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Engineers make progress in Mildura

The Winery Engineering Association Ltd hosts the WEA Annual Conference and Exhibition in Mildura on June 20 to 21 at the Mildura Settlers Function Centre.

This year’s theme, “Progress through engineering” is certain to pull wine producers and engineers out of any comfortable production ‘ruts’ and into new technology and process systems for improvement.

Once again The Australian & New Zealand Grapegrower & Winemaker, is very pleased to join with the WEA to promote the exhibition and conference to wine industry professionals.

The 2007 annual conference, now running for more than 20 years in Australia, will present segments on refrigeration, environmental issues, packaging, production, benchmarking performance, lean manufacturing, resource utilisation, quality assurance, process control and filtration.

Grapegrower & Winemaker will cover the WEA conference to bring news of these engineering advances to readers in our review of the conference, later this year. Our Conference preview is in the May issue, giving all the details of exhibitors.

HL Cooling (Aust) Pty. Ltd. launch at WEA

One new company that will launch in Australia at the WEA is refrigeration supplier, HL Cooling (Aust) Pty. Ltd. Managing Director John Symons says he saw an opportunity to offer a high quality water chiller into the Australian market, concentrating initially on supply into the wine industry.

John has 17 years experience with Danfoss (Australia) Pty Ltd as a sales engineer before moving to the position of National Business Manager — Food Retail. Previously, he had spent 10 years as commercial refrigeration mechanic at United Refrigeration.

With the official launch of HL Cooling (Aust) Pty. Ltd. at the 2007 Winery Engineering Association Annual Conference and Exhibition, John is looking forward to meeting more winemakers and engineers and discussing the benefits of the HL Cooling range of chillers.

Meanwhile, confirmed speakers for the 2007 WEA Conference and Exhibition include:

Tritech – Refrigeration condenser design & selection Gordon Bros – Optimisation of condenser control to minimise power usage AIRAH/WorkSafe – Duty of care associated with operating ammonia refrigeration plants HPS – Progress in pigging technology Abeve/Siprem – Press development & associated trial results in New Zealand Air Liquide – “Boreal” – A new technique for must chilling TBA – Separator trials conducted at BRL Hardy & associated results Westfalia – Introducing the GSC 200 Separator JMA/ Atlas Metals – Stainless steel grades and applications in wineries JJC Engineering – Winery wastewater reuse EA Systems – Low cost winery wastewater management options Provisor – Winery waste auditing Sage – Safety (AS4024), what are these things called “categories” Rockwell Automation – Managing your power & energy Amcor – efficiencies associated with cardboard carton design and equipment/container interface Provisor – Oxygen management at and after bottling Neil Scrimgeour – Recipient of the 2006 WEA Travel/Study $3000 grant. Reports on his project, Bottling Lines Under the Microscope Columbit – Liquid nitrogren dosing into wine bottles Shugg Consulting – New rules associated with superannuation Champion Air Compressors – Benefits of champion compressors stepped output compressor (SOC) to wineries

For all your latest news on the Winery Engineering Association including accommodation bookings, exhibitor and presentation opportunities and registrations, visit http://www.wea.org.au



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