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Between invention and innovation
expect more digital prototyping
Buyers are demanding a lot more up-front assurance from their engineers than pretty pictures from 3D imaging.




How to deal with rejection:
Mechanical engineer Andrew Sears
explains how Balzer Pacific won
back the deal by simulating the
project and showing they could
make the crusher safely
with less steel




                                           Fifty dollars down – Digital prototyping solved in weeks problems which had plagued Marcus Hay and the the Pi Mobility’s project for years, saving
                                           hundreds of thousands of dollars along the way
                      By Mike Bishara
          hen      Auckland       head-    the service in the current competitive   of manufacturing.                        a giant rock crusher was rejected as       environmental challenges.




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          quartered,      international    environment,” he says.                   The company let its customers do the     too costly due to the rising price of      The programme gives up to
          engineering group Beca           Mr Williams was one of more than         talking at the event.                    steel. By simulating the project, we       US$50,000 worth of software for $50.
          was chasing the Mt Eden          7000 delegates who navigated their       In the manufacturing keynote ses-        realised that we could make a crusher      This allows smaller startups to do the
          prison and Middlemore            way through an ocean of poker ma-        sion, delegates heard from Itamco’s      with less steel and it would still stand   kind of prototyping that would have
          Hospital contracts, digital      chines to conference rooms, theatres     Joel Heidig     who used Autodesk        up to having four-foot-wide boulders       been out of reach if they had to rely
          prototyping was a require-       and classrooms to soak up the Au-        software to help install a five-ton ma-   dropped on it,” says mechanical en-        on physical modeling.
ment of the bid process.                   todesk ethos. A further 40,000 were      chine that had arrived from Germany      gineer Andrew Sears.                       Within a few weeks Hay’s Pi Mobil-
In the last two or three years the         virtual participants.                    in several huge crates.                  The company used the same soft-            ity company had made a half-inch
demand to model everything has             It was an impressive performance by      “They simulated a virtual factory, in-   ware to simulate a self-loading barge      change to the arched tube which al-
been driven by the contracting frater-     an industry giant in the 3D design,      cluding the pad that had to be built,    assembly, including a crane and sev-       lowed a different battery form factor
nity’s bid to make the construction        engineering, and entertainment soft-     the 40-ton crane needed to assemble      eral hoppers.                              which, in turn, significantly reduced
process more efficient, Beca’s techni-      ware market. Autodesk says more          the machine, and the high-voltage        “We simulated the design’s structural      material and manufacturing costs.
cal director and general manager for       than 10 million professionals in 185     wiring it required. The simulation       response to stress and proved that the     The company knocked US$360,000
building services Jon Williams told        countries use its products.              enabled them to understand and           project could be built with thinner        off initial inventory costs and cut as-
New Zealand Engineering News at the        “Customers now use software tools        mitigate constraints before a single     steel and still be safe,” says Mr Sears.   sembly times from 20 hours to four.
Autodesk conference in Las Vegas.          to do conceptual design, sophisticat-    crate was pried open,” says Autodesk     But the star of the show was un-
“There is no question that from            ed simulation, and stress and failure    simulation team director Scott Reese     doubtedly Marcus Hay’s electric Pi         The players in Las Vegas:
inception to handover digital proto-       analysis, greatly reducing the need      senior.                                  Cycle, a beneficiary of Autodesk’s          Autodesk: www.autodesk.com
typing will offer benefits. It reduces      for expensive physical prototyping       Balzer Pacific used digital prototyping   Clean Tech Partner programme,              Beca Group: www.beca.com
waste, is quicker and more efficient.       or even more expensive post-devel-       to stay competitive without compro-      which offers design engineering and        Itamco: www.itamco.com
“Still, while clients are buying into      opment rework,” reckons Buzz Kross,      mising safety and quality.               digital prototyping software to speed      Balzer Pacific: www.balzerpacific.com
the idea, there is resistance to pay for   Autodesk’s senior vice president         “Our original bid to design and build    up the development of solutions to         Pi Mobility: www.picycle.com



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EDITOR’S CHOICE


Additive technology sets out to improve
on structures from nature
  esto engineers drew their              unique human-machine coop-                 gripper is also completely safe

F inspiration from the trunk
  of an elephant to create a
bionic handling assistant –
                                         eration and its compliance on
                                         contact,” says head of research
                                         at Festo Dr Peter Post .
                                                                                    for use with humans
                                                                                    “If one also considers the pro-
                                                                                    duction price of the assistant,
and then went on to do better              In the case of collision, the            which is well below that of
than nature.                             system’s natural compliance                any similar service robot, then
Their efforts, together with             comes into play. First because             countless new possibilities sud-
those of partners at the                 the assistant is made of light-            denly present themselves.
Fraunhofer Institute for Man-            weight plastic, rather than                “With the aid of additive man-
ufacturing Engineering and               heavy steel or aluminium and,              ufacturing, we can replicate
Automation, earned them the              second, because it is driven               structures from nature almost
coveted German Futures award             by compressed air and regu-                one-to-one. And in combi-
– Deutscher Zukunftspreis 2010           lated by intelligent control               nation with this additive
– and the quarter of a million           technology.                                technology, the use of pneu-
Euro prize that goes with it.            The cooperation with Fraun-                matics for the drive system
“We were originally fascinated           hofer IPA took place on a                  creates the basis for such a low
by the nature of the elephant’s          variety of levels.                         production price,” explains Mr
trunk. With over 40,000 indi-             “The use of additive manufac-             Grzesiak.
vidual muscle fibres, the trunk           turing technologies together               Festo is an international sup-
can move freely in every di-             with the development of all                plier of automation technology
rection. This inspired us to             properties of the assistant is a           with problem-solving expertise
develop a handling system                flowing process which cannot                in the field of pneumatic and
which goes far beyond any-               be divided into separate                   electrical automation. Festo’s in-
thing currently available in             parts,” says Andrej Grzesiak of            novative strength is demonstrated
industrial automation,” ex-              Fraunhofer.                                by around 100 new products
plains Markus Fischer, head of           He says that with 11 degrees of            which it launches every year,
corporate design at Festo.               freedom, the assistant is more             as well as a research and de-
The freedom of movement                  agile than conventional han-               velopment ratio of 9.5 percent
even means that the bionic               dling systems. Standing freely,            and the 2900 patents it holds
                                                                                                                                 For the first time humans and machines can work together efficiently and without danger
handling assistant can extend            it can reach within a radius of            worldwide. Its new approach in
                                                                                                                                 in a single team
from 70cm to 1.1m – some-                over one metre.                            product development uses bionics
thing its natural role model             Coupled with its low weight                and biomechatronics within the
cannot achieve.                          of under 2kg, applications for             framework of the Bionic Learning             Join in                                 New Zealand but the compa-                mike@hayleymedia.com.
“For the first time humans and            the bionic handling assist-                Network.                                     New Zealand Engineering News            ny should have a contactable              Products submitted for consid-
machines can work together               ant promise a new dimension                Germany: www.festo.com                       invites companies to submit             presence in the country. Send             eration may be published in
efficiently and without danger            of “third-arm functions”, he               New Zealand: www.festo.com/                  products or services for Editor’s       entries to Editor, NZEN, PO               other sections of the magazine
in a single team. The main in-           says.                                      cms/en-nz_nz/index.htm                       Choice. The innovation does             Box 33146, Takapuna, North                at the editor’s discretion.
novation lies in the system’s            The three-finger laser sintered                                                          not need to be developed in             Shore City 0740, or email




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NEWS


Wave power device secures
international certification
   New Zealand developed           ogy – New Zealand consortium      processes at the prototype de-

A  and designed wave power
   device has been awarded a
statement of design feasibility
                                   comprises Crown Research In-
                                   stitute Industrial Research Ltd
                                   (IRL) and Power Projects Ltd,
                                                                     velopment stage.
                                                                     “I expect that the time invested
                                                                     now will result in engineering
certification by internation-       a private Wellington-based        benefits as the technology ap-
al certification agency, Det        energy industry company.          proaches commercialisation.
Norske Veritas (DNV)               IRL commercial manager Gavin      “DNV has tremendous experi-
The Wave Energy Technol-           Mitchell says the certification    ence in the marine engineering
ogy – New Zealand (WET-NZ)         reflects well on IRL’s technical   sector and it makes sense to tap
consortium has been experi-        competence in what is a very      into this as soon as possible.
menting with a 25 percent scale    new and challenging area of       “This external audit of our
(2 kW) wave-power device,          engineering and design.           progress provides us with the
which has been deployed off        “Due to the harsh operating       confidence to confirm the
Christchurch since 2006.           environment of the ocean          design of our half-scale device.
The consortium has been            there are many variables to       The design principles devel-
funded by the government’s         contend with in designing         oped will also be built into a
Marine Energy Deployment           such a device.”                   more advanced quarter-scale
Fund to develop a half-scale       “The DNV Design Feasibility       device for deployment in
(20 kW) prototype version of       certification will give inves-     Oregon,” he says.
its device based on DNV certi-     tors confidence in the viability
fication principles.                of the WET-NZ design,” says       The consortium                     The 25 per cent scale device deployed off Christchurch. The DNV certification reflects the
Resource consents have been        Power Projects director Dr        Wave     Energy     Technology     consortium’s technical competence in a challenging area of engineering and design
granted for the deployment         John Huckerby. “It shows we       – New Zealand was formed in
of this device in Taranaki and     have a robust design and have     July 2004.
Wellington this year.              thought through the issues of     It was awarded research and        further FRST funding in late       Wellington this year.              For more information, contact
DNV certification is a lengthy      deployment for the device.”       development funding by the         2008 and May 2009 was suc-         In September last year, the        Dr. John Huckerby,
process of risk identification      IRL energy technologist and       Foundation for Research, Sci-      cessful in getting further R&D     consortium and a US partner        Tel: 0274 946 581, or Email:
and mitigation. In this case       Leader of the WET-NZ research     ence and Technology (FRST)         funding from the Marine            were awarded funds by the US       john.huckerby
it covers not only the design      and development team Al-          for a 20 percent-scale proof-of-   Energy Deployment Fund.            Department of Energy for an        @poerprojects.co.nz
of the device but also ancil-      ister Gardiner says there was     concept prototype wave-power       Resource consents have been        Oregon-based deployment of a
lary equipment, such as the        substantial effort involved in    device which was deployed in       granted for the deployment         quarter scale device.
moorings.                          introducing the fault mode        late 2006.                         of the half-scale (20 kW) pro-
The Wave Energy Technol-           investigation and analysis        The consortium was awarded         totype device in Taranaki and



Duct & Flex MD braves the snow to check                                                                 Sparring with robotics
in with his Scandanavian supplier                                                                       All of the programming is carried out by the design office in New Zealand




Duct & Flex managing director Geoff Ebdon says it is vital you get in front of your suppliers
regularly or you miss out on seeing new products and developing your business. Here he                  The robot layout at Southern Spars will eventually be able to cope with machining a 78
checks out the DS-20 filter head and cleaning system destined for New Zealand with the JKF               metre mast in two sections
sales manager Morten Ostergaard in Als, Denmark
                                                                                                           ew Zealand-based South-         rigging and related compo-         key requirement for Southern

     here was a warm recep-        largest stockist of industrial    begins automatically.              N  ern Spars, a company
                                                                                                           specialising in the design
                                                                                                                                           nents made from composites.
                                                                                                                                           The decision to invest in the
                                                                                                                                                                              Spars.
                                                                                                                                                                              “All of the programming is car-




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     tion waiting for Geoff        duct and flex.                     The cleaning takes place by        and construction of spars          Delcam software was made by        ried out by the design office in
     Ebdon, the managing           While duct is an important        means of the especially de-        and rigging for high-perform-      Stephen Young, a design en-        New Zealand, plus it needed to
     director of New Zealand       part of the Danish company’s      veloped power pulse system         ance yachts, recently became       gineer at Southern Spars with      be carried out offline as early as
     Duct & Flex when he vis-      range, the bulk of JKF’s turno-   where clean dry oil-free com-      the 35,000th customer to           responsibility for the compa-      possible in the design process,”
     ited an icy Denmark in        ver worldwide derives from        pressed air is released down       purchase Delcam CADCAM             ny’s CADCAM operations in          explains Mr. Young.
     December.                     filters and fans.                  the internal cylinder of the       software.                          New Zealand.                       “This meant that the software
He was there to discuss future     New Zealand Duct & Flex           cartridge to remove the outer      Southern Spars bought the          His initial investigation proved   had to be instinctive and easy
products to be launched into       placed an order for a Dust-       dust and particles.                PowerMILL CAM system to            extremely frustrating.             to learn. In addition, since
this market and to see for         Storm DS-20 model late last       Also on the agenda was dis-        program robots for the finish       “We approached a number of         practically every part we make
himself the latest filter, model    year and Geoff was able to see    cussions on the range of JKF       machining of spars and other       suppliers that claimed to offer    has to be custom designed, the
DS-20, being manufactured          for himself the product being     fans Duct & Flex is now re-in-     components        manufactured     systems to program robots,”        programming time had to be
ready for delivery to a North      finished.                          troducing to the New Zealand       from carbon fibre-reinforced        Mr Young says.                     kept to a minimum.”
Island installation this month.    The DS-20 boasts 20 filter         market.                            composites.                        “However, most of the people       The next stage in the devel-
The galvanised, steel and stain-   cartridges.                                                          Asthe      industry     pioneer,   we talked to did not actually      opment is to place the robot
less duct products Duct & Flex     During operation dust accu-       For more information,              Southern Sparsbuilt its first       have any real-world experience.    onto rails so that even South-
sell here are manufactured by      mulates on the surface of the     Tel: 0508 69 38 28,                carbon-fibre reinforced com-        Delcam was the only com-           ern Spars’ biggest components,
JKF Industri, which has a large    pleated filter bags and even-      or Email: info@nzduct.co.nz        posite spar in 1990. Since then,   pany that could show us some       including a 78 metre mast
percentage of the European         tually the volume reaches a                                          the company has pursued a          genuine applications with the      for a super-yacht, can be ma-
dust control market.               predefined pressure drop and                                          passion for delivering world-      technology.”                       chined in a maximum of two
Duct & Flex is the the country’s   the cleaning of the cartridges                                       class cruising and racing spars,   Ease of programming was a          sections.

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NEWS


Government funds R&D at                                              support between business and
                                                                     government is a great step
                                                                     forward for the successful com-
                                                                                                        Seal free pumps range of
Christchurch wheelchair maker                                        mercialisation of New Zealand
                                                                     innovation and we’re proud to
                                                                     be a part of this,” she says.
                                                                                                        savings and reliability
                                                                     “This funding helps make                                                                                     bigger pumps for equivalent
                                                                     New Zealand an even more                                                                                     flows and pressures.
                                                                     attractive centre of excellence                                                                              They can also run dry with-
                                                                     for R&D within our global                                                                                    out damage. The latest
                                                                     organisation, helping ensure                                                                                 Kel-Cell technology protects
                                                                     long-term career prospects for                                                                               diaphragms even in abnormal
                                                                     our teams. We envisage that                                                                                  system conditions.
                                                                     the grant will also help us to                                                                               A few examples of fluids and
                                                                     invigorate the Christchurch                                                                                  applications handled suc-
                                                                     economy through the addi-                                                       No seals on Hydra-           cessfully by Hydra–Cell are
                                                                     tion of more staff,” she says.                                                  cell pumps means             aggressive chemicals, cleaning
                                                                       Dynamic Controls employs                                                      there are no leaks           systems, dirty solvents, liquids
                                                                     360 staff with 190 based in                                                                                  containing particles, reclaimed
                                                                     Christchurch. In 2009 it had                                                                                 liquids, reverse osmosis and
                                                                     revenues of approximately                 ydra-Cell pumps are         The flow is steady and, with            spray drying. There are many




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Dynamic Controls’ chief executive Charlotte Walshe with              NZ$100 million.                           seal-less.  No      seals   little pulsation.                      more.
Minister of Research, Science and Technology, Dr Wayne               The chief executive of In-                equals no seal wear         Compact and highly efficient
Mapp and production manager Steve Chadderton at the                  vacare, Gerry Blouch, says the            – no leaks.                 (80-85 percent), a Hydra-Cell          For more information:
awarding ceremony in Christchurch                                    grant is an important vote of             There are a couple of       pump can be fitted with a               Tel: 04 526 4415,
                                                                     confidence from the New Zea-               other no’s to make          smaller motor than would               or Email:
                                                                     land government.                          a buyer say yes to          be required by many much               chris@hydraflow.co.nz
  lectronic        wheelchair     It was among the first recipi-      “The investment recognises         Hydra-Cell.

E and scooter maker Dy-
  namic       Controls
been awarded government
                            has
                                  ents of the new technology
                                  development grants admin-
                                  istered by the Foundation
                                                                     Dynamic       Controls’    track
                                                                     record of innovation and sig-
                                                                     nificance to the New Zealand
                                                                                                        No loss of performance and no
                                                                                                        frequent repairs.
                                                                                                        This means less down time
funding of up to NZ$5.28          for Research, Science and          economy.                           and long-term reliability, with                    SEAL-LESS HIGH
million over three years for      Technology.                        “Dynamic Controls is a global      minimal routine maintenance
                                                                                                                                                          PRESSURE PUMPS
research and development.         Chief executive Charlotte          centre of excellence for the       and low repair costs.
                                                                                                                                           • Positive Displacement
Dynamic’s parent company          Walshe says the award of the       Invacare Group and we have         Hydra-Cell pumps can handle        • Low Maintenance
Invacare is the world’s leading   funding is fundamental to en-      a long history of partnering       solids up to 1mm or more and       • Compact, Relatively Light
manufacturer of wheelchairs,      abling the company to achieve      with them for R&D projects,”       can be pumped without fine            Weight                             • Bentonite
bariatric equipment, dis-         its research and development       he says.                           filtration. The result is that      • For Water, Chemicals, Slurries,    • Chocolate Transfer
ability scooters, respiratory     goals faster and better.                                              system costs are reduced and         Hot & Cold Liquids                 • High Head Lift – Stock Water
                                                                                                                                           • Low Energy Requirements            • Dosing & Metering
products and other homecare       “The Dynamic Controls’ team        Further information, contact:      maintenance is simplified.
                                                                                                                                           • Seal-Flush                         • Trim Squirt
products.                         is passionate about innova-        Charlotte Walshe,                  Most pumps in the Hydra-Cell       • High Pressure Wash-Down            • Machine Tool Coolant
Dynamic Controls itself leads     tion and using it to enhance       Tel: 021 958 692,                  range can operate at any pres-
                                                                                                                                           For More Information Contact:       Upper Hutt, Wellington
the world in the manufacture      the quality of life for people     or Email cwalshe@                  sure from <1 bar up to at least
                                                                                                                                           Hydra-Cell Pumps Ltd.               Ph: 04 526 4415 • Fax: 04 526 4416




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of electronic controls for pow-   with disabilities.                 dynamiccontrols.com                70 bar. Some models up to 170      PO Box 40 281                       Email: chris@hydraflow.co.nz
ered wheelchairs.                 “This type of partnership and                                         bar.                               Unit 4-26 Goodshed Road             Website: www.hydra-cell.com




Infrastructure assistance
from university centre
      he University of Auck-      Professor Bruce Melville, head




T
      land has set up a Centre    of the Department of Civil and
      for Infrastructure Re-      Environmental Engineering,
      search to help tackle       says the university welcomed
      infrastructure challenges   the opportunity to contrib-
      in the country.             ute its expertise and practical
      The specialist research     know-how in a vital field.
centre aims to improve in-        ”As well as providing gov-
frastructure decision-making      ernment        and     industry
and management through            greater access to infrastruc-
research, training and policy     ture research, the centre will
development.                      help practitioners and policy-
Faculty of Engineering dean,      makers make smarter decisions
professor Michael Davies says     for better infrastructure provi-
the centre will provide those     sion,” he says.
building and maintaining the      Funded by The University of
country’s infrastructure with     Auckland, the centre was es-
greater access to emerging        tablished by professor Melville,
technologies developed within     Phil Warbrick, chairman of the
the university and associated     Industry Advisory Board of the
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overseas universities.            Department of Civil and Envi-
“We recognise that as a leader    ronmental Engineering, and
in infrastructure design and      Dr Jim Bentley.
innovation we have an im-
portant role to play in the       For further information, visit:
government’s plan for infra-      www.cir.auckland.ac.nz
structure development within
New Zealand,” he says.
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COMPANY PROFILE




                                                                                                                                                TECAFORM - coloured
                                                                                                                                                parts from medical grade
                                                                                                                                                acetal


With three locations and new products Supply Services is looking forward to another exciting 30 years of supporting New
Zealand engineering and manufacturing industries. Outside the new Auckland warehouse are, from left general manager
Baden Prentice, Mt Maunganui branch manager Craig Reekie, Auckland branch manager Mark Brown, sales engineer
Lawrence Jacobs and customer services representative Juvaan Roodt




Three decades of supply and
service earns its own reward
“We believe that if we can assist our customers to be successful and
innovative, the more valuable and enduring our relationship will be with                                                                      TECAPEEK PVX – bearing grade PEEK parts for sliding and
them.” - general manager, Baden Prentice                                                                                                      rolling components in the marine industry

       upply Services Ltd is       proach to our customers. We         up to 340mm in diameter.




