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Ricoh engineered this MFD to work the way its users do, empowering them to share information more efficiently. The Smart Operation Panel is as intuitively easy to control as a tablet or smartphone. It simplifies functions for specific tasks and situations and makes it possible to choose from an array of applications. This model can also connect with other equipment to share data, minimise paper usage and foster high-value-added creativity. A motion detector and proprietary technology for silent operation also contribute to a stress-free office environment.
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3D Printing MakerBot is the established market leader in desktop 3D printing. Its range of award-winning printers offers superior performance, reliability and ease of use. Bundled MakerWare software makes it easy for everyone—from novice to experienced user—to be 3D printing in next to no time and the associated Thingiverse features more than 1.6 million 3D-printable designs to share and make.
Competition in the print industry has never been fiercer. As a result, commercial printers need to increase margins and maintain profitability by investing in new technology that is durable and productive for high digital print volumes. That’s where Ricoh’s Pro C7100 Series and C9100 Series printers come in.
RICOH Pro C7100 Series RICOH Pro C9100 Series
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Designed specifically for high-quality, low-cost output in production environments, the Pro C52005S delivers exceptional images with vivid colours and clarity on a wide range of media. Versatile and easy-to-use, the Pro C52005S fits the bill as a primary device in production settings or as a complementary system in CRD or print centre environments.
This award-winning portable video- and web-conferencing system weighs a mere 1.6 kilograms. The built-in, wide-angle (125 degrees), multi-directional camera is capable of capturing all the surroundings. Additionally, the P3500 can be connected to external cameras or speakers, to extend its capabilities, as well as the teleconferencing setups of other manufacturers, laptop PCs and smart devices for simple, secure communication.
This 65-inch flat panel whiteboard shares content from Windows and Macintosh PCs, tablets, smartphones and other devices. People in different locations around the world can exchange and view information in real time as if they were in the same room. As well as greatly enhancing efficiency and productivity, this model provides a range of features, including those for encrypting saved files, restricting email addresses and generating meeting access codes.
Call 0800 2 RICOH for a hands-on demonstration of the latest in print and communications technology.
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20 NZ MANUFACTURER
22 CALLAGHAN INNOVATION 24 LOCUS RESEARCH 27 CALIBER DESIGN
28 MANUKAU INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY 30 MARSDEN MARITIME HOLDINGS LTD 32 INSITE SOFTWARE WITH SOLUTIONISTS 33 INNOVATION QUARTER 34 PLAZMAX 36 EXHIBITOR LISTINGS 76 ADDENDUM 79 PRODUCT INDEX
22-23 MAY 2019 Horncastle Arena, Christchurch
The South Island’s premier technology trade show for the Engineering, Manufacturing and Electronics industries.
SOUTHMACH IS BACK FOR 2019
INTERESTED IN EXHIBITING? Contact our team now 021 314 199 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Showcase. Educate. Sell.
Sales Manager Aad van der Poel
Operations Manager Nick Batty
Managing Director Brent Spillane
OUR LARGEST EMEX EVER! The largest national technology trade exhibition in New Zealand for the engineering, manufacturing and electronics industries has arrived – along with more than 180 national and international exhibitors bursting at the seams to showcase, educate and sell their leading products and services. Held every two years EMEX is an event that connects 5000+ trade visitors over 3 days with the leading products, services and technology to help them innovate and grow. So what’s new? It’s more like what’s old?! Technology is advancing so fast in this sector that it has inspired us to further develop the Innovation Quarter, where fresh ideas connect with commercial opportunity. We are also introducing a brand-new concept with the support of Callaghan Innovation & Locus Research, The Innovation Lab - a zone created to help foster up-and-coming talent within the industry. Students and start-up engineers will have the opportunity to showcase their ideas and compete for $10,000 worth of prizes to help bring their concepts to life. During the 3 days, EMEX will host more than 28 free seminars delivered by leading industry professionals. From New Product Design & Collaborative Approach, to Metal 3D Printing and Industry 4.0, there will be something for everyone to learn and grow from. Check out the schedule on page 13. EMEX is committed to helping bridge the industry skills gap and demonstrate the great career path that manufacturing and engineering provides for the youth of today. Based on the successful graduate’s programme at SOUTHMACH in 2017, EMEX in conjunction with Competenz & MIT will be introducing “Speedmeets” - an opportunity for secondary and tertiary students to meet with potential employees in seven-minute mini-interviews. The Employers and Training Hub in Hall 1 is where it is all happening. EMEX is proudly supported by numerous leading industry organisations and educational institutions whom we would like to extend our gratitude to; The Manufacturers Network, Competenz, Energy Management Assoc. of NZ, Maintenance Engineers Society New Zealand and Callaghan Innovation. We’d also like to thank our myriad of media partners who have covered the show extensively. If there’s any facet of this show that we can improve on then please send us an email at email@example.com or join in our growing industry conversation on facebook. Finally, we would like to thank all of the companies that have invested significant time, energy and resources into making this a must attend event for the manufacturing and engineering communities. The exhibitor products and services you experience in the coming 3 days are well suited to showcase kiwi designed manufacturing and engineering in all its facets. Have a great show.
