Wednesday 7th Sept 2016 9:00amRegistration and view Exhibition - Tea/Coffee available 
 10:30am-1:00pmConference OpensChaired by Mr. Ben McDonald, (President of the WEA)
 10:30amWelcomeMr. Ben McDonald, President Winery Engineering Association
 10:45am Key Note Address– Innovation vs Invention – What’s the difference and does it matter?Mr. John Ide Winery Operations Manager - Yalumba Family Vignerons
 11:15am Using Spatial Information (GIS) for Greater Decision Making in the Winery & Vineyard Mr. Dave Gerner – GIS Specialist – Treasury Wine Estates
 11:45am Innovation in Viticultural MachineryMr. Sam Bowman – Director – Bowman Viticulture
 12:15pmInnovations & Options for Grape SortingDr. Simon Nordestgaard – Senior Engineer – AWRI
 12:45pmWine Industry Technical SurveyDr. Simon Nordestgaard – Senior Engineer – AWRI
 1:00pm - 1:30pmAnnual General Meeting

Chair – Mr. Greg Schultz – Executive Account Manager – Rockwell Automation

  • Annual General Meeting of members of the Winery Engineering Association.
  • Non members are very welcome to attend but cannot vote
  • Lunch will be available during this brief meeting and you will still have time to talk with exhibitors after.
 1:00pm - 2:15pmLunchDisplay Area
 2.15pm  - 3:45pmConference ResumesChaired by Mr. Chris Travers –Director – Travhotech - WEA Committee Member
 2:15pmWaterless Santisation and a New Look at Tank Cleaning Protocols Mr. Alex Farren – Founder & CEO - Blue Morph
 2:45pmTitanium Filtration

Mr Scott Russell–Director of Business & Finance – AMS (Advanced Metallurgical Solutions)

 3:15pmIncrease Premium Wine Yields While Lowering Cooling Energy CostsMr. Peter McBratney General Manager Climate Wizard - Seeley International
 3.45pm - 4:15pmAfternoon Break Display Area
 4:15pm - 5:15pmConference ResumesChaired by Mr. Matt Holdstock – Oenologist - AWRI
 4:15pm Educational Tasting – Identifying Regional Differences in a Red Wine Variety 
 5:15pm - 6:30pm Day one conference sessions conclude 
  Networking and Stress Relief 
  • Please note that the evening is free for informal networking and there are many restaurants and eating places in the McLaren Vale area including those at your motels.  Further information is available at the registration desk with local brochures available. 
Thursday , 8th of Sept 20169:30amArrival Coffee/Tea in Exhibition Area 
 10:00am - 12:00 noonConference ResumesChaired by - Mr Ross Wilkinson – Project Manager – Treasury Wine Estates WEA Director/Deputy Secretary
 10:00amEnergise Your Winery: Solar Power Procurement Strategies for Australian Wineries Toward 2020Mr David Buetefuer – Director of Sales & Business Development
 10:30am Smart Solutions for Optimising Power Quality & Power Factor CorrectionMr. Ahmad Amiri – General Manager – High Technology Control
 11:00am Innovative IoT Monitoring Systems for Predictive Fault Finding of Refrigeration SystemsDr Michael Bellstedt – Principal – Minus40
 11:30am End of the Golden Weather? – Innovation, Trends and the Future of Synthetic & Natural RefrigerantsMr. Adrian Dickison – Technical Director – Beca NZ
 12:00 - 1.30pm Lunch Display Area
 1:30pm - 3:00pm Conference Resumes Chaired by Dr Vince O’Brien –Business Development Manager – AWRI WEA Committee Member

Rapid Extraction Techniques for Red Wine Production

Dr. Simon Nordestgaard – Senior Engineer – AWRI

 2:00pm Using In-Line Sensors to Monitor Sugar Levels During Fermentation  Mr. Tadro Abbott – Project Engineer - AWRI
 2:30pm Closures – Our Changing Understanding Dr Eric Wilkes – Group Manager Commercial Services – AWRI
 3.00pm - 3:30pmAfternoon Break Display Area
 3:30pm - 5:00pmConference ResumesChaired by - Mr Ian Walsh – SA/NT Sales Manager – Rockwell Automation - WEA Committee Member
 3:30pm Mass Serialisation Through the “Internet of Things” (IoT)Mr. Deon Engelbrecht – Information Solutions Executive for Asia Pacific – Rockwell Automation
Mr. Geoff Nunan– Principal Consultant - Nukon

Machine Safety Maturing in the Technology Age

Mr. Justin Farrell – Specialist Manager – NHP Electrical Engineering


Real, Resilient Leadership

Ms. Jo Marshall – General Manager SA/NT – Programmed Property Services

 1:15pmConference Concludes 
 6:30pmPre-Dinner Drinks 


  • MC’s: Mr. Greg Schultz – Executive Account Manager – Rockwell Automation
  • Ms. Jo Marshall – General Manager SA/NT – Programmed Property Services
In the tradition of our conference dinners we have a BYO arrangement to encourage everyone to bring his or her own wines to share at the dinner. For those who have forgotten to bring something from their own winery/region, you may purchase wine at the dinner.  





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