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       celebrating its 30th year   believe that if we can assist our   A recent new agency added to
       in style. It has opened a   customers to be successful and      the engineering plastic stock
       third branch in Penrose     innovative, the more valuable       shapes product line is Ensinger
       to meet the demand of       and enduring our relationship       EPP from Germany.
       an expanding Auckland       will be with them,” he says.        Ensinger is one of the leading
       and Northland custom-       Quality products are import-        manufacturers of high perform-
er base.                           ed from every continent and         ance plastics. These materials
Founded in 1980, and pri-          Supply Services is fortunate to     perform at continuous service
vately owned by New Zealand        have some very long relation-       temperatures of between 150-
shareholders, Supply Services      ships with its suppliers.           300 degrees Celsius.
Ltd has an enviable reputation     One of these is Can-Am              Other      markets     Ensinger
for service.                       Chains. Can-Am manufactures         specialises in are medical tech-
In the 1980s the company’s         chains primarily for the wood       nology, semi-conductor and
Head Office was in Birkenhead,      processing, ash handling and        aerospace.
but to support its bulk chemi-     waste water industry.               Another aspect of the plastics
cal distribution business it was   From its two plants in Canada       business is the Slippery-Deck®
soon moved to Mt Maunganui,        and the USA, product is deliv-      plastic truck body liners from
which is well serviced by the      ered around the world.              the USA. These liners are gener-
Port of Tauranga.                  Supply Services carries an ex-      ally 12.7mm thick or more and
Conveyor chain and engineer-       tensive range of their welded       fitted into dump truck bodies,
ing plastic products were added    steel chain, SBR roller chain       hoppers or augers to improve
soon after to cater to the local   and sprockets.                      product flow.
wood processing industry.          Can-Am Chain’s key focus is         They are available in three
In 1997, the chemical distribu-    to “achieve the total lowest        grades to meet the demands of
tion aspect of the business was    life cycle cost” for its custom-    materials such as hot asphalt,
sold to ICI (now Orica) and        ers and, to this end, it is well    roading metal, clay, sand, snow
Supply Services has been fo-       known in the New Zealand            etc. Slippery-Deck® Liners can
cusing on expanding with new       material handling industries.       be installed and serviced na-
products ever since.               Engineering and industrial          tionwide by Supply Services.
A Christchurch branch was          plastics are a rapidly expand-      Hundreds of Slippery-Deck®         From left, an oil lubricated nylon part for general engineering, a medical grade polypropyl-
opened in 1999 to provide a        ing part of Supply Services         Liners have been fitted to both     ene part and a PETP part for the food industry
New Zealand wide footprint.        business.                           on-road and off-road vehicles,
General manager, Baden Pren-       Stock shapes such as sheet,         with most of the country’s big-    tics conversion machinery is        routers are employed.            For more information,
tice, says the company has         rod and tube are available in a     gest transport operators.          available in all three branches     To complement these, a SCM       Tel: 0800 102 112
weathered the global financial      wide range of materials such as     To support and add value to        to support customers who re-        5-axis router is due to be in-   Email a branch:
crisis by focusing on its core     UHMWPE, Nylon, Acetal, PETP         its products, Supply Services      quire cut-to-sze material and       stalled in March 2011 for        sales.akl@
customers, as well as looking      and PVC to name just a few.         has extensively invested in        machined components.                machining complex parts.         supplyservices.co.nz
for new opportunities.             In fact, the company invento-       modern engineering conver-         The company has just taken          Customer drawings and CNC        sales.mtm@
Thinking negative just wasn’t      ries well over 40 different types   sion equipment.                    possession of its first Leadwell     programming are done in          supplyservices.co.nz
an option.                         of plastic material.                Services provided are turn-        T7 CNC slant bed lathe with a       house using SolidWorks, Auto-    sales.chc@
“We try to impart a ‘can do’       Sheet ranges in thickness from      ing, milling, welding, spindle     Siemens ShopTurn controller         CAD and AlphaCAM.                supplyservices.co.nz
attitude in all our staff and      1mm to 100mm thick, rods up         moulding and routing.              for high volume runs.                                                Or visit:
strive to take a proactive ap-     to 400mm diameter and tubes         An extensive range of plas-        For flat plastic parts, two 3-axis                                    www.supplyservices.co.nz

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COMPANY NEWS


Konecranes delivers the reliability                                                                                                             At Southern Steels’ Adelaide
                                                                                                                                                subsidiary,     Brice    Metals,
                                                                                                                                                Konecranes installed five 10-
                                                                                                                                                                                   The CXT cranes, with indi-
                                                                                                                                                                                   vidual hoist capacities up to
                                                                                                                                                                                   80 ton, are designed to be in-

100 times over for Southern Steel                                                                                                               ton cranes, with one designed
                                                                                                                                                to have plate magnets.
                                                                                                                                                “The other four,” Mr Rodmell
                                                                                                                                                                                   dustry benchmarks of safety
                                                                                                                                                                                   and ergonomics; with easy and
                                                                                                                                                                                   effective load handling and
                                                                                                                                                said, “have twin hoists de-        optimum dimensions for max-
                                                                                                                                                signed for handling general        imising the hook travel.
                                                                                                                                                long products such as structur-    Konecranes’ national sales and
                                                                                                                                                al and tubular steel plus angles   marketing manager Warren
                                                                                                                                                and channels etc.                  Ashton says: “As world leaders
                                                                                                                                                Also in Adelaide, Southern         in crane design, manufactur-
                                                                                                                                                Steel has recently acquired the    ing and servicing, Konecranes
                                                                                                                                                premier plate processing busi-     has over the years established
                                                                                                                                                ness Ferrocut also serviced by     a track record that includes a
                                                                                                                                                a number of Konecranes up to       number of industry firsts.
                                                                                                                                                20-ton in capacity and han-        “The newest innovations are
                                                                                                                                                dling plate up to 20m long.        found in our groundbreak-
                                                                                                                                                “We have also put in one more      ing CXT crane design, a type
                                                                                                                                                10-ton crane in Victoria, in our   which is now in increasingly
                                                                                                                                                Dandenong Surdex operation,        widespread use throughout
                                                                                                                                                yet again a plate handling         Australasia.
                                                                                                                                                crane with magnets on it.          “Not only is the CXT hoist a
                                                                                                                                                “Over at our Greenfield site        forerunner in technological
                                                        Above: Konecranes in action at Southern                                                 in Perth, we are installing        terms, the design innovation
                                                        Steel in Perth.                                                                         three new 10 ton overhead          has reduced the number of
                                                                                                                                                cranes and two refurbished         maintenance and wear items
                                                        Left: Southern Steel subsidiary Brice                                                                                      on the hoist, reducing the cost
                                                                                                                                                Konecranes from our Kwinana
                                                        Metals in Adelaide uses Konecranes                                                      facility.                          of ownership for the end user.
                                                                                                                                                 “In addition to the new cranes,   “Whilst      we     recommend
   outhern Steel, the larg-          not the overriding issue when       For every tonne that goes out,     easy lifting and moving of          we have also replaced six hoists   Konecranes as the service

S  est privately owned steel
   distributor in Australia, is
extending its long running
                                     it comes to purchasing over-
                                     head cranes.
                                      “Inevitably there are cheaper
                                                                         there has to be one coming in.
                                                                         “And if the crane is not work-
                                                                         ing we aren’t making any
                                                                                                            large heavy loads,” he said.
                                                                                                            Mr Rodmell explained that the
                                                                                                            controls of the magnets are
                                                                                                                                                on cranes in Brisbane and
                                                                                                                                                Milperra, with four more to
                                                                                                                                                be replaced soon in Campell-
                                                                                                                                                                                   provider of choice, any serv-
                                                                                                                                                                                   ice agent with basic crane
                                                                                                                                                                                   knowledge and experience can
relationship with Konecranes         offers around, but we find that      money. We are very busy and        incorporated into the remote        field,” Mr Rodmell said.            effectively maintain a CXT
following the successful in-         if something is cheaper then        our business is growing rapidly    radio controllers for the cranes.   Dr Sive explained that while       hoist through its lifetime.”
stallation of 17 new overhead        there is a reason for it.”          and most of the steel we buy       “Rather than two controls, it’s     Southern Steel did have a          “CXT cranes have excellent
cranes in Australia in the past      “At Southern Steel we run very      needs to be moved with the as-     all on the one control, making      couple of minor problems at        hook approaches at both ends
12 months.                           high spec’d cranes, typically       sistance of a crane.               it easier and safer for the         Milperra, mainly due to the        of the crane and the headroom
With more than 50 years ex-          C6/M6, because if our cranes        “So our Konecranes have to         controller.                         structure being slightly behind    requirement is minimal. CXT
perience in the steel industry,      stop, our business stops. We        work hard all day, and they        “All the cranes are designed        schedule, overall he said he       cranes are designed to elimi-
and an enviable reputation           use Konecranes’ CXT technol-        carry out their strenuous role     to handle plate in stock sizes      was very satisfied with the in-     nate unused or under-utilised
for reliability, flexibility and      ogy hoists and the highest spec     to our general satisfaction,” Dr   for sending out as stock sheets     stallation work carried out by     square meters because the
excellent service, it comes as       those hoists can get to.            Sive said.                         and for loading and unloading       Konecranes which also includ-      crane can operate closer to the
no surprise that Southern Steel      ”Unlike a fabrication shop,         David      Rodmell,    Southern    profiles and putting those cut       ed the crane rail installation.    walls and lift the load higher,”
turns to Konecranes for the re-      where the crane might get           Steel’s general manager of op-     pieces on the trucks.               “This is a very important area     Mr Ashton says
liable and efficient lifting of its   used three times a day to pick      erations technology, says that     “The largest plate we bring in      and needs to be done right.”
steel products.                      up a piece of steel and put it      because safety is a major issue    on a regular basis is 12m x 3m      “We have a long-term relation-     The company
And with close to 100 cranes         down again, we really use           for the company, all hoists fea-   which weighs around the 7-          ship with Konecranes, and like     The Konecranes group em-
spread across its numerous fa-       our cranes. We are typically        ture remote radio controllers.     ton mark. However the reason        any long-term relationship         ploys nearly 10,000 people
cilities in Australia, Southern      running two shift operations        “The radio controls give the       we installed the 20-ton crane is    you have your ups and downs        in 43 countries and has more
Steel knows which overhead           across the country and the          operators the chance to stand      we handle heavier slabs where       but we always seem to be able      than 366,000 cranes of all
cranes can take the demand-          cranes run continuously for         back and get a very good look      the dimensions are smaller          to work our way through any        brands under service con-
ing workload steel distributors      the two shifts,” Dr Sive says.      at the load they are carry-        but are much thicker at 250-        issues that might arise and get    tracts. Konecranes industrial
demand, and which cannot.            “In our business, a crane is a      ing and see that they are not      300mm plate and weigh up            back on track again. They are      cranes and hoists are used by
Southern Steel’s general man-        hard working materials han-         exposed to the proximity of        to 15-16-ton. It also allows us     professional people to deal        many industries including au-
ager business development, Dr        dling device used to move the       anything that could go wrong.      to both carry and profile the        with,” Dr Sive said.               tomotive production, energy
Anthony Sive, says that relia-       steel in and out of the facility.   “At our Milperra plate process-    longest plates in the market        Konecranes, the world’s larg-      and resources, manufacturing,
bility and downtime are major        “And it’s not just for selling      ing facility in south-west         – up to 20m in length.              est producer of overhead           metal and mineral processing,
issues for the company.              steel, we also have to receive      Sydney, we have installed six      “Konecranes has also installed      cranes and lifting equipment,      primary product and paper
“If we don’t have cranes oper-       the steel, it has to come off the   new overhead cranes – one 20-      two new 10-ton cranes and           has built its most advanced        processing and ports and infra-
ating, we don’t have a business.     trucks from the mill, be stored     ton crane, three 10-ton cranes,    upgraded and relocated two          safety, ergonomic and reliabil-    structure projects globally.
That’s why we always turn to         in the warehouse and then           plus two 5-ton semi-portal         overhead cranes for us at our       ity technologies into its high
Konecranes for our lifting re-       reloaded out to the custom-         cranes, with Truninger electro-    new Southern Sheet and Coil         performance CXT series of in-      For sales inquiries,
quirements,” he says.                ers when they want it, just in      magnets hanging off three of       facility, also in Milperra,” Mr     dustrial cranes and wire rope      visit: www.konecranes.com
Dr Sive explained that price is      time.                               the bigger cranes to facilitate    Rodmell explains.                   hoists.




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COMPANY NEWS


There is still room for good
old fashioned service
      upagas was formed            The company also provides            chosen to ensure that a high




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      in 1998 from a small         dry ice to a number of freight       level of service is maintained
      local Waikato supplier       companies which transport            and that customers get to
      Oxyman.                      products such as food.               enjoy that old fashioned type
      Its mission was to open      The Supagas product range            of service.
      up the Auckland market       includes oxygen, argon, argon        There are Supagas centres




                                                                                                                                                                                 EA_2745
      which at the time had        mixes, nitrogen, acetylene,          in Kamo, Silverdale, Glen-
only two companies supply-         helium, balloon gas and CO2          field,    Pukekohe,     Thames,
ing industrial gas.                in small, medium and large           Morrinsville, Putaruru, Te
It appeared that the small         cylinder sizes.                      Awamutu, Mt Maunganui, Te
to medium users (SMEs)felt         The company also provides            Aroha, Otorohanga, and Ro-
somewhat       neglected    and    modules or manpacks of               torua. Three new centres just
wanted another player in the       cylinders and produces and           opened in East Tamaki, Napier
market.                            distributes dry ice (solid CO2)      and Palmerston North.
Supagas focused on the gas         in various sizes such as blocks,     Staff at Supagas have been in
cylinder market only and left      pellets and slabs.                   the industry for a long time
things like safety products and    Supagas offers owner cylinder        and have a great deal of knowl-
consumables to other players.      filling under its strict safety       edge. They are very dedicated
The thought was that if the        and compliance policy. As            and can offer advice on proc-
company specialised and kept       long as it is in test for the gas    esses, procedures, applications
things simple, they could offer    required and the cylinder is in      and safe use of any Supagas
a more dedicated and focused       good condition, Supagas will         products.
solution to their customers.       fill it.
It has worked and today the        Apart from the Auckland and          For more information, contact
main industries that Supagas       Hamilton branches Supagas            Supagas:
services are welding fabrication   supplies gas products through        Tel: 09 278 0145 in Auckland
and maintenance, hospitality,      independently owned serv-            and 07 847 2202 in Hamilton,
schools and small users such       ice centres around the North         or visit: www.supagas.co.nz
as home engineers and craft        Island.
people.                            Service centres are carefully




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FEATURE MOTORS, DRIVES & TRANSMISSIONS


Proven in New Zealand and Australia – driving turbines
in offshore Germany Alpha Ventus wind farm




The Bonfiglioli drive systems ensure the wind turbine is constantly matched to the wind
direction and the rotor blades are brought into an ideal position




        onfiglioli   yaw    and       turbine, he says.                  government has approved




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        pitch drives available       Bonfiglioli is now one of the       plans to develop up to 40 off-
        in Australia and New         largest suppliers for azimuth      shore wind parks that could
        Zealand are among the        drives and pitch drives in         provide electricity to eight mil-
        cutting-edge products        Europe, which is itself a leader   lion households.
        included in Germa-           in wind power technology.          The president of the Bonfiglioli
        ny’s new Alpha Ventus                                           Group, Sonia Bonfiglioli, says
offshore wind farm, the coun-        The company has invested ex-       the company’s gearboxes were
try’s first.                          tensively in Australia and New     selected to control the yaw
The managing director of Bon-        Zealand to extend its range        angle of each turbine tower, as
figlioli Transmission (Australia)     and capabilities across the        well as the pitch of the blades.
Malcolm Lewis says these rug-        spectrum here.                     As the world leader in the
gedly reliable and compact           “As demand expands in              design and manufacture of
drive systems – incorporating        Australasia for clean energy       yaw and pitch drives -– the
technology already proved in         alternatives, we are position-     company’s solutions can be
Australasian industrial applica-     ing ourselves to deliver the       found in nearly 30 percent of

“…these ruggedly reliable and compact drive
systems – incorporating technology already
proved in Australasian industrial applications
ranging from mining to manufacturing
and materials handling – provide as high
as possible an energy yield and as low as
possible risk potential for the system at the
same time.”
tions ranging from mining to         benefits access to truly global     the world’s wind turbines.
manufacturing and materials          experience in this market,”        Bonfiglioli was simply the best
handling - provide as high as        says Mr Lewis                      company to accommodate the
possible an energy yield and         Located in 30 meter deep           wind park’s demands.
as low as possible risk poten-       waters, 45 kilometre off the       “Due to the location and high
tial for the system at the same      German island of Borkum            power output of each wind
time.                                in the North Sea, the Alpha        tower, each component had
With their help, the generator’s     Ventus wind park features 12       to be both highly reliable and
gondola (and thus the wind           wind towers, each generating       high-performance.                   “Their steadfast commitment,      The company                       For more information:
turbine) is constantly matched       5 megawatts of energy.             “Thanks to our years of expe-       perseverance and creativity       Bonfiglioli        Transmission    In Australia: Malcolm Lewis,
to the wind direction on the         The wind farm is expected to       rience in applied technology,       have paid off. The experience     (Australia) Pty Ltd is part of    managing director 61 2 8811
one hand, while on the other         generate enough electricity to     Bonfiglioli was among the few        gained during the construction    the international Bonfiglioli      8000, Email:malcolmlewis@
the rotor blades are brought         power 50,000 homes.                manufacturers who could pro-        of Alpha Ventus will benefit all   group, with 2500 employees        bonfiglioli.com.au
into an ideal position.              The important project, which       vide the right solution for the     future offshore wind farms.”      worldwide. The full Austral-      In New Zealand: Neil
Operation at an optimal speed        represents an investment of        project,” says Ms Bonfiglioli.       Sophisticated    transmissions    ian branch is part of a global    Pollington 0800 432 777,
is decisive for the efficiency        250 million euros, marks the       During an official commis-           incorporating planetary drives    network of 13 full branches       Mob 021 827 199, Email:
of the energy producing drive        beginning of a new era in en-      sioning ceremony, German            and frequency converter con-      and eight production plants       npollington@bonfiglioli.com.au
train extending from the rotor       vironmentally-friendly power       Federal Environment Minister        trol are used in drive systems    supported by nearly 80 na-
to the generator.                    generation in Germany.             Dr. Norbert Röttgen, said that      for wind generators ranging       tional distributors and an
If it turns too slowly, insuffi-      Alpha Ventus, commissioned         investors, turbine manufactur-      in size from small systems for    Australasian network of dis-
cient energy will be produced;       in 2010, is the first of several    ers and grid operators had all      village power supply in India     tributors complemented by
if it turns too quickly, there are   wind farms Germany plans           taken a great risk with this test   through to 5 MW leviathans.       offices in Australian States and
dangers to the complete wind         for its northern coastline. The    field.                                                                 New Zealand.

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FEATURE MOTORS, DRIVES & TRANSMISSIONS


Maneuverable heavy lifter is
just the ticket for tight spots
       etting up heavy lift       The heavy-duty lifting system        elements and many other ap-         all heights without blocking.




