Engineering Scholarship announced on International Women’s Day

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

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 […]

Laid back design success

Laid back design success

Otago Polytechnic student, Jeremey Metherell, had a good excuse for lying around all summer.  He calls it product testing … but the reality is he deserved a relaxing break after spending all of last year designing a hammock for the New Zealand brand Cactus Outdoor. It’s unusual for a student to successfully take a product […]

Disruptive technologies driving sustainability

Disruptive technologies driving sustainability

Disruptive technologies and digital infrastructure have the potential to solve some of the world’s most pressing risks and to transform industries. These include safeguarding the planet’s soil and water, and improving inequality and education.   This is the main conclusions of the 2017 Global Opportunity Report, released by DNV GL, Sustainia and the United Nations Global […]

Bridging the skills gap and creating new services

Bridging the skills gap and creating new services

Jargon aside ‘servitisation’ means understanding the bottom line of what your customers really want. Bridging the skills gap and boosting services will be top priorities for manufacturers this year. And IoT? Today, 50% of the costs of IoT projects go on integration. This year will also see many manufacturers realizing they already have ‘IoT’ solutions; […]

Solidworks Simulation Professional

Solidworks Simulation Professional

Product Engineers can efficiently evaluate structural product performance under a wide range of physical scenarios using the powerful virtual testing environment of Solidworks Simulation Professional. Fully embedded with Solidworks 3D CAD, Solidworks Simulation Professional enables engineers to determine product mechanical resistance, product durability, natural frequencies, and test heat transfer and buckling instabilities. Pressure vessel analysis […]

Australia’s innovation report card shows the nation can do better, and hints at how

Ron Johnston, Executive Director, Australian Centre for Innovation, University of Sydney The Office of Innovation and Science Australia released its review of the Australian innovation system this week, largely to a chorus of “heard it all before” from those close to the industry. Tony Peacock, CEO of the Cooperative Research Centres Association, likens it to a school report: Janey tries […]

Exchange Rate Needs Attention

Exchange Rate Needs Attention

The exchange rate hit a two year high on the Trade Weighted Index (TWI) last week.  Our consistently overvalued exchange rate continues to be an issue for the competitiveness of manufacturers and the wider tradable sector, and we need to investigate ways to bring it back to a sustainable level over time,  say the New […]

Solidworks Simulation Professional

Solidworks Simulation Professional

Product engineers can efficiently evaluate structural product performance under a wide range of physical scenarios using the powerful virtual testing environment of Solidworks Simulation Professional. Fully embedded with Solidworks 3D CAD, Solidworks Simulation Professional enables engineers to determine product mechanical resistance, product durability, natural frequencies, and test heat transfer and buckling instabilities. Pressure vessel analysis […]

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