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We keep manufacturing at home by investing in our equipment
Frank Faller, CEO of Elexon Electronics, spoke with a Swedish…
ELEXON Electronics is the winner of the Defence Teaming Centre’s Resilience Award 2022/in Uncategorized /by Eva Minio
The entire Elexon Electronics team is overjoyed to have been selected as a winner of the Defence Teaming Centre’s (DTC) Resilience Award 2022.
The prestigious award focuses on valuable contributions to the defence sector, and we were selected as one of just three finalists!
The winner was announced during one of the biggest national defence networking events, the 2022 Defence Industry Dinner & Award Ceremony
on 3rd November in Adelaide.
Recent work in the defence sector has proven Elexon Electronics as a world-class electronics manufacturer and being nominated as a finalist is a huge result in itself.
“Last year, we won Moreton Bay Regional Council’s Business of the Year Award. This year, we competed at a national level … and succeeded. This new award recognises us as an established player in Australia’s defence sector“, proudly said Frank Faller, CEO of Elexon Electronics.
DTC is a national organisation that supports the Australian defence industry to develop capability and increase its competitive edge in global defence markets. The Resilience Award recognises members who have overcome challenges within the last three years by finding new ways of working. We showed how our manufacturing upgrade maintained high-quality standards of our products and services, and how it continues to deliver benefits to the defence ecosystem.
In DTC’s words, ‘Congratulations to Elexon Electronics for winning the Resilience Award for their ability to develop an Intelligent Industry 4.0 production facility, which assisted them in avoiding offshore production, and helped create new high-skilled manufacturing jobs. Where possible they design their products in a way that raw material, components as well as sub-assemblies can be sourced locally from well-established and longstanding suppliers. This allows them to eliminate the risk of supply chain disruptions due to delays and uncertainties in shipping from overseas locations.’
What a platform from which to present Elexon’s capabilities! Over 700 defence industry representatives attended, including keynote speaker and former Minister for Defence, Brendan Nelson. It was an opportunity to liaise with other industry leaders and led to conversations about possible new collaborations. Our thanks go to DTC for their efficient organisation of an amazing event.
“I am thankful to you, our customers. Without you we could not have built this story of resilience, both in defence and non-defence-related industries. We’ve appreciated your patience and understanding in the face of a worldwide component shortage. Thank you for your ongoing support as we’ve upgraded our offerings in a volatile market. You gave us opportunities to prove we could engineer the solutions you need. I am also thankful to my team, who have worked tirelessly over the last few years, believing we could deliver solutions that seemed impossible. It’s no secret that resilience is key to succeeding in our current times. As we work with you, we’ll keep on adapting, innovating and staying agile, so that together we’ll overcome obstacles and continue to kick goals!” summarised Frank Faller.
Q&A with TPS CEO – Russell Seres/in News & Updates /by Eva Minio
In this edition of Elexon Electronics Newsletter we sit down with TPS CEO, Russell Seres, to talk all things precision monitoring – and archery!
Q: TPS is Elexon Electronics’ sister. What is the core of the business?
TPS is a designer and manufacturer of water quality measurement devices. We provide accurate measurements for a large variety of businesses in many different industries such as mining, environmental monitoring, agriculture, food and beverage production, research and education. Our devices measure pH, electrical conductivity, dissolved oxygen, turbidity and ORP.
Q: Tell us a bit about your background, before joining TPS?
Well, I actually started at Elexon straight out of university – about 15 years ago. I’d finished my degree, so I started calling companies that did electronics design. Pieter was the only person I could convince to take me on!
I was an electronics engineer at that time, working on Smart Marker, and after that project I left and went to work for another company doing similar things. I then worked for a mate of mine in the power industry for a while. After that, I returned to Elexon.
Once I was back at Elexon, I worked on the Smart Baby – the CPR mannequin and Cave Tracker. I then moved into a production engineer role, then progressed to being a production manager.
Q: How did TPS become a part of the Elexon Group, and when did you get involved?
I was production manager at that point, in 2014, but I remember Pieter was buying a company called TPS.
I went down to their facility in Springwood and helped transfer all of their data to M1. I got to see the original TPS during that time, and it was quite old and outdated. I mean, shabby chic! Even their screw drivers and chisels had handles hand made on a lathe.
But the products were selling and they were still quite a successful company. They’d invented all of this technology, but weren’t growing the business.
When Elexon bought TPS they were put into a large spot downstairs, before moving upstairs. I was still in a production manager role but I had helped them transition, so I was really the only person at Elexon to understand the TPS products and business.
The idea of the de-merging came up, separating the companies, and I put my hand up for TPS because I had been so close to it. I came on as CEO at that time. I am very thankful Pieter and Leigh took a chance on me.
Q: How has TPS changed, since your time your time with the company?
It’s changed a lot, actually! After a couple of years we started marketing and promoting the business, and that’s when things really picked up. Sales went up and we just kept improving our processes and making things more efficient. The results we have had have surprised everyone.
When this unit came up (Bult Drive), we moved across into our own facility and had it fitted out. It was our opportunity to have our own spot and we’ve since made it our own. This made the team feel like we had our own path.