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       equipment for truck,       combines a high capacity             plications that require heavy       For safe mechanical cribbing
       tractor, railway stock     cylinder and an electric or air-     lifting equipment in remote         of a lifted load, accessory
       and machinery servicing    powered hydraulic pump unit          locations.                          locking u-rings can be placed
       can be time-consuming      integrated into a mobile cart.       Key features include the fact       around an extended piston
       and hazardous if not       “It is ideal for companies where     that the riser can be rolled into   and come in four lengths for
       undertaken properly.       time and safety are paramount,       position for easy placement         each capacity.
Frustrating problems can arise    such as mining and energy, oil       and has no exposed hoses or         They are available individually
in both workshop situations,      and gas, heavy infrastructure        fittings to damage.                  or in sets. Locking u-rings are
where space is at a premium,      construction and heavy trans-        There is a wide selection of        accommodated by storage racks
and in remote situations where    port,” says Enerpac Mining           capacities, strokes and jack        integral to the POW’R-RISER.
normal plant services and lift-   manager Pat Molloy.                  heights for a variety of applica-
ing surfaces are not available.   “POW’R-RISER has the speed,          tions and each electric motor       For more information, contact:
A solution to such problems is    power and versatility for a          is fully enclosed to withstand      Neville Stewart,
offered by Enerpac in the form    wide variety of on-site site ap-     elements.                           Tel: 0800 363 772,
of its easily maneuverable,       plications, including servicing      Capacities of 54, 90, 136 and       or Email enerpac@xtra.co.nz
self-contained, POW’R-RISER®      tires, tracks and other main-        181 tons are available with
Lifting Jack which can be used    tenance functions on heavy           pneumatic or electric pumps                                                      The riser can be rolled into position for easy placement and
in even the tightest locations    equipment, lifting and posi-         for the toughest jobs. An ex-                                                    has no exposed hoses or fittings at risk of damage
and over rough terrain.           tioning of large constructed         tension system allows lifting at



Added safety for                                                         Want to advertise?
                                                                         Contact Keith Falloon on 0800 503 305
electrical cable reels          sive heat transmission.
                                                                                         NEW ZEALAND


                                ReCoila’s spring rewind elec-
                                trical extension lead reels
                                accommodate 20 metres of
                                cable, from 240VAC single
                                phase to 415VAC three phase
                                in varying amperages. A large              PLASTIC FIXINGS                                                                                 Specialists in variable speed drive systems
                                                                                                                                                                           & power transmission equipment.
                                                                            & FASTENINGS
                                drum diameter, minimal coils
                                and heavy duty cables assist
                                in reducing the electromag-
                                netic field effect that can cause
                                overheating and melt cables,
The reset switch reduces the    potentially causing serious
chances of fire or failure due   safety hazards.
to excessive heat transmission When not in use, electrical
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                                cables are neatly stored away
  ustralian      manufacturer in the reel, preventing damage

A                                                                            Extensive range                  Screws, nuts & bolts
  ReCoila has added a ther- and in turn helping to prevent                                                    Spacers & washers
  mal overload reset switch accidents from stray cables left
                                                                             in stock, fast
                                                                             delivery                         Cable ties & mounts
to its electrical cable reels, on the floor.
                                                                                                              Rivets & clips
enabling excess heat to dis- ReCoila has recently opened
                                                                                                              PCB supports
sipate should the circuit be a local distribution centre in
overloaded.                     North Shore City.
The switch will give added                                                   Available from
protection to the slipping of For more information, contact:                 Hi-Q Electronics Limited

cable and reduce the chances Recoila, Tel: 09 441 0177                       sales@hiq.co.nz
of fire or failure due to exces- Website: www.recoila.co.nz
                                                                             0800 800 293
                                                                             www.hiq.co.nz
Professional finish
hose collars
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                                                                          » BS & ANSI CHAIN
                                                                          » STAINLESS STEEL SPROCKETS
Hi-Q Electronics is the agent for STOCKCAP hose collars                     & CHAIN
   TOCKCAP has introduced         stock in red, convenient packs          » CONVEYOR CHAINS
S  a new hose collar range for    of 100, 500 and 1,000.
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   hydraulic hose tails through   STOCKCAP hose collars are
its New Zealand agent Hi-         designed to finish off the hose
Q Electronics, adding to its      end and fitting providing a               Premium Quality Chains to suit your drive
growing product offering for      professional finish as well as
the hydraulics market.            offering protection from dust            Direct from NZ’s largest manufacturers &                                      Streamlining effective maintenance
The new range of collars suit     and moisture, the maker says.                Importers of sprockets and chain
hose-tail sizes 1/4”, 5/16”,
3/8”, 1/2”, 5/8” and 3/4” in
the push-lock tail range.
                                  For more information, contact:
                                  Richard Higham,
                                                                                                                 sales@pmlnz.com
                                                                                                                                                          www.johnbrooks.co.nz
They are manufactured from        Tel: 0800 800 963, or 09 415 3333,
low    density    polyethylene    or Email sales@hiq.co.nz
(LDPE) and available from

www.engineeringnews.co.nz                                                                                                                                                                                February 2011
12
FEATURE MOTORS, DRIVES & TRANSMISSIONS


SEW-Eurodrive quickly gives you exactly what drive application you need every time




From a huge range of in-stock componentry, SEW in Auckland and Christchurch, can quickly custom assemble the exact drive solution for every customer application requirement


  here are several strong        A fast turnaround, custom as-       land and Christchurch plants     a geared motor range with a        your need, the SEW team offers      are backed by 24 hour support

T customer advantages to
  having every drive applica-
tion quickly and individually
                                 sembly take a matter of hours
                                 and ensures every drive appli-
                                 cation is solved with the exact
                                                                     to allow the quick custom
                                                                     assembly of the exact drive
                                                                     solution.
                                                                                                      speed control built into the
                                                                                                      terminal box of the electric
                                                                                                      motor.
                                                                                                                                         free advice, planning and drive
                                                                                                                                         calculations.
                                                                                                                                         A surprising range of optional
                                                                                                                                                                             seven days per week. Global
                                                                                                                                                                             drive solutions are customised
                                                                                                                                                                             in Auckland and Christchurch
custom assembled.                power/size, gear configuration       Stock items include motors       Also available are powerful        extras are also available from      to New Zealand application
Custom assembly ensures the      and mounting, output speed          with or without brake, servo     positioning and sequence con-      stock. This includes ther-          requirements.
lowest possible power con-       and torque requirement.             motors and a wide range of       trollers that can be deployed in   misters,    encoders,    forced
sumption and eliminates over     This is a vast difference to        gear housings for a variety      conjunction with the range of      cooling fans, motor enclosures,     For further information:
specifying.                      choosing the “next best” or         of mounting configurations,       SEW servo motors.                  high inertia flywheel fans,          Auckland, Tel: 09 274 5627,
This saves costs and the po-     “larger option” from imported       gears and related components.    All of these drive solutions are   TorqueLoc       hollow     shaft    Palmerston North, Tel:
tential damage to any other      stock items.                        This unique modular system       available from stock and are       mounting systems, double            06 355 2165,
drives in the manufacturing      In New Zealand, SEW-Eurodrive       provides a very comprehensive    quickly custom assembled to        output seals, backstop units,       Christchurch, Tel: 03 384 6251,
or processing system. It guar-   is dedicated to maintaining a       power/size range.                individual customer applica-       shrink disc shaft locking and a     or Email sales@
antees optimum long-term         large range of componentry in       Electronic control options       tion needs.                        range of paint finishes.             sew-eurodrive.co.nz or visit
performance.                     stock at all times at their Auck-   for basic applications include   To pinpoint the right drive for    Once delivered, SEW products        www.nz.sew-eurodrive.com



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                                                                                                                                                             AUCKLAND
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                                                                                                                                                             CHRISTCHURCH
                                                                                                                                                             10 Settlers Crescent, Ferrymead
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                                                                                                                                                                                                           13
ENGINEERING NEWS

                                                                                                                                                                               face-to-face, in a one-stop

  The machines are back                                                                                                                                                        trade destination.
                                                                                                                                                                               Long-standing exhibitor, Chris
                                                                                                                                                                               Whittington, of Camplex NZ
                                                                                                                                                                               Ltd, says: “Our continued
                                                                                                                                                                               investment in this show is a
                                                                                                                                                                               direct reflection of the qual-
                                                                                                                                                                               ity of the event and the value
                                                                                                                                                                               we receive as an exhibitor. The
                                                                                                                                                                               2009 event was the best yet.”
                                                                                                                                                                               Competition is fierce to win
                                                                                                                                                                               the coveted “new products and
                                                                                                                                                                               services award” which is voted
                                                                                                                                                                               for by trade-only visitors. The
                                                                                                                                                                               award encourages innovation
                                                                                                                                                                               as exhibitors launch new prod-
                                                                                                                                                                               ucts throughout the show.
                                                                                                                                                                               SouthMACH also features
                                                                                                                                                                               high quality seminars and
                                                                                                                                                                               workshops from chosen ex-
                                                                                                                                                                               hibitors, giving visitors more
                                                                                                                                                                               opportunity to source defini-
                                                                                                                                                                               tive solutions for their current
                                                                                                                                                                               and future needs.
                                                                                                                                                                               “Trade shows like SouthMACH
                                                                                                                                                                               help raise the profile of manu-
                                                                                                                                                                               facturing in New Zealand and
                                                                                                                                                                               help companies to maintain
                                                                                                                                                                               and improve competitiveness.
                                                                                                                                                                               “Efficient    and     productive
                                                                                                                                                                               manufacturing       relies     on
                                                                                                                                                                               having reliable and up-to-date
                                                                                                                                                                               information about processes,
                                                                                                                                                                               machinery, tools, equipment,
                                                                                                                                                                               as well as keeping your finger
                                                                                                                                                                               on the pulse of factors affecting
                                                                                                                                                                               domestic and overseas mar-
                                                                                                                                                                               kets,” says Ms Hobbs-Price.
                                                                                                                                                                               If you work or manage a com-
                                                                                                                                                                               pany in the manufacturing
         ith less than four         HAYLEYMEDIA,             Rachel     around 100 exhibitors and         neering manufacturing and          next 12 months.                   or engineering sector, you




W
         months        to   go,     Hobbs-Price, says stands are        more than 3000 trade-only         technology, in an environment      The value of continued in-        can register online today for
         SouthMACH        2011      filling fast, with a steady flow      visitors participating in the     providing maximum exposure         vestment in SouthMACH is          complimentary admission to
         is shaping up to be        of new exhibitors joining the       two day showcase.                 to prospective buyers.             not lost on the numerous ex-      SouthMACH 2011. Pre-register
         bigger and better          many returning for another          SouthMACH         2011     will   In fact, 93 per cent of visitors   hibitors who return year after    for quick entry on the day.
         than ever.                 season.                             maintain a highly regarded        surveyed in 2009 said they         year.
         SouthMACH        2011      Since the show’s inauguration       emphasis on emerging tech-        would revisit the show in          Exhibitors have the ability to    For further information and a
will be held in Christchurch at     in 2005, it has quickly become      nologies and new products         2011, while 77 percent stated      test the market, launch prod-     list of current exhibitors or to
the CBS Canterbury Arena on         one of New Zealand’s lead-          and services.                     they were definitely or pos-        ucts, generate sales leads,       register, visit:
11 and 12 May 2011.                 ing engineering machinery           It will continue to deliver the   sibly intending to purchase        increase brand awareness and      www.southmach.co.nz
Exhibitions      director   for     and technology events, with         latest information in engi-       from an exhibitor within the       gain valuable instant feedback,




New advances for
3 to 5-axis machines
      he strengths of DMG/          dles with 24,000 rpm, 30,000        demanding 5-axis




T
      Mori Seiki’s duoBLOCK®        rpm and 42,000 rpm, power           machining.
      and gantry machines           motor spindles with 10,000          The universal char-
      are     effectively    im-    rpm and, for DMU 80 and             acteristics of the
      plemented in market           DMU, 10030 kW and 286               monoBLOCK series
      successes for larger and      Nm.                                 are complemented
      heavier power engineer-       Then there are soft highlights      by numerous ex-
ing components.                     such as “Advanced Surface” for      pansion stages.
The universal monoBLOCK             maximum surface-quality ma-         DMG has recently
range has its day when it           chining down to Ra < 0.2 _m         incorporated        a
comes to the 3 and 5-axis ma-       in the Siemens 840D solution-       “blade table” into
chining components up to            line,   “CollisionMonitoring”       its 80 and 100 series
1100 kg.                            for the automatic detection         machine       range,
Examples of applications are        and avoidance of crash situa-       which, with a view
smaller impellers and also tur-     tions, surface qualities of up to   to power engineer-
bine blades and guide vane          Ra 0.2 _m in the Heidenhain         ing, is specially
carriers for gas turbines.          iTNC 530, adaptive feed con-        aimed at the manu-
The mechanical engineering          trol Application Tuning Cycle       facturers of turbine
arguments in favour of the          -ATC for process-oriented pro-      blades up to approx-
monoBLOCK range are im-             gram optimisation with regard       imately 750 mm.
pressive for all sizes.             to accuracy, surface finish and      Buyers can make is
These include improved dy-          speed, and 3D quickSET®.            easier by opting for
namics in all axes by 30            3D quickSET is used for             fixed-price packages.
percent, top-class accessibility,   checking and correcting axis        On offer at the moment
ergonomics and operability,         accuracy in space. With the         by DMG/Mori Seiki
high stability and excellent        help of a special reference         is      currently
damping characteristics.            component, a replacement            offering      an
All offer unrestricted flexibil-     measuring probe and thanks to       all-inclusive
ity right up to the 5-axis range    appropriate cycles in the CNC       design for 5-axis
and for milling negative angles     controller, the operator can ef-    machining includ-
up to -30°.                         fectively carry out an accuracy     ing mono-BLOCK machine in         The monoBLOCK range guarantees excellent cutting conditions for the machining of
Starting from this base, DMG        calibration in the kinematics       B-axis design with NC rotary      smaller components in 5 axes
adds a selection of compo-          at the press of a button.           table, 3D QuickSET, measur-
nent-oriented and machine           This enables 100 percent            ing probe from Heidenhain         For further information,
specific spindle alternatives.       reproducible work piece accu-       or Renishaw, electronic hand      contact: Ramon Liddell,
These include universal motor       racy to be achieved down to         wheel, spray gun and three        Tel: 64 272 382 385, or Email:
spindles with 12,000 rpm and        the micron range, particularly      days commissioning.               ramon.liddell
18,000 rpm, HSC motor spin-         in the case of complex and                                            @dmgmoriseiki.com

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14
FEATURE ENGINEERING WORKSHOP


Lightweight aluminium crane                                                          including       manufacturing,
                                                                                     installation, servicing and
                                                                                     maintenance. The three base-
                                                                                                                         the fact that they’re transport-
                                                                                                                         able, easily moved through
                                                                                                                         confined spaces and simple to

finds ready market                                                                    model designs provide a
                                                                                     platform to expand this series
                                                                                     into numerous lifting applica-
                                                                                                                         assemble.
                                                                                                                         “With clients such as Fonterra,
                                                                                                                         Goodman Fielder, Royal NZ
    hen Clark Nelson, mainte-               Hence the need for the gantry            tions – collapsible, static and     Navy, Lion Breweries, Clariant

W   nance manager, mills, for
    Holcim New Zealand in
Westport saw the lightweight,
                                            crane,” he says.
                                            Holcim uses the Stratalign
                                            gantry crane for extracting
                                                                                     moveable.
                                                                                     Mr Nelson particularly likes
                                                                                     the Stratalign gantry crane’s
                                                                                                                         NZ and Seeled Air, to name just
                                                                                                                         a few, these gantries are help-
                                                                                                                         ing make lifting operations in
aluminium Stratalign gantry                 bagged material from hatches             “quick     assembly,    certified    workplaces much safer,” says
crane for the first time, he in-             underground on site.                     lift points, the mobility and       Mr West.
stantly picked up on the real                “Also to aid in the removal of          practicality.”                      Stratalign offers a complete
safety and practical benefits it             our Terex dump truck bearing             Capacity is another selling         range of lifting, hoisting and
could bring to Holcim’s work                and brake assemblies. We have            point. The collapsible and          associated equipment – includ-
site.                                       a planned job for the removal            static models have a lifting        ing Nitchi and Balken electric
“With the increasing re-                    and replacement of a one                 capacity of 1500kg, while the       chain hoists, slings, magnetic
quirement for best practice                 tonne transformer – the trans-           moveable model will easily          clamps, chain blocks, lever
throughout industry, we’ve                  former needs to be lifted and            lift 1000kgs and is capable of      hoists, spring balancers and
acknowledged that tasks once                railed over other equipment              being moved with the load           load skates.
undertaken in the past now                  and out of a building,” says Mr          suspended.
have better methods and prac-               Nelson.                                  Stratalign’s Lee West says the      For more information, contact:
tices available.                            Assembled in just five min-               gantries are popular with clients   Lee West,
“We have site procedures relat-             utes, this innovative lifting            “due to product satisfaction        Tel: 09 263 7725, or Email:
ing to certified lift points now             device offers benefits across             and the product’s capabilities.     sales@stratalign.co.nz                    Assembled in five minutes, this innovative lifting
being required to be certified.              a wide spectrum of industries            “They like their versatility and                                              device offers benefits across a wide spectrum




                                                                                     A new plastics supplier enters the New
                                                                                     Zealand supply chain




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                                                                                            rant McCartney has           Founder of Macplas Ltd, Grant             Request help from Macplas          new material.




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                                                                                            an engineering trade         McCartney says that with the              with product selection if you      But there are many applica-
                                                                                            background and an            support of a major plastics               are unsure.                        tions where plastics have
                                                                                            extensive career in the      supplier, a new era of plastic            Grant was initially involved       successfully replaced what
                                                                                            engineering     plastics     material and parts supply is              with injection moulding and        would be considered conven-
                                                                                            industry.                    evolving.                                 extrusion        product/tooling   tional materials of bronze,
                                                                                            The service offered by       Macplas has available from                design and manufacturing.          aluminium or even steel. It
                                                                                     Macplas Ltd is as a one-stop        stock a full range of engineer-           After a period with a plastic      now acts as a replacement for
  GANTRY CRANES                                                                      shop for all plastic products       ing plastic materials from the            supply company in Austria, he      plywood or MDF.
                                                                                     and advice.                         most basic of PVC, polypropyl-            has spent the last 20 years in     Whatever your requirements,
  Applications in                                                                    Even in the current depressed
                                                                                     manufacturing market, there
                                                                                                                         ene or polyethylene, through
                                                                                                                         to more exotic materials of
                                                                                                                                                                   various management positions
                                                                                                                                                                   with Engineering Plastics Ltd.
                                                                                                                                                                                                      Macplas can offer help with
                                                                                                                                                                                                      the supply of product or advice
  manufacturing                                                                      are signs of green shoots           PTFE and PEEK, in semi-fin-                Grant has pitched the business     to satisfy your needs. Stock

  installation                                                                       emerging from the status quo.       ished form.                               philosophy of service, service,    material supply, cut to size
                                                                                     One such green shoot is Mac-        That is in solid rod, sheet or            service.                           materials, machined parts to

  maintenance                                                                        plas Ltd, a company with a
                                                                                     significant pedigree of experi-
                                                                                                                         tube format, for use by engi-
                                                                                                                         neers or designers to utilise as
                                                                                                                                                                   That is, the right product or
                                                                                                                                                                   part, on time, at the right
                                                                                                                                                                                                      customer specification.
                                                                                                                                                                                                      Add to that service, help with

  industry                                                                           ence, knowledge and quality
                                                                                     supplier backing.
                                                                                                                         a material in a broad range of
                                                                                                                         industries and applications.
                                                                                                                                                                   price.
                                                                                                                                                                   “This is something a small
                                                                                                                                                                                                      customer’s product design,
                                                                                                                                                                                                      prototyping, and even reverse
     Assembled by one person in 5 minutes                                                                                                                          business can do well, by           engineering of imported parts
                                                                                                                                                                   having a close understanding       with the view to replicate them
     Lightweight                                                                                                                                                   of what the customerís needs       to achieve the same or better.
     Collapsible                                                                                                                                                   are and being small enough to
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     Transportable in confined spaces                                                                                                                              ensure the business overheads      For more information:
     Versatile                                                                                                                                                     are minimal,” he says.             Email: sales@macplas.co.nz
                                                                                                                                                                   “Quick delivery is also covered    or Tel: 0800 506 407
     Load lift to 4.000m high                                                                                                                                      by having the business in close
                                                                                                                                                                   proximity to a courier depot.
         SOLUTIONS FOR ALL                                                                                                                                         This means even orders placed
            YOUR LIFTING
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                                                                                                                                                                   late in the day can still make
                                                                                                                                                                   the courier deadline of around
           REQUIREMENTS                                                                                                                                            6pm.”
                                                                                                                                                                   Grant says that the use of plas-
  Electric Chain Hoists-Magnetic Lifters-Spring Balancers-Lever Hoists
                                                                                                                                                                   tics as an engineering material
           Tel 09 263 7725 FAX 09 262 0970                                                    cadcam                                                               is still generally thought of as
  10 Oak Rd, Manukau City 2241 Email sales@stratalign.co.nz
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FEATURE ENGINEERING WORKSHOP


Fryer GT series debuts to positive
response in New Zealand                                                                                                                       and eliminating the need for
                                                                                                                                              double or multiple set-ups.
                                                                                                                                              “This simply translates to in-
                                                                                                                                                                                    speed parts transfer, chip
                                                                                                                                                                                    conveyor, parts catcher and
                                                                                                                                                                                    parts conveyor, double nut C1
                                                                                                                                              creased profitability”, says           grade balls-crews, P4 NN roller
                                                                                                                                                               Karl.                spindle bearings and certified
                                                                                                                                                                With two 6000       Meehanite FC-30 castings.
                                                                                                                                                               rpm     spindles,    All axes are laser calibrated and
                                                                                                                                                               parts    catcher,    ball-bar verified, it has hand
                                                                                                                                                               parts conveyer,      built precision +/- .0013mm
                                                                                                                                                               chip conveyer        entire travel, Siemens 840D 7
                                                                                                                                                               and a bar feed,      Axis CNC control - fully con-
                                                                                                                                                              this is an “in-       versational a 15” colour touch
                                                                                                                                                              satiable     beast    screen and USB file transfer
                                                                                                                                                              churning       out    port.
                                                                                                                                                              the work up to        Plus it comes with a two year
                                                                                                                                                              four times faster     warranty.
                                                                                                                                                              than      conven-     Karl says customer feed-back
                                                                                                                                                             tional slant bed       has been very positive.
                                                                                                                                                             turning centre,”       As one user put it: “We’re very
                                                                                                                                                             says Karl.             happy, it’s doing the work of
                                                                                                                                                             It also has a Y axis   two machines, the quality is
                                                                                                                                                             as standard for        just superb and we’re achiev-
                                                                                                                                                            off-center      mill-   ing much better tolerances by
                                                                                                                                                            ing and drilling        not having extra ops,” says
                                                                                                                                                            operations, elimi-      Mathew Paine, Honeywell.
                                                                                                                                                            nating a second or      “Our conclusion: excellent.
                                                                                                                                                            multiple milling        My recommendation – at least
                                                                                                                                                           set-ups.                 put it on your short list.”
                                                                                                                                              “This machine is so adept at          Fryer Machine Systems are a
                                                                                                                                              milling it machines parts faster      relatively small machine man-
The GT Series boosts an impressive 27 tools – 18 static turning tools and nine live milling tools, eliminating the need for                   than many machining cen-              ufacturer, producing 400-500
double or multiple set-ups                                                                                                                    tres. So well, in fact, that some     machines annually.
                                                                                                                                              users are machining parts on it       Since their inception in 1982
                                                                                                                                              that don’t even have a turning        they have built a solid reputa-
     inot New Zealand has           “The GT Series mill/turn 7-     gang tool system.                       machine, a true hybrid born       operation.,” he says.                 tion for quality and reliability




S
     just released the new        axis lathe is your ultimate       “Forget tool-change times               from the smaller Swiss-Style      “Fryer have not skimmed               with machines in many prom-
     Fryer GT Series turning      production machine – and          – there are none. Gang-tooling          lathe and the high end slant      on quality, in fact Fryer just        inent organisations, including
     centre to New Zealand.       it’s priced similar to a regu-    isn’t new. Swiss-Style lathes           bed mill/turn centres.”           keep putting more quality             NASA, GM, Boeing and all US
     The series debuted last      lar slant-bed lathe,” says Karl   have been utilising gang-               It boosts an impressive 27        into their machines. Really, I        armed forces, to name a few.
     September at the IMTS        Rusher of Sinot New Zealand,      tooling for many years. The             tools – 18 static turning tools   would expect to pay two times
     Manufacturing          and   the New Zealand and Australia     difference is in the applica-           and nine live milling tools,      the cost. “                           For more information, contact
Technology Fair in Chicago,       agent.                            tion,” says Karl.                       providing the maximum oper-       Other features include 6000           Sinot New Zealand,
and created a lot of interest.    The turning centre utilises a     “This is a much larger capacity         ations for any single cycle job   rpm – 15.0kW spindle, high            Tel: 09 522 5022




      The most extensive range of engineering and industrial plastics in
    New Zealand, supported by some of the World’s leading manufacturers.
       Dotmar Universal Plastics also specializes in the manufacture of change parts
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“ENGEL offers its
customers the
optimal global
support they need
to compete and
succeed with
new technologies
and leading-
edge production
systems.”



