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Altex Coatings Ltd Announces New Executive Appointment
Altex Coatings has announced the appointment of Wynand Kruger to its newly created Technical Manager position.
Altex Coatings has announced the appointment of Wynand Kruger to its newly created Technical Manager position. According to Managing Director Mike O’Sullivan, the appointment will further streamline and improve the high-end technical services upon which Altex Coatings has built its class-leading reputation.
Wynand will lead the Altex technical team, while also bringing focus and coordination to Altex Coatings’ technical services and R&D functions. Through this new position, the company aims to achieve enhanced levels of technical support to meet growing customer demand.
Drawing from its over 60 years of experience, Altex Coatings has several new ventures in the pipeline to compliment their traditional industrial and marine coatings business. Wynand and his technical team will drive these programs, providing key sales team support across all business segments.
Wynand has 25 years of overseas experience in environmental engineering, project management and process engineering within the petrol chemical industry, and holds a chemical engineering degree and a B.Com in Marketing and Economics. He brings a wealth of personal experience and knowledge to this new position and to the New Zealand Protective Coatings industry.
[Image: Altex Coatings Managing Director Mike O’Sullivan (left) welcomes new Technical Manager, Wynand Kruger (right).]
THE PROTECTIVE COATINGS SPECIALISTS
Altex Coatings Ltd specialises in the formulation, manufacture, and specification of high performance industrial, marine and flooring protective coatings throughout Australasia and the South Pacific. We are dedicated to providing a professional, knowledgeable service, superior customer service and world class products and technology. Our major brands are the well-respected global brand Carboline, our own well known Altex Yacht & Boat Paint brand and the more recently introduced Flowcrete. To find out more about Altex Coatings, visit www.altexcoatings.co.nz, or call us on 07 541 1221.
OVER 6O YEARS TRADING HISTORY
Since 1954, Altex has grown to become one of the largest privately owned manufacturers of high performance coatings in Australasia, supplying a wide range of coating types and systems for almost every major industry sector. Its ownership structure allows significant reinvestment of earnings into technology, training, staff and customer education.
Altex Coatings Limited is a Resene Group company, with operations based in three Pacific countries. Each business shares the common philosophy of quality, innovation and colour leadership, and they service increasingly diverse segments of the coatings market.
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WOMEN MAKE THEIR MARK ON AUTO INDUSTRY
The face of Fraser Engineering’s automotive engineering department is changing with two young women now working as production assistants
The face of Fraser Engineering’s automotive engineering department is changing with two young women now working as production assistants at the Lower Hutt based company which is part of a rapidly changing industry that is becoming more high tech and facing significant skills shortage.
Good pay and challenging jobs with tons of variety are drawing women into roles that have been traditionally undertaken by men. And it’s a change that is being welcomed by Fraser Engineering CEO Martin Simpson and Production Manager Phil Green as they want to attract people to work for their expanding company.
“We’ve got a big skills shortage to address and we can offer people great opportunities and fantastic prospects in jobs that are full of variety plus each day is different,” says Phil Green. “No one here is stuck doing the same job. We’re producing one fire engine a week and we’ve got plans to increase that output significantly. We are probably the biggest manufacturer in Australasia now. Part of the solution to addressing skills shortages is to encourage more women to work for us”.
“There’s a lot of potential for women in this industry to learn and go a long way. Frasers is a good company to work for and you get to do a lot more than other places. We build prototype and production fire engines so the work is very varied,” says Phil Green. “Our female production assistants are as capable as any guy. Women fit in well on our work-site. They just need the confidence to go for it and they’ll find being an automotive engineer is a great career.”
Two women recently started work at Fraser Engineering as production assistants. They are Anne Marie Edmonds and Jennifer Rogers – both studied automotive engineering at WelTec.
“Not many girls can say hey I built a fire engine today. It’s pretty cool,” says Jennifer Rogers. Jennifer who lives in Stokes Valley and went to Taita College for her final years at high school went straight to WelTec to study level 4 Certificate in Automotive Technology specialising in electrical which she is aiming to finish this year.
