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New Zealand’s first turbo generator close to realisation

Improving energy efficiencies and encouraging the uptake of renewable energy sources continue to be a focus for many countries around the world following increasing concerns around climate change – and not surprisingly, New Zealand is one of them. With a goal to be running on 90% renewable energy by 2025, New Zealand is well on…

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Stick to magic, or dare to innovate?

The world is changing rapidly, and so too the heavy engineering metals industry. Now, more than ever – the risk of ‘not taking competitive risk’ will be the future downfall of many. That’s why we’re currently focused on stepping into the unknown and driving research into clean energy technology development and innovation – influenced by…

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Resource – Adding boron to structural steel for export subsidies

Historically, boron has not been intentionally added to structural steel manufactured in New Zealand or Australia to AS or AS/NZS standards. However some overseas steelmakers have added boron to structural steel to take advantage of export subsidies or for other reasons, including improved impact energy. Reports indicated that some imported steel may show elevated levels…

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First round of NDT courses done and dusted!

Non Destructive Testing (NDT) includes a wide group of testing and analysis techniques to evaluate the properties of a material, component or system without causing damage. This technique covers a wide variety of industrial activity – and with new methods and applications being continuously developed, there is a range of career opportunities available. HERA, in…

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Seismic testing gives stainless the design freedom of carbon steel

Even though stainless steel structural sections have been available since the 1960s, the industry hasn’t shown great interest until the last decade – the main reasons being a lack of material knowledge, limited supply sources, irregular demand, small volumes, long delivery times and high prices. Today this has changed, with the market not only asking…