In terms of operation, we’ve made production improvements and tweaks along the way, but the products have remained largely the same. We are stepping up a tier with our new product – we’re sort of in a lower- to mid-tier now, and we’ll be competing with top-tier companies once we launch.
We’ve built an amazing team – it’s small but very efficient. We actually have two members of our team that have been with TPS since before Elexon bought it. We have Ben who’s been at TPS since he was 16, so by far the longest serving employee. Then we have John who’s also been with us from the beginning.
Q: What are you most proud of across your time at TPS?
I’m really proud of the team and everyone in it. We’re a small team and while production is the backbone, everyone else has such a key role. We couldn’t do it without any one of them. We’ve got a great team culture, too.
We’ve had some record months and we just had a record year, so we’re really proud of that. Originally we were just running on existing customers and word of mouth, but once we started marketing and working on our brand awareness, everything has improved.
Q: Tell us about what you like to do in your spare time!
Well, I’ve got three kids – so they keep me busy! After board games, camping, and all of that, if I’ve got spare time you’ll find me tinkering in the shed.
I love archery too, it’s really fun. I used to shoot long distance and targets with a compound bow, but I recently bought a Mongolian Horse Bow. It’s really simple, the arrow just sits in your hand and there’s no sights. You have to learn to shoot without even aiming – it’s called instinctive archery.
Q: Where do you see TPS in ten years?
I see us having a whole suite of new products, and a strong international presence. We plan on constantly releasing new products from now on.
We want to start developing new technologies, too. There are opportunities that we can see now, which require resources but we believe we can tackle them. In select niches of the market, we plan on being a market leader in developing the technology itself.
Thank you for taking the time to walk us through your TPS journey, Russell. We can’t wait to see the new TPS product hit the market, which we expect will be a huge hit. We’d also love to see that Mongolian Horse Bow in action, but it may not be WHS approved!
BBC success at RoboCup International Championships in Bangkok/in News & Updates /by Eva Minio
Elexon Electronics is proud to have supported the Brisbane Boys’ College (BBC) as major sponsor of its three robotics teams, who recently competed at the Robocup Junior International Championships in Bangkok, Thailand.
The aspiring robotics professionals well and truly did us proud last month, with all three teams taking out major awards.
The award ceremony recognised the following results for the BBC teams:
Team Polarity (David Pelevin, Horton Faint, Scott Kift,
Thomas Cooley) – 1st Place SuperTeam Open Soccer
(Paired with Slovakia and Japan) who are world champions
Team Epsilon 6 (Rudra Potlapally, Sean Hudson, Liam Crook) –
1st Place SuperTeam Lightweight Soccer (Paired with Germany and Japan) who are now world champions
Team Epsilon 6 – Outstanding Design Award
Team Delta (Josh Harris, Nathan Adams, Hemish Dubey, Ashton Trevor-Roberts) – Excellence in Engineering Process Award
“What an amazing 10-day experience for three of our qualified teams to head over to Bangkok, Thailand and compete in the RoboCup Junior International Championships” BBC Director of Robotics, Nick Barkley, said.
“The boys demonstrated resilience, tenacity, great team work, and displayed the BBC and Australian spirit through their sportsmanship. Another big thankyou to Elexon Electronics for being a major sponsor of this event with their generous support!”
Junior Robotics State Championships
As part of the Elexon sponsorship of BBC robotics, we were invited to exhibit at the Junior Robotics State Championships in Brisbane, 13-14 August, which brings together over 800 students across the following three categories at UQ:
Dance: Where robots are constructed and students perform a choreographed routine with their robots.
Rescue: Custom-built robots (mostly Lego Mindstorms) must navigate a black track on a white background, where the track can divide into complex patterns and navigate over obstacles such as tilting bridges, to rescue an object and return it to the start.
Soccer: Two robots from each team attempt to guide a flashing ball into goals.
Elexon Electronics exhibited across the two-day event, drawing in crowds with an array of in-house technology.
“Firstly, I would like to offer thanks to Sandra, John and Fisher for helping on the weekend.” Elexon Electronics Director, Leigh Bateman, said.
“We had setup an Allflex cattle reader and challenged kids to run past it and not make it beep. We had a bed of nails test jig, Titley readers, a short looping video, lollies and various circuit boards in different states of manufacture. Sandra also had a QR code with a web address for students to register work experience/internship interest. We also had our ESD coats so we looked the part!” he said.
“Saturday was very busy with a continuous stream of curious students, ex-students and parents. I had a chat with some BBC boys in year 10, who had built a custom rescue robot and were using neural network training on wide angle cameras to perform object recognition with much of the code written in c++! It was quite amazing.”
The Elexon team had a brilliant time across the busy weekend of robotics fun, and we made the following contacts:
team for numerous council monitoring projects.
robots specifically tailored for student education
(Lego are pulling out of the market) want to visit us.
wants to chat further as they work to connect
tech companies together.
It just goes to show how vitally important trade shows, events, and expos are for networking!