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Marketing Manager Jodine Small
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Vertigo Technologies 3061 National Springs & Wire Products NZ 3062 Prosoft 3063 Weldwell New Zealand 3064 Haas Factory Outlet 3065 Roadrunner Manufacturing NZ 3067 Revolution Precision Machinery 3073 PunchTooling NZ 3074 NZ Machine Tools 3075 Etech NZ - RMI Steel Services 3076 RMI Steel 3076 Q-Subs 3077 Scott Machinery 3080 DMG Mori Australia Pty 3085 HALL 4 Airtight Solutions 4001 Total CNC Products 4006 Global Machine Tools 4008 Scott Machinery 4011 Machineryhouse (NZ) Pty 4017 HTC Tooling 4030 Ricoh New Zealand 4031 Industrial Lubricants & Services 4032 AM Prom 4037 Leabourn & Rose 4038 Leabourn & Rose 4039
GWB Machine Tools NZ
Global Shop Solutions Mandeno Electronics 2015 Professional CAD Systems
Plastic Machinery Solutions
W & R Jacks 4105 Engineering & Compressor Services 4107 New Zealand Engineering News 4112 NZ Laser 4114 Advanced Seals & Services 4116 Bystronic 4117 The University of Auckland Formula SAE Team Inc. 4119
BV Products Viking 1978
Chevpac Machinery (NZ)
Rostech Surface Finishing
Supply Services Phoenix Contact
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The 2018 2x2 continues the ground breaking design of UBCO’s first generation 2-wheel drive utility electric vehicle. Driven by a powerful Lithium-ion Battery with no clutch or drivetrain, no emissions and no noise, the 2018 2x2 shares the same iconic DNA as its predecessor; but the design conceals over 130 new or renewed parts out of a total of 150 parts. Delivering advanced communications, improved sealing, more torque, new regenerative braking, and an increased range, alongside its newly minted road legal status, the 2x2 is ready to take on any adventure.
All terrain, all purpose, all UBCO.
www. ubcobikes.com Stand 1012
A NEW PRODUCT THAT’S AS OLD AS THE HILLS
MARSDEN POINT - The Future of Business is Here.
Business growth isn’t all good news when your current location has you bursting at the seams, urban traffic is playing havoc with your supply chain, and your staff can’t afford housing nearby. But ample, affordable land awaits at Marsden Point, just over one hour’s drive of North Auckland. Established business and industrial zones are ready for development and lease, in a spacious environment that includes beaches, recreation opportunities, fantastic scenery and a range of housing options. Marsden Maritime Holdings Ltd welcomes enquiries, visit our stand & go into a draw for 2 nights accommodation and dinner at Marsden Cove Marina!
www.marsdenpoint.nz Stand 2047
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ECOMMERCE SOLUTIONS FOR MANUFACTURERS
Built for B2B, the InsiteCommerce platform incorporates many out of the box features to meet the complex business back-end needs and deliver personalised customer experiences for a seamless online buying process. Forrester named Insite a leader in B2B commerce for being laser-focused on B2B and client-focused. The built-in admin interface gives access to user role management and allows for configuration of important business rules such as product restrictions, promotions, customer specific pricing, quotes, budget and approval workflows. The integration architecture was engineered to accommodate any number of integration points and data transfer methods for common
ERP, PIM, CRM, DAM and other business management systems for a truly unified commerce environment.
