“Production & Applied Technology”


Wednesday, 6th September 2017 



8:30am Registration and view Exhibition - Tea/Coffee available


Conference Opening


9:30 AM – 10:30 AM        

                               Chaired by Mr. Ben McDonald, (President of the WEA

9:30 am               Welcome

                                    Mr. Ben McDonald, President Winery Engineering Association

9:45 am              Key Note Address – Production & Applied Technology – A New Era to Come?

                                    Mr. Thomas Leclerc – Managing Director – Vivelys Asia Pacific


Morning Break

    10:30 AM – 11:00 AM

    Display Area


11:00 AM – 12:30 PM

                                Chaired by – Dr. Vince O’Brien – Director - Ancoeur

                                    WEA Committee Member


11:00 am              Predicting Ferment Performance with the New AWRI Ferment Simulator

                                    Mr. Tadro Abbott – Project Engineer - AWRI

11:30 am             Partial Dealcoholisation of Wine - Comparing Technologies and their Sensorial Impact

                                    Dr. Andreas Blank – Managing Director – K+H Process Tec GmbH

12:00 pm             Protecting Wine Integrity with Best Practice Bottling

            Mr. Neil Scrimgeour – Senior Scientist - AWRI


Annual General Meeting - 12:30 pm – 1:00pm

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.



   12:30 PM – 2:00 PM 

   Display Area                                                                                                                                                                                                                        


             2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

                                             Chaired by Mr. Ross Wilkinson – Project Manager – Treasury Wine Estates

                                    WEA Director/Deputy Secretary

2:00 pm             Preparing for a Digital Future; Guaranteeing Product Traceability & Ensuring Plant Reliability

                                   Mr. Colin Gudgeon – National Business Development Manager, F&B – Schneider Electric

2:30 pm             Grape Crushing – History and Recent Developments

                                    Dr. Simon Nordestgaard – Senior Engineer - AWRI

   3:00 pm              Transforming Wine Production – Titanium Membrane and its Benefits for the Wine Industry

                                       Mr. Scott Russell – Business Development Manager – AMS Filtration

              3:15 pm               Membrane System for the Bubble Less Inline Adjustment of Carbon Dioxide & Oxygen

                                    Mr. Jochen Drueck – Global Export Director – K+H Tec GmbH

   3:30 pm              Mr Andrew Byles - Consultant

                                       Mr. Andrew Byles – Consultant

              3:45 pm              Natural Refrigerant Chillers

                                     Mrs. Jannie Howard – Marketing Manager – Gordon Brothers Industries


Afternoon Break

    4:00 PM – 4:30 PM

    Display Area


4:30 PM – 5:30 PM

                                    Chaired by Mr.Peter Godden, Manager - Industry Engagement and Application - AWRI

4:30 pm                Educational Tasting – Identifying Differences in Eden Valley Rieslings


Networking and Stress Relief

    5:30 PM – 6:30 PM

    Display Area


5:30 PM – 6:30 PM       


  • Please note that the evening is free for informal networking and there are many restaurants and eating places in the Barossa Valley area including those at your motels.  Further information is available at the registration desk with local brochures available.


Thursday, 7th September 2017



9:00 am              Visit Exhibition, Tea/Coffee available


9:30 AM – 10:30 AM

                          Chaired by Mrs. Jannie Howard – Marketing Manager – Gordon Brothers Industries

                                         WEA Committee Member


9:30 am                Trelleborg Technologies & Selection Perfection of Hoses  

                                       Mr. Nathan Rowbottom – Manager – Byford Fluid Solutions                          

9:45 am                Reducing Contamination and Product Taint Risk, Through Innovative Cleaning Chemicals

                                       Dr. Damien Rankine – Research & Development Manager - Dominant

10:00 am              IO-Link and its Application in Wineries

                                       Mr. Darryl Blackeby – Product Sales Manager – ifm efector

10:15 am              Maximise Your Uptime - High Availability Servers

                                       Mr. Trent Reimers – Technology Specialist – Software – NHP Electrical Engineering Products


Morning Break

    10:30 AM – 11:00 AM

    Display Area


11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

                                            Chaired by Dr. Simon Nordestgaard – Senior Engineer – AWRI

       WEA WEA Committee Member



11:00 am              Insights into Filtration and Filterability

                                                                  Dr. Paul Bowyer – Group Oenologist/Regional Manager SA – Blue H20 Filtration           .

11:30 am              Precise Control of Gases in Wine

Mr. Brendan Rumbel – ANZ Business Manager – 3M Separation & Purification Sciences Division



12:00 PM – 1:30 PM

Display Area


          1:30 PM – 3:00 PM                                                         

Chaired by – Mr. Mark Gishen – Project Manager Environmental & Technical - SAWIA


1:30 pm                        Understanding the Electricity Market: How to Reduce Costs

Panel discussion facilitated by the South Australian Wine Industry Association with the panel being made up of representatives from key areas of the energy sector inc:

  • Dean Willis - Executive Director Operations at Energy4Business, an independent energy broker and manager
  • Nick Palousis - CEO of 2XE, a specialist business and engineering consulting team delivering resource efficiency and productivity solutions.
  • Joe Caruso - Major Customer Manager at SA Power Networks which operates the distribution network that stretches across South Australia.
  • Flow Power - a transformative licenced energy retailer that helps businesses access the wholesale electricity market as well as manage their load and reduce power bills.                                                                                                                


2:30 pm                        Information the Key to Unlocking Energy Saving

                                                 Ms. Rosanne Sabiston – Business Manager – Power Control – Rockwell Automation


Afternoon Break

   3:00 PM – 3:30 PM

   Display Area


         3:30 PM – 5:00 PM

                                  Chaired by – Mr. Ian Walsh – SA/NT Sales Manager – Rockwell Automation

                                       WEA Committee Member


3:30 pm                        Interactive Wine Producers Safety Guide

                                                            Mr. John Hutchings – CEO – Pro-Visual Publishing                                                       

4:00 pm                        Zero Harm - The Business Value of Good Work Place Safety

                                                            Mr. Malcolm Deery – Group General Manager – Health, Safety & Environment – Programmed

   4.30 pm                        The Difference Collective - Helping Your Community's Future

                                                    Ms Jo Marshall – Chief Culturiser - Culturise



Conference Dinner


6:30 pm

Pre-Dinner Drinks


7:00 pm

Dinner – MC’s: Mr. Greg Schultz – Executive Account Manager – Rockwell Automation & Ms. Jo Marshall representing Programmed    


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.