Less pain and effort now it’s Ezy-As

ATS ARCHIVE 2010 >> For many, the arduous task of donning compression stockings can be frustrating. This is especially true if the wearer is living independently, weakened by their recovery or condition, in pain or has restricted reach.

After undergoing a knee replacement and discovering other compression stocking applicators weren’t suitable, Barry Hildebrandt and his son Barry Hildebrandt Jnr set out to design and manufacture a unique, easy-to-use aid that would be suitable for a range of people and applications. 

One year later Ezy-As ABC Pty Ltd released the Ezy-As applicator, a unique aid for applying compression stockings and garments. Its features include:  

  • ability to work with a variety of open and closed toe compression stockings;
  • cross functionality between upper and lower limb applications;
  • significant reduction in stress and pain to the injury.

Ezy-As, with CE Mark accreditation, is now distributed around the world, meeting European and GS1 standards.

In May 2010, the Ezy-As applicator was approved for availability through the National Health Service (NHS) in the United Kingdom. 

“The next step is tackling the Canadian market, with our biggest challenge finding the right distribution company to work with and overcoming the economic export challenges of a strong Australian dollar,” Mr Hildebrandt said.

Since Ezy-As was released it has gained solid industry praise and awards. 

Ezy-As was judged ‘Episode Winner’ and won the ‘People’s Choice’ award on the ABC’s The New Inventors TV program.

Today, it is the users of Ezy-As who praise it the most, and health professionals who are familiar with the issues of compression therapy comment on the many beneficial outcomes for their clients.

Customers can look forward to the release of a new independent living aid in the near future as Mr Hildebrandt continues to look for new ways to support those living with injury or restriction of movement, wanting some independence to their lifestyle.

This simple, cost-effective innovation has been accredited to the Australian Technology Showcase.

Through this accreditation, Ezy-As ABC Pty Ltd can look forward to a range of support benefits as the company continues to grow. 

To find out more about Ezy-As ABC contact Barry Hildebrandt on 07 4784 8083 or via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


* The Australian Technology Showcase (ATS) was a joint Federal and State Government 21st century technology incubation program that helped some of Australia's emerging companies to develop world-leading technologies. The ATS program was wound down during the 2008-2012 financial downturn. Business Acumenpresents these stories from our archives as some of the former ATS member companies still have technologies that have yet to be properly commercialised ... and some of the ATS success stories may encourage the next generation of innovative and inventive Australian companies.



Ludowici revolutionary technology cleans coal, minerals

ATS 2007 ARCHIVE >> MINING equipment firm Ludowici is set to revolutionize the global mining industry with new technology for cleaning fine coal and minerals.

The innovative piece of equipment, known as the Reflux Classifier, uses gravity-based separation technology to clean coal and mineralsin an efficient and environmentally friendly process.

The new technology separates fine particles on the basis of density or size. The equipment is used in coal and minerals processing and combines three technologies: a Lamella Settler, an Autogenous Dense Medium Separator and a Fluidised Bed Separator. 

It comprises inclined lamella channels that deliver better hydraulics compared to conventional technologies. The Reflux Classifier is the perfect alternative to spiral technology as it uses an environmentally friendly process which reduces the carbon footprint up to six times.

Ludowici business product manager, Taavi Orupold said the latest Reflux Classifier research has been accepted and implemented into the industry within 12 months.

“It is rare for research outcomes to be accepted so quickly. This makes the Reflux Classifier somewhat of an icon of the industry,” said Mr Orupold.

“The RC2020 Reflux Classifier can also provide an estimated 10 percent increase in recovery. With the current value of raw materials, pay-back time is often measured in weeks not years. In raw material processing, recovery and grade of product are fundamental to maximising profit, which is essential in today’s market.

“Ludowici prides itself on the fact that RC technology does not rely on chemicals to modify surface properties, and that every effort is made to minimise harm to the environment as a result of mining activities.”

Advancements in channel spacing and width ensures that Reflux Classifiers are more efficient and more compact than other fine coal and mineral cleaning equipment.

Ludowici’s Reflux Classifiers offer enhanced functionality with features incorporating a new cone-shaped base for improving underflow, a round mixing section, additional wear-resistant lining as well as improved internal launder adjustment and instrumentation. 

The RC2020 model has been enhanced for fine coal and minerals applications and comprises a more easily scalable design incorporating a new laminar high shear rate mechanism.

With its elegant smooth lines, Ludowici’s RC2020 is a high capacity, compact unit requiring a small amount of floor space so it may be easily accommodated in any plant layout. It has been designed for easy transport, site assembly and installation. More importantly, the RC2020 is simple to operate, with only one operational control used.

The Reflux Classifier was developed through a joint venture with the University of Newcastle. Ludowici is the official licensor of this technology and no other company may promote or lay claim to the technology without their permission.

Ludowici was the recipient of the Ai Group's 2011 Icon of Industry award at the Queensland gala dinner. The Reflux Classifier was also recognised by the IChemE2010 Awards in the UK, winning the Core Chemical Engineering category for maximising resource efficiency.

The impressive RC2020 will be unveiled at this year’s AIMEX at Sydney Olympic Park from September 6-9.


Ludowici’s technology has already been proven with the RC300, a smaller model of the RC2020, which has been designed as a test drive for the new process.

The RC300 is used for in-plant test work in coal and minerals applications. It has the capacity of one spiral start and provides an excellent opportunity for engineers to observe how this technology is one of the more exciting developments in mineral processing.

Ludowici currently has RC300 Pilot units being used throughout Australia, North America, China, India and South Africa.

The RC300 model is an easily scalable unit designed to produce very similar results to the full size RC2020.

