QME 2016: Products and innovation in focus

Now in its 23rd year, the upcoming Queensland Mining & Engineering (QME) Exhibition, held in Mackay from July 26 – 28, will showcase the latest technologies and developments from over 200 brands in the resources sector.

QME exhibition director Robby Clark said the event will continue its tradition of focusing on business-to-business outcomes, while also offering plenty of opportunities for attendees to network and gain valuable industry insights.

“The QME exhibition is Queensland’s premier industry event to showcase new technologies and methods of production in mining, as well as participate in forum discussions on topics pertinent to the industry,” he said.

In conjunction with QME is the QLD Mining Contractor Awards (QMCA), part of a week-long celebration of the mining industry in Mackay. Organised by Bowen Basin Mining Club, QMCA recognises some of the industry’s best new products, aiming to distinguish Queensland-based products that have made an impact on the industry in terms of innovation, resourcefulness, and applicability.

In addition, the awards aim to showcase the strong industry credentials of Queensland’s many outstanding mining contractors and suppliers, particularly in light of the industry’s more competitive global landscape.

The finalists in the QME Best Product Launch 2016 category this year include Auxilium for its light tower refurbishment; Consolidated Plastics & Epoxy (CPE) for its ‘Dragola’ Dragline Roller Assembly; Hella for the launch of ZeroGlare to improve operator safety; and NSK Australia with its sealed spherical roller bearings.

Making an impact this year, according to the judges, was CPE with its clever reinvention of an existing product into the patented Dragline Roller, or ‘Dragola’.

CPE sales manager Daryl Oliver said Dragola was designed to further enhance the dragline capabilities of plastic conveyor guarding products.

“The beauty of this product is that it not only delivers savings in labour and consumables, it also improves dragline availability and can be safely maintained by two people,” he said.

Its anti-corrosive properties also improve the lifespan of equipment.

Launched earlier this year, Dragola is already garnering industry accolades, having recently been named as a finalist in the “Out of the Box” section of the Resource Industry Network’s 2016 Chairman’s Awards.

At the same time, co-finalist Auxilium’s light tower refurbishment project has also already received multiple gongs for innovation, including a recent international win at the Hocties Energy Awards in Germany.

The light tower project – submitted in conjunction with Theiss – stood out on the night, beating 44 other international contenders.

Auxilium managing director Wayne Panther said the recognition the project has received to date was extraordinary and proved that there is always room, even on a global stage, for Queensland-based innovators.

“As a company, we have always been driven by innovation as well as a need to continually push the boundaries, so to be recognised for this by the mining industry both here and overseas is very humbling,” he said.

When determining this year’s finalists, QMCA judges praised Auxilium’s project for its clear scope and success criteria, adding that the tower refurbishment itself showed good innovation with industry-wide potential to simplify a common issue across many mine sites.

The QMCA winners will be announced at an awards ceremony on July 27.

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