Ann Marie Edmonds, Mum of three who completed an automotive qualification at WelTec has been working at Frasers since April. “I wanted to show my kids a different path. I moved to Wellington from Auckland, studied at WelTec and saw the job advertised at Frasers and thought, well that’s good money, I’ll go for it.
“No day is the same here. One day I’ll be working on an actual fire truck doing cabling, the next day I make up boxes for wiring pumps, then I’ll be mounting pump panels and wiring pumps. Mounting beacons and aerials on the roof of fire trucks is one job I really like,” says Ann Marie.
“Women can do this job just as good as men, sometimes better. Young women can get stuck on hairdressing or similar jobs. Automotive engineering is a good option. It’s something different and it opens up a lot of opportunities for women,” says Ann Marie. “This is my first proper job. I like the work and I love getting paid! I sometimes overhear my kids telling their friends – My Mum builds fire engines. Their friends are seriously impressed and my kids think it’s really cool – they’re proud of me.”
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Dubai Civil Defence signs agreement for jetpacks
ency response vehicles is another example of how Dubai leads the world” he said.
Martin Aircraft Company Limited (Martin Aircraft) (ASX: MJP) is pleased to announce that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Directorate of Civil Defence for the intended future delivery of manned and unmanned Jetpacks, Simulators, Spares Parts, Support Services and both Pilot and Engineer training for appropriate Civil Defence and Fire Service personnel.
The agreement was signed on 9 November 2015 at the Dubai Air Show and marks a significant step forward for the advanced delivery of first responder services in the United Arab Emirates.
The signing ceremony at the Dubai Air Show was attended by Lt Col Expert Ali Hassan Almutawa, Director Operations on behalf of Major General Rashid Thani Al Matroushi, Director-General of Civil Defence and senior representatives of both the New Zealand and Dubai government, along with the Chief Executive Officer/Managing Director of Martin Aircraft Company Mr Peter Coker.
Lt Col Ali Almutawa said that “The vision of Dubai Civil Defence (DCD) is protecting lives, properties and environment and to provide fast professional service, efficient investment of human and material sources to give best results. Dubai is one of the fastest growing future cities in the world with its modern skyscrapers and vast infrastructure it has always been a world leader in adapting new technology to improve and save people’s lives, the introduction of Martin Jetpacks into our fleet of emergency response vehicles is another example of how Dubai leads the world” he said.
The Martin Jetpack is a disruptive technology, much like the helicopter was when first developed, with substantial capabilities and is able to be flown by a pilot or via remote control. The Jetpack can take off and land vertically (VTOL) and because of its small dimensions, it can operate in confined spaces such as close to or between buildings, near trees or in confined areas that other VTOL aircraft such as helicopters cannot access.
This highly responsive tactical air asset allows for rapid deployment for Civil Defence roles such as; Intelligent surveillance, Initial intervention, heavy lift payload drone, high rise rescue, and rapid deployment of specialist teams.
The parties are working towards the future delivery of a Martin Aircraft package with an initial tranche of upto 20 Jetpacks and 2 simulators. It will also include initial training services and operational support with sale is subject to agreeing a supply contract.
Commenting on the agreement, Chief Executive Officer/Managing Director of Martin Aircraft, Peter Coker said, “Martin Aircraft has focused on the first responder markets for introduction of its innovative aircraft, the Martin Jetpack which provides to organisations such as the Dubai Civil Defence a significant operational advantage being able to carry commercial payloads of up to 120kgs unlike Quadcopters which are limited to only a few kilograms”. The UAE has such strong and visionary leadership that has recognised the importance and utility of our technology and we look forward to the day when His Highness Sheikh Hamdan, who we know is also a keen aviator, flies one of our Jetpacks and experience the practicality of what the future holds for us all”, said Coker
Press Release from the National Maintenance Engineering Conference
Fielding High School student Ryan Stewart
Fielding student awarded prestigious national engineering scholarship
A passion for building and racing motor bikes and problem solving has landed Fielding High School student Ryan Stewart the Maintenance Engineering Society of New Zealand (MESNZ) Bill Buckley Scholarship Award.
