Robotic CNC plasma beam machine eliminates manual coping

Robotic CNC plasma beam machine eliminates manual coping

Traditionally, beam coping has been done manually by marking the dimensions for coping on the workpiece as per the drawings and then manually cutting out the cope from the steel beam using oxy-fuel gas torch. This method leaves a rough cut requiring considerable chipping and grinding to improve the finish. Coping machines provide high speed […]

Making the most of connected machines

Making the most of connected machines

By Ian Raper, Regional Vice President, Riverbed Australia & New Zealand Automation and the rise of smart, Internet-connected manufacturing equipment (known as M2M or the Internet of Things depending on the device) stand to deliver previously unimaginable productivity gains and cost-savings. While these new technologies promise to simplify the production process, this influx of connected […]

Kiwi exporters beware of e-commerce

Kiwi exporters beware of e-commerce

By Johnathan Chen The recent New Balance case should be a big wake up call for Kiwi companies exporting to Asian markets, especially those capitalising on e-commerce to do so. Selling online is a great idea as it gives companies ready access to untapped consumer markets – especially in China, where the emerging middle class’ […]

Engineering a new career for young women

Engineering a new career for young women

Welding, polishing and sand blasting were among the daily activities for a group of young women during a recent work placement at Hamilton-based manufacturer, Longveld. The placement is part of a unique training course offered by Wintec and Longveld, aimed at getting more women into engineering. Sixteen young women from Waikato secondary schools are enrolled […]

Delcam’s new PowerSHAPE Pro offers faster modelling and reverse engineering

Delcam’s new PowerSHAPE Pro offers faster modelling and reverse engineering

In PowerSHAPE 2016, reverse engineering of prismatic parts has been made easier. Delcam has added a series of enhancements to its PowerSHAPE Pro software for modelling and reverse engineering that will help users to complete complex designs more quickly and more easily. In addition, a combination of new, more efficient, code and the extension of […]

Become a market leader – Part Two

Become a market leader – Part Two

Katalin Csikasz, TechPro Plus www.techproplus.co.nz In last month’s edition of NZ Manufacturer we touched on two projects where companies gained the competitive edge to become industry market leaders. The first project, which we detailed in last month’s publication, involved providing the industry with a reliable in-ground corrosion control solution which has subsequently become an industry […]

Nuance Power PDF not the traditional PDF solution

Nuance Power PDF not the traditional PDF solution

Nuance Power PDF offers the PDF software features that business users need to be productive at a price that supports deployment across the entire enterprise. Power PDF delivers high performance, an intuitive user experience, and value, freeing users from the compromises of traditional PDF applications. To see a demonstration of the new features and benefits […]

SouthMACH 15 – an astounding result for exhibitors and visitors alike

SouthMACH 15 – an astounding result for exhibitors and visitors alike

SouthMACH, the South Island’s largest event for the manufacturing, engineering, electronics and technology industries has been called an amazing success by both visitors and exhibitors. This was the first SouthMACH event organised by new owners XPO Exhibitions who acquired the show in late 2013 and “we couldn’t be more delighted with the results” says XPO […]

New Master’s degree to test commercial resolve

Victoria University of Wellington is launching a new Master’s degree aimed at placing students at the coalface of product development and commercialisation. The Master of Innovation and Commercialisation will see students work at transforming actual, real-world innovations into commercial realities. The multidisciplinary, practice-based degree is open to students from a range of disciplines, such as […]

Secondary schools should do the right thing by students, says ITF

Secondary schools should do the right thing by students, says ITF

The Industry Training Federation is dismayed by advice from the PPTA’s Secondary Principals’ Council that schools consider limiting enrolments in Trades Academies to protect staffing grants. “Trades Academies are proving to be the motivating reason some young people stay in education and achieve qualifications,” says ITF Chief Executive Josh Williams. Trades Academy students remain enrolled […]

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