                            The Engel e-max 100-tonne, fully electric injection moulding
                            machine/ EVC 120 injection moulding machine


                                                                                                    Engel Group
                                                                                                    heads for record
                                                                                                    performance
                                                                                                              ith a 60 percent         factured by ENGEL.




                                                                                                    W
                                                                                                              growth     in    sales   Since the launch of the viper
                                                                                                              this financial year       robot series a growing number
                                                                                                              the    ENGEL-Group       of robots is being sold on ma-
                                                                                                              will almost match        chines of other manufacturers.
                                                                                                              the record level of      With the extension of the
                                                                                                              the boom year in         duo pico series from 350 to
                                                                                                    2008/2009.                         700 tonnes clamping force,
                                                                                                    ENGEL is one of the global         the group has substantially
                                                                                                    leaders in the manufacture of      increased its global market
                                                                                                    plastics processing machines.      share.
                                                                                                    The group offers a full range      ENGEL has fully committed
                                                                                                    of technology modules for          itself to the subject of energy
                                                                                                    plastics processing as a single    efficiency, thereby significantly
                                                                                                    source supplier – injection        boosting the success and com-
                                                                                                    moulding machines for ther-        petitive edge of its customers.
                                                                                                    moplastics and elastomers,         With numerous concepts and
                                                                                                    and automation – with the          solutions for energy-saving and
                                                                                                    assurance that individual com-     efficient production, the com-
                                                                                                    ponents are also competitive.      paratively best efficiency levels
                                                                                                    With eight production plants       can currently be achieved for
                                                                                                    in Europe, North America and       virtually all applications.
                                                                                                    Asia (China, Korea) as well as     A special focus at ENGEL is
                                                                                                    subsidiaries and representatives   being placed upon the launch
                                                                                                    in over 85 countries, ENGEL        of the ecodrive for the victory
                                                                                                    offers its customers the opti-     and duo series.
                                                                                                    mal global support they need       The ecodrive enables energy
                                                                                                    to compete and succeed with        consumption of a hydraulic
                                                                                                    new technologies and leading-      injection moulding machine
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                                                                                                    edge production systems.           to be cut by up to 70 per cent.
                                                                                                    The continuous growth of           Today one in three tie-bar-less
                                                                                                    market share in all clamping       ENGEL victory and one in four
                                                                                                    force classes is based on the      ENGEL duo machines is deliv-
                                                                                                    launch of new products and         ered with ecodrive.
                                                                                                    product lines, together with       The new servo-hydraulic eco-
                                                                                                    the continued expansion and        drive keeps the speed down to
                                                                                                    reinforcement of the sales         actual requirements. In other
                                                                                                    network.                           words, the drive is only active
                                                                                                    In New Zealand, ENGEL has          during     movements,       with
                                                                                                    been represented by the Tech-      energy consumption dropping
                                                                                                    span Group since 1979.             to virtually zero when the ma-
                                                                                                    All ENGEL customers receive        chine is idle.
                                                                                                    comprehensive advice from          Customers receive compre-
                                                                                                    the industry-oriented business     hensive advice from the
                                                                                                    units and the best possible,       industry-oriented       business
                                                                                                    competent support for the im-      units and the best possible,
                                                                                                    plementation of their projects.    competent support for the im-
                                                                                                    The introduction of the new        plementation of their projects.
                                                                                                    viper robot has enabled the        Based on the introduction of
                                                                                                    group to secure a further          the ENGEL viper robot series
                                                                                                    market share in automation.        and the clear focus on custom
                                                                                                    Almost every second automat-       automation solutions, we have
                                                                                                    ed manufacturing cell sold by      also been able to substantially
                                                                                                    a European injection mould-        strengthen our system provid-
                                                                                                    ing machine manufacturer is        er competency in the field of
                                                                                                    supplied by ENGEL.                 automation.
                                                                                                    The group is clearly the global
                                                                                                    leader in injection moulding       For more information: In New
                                                                                                    machine automation.                Zealand, Techspan Group on
                                                                                                    Today one in four robots sold      0800 603 603, or visit
                                                                                                    to the European injection          www.techspanonline.com
                                                                                                    moulding industry was manu-

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FEATURE ENGINEERING WORKSHOP


Say goodbye to all those ingrained views of VSD technology you might have had




                                                                                                                   The Champion CSF18V variable speed compressor from
A Sullair technician programming a WEG drive control unit.                                                        Sullair Australia



Variable speed drive technology is increasingly                        WEG design and manufac-                    cooling efficiency.                     costs, but the energy consump-      appropriate.
                                                                       ture variable speed drives and             WEG has solved that problem by         tion savings achievable may         An ill-suited VSD compressor
being deployed in air-compressor applications                                                                     increasing the voltage/frequen-        see a payback period of as little   will not give the benefits of
                                                                       motors and have developed
to cater for variable loads. As a result, develop-                     several patented technolo-                 cy ratio, thereby minimising           as six months.                      reduced energy consumption
ments for the motor/drive component and the                            gies including Optimal Flux                the temperature rise associated        The benefits of the Optimal          if it is operating outside its effi-
compressor itself continue to improve.                                 Technology and the WISE In-                with increased current. For            Flux Technology, WISE In-           ciency range. The safest, surest
                                                                       sulation System to overcome                every 10°C decrease in operat-         sulation, variable speed and        way of selecting the most suit-
Sean Richardson, product manager with WEG                              the deficiencies of traditional             ing temperature, the motor life        removal of external cooling         able compressor package is to
Australia and Andrew Dove, product develop-                            VSD technology.                            is doubled.                            requirements translates into a      commission an air audit.
ment manager with Sullair Australia, discuss the                       WEG have partnered locally                 WEG’s Optimal Flux tech-               more energy efficient and reli-      In New Zealand, Sullair’s com-
                                                                       with Sullair-a global leader in            nology eliminates this issue           able compressor.                    plete range is represented by
implications of the WEG motor/drive technology                                                                    making forced external cooling         In order to benefit from the         long standing distribution
                                                                       compressed air technology-to
incorporated into Sullair’s Champion range of                          develop the Champion range                 and ventilation requirements           energy savings available from       partner Secair, which is based
VSD air-compressors.                                                   of VSD air compressors made                redundant.                             the VSD range, the size of the      in Onehunga.
                                                                       in Australia.                              WEG have developed the WISE            compressor needs to be chosen
   tandard electrical motors       quately dissipated. Low speed       The key feature of WEG’s Op-               Insulation System for all their        to match those requirements.        For more information, contact:

S  are usually in one of two
   states – on or off.
In these cases, the speed of the
                                   operation was inefficient re-
                                   sulting in motor de-rating.
                                   Overall, drive life was not great
                                                                       timal Flux Technology is the
                                                                       ability to maintain the torque
                                                                       at low speed by optimising the
                                                                                                                  industrial motors to insulate
                                                                                                                  against high voltage spikes and
                                                                                                                  _V/_t rises associated with the
                                                                                                                                                         Sullair Australia offer air
                                                                                                                                                         audits to assess the overall air
                                                                                                                                                         demand of an installation.
                                                                                                                                                                                             New Zealand: Secair,
                                                                                                                                                                                             Tel: 09 634 4211, or Email:
                                                                                                                                                                                             secairnz@xtra.co.nz
motor is fixed – single speed       and drive replacement costs         flux density of the motor.                  use of VSDs.                           From an air audit, air demand,      Australia: Michael Knowles,
motors typically drive fans,       were comparable to the replace-     The WISE Insulation system                 The technology is designed to          load variation and usage levels     Sullair, Tel: 61 3 9703 9014,
pumps, compressors and the         ment of the entire compressor.      is designed to protect motor               reduce stresses on the motor           are calculated to determine         or Email:
like.                              Motor life insulation issues        windings and limit voltage                 windings thereby prolonging            which compressor system is          mknowles@sullair.com.au
The principal drawback of this     compounded the problems for         pulse intervals and peaks typi-            motor life.
type of on/off, fixed speed         the drives.                         cal of the VSD application.                The energy saving benefits of
motor is that the speed may not    In some instances VSD com-          Motor torque is a function                 the Champion VSD range are
be optimised to the demand of      pressors could not easily be run    of voltage, frequency and                  clear. Whenever air demand is
the application.                   from power generators due to        current.                                   less than the full capacity of the
It may be running too fast and     problems with harmonic in-          In order to maintain torque at             air compressor, the Champion
wasting energy or, too slow and    terference with the drive. The      low motor speeds, earlier ver-             VSD range achieves energy sav-
struggling to perform, creating    initial costs of a VSD system       sions of VSDs increased the                ings compared to traditional
undue stress on components.        and the reduction in efficiency      current at lower motor output              on/off load compressors.
The motor will always be in a      when used at full capacity were     frequencies. The downside to               Given the significance of com-
state of compromise.               also key shortcomings.              this approach was a significant             pressed air to industrial power
Single speed motors are most       When used appropriately the         rise in operating temperature              bills, users have found that the
suited to applications when        system gains of variable speed      since fans were directly cou-              Sullair Champion range of VSD
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running at 100 per cent capac-     drives outweigh any restric-        pled to the motor shaft.                   compressors can save thou-
ity for fixed periods and then      tions. The positive outcomes        As the speed of the motor                  sands of dollars per annum.
turned off when no longer          include reduced mechanical          slowed, the motor fan would                Installing a VSD compres-
required.                          stress on the motor and conse-      slow, compromising the fan’s               sor may have higher up-front
In many instances, an air-com-     quently reduced maintenance
pressor application may have       and repair costs; greater con-
varying demands, for example       trol and automation allowing
changes in production shifts or    the operator to fine-tune re-
ramping up or down of specific      sponse to specific application
machines in a plant.               demands,       and     significant
In a typical facility there may    energy savings in varying load          Vacuum &                                                                          Rocker Arm Spot Welders
                                   situations.
only be a short time of the day
                                                                           Material Handling
during which the full 100 per      In recent years, government and
                                                                           Process Technology                                                               • 3 sizes – 16 KVA, 20 KVA and 25 KVA
cent of air compressor capacity    industry have promoted the
is required.                       use of machinery with greater                                                                                            • Manual or Pneumatic
For a fixed speed load on/load      energy efficiency, particularly                                                                                             Operation
off motor, maximum efficiency       with respect to compressors. It
only occurs when operating         is estimated that as much as 10                                                                                          • Adjustable Arm
at 100 per cent capacity-the       per cent of the electrical power                                                                                           Length – up to
remainder of the time these        consumed by Australian indus-                                                                                              700 mm
devices will consume energy        try is expended on compressed
unnecessarily. Variable speed      air. A compressor typically is                                                                                           • All Solid State
drive compressors alleviate        the largest single user of energy       • provide the economic
                                                                             Vacuum lifting devices                                                           Control System
these issues by better aligning    on site and an estimated 86 per
                                                                               answer for lifting weights
the power intake and energy        cent of the cost of a compres-              of up to 2000kg                                                              • Water Cooled Electrodes,
demand to the load variances       sor over its lifetime is spent on       •   Safely and quickly move heavy
                                                                               products increasing productivity
                                                                                                                                                              Arms, Transformer &
of the specific application.        energy.                                     and reducing operator fatigue                                                  Contactor
Historically, traditional VSD      The installation of a VSD com-
compressors were perceived to      pressor may increase energy
                                                                           • Over 35,000 installations worldwide
have limited usage.                efficiency by as much as 30-35           FDS VACUUM                                                                       Electro Control Services Ltd
                                                                           Unit D, 7 Tait Place, Albany, Auckland, New Zealand
Drive life was a concern if heat   per cent if applied in the right        Tel: 09 479 6960 Fax: 09 479 3769                                                      35 Church St, Onehunga, Auckland 6
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from the drive was not ade-        circumstances.                          Email: sales@vacuumandrefrig.co.nz
                                                                           Website: www.vacuumandrefrig.co.nz                                 FDS_2760
                                                                                                                                                                Ph: (09) 634 0234 Fax: (09) 634 0664
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18
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Wide range of specialised                                                                                                     cient product movement using
                                                                                                                              less energy and producing
                                                                                                                              greater axial flow than tradi-
                                                                                                                                                                    Counterflow dryer coolers
fluid process equipment                                                                                                        tional fabricated designs. With
                                                                                                                              only three specially curved
                                                                                                                              leading edges, the MIXQUIP
                                                                                                                              Superflo provides the ultimate
                                                                                                                              in low shear agitation.
                                                                                                                              Galaxy stainless steel variable
                                                                                                                              capacity tanks are excellent for
                                                                                                                              top-up tanks.
                                                                                                                              Made in Italy with stainless
                                                                                                                              steel floater, pump with pres-
                                                                                                                              sure gauge, air tube, airlock
                                                                                                                              release valve and nickel plated
                                                                                                                              draining tap, these tanks
                                                                                                                              are both high quality and
                                                                                                                              affordable.
                                                                                                                              Galaxy refrigeration immersion
                                                                                                                              plates are versatile stainless
                                                                                                                              steel heat transfer plates that
                                                                                                                              can be used to heat and cool
                                                                                                                              fluids.
                                                                                                                                                                    Geelen dryers operate by drawing hot air through two to 10
                                                                                                                              The Galaxy flanged racking
                                                                                                                                                                    product beds
                                                                                                                              valve assemblies allow the
A DIMPLEFLO tubular heat exchanger                                                                                            drawing off of product above
                                                                                                                              a settled base liquid. The vari-        urnace Engineering has            water evaporation..


W
    hether it is tubular heat
    exchangers, plate heat
    exchangers, fluid mixing
                                   nance free.
                                   The MODUBLOC and modu-
                                   lar designs use a unique bolt
                                                                          and modular designs in terms
                                                                          of pressure and temperature
                                                                          ratings and can compete with
                                                                                                                              able tube position allows for
                                                                                                                              raising/lowering the draw off
                                                                                                                              point whilst the pumping
                                                                                                                                                                    F added Geelen counterflow
                                                                                                                                                                      dryers and coolers to its
                                                                                                                                                                    range of Wesmartin drying
                                                                                                                                                                                                        Behind the technology is
                                                                                                                                                                                                        an advanced control system
                                                                                                                                                                                                        that measures one variable
equipment, rotary cleaning         together system to join tubes,         plate heat exchangers in terms                      continues.                            solutions.                          (speed) and influences anoth-
heads, or particle removal         enabling unrivalled versatility        of thermal efficiency and com-                       Galaxy rotary cleaning heads          Geelen dryers exclusively use       er (fuel). The control system
hydrocyclones - Aurora have        by adding or re-configuring             pact assembly.                                      are ideal for cleaning barrels        the    counterflow     principle     knows exactly how much
the solution to all your fluid      the heat exchanger to meet             MUELLER Accu-therm plate                            and tanks with the flat blade          which is scientifically proven       to correct under each set of
process equipment require-         any changed or increase appli-         heat exchangers are qual-                           spray pattern and wipe the            to be the most efficient method      circumstances.
ments. You can enjoy the           cations in the future.                 ity units manufactured in the                       sides and walls with a power-         to exchange energy between          Operators want their dryers to
peace-of-mind dealing with         These heat exchangers are suit-        USA and renowned for their                          ful thin flat blade of water or        any two flows of gases, liquids      always deliver the exact same
a quality conscious, envi-         able for a wide range of duties        highly efficient thermal per-                        cleaning fluid.                        or solids.                          moisture content for that par-
ronmentally sensitive New          with some units capable of             formance and versatility. Each                      Teralba hydrocyclone separa-          By applying this principle the      ticular product, independent
Zealand family enterprise.         processing product at volumes          MUELLER Accu-therm PHE is                           tors have been installed at a         dryers minimise the amount          of variations in raw material or
DIMPLEFLO tubular heat ex-         of over 200 tonnes per hour,           selected using state-of-the-art                     number of companies in New            of drying air needed and max-       weather. In counterflow dryers
changers are used extensively      with up to 85 per cent solids          software to match the specific                       Zealand and Australia, and            imise the amount of energy          Geelen employ an accurate
in the food, beverage, and         and can sustain operating pres-        performance requirements of                         have served for effective grit,       that can be transferred. This       planar microwave sensor in
dairy industries in New Zea-       sures of over 580 psi/40 Bar.          individual applications. These                      pip, and seed removal. Units          results in a lower air exhaust      the dryer hopper, which per-
land and Australia for a variety   The DIMPLEFLO multitube or             units also incorporate an ex-                       are built in S/S 304, 316, or         volume and a lower exhaust          forms on-line measurement of
of manufacturing and process-      shell and tube system provides         pandable design enabling an                         2205.                                 air temperature.                    moisture, product temperature
ing duties - pasteurisation,       an overall package that has            increase of heat transfer sur-                      COMPRI product recovery               In Geelen counterflow dryer-         and bulk density. The moisture
CIP/water heating, heat/energy     proven to be virtually main-           face area without any changes                       systems are used for product          coolers you can recover the         signal is used to fine-tune the
recovery, and other heat trans-    tenance free. The bundle of            to the unit foot print.                             recovery at the end of a pro-         product heat which is injected      temperature of drying air, such
fer applications.                  multitubes becomes integral            MIXQUIP side and top entry                          duction, where the product            by hammermills, conditioners        that the dryer reacts automati-
They provide the ultimate in       with the outer shell which has         mixers are designed for a wide                      is past the pump and the
extremely hygienic, highly ef-     provision for thermal expan-           range of applications including                     last dregs remain in the tube
ficient, heat transfer of fluids     sion where needed.                     processing for sludge, sewer-                       or pipe line. The product is          “Gravity flow enables very
and slurries in a compact, cost    The turbulence created by the          age, waste water, chemicals,                        pushed by a ‘pig’ propelled by
effective design.                  DIMPLEFLO profiled tubes                adhesives, slurries, detergents,                    water, and is recovered for fur-
                                                                                                                                                                    high mechanical reliability
The distinct design combines       combined with the high ve-             concentrates, mineral process-                      ther processing.                      and a much lower cleaning
a self draining, compact con-      locity in the fluid stream,             ing, oils, alcohols, beverages,
figuration with a extremely         minimises burn-on of the               cream, fruit juice, jams, con-                      For further information,              frequency.”
high heat transfer co-efficient     product in U.H.T processing.           fectionery, chocolate etc. Each                     contact: Tel: 0800 55 77 33,
and surface to volume ratios,      The DIMPLESTREAM multi-                agitator includes a Superflo                         or Email:                             and extruders. That energy is       cally to any deviation from
in an overall package that has     annular heat exchangers are            impeller that has a unique cast                     sales@aurora-nz.com,                  recovered from the cooler in        setpoint.
proven to be virtually mainte-     comparable to the modubloc             parabolic blade design for effi-                     or visit www.aurora-nz.com            the form of warm air. All of        Counterflow dryers show op-
                                                                                                                                                                    that warm air can be re-used as     erators the way to their target
                                                                                                                                                                    make-up air for the dryer.          moisture. The control screen
                                                                                                                                                                    It is important to properly         shows the actual moisture,
                                                                                                                                                                    design the coater, cooler and       temperature and air volume
                                                                                                                                                                    air system to make sure that        in each drying stage. When a
                                                                                                                                                                    the warm air is sufficiently         new product recipe is selected,
                        A Furnace Engineering Company
                                                                                                                                                                    clean when entering the dryer.      a preferred drying curve is
        FOOD PROCESSING OVENS                                                      Want to advertise?
                                                                                                                                                                    In addition, each counterflow        loaded into the control system
                                                                                                                                                                    dryer has internal air recircu-     that leads the operator to the
                                                                                   Contact Keith Falloon on 0800 503 305                                            lation systems which ensure         desired target.
                                                                                                                                                                    that only air with a very high      For example, drying of extrud-
                                                                                                 NEW ZEALAND                                                        relative humidity passes the        ed pet food of 2500 kJ per kg
                                                                                                                                                                    exhaust fan. For a typical pet      of evaporated water is at least
                                                                                                                                                                    food dryer this means that          20 percent better than any
                                                                                                                                                                    only 25-30 percent of total         available alternative and up to
                                                                                                                                                                    drying air is ever exhausted.       50 percent better than a 10-15
                                                                                                                                                                    Even the most efficient dryer        year old horizontal dryer.
                                                                                                                                                                    can waste energy if not con-        A 10 tph conveyor dryer that
                                                                                                                                                                    trolled properly. The key is        is 10-15 years old, running
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                                                                                                                                                                    to ensure that all of the rel-      6000 hours per year, will use
                                                                                                                                                                    evant process variables can         $450,000 to $750,000 worth
                                                                                                                                                                    be accurately measured and          of gas.
                                                                                                                                                                    controlled in real-time. To be      With a modern counterflow
                                                                                    Solves Bronze Bushing Problems                                                  able to measure and control         dryer that number can be re-
                                                                                   • Does not need to be greased.                                                   air volume accurately at every      duced by $150,000-$400,000
    Wesmartin has 30 years experience manufacturing                                • Gives a longer wear life especially in dirty and wet conditions.               drying stage, it is critical that   per year.
    innovative machinery for the food processing industry.                         • Does not swell in water                                                        the dryer is completely sealed      Counterflow dryers already
    Specialised in batch & continuous Tunnel Ovens for:                            VESCONITE is used in pumps, earthmoving, materials handling,                     from the ambient environ-           have over 50 percent market
                 Cereal               Drying                                       railways, mines, trucks, trailers and marine applications.
                                                                                                                                                                    ment. This is impossible to         share in many countries such
                 Snack Foods          Roasting                                     For more information on VESCONITE and how
                                                                                   it can help you, we will gladly send you a free                                  achieve in nearly every other       as Japan, France, Spain, Italy,
                 Pet Food             Baking                                       VESCONITE Design Manual.                                                         type of dryer.                      Belgium, Netherlands and
                 Grains & Nuts        Toasting                                                                                                                      Calculating the mass and            Argentina.
         50 Howleys Rd, Notting Hill 3168, Australia                                                                                                                energy balance of the dryer in
                   Ph +61 3 9544 2922                                                                                                                               real-time, allows us to show        For more information, contact:
           New Zealand Office: Ph 0800 423 876                                                                                                                       the operator how many kJ            Furnace Engineering/
              Website: www.furnace.com.au                                          Ph. 09 444 9031, Fax 09 444 7818                                                 is being used for every kg of       Wesmartin Tel: 0800 423 876
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                                                                                   vesconite@chatfieldmarine.co.nz                              www.vesconite.com
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FEATURE FOOD PROCESSING


Vesconite Bearings suitable for food and                                                                    pression strength and excellent
                                                                                                            resistance to creep.      These
                                                                                                            characteristics mean Vesconite
                                                                                                                                                lose their compression strength
                                                                                                                                                in immersed conditions.
                                                                                                                                                Vesconite and Vesconite Hilube
                                                                                                                                                                                  and there are custom moulded
                                                                                                                                                                                  shapes in small and large sizes
                                                                                                                                                                                  for cost savings when making


water applications                                                                                          maintains its excellent long life
                                                                                                            wear characteristics whether
                                                                                                            wet or dry.
                                                                                                                                                are available in various forms,
                                                                                                                                                solid rods are produced from 8
                                                                                                                                                to 135 mm diameter, bushing
                                                                                                                                                                                  medium to large quantities.

