Perth Office relocation reinforces commitment to West Australian Industry

APS Industrial would like to announce that we have relocated our Perth office to 5 Glyde Court, Malaga, effective from September 14, 2020.

The 2,000+sqm facility provides a significant boost to APS Industrial’s ability to service the local West Australian market with increased local stockholdings and office space to form the new home of our growing team.

“Following office relocations in Melbourne and Brisbane, I’m very pleased to announce that Perth will also be moving into new and improved premises. This investment is a clear representation of our strong commitment and service promise to our Western Australian customer base,”  said David Hegarty, managing director of APS Industrial.

“This significant increase in local Perth stockholdings adds to our strategic national stock footprint that features a national distribution centre in Melbourne and local stock in major capital cities across Australia,” Hegarty said.

The move follows the launch of APS Industrial on March 1, 2018 where our master distribution partnership with Siemens in Australia was announced as well as other core national distribution agreements with Weidmüller, Rittal and EEPCOS (a TDK Group company Since those initial launch agreements, APS Industrial have also announced national distribution agreements with KATKO, Grace Engineering Products and earlier this year, Beldon.

“Our Perth operation continues to positively impact our local customer base and showcase the new choice that APS Industrial represents in industry. This move is a significant step to enable our service and support to grow and develop with our valued customer base,” said Gareth McKean, state manager – Western Australia, APS Industrial.

Relay solutions for more productivity

Relay modules are universal isolating elements for use in electrical automation, and because of this versatility, there are always different requirements for them and their specific application. When selecting a relay module for your food and beverage application, and indeed, all industrial applications, there is an ever-present risk of incorrect dimensioning of the loads or signals to be switched.

In instances of incorrect relay selection, the result can be product malfunction or premature loss of the relay module leading to costly downtime and equipment replacement. With that said, choosing a partner that can help you throughout this process and give you access to a relay range that is globally recognised as a leader in reliability and performance is very important. As the national distribution partner of Weidmüller products and solutions in Australia, APS Industrial is that partner.

For more than 40 years, Weidmüller has specialised in the optimisation of cabinet infrastructures and their complete range of relay modules, solid-state relays and additional value-added services combine the highest standards with ultimate quality. These relay modules require less wiring effort, offer housing optimisation through space saving, have optimal marking and also offer cost reductions.

They are durable, reliable and available in many different designs. No matter the requirement in your plant or application, there is a tailor-made relay solution that offers increased productivity and safety.

Timing functions
Timing relays are used in automation technology to compensate for errors due to short cycle times.

Special loads
Relays to switch and monitor special loads, such as inductors and high inrush currents, safely and reliably.

Sensor isolation
Space-saving and fast switching coupling elements to decouple sensors from the field.

High-switching frequencies
Specially designed solid-state relays for reliable and fast decoupling of signals up to 550kHz.

Signal adaption
Adaption of signals and their transmission from other systems to the control cabinet level.

Functional safety
Specific safety relays required for signals in process safety-related systems.

Power solid state contactor up to 75 A and miniature contactors up to 30 A.

Speed main feature of new controller for automation processes

Siemens latest controller is suitable for high-end machines in the automation space. Here’s why.

To remain competitive both now and in the future, machines and plants must be continually adapted to meet the latest requirements and leverage the latest technologies. If an automation system is no longer up-to-date, then there is no better time to consider an upgrade that will bring a company advantages in productivity, efficiency and availability.
No matter what the automation application is, every machine or system has its specific demands on system performance and complexity of application. The Siemens range of SIMATIC controllers, which are now available from APS Industrial, has the right controller for a range of automation tasks enabling seamless solutions for individual requirements. The basic, advanced, distributed, and software controllers within the SIMATIC family of products offer a lot of scalability and integration of their functions.

And when it comes to high demands on performance, communication, flexibility, and technology functions, the S7-1500 advanced controller within the SIMATIC family of controllers deliver results for medium-sized to high-end machines.

It is the latest controller generation from Siemens and is future-proof. The controller enables users to turn sophisticated machine designs into reality due to the modular structure of the controller, which provides assistance to users as they work their way through the digital transformation.

It features a modular design and can be scaled in terms of its functionality, so users can adapt assemblies and functions to suit a machine’s design. This makes the SIMATIC S7-1500 controllers a suitable solution for all aspects of production automation and applications for medium-sized and high-end machines.

