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Fastest fresh produce filling solution launched – BBC Technologies

Our member BBC Technologies unveiled its “CURO-16 Filling System” at the Southeast Regional Fruit and Vegetable Conference in the United States. The system claims to be the fastest fresh produce filling solution on the market. The machinery has proven to consistently pack up to 240 clamshells per minute, which is significantly more than competitor products.…

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Resource – Weld access holes in seismic applications

Weld access holes are frequently required in the fabrication of structural components. The geometry of these structural details can affect the components’ performance. The size and shape of beam copes and weld access holes can have a significant effect on the ease of depositing sound weld metal, the ability to conduct non-destructive examinations, and the…

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Insights from the mining industry

Strattera, New Zealand’s voice of the minerals industry, keeps careful tabs on what’s happening globally in the industry, including reference to Deloitte’s “Tracking the Trends 2015” that identifies the top ten issues mining companies will face this year, some of which provide some useful insights for the New Zealand metals industry. One of these insights…

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Call for interest – Structural steel fabricator benchmarking study participation

As mentioned in our last HERA News, the HERA Executive supported an ongoing research activity run by HERA to gather more specific data characterising our heavy engineering industry. This research activity included a proposal for the performance of a benchmarking study of the structural steel fabrication industry as a pilot for other subsectors subject to…

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Call for attendees – AGGAT Global Conference 2015

For the first time in New Zealand, the Above Ground Geothermal and Allied Technologies (AGGAT) program will be presented on an international scale. The date and venue for this conference will be on the 30th April at the Sky City Convention Centre in Auckland. The Conference focuses on above ground geothermal engineering, with an emphasis…

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AGGAT progress update for February

Following the successful contract renewal of the Above Ground Geothermal and Allied Technologies (AGGAT) programme with the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE), the AGGAT Team research leaders kicked off the new year with a meeting to discuss project plans. The additional members in the group are primarily from the University of Auckland and…

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Resource – Stainless steel in agricultural applications

The International Stainless Steel Forum (ISSF) has launched a new publication on Stainless Steel in Agricultural Applications. From a simple feeding pail to the most advanced fully robotised milking equipment, stainless steel is found on farms in numerous applications, where it is an alternative to plastics, light metal and galvanised steel. This new brochure from…

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Additive manufacturing & 3D printing in design and engineering

3D printing and additive manufacturing are two of the newest and most discussed topics in design and manufacturing in recent years. A component can be created in almost any shape using successive layers of material, making rapid prototyping and manufacturing a reality and bringing with it low one-off manufacturing costs. What impact can engineering analysis…