www.solutionists.co.nz/insite Stand 1028
THE NEW OPTRIS Xi 80 & Xi 400 INFRARED CAMERAS
The Xi series is a fusion between a robust, compact pyrometer and an advanced IR camera. The integrated spot finder function enables accurate temperature measurements in moving objects without having to readjust the sensor. Both models have built in analogue and digital inputs/outputs. Both Xi models are equipped with a motorized focus enabling remote focusing via software. The sensors come with a resolution of up to 382 x 288 pixels, a frame rate of up to 80Hz and a temperature range from -20 to 900°C.
www.eurotec.co.nz Stand ET24
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EXPERT LOGGER – THE LATEST GENERATION OF STAND-ALONE DATALOGGERS
New generation Dataloggers combine the latest communication with advanced measurement technologies. Launched in three versions, capable of processing 16, 32 or 46 analog input channels. Up to 8 digital inputs/outputs and one SDI12 interface also available. Areas of application; product testing, environmental measurement technology, laboratory data acquisition, research and development, trials and testing. Analog inputs are galvanically isolated from each other. A 24-bit A/D converter ensures fast, precision sampling rates of up to 50 measurements /second / channel. 4 GB memories that can independently store up to 100 million measurement values with date and time stamps.
www.belltechnology.co.nz Stand 3001
CALIBER DESIGN - SECONDED ENGINEERING SERVICE
Talented engineers, when & where you need them. Whether you have a shortage of resources, a looming deadline, a skill gap that needs to be filled, or just need some fresh design thinking on a project … we have talented engineers available who can hit the ground running. Our engineers work on your site, breaking down traditional barriers associated with the use of consultants. Reduce costs – only pay for design resource when it’s required Reduce time to market – faster product development through short term use of external design resource Targeted resource – get the specific skills you need, when you need them
No overheads – no recruitment or overhead costs
www.caliberdesign.co.nz Stand 1012
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SEMINARS 2018 DAY 1
09:30 AM DIETER ADAM | THE MANUFACTURERS NETWORK Closing the Gaps: Short and long-term measures to address the skills shortages in manufacturing.
10:15 AM PAUL HOLLINGS | MANUKAU INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY Vocational Education and Training (VET) - how MIT makes it work for industry.
• Skill shortages in Industry
• New Product Design & Collaborative Approach
11:00 AM SAMANTHA MCNAUGHTON & KIRK SPINKS | COMPETENZ Why a highly-skilled workforce is critical for success
• Opportunities and Challenges of IoT in Product Design • Metal 3D printing and the use of Titanium
• Workplace Health & Safety
11:45 AM JONATHAN PRINCE & DANIEL FARIS | CALIBER DESIGN & LOCUS RESEARCH Alone we are smart; together we are brilliant. How to collaborate successfully - Stabicraft Fisher 1600 Case Study
12:30 PM OLIVER NEULAND | NEULAND DESIGN Fitting Cinderella’s shoe - Opportunities and challenges of IoT in Product Design
1:15 PM MIKE FRY | TITANIUM TECHNOLOGY NZ Development trends in 3D printing of metal.
2:00 PM CK KAN | APAC REGIONAL DIRECTOR, DESKTOP METAL Learn how advances in metal 3D printing are changing the engineering landscape.
2:45 PM KARL DAHM | CALLAGHAN INNOVATION (TITENZ) New Opportunities for Titanium parts made in New Zealand
3:30 PM BARRY ROBINSON & CRAIG CARLYLE | MESNZ The Emperor still wears fluro clothes / Demystifying the H & S legislation
4:15 PM BRIAN ANDERSON | PILZ Your Machine vs Legislation - Do You Comply?
09:30 AM ROBERT BLACHE | CALLAGHAN INNOVATION Additive Manufacturing - where the world is heading and how New Zealand is tracking 10:15 AM JONATHAN ZYZALO | FUJI XEROX Additive Manufacturing: What’s in it for my business?
• Additive Manufacturing (3D Printing) • Industry 4.0 and various industry applications
11:00 AM WARWICK DOWNING | RAM 3D “Beyond the Hype; Growing a Metal AM Industry”
11:45 AM RICHARD BARNES | MINDKITS Manufacturing Using Lost PLA Casting. Investment Casting 3D Prints.
12:30 PM IRA MUNN | IEROSPACE INDUSTRIES How 3D-Printing will Disrupt the Automotive Industry - Introducing ‘The Drop’
1:15 PM NATHAN STANTIALL | CALLAGHAN INNOVATION Demystifying Industry 4.0.
