Konica Minolta Australia helps EGR with rapid prototyping to move its personal protective equipment to mass manufacture in record time

Konica Minolta, a leading supplier of 3D printing equipment and services in Australia, has worked with the EGR Group in the rapid prototyping phase of the company’s shift to personal protective equipment (PPE) for sectors including healthcare and retail in response to COVID-19. 

EGR produces thousands of tonnes of plastic sheeting a year for the automotive industry in Australia and globally. However, with COVID-19 slowing the automotive industry, EGR saw an opportunity to use its resources to help with PPE while at the same time keeping its business financially viable for the employment of its 800 local staff. 

EGR enlisted the help of long-term partner, Konica Minolta Australia, to assist with the rapid prototyping phase of the face shield design. Using the Markforged X7, Konica Minolta Australia was on hand to 3D print design iterations the same day or overnight, for the quick transition to mass manufacture. Capacity is now at 50,000 face shields per day in EGR’s Brisbane manufacturing facility. 

John Bartley, group general manager – advance engineering development, automotive division, EGR, said, “EGR is by nature an innovative company that can recognise new opportunities and the need to adapt to market conditions. For an Australian manufacturer, this speed and agility is critical to survival. We saw the opportunity to deploy EGR’s resources to address a critical need for PPE while keeping our people employed and our factory open. 

“The definition of the prototype produced by the Markforged X7 used by Konica Minolta as well as the ability to print with flexible material made it the right fit for this project. It produced a prototype that represented the end product, which assisted with the overall speed to market. Having Konica Minolta as an innovation partner was extremely important and the commitment the team showed in getting this off the ground was second to none.” 

Nathan Pallavicini​3D specialistKonica Minolta, said, “Konica Minolta is proud to have helped EGR’s rapid change of direction to deliver PPE to essential workers. The Markforged X7 was the right fit due to the machines flexibility, rigidity, and structural integrity. Through 3D printing, Konica Minolta can assist businesses like EGR with rapid prototyping solutions as well as with 3D printing solutions that are capable of producing enduse parts to ensure their survival and success into the future. 

John Bartley said, “Throughout this process EGR has seen the benefits that commercial-grade 3D printing can have on the business and we are definitely keen to continue down the PPE route into the future as well as explore other potential use cases. The lesson here is that Australian manufacturers need to be adaptable, diverse and able to produce materials quickly and easily with less resources. 3D printing definitely has a critical role to play here in reducing manufacturing costs and speeding up time-to-market.” 


About the EGR Group 

Founded in 1973, the EGR Group is a world-class designer and manufacturer of precision engineered solutions marketed through two strategic divisions – automotive and building and commercial products. 

We expect innovation, both in the products we produce, and in the way we operate. We cultivate craftsmanship, preserving skills learned over generations. Most of all, though, we believe in the importance of manufacturing. 

Manufacturing is the foundation of our economies, and our societies. It defines a nation’s inclusion into the developed world. It creates stable employment and welcomes all within its ranks. It is the start of the supply chain for everything, from health care and construction, to energy and defence. 

Whatever the shape of tomorrow’s economy, manufacturing will always be its foundation. Its value to our communities, to our lives, and to our identities cannot be overstated. 

At EGR, we’re proud to be a manufacturer. 


About Konica Minolta Australia  

Konica Minolta Business Solutions Australia Pty Ltd is a market-leading provider of trusted technology solutions for enterprise, government, small business, education and manufacturing.  

Konica Minolta Australia helps Australian organisations keep pace with the needs of the changing workplace to start leveraging the technology of tomorrow today.  

Through innovation and investment in building a portfolio of technology solutions that will help organisations shape their future workplace, Konica Minolta Australia has key partnerships that extend its offering into future products such as artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML); robotics; robotic process automation (RPA); wearables; augmented reality (AR); data analytics; and 3D, now.  

Part of the future workplace includes creating businesses, and working with businesses, that are responsible for their impact on and contribution to employees, key stakeholders and the wider community. Konica Minolta Australia actively promotes and innovates in these areas through gender equality, ethical supply chain and climate change action strategies.  

For more information visit: konicaminolta.com.au/home 

Fortinet makes all online cybersecurity training courses available for free to address skills gap

Online, self-paced training courses previously open to partners for free now also available for anyone to expand technical security skills and broad cyber awareness at no cost

John Maddison, EVP of products and CMO at Fortinet, said, “The current reality has forced many organisations to face rapid change and new risks as they’ve transitioned to remote workforce models. IT teams are under pressure to effectively secure their organisations, in very dynamic environments which require broad security skillsets. As both a technology company and a learning organisation, we are making our entire online, self-paced catalogue of advanced training courses available for free so that any IT professional can expand timely knowledge and skills on-demand as needed to effectively protect their organisations.”