The presentation was announced today at the Society’s annual conference in Hamilton. Stewart was the outstanding candidate from over 30 finalists submitted by high schools from throughout the country.
“His presentation stood out from the rest” said Bill Sole, Industry Engagement Manager of Competenz and one of MESNZ panel members making the selection. “Ryan has both the academic results plus the hands on skills and ambition to become an engineering leader of the future. He clearly has a good mechanical aptitude and we are sure this scholarship will set him up for his future studies”.
On hand to make the presentation, was the award namesake, Bill Buckley. Bill Buckley is the patron of MESNZ and founder of Auckland based Buckley Systems Limited (BSL), the world’s leading supplier of precision electromagnets used in the manufacture of silicon chips, flat-panel screens, high-end medical machinery and particle accelerators used in medical proton and photon therapy – systems that will revolutionise cancer treatments of the future.
Buckley spoke of his time as an engineering apprentice and his desire “to go after the stuff that is too complicated for the average engineer”.
Stewart was rapt with the award and confirmed the $5000 would be of tremendous value for his engineering studies at the University of Canterbury next year. In his application, Stewart said his “dream was to become an engineer” and “I have always had a talent for problem solving and applying it to real situations”.
One of Stewart’s achievements was winning the water cooled class in the Mini Moto GP motorcycle he designed and built.
Marlane Harmer, from Rotorua.
The Stuart Tolhurst Award for the engineering apprentice of the year was presented to Ravensdown Fertiliser’s Marlane Harmer, from Rotorua.
The National Maintenance Engineering Conference (NMEC) is the annual conference of the Maintenance Engineering Society of New Zealand, a technical interest group of IPENZ (Institute of professional Engineers). Over 150 delegates are attending the conference along with 50 exhibitors in the adjacent trade show.
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Chris Thomas, Special Events Aoraki Ltd phone 027 297 9643
To contact Ryan Stewart directly phone 027 971860
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Workplace deaths and injuries need to be reduced at least 25% by 2020
Workplace deaths and injuries need to be reduced at least 25% by 2020
Every year an impressive number of New Zealanders die or are seriously injured while working. The New Zealand Government aims to reduce work-related fatalities and serious injuries by at least 25% by 2020. In this regard, the new Health and Safety at Work Act coming into effect on the 4 April 2016 and will focus on new measures to reduce work-related risks.
WorkSafe endorses SAFETY 360 which is back for 14 & 15 March 2016. This is two days dedicated to health & safety offering 4 industry themed events as well as a comprehensive free-to-attend expo with seminars.
The changes ahead have driven new thinking and models for safety leadership and processes in NZ workplaces. Safety 360 offers various attendance options; you can register for a one or two day pass to provide access to any of the sessions belonging to the four summits, or pop in to expo and hear short seminar content.
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NASA awards design finalists in 3D printed habitat challenge
The first-place award went to Team Space Exploration Architecture and Clouds Architecture Office for their design, Mars Ice House
Being at the forefront of technology is part of NASA’s brief and reaching for the stars involves utilising new technologies to actualize the dream of human habitation on the Red Planet.
NASA awarded three teams a total of US$40,000 in the first stage of the 3D Printed Habitat Challenge Design Competition at the New York Maker Faire in late September. The design competition challenged participants to develop architectural concepts that take advantage of the unique capabilities 3D printing offers to imagine what habitats on Mars might look like using this technology and in-situ resources. Utilising materials on Mars is an important facet of imaging and creating these designs in the future.
The competition is part of NASA’s Centennial Challenges programme and is managed by America Makes, a partnership of organisations focused on accelerating capabilities and adoption of additive manufacturing technology.
