How are you going for serious news?

How are you going for serious news?

-Doug Green This latest noise going on about Campbell Live has, quite rightly, a lot of people up in arms. The show is a bastion of strong support for community and political issues and of John Campbell keeping an eye out for the little guy. The program has never pretended to be anything else and […]

Innovation funding a boost to competitiveness

Innovation funding a boost to competitiveness

Incentives for firms to invest in innovation are welcome, says BusinessNZ. An $80 million increase in funding for Growth Grants announced today will provide more incentives for companies to increase their research and development, BusinessNZ Chief Executive Phil O’Reilly said. The Growth Grants, administered by Callaghan Innovation, are allocated to firms that spend at least […]

Sustainable development for a sustainable world

Sustainable development for a sustainable world

PICTURE:Sustainability concept in chemistry involves replacement of toxic chemical components with bio-compatible analogues in attempt to produce environmentally friendly materials and technologies. Principles of Green chemistry and Sustainability concept have largely influenced research and development in chemical sciences. These principles include convenient degradability and minimised toxicity. It is a well-known fact that common chemicals are […]

Octopus inspired robot

Octopus inspired robot

It has the ability to morph (change shape), propel itself and turn quickly in water (i.e. super-manoeuvrability) efficiently and silently, lending itself to future possibilities in surveillance and inspection. Scientists in Singapore have developed a new octopus-inspired robot which can zip through water 10 times its body length within one second, in an ultra-efficient manner. […]

Broader R&D strategy needed 

Broader R&D strategy needed 

The Research and Development Survey released last week by Statistics New Zealand showed some good news but falling R&D expenditure as a proportion of GDP is of concern – a broader R&D strategy is needed from Government to improve this, say the New Zealand Manufacturers and Exporters Association (NZMEA). NZMEA Chief Executive John Walley says, […]

Thickness gauge has many features

Thickness gauge has many features

The RFG-1000 Ultrasonic Thickness Gauge is packed with features including a large backlit LCD display, auto linear compensation and sound velocity measurement. The full kit includes an aluminium carry case with foam insert, stainless steel calibration block and 10mm 5MHZ transducer with couplant. This item which will serve basic thickness gauging applications very well.

Smart standard drives provide servo dynamics and precision

Smart standard drives provide servo dynamics and precision

Teamed with advanced inverter electronics for smart control functionality, standard asynchronous motors providing IE2 or IE3 efficiency and permanent-magnet IE4 synchronous motors can deliver servo-level dynamics and agility. Based on state-of-the-art frequency inverters for motor-mounting, wall-mounting, or cabinet installation, Nord Drive Systems implement highly precise positioning tasks, safety applications, and sophisticated functions such as synchronisation, […]

Projecta streamlines solar charge controllers

Projecta streamlines solar charge controllers

While solar panels can provide free power it’s necessary to have good quality charge controllers to maintain the performance of the storage batteries. The solar charge controller regulates the power collected by the panels to avoid damage to the battery through excessive charge or discharge at night. The best solar charge controllers can add as […]

 Increasing Number Of Ermaksan Machines Installed

 Increasing Number Of Ermaksan Machines Installed

An ever increasing number of Ermaksan cnc sheetmetal machine tools are being installed in New Zealand engineering workshops. Recently CNC Guillotines have become popular because of the ease of quickly setting the cutting parameters to produce a cut with the minimum of burr and twisting. The blade gap, blade rake, backstop, and cut length are […]

The Interview: Stephen Snedden

The Interview: Stephen Snedden

New Zealand Manufacturer recently asked Stephen Snedden, the inventor, where he finds his inspiration and when it all began. NZM: When did you become an inventor? SS: As a young boy tinkering in my father’s shed with go carts and motor bikes and school projects. Dad was always working out solutions for problems as a […]