News summary

Fortinet® (NASDAQ: FTNT), a global leader in broad, integrated and automated cybersecurity solutions, has announced it is opening the entire online, self-paced catalogue of advanced Network Security Expert training courses for free.

  • Fortinet is making 24 advanced security courses available for free that cover topics ranging from Secure SD-WAN, public cloud security and secure access, among others. The majority of courses are from the official Network Security Expert Institute curriculum, which was previously available to Fortinet partners for free, but will now be open to anyone who is interested.
  • The courses will be free for the remainder of 2020 to help address the rapidly evolving needs of organisations securing highly distributed and remote workforces. These courses also provide students and anyone looking to start a career in cybersecurity the opportunity to learn new skills or upskill.
  • Fortinet’s NSE Institute now offers multiple levels of free training either for broad cyber awareness learning or technical upskilling.

Increased risk with distributed workforces

Globally, organisations have had to quickly adapt their network to support their workforce transitioning from their traditional on-premises work environment to remote telework. To maintain business continuity, IT teams are strained with ensuring everyone in their organisation is securely set up to remotely access critical resources and applications on the corporate network. In parallel, cybercriminals are taking advantage of the unprecedented increase in remote access of sensitive information and data by searching for security gaps and shifting attack strategies to target teleworker environments.

According to a recent study from ISC2, nearly two-thirds of companies lacked the skilled staff they needed to maintain effective security operations. With the rapidly expanding attack surface that a distributed workforce at scale has introduced, IT teams need broad security skillsets more than ever, to protect their organisations.

Free training to help develop timely security skills

Fortinet is leveraging curriculum from its NSE Institute’s training and certification program to offer 24 advanced security courses for free to help IT professionals expand their cybersecurity knowledge and address new risks.

By learning about Fortinet technologies, such as FortiGate, FortiNAC and FortiManager, training participants will acquire an array of skills to defend any network against threats. Recorded lab demos for these courses will be available for on-demand viewing and supplemented with regularly scheduled live sessions with Fortinet Certified Trainers. During these live sessions, trainers will be available to demo labs and conduct Q&A sessions. Anyone interested in getting started with Fortinet’s free training courses can visit here.

For anyone interested in training options beyond self-paced, Fortinet has a worldwide network of Authorised Training Centers (ATCs) providing Fortinet training in a variety of formats, including live virtual instructor lead.

NSE Institute’s history of addressing the cybersecurity skills gap

The introduction of additional free cybersecurity courses further builds on Fortinet’s existing efforts to address the cyber skills gap through training and education. With over 300,000 NSE certifications issued, Fortinet established the NSE Institute in 2015, comprised of the NSE training and certification program, the Fortinet Network Security Academy, and the Fortinet Veterans program. In addition, Fortinet was named “Professional Certification Program of the Year” by the 2019 CyberSecurity Breakthrough Awards.

As part of the program’s free training catalogue, Fortinet provides foundational cyber awareness courses for anyone through levels NSE 1 and NSE 2. In addition, the FortiGate Essentials training was recently added as an additional course for anyone interested in learning how to use firewall policies, user authentication, routing and SSL VPN.

Securing the expanding attack surface beyond free training

Fortinet is committed to customers and partners not just through free trainings but also through existing functionalities embedded in Fortinet FortiGate firewalls. For example, existing Fortinet customers already have remote worker solutions embedded in their FortiGate firewalls that can be used at no additional charge. Powered by custom security processors (SPUs), FortiGates are capable of scaling to significantly higher capacity. Fortinet’s Secure SD-WAN solution is included in every FortiGate appliance, providing customers reliable and cost-effective connectivity for their branch workers, improving their application performance. And Fortinet’s free FortiClient software can be quickly installed on both business and personal devices to create encrypted VPN connections to the enterprise network.

