Machine Knives sharpened up by Coalition fund

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Machine Knives sharpened up by Coalition fund
Coalition Government awards Mulgrave company $50,000 Technology Development Voucher
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Mulgrave company Machine Knives has been awarded $50,000 in Coalition Government funding to work with RMIT University to automate the resharpening of industrial serrated blades used in the food packaging industry.
Minister for Technology Gordon Rich-Phillips and Liberal Candidate for Mulgrave Robert Davies announced today that Machine Knives has been awarded a Technology Development Voucher as part of a Victorian Government program aimed at encouraging innovation among small and medium-sized enterprises.
As part of the Technology Development Vouchers program, companies receive vouchers valued at up to $50,000 to increase their competitiveness by integrating small technologies (including micro and nanotechnology), industrial biotechnology or advanced ICT into their business.
“The vouchers enable companies to collaborate with Victoria’s world-class universities, research organisations or other businesses with specialist knowledge, in order to find solutions to the challenge of developing world class commercial products and services,” Mr Rich-Phillips said.
Mr Davies said that the Napthine Government was committed to supporting Victorian companies to improve productivity and competitiveness and contribute to Victoria’s prosperity.
Machine Knives’ project will harness cutting-edge technology to completely automate the resharpening of industrial serrated blades, a process that currently takes 30 minutes to do manually.
“It’s anticipated that the new machine, with its advanced embedded ICT systems, will multiply the throughput of serrated blades and dramatically boost the company’s productivity and competitiveness,” Mr Davies said.
Mr Rich-Phillips said applications for the program are open continuously, enabling businesses to address new challenges or opportunities for application of small technology, industrial biotechnology or advanced ICT.
“From across the state, the recipients of the vouchers are working on exciting new projects that will lead to ongoing benefits for Victoria,” Mr Rich-Phillips said.
To date, the Napthine Government has awarded more than 160 grants to companies from all around Victoria to help them improve the way that they do business. The Victorian Technology Development Voucher program continues to deliver on the Victorian Government’s Technology Plans for the Future, launched in 2011.
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