                                                                                                                                                                                  For further information:
                                                                         gent tests, both Vesconite and     Many synthetic bearing ma-          is made from 20 to 730 mm         Rob Macready 09 444 9031, or
                                                                         Vesconite Hilube have been ap-     terials, like those based on        diameter (3/4” to 28”), plates    Mob: 021 773 234, or visit:
                                                                         proved for direct contact with     elastomers and nylons, absorb       are made from 2mm thick-          www.chatfieldmarine.co.nz
                                                                         drinking water in potable water    these chemicals, soften and         ness up to 75 mm (5/64” to 3”)
                                                                         applications in terms of the UK
                                                                         Water Regulations Assessment
                                                                         Scheme - BS6920.
                                                                          Vesconite has also been tested
                                                                         by the Republic of France, Na-
                                                                         tional Test Laboratory for short
                                                                         term contact (dynamic contact)
                                                                         with solid or liquid foodstuffs.
                                                                         Tests were carried out for food
                                                                         compatibility according to the
                                                                         French regulations and Euro-
                                                                         pean directives on materials
                                                                         intended to come into contact
                                                                         with foodstuffs.
                                                                         The approval concluded that
                                                                         the material can be put in con-
                                                                         tact with the foodstuffs. The
                                                                         tested substances were water,
Vesconite has excellent resistance to a wide range of                    acid (acetic acid 3 per cent) ,
chemicals including oils and fuels, hydrocarbons,                        alcohol (ethanol 15 per cent),
petroleum, many acids, organic chemicals and solvents                    fats (sunflower oil).
                                                                         When considering the ques-
   esconite is a highly advanced     and ingredients that have no        tion of food contact approval

V  polymer with an outstanding
   combination of properties,
which make it ideal for a wide
                                     known health effects, make
                                     them highly suitable for use in
                                     food related applications and
                                                                         for Vesconite and Vesconite
                                                                         Hilube, one should ask is there
                                                                         going to be any direct con-
range of bearing applications.       industries.                         tact between the Vesconite or
It exhibits a very high rigid-       In the case of low speed con-       Vesconite Hilube and the food-
ity and is harder wearing than       veyor rollers where idlers are      stuffs concerned?
either metal or composition          running at low speeds and           In many applications there is
bushes.                              loads – typical in a packaging      no specific foodstuff contact,
High load capacity and impact        plant – Vesconite Hilube offers     because of the nature of the
strength are coupled with good       an excellent solution.              design of the equipment. This
frictional and wear behaviour.       The low friction and no ‘stick-     often means that the need for
Vesconite has high dimension-        slip’ will allow for a smooth       approval may be reduced.
al stability and absorbs very        operation and the low wear          A major advantage of Vesconite
little water - when saturated,       and ability to operate without      and Vesconite Hilube bearings
the material exhibits no swell-      greasing means substantially        in food processing applications
ing and its physical properties      lower maintenance.                  is that they usually do not re-
allow immersion with only            Vesconite bearings in conveyor      quire greasing.
small clearances. It is especially   idlers are especially good where      Vesconite has excellent re-
suited to being immersed in          the environment is not suitable     sistance to a wide range of
dirty, corrosive applications.       for using roller bearings.          chemicals including oils and
Vesconite Hilube incorporates        This could be in dirty, chemical-   fuels, hydrocarbons, petro-
a PTFE internal lubricant for        ly harsh or humid conditions,       leum, many acids, organic
applications where relatively        or in underwater conveyor           chemicals and solvents.
high loads and sliding speeds        idler bearings.                     Its performance in water and
apply.                               One particularly successful ex-     other liquids is unrivalled.
These characteristics, together      ample involves Vesconite used       Vesconite absorption of oil, the
with the fact that Vesconite         for bearings in immersed idlers     above chemicals or moisture
and Vesconite Hilube are man-        in mineral processing plants.       is negligible and it does not
ufactured      from     materials    As a result of a series of strin-   soften, maintaining its com-

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Delcam to partner with additive                                                                                                                                                   “The investment and co-op-
                                                                                                                                                                                 eration with Delcam will help
                                                                                                                                                                                 us to take advantage of this

manufacturing company                                                                                                                                                            opportunity to expand our
                                                                                                                                                                                 business both within Germany
                                                                                                                                                                                 and, especially, on an interna-
  eading specialist supplier        cluding verification and repair,                                                                                                              tional level.”

L of CAM software Delcam,
  has signed a non-legally
binding memorandum of un-
                                    design of lightweight struc-
                                    tures, support generation, part
                                    placement, slicing and hatch-
                                                                        “We see mutual benefits and
                                                                       synergies in collaborating
                                                                       on sales, development and
                                                                                                                                                                                 Marcam will continue its
                                                                                                                                                                                 existing relationships with
                                                                                                                                                                                 OEMs and machine builders
derstanding with the leading        ing to aid processing.             commercial activities in this       Marcam develops the AutoFab and VisCAM software fami-                 worldwide, and will continue
German developer of software        The company was founded            exciting area of technology,”       lies                                                                  to use its existing distributor
for additive manufacturing,         in 2001 and is located in the      explained Delcam’s chief ex-                                                                              network.
Marcam Engineering GmbH.            technology park at the Uni-        ecutive Clive Martell.                                                                                    In addition, Marcam will
On completion, Delcam will          versity of Bremen. Following       “We have developed a high           ditive manufacturing market.       turing is expanding rapidly as     work in collaboration with
acquire a 24.9 percent holding      the anticipated completion of      regard for Marcam and its           The company’s technology           the processes are moving from      the German Delcam GmbH
in Marcam.                          the investment, Delcam and         software while working with         provides an ideal complement       the production of prototypes       subsidiary and will receive
Marcam develops the AutoFab         Marcam will actively work to-      the company on European             to our existing programs for       into the manufacture of func-      support from Delcam in identi-
and VisCAM software families        gether to develop and promote      research projects and are de-       product development and            tional parts,” added Marcam’s      fying additional international
for preparing CADCAM data           joint solutions for the additive   lighted to be able to invest in     machining.”                        Managing director, Marcus          distributors.
for additive manufacturing, in-     manufacturing market.              this leading supplier to the ad-    “The use of additive manufac-      Joppe.




Delcam’s new PowerMILL
offers safest-ever machining
       elcam has released           become more critical as a          no material remaining so the




D
       the 2011 version of          growing number of companies        machine tool is never left cut-
       its PowerMILL CAM            are introducing lights-out, un-    ting air.
       system for five-axis          manned operation overnight         The new toolpath editing op-
       and high-speed ma-           or during weekends.                tions in PowerMILL will make
       chining. This release        A number of CAM programs           it easier to produce multiple
       makes the program-           incorporate strategies based       copies of any duplicated item,
ming of safe toolpaths easier       on the extent of cutter engage-    for example, when machining
than ever thanks to new             ment to give more consistent       a series of cavities into a mould
stock-model-engagement op-          loading on the tool and so         tool. The user can now specify
tions that protect both the         allow higher feed-rates. How-      an array of multiple copies
cutting tool and the machine        ever, these options are usually    in one operation, using ap-
from excessive loading. Other       limited to the initial rough-      proaches such as a number of
enhancements include new            ing operations, or to only         rows and columns or a radial
editing capabilities to simpli-     roughing and rest-roughing.        spacing around a central point.
fy the machining of duplicate       PowerMILL’s new stock en-          Once the copies have been pro-
items; more versatile control       gagement technology can also       duced, the complete series of
of feed-rates for leads and         be employed with all of the        toolpaths can be re-sequenced
links; and extra functional-        system’s finishing and rest-fin-     to minimise tool changes.
ity for sketching, plus the         ishing strategies so ensuring      Enhancements to feed-rate
completion of the move to           that the safest-possible tool-     optimisation have been intro-
the new clearer forms for the       paths are run on the machine       duced to give better control of
complete range of strategies.       at all stages.                     leads and links at the points of
The new release is available        The key to this more com-          cutter engagement and exit.         Better control of cutter engagement makes machining with PowerMILL 2011
now for customers on main-          prehensive solution is the         Typically, the feed rate as the     safer than ever (see page 4 – Sparring with robotics)
tenance to download from            accuracy of the stock models       cutter enters and exits the ma-
http://updates.delcam.com.          produced within PowerMILL          terial needs to be slower than
The options to optimise tool        after each machining stage has     that set for the main length of     quickly. PowerMILL users can       chining strategies to particular   For more information, contact:
loading will help overcome a        been completed. These models       the toolpath. Setting the entry     now avoid these problems by        areas of the part. This has been   Peter Dickin, Tel: 44 121 683
constant conflict for program-       give a precise representation      speed too high will risk damage     setting specific entry and exit     enhanced with a number of          1081, or Email
mers. On the one hand, they         of the material still remain-      to the cutter and the spindle,      feed-rates, either as percentag-   new editing options, including     marketing@delcam.com
want to maximise productivity       ing on the part and are used to    and can even move smaller           es of the feed-rate for the main   the ability to offset or trans-    or visit www.delcam.com
by setting feed-rates as fast as    ensure that the cutter is never    parts on their fixtures. Exit        toolpath or as absolute values.    form curves, and to flatten
their machines will allow; on       asked to remove more material      speeds are critical when ma-        PowerMILL has incorporated         3D curves into 2D curves, or
the other hand, they need to        than it can safely cut. At the     chining brittle materials, such     sketching functionality for        to project 2D curves onto 3D
ensure safe speeds that will not    same time, the stock models        as graphite electrodes, since       several years, for example to      surfaces.
break the tool. The need for        also ensure that toolpaths are     the cutter can chip the surface     draw boundaries within the
safe machining has, of course,      not produced where there is        of the part if it is moving too     model to limit individual ma-




Launch of 2011 version of                                                                                                                     computers so allowing more
                                                                                                                                              efficient    toolpath     genera-
                                                                                                                                              tion, especially for companies
                                                                                                                                                                                 ance of the chips generated
                                                                                                                                                                                 during the first pass over the
                                                                                                                                                                                 part.

Delcam for SolidWorks                                                                                                                         machining large or complex
                                                                                                                                              parts.
                                                                                                                                              The use of the latest multi-
                                                                                                                                                                                 All of the new options are, of
                                                                                                                                                                                 course, fully integrated into
                                                                                                                                                                                 the SolidWorks environment
  he 2011 version of Delcam         FeatureCAM CAM systems.                                                                                   threading technologies has         so that the program contin-

T for SolidWorks, its inte-
  grated CAM system for
SolidWorks, includes com-
                                    It is based on Delcam’s proven
                                    machining algorithms that
                                    are already used by more than
                                                                                                                                              been extended to further in-
                                                                                                                                              crease user productivity. In
                                                                                                                                              addition, improved memory
                                                                                                                                                                                 ues to look and behave like
                                                                                                                                                                                 SolidWorks. Full associativity
                                                                                                                                                                                 is still maintained so that any
prehensive options for the          30,000 customers around the                                                                               management         within   the    changes in the CAD model are
programming        of     turning   world.                                                                                                    software gives faster calcula-     reflected automatically in the
and mill-turn equipment,            The software offers Power-                                                                                tion times, with the greatest      toolpaths.
alongside the company’s in-         MILL’s exceptional speed of                                                                               benefits again coming when          All of the additional strategies
dustry-leading       technology     toolpath calculation, plus the                                                                            programming larger or more         can be checked by the integrat-
for drilling and two- through       advanced strategies for high-                                                                             complex components.                ed simulation module on the
five-axis milling.                   speed and five-axis machining,                                                                             All of the latest turning devel-   computer before being passed
This expanded range of strate-      to ensure increased produc-                                                                               opments in FeatureCAM 2011         to the machine tool.
gies will allow users to program    tivity, maximum tool life and                                                                             are incorporated into Delcam       Finally, the range of post-proc-
                                                                       Delcam for SolidWorks combines the benefits associated
everything from lathes up to        immaculate surface finish,                                                                                 for SolidWorks, including a        essors has been extended to
                                                                       with Delcam’s PowerMILL and FeatureCAM CAM systems
mill-turn equipment, more           even when cutting the hardest,                                                                            new style of finishing that         allow fast accurate data transfer
quickly, more reliably and          most challenging materials.                                                                               uses separate passes to cut the    to all leading types of turning
more easily than with other         At the same time, Delcam           tion that makes that system so      ments to take advantage of         faces and the diameters of the     equipment, including sophisti-
integrated CAM systems.             for SolidWorks has the same        consistent and reliable.            the latest hardware, including     component.                         cated turn-mill machines, such
Delcam for SolidWorks com-          strong focus on ease of use as     The new release of Delcam for       support for 64-bit computers.      This approach gives a better       as the Mazak Integrex, Daewoo
bines the benefits associated        FeatureCAM, including all of       SolidWorks benefits from all         64-bit technology removes the      surface finish, improved tool       Puma and Nakamura-Tome
with Delcam’s PowerMILL and         the knowledge-based automa-        of Delcam’s recent develop-         memory limitations of 32-bit       life and more efficient clear-      products.

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Whistling in the wind in China                                                                                                                                Something to say?
On-line monitoring of wind farms makes economic sense.                                                                                                        Contact Mike Bishara on 09 484 1314
                                                                                                                                                                         NEW ZEALAND
                                                                                                       NZ Wind Energy Conference
                                                                                                       April 11-13 2011
                                                                                                       Wellington Town Hall
                                                                                                       Tel: 04 499 5047
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                                                                                                           red indicated something re-
                                                                                                           quiring immediate attention.
Close study of vibration spectra determines machinery and component condition                              Mr Zhou could see for the first
                                                                                                           time what was really happening
                                                                                                           with his critical machinery.
   ne thing all wind farm op-       knowledge in many industries        in Jiangsu province, Shadong       The SKF WindCon systems

O  erators need to take care of
   is turbine reliability – keep-
ing the turbines turning as
                                    over many years in many coun-
                                    tries, also here in China. And I
                                    had heard of the SKF WindCon
                                                                        province and Inner Mongolia.
                                                                        Around the time SKF were
                                                                        installing their systems in
                                                                                                           delivered the vibration spec-
                                                                                                           tra, similar to those he saw in
                                                                                                           Hamburg, and the SKF experts                                                        Committing to the future
much as possible and keeping        turbine monitoring system but       the Guohua turbines SKF            in Shanghai interpreted the
maintenance activities down         had never used it before.”          had opened a remote condi-         data in terms of the condition


                                                                                                                                                                                                                    ntrol
to a minimum.                       In order to get first hand           tion monitoring centre in          of the bearings, potential mis-

                                                                                                                                                                               er co
                                                                                                                                                                  erything und
Reduced or controlled main-         experience of SKF’s remote          Shanghai.                          alignment, gear damage etc.
tenance is always a valuable        on-line capability Mr Zhou vis-
                                    ited SKF’s Intelligence Centre,
                                                                        Having SKF experts so close
                                                                        was an added benefit to Mr
                                                                                                           During the six months to Janu-
                                                                                                           ary 2010, the SKF WindCons                          Ev
                                                                                                                                                                                          testo 881:
contribution to bottom line

                                                                                                                                                               testo 875 and
profitability, but when you’ve       Wind (ICW), the group’s major       Zhou.                              provided good information
                                                                                                                                                                                                   onal ther         mography!
                                                                                                                                                                                   r your professi
got 2000 MW of installed            wind turbine diagnostic centre      The data was collected on          on the turbines - one of the
capacity then you are talk-         in Hamburg, Germany”.               a local server at each wind        installed SKF WindCons iden-                        The   new heroes fo
ing about huge amounts of           At the time of Mr Zhou’s visit      farm and transmitted to an         tified a severely damaged
money.                              the SKF ICW in Hamburg was          SKF server in Shanghai for         generator gearbox bearing
That is why Zhou Weihua, a          receiving and processing data       analysis.                          at the Inner Mongolia wind
deputy general manager for          from more than 600 turbines         Any      emergency     situation   farm.
China’s Guohua Energy In-           from across Europe and USA.         would have been reported at        “The SKF WindCons did their
vestment Co decided in 2008         “In Hamburg I saw examples          once but, as none was detected     job, said Mr. Zhou, they kept
to look for the most reliable       of almost all the capabilities of   at start up, a report was issued   me informed and the early
and experienced way to deter-       a SKF WinCon system, because        once a month to the wind farm      identification of the severity of
mine the health of his turbines     there were so many systems de-      site managers and Mr Zhou.         the damaged bearing in Inner
in the fastest and most effec-      ployed in so many wind farms.       The reports contained detailed     Mongolia was enough to allow
tive way.                           The level of detail that the        vibration spectra for the key      us to plan for replacement at
His first step was to investigate    system could give was clearly       components being monitored,        minimum cost and disturbance
what technology was available       demonstrated, and the expla-        together with a brief statement    to the planned electricity
and the quality and knowledge       nations by the people making        that summarised the analysis       supply from the turbine”.
of the suppliers.                   the analysis clearly indicated      of the data in terms of the con-   Since the tests Guohua have
These     investigations     cov-   that they knew all about wind       dition of the component.           installed another 58 SKF Wind-
ered all the key suppliers of       turbines and the critical ma-       But there was also a report grid   Cons and a further 280 were
such technology but quickly         chinery. The Hamburg visit          that indicated the components      ordered for new turbines going
brought him to consider SKF         gave me the confidence to set        being monitored and each one       into service last year.
and their turbine monitoring        up a field trial on some tur-        had one of three colours to
system.                             bines in Guohua wind farms          give an immediate indication       For more information:
“Of course I knew of SKF”           in 2009,” says Mr Zhou.             of the condition. Green was        Colin Roberts,
says Mr Zhou, “They are the         The field trial involved 11 SKF      OK, yellow meant a slight to       or Email:
number one bearing special-         WindCon systems to be de-           major deviation from the ac-       colin.roberts@skf.com ,
ist in the world with expert        ployed across three wind farms      ceptable levels or trends, and     or visit www.skf.com




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2010 – The Year in Review                                                                                  They predict that we will have
                                                                                                           to wait at least until the middle
                                                                                                           of 2011 to see some further
                                                                                                                                               competitiveness as a solutions
                                                                                                                                               provider and the current steel
                                                                                                                                               price is assisting us in this. We
                                                                                                                                                                                     our highly-skilled, high value-
                                                                                                                                                                                     added, metals engineering
                                                                                                                                                                                     industry. This approach needs
  s another year comes to a         squeezed and profits were low        potential to seriously damage      improvement.                        need to recognize that we need        to be combined with promot-