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About Fortinet
Fortinet (NASDAQ: FTNT) secures the largest enterprise, service provider, and government organisations around the world. Fortinet empowers our customers with complete visibility and control across the expanding attack surface and the power to take on ever-increasing performance requirements today and into the future. Only the Fortinet Security Fabric platform can address the most critical security challenges and protect data across the entire digital infrastructure, whether in networked, application, multi-cloud or edge environments. Fortinet ranks #1 in the most security appliances shipped worldwide and more than 440,000 customers trust Fortinet to protect their businesses. Both a technology company and a learning company, the Fortinet Network Security Institute has one of the largest and broadest cybersecurity training programs in the industry. Learn more at https://www.fortinet.com, the Fortinet Blog, or FortiGuard Labs.

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Micro Focus offers solutions to COVID-19-related organisational challenges for customers and partners

Micro Focus (LSE: MCRO; NYSE: MFGP) has identified solutions to the organisational challenges brought on by the recent global disruptions caused by COVID-19.  

As more employees work remotely, all digital applications are facing unexpected high traffic that affects their availability and user experience. Micro Focus can help ensure scalability of internal and external apps to cope with this increased load. 

Todd Parsonschannel director, Micro Focus, said, “In these unprecedented times, it’s important to find new ways to lead, collaborate, and stay in touch. As organisations work through these challenges step by step, it’s important to be aware that there are solutions to make remote working both highly productive and secure. The local Micro Focus team is focused on working with its customers and partners to update them and help them navigate this challenge. 

Micro Focus has identified the following solutions to key challenges organisations are facing due to the surge in remote working: 

  1. Performance testing for applications. The rapid move to remote working has led to an increase in online traffic as many employees connect to corporate servers via remote access for the first time. To ensure organisations can adapt to this influx of online traffic, they should use performance testing to quickly pinpoint and resolve issues. 
  2. Increase adoption rates of business applications with better trainingWith business needs instantly shifting to cope with the remote workforce, organisations are unable to train employees on new solutions in a facetoface environment. To counter this, organisations can use auto-generated, simulation-based learning content, job aids, and videos to create engaging digital learning content and structured on-boarding materials. 
  3. Address data security and access vulnerabilitiesThe new way of working may mean that more employees need access to data management tools. This creates issues of compliance, productivity, information privacy and security. Organisations need to make sure remote workers can access the data and systems they need with multifactor authentication and that email encryption is used to ensure data is not vulnerable. 
  4. Protecting virtual employee collaboration. Many organisations are turning to virtual communication methods such as video conferencing to collaborate. However, with the security of some virtual methods not guaranteedorganisations need to protect their business and employees by archiving and monitoring social media content. They should also consider an easy, enterprise-ready sync-and-share solution with real-time collaborative file editing capabilities to support collaboration. 
  5. Remote access to the cloudFor employees to remain productive when working from home, they need remote access to business-critical host and mainframe systems. Organisations need to provide secure, browser-based access to host systems to assist with this. 

Todd Parsons said, “Micro Focus is looking across its entire solution portfolio to identify ways it can help customers and partners adapt to the current market. Customers should reach out to their Micro Focus partners to see how they can help. In turn, Micro Focus is ready to assist partners with their own businesses and to address their customers’ challenges. For example, Micro Focus has produced  new learning paths for partners across the solution portfolios and the local team has highlighted key content from the recent virtual Micro Focus Universe events and other areas that would be highly relevant for partners to work through as a starting point. 

Read Micro Focus’s letter to customers and partners: https://www.microfocus.com/en-us/covid-19-response. 


About Micro Focus
Micro Focus helps organisations run and transform their business through four core areas of digital transformation: Enterprise DevOpsHybrid IT ManagementPredictive Analytics and Security, Risk & Governance. Driven by customer-centric innovation, our software provides the critical tools they need to build, operate, secure, and analyse the enterprise. By design, these tools bridge the gap between existing and emerging technologies—enabling faster innovation, with less risk, in the race to digital transformation. 

Konica Minolta Australia spearheads 3D printing effort to provide lifesaving equipment for COVID-19

Konica Minolta, a leading supplier of 3D printing equipment and services in Australia, is working with partners and customers to help address the likely shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE) and ventilators required on the frontlines of the fight against COVID-19.

Matt Hunter, innovation product manager, Konica Minolta, said, “Rapidly-dwindling supplies of PPE and lifesaving ventilators have created a nightmare scenario in other countries as they battle the virus. 3D printing offers a unique opportunity to address these shortages by providing a fast, reliable production method that means essential equipment can be manufactured and delivered to hospitals without long lead times.