More than 165 submissions were received, and the 30 highest-scoring entries were judged, displayed at the Maker Faire event. The first-place award of US$25,000 went to Team Space Exploration Architecture and Clouds Architecture Office for their design, Mars Ice House. Second place and US$15,000 was awarded to Team Gamma. Third place was awarded to Team LavaHive.
“The creativity and depth of the designs we’ve seen have impressed us,” says Centennial Challenges programme manager Monsi Roman. “These teams were not only imaginative and artistic with their entries, but they also really took into account the life-dependent functionality our future space explorers will need in an off-Earth habitat.”
Teams were judged on many factors, including architectural concept, design approach, habitability, innovation, functionality, Mars site selection and 3D print constructability. The design competition is the first milestone of the 3D Printed Habitat Challenge, which seeks to foster the development of new technologies necessary to additively manufacture a habitat using local indigenous materials with, or without, recyclable materials, in space and on Earth.
NASA’s Centennial Challenges Program is part of the agency’s Space Technology Mission Directorate. The program is managed at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama.
Second place was awarded to Team Gamma for their habitat design
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Steel company scoops supreme award
Westpac Northland Business Excellence Supreme Award 2015, Donovan Group NZ Ltd: From left, Rod Parkinson (sponsor), Kyle Donovan, Kerry McCollum, Takeo Fukuoka, Graham Donovan, Hamish Reid and Brett Donovan
A ground-breaking steel product has seen a Northland steel business take out top honours at an awards ceremony held last month. Donovan Group NZ Ltd was the overall winner of this year’s Westpac Northland Business Excellence Awards. The company scored a hat-trick, also receiving awards for innovation and excellence as a large business.
The Whangarei-based steel manufacturing and construction company, who own the Coresteel Buildings NZ franchise network, won the Supreme 2015 Westpac Northland Business of the Year, the Eroad Excellence in Business (Large Business) Award and the Northland Inc Innovation Award.
The awards ceremony was held in Whangarei on Friday 23 October, and celebrated entrants from 43 Northland businesses.
The judges were impressed with the company’s strong leadership, foresight, and commitment to take itself and the industry to the next level.
“I believe our success has been determined by the unique mix of our team, our passion for well-engineered building products, innovative home-grown IT systems and great marketing,” says Brett Donovan, director, Donovan Group NZ Ltd.
“The entrepreneurial and innovative v ision starts at the top of the business and is encouraged throughout the organisation, both within Donovan Group and our subsidiary company Coresteel Buildings.”
The Northland Inc Innovation Award was presented to Donovan Group for their innovative new type of steel beam which can offer clear spans of over 70 meters. The product marketed as VERTEBEAM™, is a nested, tapered box shaped beam that is tapered through its length, resulting in less steel being used and therefore increasing cost-effectiveness.
As a result of the sleek design of the beam, it is also bird and vermin resistant, which has become a major draw card for developers and business owners.
Already more than $100 million in commercial and industrial buildings have been constructed in the New Zealand market using the VERTEBEAM technology.
The VERTEBEAM product is a joint development project between Donovan Group Ltd NZ and New Zealand Steel, with shared ownership of the intellectual property.
Flying Kiwi: new world hi-tech designer of engineering stock
InFact’s Nigel Sharplin, left, at logging site with contractor Jason Brook
Nigel Sharplin is passionate about his work but can be hard to track down.
He is always on the move and one step ahead, continually looking for innovation and opportunities where he can design and develop and help New Zealand grow.
He has produced Navman accessories, world-first wheelchair remotes, parking meter systems, world first chip-card devices, a range of tools to find out which pine trees are best for building construction and was a key figure in Fisher & Paykel’s mechanical design team on the hugely successful Smart Drive washing machine.
Top that with Nigel’s Christchurch company inFact being a finalist in three categories at the New Zealand Innovators Awards.
Born at Leeston in South Canterbury, Nigel grew up in Richmond, Nelson, and attended Waimea College. His father was his mentor and motivation for him to receive his Mechanical Engineering degree with honours at the University of Canterbury.
