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Mechatronics maestro

James Hayward, of Pellenc Australia, was part of a two-man team that won the bronze medal at the National Workskills Mechatronics competition in Melbourne. He is also the “cover” of the December issue of Grapegrower & Winemaker magazine.

This national competition tests the ability of young tradesmen and apprentices to mechanically, pneumatically and electrically assemble common components, to program PLCs, and to troubleshoot these components. The competition is run bi-annually, with the competitors selected from the top-placed finishers in the regional competitions.

Hayward, the only competitor from the wine industry, worked with Oenobev prior to joining Pellenc Australia earlier this year. He spent many hours preparing for and competing in the event. During the three-day event, competitors were presented with a range of challenges, ranging from assembly and commissioning of the test stations to a number of different programming and troubleshooting tasks. In the face of stiff competition and extremely difficult challenges, Hayward and his partner shone, being the only team to successfully complete some of the tasks and finishing third in the country.

Hayward so impressed the adjudicators that he was invited to judge the regional competition next year and will be involved in coaching the team for the national competition in 2008. He has also been offered a guest lecturer’s role at the Regency Park College of TAFE.

Pellenc Australia is celebrating its 15th birthday this month. An innovative and progressive company, the team is always working on future developments. For more information about Pellenc, visit http://www.pellenc.com.au

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