“Konica Minolta knew that many Australian organisations would be eager to help protect patients and healthcare workers from the deadly virus. We reached out to key customers and partners in the 3D printing space, as well as health authorities across Australia, to see what we could do. As a result, Konica Minolta is facilitating the development and manufacture of two key pieces of equipment: the hard-to-source Venturi ventilator valve for patients; and the essential P2/N95 filters for PPE for frontline health workers.”

Konica Minolta partner 3D Systems has designed the Venturi ventilator valve for 3D printing and sent the file to Konica Minolta, which will print the valves if they become required. The 3D-printed valve uses biocompatible, sterilisable, high-temperature-resistant material, making it ideal for medical use. And, because it’s 3D printed, the team can provide high volumes at unprecedented speeds, potentially meeting demand as the COVID-19 crisis hits its peak.

The P2/N95 filter is an essential part of the PPE that healthcare workers require. It filters the virus out of the air being breathed so the wearer breathes clean air. These cost-effective masks with a 3D-printed adaptor and easily replaceable filtration can be mass-produced and sent immediately to healthcare workers on the frontline.

Konica Minolta worked with Erebus Motorsport to develop the filter, which is printed using a 3D Systems Figure 4 3D printer. An existing Konica Minolta customer, Erebus had already been in contact to see how 3D printing could help in the fight against COVID-19. Working with Supercars medical delegate, Dr Carl Le, the team created the e-Mask, a snorkel-like face mask with a 3D-printed adaptor for the easy replacement of P2/N95 filters.

The Erebus team and Dr Carl Le also designed a ventilated Perspex box, which is placed around the patient’s head and chest to provide a continuous filtered airflow, called the e-Aerosol Box. The e-Aerosol Box has already been distributed to hospitals around Australia, as the Erebus team now looks at adapting the model for ambulance transportation.

Barry Ryan, CEO, Erebus Motorsport, said, “The urgency to produce PPE equipment for our health care workers right now is at the forefront of our minds, so with Dr Carl’s guidance we identified what is most crucial and our partners like Konica Minolta have been more than willing to get in and make things happen.

“No matter how big or small, we know that if everyone pitches in then we are doing our part to help protect those who are protecting us.

“It can’t be underestimated. We need to move on things right now and do our part. We want to make sure we are in a better position than overseas, so we are doing all we can to ensure we are ready, if and when the worst hits, and teaming with partners like Konica Minolta and encouraging everyone to pitch in is our way of doing our part as Australians.”

Matt Hunter said, “At this stage, no one knows exactly what the demand will look like as Australia continues to work hard to flatten the curve. However, it’s likely that a fast response will be required to save lives. By facilitating the capacity to 3D print these lifesaving components, Konica Minolta and our customers and partners are playing a small but important role in the fight against COVID-19. Having thoroughly tested the parts, we know they work. We’re now looking to see what other customers and partners we can pull into this project to increase capacity even further, and potentially find new ways to contribute.”


About Erebus Motorsport

Erebus Motorsport is a Melbourne-based Australian Supercar team, owned by Betty Klimenko and sponsored by Penrite Oil. Erebus has risen throughout the ranks of Supercars, finishing fourth in the 2019 Teams Championship, with drivers including David Reynolds, Anton De Pasquale and rising star, Will Brown.

About Konica Minolta Australia

Konica Minolta Business Solutions Australia Pty Ltd is a market-leading provider of trusted technology solutions for enterprise, government, small business, education and manufacturing.

Konica Minolta Australia helps Australian organisations keep pace with the needs of the changing workplace to start leveraging the technology of tomorrow today.

Through innovation and investment in building a portfolio of technology solutions that will help organisations shape their future workplace, Konica Minolta Australia has key partnerships that extend its offering into future products such as artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML); robotics; robotic process automation (RPA); wearables; augmented reality (AR); data analytics; and 3D, now.

Part of the future workplace includes creating businesses, and working with businesses, that are responsible for their impact on and contribution to employees, key stakeholders and the wider community. Konica Minolta Australia actively promotes and innovates in these areas through gender equality, ethical supply chain and climate change action strategies.

For more information visit: konicaminolta.com.au/home

CompTIA launches COVID-19 Resources Forum to serve tech community

CompTIAthe leading trade association for the global information technology (IT) industry, announced the launch of the COVID-19 Resources Forum, an interactive online forum to serve technology companies and professionals as well as government agencies during the ongoing pandemic. 

The forum (covid19.comptia.orglets users  share valuable information, resources and best practices on how technology organisations of all sizes are coping with the impact COVID-19 is having on business operations. The forum also serves as a place to ask questions, list or learn about events and programs, and benefit from ideas and processes that are working for other tech professionals and businesses. 

