How to choose a manufacturing system

  A company that’s not putting at least 10 percent of sales revenue back into product development can’t possibly keep pace with technology. You want to buy software from a supplier thatÕs serious about having great products today and tomorrow. Good software suppliers update their software frequently, making new features and bug fixes available to […]

Skilled training graduates deserve recognition

Completing a high-level qualification while working fulltime requires a lot of dedication, yet every year several thousand employees in industry achieve highly with little public fanfare. Companies supporting their employees through on-job training are equally dedicated, investing in lifting transferable skill levels throughout New Zealand industry. To recognise the efforts of learners and employers, industry […]

Hand in Hand with a Robot

Since their introduction quite a few years ago, it has become hard to imagine industry without robots. Their strengths – power, quickness and stamina. Their limitation – they can only flex their muscles in separate cells for safety reasons in most cases. The future – an increasing number of safety barriers will fall. The reason […]

Women in Engineering

The incoming Women In Engineering President for 2012 Lilly Sanderson is brimming over with enthusiasm. Read on… Women In Engineering (WIE) is an Incorporated Society of the University of Canterbury aimed at raising the profile of female engineers and providing members with support through education and social events throughout the academic year. Each year the […]

University transforms car travel worldwide

Associate Professor Grant Covic (left) with Professor John Boys. In by far the most significant technology transfer deal ever achieved by a New Zealand university, car travel worldwide is set to be transformed by revolutionary technology developed by The University of Auckland. In a multi-million dollar deal, Qualcomm, a major US research and development company […]

Electric vehicles gathering support

Pure Advantage, the organisation championing a green growth paradigm shift for New Zealand says the launch of the Association for the Promotion of Electric Vehicles (APEV) is evidence of strong growing support for green business in New Zealand. APEV, advised by Soichiro Fukutake one of Japan’s most influential businessmen and now living in New Zealand, […]

LanzaTech wins ICIS and Global Cleantech honours

In the first, the clean energy technology firm has not only retained its spot in the prestigious Global Cleantech Top 100, but also been named ‘Company of the Year Asia Pacific’ for 2011. In the second, LanzaTech has been judged to have shown the ‘Best Innovation by an SME’ in the global ICIS Innovations Awards […]

Continuous Improvement and Sustaining the Gains

  Picture: Jeffrey K. Liker who is presenting a workshop on The Essence of the Toyota Way in Auckland in November. For details visit The large majority of organisations that have embarked on an operational excellence program through lean, six sigma, or lean six-sigma, have found the results at first positive, then reaching a […]

SouthMACH 2011 spirit overcame the weather

Scott Machinery was there.                     By Doug Green Some made it through, some didn’t. But by all accords some good business was done at SouthMACH 2011, held recently in Christchurch. A worthy effort by the show organisers, Hayley Media who had already delayed the show because […]

Outstanding growth for Waikato product line developer

                Wayne Mills, General Manager of rml Projects has had significant growth in Australia. Orders are rolling in for Waikato based rml Group, a company delivering production line innovations for some of the world’s largest global industries. With more than 30 year experience in machinery manufacture, project management, […]