Adelaide student in his penultimate year of a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering. Andrew pictured left, will join Applidyne in mid November and will undertake a work experience placement over the November – February period of his University Holidays.

The scholarship which is open to all Australian and New Zealand students was highly competitive this year. Initially fifteen candidates were shortlisted after marking of the tests was completed with six then progressing to the final round of interviews.

Andrew is the first recipient of the scholarship from the University of Adelaide since 2012. Andrew's exposure to his family's electrical contruction business and an interest in machines and how they work intially drew him to study engineering. His invovlement in the national finals of the 2016 Warman design and build competition encouraged him to apply for this year's Applidyne Engineering Design scholarship.

We again thank all applicants for their interest in the scholarship and encourage those shortlisted to apply for graduate positions on completion of their degree.


Applidyne tours Holden factory

We were lucky enough to be invited by Holden to do a site tour this morning!

Thanks to Dave, Jed, Toni and the whole Holden team for their time it was a fascinating tour.

Anyone that gets the chance to see the Holden's factory at work should. It's just incredibly disappointing to think this part of Australian history will be closing later this year.

 


2016 Scholarship Awarded!

The 2016 Applidyne Engineering Design Scholarship winner has been announced.
This year’s Applidyne Mechanical Engineering Design Scholarship has been jointly awarded to Owen Milner and Albert Nisbet.

Owen is a University of Wollongong student in his penultimate year of a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering. Originally working as a mechanic and electronics technician after finishing high school Owen (pictured left) decided he wanted to get a more in depth understanding of how things worked and open up more interesting career paths for the future and decided to enroll in Mechanical Engineering.

When not studying Owen enjoys completing small projects in the garage and helping friends with race cars.

Owen is the first recipient of the scholarship from Wollongong University.

Albert is a University of Canterbury student in his penultimate year of a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering. A love of mathematics and science at high school was what originally drew Albert (pictured left) to Engineering. His passion for designing and analysing mechanical and mechatronic systems has since developed through a range of personal and academic based projects.

When not studying Albert enjoys playing the piano, photography and coding. 

Albert is the second recipient of the scholarship from the University of Canterbury.

Both Owen and Albert will join Applidyne in mid-November and will undertake a work experience placement over the December – February period of their University Holidays.

The scholarship which is open to all Australian and New Zealand students was highly competitive this year. Around 280 applicants from Australia and New Zealand applied for this year’s scholarship. After marking of the two rounds of scholarship tests only six candidates were shortlisted with the two winners being selected from this group of candidates.

We again thank all applicants for their interest in the scholarship and encourage those shortlisted to apply for graduate positions on completion of their degree.


Applidyne technology appears on SBS News

Applidyne client Ecological Horizons has appeared on SBS News demonstrating one of Applidyne’s more recent projects, the Ecological Horizons ‘Cat grooming trap’ as part of a story on the last known colony of Australian Night Parrots.

The rare bird thought for many years to be extinct was recently captured on camera in south western Queensland but remains under threat from feral cats in the area.

Feral cats are the greatest threat to native wildlife in Australia. They have been implicated in at least 27 mammal extinctions across Australia and currently threaten more than 100 native species, including mammals, lizards and ground nesting birds.

Feral cats are notoriously difficult to control as they are reluctant to take baits or enter traps, particularly when prey, such as small native mammals, are abundant. All cats are fastidious cleaners that groom regularly. Ecological Horizons came up with the idea of targeting the natural grooming behaviour of the cat and approached Applidyne to help make the idea a reality.

After 18 months of research and development Applidyne recently delivered five grooming traps to Ecological Horizons who will now commence testing. Conservation group Bush Heritage Australia will be one of the first to trial the Applidyne designed and built grooming traps in the area where the Night Parrots have been seen hoping to reduce cats numbers and protect the parrots from extinction.

For more information on Ecological Horizons and the grooming trap visit www.ecologicalhorizons.com.