A close, I would like to provide
  a glance back on the year past
and a brief outlook on the year
                                    due to the high level of fabri-
                                    cation capacity built in the
                                    last year and the relative low
                                                                        the domestic industry. The re-
                                                                        search undertaken by HERA
                                                                        also identified significant risks
                                                                                                           Steel merchants advised me of
                                                                                                           poor forward orders and that
                                                                                                           they have significant levels
                                                                                                                                               to seek work where the margins
                                                                                                                                               allow companies to invest in
                                                                                                                                               innovation to keep us competi-
                                                                                                                                                                                     ing the benefits of buying
                                                                                                                                                                                     domestically-produced      steel-
                                                                                                                                                                                     work, and with encouragement
to come.                            demand, particularly in com-        for projects relying on imported   of steel inventory. Fabricators     tive. We also have to look at         from Government by imple-
Most members will agree that        mercial construction. Some          steelwork; these include poor      advise there are few projects       our business mix and seriously        menting supportive ‘Buy Local’
2010 has been a modest climb        members, particularly those en-     design, fabrication, materials,    out there to bid for. Consult-      investigate how we can remove         polices for both Government
out of the depth of the reces-      gaging in exports, did report a     quality and delivery leading to    ants are slightly more positive     the shackle of being the lowest       and SOE procurement, and to
sion. Heavy steel volumes, as       relatively good year, indicating    extensive project delays.          and appear to confirm what           bidder in an increasingly inter-      ensure that trade agreements
indicated by the 12 monthly         that being in the “right market”    A number of project procurers      the NZIER is saying, that things    nationally contestable market.        are fair and equitable.
rolling totals, did rise steadily   with value-added products does      noted that they would have         will improve in the second half     HERA believes that our member         In comparison with many
to 126,000 tons from an all-        pay off.                            been better off if they had        of next year as projects again      companies need to work to-            countries, New Zealand indus-
time low of about 70,000 tons       Our industry noted a consid-        sourced from domestic suppli-      begin to come on stream.            wards changing their offerings        try has survived remarkably
per year. However, much of          erable increase in imported         ers. This is a strong message      As a result of the generally poor   and providing solutions which         well, providing a good base to
this was due to merchants re-       fabricated steelwork and HERA’s     for procurers that importing       outlook, some members con-          are more attractive particularly      compete from as we explore
stocking after running down         own research confirmed that          steelwork poses many risks that    tacted me to explore if there is    in niche markets where owning         new markets and opportunities.
inventories. Steel import prices    the imported value of fabricated    need to be properly assessed       interest in running a Steel In-     significant IP is a key part of        In the long term, the economic
were also at a low at the start     steelwork nearly doubled in the     and costed into price considera-   dustry Forum to inform on the       the offering. We need to advo-        downturn may be seen as the
of 2010 and increased only          last 5 years to $2.5 Billion p.a.   tions. Buying local significantly   situation and discuss strategy      cate for policies which focus         trigger for our industry to seek
modestly making steel-based         with a significant escalation        reduces this risk.                 and actions to minimize its ef-     on the internationalisation           out higher-value opportunities,
solutions very competitive.         in the last year. This suggests a   Looking ahead to the next          fects (see Steel Industry Forum     of high-value, differentiated         particularly in export markets.
The Government’s recession          concerted effort by major pro-      year is not a pretty picture. As   article).                           export sectors, prioritise labour     HERA welcomes your feedback
spending package provided           ducers like China, Vietnam,         I write this comment, the NZ       A challenging economic out-         productivity       improvement        either by phone 09 262 4848 or
some welcome relief and the         India and Korea to target NZ        Institute of Economic Research     look requires an active response    efforts on these sectors and re-      by e-mail (exec@hera.org.nz).
Rugby World Cup stadium             projects and some prices sug-       (NZIER) in its quarterly survey    from industry. First of all, in a   allocate resources from low to
work also benefitted our mem-        gest that dumping is taking         announced that it is not ruling    constrained market we need          high-productivity sectors; all of
bers. However, margins were         place. This dumping has the         out a double digit recession.      to continue working on our          these measures would benefit



HERA Welding                                                            HERA Representation on Major                                           fire safety design methods to
                                                                                                                                               practitioners and the introduc-
                                                                                                                                               tion of the latest international
                                                                                                                                                                                     puts from this work can be used
                                                                                                                                                                                     in the development of the new
                                                                                                                                                                                     fire section in NZS3404, which


Supervisor Course                                                       European Fire Research Programme                                       research into standards for fire
                                                                                                                                               design.
                                                                                                                                                                                     is currently underway, together
                                                                                                                                                                                     with the update to the HERA
                                                                          ERA’s Structural Systems         specialists from 18 European        It is believed that HERA’s par-       Slab Panel Method (SPM).

   ur   welding    supervisor       The next course will be held        H Manager Dr Stephen Hicks
                                                                          has been invited as the only
                                                                                                           countries.
                                                                                                           The main objective of this COST
                                                                                                                                               ticipation on this COST Action
                                                                                                                                               will allow it to gain access to the   For further information see

O  course leading to the AS
   2214    qualification  ran
last month in Christchurch
                                    in Auckland 14th-18th March
                                    2011, and for those who
                                    couldn’t make it to the South
                                                                        non-European representative,
                                                                        to participate in the European
                                                                        Co-operation in Science and
                                                                                                           Action is to break down the bar-
                                                                                                           riers preventing the exchange
                                                                                                           of information and experience
                                                                                                                                               wealth of European fire test data
                                                                                                                                               (most recently on long span
                                                                                                                                               beams with regular web-open-
                                                                                                                                                                                     http://www.cost.esf.org/
                                                                                                                                                                                     domains_actions/tud/Actions/
                                                                                                                                                                                     TU0904-IFER-Integrated-Fire-
thanks to the assistance of         Island this time, its highly        Technology (COST) Action           between researchers from dif-       ings) together with gaining           Engineering-and-Response, or
CPIT. A few of the continu-         likely to be offered again in       entitled ‘Integrated Fire Engi-    ferent disciplines. It also aims    access to and influencing in-          contact Dr Stephen Hicks on
ing aftershocks did not deter       Christchurch later in the year.     neering and Response’ (IFER),      at providing particular applica-    ternational guidance on fire           structural@hera.org.nz
a good turnout of attendees,                                            which includes researchers and     tions on the performance-based      design. It is hoped that the out-
some of who have been quite         For an information pack
busy around the area using
that great material steel to
prop up teetering masonry.
                                    contact our receptionist on
                                    09 262 2885,
                                    or email admin@hera.org.nz
                                                                        Design of Steel-Concrete                                                                                     by the launch of the new Bridge
                                                                                                                                                                                     Costing Tool and the seminar
                                                                                                                                                                                     concludes with a panel discus-

                                                                        Composite Bridges Seminar Series                                                                             sion to answer any questions
                                                                                                                                                                                     that you have on the design

Geothermal Futures                                                                                                                                                                   of steel-concrete composite
                                                                                                                                                                                     bridges. Whether you are an
                                                                                                                                                                                     aspiring bridge designer or an
   ew Zealand has now a more                                                                                                                                                         experienced one, this seminar

N  comprehensive showcase
   of New Zealand companies
with experience in the area of
                                                                                                                                                                                     is for you.
                                                                                                                                                                                     All seminar attendees will re-
                                                                                                                                                                                     ceive the following items in the
renewable geothermal energy.                                                                                                                                                         Seminar pack:
The revised HERA Geother-           to adopt                                                                                                                                         • Draft copy of the “Steel-
mal Capability Register was         to pro-                                                                                                                                            Concrete Composite Bridge
launched on 24 November             v i d e                                                                                                                                            Guide”.
in conjunction with a pres-         com-                                                                                                                                             • SCNZ Bridge Costing Tool on
entation at the NZ Geo 2010         plete solutions to the                                                                                                                             CD.
Conference, by Nick Marsh of        international         geothermal                                                                                                                 • The BDG Bridge Industry
Next Corporation who spoke          market.                                                                                                                                            Directory.
on developing a NZ Inc. ap-         A NZ Inc. committee was                                                                                                                          • The BDG and Sponsors
proach to the geothermal            formed out of the workshop                                                                                                                         Brochure.
market.                             and is charged with moving                                                                                                                       Register before 31st January
The register includes HERA          the issue forward as a roadmap                                                                                                                   2011 and receive a compli-
members, and in this new            is produced to guide NZ devel-                                                                                                                   mentary copy of HERA Report
format also NZ companies            opment in this area through                                                                                                                      R4-133:2011 New Zealand
from the broader geothermal         2025. This approach provides                                                                                                                     Steelwork Corrosion and Coat-
community.      The Industrial      an unprecedented opportu-                                                                                                                        ings Guide worth $172.50! The
Capability Network (ICN)            nity in the global marketplace,                                                                                                                  seminars will be held in the fol-
collaborated with HERA on           for New Zealand industry to                                                                                                                      lowing locations:
sourcing suitable companies         capitalize on their geothermal                                                                                                                   • February 15th - Crown Plaza,
for inclusion and publication       expertise. People wishing to                                                                                                                       Christchurch
was supported by Hawkins and        know more about the NZ Inc.                                                                                                                      • February 16th - Copthorne
Might River Power.                  project should contact HERA           he Steel Bridge Development      New Zealand and Kevin Cowie         from the UK are presented, in           Oriental Bay, Wellington
On 16th November, HERA
hosted a Geothermal Work-
shop presented by Nick Marsh
                                    Industry Development Man-
                                    ager Nick Inskip by email at
                                    indev@hera.org.nz
                                                                        T Group is happy to announce
                                                                          the upcoming “Design of
                                                                        Steel-Concrete       Composite
                                                                                                           of SCNZ.
                                                                                                           Steel-concrete composite bridg-
                                                                                                           es utilise the advantages of
                                                                                                                                               addition to guidance on cost
                                                                                                                                               optimisation, preliminary and
                                                                                                                                               detailed design guidance. Les-
                                                                                                                                                                                     • February 22nd - Millennium
                                                                                                                                                                                       Hotel, Taupo
                                                                                                                                                                                     • February 24th - SkyCity Con-
as part of a project sponsored      The     Geothermal       Capabil-   Bridges” seminar series, which     steel and concrete to produce       sons learned from these topics          vention Centre, Auckland
by Hawkins and NZTE, to de-         ity Register (HERA Report           are to be held in the last two     a superior bridge structure.        are then demonstrated in a de-
velop an NZ Inc. approach to        R5-35:2010) provides impor-         weeks of February 2011. The        This seminar covers the dif-        tailed design example.                To register, you can download
the geothermal market. The          tant support to this opportunity    seminar series will be presented   ferent aspects that the bridge      An introduction to fatigue            the registration form at the
workshop was attended by 20         and is available as a free down-    by HERA Structural Engineer        designer can use to design          design basics is also given,          HERA web site and fax to
industry leaders and looked at      load at www.hera.org.nz or can      Raed El Sarraf, David Iles from    a cost effective bridge struc-      as well as durability consid-         09 262 2856 or email to admin@
prospective models that New         be purchased from the HERA          the UK Steel Construction In-      ture. A summary of the latest       erations for both the steel and       hera.org.nz for a copy.
Zealand industry may choose         Information Centre.                 stitute, David Easey of AECOM      bridging trends and concepts        concrete. This is then followed

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New press for                                                           proud to add this capability to
                                                                        our recent growth,” says man-
                                                                        aging director, Tom Woods.
                                                                                                          with plasma, and more than
                                                                                                          150mm with oxy.
                                                                                                          The facility also houses a 1600
                                                                                                                                             steel products.
                                                                                                                                             The company’s services, in-
                                                                                                                                             cluding specialised shaping,


TW Woods                                                                “Recently expanded capa-
                                                                        bilities include our new
                                                                        laser-guided 1000 amp sub-arc
                                                                                                          amp stud welding machine
                                                                                                          and a plate handling and
                                                                                                          processing facility serviced by
                                                                                                                                             fabrication and welding tech-
                                                                                                                                             nology for metals including
                                                                                                                                             carbon steel, stainless steel
   1000-ton brake press has         ripper blades, pressure tanks       welding facility to help handle   a 10-tonne overhead gantry         and aluminium, are used by

A  been introduced by the T
   W Woods Group to further
expand its ability to handle
                                    and pipelines and all heavy
                                    plate fabrications involving
                                    quenched and tempered metal,
                                                                        large and challenging pipeline,
                                                                        pressure vessel, cylinder, tank
                                                                        and other materials handling
                                                                                                          crane.
                                                                                                          Production efficiency is also
                                                                                                          enhanced by the plate process-
                                                                                                                                             organisations such as Delta
                                                                                                                                             Energy, Incitec Pivot, water
                                                                                                                                             and waste water authorities,
some of the largest metal           carbon steel, stainless steel and   and metal fabrication tasks in    ing area being integrated into     Integra Coal, Laing O’Rourke,
forming tasks required by           specialist material.                which we specialise.”             the same new building with         Xstrata and surface and un-
Australasian industry.              The new press - which joins a       With some 4500 sq m of pur-       an 800sqm paint and blasting       derground mining companies
The 1000-ton x 3.2m brake           comprehensive range of exist-       pose-built, fully equipped        facility incorporating a sand      throughout Australia includ-
press can press form steel          ing on-site pressing, forming       workshop space at the compa-      blast chamber with 10-metre        ing iron ore producers in the
plate up to 60mm thick,             and fabrication technologies        ny’s headquarters in Tomago,      high ceiling to handle large       Pilbara and coal companies in
making it suitable for major        – is part of an ongoing multi-      New South Wales T W Woods         jobs.                              Queensland.
fabrication    tasks   required     million dollar expansion of         construction is one of the        Housed on the company’s two-
by industries such as con-          the company’s Tomago facil-         largest heavy engineering and     hectare site with Hunter River     For more information contact:
struction and resources, civil      ity to expand its capability to     fabrication companies in East-    frontage, the company under-       T W Woods Group,
engineering, mineral process-       handle even more major fabri-       ern Australia.                    takes medium to heavy steel        Tel: 61-2 4964 8300,
ing, energy, infrastructure and     cation tasks in-house.              Investment in new plant at        fabrication, plate rolling and     Fax: 61-2 4964 8671 or Email:
water and waste water.              “As a family-owned company          Tomago includes a 300 amp         pressing and manufacturing         tom@twwoods.com.au,
Structures for which it is suita-   which has invested heavily in       cad-cam profile plasma cutting     of materials handling equip-       www.twwoods.com.au
ble include draglines, buckets,     training and equipping our          bed capable of cutting 13m x      ment including chromium                                            TW Woods’ new
mills, earthmoving equipment,       Australian workforce, we are        3.5m plates up to 60mm thick      carbide clad plate hardened                                        1000-ton press


FEATURE CONCRETE

Seismic standards show                                                  fore, in some cases (especially
                                                                        when using un-galvanized bar),
                                                                                                          to introduce a locking “tab”
                                                                                                          washer on the main tension-
                                                                                                                                             For further information,
                                                                                                                                             contact: Derek Lawley, Email:
                                                                                                                                             derekl@reids.co.nz
structural integrity
                                                                        may pull out of the Reidbrace     ing unit to reduce the chance
                                                                        fitting before ultimate bar        of bars losing preload under       or tel 0800 88 22 12.
                                                                        strength is reached, higher       cyclic loading.
  he September 4 earthquake         exceeded the yield strength of      than the nominal minimum          Secondly, the addition of

T and following after-shocks
  in Christchurch have clearly
demonstrated the effective-
                                    the Reidbars’, causing them to
                                    yield uniformly along their full
                                    length.
                                                                        ultimate stress.
                                                                        (Refer to Reidbrace Design
                                                                        Limits in Reid Technical
                                                                                                          double coil spring washers
                                                                                                          under locknuts will remove
                                                                                                          the chance of locknuts coming
ness of New Zealand”s current       Conventional bracing systems        Manual 07/08 Page 108).           loose if the bracing is subject-
Seismic Design Standards.           could have been expected to         One improvement Reid will         ed to higher design loads than     Reidbrace systems in hundreds of Christchurch buildings
Apart from buildings with           simply fail in the notched,         be making with the Reidbrace      expected.
                                                                                                                                             performed extremely well in the earthquake and during
undermined foundations, the         threaded sections of the bar        system in the future will be
                                                                                                                                             after shocks
majority of the buildings that      adjacent to the end fixings
suffered significant damage          under these extreme loads.
were unreinforced masonry           One company who had the
structures built between 1880       chance to observe the perform-
and 1920.                           ance of Reidbrace systems was
Newer buildings performed           Pegasus Industrial Engineer-
remarkably well although the        ing Ltd. Pegasus Managing                                                                                               If only the Greeks new
flexibility and ductility of the     Director, Gavin Lowry, was
                                                                                                                                                            what Zeus knows about
modern structures has resulted      impressed with the perform-
in large loads being transferred    ance of the Reidbrace system,                                                                                           construction joints today.
to wall and roof plane bracing      especially in the recently
systems.                            constructed Foodstuffs Distri-
Reid is concerned that some         bution Warehouse.
articles have been appearing        The cyclic movement of the
in magazines lately that might      frames and the tension in the
give Specifiers the impression       Reidbrace units was so great
that Reidbar bracing systems
did not perform well in the
Christchurch earthquakes.
                                    that the threads of the cross-
                                    ing Reidbars had been “ground
                                    off” for a considerable distance
                                                                             ZEUS; the innovative new flanged support system for
This was not the case and the       on each side of the cross-over
                                                                             structural suspended precast concrete floors
                                                                                                                                                                             √PATENTED
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Reidbrace systems in hundreds       point leaving shards of steel on                                                                                                          TECHNOLOGY
                                                                             Zeus has been developed as a cost-effective combined                         SECURE IN
of Christchurch buildings per-      the ground.
                                                                             support and lifting detail for flange hung ‘Double Tee’ and              √   PLASTIC HINGE
formed extremely well.              Reid points out to designers                                                                                          ZONES
Some buildings underwent            that Reidbar reinforcing fit-             ‘Ribbed’ precast floor units greater than 150mm deep.
huge deflections during the          tings are designed to develop
                                                                             The system has been designed in accordance with NZS/AS
                                                                                                                                                        √EASY
                                                                                                                                                         ASSEMBLY
initial quake and subsequent        the full breaking-strength of
aftershocks.                        the bar without pulling out of           1170 and NZS 3101:2006.
It was these newer structures       the coupler or fitting.                                                                                            √ ACCOMMODATES
                                                                                                                                                        BUILDING
that really illustrated the bene-   Reidbrace fittings, however,              It is the only hanger system to date that has been rigorously              MOVEMENT
fits of a fully ductile, tensioned   are designed for use with gal-           tested to the ‘Jenson Protocol’ which recognises the combined
bracing system that has the         vanized Reidbar and therefore            diaphragm and beam rotation stresses induced in flooring                   √ DURABLE
                                                                                                                                                          HDG FINISH
ability to absorb energy, even      the fittings have to be enlarged          units under extreme loading. Zeus is the best practice
though the applied loads were       slightly. Reidbrace fittings are          alternative to the “pigtail loop” detail.
often far higher than their de-     designed to reach a minimum                                                                                       √ DUAL PURPOSE            FLEXIBLE LEG
                                                                                                                                                        LIFTING & REINFORCING √ OPTIONS
signers anticipated.                of 1.2 times the nominal yield
In many cases the applied loads     strength of the bar and there-           Phone: 0800 88 22 12 | www.reids.co.nz
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                                                                                                                                                                                           Altex Coatings Ltd,
                                                                                                                                                                                           Oropi Rd, Tauranga


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 The Antarctic Apprentice                                            ART of Rob Browm Label of excellence
 debuts on Facebook



                                                                        dvanced Robotic Technol-       position. He has proved very
Joel McGregor on the ice

   ight now you can follow        employers, Antarctica New
                                                                     A  ogy, a leading Australian
                                                                        manufacturer of CNC rout-
                                                                     ers and plasma cutters, has
                                                                                                       successful as one of our leading
                                                                                                       sales people over the previous
                                                                                                       four years,” ART director David

R  the adventures of 20 year-
   old Joel McGregor of
Oamaru, who is undertak-
                                  Zealand.
                                  “I spent three weeks training
                                  in Christchurch, and then my
                                                                     appointed Rod Brown as na-
                                                                     tional sales manager. Rod has
                                                                     been previously employed
                                                                                                       White says.
                                                                                                       “Seeing the effort and personal
                                                                                                       interest that he has displayed
ing one of the most extreme       first week down here on the ice     as ARTs sales manager for         towards his clients convinced
general engineering appren-       to prepare for the conditions,”    plasma cutters.                   us that he was exactly the right
ticeship opportunities in the     says Joel.                         His career encompassed a          person to lead our sales team
world – living and working        He admits his first impressions     number of technical roles in      into the future.                    Camilla Welch, second left with sponsors Lynne Le Gros,
on Scott Base in Antarctica.      of Antarctica had him totally      steel fabrication, mechanical     “Rod is personally involved         head of business marketing and communications at
The position calls for an ap-     gob-smacked.                       engineering and hydraulics,       with every sale from an admin-      Telecom Retail, Blair Norris- Mini Mobile agent, Mini Garage
prentice to work as a Summer      “I’ve never seen so much snow      before he moved to the sales      istration level to ensure that      NZ and Tony Hope of Stretton Publishing
Engineer at Scott Base, to        in my life, you think you’re in    side of the Brisbane-based        the customer is getting the
become an integral part of the    a dream because it’s unlike an-    business.                         best solution for his needs.”          amilla Welch, owner of        ally rewarding, Ms Welch also
engineering group support-
ing New Zealand’s activities in
Antarctica.
                                  ywhere else in the world – it’s
                                  like I’m on another planet!”
                                  Joel has learnt to brave the -24
                                                                     Rod previously owned and
                                                                     operated     an    earthmoving
                                                                     contracting business with con-
                                                                                                         “Since taking the reigns, he
                                                                                                       has already been instrumental
                                                                                                       in a complete overhaul of the
                                                                                                                                           C  Petone-based label making
                                                                                                                                              and printing business Label
                                                                                                                                           and Litho has earned the Su-
                                                                                                                                                                            received the Sustainability
                                                                                                                                                                            Award in recognition of Label
                                                                                                                                                                            and Litho achieving an Envi-
The role includes general         degree weather and is starting     tracts in civil engineering and   sales department including the      preme Business Award at the      roMark Gold certification in
fabrication, machining and        to get into a good working         agricultural fields.               implementation of new sales         Wellington region Business-      2008.
mechanical fitting work as an      and learning routine with his      In his new position, Rod’s        tools and educational pro-          woman of the Year Awards.        She also took home on the
member of the maintenance         fellow engineers.                  responsibilities will include     grams for all sales persons. We       Label and Litho, a 50 year     night the award for best small
crew onsite at the base, but      “A normal day’s work for me        building strong relationships     look forward to a new era of        old business with 41 staff,      and medium sized enterprise
also requires creativity to       starts at 8am with a workshop      with clients, using his exten-    productivity that is going to be    specialises in manufactur-       (SME).
design and build ad-hoc items     meeting to plan the day’s ac-      sive knowledge of the industry    driven by Rod’s determination       ing self-adhesive labels. The    Future plans for Label and
required by the team.             tivities, and then we head off     to focus on delivering custom-    and enthusiasm.”                    company has increased sales      Litho are to implement “lean
Joel won the role after a being   to do our tasks and checks, and    er-driven solutions to ensure     “We expect Rod to lead our          and revenue during the eco-      manufacturing’ and improve
put forward by his Compe-         fabricate objects anyone may       ART remains the dominating        enthusiastic sales team to new      nomic downturn, something        cash flow..
tenz-ATNZ account manager,        want or need.”                     force in the flatbed CNC ma-       performance highs and de-           of which Ms Welch is tremen-     Winners from the regions will
Murray Welsh, and he passed       Log in on Facebook and search      chine industry.                   velop our market throughout         dously proud. of                 now go forward to compete
with flying colours after ex-      for The Antarctic Apprentice       “We are excited to see the        Australasia and the rest of the     Proving that business excel-     in the national Her Business-
tensive interviews and testing    page.                              energy and experience that        world,” says managing direc-        lence    and    environmental    woman Awards later next year.
with ATNZ and his seconding                                          Rod brings with him to the        tor Shaun Gorman.                   friendliness can be mutu-



