Columbus Group takes mining gong at Zenith Awards

PACE editor Mike Wheeler (left) and Columbus Group's Graham Atkins (right)

It was time for those in the process and control engineering sector to shine last night as the winners of the 14th annual Zenith Awards were announced.

Held at Doltone House in Hyde Park, Sydney, the awards night featured a number of high quality high nominees with innovative technology solutions.

The night celebrated the efforts of all nominees, with a keynote address by Salah Sukkarieh, director of research and innovation at the Australian Centre for Field Robotics.

Columbus Group took out the Mining and Mineral Process Control award for its double bed mining system, a strategic combination of two flat-bed mixers with tessellated surfaces under distributed network field control, which can achieve crushing, assaying, mixing, concentration and overall processing with waste movement to the ‘just mined’ volume behind the machine.

The PACE team thanks the judges for and congratulates all the finalists and winners.

Below is a list of the winners in each category:

Best Network Implementation sponsored by Beckhoff
Matthews Australasia – manufacturing traceability

Best PLC, HMI and Sensor Product sponsored by Bestech
VEGA Australia – VegaPuls 69

Power and Energy Management
Nano-Nouvelle – Li-ion battery project

Water and Wastewater Control
CST Wastewater Solutions – RAPTOR

Young Achiever sponsored by SICK
Michaela Craft – BOC Gases

Mining and Mineral Process Control
Columbus Group – double-bed mining system

Safety System Innovation
YUMARR Automation – JumboGuard

Manufacturing Control sponsored by IICA
Matthews Australasia – egg-packaging integrated inspection

Machine Builder sponsored by B&R Automation
HMPS – HMPS5000 wraparound case packer

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