Livinia Nixon to host 2018 Mercury Awards

The votes are coming in, the judges are preparing to deliberate and it’s time to secure your tickets for the 2018 Mercury Awards.

Australian television presenter and actress Livinia Nixon will lead the proceedings, presiding over a night celebrating the very best people, companies, and initiatives Australia’s supply chain industry has to offer.

Theres still time left to submit your nominations – put forward the name of an exceptional individual, company or solution here until voting closes on 12 April.

Livinia Nixon.
Livinia Nixon.

The Awards ceremony, sponsored by the Victorian Government, the Port of Melbourne, Sick Australia and SEW Eurodrive, will take place on Saturday, 12 May, at Peninsula, on Central Pier in Melbourne’s Docklands.

The Mercury Awards is the official awards program of MEGATRANS2018, the business-to-business trade event focusing on the freight and logistics supply chain, which takes place 10–12 May at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre.

Head to the Mercury Awards website to purchase tickets for individuals and tables.

SEW Eurodrive begins nationwide motor and drive program

SEW Eurodrive has commenced the 2017 calendar for its nationwide motor and drive program DriveAcademy.
The DriveAcademy training courses – which incorporate basic theoretical principles and practical exercises – are designed to prepare motor and drive users for tasks and problems they may face during any given working day.
SEW Eurodrive technical training manager Michael Stranieri said the DriveAcademy training courses increase the level of expertise among motor and drive users.
“By encouraging open discussion and the sharing of ideas, even the most experienced participants can learn and take something away from these courses,” he said.
The courses cover a wide range of topics, including selection and project planning of SEW gearmotors. Product specific courses are also offered, providing insight into the implementation of some of the company’s most popular technologies.
Participants gain several benefits including the ability to test all of the functions of a drive in a safe training environment – an option potentially not available once the product has been installed on site.
Stranieri added that one of the company’s most popular courses is the Movidrive B operation start-up and troubleshooting.
The course is tailored for system integrators, project engineers, electricians and service engineers and covers everything from starting up a motor in VFC operating mode to complex analysis and detection of faults and fault finding.
“The functions associated with the Movidrive B frequency inverter are customer specific and sometimes can only be discovered with hands on training,” Stranieri said.
“The troubleshooting component is the most popular as we are able to simulate the majority of inverter and motor specific faults within the course and figure out the best methods of troubleshooting.”
The 2017 schedule includes a number of upcoming courses in April, May and June.

SEW revamps website and integrates online support portal

SEW-Eurodrive has launched a new website to the Australian market. It offers a selection of new and expanded content and functions and can be accessed from a range of devices, from PCs and tablets through to smartphones. This ensures that customers have access to information at any time from any location.
As well as restructuring the site’s content, the company has also revamped its design – the result is a modern, user-friendly, cross-media site that can also be used on mobile devices. The structure of the site ensures accurate responses to all enquiries, provides good orientation and points of reference, takes users to where they need to go reliably, and makes relevant information quick and easy to find and read.
For customers, the new DriveGate feature is important. This customer portal, which up until now has been run on a separate platform, has been integrated into the new website and renamed “Online Support”. This brings several new benefits. The structure is based on process stages and ensures straightforward, direct access to the functions relevant to particular customers. Many online services can be accessed without log-in. Only functions involving sensitive or customer-specific content require user registration and log-in. As part of the restructuring, there are a whole host of new and expanded functions to support users in their work with SEW-Eurodrive and provide them with the information they need. This includes quick retrieval of CAD data in many different 2D and 3D formats and documentation, simple product configuration, clearly structured transaction management and much more.
In the “Products” section, users can access the new SEW-Eurodrive product finder. This makes it much easier to find the right products, as users are guided step by step to the relevant product within our extensive portfolio. The product pages themselves then provide a wide range of context-specific, detailed information.

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