“My father is a very clever engineer who taught me how to solve problems by thinking. I always wanted to be a design engineer and run my own business developing innovative products. Engineering has given me the freedom to express my creativity to make real change in the world for good,” Nigel says.
“After university I loved being a part of the game changing team at Fisher & Paykel which taught me the philosophy and values that drive inFact’s methodology and approach. Fisher & Paykel set out to change the world of appliances by innovating every aspect of the washing machine except that it washes using water. Samsung copied it, everybody but Jack Welsh himself from GE visited Fisher & Paykel during the development when they were doing a licensing deal and the technology has become very much the state of the art globally.
Once setting up inFact, Nigel was invited by GPC Electronics to a meeting in Wellington with Industrial Research Limited and the Carter Holt Harvey (CHH) subsidiary Fibre-gen to help productionise the Hitman HM200 timber testing product. “We did that and it was a great. Fibre-gen then asked us to develop the Hitman ST300 tool which was a complex and expensive development. We ended up taking a 20 percent stake in the business when they asked if we would complete the development at our cost in exchange for shares. When Graham Hart bought CHH, management sold Fibre-gen to inFact and director Peter Carter.”
But he says that to date his best achievement has been the formation and growth of the inFact design business.
“This type of professional practice is essential to the future value of the New Zealand economy. With a thinking approach to the creation of game-changing innovative new products customers want to buy we can build a strong first world economy here.
“As British inventor and Dyson company founder James Dyson said when he was in New Zealand advising our government: ‘Without a high tech manufacturing sector New Zealand cannot create enough wealth to sustain growth and maintain parity with other nations’. The German manufacturing sector earned $US5000 per capita in 2014 while New Zealand earned $165 her head so we have a long way to go.
“We are currently working on several large product and system development initiatives that will help New Zealand grow faster. With ZIP Zero Invasive Predators Ltd which is a charity set up by the Department of Conservation, Next and Sam and Gareth Morgan to eradicate rats, stoats and possums, our company inFact has been contracted to; develop new innovative systems for luring these predators to their traps and to support volume production of these for roll out across New Zealand’s native and exotic forests and hinterlands.”
According to Nigel, InFact’s designs have translated into 100s of millions of dollars of export product for New Zealand and have delivered internationally successful “game-changing” products for companies such as Carter Holt Harvey, Navman, Dynamic Controls, Integrated Technology Solutions and Provenco.
Nigel and fellow director Peter Carter say they have secured 27 patent registrations for the use of acoustics in the grading of green wood involving their Hitman HM200, ST300 hand tools that have become the gold standard internationally for forest wood assessment.
Hitman is their latest invention which measures trees automatically while being harvested and sends them to the right mill for processing. This invention alone will create and estimated $200 million of new value for the forestry sector in New Zealand according to Scion.
In a release InFact says that the world is waking up to the benefits and opportunity of construction of high rise buildings using engineered wood products such as laminated veneer lumber and cross laminated timber panels which are both manufactured in New Zealand.
“A seven storey timber structure survived the equivalent of nine Kobe earthquakes on a Japanese earthquake simulator platform with no discernible damage. Wood is the ultimate resilient and renewable resource for construction,” Nigel says.
The Hitman range of products is how forest owners segregate the timber for these wood processors. “We must however make decisions at the point of harvest based on the value of the timber and not just the commodity based volume of it.
“Wood processing and manufacturing is New Zealand’s third largest export sector at $2.5 billion a year and if log exports are added it’s almost on a par with second-placed meat exports. In the central North Island we’ve lost 100,000 hectares of forest land in the last few years to dairy farming.
“This is simply driven by economics as high export log prices drive replanting regimes. By extracting the highest value wood from our forests and processing this in New Zealand for value added export products we can ensure a strong forest industry.
“Scandinavia has proven countries can sustainably fuel an entire first world economy using wood products. They just put their minds to the task as nations and made the decision to create a zero emissions economy. We can do this in New Zealand if we are prepared to make a commitment to achieving this and not be influenced by the traditional concrete, steel and fossil fuel corporations.