Royal invitation caps off                                                                              Tools Blacks step
stellar year for OneBeep                                                                               up to the plate
                                                                                                         ompetitors from all over

                                                                                                       C New Zealand descended on
                                                                                                         Christchurch Polytechnic
                                                                                                       Institute of Technology (CPIT)
                                                                                                       to find the country’s most
                                                                                                       skilled young trades people at
                                                                                                       the World Skills New Zealand
                                                                                                       National Competition.
  inny Kumar has just returned    Asia-Pacific region to join 20      attention with their technolo-    The competitors, all under 22

V from the World Innovation
  Summit for Education in
Doha, where he was a guest of
                                  students from all over the
                                  world at the summit, along
                                  with 1000 prominent educa-
                                                                     gy that sends educational data
                                                                     over radio waves to poverty-
                                                                     stricken communities.
                                                                                                       years of age, were sourced from
                                                                                                       eight regional competitions
                                                                                                       held throughout the country
the King of Qatar after a sen-    tion, corporate, political and     Their innovation won the New      to find the top contenders in a
sational showing at this year’s   social leaders.                    Zealand round of the Imagine      range of trades skill categories,
Imagine Cup worldwide final          The King’s invitation came       Cup at the Business School        including Fitting, Light Fabri-
in Poland.                        after Vinny and his Team           in April and went on to place     cation and Welding.
                                                                                                                                           World Skills winners in the fitting category Matthew Pearce,
The University of Auckland        OneBeep colleagues, Chanyeol       third in the software design      Competenz would like to
                                                                                                                                           right, and Ashley Hayward
engineering student was the       Yoo, Kayo Lakadia and Steve        category at the worldwide final    congratulate these current or re-
only person invited from the      Ward, attracted international      in Warsaw, Poland.                cently-completed mechanical
                                                                                                       engineering apprentices who         the Tool Blacks team selection   Readymix Concrete, Christch-


Paul Spittle ready to help
                                                                     programmer operator and his       placed in the national event        process is to determine who      urch. Second, Ashley Hayward,
                                                                     skill in manufacturing meth-      and their employers for their       has the ‘right stuff’ to be an   South Waikato Precision Engi-
                                                                     odology, problem solving, and     valued training and support         ambassador for New Zealand,      neering, Tokoroa.
                                  reduce costs.He has joined the     organisation quickly allowed      National World Skills coordi-       as well as a worthy competi-     Light     fabrication:   First,
                                  team at Auckland-based CNC         him to move into supervisory      nator Sally Gray says they were     tor for their respective skill   William Taylor, Etech Engi-
                                  Direct, which markets CNC          roles.                            very impressed with the calibre     categories.”                     neering, Palmerston North.
                                  machines and tool steel.           He was responsible for one of     of this year’s competitors.         World Skills New Zealand CEO,    Second, Bradley Miles, NDA
                                  He has the right credentials for   the largest CNC departments       The medal winners are all           Peter Spencer, will conduct      Engineering, Hamilton. Third
                                  the job.                           in the country at the time with   contenders to become part of        interviews with the national     Warren Kemp, Arlan Engineer-
                                  Paul was offered a career          33 staff and an operation that    the Tool Blacks team to repre-      medal winners across all skill   ing, Levin
                                  at Fisher & Paykel Produc-         went 24 hours a day, seven        sent New Zealand at the 2011        categories over the coming       Welding: First Brad Wood,
                                  tion Machinery in 1985 and         days a week.                      International World Skills          weeks.                           South Waikato Precision En-
  specialist in the cutting       brought his young family with      In 1994 Paul he switched to a     Competition in London.              The full Tools Black team will   gineering, Tokoroa. Second

A tool and CNC machine
  tool industries Paul Spittle
is looking forward to work-
                                  him from the UK.
                                  He emerged after nine years at
                                  Fisher and Paykel well versed
                                                                     sales career, rounding out his
                                                                     experience as the complete
                                                                     engineer.
                                                                                                       “This event helps us identify
                                                                                                       young trades people who have
                                                                                                       the right skills, knowledge and
                                                                                                                                           be announced by World Skills
                                                                                                                                           NZ in early December this
                                                                                                                                           year
                                                                                                                                                                            Gwynn Capinig-Veale, RCR
                                                                                                                                                                            Energy, Dannevirke. Third
                                                                                                                                                                            Jaric Savill, Aztech Engineer-
ing with company owners,          in CNC operations.                                                   experience competing under                                           ing, Lower Hutt.
managers, and engineers to        In the early days at F&P he        For more information contact:     pressure,” says Sally.              Results:
help improve production and       become a very competent            Paul Spittle, Tel: 021 332 285    “An equally important part of       Fitting: First, Mathew Pascoe,

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Strengthening an already                                                                                  is to deliver DMG’s usual high
                                                                                                          quality standard through con-
                                                                                                          sistent standardisation and


successful joint venture                                                                                  a simple, reliable machine
                                                                                                          construction that has an un-
                                                                                                          beatable      price-performance
  eading CNC machine tool         “The joint company DMG/             has recently been restructured.     ratio,” he says.

L provider DMG/Mori Seiki
  has appointed Stefan Wei-
wadel as its new president.
                                  Mori Seiki Australia is now
                                  market leader in Australia, and
                                  plans to increase its market
                                                                      The Australian Government
                                                                      approved the acquisition of the
                                                                      first 14 aircraft in November
                                                                                                          Mr Weiwadel and Mr Wada
                                                                                                          join the company at a time
                                                                                                          when a growing number of
Together with vice president      share to 50 percent,” Mr Wei-       2009 and the first two aircraft      companies in Australia get
Wada Tetsuji, Mr Weiwadel         wadel says.                         will be delivered in 2014.          ready to get involved in major
will lead the company’s expan-    “While we see huge potential        Not all machines come with          international projects and are
sion efforts.                     for growth in the mining in-        the high price tag, Mr Wei-         gearing up to face competition
He brings to the job an impres-   dustry in Western Australia         wadel emphasises.                   from not only Asia, but also
sive track record for success,                                                                            Europe and the US
having served more than 25                                                                                “Faced with this increased
years at leading international    “We work closely with our                                               competition, Australian man-
tooling     companies    where    customers to ensure that                                                ufacturers must become even
                                                                                                                                            DMG/Mori Seiki new president Stefan Weiwadel, (right)
he held multiple executive                                                                                smarter with their manu-
positions.                        they have the best possible                                             facturing techniques, and         with vice president Wada Tetsuji
Mr Weiwadel has extensive                                                                                 DMG/Mori Seiki is the right
experience in cutting and ma-
                                  solutions for their machining                                           partner for companies seeking      About DMG / MORI SEIKI
chine tool technology sales       needs” – Stefan Weiwadel                                                greater production efficien-        DMG and Mori Seiki, two worldwide leading machine tool
Prior to joining DMG/Mori                                                                                 cies,” Mr Weiwadel says.           manufacturers, closely collaborate in Australia and plenty of
Seiki in July last year as gen-                                                                                                              other markets around the globe. The strategic partnership
eral manager for the southeast    and Queensland as well as gen-      “We work closely with our           Contact:                           includes production, purchasing, research and development
Asian market, he spent two        eral engineering in all states, I   customers to ensure that they       DMG Mori Seiki Australia Pty       as well as sales and service in selected markets and customer
years as general manager of a     believe we will see long-term       have the best possible solu-        Ltd                                financing.
Singaporean company.              growth coming from the local        tions for their machining           6 - 6 Garden Road                  The company
German machine tool builder       aerospace sector,” Mr Wei-          needs,” he says.                    Clayton, 3168, VIC                 manufactures and sells high precision machining centres,
Gildemeister AG commenced         wadel says.                         “When it comes to economical        Phone: 03 8545 0900                turning centres and multi 5-axis machines as well as ULTRA-
joint sales and services with     He anticipates positive im-         turning and milling products,       Fax: 03 9561 4999                  SONIC/LASERTEC Technologies. Product lines include DMG,
Japanese machine tool man-        pacts on DMG/Mori Seiki sales       DMG offers its Ecoline range of     E-Mail: Stefan.Weiwadel@           Mori Seiki, Taiyo Koki vertical grinders and DIXI ultra-high-
ufacturer Mori Seiki Co in        through the Joint Force Strike      machines.                           dmgmoriseiki.com                   precision machining centres.
Australia last March              Fighter (JSF) Program, which        “The idea behind the design

                                                                                                          ing plan to his head office in                                        positive they’ve since broad-
Business improvements drill down
                                                                                                                                            holdups.
                                                                                                          Melbourne, and shortly there-     The development of a con-          ened the scope of training
                                                                                                          after Complete Lean Solutions,    tinuous improvement culture        they’re engaging in to include
                                                                                                          a consultancy specialising in     where new ideas are generated      more industry-specific training

to a culture of ongoing training                                                                          CM, came onboard to deliver
                                                                                                          and support the team’s train-
                                                                                                                                            and acted upon – and there’s
                                                                                                                                            also better communication
                                                                                                                                                                               solutions.
                                                                                                                                                                               While several employees are
                                                                                                          ing in 2007.                      between employees, improved        about to complete an internal
                                                                      paramount to the company            “We’d also like to acknowledge    morale levels and a marked         course toward achieving their
                                                                      achieving its business goals.       Chris Benn from the Improve       increase in employees’ self        Level 2 National Certificate in
                                                                      The company’s ‘lean’ manu-          Group, who helped our team        esteem.                            Competitive Manufacturing to
                                                                      facturing journey began in          achieve their qualifications by    Some employees also went on        complement the Level 4 train-
                                                                      2003, when Rick was an active       providing invaluable assess-      to complete the ‘Learning Reps     ing team leaders have already
                                                                      committee member on Com-            ment support,” adds Rick.         Programme’ run by the Coun-        completed, 14 additional em-
                                                                      petenz’s metals manufacturing       The timing was critical for Pa-   cil of Trade Unions (CTU).         ployees are now working on
                                                                      sector advisory group (SAG).        tience and Nicholson as they      This programme is targeted at      their National Certificate in
                                                                      He repeatedly heard about           faced increasing pressure on      team leaders, upskilling them      Manufacturing Metals and
                                                                      the benefits other businesses        lead times and margins. The       to become more knowledge-          Related Products at Level 2 or
                                                                      were experiencing since imple-      principles of competitive man-    able on training options to        Level 3.
Diane Howell (left, front row) with proud grads from                  menting their own workplace         ufacturing were seen as the       enhance workplace communi-         “Formally recognising the
Patience & Nicholson                                                  training programmes using the       best way to help improve their    cation skills, and ‘champion’      training and skills acquisition
                                                                      ‘5S’ methodology.                   key business measures and         workplace learning within          achievements of our people is
  or the team at Patience and     in Competitive Manufactur-          “The more I heard, the more I       their efficiencies onsite.         their own business.                something we firmly endorse

F Nicholson (Evacut) in Kai-
  apoi, near Christchurch,
continuous improvement is
                                  ing - a huge accomplishment
                                  that stands these specialists in
                                  manufacturing precision-cut-
                                                                      was convinced there was some-
                                                                      thing in this for our business to
                                                                      investigate and take onboard,”
                                                                                                          Since implementing their own
                                                                                                          lean programme the company
                                                                                                          experienced a number of key
                                                                                                                                            Patience    and    Nicholson’s
                                                                                                                                            Competenz Account Manager,
                                                                                                                                            Diane Howell, continues to
                                                                                                                                                                               every step of the way,” says
                                                                                                                                                                               Rick.
                                                                                                                                                                               Patience     and     Nicholson
a way of life; and training       ting tools and drills in great      says Rick.                          improvements, in particular:      work closely with the team,        (Evacut) is a family-owned
is now firmly entrenched as        stead to drive a philosophy         Following discussions back at       A reduction in lead times from    and is proud of the fact that      business that manufactures
part of their future-proofing      of continuous improvement           Patience and Nicholson, the         an average of 17 days to 11       training their people has          precision cutting tools, includ-
plan for a more productive        throughout the business.            company moved to introduce          days, due to a shift in focus     become such ‘a critical part       ing drills and hacksaws, since
and prosperous business.          Operations Manager, Rick            a ‘5S’ programme of their own       on workflow, increased plant       of their ongoing business im-      1962, exporting their goods to
Earlier this year 24 employees    Smith believes the ongoing          at their Kaiapoi factory.           capacity by focusing on hourly    provement strategy.’               markets worldwide.
at the company completed a        training of their people has        Rick then presented their           production targets and quick      Patience    and    Nicholson’s
Level 4 National Certificate       been, and will continue to be,      company’s lean manufactur-          responses to bottlenecks and      business progress has been so



AuCom adds to its armory for                                                                                                                engineering clients, and how
                                                                                                                                            AuCom needs to build on their
                                                                                                                                                                               and was later promoted to man-
                                                                                                                                                                               aging director of the Siemens

international competition                                                                                                                   already strong reputation to
                                                                                                                                            better meet their needs,” he
                                                                                                                                            says.
                                                                                                                                                                               New Zealand operation, lead-
                                                                                                                                                                               ing a staff of more than 500.
                                                                                                                                                                               The company
   uCom has appointed Gott-       Pausch is currently a director                                                                            Mr. Pausch holds a degree in        AuCom soft starters are used

A  fried Pausch as director to
   join board chairman David
Irving, founder Ray Archer and
                                  and chief executive at Auckland
                                  based Actronic Technologies.
                                  He also consults as part of
                                                                                                                                            electrical engineering from
                                                                                                                                            Austria and earned his MBA at
                                                                                                                                            Duke University in the USA..
                                                                                                                                                                               on 3-phase motors through-
                                                                                                                                                                               out the world, including the
                                                                                                                                                                               pumping, water/waste-water,
chief executive Brent Archer in   his role as an executive in                                                                                He started his career with Sie-   petrochemical, HVAC, manu-
setting direction, maintaining    residence for Auckland Univer-                                                                            mens in Germany in 1986 as         facturing, marine, pulp/paper
governance and developing         sity’s Icehouse business growth                                                                           a project engineer for power       sectors.
strategy for the New Zealand      centre.                                                                                                   distribution and automation        The AuCom product range in-
owned company.                    An electrical engineer with a                                                                             systems.                           cludes low voltage and medium
AuCom specialises in the          MBA in Global Management,           Gottfried Pausch is excited about the challenges AuCom will           He has since gained inter-         voltage (MV) soft starters, MV
design, manufacture and ap-       Mr Pausch possesses a clear cus-                                                                          national experience across a       switchgear, MV motors, cast
                                                                      bring as a kiwi company competing with large engineering
plication of soft starter and     tomer focus and adds specialist                                                                           number of sectors including        resin and oil transformers, MV
                                                                      multinationals. From left, directors Ray Archer, Gottfried
industrial switchgear from        technical skills and a wealth of                                                                          iIndustry, energy and ICT –        contactors, fuses and protec-
                                                                      Pausch, David Irving and Brent Archer.
its head office and factory in     knowledge to AuCom.                                                                                       managing multi-million dollar      tion relays.
Christchurch.                     “I am excited about the chal-                                                                             projects and businesses in
The company has a network         lenges AuCom will bring as a        tive, quality, low and medium       Archer says that Mr Pausch’s      various executive management       For further information:
of 43 distributors covering 112   kiwi company competing with         voltage switchgear. I look          global experience will give       roles in Europe, Asia, North       Tel: 64 3 338 8280,
countries and sales offices in     large engineering multi-nation-     forward to working with the         AuCom valuable insights and       America and Australasia.            Visit the AuCom Website for
China, UAE and Russia.            als,” he says.                      AuCom team for a successful         help further the worldwide ex-    In 2003, he relocated to New       a list of distributors:www.
An executive manager with 25      “AuCom is a growing company         2011 and beyond.”                   pansion of the business.          Zealand to become chief execu-     aucom.com
years of diverse experience, Mr   with a reputation for innova-       AuCom’s chief executive Brent       “He understands the needs of      tive of Siemens Energy Services

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PRODUCTS


Quality across the                                                                                     Aircraft fuselage assembly becomes safer
spectrum                                                                                                 est and measurement spe-

       ormer has expanded           says threading range specialist                                    T cialist HBM has developed
                                                                                                         a three-component force




D
       its range of multi-ma-       at Dormer Tommy Andersson.                                         sensor specifically to support
       terial tools with the        Spectrum forming taps offer                                        the automated assembly of
       addition of numerous         a chip-free operation with a                                       modern commercial aircraft
       new thread cutting and       stronger thread for hole depths                                    constructed from compos-
       thread forming taps.         up to 3.5 x D.                                                     ite materials such as GRP or
       Carrying the brand           The thread profile gener-                                           GLARE (glass-fiber reinforced
name Spectrum, the prod-            ates low torque for longer                                         aluminum).
uct introductions target a          tool life and excellent surface                                    These modern innovative com-
growing requirement for ver-        finish, whilst the highly stable                                    posite materials are increasingly
satile cutting tools that offer     design reduces the risk of tap                                     being used in aircraft construc-
high performance across a           breakage.                                                          tion and pose new challenges
wide range of engineering           The fact that the same tap can                                     for manufacturers trying to         plant control system. A large
materials.                          be used for threading both                                         optimize manufacturing costs        number of measurement chan-        press forces, and limit value
The Spectrum thread cutting         through and blind holes in-                                        and runtimes while ensuring         nels can be easily set up by       violations.
taps are manufactured from          creases their versatility even                                     the materials are used safely.      mounting on DIN rails and          HBM constantly researches
either premium quality vana-        further.                                                           HBM has combined the three-         daisy-chain wiring to meet the     and supports new automated
dium powder steel or HSCo for       The product launch is sup-                                         component TEDS sensors with         size and complexity of any as-     assembly concepts with inno-
superior toughness and edge         ported by a comprehensive                                          its digiCLIP modular meas-          sembly line.                       vative solutions, such as the
strength, with a choice of gold     brochure that includes full                                        uring amplifier system. This         A characteristic feature of the    three-component TEDS sen-
(bright flutes/thread) or steam      range details, dimensional                                         enables HBM to provide a com-       digiCLIP amplifiers is their        sors with digiCLIP modular
tempered finish to provide a         data and optimum operating                                         plete measurement technology        noise-free and stable meas-        measuring amplifier system,
smooth cutting action with          conditions.                                                        solution that establishes a new     urement technology which           for process monitoring. The
                                                                       Dormer’s Spectrum thread
less build-up on the cutting                                                                           milestone for economic effi-         ensures reliable measurement       company has production fa-
                                                                       forming tap, the E308
edge.                               The company                                                        ciency and effectiveness, both      results in industrial environ-     cilities in Germany, USA and
“They are designed to promote       Part of the Sandvik Group,                                         during installation and on-         ments. The amplifiers are           China and is represented in
a continuous production proc-       Dormer has a history dating                                        going operation.                    integrated into the automation     over 80 countries worldwide.
ess. All spiral flute Spectrum       back to 1889. The company is a                                     The specially developed three-      architecture via the Profibus
taps feature a three radii flute     global operator with sales units   For more information contact:   component force sensors are         DP interface.                      For more information contact:
profile with a constant rake         in more than 40 countries. Its     Daniel Lynch, Sandvik NZ,       used to check forces on the         The modules have an internal       Tinh Ngo. sales engineer, HBM
angle.                              expertise lies in the manufac-     Tel: 09 479 6960,               fuselage sections during as-        digital signal processor that      Australia
“This facilitates the creation      ture of quality cutting tools ñ    Fax: 0508 50 60 70              sembly. Signals from the force      calculates     process-relevant    Tel: 61 2 9889 8070
and subsequent evacuation of        primarily drills, reamers, taps    or Email: nzsales.coromant@     sensors are acquired by the         quantities during the assembly     Mob: 61 421 131 612
narrow, regular chips, resulting    and milling cutters – in solid     sandvik.com                     digiCLIP measuring ampli-           process, such as instantane-       orEmail: Tinh.Ngo@hbm.com
in negligible chip congestion,”     carbide and high speed steel.      Website: www.dormertools.com    fiers and transmitted to the         ous values, peak values of the



