Employment law changes welcomed

BusinessNZ has welcomed changes announced today to the Employment Relations Act. Most changes were announced prior to the 2011 election. Additional amendments to speed up processes Employment Relations Authority were also released today.  BusinessNZ Chief Executive Phil O’Reilly says the overall effect will be to make the Employment Relations Act simpler and more efficient and […]

Employment law changes will help with jobs and business certainty

Employment law amendments introduced to Parliament today will help rebalance the workplace so businesses can adapt more quickly to changing conditions, says David Lowe, Employment Services Manager for the Employers & Manufacturers Association.  “Market and business conditions can change rapidly and it’s important kiwi firms can keep up, to preserve jobs and their business,” Mr […]

What is NAND flash memory?

NAND flash memory is a type of non-volatile storage technology that does not require power to retain data. An important goal of NAND flash development has been to reduce the cost per bit and increase maximum chip capacity so that flash memory can compete with magnetic storage devices like hard disks. NAND flash has found […]

New procurement rules for Government spending welcome

Moves by the Government to develop more user friendly procurement rules that will encourage greater local industry participation in government tenders is long overdue and very welcome says BusinessNZ. Executive Director of Manufacturing for BusinessNZ, Catherine Beard, says this is something that BusinessNZ has been advocating for some time, and the new rules are a […]

A 3D mouse for your fingertips

We all go through phases where we feel like we’ve seen every possible Kickstarter project that we’d ever want. And then one like Mycestro comes along and reminds us that this is just the tip of the iceberg. It’s a 3D mouse that you strap to one of your fingers and it looks like it […]

Next generation of compact drives launched

The Allen-Bradley PowerFlex 525 AC drive is to help machine builders and end users simplify equipment design and operation, and speed installation and configuration. The PowerFlex 525 AC drive features a modular design in power ranges from 0.5 to 30 horsepower or 0.4 to 22 kilowatt at 100 to 600 volt input. Its embedded EtherNet/IP, […]

4D printing touted as way of the future

Skylar Tibbits, an architect, designer and computer scientist, in a recent TED interview unveiled the concept of 4D printing which allows objects to self-assemble and adapt. While a 3D printer builds things up layer by layer, Tibbits has developed a technology where chunks of material start separated and then intelligently arrange themselves into a pre-programmed […]

Polar Rover first wind-powered Antarctic explorer

 Researchers from China’s Kunlun Polar Research Team in Antarctica have developed the world’s first wind-powered, satellite controlled, autonomous robot called the Polar Rover. Polar Rover harvests wind energy with the help of top mounted turbine of 200 watts built by New York’s Urban Green Energy (UGE). It uses numerous sensors that include atmospheric sensors, snow […]

3d Printing locally and globally

3D printing has been touted as the second industrial revolution. Globally, current developments are simply staggering and in New Zealand local businesses must embrace the technology at entry level in order to keep up with the play. One way business can get involved is by engaging with the tertiary sector. In Christchurch, the CPIT Foundation […]

Solid works Professional 2013 meets future needs

The Interview Auckland company, Ignition Networks, is using Solidworks. NZ Manufacturer asked some questions recently about how its all going: NZM: Which Solidtech software are you using? IN: Solidworks Professional 2013 x64  NZM: Why have you chosen this particular software?   IN: We have chosen Solidworks because it is a standout leader in 3D CAD and meets […]

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