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Meet Reza Hamzeh – the researcher focused on Welding 4.0 for us!

Last month we let our members know what our strategic focuses for 2020 and beyond look like. Part of that strategy being to deliver solutions that supported our members in technical excellence and knowledge transfer. A major target to achieve this, is to drive industry understanding and adoption of automation, productivity and Industry 4.0 in…

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Call for attendance – Do you want to improve your fabrication business? See how bottleneck analysis can help!

If you want to know how to improve your business, then what we have brewing in June is sure to grab your attention! Because we have world renowned expert Arrie van Niekerk headed to New Zealand to talk all things ‘Theory and Constraint’. This concept works around bottleneck analysis and covers many aspects such as:…

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What’s the strategy for 2020?

What the heck is HERA about and what’s our plan for the future? Two very good questions – and we’re excited to tell you the answer! Because for the first time, we’re releasing our strategy publicly. We’re doing this because we are really focused on building a tribe within our industry. We want to create…

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Panel project delivers software to design composite columns to AS/NZS 2327

Over the last nine months HERA and CTICM have developed software to design composite columns using concrete filled tubes according to AS/NZS 2327. We’re excited to announce that the design software is now exclusively available for our members. This came to fruition when our Steel Research Panel identified it was important to develop electronic tools…

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With heavy hearts, we say goodbye to a valued HERA staff member – Peter Hayward

We’re saddened to share the sudden passing of our longest serving employee, Peter Hayward. Last Friday sharing our condolences with his family and friends, and acknowledging the many contributions he made to industry. Peter came to New Zealand in 1983. Leaving a good job with the Atomic Energy Commission in the UK, to seek a better…

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New service available to HERA members interested in automation of welding fabrication

Last month our Welding Research Engineer Holger Heinzel spent two weeks at the University of Wollongong (UoW) Facility for Intelligent Fabrication (FIF) gaining hands on experience on the latest technology. It’s valuable insight that we can’t wait to bring to our membership! Whilst there Holger explored 3D scanning, virtual-reality assisted fabrication planning, CAD data driven…

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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…