Focus on New Zealand brands needed in face of trade uncertainty

Focus on New Zealand brands needed in face of trade uncertainty

Uncertainty over Brexit means New Zealand needs to urgently focus on developing brands and differentiating our agricultural exports.   However, the recently announced TPP agreement – which is to be signed on 1 March – offers potential for enhancing our markets. Senior lecturer in Agribusiness Management, Dr Nic Lees, said New Zealand produces some of […]

Machines can’t dream

Machines can’t dream

 People are concerned about robots. Ever since a computer system defeated chess champion Gary Kasparov 20 years ago, public perceptions of progress in artificial intelligence (AI) research have been defined in terms of high-profile competitions pitting human against thinking machine. Anxiety is high about what the ultimate consequences could be. In the wake of Deep […]

Business and exporters applaud trade success

Business and exporters applaud trade success

BusinessNZ and ExportNZ have welcomed the revival of the Comprehensive Progressive Agreement for Trans Pacific Partnership. BusinessNZ Chief Executive Kirk Hope said the agreement of all 11 partners to the agreement had been hard won, and was immensely worthwhile. “New Zealand is a trading nation that depends on successful exporting to maintain and grow our […]

FactoryTalk Analytics from RA

FactoryTalk Analytics from RA

The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) has increased the availability of information throughout the enterprise by orchestrating data from multiple sources and applying machine-learning applications. But the power of new IIoT tools to improve machine performance is limited when those with access to information are not experts on the machine, leaving powerful machine information untapped. […]

Canterbury-based rehab innovators achieve international medical device certification

Canterbury-based rehab innovators achieve international medical device certification

With a mission to bring comfort and functionality to people living with complex rehabilitation needs, Canterbury-based company Medifab, who design, manufacture and export specialist seating and disability equipment, have achieved ISO 13485:2016 certification – the internationally recognised standard that guides medical device manufacturers in implementing quality management systems to achieve industry distinction. Trusted and recognised […]

Microchip MPLAB ICD 4 with faster processor and increased RAM

Microchip MPLAB ICD 4 with faster processor and increased RAM

  RS Components (RS), the trading brand of Electrocomponents plc, the global distributor for engineers, has announced the new MPLAB ICD 4 in-circuit debugger from Microchip. The MPLAB ICD 4 is an In-Circuit programming and Debugging (ICD) development tool for PIC microcontrollers, including the latest PIC32C MCUs, and Microchip’s portfolio of dsPIC digital signal controllers, […]

Simcenter 3D advances computer-aided engineering and simulation

Simcenter 3D advances computer-aided engineering and simulation

Siemens Simcenter 3D, is its flagship environment for multi-disciplinary computer-aided engineering (CAE), with new comprehensive solutions across multiple simulation disciplines. Simcenter 3D is an advanced stand-alone CAE application for analysts and discipline experts that works with data from any CAD source. Because it is built on the Siemens NXT platform, it also works seamlessly with […]

ARANZ Geo changes name to Seequent

ARANZ Geo changes name to Seequent

ARANZ Geo is changing its name to Seequent. The name change and rebrand reflects the company’s expansion into a broader range of global industries and markets. Seequent leads the world in visualisation of complex scientific data. It first introduced its Leapfrog 3D geological modelling software to the mining and minerals industry over 10 years ago. […]

New technology drives growth at EMEX 2018

New technology drives growth at EMEX 2018

The growth trend within the engineering and manufacturing industries already visible at Emex 2016, sees next year’s show set to be the biggest event in its 40 years history. Demand now sees it expand and further develop its reputation as the premier Technology event to showcase and see services relating to the manufacturing, engineering and […]

New Government – what could – and what will – they do to improve conditions for manufacturers?

New Government – what could – and what will – they do to improve conditions for manufacturers?

-Dieter Adam, The Manufacturers’ Network (formerly NZMEA) The Labour-led Government’s plan for its first 100 days covers a range of areas, a number of which have the potential to impact manufacturers – some directly, many indirectly. Among the latter, the first one to come to mind is housing – anyone trying to find and retain […]

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