Jun 14, 2016

Expo shines light on invention

Expo shines light on invention Inventor Mike Thompson shuts down this D6 bulldozer with his Eco-Tec Systems Stop-It device.

A remote-control emergency Stop-It system that can be fitted to anything from a jet ski to an 800-tonne face shovel will be put on the open Australian market for the first time in Toowoomba this week.

Inventor Mike Thompson will be on the Eco-Tec System site at the Surat Basin Expo at the Toowoomba Showgrounds on June 15-16.

His experience includes work in the heavy transport and mining industries, most recently at Arrow Energy’s CSG sites at Moranbah.

While some machinery has emergency shutdown mechanisms installed, Mr Thompson said drivers were not convinced rescuers would be able to get close enough to trigger them in a crisis.

“Now in responsible hands, we have the technology to stop anything mechanical up to 1km away,” Mr Thompson said.

After two years of research and development, the Eco-Tec System company is only two weeks old and the first stop is the Surat Basin Expo.

Yatala-based Earthmoving Rentals is among those who have rolled in to Toowoomba Showgrounds to set up for the Surat Basin Expo.

The 2016 expo, expected to draw up to 4000 visitors, is running under a revamped banner to better reflect its range, according to Australian Events managing director Bob Carroll.

“The Surat Basin Expo name was shortened from the Surat Basin Mining and Energy Expo intentionally to widen the focus and broaden the industry participation by including more safety, more transport and more trucking – and it has eventuated and the quality is exceptional,” Mr Carroll said.

“Previously the Surat Basin Expo attracted 5000-6000 people, but this year given the current climate we expect 4000 is achievable.”

The expo will run at Toowoomba Showgrounds this Wednesday, 9am to 5pm and Thursday, 9am to 4pm.