Thermal Transfer Ribbon                                                                                Extended power range for AC drives
                                                                                                           n the first of several




                                                                                                       I
                                                                                                           planned         extensions,
                                                                                                           Rockwell Automation has
                                                                                                           expanded the power range
                                                                                                           of its Allen-Bradley Pow-
                                                                                                           erFlex 755 AC drives to
                                                                                                           450 kW, providing users
                                                                                                       with increased application
                                                                                                       flexibility.
                                                                                                       Featuring advanced diagnos-
                                                                                                       tics and a convenient roll-out
                                                                                                       design, the PowerFlex 755
                                                                                                       AC drive is well-suited for
                                                                                                       motor control applications in
                                                                                                       a variety of heavy industries,
                                                                                                       including oil and gas, tyre and
                                                                                                       rubber, refining, material han-
                                                                                                       dling, metals and mining.
                                                                                                       A key feature of the PowerFlex
                                                                                                       755 extended power range
                                                                                                       drive is its roll-out capabil-
                                                                                                       ity, which allows easy access
                                                                                                       to the drive for fast installa-
                                                                                                       tion and maintenance. The
                                                                                                       drive’s modular design helps        The drive’s modular design helps simplify replacement of
                                                                                                       simplify replacement of drive       drive components, such as cooling fans, circuit boards and
                                                                                                       components, such as cooling         major subassemblies
                                                                                                       fans, circuit boards and major
                                                                                                       subassemblies.                      cycles and motor run times         able frequency drives, motion
                                                                                                       This modularity also allows         also provides valuable data        drives, I/O, smart actuators
                                                                                                       the drive’s converter and con-      for preventative maintenance,      and other EtherNet/IP-con-
                                                                                                       trol pod to remain in the unit      helping to reduce unplanned        nected devices on a common
                                                                                                       while the inverter is rolled out,   downtime.                          network helps increase design
                                                                                                       so control wiring can remain        The PowerFlex 755 drive comes      flexibility, improve system
                                                                                                       connected. An additional ad-        equipped with an embedded          performance and reduce engi-
                                                                                                       vantage is the ability for the      ethernet port and five option       neering costs.
      echspan has a wide range      Techspan say this niche market     For more information contact:   control pod in this drive to        slots that allow users to tailor   This power range extension




T
      of label and barcode          is an area where cost is often     Techspan Industrial Printing    be mounted remotely for easy        the drive to best suit their ap-   expands the PowerFlex 755
      printers, together with       overlooked and companies can       Systems,                        access to low voltage control       plication. Options include I/O,    AC drive offering from 0.75
      a wide range of thermal       tens of thousands of dollars a     Tel: 0800 603 603 or Email:     and diagnostics.                    feedback, safety, additional       kW up to 450kW at 400 VAC
      transfer ribbons – includ-    year on this product – savings      sales@techspanonline.com       Advanced diagnostic capa-           communications, and auxil-         input, providing robustness,
      ing Zebra, TSC Printers,      can be substantial.                Website: www.                   bilities include indication of      iary control power input.          ease of use, flexibility and per-
      Datamax and Toshiba           Techspan’s 2000 investment         techspanonline.com              blown fuses and blown surge         The PowerFlex 755 now sup-         formance in a single product
TEC.                                in new high speed slitting ma-                                     protectors. Not only are these      ports Rockwell Automation          family.
Ask someone if they know            chinery to convert thermal                                         alarms reported to the main         Integrated Motion, allowing
what thermal transfer ribbon        transfer ribbon, is now paying                                     control to help ease trouble-       it to be configured and con-        For more information contact:
is, and nine times out of 10        dividends.                                                         shooting, but they also provide     trolled using motion profiles       Rockwell Automation,
they have no idea.                  Techspan imports jumbo rolls                                       essential protection inside the     and instruction sets in an         Tel 09 276 3070 or
Tell them it is the roll of black   direct from the manufacturers                                      drive, helping to protect the       Allen-Bradley     ControlLogix     Visit: www.
ribbon used to print labels and     and cuts to customer require-                                      customer’s investment. Moni-        controller with Rockwell Soft-     rockwellautomation.co.nz
bar codes in their label and        ments in-house.                                                    toring and tracking operating       ware RSLogix 5000 software.
barcode printer.                                                                                       data on cooling fans, I/O relay     The ability to support vari-

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THE YEAR AHEAD


Engineering sector better                                                                                 Picking up the pieces                                                  take the answer into account.
                                                                                                                                                                                 In many instances it appears
                                                                                                                                                                                 that houses were built in areas


placed than most                                                                                                  By Charles Willmot, director of
                                                                                                                             engineering, IPENZ
                                                                                                                                                                                 with recognised potential for
                                                                                                                                                                                 liquefaction.
                                                                                                                                                                                 We must decide whether that
                                                                                                                 eptember 4 2010 brought     In fact, if all of the strength-    will be acceptable in future.




                                                                                                          S
  n 2011, the final year of                                                                                       with it challenges that     ening works that had been           Would the Cantabrians who

I the present term of the Na-
  tional-led Government, we
can expect the emphasis on
                                                                                                                 the engineering profes-
                                                                                                                 sion always knew might
                                                                                                                 happen     but     hoped
                                                                                                                                             planned for the central city
                                                                                                                                             had been completed in time,
                                                                                                                                             the pictures of heritage build-
                                                                                                                                                                                 have lost their houses in this
                                                                                                                                                                                 event have paid the price
                                                                                                                                                                                 to prevent or mitigate the
innovation as a key driver                                                                                       would not.                  ings being demolished in the        damage, had they known the
of economic development                                                                                          As with a number of the     wake of the earthquake would        risk?
to continue, and this will be                                                                             risks that we plan for, the pro-   not have been so dramatic           Will that knowledge fade over
good for engineering.                                                                                     fession tries to set the degree    either.                             the next few years?
When the Prime Minister and                                                                               of mitigation at an appropriate    The biggest challenge for us        Similar questions are no doubt
relevant cabinet ministers                                                                                level to fit the degree of risk.    is putting everything back          being asked in Australia, as
speak of the need for innova-                                                                             In the case the Darfield earth-     together without reacting un-       floods ravage towns where
tion they are inclined to use                                                                             quake there was no loss of life    reasonably to the event that        drought has always been the
engineering examples.                                                                                     - part of that can be attributed   we have just experienced.           greatest concern.
 The issue for government is                                                                              to luck.                           Has the risk of an earthquake       We are living in times of unpre-
how to apply what will be                                                                                 We were lucky, to some extent,     in Christchurch changed dra-        dictability and risk, no matter
very limited new spending to                                                                              which most people were             matically from the level of risk    the cause. The consequences
achieve better outcomes.                                                                                  tucked up in bed when the          that was present on September       of a changing climate are real.
The rate of innovation-led eco-                                                                           main earthquake occurred.          3?                                  Two things are certain - we will
nomic development with the                                                                                The rest can be attributed to      I am not competent to answer        always need to deal with natu-
governmental emphasis on eco-                                                                             planning and the standard of       that question, but it should be     ral disasters, and engineers will
nomic diversification through                                                                              engineering practiced in New       answered, and the work that         have to offer the solutions.
emphasis on high technology                                                                               Zealand.                           goes into restitution should
industries may well be slow,
but in the longer term it will
be good for engineering.
In parallel to developing export
income, there will be plenty
                                                                                                          Extraordinary times
for engineers to do as we learn
from the events of 2010.
We need to work with other
                                                                                                          call for extraordinary measures
professions - whose drivers are                                                                             he global financial crisis has    Arab Steel, HE Amer Al Hadee-
different to our own - how to
better manage the risk arising
from natural hazard events.
                                                                                                          T generated a new climate of
                                                                                                            competition where margins
                                                                                                          are constrained and compa-
                                                                                                                                             di, Minister of Industry and
                                                                                                                                             Trade in the Kingdom of Jordan
                                                                                                                                             announced the adoption of
The workload for remedial and                                                                             nies, industries and countries     a 20 percent levy following a
new protective work will be        Andrew Cleland, chief executive, Institution of Professional           are all doing whatever they        meeting with Dr Hilal Hussain
significant.                        Engineers New Zealand (IPENZ)                                          can to secure their share of       Al Tuwairqi, chairman of the
So how will this impact on                                                                                markets, and in some in-           Arab Iron & Steel Union and
engineering?                       We can enjoy the benefits of        standing of what engineers          stances, to secure the survival    made a commitment to pro-
We can probably expect             the general public being more      do.                                 of their industrial capability.    mote the adoption of the tariff
continued shortages of experi-     respectful of the benefits of en-   So 2011 may not be a golden         The occurrence of the global       across Arab nations.
enced engineers in some fields      gineering than a year ago, and     year, but it will be one in which   financial crisis was an ex-         New Zealand is not the only
of practice, and a generally       this creates an opportunity to     engineering and engineers will      traordinary event which has        victim of unfair trading
healthy employment outlook.        lift the general level of under-   succeed and prosper.                required an extraordinary re-      practices.
                                                                                                          sponse from countries and          EUROFER - the European Con-
                                                                                                          financial regulators around the     federation of Iron and steel

Be part of the solution                                                                                   world in order to prevent a col-
                                                                                                          lapse of the financial systems
                                                                                                          upon which commerce is to-
                                                                                                                                             Industries - report that the
                                                                                                                                             EU steel industry recovery is
                                                                                                                                             threatened by unfair interna-
                                                                                                                                                                                 HERA industry development
                                                                                                                                                                                 manager Nick Inskip

                                                                                                          tally reliant. The first wave of    tional competition. According       tries and Malaysia are indicative
                                                                                                          responses was to bolster banks     to EUROFER, import monitor-         of extraordinary measures and
                                                                                                          and announce economic stim-        ing has revealed intensifying       are, by no means, unique in
                                                                                                          ulus packages, despite which,      steel price undercutting of up      the aftermath of the financial
                                                                                                          confidence and activity in          to 25 percent, with the largest     crisis as countries try to pre-
                                                                                                          most economies reduced sig-        margins originating in China        vent the decimation of their
                                                                                                          nificantly, companies reduced       and Ukraine.                        industrial bases.
                                                                                                          staff numbers and curtailed        They also note that “China’s        New Zealand has a compre-
                                                                                                          planned investments.               excess capacities fuelled by        hensive industrial base built
                                                                                                          An increasing focus by pro-        massive subsidisation and           over more than a century that
                                                                                                          curers and project owners on       supported by a protectionist        generates export earnings,
                                                                                                          reducing costs has resulted in     industrial policy, has become       provides a strategic capability
                                                                                                          a trend towards aggressively       the decisive factor in the global   in times of crisis and natural
                                                                                                          seeking cheap offshore sources     steel sector distorting steel and   disaster and supports the de-
                                                                                                          of supply at the expense of        raw materials pricing, capaci-      velopment of a broad range of
                                                                                                          local industry. Few in industry    ties and trade flows”.               domestic industries. It is naive
Tim Davin, director of public policy IPENZ                                                                would disagree with compet-        Malaysia is also taking action      to believe that the competition
                                                                                                          ing on a level playing field,       to support their steel sector       that New Zealand industry is
                                                                                                          but with some “cheap source”       with the Sun Daily stating that     experiencing from imported
  he government is making          and should be applauded but        and offshore oil and gas.           countries undervaluing their       Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib     steelwork in both domestic

T good progress on a number
  of fronts of interest to engi-
neers and 2011 looks to hold
                                   they are not sufficient in them-
                                   selves to grow the country.
                                   Many people rightly question
                                                                      These will create further na-
                                                                      tional debate and controversy
                                                                      in 2011 but we need to under-
                                                                                                          currency and others engag-
                                                                                                          ing in a myriad of activities
                                                                                                          to support their industries,
                                                                                                                                             Razak has pledged to assist the
                                                                                                                                             industry in line with ensuring
                                                                                                                                             its competitiveness.
                                                                                                                                                                                 and export markets is simply
                                                                                                                                                                                 the effect of normal market
                                                                                                                                                                                 forces.
more of the same.                  whether we can ever “catch         stand how the environmentally       the playing field is increas-       He committed to a number            For a country not well-versed
Infrastructure improvements        up with Australia”, but there is   sound and safe extraction of        ingly looking like a field full     of strategies including “Con-       in re-modelling the uneven
include the construction of        universal agreement that New       natural resources could play a      of holes, valleys and hills de-    tinuous support for steel           field of trade in order to sup-
the Victoria Park tunnel, the      Zealand needs to do some-          role in a prosperous future.        signed to make sure that trade     manufacturers in their local        port our industries, perhaps it
Tauranga eastern link and the      thing extra that will make a       Water is also one of New Zea-       flows towards those countries       and international competition       is time to look to what others
ongoing planning and design        step change to the economy.        land’s key natural advantages       who have been remodelling          through encouraging govern-         are doing and stand up for our-
of the other five roads of na-      IPENZ believes that signifi-        and the challenges in manag-        the field.                          ment and quasi-government           selves, our industry and our
tional significance.                cantly boosted technological       ing its quality and quantity,       While State Owned Enterprise       projects to use Malaysian           country.
  The commencement of the          innovation in the private sector   its wise use, and changes to        (SOE) Transpower in New            manufactured products and           We could start with a 20 per-
national roll-out of ultra fast    is an essential ingredient in      governance will need to be ad-      Zealand sources steel transmis-    fabrications” and, “Being com-      cent tariff on steel from Arab
broadband is also notable.         economic growth and needs          dressed in 2011.                    sion towers from Zamil, Steel      mitted to enforce rigorous          countries and emulating PM
Further proposals to streamline    to be addressed in the 2011        So there are some difficult          in Abu Dhabi, Arab countries       quality standards on imported       Razak, by encouraging govern-
the Resource Management Act,       budget.                            issues facing the engineering       are intent on forming a steel      and domestically produced           ment and quasi-government
and improvements to urban          We also need to consider how       profession that will arise in       trading block where steel          steel products in the effort to     projects to use New Zealand-
planning design mechanisms         to make the most of our natu-      2011, and engineers must be         traded between Arab nations is     not allow sub-quality steel         manufactured products and
will support the development       ral resources.                     prepared to participate in in-      tariff-free and steel from other   products to be dumped into          fabrications.
of infrastructure and competi-     Significant opportunities in-       fluencing change.                    countries is subjected to a 20     the country, hence threaten-        Extraordinary times call for ex-
tive cities.                       clude minerals such as lignite,                                        percent customs duty.              ing the safety of the people”.      traordinary measures - it’s time
Such initiatives are necessary     iron sands and phospherite,                                            According to the publication       The actions of the Arab coun-       for New Zealand to act.

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EVENTS




                                                                                                                             Australian Manufacturing Technology Institute is confident that its preci-
                                                                                                                             sion manufacturing and machine tool exhibition Austech is an ideal
                                                                                                                             platform to support the growth and performance of Australian manufac-
                                                                                                                             turers. The 6000 square metres show is more than 90 percent sold out to 80
                                                                                                                             manufacturers with a focus on machine tools, manufacturing systems,
                                                                                                                             sheetmetal machinery, precision tools, automated materials flows, compu-
                                                                                                                             ter technology, efficient technical solutions and product-related services.
                                                                                                                             May 24-27, Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre. www.austechex-
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India                             Merry Hotel, Shanghai                New Zealand                         Australia                         We invite faculty in architecture,   England
International Engineering &       www.icsem.org/                       Wind Energy Conference              AIEE - Australia’s internation-   engineering, construction, and       World Congress on Engineer-
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Oteha Rohe Campus (Massey         evolution of ultra- precision en-    27,28,29 April, NH Laguna           Exhibition & Convention Centre    July 2011, Brisbane Convention       of Curtin University, Kuching,
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THE LAST WORD


Taking the language to new heights of confusion

                                                                                                                                                      I’m repurposing my
                                                                                                                                               discontinuous interface levels into
                                                                                                                                                  a dynamic command – NO.




          By Mike Bishara
    am starting to lose the plot    man won $20 million in Lotto




I
    with our language.              last Saturday.
    For more than 30 years          Anything else, like it not
    I have earned my living         changing his life, he was still
    from words but, increasing-     going to work the next day and
    ly, find myself listening to     other lies were just padding.
    someone who is speaking         There were at the time, and
English – and I don’t under-        probably still are, frightening
stand a damn thing.                 surveys that show that 80 per-
One of my first assignments for      cent of readers only take in the
New Zealand Engineering News        headline with less than 40 per-
was to report on an Autodesk        cent getting as far as the first
conference in Las Vegas.            paragraph.
One of the speakers, a “manu-       Having said that, I guess now
facturing evangelist”, wrapped      have convince my publisher
up the session with his annual      that language is still important
review of some of the newest        to stack around the advertise-
technology.                         ments. Otherwise he may
“The world is understood at         decide to downsize – especially
discontinuous levels of ab-         me.
straction,” he said.                No one is sacked anymore,
“While a stair is a stair, ar-      thank goodness – downsizing
chitects,     engineers,    and     is a great comfort to everyone
contractors all view it from        except the poor wretch who
different perspectives and          has just lost his job.
all need tools that are dif-        Coming home from the world
ferent, but work together…          of technospeak to find John
(we are) simplifying inter-         Key and his cronies talking        really have the rigidity to do it.   was happening at home.              ing News. He returned to New      before joining Hayleymedia.
faces by putting tools at the       about double dip recessions        As soon as you’re talking alu-       DH HIG. WRUD DITYIS                 Zealand three years ago, after    “Nice bloke, but clearly having
point of focus, using gestures,     and dead cat bounces didn’t        minum, users are looking for a       IM2BZ2P        G2G 143 BHOF         nearly 30 years in Asia working   trouble getting to grips with the
and repurposing commands            help my confidence either.          little different set of tolerances   CTMQ.                               mainly for trade and business     reality of things,” reckons Andy
that traditionally serial into      The first sounded like a choco-     than we can achieve. If you’re       Boy, that was good to hear.         magazines. He spent three years   Hobbs, publisher.
a single dynamic command.           late coated ice cream flavour       talking about cutting plane          I just replied OK and spent the     with Fairfax in New Zealand
Well, yes, I suppose.               my five year old daughter           skin, we can trim thinner-gauge      next hour on the internet for
Certainly the chap got a great
round of applause. I was up
there clapping with the best
                                    might ask for. I didn’t even try
                                    to deal with the other.
                                    It took Rodge to sort it.
                                                                       aluminum components.”
                                                                       Anyone that can’t under-
                                                                       stand that has to be severely
                                                                                                            an explanation.
                                                                                                            “Dear husband, How’s it going.
                                                                                                            What are you doing? Did I tell
                                                                                                                                                  We want to hear
of them and wondered how
many others were caught up
in the enthusiasm like me.
                                    “We are still in the poop, there
                                    is bugger-all chance of a new
                                    job, let alone a pay rise – no
                                                                       challenged.
                                                                       There nothing more exhilarat-
                                                                       ing than chatting to your mates
                                                                                                            you I am stressed. I’m too busy
                                                                                                            to even pee. Got to go, love
                                                                                                            you – you bald old fart. Chuck-
                                                                                                                                                  your Last Word
                                                                                                                                                  Something getting to you? Government policy cheese you
My mate Rodge is good at these      matter what tales the Beehive      about a CNC machining centre         le quietly to myself.”
sorts of things.                    mob create.                        you have just visited, loaded        I think some of the romance           off, hurt your business, make no sense – got a better plan?
He reckons the bloke was trying     “The little flutter of hope (the    with high-precision metal-           must have been lost in the            Get it off your chest in Last Word.
to say we all look at things dif-   dead cat bounce) will be ex-       cutting and EDM machinery,           translation.                          Email your story, a picture of you and a short bio
ferently and there are plenty of    tinguished in the blink of an      including horizontal machin-         Still she complained when I           with contact details to mbishara@hayleymedia.com
tools around to suit everyone’s     eye.”                              ing centers, vertical machining      got home that I never told I          or call 027 559 5771
needs.                              Rodge says the dead cat bounce     centers, 5-axis machining            loved her too.                        We can’t guarantee everyone will get a go but we will do
Why the heck didn’t he say          is like getting excited about      centers, graphite machining          “How much effort to give me a         our best.
that, then?                         the $15 a week tax break in the    centers, and wire and Ram            simple 1432, she said.                You can also send your comments on someone else’s column
I spent three decades in Hong       budget until you realised you      EDMs.                                I told her a thing or two – 4COL      – whether or not you thought was any good and what you
Kong and China at a time            had to pay $20 a week more         My wife’s eyes glaze over and        143 4EAE.                            would have done better.
when no-one there understood        GST.                               she makes facetious remarks          You might want to try it – it        Nom de plumes are allowed for comments or letters to the
English. Now I am back home,        It would be a heck of lot          about things like hell freezing      works a treat.                       editor, but you need to provide name and contact details to
and I find that its me who can’t     easier if everyone spoke like      over when I try to interest her      “For crying out loud, I love         ensure authenticity.
understand the language.            engineers.                         in the subject – no quest for        you for ever and ever.”              Next month, Last Word comes from Peter Mitchell, who
I was told as a cadet reporter      Basic, simple, down to earth.      knowledge there.                     I’ll never get the last word,        reckons engineering managers often get promoted to their
that 12 words for an opening        “It’s a tolerancing issue. Con-    Still, she texted me at least        though.                              level of incompetence – thrown in the deep end with plenty
sentence should tell the whole      sidering the fact that you’re      twice a day while I was in           Mike Bishara is the managing         of experience on the factory floor but little or no manage-
story – a 36 year-old Putaruru      on a 2.3-2.5m arm, they don’t      Vegas to keep me up with what        editor of New Zealand Engineer-      ment training.




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