Ludowici was founded in Australia in 1858 and is a world leader in the design, manufacture and supply of high quality minerals processing and materials handling equipment. They deliver diversified manufacturing and engineering expertise to global blue-chip clients. 

Ludowici’s products are widely recognised for their outstanding quality and value and are backed by significant investments in research, development and service.

Ludowici is trusted in international markets and represents leading edge innovation for customers. Their vision is to build an international business by innovating forcustomers, sharing the knowledge of their people anddeveloping their own technology.

Ludowici’s diverse suite of products and services is testimony to the company’s reputation for innovation and continued dedication to manufacturing quality and service excellence.

From its head office in Brisbane, Ludowici’s global footprint now includes wholly owned subsidiary companies in South Africa, Chile, Peru, USA, China, India and agents in other mining resource countries.

Ludowici was a member of the Australian Technology Showcase in 2007. Now known as FL Smidth Ludowici, the Brisbane-developed company is today part of the giant multi-national FL Smidth group.


* The Australian Technology Showcase (ATS) was a joint Federal and State Government 21st century technology incubation program that helped some of Australia's emerging companies to develop world-leading technologies. The ATS program was wound down during the 2008-2012 financial downturn. Business Acumen presents these stories from our archives as some of the former ATS member companies still have technologies that have yet to be properly commercialised ... and some of the ATS success stories may encourage the next generation of innovative and inventive Australian companies.



CatchLog: Unique Queensland company hooks global fishing industry

Cairns company CatchLog Trading is set to transform the commercial fishing industry with its range of software solutions developed by fishermen for fishermen. 

Founder and managing director Dieter Bohm has been involved in the fishing industry for 35 years and has used his industry experience to bring the commercial fishing industry into the 21st century via his easy-to-use and reliable software, CatchLog.

CatchLog includes navigational maps and an extensive marine species database designed to assist fishermen in their everyday activities. 

In addition to this, the data can be transferred for electronic logbook reporting via satellite, vessel monitoring systems or standard internet connection.

The company has invested four years into research and development for this product and is currently the only certified e-log software supplier in Australia.

"What makes CatchLog unique is that the program can be adapted to suit any fishery anywhere in the world incorporating the required language, marine species and data transfer methods, with the latest version now available in French," Mr Bohm said.

Ready to go global

The United Kingdom (UK) fisheries authority has recently approved the CatchLog software as compliant with UK logbook system requirements and it is now available to their fishing industry through a distribution agreement with Notus, a manufacturer of advanced net monitoring solutions.

"Fisheries, company owners and captains in the UK believe our software is the most user-friendly and best value-for-money software, and we are confident of capturing 70 percent of the market there," Mr Bohm said.

The CatchLog software is also being trialled through the Canadian Department of Fisheries and Oceans in the Gulf of St Lawrence, West Coast and Newfoundland fisheries.

The company hopes to capture Canadian market share as a result of this trial.

After being accredited to the Australian Technology Showcase (ATS) in 2010, Mr Bohm is confident membership will help to boost market place credibility for the CatchLog software.

He is also looking forward to participating in the range of benefits members are eligible to receive.

Mr Bohm is now looking to expand into the US marketplace.



Permaclean revolutionises cooling tower technology

Queensland-based company Permaclean is doing its part to reduce the carbon footprint and costs associated with cooling tower water treatment through its innovative electrostatic/ultraviolet technology.

Operations Manager Bob Hambly said while the technology was relatively new to Australia, it offered many benefits over traditional treatment methods.

"The industry is currently controlled predominantly by chemical treatment companies, but in this day and age it is an outdated practice and the long term future of water treatment lies with alternative processes of which electrostatic/ultraviolet treatment is leading the field," Mr Hambly said.

Water bubbles

"Not only is our technology safer and more environmentally responsible, but companies will make huge savings from lower electricity and water costs, not to mention removing the occupational health and safety problems involved with storing chemicals."


A recent study in the United States by McNeil Consumer and Specialty Pharmaceuticals found that a combination of water and electricity savings combined with the elimination of chemical purchases equated to an annual saving of over $20,000 from an average sized plant.

According to Mr Hambly, the main issues encountered in cooling tower systems are the formation of scale and biofilm which act as insulators, reducing the system's effectiveness and increasing the energy used.

"Water use is also a big issue in this day and age and a recent comparison on water use within a retail/office high rise on the Gold Coast showed a reduction of 560,736 litres in 12 months by using electrostatic/ultraviolet technology, compared to the previous year. This represented a 17 percent reduction in water consumption," he said.

"Permaclean can also introduce the use of reverse osmosis technology which has been proven to reduce water use by a further 20-25 percent."

There is a broad spectrum of industries currently using Permaclean's non-chemical water treatment including high-rise buildings, universities, shopping centres as well as the alcohol and fruit juice industry.

"As our environment becomes more of an issue, it becomes increasingly important for companies to start making ecologically responsible choices," Mr Hambly said.

"We are very concerned with the issue of water preservation and reducing carbon emissions and encourage business to take the necessary steps towards safer and more cost effective water treatment.

"We are proud to be a world leader in water treatment technology and while many Queensland businesses have been benefiting from electrostatic technology for the past ten years we hope to see many more businesses embrace its use in the future."

Permaclean has received support from government agencies for its proactive approach to green technology and hopes industry will appreciate its benefits for the future.

Mr Hambly said being a member of the Australian Technology Showcase (ATS) helped drive Permaclean's technology further and make people more aware about alternative practices.

"Being involved with the ATS provides us with the exposure to potential customers and allow us the opportunity to get our product out there," he said.