Another Successful WEA Conference

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The 2016 WEA conference and exhibition held at Serafino in McLaren Vale on September 7/8 was not only enjoyable but a great place to get information with a tremendous variety of innovative products and processes being discussed and displayed by presenters from Australia, NZ and the U.S.

Members of the WEA will be able to access the conference power point presentations in the coming days in your members’ section on this site.

For anyone else who wants to access this, membership of the WEA is only $65.

The wine tasting conducted by the AWRI at the conference was a great change of pace, as was the conference dinner where thanks to the generosity of those at the dinner, over $6000 was raised for the Royal Flying Doctor Service.

WineEng SA 2016 Gallery

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NZ WineEng 2016 Gallery

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  • Gerald-Hope,-Chief-Executive---Marlborough-Research-Centre
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  • Dr-Dean-Saunders,-NZ-Society-for-Earthquake-Engineering
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  • Adrian-Dickison,-Technical-Director-Beca.
  • Worksafe-New-Zealand
  • Winetasting-after-the-presentations
  • Pentair-stand
  • Marcus-Nalter,-National-Programme-Manager,-Construction-&-Manufacturing,-WorkSafe-NZ----Spreading-the-safety-message
  • Gerald-Hope,-Chief-Executive---Marlborough-Research-Centre
  • Drawing-the-winning-tickets-for-the-fundraising-to-support-the-families-of-children-with-canser
  • Dr-Dean-Saunders,-NZ-Society-for-Earthquake-Engineering
  • Display-area
  • Conference-Dinner
  • Comparing-notes-during-a-session-break
  • Coffee-break-corner
  • Adrian-Dickison,-Technical-Director-Beca.

Pre Conference Workshop - WineEng 2016

WInery Engineering Association Limited

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The Future of Tank Cleaning

Ultra Violet Sanitisation of Winery Tanks

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Alex-Farren

 

 

Alex Farren Founder & CEO of Californian based BlueMorph will present the process and equipment his company, along with associate Tom Beard Engineering, have developed to enable the UVC sanitisation of winery tanks of all sizes. Exhaustive field testing in the USA has delivered incredible results compared with traditional tank cleaning methods. The use of this technology in the wine industry has the potential to save wineries of all sizes significant costs.

 

 

Workshop Programme

  • Insight into the development of the process.
  • Explanation of the field trials that have taken place in USA wineries and the analytical results of such trials carried by an independent certified authority
  • Development of the required equipment to apply the process
  • An actual demonstration of a BlueMorph unit being placed into a tank
  • UV tank sanitisation process in operation
  • Q & A session

 

Find Out more about - WineEng 2016 Pre Conference Workshop

 

 

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Keynote Speaker

Mr John Ide

 Winery Operations Manager – Yalumba Family Vignerons

 

 

 

 

The importance of companies being innovative and looking for smarter solutions in order to remain successful and sustainable for the long term

 

After studying Mechanical Engineering at Adelaide University in the 80’s John moved to Whyalla for a position as design engineer at BHP Long Products division as it was then known at the time. This provided an excellent foundation in mechanical engineering design and would eventually lead to a project management role working in all areas of the steelmaking plant including construction of the continuous caster plant and rolling mill upgrade. A move back to Adelaide was followed by a short time at Ribloc working with plastic extrusion and their unique spirally wound pipe. However, the lure of the car industry and looming line upgrade at General Motors Holden was an excellent opportunity for a project engineer and John moved to Holden to work with the Plant Engineering team on the VT upgrade project in 1994. A keen interest in electrical control and PLC’s was founded during the VT and subsequent WH body shop upgrade projects.

A rethink of career direction and passion for the wine industry took John back to Adelaide University in 2001 to study a Graduate Diploma in Oenology. John completed two vintages working at wineries in McLaren Vale and then Washington State in the USA before moving to a role as Senior Project Engineer for Southcorp SA and WA operations based in Nuriootpa. An opportunity arose to combine both engineering and winemaking skills with a move to the role as Winery Manager for Yalumba’ s new “Moppa Winery” still based in Nuriootpa. This lead to John’s current role as Manager of Winery Operations at Yalumba Family Vignerons with oversight of the operational side of both the Yalumba and Oxford Landing Wineries and the Maintenance and Engineering Teams servicing both sites. John is a member of ASVO and WEA and sits on the SAWIA Environmental Committee.

Presentation Abstract

The presentation will look at how innovation and invention has shaped the wine industry in Australia from its very beginning, which will encompass a review of past and present technologies, their effect on both the quality and production efficiency aspects of winemaking, and what we can see for the future. It will then ask the question is there any difference between innovation and invention? and does this really matter to us anyway?

Finally moving on to a discussion on how we can foster innovation and invention in our daily lives to look at problems and opportunities with a creative as well as logical approach and arrive at “out of the box” solutions to add value through the supply chain.

 

 

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