Sustainable bending technology from Germany

Picture: The new, easy-to-operate machine control from Schwarze-Robitec clocks the individual working steps synchronously for time-optimised production.  The rising costs for raw materials and energy make it clear: to remain competitive in the future, it is imperative to handle resources particularly carefully, to tighten production process and thereby increase efficiency. The resource Man can also […]

PowerMILL 2015 to launch at IMTS

Delcam will launch the 2015 version of its PowerMILL CAM system for high-speed and five-axis machining at IMTS 2014 in Chicago from 8th to 13th September on booth E3222, the largest CAM software booth at the show. The new release will include improvements to the Vortex high-efficiency area-clearance strategy, improved collision checking to also cover […]

Improve productivity through Workflow

Workflow specialises in assisting New Zealand and Australian manufacturing companies improve productivity, through the supply of cost effective, automated, real time production data tracking tools and the application of lean thinking processes.  The reality is that manufacturing costs are increasing, and if you are not improving your productivity at the same or faster rate, then […]

Poor quality costs even more

  HERA Industry Development General Manager Nick Inskip (left)  Quality has a cost and a value and buying solely on cost can mean that the quality you think you are getting may not be there.  The recent asbestos issues with the locomotives imported from China by KiwiRail highlights the danger where quality is compromised. While […]

The Second Machine Age

Driverless cars and 3D printers are harbingers of a new era, argue MIT colleagues Brynjolfsson (Director/Center for Digital Business; co-author, Wired for Innovation: How Information Technology Is Reshaping the Economy, 2013, etc.) and McAfee (Principal Research Scientist/Center for Digital Business; Enterprise 2.0: New Collaborative Tools for Your Organisation’s Toughest Challenges, 2009, etc.). Some 200 years […]

Farnborough: How to organise an air display

When the air display starts each afternoon at the Farnborough International Air Show, business transactions pause and eyes roll heavenward, surrendering to the raucous power play. A major part of the attraction is the evident – if calculated – risk the aviators take.  The organisers of this sky-borne shop window for aviation hardware may appear […]

No slow down for BoP/Waikato manufacturers

 Manufacturers in the Waikato and Bay of Plenty regions are expanding faster than elsewhere in New Zealand, according to the Performance of Manufacturing Index, and manufacturers are attributing that to the high performing rural sector.  “The integration of our rural and urban businesses is delivering real sustainability to the regions’ economies,” said EMA Waikato chairman […]

Staying the course

The manufacturing sector remains in expansion mode, despite some aspects of the results that need to be watched closely in the months ahead, according to the latest BNZ – BusinessNZ Performance of Manufacturing Index (PMI).  The seasonally adjusted PMI for June was 53.3 (a PMI reading above 50.0 indicates that manufacturing is generally expanding; below […]

itSeez3D turns iPad Into 3D Scanner

When it comes to 3D scanning, more and more solutions are becoming available as the months go by. 3D scanning is allowing us to take photographs of people and things, in ways that we could never imagine before.  Instead of only being able to look at a flat, 2-dimensional photo, we can now interact with […]