10 ways automation could boost your business

You can’t compete with low-cost economies on price point using traditional labour intensive technologies. We have to do it through productivity. Automation is one of the most effective ways of increasing our productivity as a nation.

10 ways automation could boost your business

Clive Hickman, chief executive of the Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC), and Jeremy Hadall, chief technologist of the MTC, outline the business changes they expect to see over the next five years as a result of automation. 1. Productivity will increase Think about the introduction of robots to a car production line. Volkswagen has gone from […]

Engineering the exoskeleton – from aliens to mechanically enhanced humans

Little said it was hard to describe the experience of watching someone stand and walk after being in a wheelchair for years. "Every time - it doesn't matter how many times you've seen it before - it's very emotional."

Inspired by the ‘power loader’ exoskeleton worn by Sigourney Weaver’s character in Aliens, Richard Little set out to design and build a pair of robotic legs. The resulting REX Suits are operated by a joystick that allows the wearer to walk, move sideways, turn around, climb stairs, and exercise. Exoskeletons are hyped up as devices […]

Vote productivity

Vote productivity

It’s all about to happen on Saturday. The government for the next three years will go forth with a whole new set of plans and ideas on how to make our lives better. We know there are serious social issues which are worrying, decidedly so, and there are business issues which affect the social issues…so […]

Sweet success at University of Waikato’s Science and Engineering Open Week

A Civil and Environmental Engineering workshop showed students the importance of reinforcing materials, while an Electronic and Software Engineering workshop called for programming an electronic mousetrap.

Sweet success at University of Waikato’s Science and Engineering Open Week

  In the picture: Secondary school students from Thames High School sorting different sized lollies without touching them was just one of the tasks encountered by school students at the University of Waikato’s Science & Engineering Open Week recently. Sorting different sized lollies without touching them was just one of the tasks encountered by school […]

The song remains the same: Buy NZ Made

The song remains the same: Buy NZ Made

New Zealand manufacturers are a sturdy, determined lot mostly pushing uphill against the surge of imported products that flood the country. Many of my conversations with them come down to this: We can’t make enough large volume products to be truly competitive with the same imported products. And imported products are difficult to compete against […]

Manufacturing never stands still

-Doug Green, Publisher, NZ Manufacturer www.nzmanufacturer.co.nz Revolutionary technologies are changing the face of manufacturing in New Zealand and around the world. Remember when the first mobile phones came out? They looked like bricks, were the weight (practically) of bricks and there was really no place to put them. Walking down the busy street talking on […]

Editorial August Issue: Clean and green with natural energy

Editorial August Issue: Clean and green with natural energy

Our Lead Story this issue is ‘The engineering of solar flight’, in itself a mystery a mere few years ago and now seemingly a positive step forward for positive use of sunbeams! However, it is not going to answer the issue of flying in very large planes. Solar Impulse is a one-off example of energy […]

The Year That Was

We are pleased to bring you our annual review of The Year That Was which you can read from Page 1 through to Page 13. NZ Manufacturer invited key business people to reflect on business and manufacturing in New Zealand to assist us to build a picture of just where the economy is going, where […]

Positive year for manufacturers

  John Walley. The past year has generally been more positive for manufacturers and exporters than we have seen for a while. John Walley, Chief Executive, New Zealand Manufacturers and Exporters Association The past year has generally been more positive for manufacturers and exporters than we have seen for a while. A significantly overvalued currency […]