Applidyne client Ecological Horizons featured in 'The Guardian'

Ecological Horizons and the ‘Cat grooming trap’ developed with Applidyne has again made the news over the weekend.

The well publicised traps developed for Ecological Horizons by Applidyne engineers have now been deployed in south-west Queensland to help protect the last known colony of the Australian Night Parrot.

To view the article click here.


Applidyne technology appears on Channel Nine News

Applidyne Director Paul van de Loo has appeared on Adelaide Channel Nine News demonstrating one of Applidyne’s more recent projects, the Ecological Horizons ‘Cat grooming trap’ to the Federal Environment Minister Greg Hunt and Threatened Species Commissioner Gregory Andrews.

Feral cats are the greatest threat to native wildlife in Australia. They have been implicated in at least 27 mammal extinctions across Australia and currently threaten more than 100 native species, including mammals, lizards and ground nesting birds.

Feral cats are notoriously difficult to control as they are reluctant to take baits or enter traps, particularly when prey, such as small native mammals, are abundant. All cats are fastidious cleaners that groom regularly. Ecological Horizons came up with the idea of targeting the natural grooming behaviour of the cat and approached Applidyne to help make the idea a reality.

After 18 months of research and development Applidyne recently delivered five grooming traps to Ecological Horizons who will now commence testing in a number of National Parks with known feral cat populations.

For more information on Ecological Horizons and the grooming trap visit www.ecologicalhorizons.com.


2015 Scholarship Awarded

The 2015 Applidyne Engineering Design Scholarship winner has been announced.

This year’s Applidyne Mechanical Engineering Design Scholarship has been awarded to Declan Williams.

Declan is a University of Western Sydney student in his penultimate year of a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering. Declan pictured left, will join Applidyne in mid November and will undertake a work experience placement over the December – February period of his University Holidays.

The scholarship which is open to all Australian and New Zealand students was highly competitive this year. Initially ten candidates were shortlisted after marking of the tests was completed with five then progressing to the final round of interviews.

Declan is the first recipient of the scholarship from the University of Western Sydney.

We again thank all applicants for their interest in the scholarship and encourage those shortlisted to apply for graduate positions on completion of their degree.


Local innovation to help protect endangered native animals

South Australian company Ecological Horizons has been awarded an Innovation Grant  of $50,000 to engage the services of Applidyne. The grant will be used to to develop a grooming trap for managing feral cats.

Feral Cats have been a hot topic in recent months with the CSIRO estimating cat numbers have increased to almost 15 million, with each killing an average of five animals per night. In addition to these startling figures Parks Victoria recently estimated approximately 80 endangered and threatened species are at risk from feral cat predation in Australia and that the annual cost caused by feral cats to the state of Victoria alone is close to $150 million.

Ecological Horizons run by ecologist Dr John Read and his wife Dr Katherine Moseby, will work closely with Applidyne engineers to develop a grooming trap that sprays a measured dose of toxin onto the cat’s fur, which it consumes while grooming itself and causes it to die peacefully in its sleep.

The grooming trap is set to help protect endangered wildlife such as bilbies, wallabies and quolls by humanely controlling feral cats.

To view the full press release from the Department of State Development click here.


2014 Scholarship Awarded

The 2014 Applidyne Engineering Design Scholarship winner has been announced.

This year’s Applidyne Mechanical Engineering Design Scholarship has been awarded to Kade Turner.

Kade is a University of Auckland student in his penultimate year of a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering. Kade pictured left, with Technical Director Paul van de Loo joined Applidyne in mid November and will undertake a work experience placement over the December – February period of his University Holidays.

The scholarship which is open to all Australian and New Zealand students was highly competitive this year. Initially twelve candidates were shortlisted after marking of the test was completed with only three then progressing to the final round of interviews. Kade is now the second recipient of the scholarship to be based in New Zealand.

We again thank all applicants for their interest in the scholarship and encourage those shortlisted to apply for graduate positions on completion of their degree.