Productivity is not an option

As an SME you need to have a definitive plan. You can’t go and open the doors every day to end the week with a few dollars in your pocket. Or treat the business as a place to go instead of staying home mowing the lawns.

Productivity is not an option

There is a disconnect between people believing they are working and those actually working. Just like on Facebook where people have a few thousand friends but have only ever met (in person) a handful of them. Because your company has the latest technology doesn’t mean it is being used properly – that the operative behind […]

Greater focus needed on the wellbeing of business

Only through strong economic growth and a business sector that is willing to invest can many expenditure programmes be supported over the long term.

Greater focus needed on the wellbeing of business

-Leeanne Watson, CE, Canterbury Employers’ Chamber of Commerce Perhaps unsurprisingly New Zealand’s first Wellbeing Budget isn’t a business budget and it’s certainly not about to transform our economy. Yes, there were pockets of funding for innovation, research and development, skills and infrastructure which will help some businesses develop at higher levels and contribute to growing […]

The four factors essential to building a quality production line

Ensuring the seamless transition from the production line building stage to the delivery of the line is a key responsibility of an Assembly Shop Manager.

The four factors essential to building a quality production line

-Andrew Stackpole, Assembly Shop Manager at Facteon Developing an efficient and polished machine building process can take a manufacturing company decades. What’s most important is that throughout this process, the focus is on building a quality production line that allows for the manufacturing of best-in-class product. Since beginning my career as a Machine Builder in […]

AI challenges revealed in book

AI challenges revealed in book

  The Future Computed: AI and Manufacturing is an in-depth look at the challenges and opportunities of AI and how it’s transforming the manufacturing sector. Interviews with customers, policymakers, labor representatives and Microsoft experts shed light on how AI is driving efficiencies, enabling products and services, and allowing for safer workspaces. The book also offers […]

The sense test

Researchers at Kyushu University have developed a robot that can detect odors using a technique known as localised surface plasmon resonance (LSPR), which measures changes in light absorption by gold nanoparticles upon exposure to a gas.

The sense test

  ~ How human senses are revolutionising industrial robots ~   As season two of the critically acclaimed TV show Westworld ended in summer 2018, the conversation around what the robot of the future will look like continues.  While many believe we will have human-like robots soon, such as those depicted in sci-fi blockbusters like […]

HandySCAN 3D scanner meets Boeing’s requirements

 In addition to complying with Boeing’s service letter, Creaform HandySCAN 3D scanners are listed in the Airbus Technical Equipment Manual, which is referenced in its Structure Repair Manual.

HandySCAN 3D scanner meets Boeing’s requirements

Creaform, the worldwide leader in portable 3D measurement solutions and non-destructive testing (NDT) solutions, has announced that its HandySCAN 3D metrology-grade 3D laser scanner can now be used for recording physical attributes of aircraft dents and blends on all models of Boeing commercial airplanes.  Boeing has released a service letter with guidance on the use […]

Gamma helmets new  benchmark for welder safety

Other features that enhance the usability of the Gamma helmets include Axis regulation and GapView functions that deliver fast and convenient adjustment of the viewing area for different working positions.

Gamma helmets new  benchmark for welder safety

Kemppi has launched its new Gamma range of helmets for welders The personal gear offers welders the best protection for the eyes, face and respiratory system, and it also integrates work lights for clear vision and safety in low light working conditions. The Gamma range reduces work fatigue, increases comfort, and helps guard against welding […]

Wellbeing Budget 2019 delivers, but not for business

The Wellbeing Budget 2019 uses the business-driven growth previously in the economy to fund an extensive social wellbeing programme.

Wellbeing Budget 2019 delivers, but not for business

The EMA was not expecting much for business from the Wellbeing Budget 2019, but it was still disappointed it did not tackle some of its members’ key concerns. Chief executive Brett O’Riley says the 8500-strong member organisation’s focus is primarily on employees and their workers. “Nobody would argue that people’s overall wellbeing is important, and […]

Focused spending for business and the economy

"If tax revenue falters over the period, there could be some risks in delivering the proposed Budget surpluses while hoping to reduce debt."

Focused spending for business and the economy

The Wellbeing Budget contains spending that would be positive for business and the economy, says BusinessNZ. Chief Executive Kirk Hope said the focus on innovation, research and skills would help more businesses develop at higher levels and grow the economy. “The Budget recognizes that commercialization of new ideas is often constrained among mid-sized firms and […]

Budget overlooks business wellbeing

This is not a Budget that will transform our economy.

Budget overlooks business wellbeing

Budget 2019 largely overlooks one of the key drivers of people’s wellbeing – their livelihoods, says Canterbury Employers’ Chamber of Commerce Chief Executive Leeann Watson. Budget 2019 utilised the Treasury’s Living Standards Framework to inform the Government’s investment priorities and funding decisions. “This is not a Budget that will transform our economy,” says Ms Watson. […]