Fast and precise
The SIMATIC S7-1500 has fast backplane bus, PROFINET performance, short reaction times, and a command processing time of up to 1ns in the central processing unit (CPU). The PROFINET interface with deterministic time response ensures reproducibility and precision in the range.

Optimised handling
It offers good handling and user friendliness in numerous new details: Integrated potential bridges, shielding elements requiring no tools to assemble, uniform front connectors, and ergonomic terminal marking. Easy expandability, customised assembly, and upwards compatibility offer cost efficiency and investment security.

Time-saving engineering
The seamless integration of SIMATIC Controllers in the shared TIA Portal engineering framework enables the consistent storage of data, the smart library concept, and a uniform operating philosophy. The TIA Portal provides users with access to the digitalised automation system – from digital planning to integrated engineering to transparent operation. Simulation tools decrease the time-to-market, diagnostic and energy management functions increase the productivity of plant, so users can have greater flexibility and transparency due to a connection to the management level.

Machine safety
One system for standard and fail-safe applications means there is one controller, one communication system, and one engineering environment for standard and fail-safe automation. Safety Integrated means the easy connection of PROFIsafe devices via PROFIBUS and PROFINET, and data consistency between standard and fail-safe program components. It offers support for mixed operation using fail-safe and standard I/O assemblies.

Easily detect errors
Due to its uniform display concept, the diagnostics functionality integrated into the SIMATIC S7-1500 system ensures that error messages in TIA Portal on the HMI, in the web server, and on the display of the CPU are visualised identically as plain text information. The configuration and the diagnostic reporting channels are integrated into the system in a user-friendly manner. The trace function is supported on all CPUs.

Protection for the controller
The security concept of controller includes measures ranging from authorisation stages and block protection to communication integrity. Security Integrated protects investments, helps prevent the reproduction of machines, and helps to ensure a high level of plant availability.

Motion control and more
It is equipped for technology functions – motion control, signal detection and output, and PID control are integrated and usable with T-CPUs to an extended degree. A matched system with the controller and the SINAMCS servo drive system can be connected via PROFINET easily.

The CPUs are the heart of the SIMATIC S7-1500 as they execute the user program and network the controller with other automation components. Due to numerous innovations, the CPUs of the device deliver many advantages in productivity and efficiency. The hardware is compact and certified to IP20 or IP65/67 as standard. These integrated, versatile modules save space in and around the cabinet and reduce the spare parts inventory costs.

The scope ranges from standard and failsafe CPUs for small to mid-size requirements, offering compact size designs with integrated inputs and outputs, supplemented with technological functions, all the way up to high-performance applications.
From high-level controlling, testing and measuring and model-based closed-loop controlling through to assembling, cutting, sawing, filling and more, the SIMATIC S7-1500 automates not just complete production plants but also applications that demand the greatest performance, flexibility, and networking capability.

APS eyes long-term partnerships as key to help industry move forward

APS was born on March 1st, 2018, a time seen by the company as when it provided industry with a new choice by consolidating what can at times be a fragmented market. It brought a range of high-visibility brands in the industrial low- and medium-voltage electrical and automation space under one roof.

Headed by industry leader Lloyd Thomas (chairman – APS Group) and David Hegarty (managing director – APS Industrial), APS came into being when two companies were acquired – Ramelec and HiTech Control Systems. Thomas and his board then quickly set about putting national distribution deals in place with highly rated global manufacturers such as Siemens, Rittal and Weidmüller.

Siemens has a leading global market share, but less so in Australia. It was the apple in Thomas’s eye when he thought about putting APS together.

Building on that, APS then signed national distribution deals with a range of other German companies including the aforementioned Rittal and Weidmüller. Other brands under its umbrella include KATKO and Epcos (TDK). In Hegarty’s words, APS has become a “one-stop shop for industrial automation and power distribution needs”. As if to reiterate the point, Hegarty is also clear on what APS has to offer the market.

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“The advantage we bring to local customers is that not only do we sell quality products but the breadth of our portfolio is so impressive,” he said. “Our global manufacturing partners produce an incredible number of products and that’s what we give the local market access to. We are giving consumers a large choice in one place.”

