Kineo version 5.0 released

Kineo version 5.0 released

Version 5.0 of Kineo software components for path planning, collision detection and cable simulation is now available. Major new developments include: Kineo Flexible Cables The first release of this new software component has been developed with a specific focus on applications in robotics. The cables that power articulated robot systems are prone to failure as […]

Company Profile: Mach 3 Engineering, Christchurch

Company Profile: Mach 3 Engineering, Christchurch

Health & Safety (H&S) has seen renewed focus in recent years and manufacturers have been adapting to new policy, advancing the safety of their businesses. Mach 3 Engineering, based out of Christchurch, have worked to put H&S towards the heart of their business, improving their own processes to get achieve better safety outcomes for their […]

 Developing smart machines and equipment to meet manufacturers’ demands

 Developing smart machines and equipment to meet manufacturers’ demands

Visitors to the Rockwell Automation stand at AUSPACK 2017 will experience first-hand how The Connected Enterprise drives new opportunities to optimise production and supply chain  More than 70 million people are joining the middle class every year, increasing demand on manufacturing resources and infrastructure. Meeting this demand means being more productive, sustainable and flexible. Fortunately, […]

It’s all cyclical

It’s all cyclical

Recently, Auckland Mayor Phil Goff went on nationwide television to explain Auckland City Council’s plan to bring tighter controls for the future of the super city. He discussed the categories to be affected, including council services. Which means possible redundancies for some of the workers. It’s hard to come to grips with where Auckland is […]

Bringing back jobs of the past

Bringing back jobs of the past

Dieter Adam, NZMEA We have recently talked about various Western countries positioning themselves to take industrial and manufacturing policy more seriously. It is worth further considering the future of manufacturing in relation to technology, productivity and jobs to help think about what policy moves may work, and those that may not be successful. The biggest […]

Engineering Scholarship announced on International Women’s Day

“I feel alive every single day!” Charlotte Flaherty’s decision to leave full time work, and sign up for a Bachelor of Engineering Technology (Mechanical) took a lot of soul searching, and a long time to resolve.  So she’s delighted with the news that she is Otago Polytechnic’s inaugural winner of the Women in Engineering Scholarship. […]

Employability skills framework welcomed

BusinessNZ has welcomed the launch of the Employability Skills Framework, to help ensure young people gain employability skills. The framework lists the workplace skills needed for all entry-level jobs (separate from the technical skills needed for a specific job). Employability skills include literacy, numeracy, using technology, a driver’s license and being drug free. BusinessNZ Chief […]

Business group advises employers on drugs and the workplace

Business group advises employers on drugs and the workplace

The Employers and Manufacturers Association (EMA) urges business leaders to ensure they are on solid ground on the issue of drug abuse in the workplace, by having policies and procedures firmly in place and embedded in company cultures. Earlier this week the Prime Minister said several businesses a week complained to him about their problems […]

How robotic process automation increases competitiveness

How robotic process automation increases competitiveness

Despite the acknowledged productivity benefits of automation, many companies still handle common business practices manually, missing out on efficiencies and potential competitive advantage. Organisations should consider robotic process automation for back-office operations, and even some front-office processes, which are currently still done manually, according to NICE. Gerry Tucker, managing director, ANZ, NICE, said, “Businesses can […]

Is your talent management strategy ready for the global skills gap?

Is your talent management strategy ready for the global skills gap?

By Alexandre Pachulski, Co-Founder of Talentsoft Our global economy has begun yet another transformation. We are in the early stages of a fourth industrial revolution that will bring major changes to our societies, driven by advances in connectivity, automation, and artificial intelligence. With that, has come a global gap in the skilled talent necessary to […]