“There is a massive 50 percent increase in the volume of plantation wood coming online in 2020. We need to get organised now to ensure that at the time we harvest this wood we can turn it into high value logs and wood products and not simply sell it to the commodity log market. We can lift the value of the forest wood sector from $5billion at our current volume and processing regime to $12billion with the increased volumes and if we take on this challenge of enhancing the value of the harvest,” Nigel says.
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Metallisation Launches New Laser Cladding System
Metallisation has launched a new laser cladding system
Metallisation has launched a new laser cladding system, MET-CLAD, which has further enhanced Metallisation’s diverse range of surface coating equipment, available in New Zealand from Metal Spray Suppliers (NZ) Limited.
Laser cladding, a process that falls into the range of hard-facing solutions, can be used to increase corrosion resistance, wear resistance or impact performance of metallic components, using a method of applying a fully dense, metallurgically bonded and virtually pure coating.
The Metallisation MET-CLAD system has been developed as a result of collaboration with laser cladding specialists, LASE Ltd, based in South Wales. Metallisation, experts in machine building, offers laser cladding systems and technical support to industry, supported by LASE Ltd’s extensive laser cladding expertise and experience.
Metallisation has supplied its first MET-CLAD system to LASE, at its South Wales factory, where it has been successfully integrated into the production facility. The new system is also flexible enough to be taken on-site if the size of the customer’s component prohibits transportation to the South Wales facility.
The laser cladding process utilises a precisely focused high power laser beam to create a tightly controlled weld pool into which a metallic powder is applied. The powder is carried by a stream of inert shielding gas, which is blown coaxially through the laser beam. The highly accurate nature of the laser beam allows fully dense cladding with minimal dilution and a perfect metallurgical bond. The number of coatings that can be applied are vast, the composition of which can be designed to combat failure mechanisms associated with each component.
The Laser cladding process produces a coating with a higher level of purity than other traditional welded hard facing processes. The coating properties, and the high level of purity, will maximise the working life of components and minimise downtime. The very low heat input, associated with a laser, minimises distortion and results in a refined microstructure. Due to the high level of accuracy and control laser cladding enables the cost effective application of high performance alloys to tackle a wide range of engineering issues.
The MET-CLAD laser cladding control console, developed and built by Metallisation, is at the heart of the system, as it provides integration and control of the complex component parts. To apply a laser clad coating the cladding head has to be fed with four key things; a laser beam, process gasses, powder and cooling water. This is where the MET-CLAD system steps in with a very simple to use control system and touch screen HMI. The MET-CLAD control system is based on the tried and tested Metallisation HVOF and Plasma control concept. The control interface for production operations is simple, but it can be drilled down to a great level of complexity for coating development. Repeatable operations are easily programmed or they can be linked to a barcode system for even simpler programming. The process gases are mass flow controlled for repeatability of the coating process.
One of the major benefits of laser cladding is the ability to finely control the heat input to the substrate and the coating material, which allows a deposit of a two phase Metal Matrix Composite Structure. This means the coating can have a softer, lower melting point material (the matrix) where a harder wearing, higher melting point material (the hard phase) is suspended.
The matrix material is typically a nickel based alloy, which provides a tough, ductile and impact resistant surface, while being wear resistant at elevated temperatures. The reinforcing hard phase is typically tungsten carbide, but can also be titanium carbide or chromium carbide. The fine control of the heat input allows the matrix to be completely melted, alloyed and bonded to the substrate surface. The carbide particles remain un-melted and are distributed evenly through the matrix, resulting in an extremely strong wear and impact resistant coating.
The oil and gas industry commonly use laser cladding for many of its processes including oil refinery process plants, valve balls/seats, down hole stabilisers, sand valves and hydraulic rods. The steel industry would typically use laser cladding in process rolls, high temperature process rolls, coal and ore crushing hammers and wear plates. Various other industry sectors, such as automotive and power generation, will also have applications for laser cladding. The coating materials are just as diverse as the applications and include, Cobalt 6, WC/Ni, NiCrMo and FeCrB.
