Oakleigh company awarded $50,000 to explore technology benefits (27.09.2013)

Written on the 27 September 2013

Oakleigh manufacturing company, Flame Hardening Services Pty Ltd will work with Excell Automation to improve the efficiency of heat treating high performance gears – thanks to support from the Victorian Coalition Government.

Flame Hardening Services Pty Ltd has been awarded a Technology Development Voucher worth $50,000 as part of the Coalition Government’s $8 million Technology Voucher Program, Member for Southern Metropolitan, Georgie Crozier MLC announced this week.

Georgia Crozier said the funding will allow Flame Hardening Services Pty Ltd to collaborate with Excell Automation to fully automate the gear tooth hardening process by using state of the art digital technology.

“Gear tooth hardening extends the service life of a gear by up to ten times and is an essential step in the manufacture of high performance gearing,” she said.

“The outcome will be significant as it will enable Flame Hardening Services to deskill the gear hardening process, eliminate tempering as a separate process and improve efficiency, reliability and repeatability,” she said.

Minister for Technology Gordon Rich-Phillips said the Technology Voucher Program supports projects that involve the development of new technology or explore the application of existing technologies in innovative or novel ways.

“The Technology Development Vouchers provide much needed support for companies to develop, adapt or adopt new products and processes using industrial biotechnology, small technologies or advanced information and communication technology (ICT),” Mr Rich-Phillips said.

“This is a responsive funding model to drive the use of cutting-edge technologies, enabling Victoria’s companies to compete in today’s global economy. 

“The vouchers will help innovative companies to connect with high-tech service providers and absorb new technologies to improve their productivity and competitiveness.

“As part of the Technology Voucher Program, we have also established a searchable directory of Technology Capabilities and Suppliers, listing companies and organisations that can provide services to voucher applicants.

“The directory lists more than 200 Technology Voucher Program suppliers and enables users to easily connect applicant needs with supplier capabilities.”

For more information visit www.business.vic.gov.au/tvp

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