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Notice – Free assistance now offered to SMEs to achieve compliance with applicable standards

HERA fabricators members employing 10 or less staff are invited to participate in HERA’s Welding Capability Review Program.   Our team will assist small fabricators (SMEs) in achieving compliance with the applicable standards framework by performing on-site review and preparing a confidential report that will also include opportunities for productivity and quality improvements.   Compliance…

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Notice – Welding consumable levy increase due to come into effect 1 February 2019

We’re pleased to announce that the Heavy Engineering Research Levy Notice 2018 has now been published and listed on the legislation.govt.nz website. This means a levy increase from 5c to 10c per kilogram of welding consumables is due to come into effect on 1 February 2019. We want to thank everyone who responded to our…

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Update – Establishing new brittle fracture provisions for the Australasian steel structure standards

In order to ensure in-service safety of steel structures, design engineers need to select steel grades that will remain ductile under the imposed conditions that include in-service loadings, fabrication induced conditions, seismic actions and service temperatures. To achieve this, we’ve developed a new procedure to select steel grades manufactured to Australian and New Zealand standards…

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HERA’s qualification, training and certification services successfully achieve the highest standards in a recent IIW audit

In December last year, our qualification, training and certification services underwent an external audit by expert assessors from the International Institute of Welding (IIW). Attended by IIW’s Mr Henk Bodt from Netherlands and Mr Shoichi Nomura of Japan, these auditors assessed our training facilities. They also visited our member D&H Steel Construction, who were the first…

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Emerging innovation cluster opportunities in automation and defence

This month our CEO Troy Coyle and General Manager Welding Centre Michail Karpenko spearheaded a visit with five of our member companies to the University of Wollongong’s (UOW) Facility for Intelligent Fabrication (FIF) in Australia.  This was part of our efforts to respond to member feedback which has called for greater support to take advantage…

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Cost effective fire solution presentation arms industry with valuable knowledge

At the beginning of the month, HERA was honoured to sponsor a presentation on cost effective fire solutions for steel structures in collaboration with the Auckland Structural Group. We’ve found it’s a growing area of interest to many of our members and to the structural engineering fraternity. Particularly as it’s been captured in the new…

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HERA sponsors University of Auckland Final Year Mechanical Engineering Project Awards

HERA is proud to continue our support in fostering student education. Once again stepping up to support this year’s University of Auckland Final Year Projects for Mechanical Engineering. We’re able to do this through our charitable trust HERA Foundation which is focused on the promotion of study and understanding of ferrous and non-ferrous metals in…

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Seminars by the inventor of the Master S-N Curve method a huge success in NZ!

Last week was a successful one for our ‘Design for Joint Strength, Fatigue, and Fracture Resistances in Welded Connections’ seminars series. Taking place in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch they were presented by University of Michigan Prof. Pingsha Dong. The inventor of the mesh-insensitive structural stress method adopted by the 2007 ASME Div 2 and API…

Update – Hidden values now transparent

If you’re a user of HERA’s New Zealand Welding Centre (NZWC) you’ll have a good idea of what this service is worth to you. But can you put it into dollars? It’s ok if the answer is ‘no,’ because we couldn’t either. Especially when more broadly investigating value created through improved products, services, quality, productivity…

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Call for papers – IIW Commission X meeting at HERA House, 12 – 13 March 2018

We’d like to invite researchers and practising engineers to submit abstracts for presentation at the upcoming meeting of the International Institute of Welding (IIW) Commission X Structural Performances of Welded Joints – Fracture Avoidance. The meeting will be held in Auckland at HERA House, 12 – 13 March 2018. The IIW is a not-for-profit organisation…

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Call for comment – revision of draft AS/NZS 2980 Welder Quality Standard

AS/NZS 2980, our most widely used welder qualification standard, is up for revision. The draft for public comment can be accessed at the Standards NZ website. The draft is reflects the inevitable process of moving away from local standards to the ISO standards; in this case to ISO 9606-1:2012, Approval testing of welders—Fusion welding, Part…