Nancy Hammervik, executive vice president for industry relationsCompTIA, said,  “CompTIA is committed to helping the technology community stay connected and in step with each other by providing continued access to peers, business insight, useful tools and the resources organisations need to navigate the current environment.  

Users can post information about how the technology industry is responding to the public health crisis, details of philanthropic and community service efforts, and tips and tricks to improve remote working. There are also international resources, a listing of virtual industry events, and sections to ask questions of other users and industry experts. 

Technology companies that work with local, state and federal government agencies also can share information and resources specific to the public sector on the forum. CompTIA’s state and federal advocacy team is sharing details directly from government resources on the forum as well. 

Nancy Hammervik said, “Our members and the technology industry are doing incredible work in communities around the world and we want to make sure they have a platform to share best practices, success stories and valuable resources. The technology industry has stepped up and answered the call on so many levels and we want to empower professionals and companies to continue to serve their customers and the public.” 

All content posted to the COVID-19 Resources Forum is moderated by CompTIA, which reserves the right to remove any postings that do not adhere to the user guidelines.  


About CompTIA 

The Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) is a leading voice and advocate for the $5.2 trillion global information technology ecosystem; and the estimated 75 million industry and tech professionals who design, implement, manage, and safeguard the technology that powers the world’s economy. Through education, training, certifications, advocacy, philanthropy, and market research, CompTIA is the hub for advancing the tech industry and its workforce. Visit www.comptia.org to learn more. 

OnePlace Solutions offers Microsoft 365 add-on software for free to support remote workers

Remote working software helps businesses remain productive when employees work at home 

Microsoft 365 App Award People’s Choice 2019 winner and Australian software-as-a-service (SaaS) solutions provider, OnePlace Solutions has followed Microsoft’s lead in response to COVID-19.   

OnePlace Solutions is offering its Microsoft 365 add-on software, the OnePlaceMail App, for free to support remote workers. No credit card details will be required to unlock this offer and it will be valid until 30 June 2020This offer follows Microsoft’s announcement that subscribers to Microsoft Office 365 will be able to access a free trial of its Teams software. 

James Fox, CEO, OnePlace Solutions, said, “The escalating situation caused by COVID-19 means that tens of thousands of workers may be working remotely before long.  

As a small Australian business, OnePlace Solutions understands the pressures that businesses are facing at the moment. We’re doing what we can to support fellow businesses by letting users access all of the features of the OnePlaceMail App for free 

OnePlaceMail will be an important ingredient in making sure that those who implement the free Microsoft trial will get the most value and productivity out of it.” 

Using OnePlace Solutions software, businesses can make it simple for users to share information and collaborate seamlessly and securely using Microsoft Teams or SharePoint, even if they’re not already familiar with these applications.  

Users can share information with their colleagues with just a few clicks and be secure in the knowledge that the documents they’re accessing are the latest and most correct versions, and that an important file isn’t locked on someone’s desktop while they’re on sick leave. 

James Fox said, “Fortunately for many companies, modern collaboration solutions make it relatively simple for most people to be productive from home.  

“Businesses need the right mix of secure access to information and shared digital workspaces to let their employees be just as productive from home as they are from the office. This includes videoconferencing technology, document sharing and management platforms, and collaboration software.” 

To get the most value from these platforms, organisations need to ensure that team members are using them effectively. Microsoft SharePoint and Teams are extremely powerful tools that help employees stay connected and up to speed on the information they need to do their jobs. However, if team members aren’t used to collaborating in this way, they may find themselves relying on inefficient and error-prone approaches such as emailing information to each other and saving documents on local devices or insecure platforms. This creates security issues and violates many best practices when it comes to managing corporate information.  

James Fox said, “With the right combination of cloud-based tools, employees can be just as effective and productive from home as they could be in the office. This can help minimise the disruption caused by COVID-19, letting organisations conduct normal operations including meetings and close collaboration, all without requiring team members, customers, partners, or suppliers to come face to face with each other during this critical time.” 


About OnePlace Solutions
OnePlace Solutions is a Microsoft Gold Partner providing SaaS solutions to enable people in business to do more, simply. The OnePlace Solutions suite of products is used by organisations to increase productivity, empower modern workplace collaboration, and achieve intelligent information management and compliance. 

Learn more about OnePlace Solutions or OnePlaceMail at www.oneplacesolutions.com. 

Download the OnePlaceMail App from Microsoft AppSource.