APS is here for the long game, and doesn’t consider itself an overnight success, despite its rapid rise in the industrial electrical space, said Hegarty. He also knows the direction the company is heading is the right one. He feels that the sooner the industry can appreciate the benefits of Industry 4.0 and commence their digital journey, the better for all companies participating in the Australian industrial ecosystem.

“I was at the Siemens Digitalise 2019 in Brisbane, and it is clear a key challenge that the industry is going to face is getting started on their digitisation journey,” he said. “There are already early adopters paving the way, and there are going to be more examples of this over the next six months where companies are willing to take a step from what they are currently doing manufacturing, product and process wise. They’ll say, ‘we’re on the cusp of something big here and we are going to take these first steps to go down the path of digitisation and are ready to commence our journey. It takes courage, but we are going to do it because this is how we will survive and thrive. We have to’.”

Siemens invest billions of euros globally on research and development and the whole idea of Industry 4.0 and smart manufacturing, said Hegarty. They are leading the way and that APS can exclusively help bring this to Australia is a unique point of difference for him.

“Take a brand like Siemens – when all of your products are from the same manufacturer you get unrivalled communication and integration capability – power distribution, automation, motor control – everything comes from the same manufacturer and are all connected,” he said. “Nobody else can offer this. In terms of what industries that suits, manufacturing is obviously a big one, as well as mining and utilities who are the ultimate beneficiaries of this performance and data visibility. Switchboard builders can see the benefits, as well as wholesalers and contractors. For the end user, it ultimately means they can manufacture more efficiently, have less downtime, and experience gains across their operation that are currently unattainable. Our manufacturing partners are also at the pointy end of Industry 4.0. This should provide the local market with a lot of faith in terms of what we can offer and help them achieve.”

Hegarty also said that APS will now give local manufacturers more of a choice when it comes to industrial, electrical and automation gear. He knows it will take time for consumers to get to know the company, but is confident that what they have to offer is something unique.

“We want to be in the conversation and we want the industry to understand the full benefits of Industry 4.0,” Hegarty said. “The suite of products, the communication abilities of digitisation technology are what are important and we want to be a trusted partner in that space. Within the next few years we will have proven our offerings to industry, and they will consider us a trusted advisor and partner.”

APS is seen as a relatively new player in the market, but its already having an impact on the industry. This is proven by not only the increase of staff since inception (it has almost tripled), but also by the amount of investment it has put into bricks and motor.

“In September 2018, we moved to a brand-new national distribution centre in Melbourne,” said Hegarty. “And that allowed us to dramatically increase our stock holdings and invest in expanding our team. In August this year, our Queensland office also moved into a new facility, to do the same.”

Although still only young in terms of being in existence, it is the experience it has behind it at management level that will make APS a long-term player in what is an increasingly competitive market.

APS Industrial strengthens commitment to Queensland with branch relocation

APS Industrial has announced that it will be relocating its Brisbane office to 49 Borthwick Avenue, Murarrie, effective from August 19, 2019.

The 1,500sqm facility provides a boost to APS Industrial’s ability to service the local Queensland market with increased local stockholdings and office space. Together these two factors enable greater local access to its product portfolio as well as the necessary capacity to support the ongoing recruitment of technical support, product management and customer service roles.

“APS Industrial is now over 12 months old and in this time we’ve seen a significant uptake of our products and services in Queensland which is very pleasing. To cater for this growing customer base and product demand – both now and into the future, we have invested in a new branch location,”  said David Hegarty, managing director of APS Industrial.

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“This significant increase in local stock-holdings paired with our new national distribution centre in Melbourne ensures we are well placed to get the products to our valued customers quicker than ever before and that’s incredibly important to us,” Hegarty continued.

The move follows the launch of APS Industrial on March 1, 2018 where its master distribution partnership with Siemens in Australia was announced as well as other core national distribution agreements with Weidmüller, Rittal and EPCOS (a TDK Group Company). Since those initial launch agreements, APS Industrial has also announced national distribution agreements with KATKO and Grace Engineered Products.

“From the outset of APS Industrial, our focus was clear – partner with the world’s leading industrial manufacturers to bring the broadest portfolio in the industry to Australia and match that with exceptional customer service,” said Hegarty. “There’s no question our Queensland team have lived up to those core promises and this new move enables us to continue and build on this moving forward”, said Ernest Van Niekerk, State Manager – Queensland, APS Industrial.”