Engineering the exoskeleton – from aliens to mechanically enhanced humans

Little said it was hard to describe the experience of watching someone stand and walk after being in a wheelchair for years. "Every time - it doesn't matter how many times you've seen it before - it's very emotional."

Inspired by the ‘power loader’ exoskeleton worn by Sigourney Weaver’s character in Aliens, Richard Little set out to design and build a pair of robotic legs. The resulting REX Suits are operated by a joystick that allows the wearer to walk, move sideways, turn around, climb stairs, and exercise. Exoskeletons are hyped up as devices […]

Immersive booths to bring business expos to life

The software package allows companies to upload photos or videos and easily produce them into an eye-catching display that moves across all three walls. Companies can also upload professionally-produced work.

Immersive booths to bring business expos to life

Technology that brings standard exhibition booths alive with video projections has launched this month. The immersive booth technology is the brainchild of Andy Roberts, the founder of Rogue Lumens, a technology company in Adelaide, South Australia. In a previous role, Roberts had travelled the world attending conferences and was constantly uninspired by the static displays […]

How the health and safety gravy train is sucking the productivity out of NZ manufacturing

A company that just gets its gear tested and tagged every 6 months looks like it is doing a great job of H&S, but unless it also has RCD’s and does pre-use checks, the users are lulled into a false sense of security. It is just lip service with no staff engagement in real health and safety.

How the health and safety gravy train is sucking the productivity out of NZ manufacturing

Barry Robinson, Chairman MESNZ Are you being suckered by the H&S gravy train? You can save money immediately by reading the following. Test and tagging of electrical appliances and leads is NOT a legal requirement in NZ industrial plants. If you Google it you’ll find any amount of references convincing you that it is a […]

New Zealand becoming more competitive

New Zealand  becoming more competitive

A global survey shows New Zealand moving up the competitiveness rankings – from 24th to 13th – during the last decade. The Global Competitiveness Index is a ranking of economic competitiveness, based on economic data and surveys of large businesses in 137 countries. This year the Index shows New Zealand ranking highly for financial market […]

 New Name for NZMEA – The Manufacturers’ Network

 New Name for NZMEA – The Manufacturers’ Network

The NZMEA signals an even stronger focus on supporting globally competitive manufacturers with the launch of a new name – The Manufacturers’ Network. With the changing face of manufacturing and the increasing global opportunities advanced technologies offer, the NZMEA has introduced a new and simply stated name supported by a strong logo that reflects where […]

Addressing skills shortage vital

Addressing the deepening skills and labour shortage is vital for the incoming Government, says EMA. In the current skills shortage environment, the incoming government needs to have a cohesive strategy for growing the workforce of today and in the future. “Automation and advancements in technology will certainly change the way we work, however we will […]

Productivity and Wages

Productivity and Wages

By Dieter Adam, Chief Executive NZMEA  At the first Leaders’ debate of the 2017 general election, productivity received some discussion, with the Prime Minister dismissing claims that productivity in New Zealand was low by comparison and not showing any signs of improvement.  Following this, there was a number of quality pieces of work on the […]

Vote productivity

Vote productivity

It’s all about to happen on Saturday. The government for the next three years will go forth with a whole new set of plans and ideas on how to make our lives better. We know there are serious social issues which are worrying, decidedly so, and there are business issues which affect the social issues…so […]

Time to pull our collective heads out of the sand

These observations sit alongside our own, and Statistics New Zealand’s data on exports of elaborately transformed goods, which have been in decline for the past 18 months or so.

Time to pull our collective heads out of the sand

 Yesterday’s release of Treasury’s Pre-Election Economic and Fiscal Update (PREFU) provides a fairly sobering forecast of our ability to grow wealth in and for New Zealand, say the New Zealand Manufacturers and Exporters Association. NZMEA Chief Executive, Dieter Adam says, “We have to face the reality of our lack of economic development in New Zealand. […]

Got A Trade? Got It Made!: Industry Training Award Winners

The 2017 Got A Trade? Got It Made! Industry Training Awards, held at Parliament last night, showcased inspiring young people driven to make a big difference in their industry. Fifty of New Zealand’s best and brightest young trainees and apprentices gathered in Wellington to rub shoulders and receive honours at this year’s awards. “These incredibly […]

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