Meetings 2019

Thursday, 18th July 2019

Speaker: Matthew Rossiter, 
Company: www.fivecast.com

WATCHING THE BAD PEOPLE

The cost of monitoring organised crime and potential terrorists is very high and due to budgetary restraints means only the obvious threats can be monitored whilst other developing threats either go unnoticed or due to inactivity move off the list.
National security, law enforcement and defence are very topical and very important to many security agencies, organisations and governments.
How do we analyse and make sense of the millions of terabytes of images and data quickly and accurately?
Fivecast uses AI Software and delivers insights from data and performs risk-assessment of social media content and allows accurate, organised and repeatable risk analysis.
Matt Rossiter will be sharing information about Fivecast’s technology and the application to risk assessment.


Thursday, 20th June, 2019

Guest Speaker: Howard Speed (Private Historian)

JUST WHO INVENTED THE PHOTOCOPIER?

Over the years, on television and the internet, credit is given to the Americans for the invention of the photocopier, and nothing said about the brilliant work done here in Adelaide.
Howard Speed is a photographer with a keen interest in South Australian history and has documented much of it on film.
He will speak to us and explain one of the most important inventions in our time, the Photocopier. He will outline the work done in both America and Australia and show original examples of the Adelaide work, which gained over 40 patents throughout the world.

The Film Archives of Howard Speed


Our Guest Speaker, Howard Speed with an example of a
print from the first colour photocopier in the 1960’s.
Seen here with Guest Speaker Coordinator, Tony Rossiter.


Thursday, 16th May, 2019

Guest Speaker: Frank Seeley AM
Executive Chairman and Founder of Seeley International
Webpage: Seeley International,

INNOVATION

Started in the early 70’s, Seeley International manufactures Braemar, Breezair, Coolair, Climate Wizard and Convair.
Franks original product, evaporative air conditioning is very cheap to run as only the fan and pump need power and is ideal in dry areas such as South Australia.
The roof unit shown revolutionized the industry when Seeley International manufactured them.
By incorporated gas heating Seeley International can to produce a year-round solution.
Using WiFi and voice activated controls SI keeps abreast of modern technologies.
Introduction Video


Frank Seeley receiving a Certificate of Appreciation
from Tony Rossiter (Guest Speaker Coordinator).

 


Thursday, 18th April, 2019

Guest Speaker: Tony Smith – tony.smith55@telstra.com
Company: Key Tubing & Electrical Industries

WHAT IS A RASPBERRY PI?

Tony Smith is the Engineering Manager at Key Tubing and Electrical, a prime manufacturer of sub-components for the international healthcare industry. He was previously Engineering Manager at Philmac.
Over the last 7 years he  has designed and built several small low-cost computers in manufacturing. The most common platform being Raspberry Pi.
Tony’s presentation will cover a number of applications where a small low-cost computer has been implemented in manufacturing.
He will demonstrate this thorough several electrical and mechanical applications. He will also explain ways to learn how to implement similar systems yourself.
Tony’s presentation will conclude with an insight into a project using Low Powered Long-Range radio, also controlled by a Raspberry Pi using an innovative method to measure water levels and plant stress directly from the plant.


Thursday, 21st March, 2019

Guest Speaker: David Thompsondavid@poetsystem.com
Company: POET Systems

WASTE PLASTIC INTO ENERGY

Based in Adelaide, South Australia, David has a passionate interest in environmental sciences and a Masters’ Degree in Business Administration (MBA). The refusal of China to take our recycled plastics, 7 million tonnes a year, has resulted in a new challenge to process them here.
He has been a freelance consultant and innovator in the waste/recycling and polymer industries for many years and driven innovation of new technologies and processes through this time.
The launch of the POET System™ (for which David has been primarily responsible) is a viable alternative for polymer waste processors and which, in a unique and patented way, combines low impact microbial digestion of a range of plastics including polyethylene, polypropylene, polystyrene and expanded polystyrene, with energy capture technologies and turns them into biogas and organic by-products that can be used as garden fertiliser and mulch.


Thursday, 21st February, 2019

Speaker: Brian Steinke
Company: Screw in Pegs

A JOURNEY FROM IDEA TO INCOME

We encourage our members to speak about their projects. Brian, an ardent camper, decided that a better tent peg was needed and went about designing one that could be screwed into the ground with a rechargeable drill. He now manufactures these in his shed and sells them on ebay.
He will tell the story about manufacturing, perfecting the product, packaging, transport and dealing with customers on the Internet.
This process can be adopted for any inventors who wish to test the market and get feedback from their customers, 177 million on eBay worldwide and about half a million visitors a day on Gumtree.

Video about Screw in Pegs


Thursday, 17th January, 2019

Guest Speaker: Ben Morton
Technical Director & Co-Founder: ByGen Pty Ltd

RECOVERING HIGH VALUE CARBON FROM LOW VALUE WASTE

ByGen is a spin-out company from the Chemical Engineering department of the University of Adelaide. Co-Founded by Dr Lewis Dunnigan, Dr Philip Kwong, and Mr Ben Morton.

The process converts agricultural waste, straw, husks, hulls, etc. and other non-saleable waste.  Shown is an auger in a heated chamber which is the first stage of the process.  Feed drops down the left vertical tube, into the screw where it is conveyed along at a high temperature, converting it into charcoal. It is then converted into activated carbon using a patent pending technology developed by ByGen.

The process is a giant leap over existing processes, using low temperatures and impure gases whereas the current method uses high temperatures and higher purity gases and the output quality is comparable.

Video about ByGen