LASE Ltd was established by Sam Lester, who has extensive experience in laser cladding, and his brother Ben, who is a qualified CNC programmer. Sam, technical director at LASE says: “The MET-CLAD system is the result of a lot of work between us and Metallisation. I am delighted with the system, which is very easy to use and incredibly flexible. Traditionally, laser systems have been cumbersome and technically complex, which limited the uptake of laser cladding in industry. Now, thanks to the input of both LASE and Metallisation, we have a system that is robust, simple to use, incredibly effective.”
New Zealand welcomes its first Haas Factory Outlet
Last month, Aotea Machinery added another string to its bow – the newest Haas Factory Outlet (HFO) was formally opened at 10E Maurice Road, Penrose in Auckland
Last month, Aotea Machinery added another string to its bow – the newest Haas Factory Outlet (HFO) was formally opened at 10E Maurice Road, Penrose in Auckland. For nearly 20 years, Aotea Machinery has been the exclusive distributor of Haas machine tools in New Zealand, and for the last 7 months, has dedicated its CNC Machine tool division to solely selling the Haas brand.
With 170 HFOs around the world, holding more than US$100 million in consigned spares, Haas is a global frontrunner in machine tools.
Karl Medley, national account manager, Haas Factory Outlet New Zealand, says that focusing solely on the Haas brand made ideal sense. “We’ve changed from the normal model of machine tool dealers in New Zealand. We are following the HFO template. Most guys in New Zealand sell two or three brands, whereas we found in what will be early next year, 20 years’ experience selling Haas, that this is the brand that suits the market.
“Haas machines are very user-friendly, with a good price point for a quality machine. They are a global English-speaking player in the machine tool market, based in the US. They invest a huge amount of resources into training and Internet back-up,” Karl says.
“By employing the HFO template, you tap into the industry’s best levels of consigned spares. We’ve redeveloped our back store area for a huge volume of consigned spares. Becoming an HFO means the volume of consigned spares goes through the roof.
“At HFO-NZ we also have two fully Haas-certified technicians, so we can offer the best industry support.”
Karl says that the opening of the HFO in Penrose was a great opportunity to showcase the whole spectrum of Haas’ offerings and advantages. “We had Frank Ramirez from Haas Automation Inc. there. He is our international business manager for our region. He and our managing director Peter Thompson gave opening speeches – talking about the HFO and service support in the market. They discussed the levels of service technicians and that they’re factory accredited and the levels of testing of service technicians around the world, to ensure the best support is provided. They talked about our website – all pricing is online – and Haas parts. If you have a Haas machine, you can put in the serial number and it will give a parts breakdown that will show each part’s US dollar ex-factory price. HFO’s around the world, open fair pricing and the best levels of support are what have made Haas the size and force they are in Engineering.”
After opening speeches, it was down to the business of demonstrations, and illustrating the savings in time and money that Haas machinery and systems offer.
“We showed the work piece probing of a Haas VF-2 mill with GoPro cameras linked from the machine to a large-screen TV. With Haas you can use the work piece probing and coordinate rotation with the benefit of tool length measurement. This means the machine is earning dollars when the operator has walked away – setting datums and tool lengths. We demonstrated auto tool probing on a Haas ST-10Y lathe, again linked by GoPro to a large TV. We showed timeline videos, running 2 x the actual speed, of manual set ups to demonstrate the benefits of saving time and money and using the probing systems.
“We also did cutting demonstrations on lathe and mill, using tooling from our friends at Sandvik Coromant. On the Y axis lathe we made a rugby ball and on the mill we made a beer bottle opener using the HSM CAM system with our friends from Cadpro Ltd. On the milling demonstrations, we also used 5th Axis workholding vices, the dovetail gripping machine vice – dovetail gripping results in minimal material wastage,” Karl says.
After demonstrations and questions and answers, the day continued with a BBQ and a few drinks – the correct way to celebrate the opening of every new endeavour.
For more information, visit: www.haasnz.com
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