2:00 PM WOLFGANG MAHANTY | OPTIMUM GMBH Industry 4.0 in practice: Assistance systems and their possibilities
2:45 PM JASON MAIR | SICK Driving your Industry 4ward
3:30 PM DAVID GREEN | KEMPPI Industrial Welding solutions in the context of Industry 4.0 4:15 PM JEFF COYLE | KAESER Industry 4.0 and how compressors and compressor control systems are changing as a result
09:30 AM DIETER ADAM | THE MANUFACTURERS NETWORK Rolling out advanced manufacturing technologies in New Zealand - How far have we got?
10:15 AM OLIVER MARSHALL | SIMUSERV Addressing Challenges for Additive Manufacturing Technology through Finite Element Method.
TODAYS TOPICS: • Advanced Manufacturing and the challenges it faces
• Augmented Reality in Manufacturing
• New Product Design & The Collaborative Approach
11:00AM STEPHEN PERUCH | PHOENXPLM Enabling Digitalization
• Re-Imagine your Marketing
• Energy Efficiency is the New Black
11:45 AM ALLAN THOMPSON | LEAP AUSTRALIA Augmented Reality (AR) in Manufacturing
12:30 PM JONATHAN PRINCE & DANIEL FARIS | CALIBER DESIGN & LOCUS RESEARCH Making Collaboration Work. Stories of kiwi success – Ubco 2x2 electric bike case study
1:15 PM SEAN HOFER | STORICOM Inbound Marketing for Manufacturing - Better Qualified Leads 2:00 PM MIKE HOPKINS | ENERGY MANAGEMENT ASSOCIATION NZ Energy Efficiency is the New Black
2:45 PM CRAIG CARLYLE | MESNZ Lean Maintenance made simple
THE MANUFACTURERS’ NETWORK AT EMEX 2018
Editorial by Dieter Adam, CE, The Manufacturers’ Network
THE MANUFACTURERS’ NETWORK IS COMING TO EMEX 2018!
Ambitious and goal-oriented, our manufacturers are driven by the desire to be the best of the best – and see international competitors not as their idols, but rivals. Confident and proud, the products speak for themselves, and help showcase our innovative edge – proving our capability to achieve the best results at home in New Zealand. We Support Your Business • By acting as a focal point of relevant information that we proactively share with you. • Through presentations that are tailored for manufacturers, led by industry experts and key influencers. • By providing training courses on key topics that will advance your business and support smarter operations. • By helping you expand into new markets. • By providing free export documentation that allows you to gain the benefits of FTAs. We Connect You • To other manufacturers’ knowledge, experience and expertise, both in person and electronically though Network Assist. • To like-minded people through unique peer learning, networking events and factory tours. • By providing opportunities to meet and engage with officials, politicians and leaders/influencers.
EMEX is a great chance to get a firsthand look at some of the equipment and technology available to improve productivity in your business – an ever critical part of maintaining and improving our manufacturing businesses.
At our EMEX stall we are going to highlight some of the exciting work being done by manufacturers in New Zealand, showing off some of their products and innovations. We want to talk to those manufacturers who attend, discuss how your business is going, the technology on show and manufacturing in New Zealand more generally. If you’re attending EMEX, come say hello and have a chat to our staff and myself. The Manufacturers’ Network is a group of globally competitive New Zealand manufacturers who want to grow their businesses, and New Zealand’s economy, through collaboration, innovation and the exchange of knowledge and ideas. Backed by 137 years of knowledge, we’re leading our sector into the future.
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We Speak Up On Your Behalf • We listen to your views and act on issues. Your views inform everything we do, from raising them directly with politicians and Government officials, to making formal submissions on your behalf. • We work proactively with media to change the perception of and promote understanding of manufacturing, reflecting its true value, growth, and employment opportunities. • We focus solely on manufacturing and exporting, which allows us to speak up on the issues that really matter to your business, without compromise. THE MANUFACTURERS’ NETWORK HAS AN ONGOING FOCUS ON HELPING OUR MEMBERS BE AWARE OF THE POSSIBILITIES AND CHALLENGES THAT COME WITH CHANGING TECHNOLOGY, SPECIFICALLY, THAT OF INDUSTRY 4.0/ AND OTHER ADVANCED MANUFACTURING TECHNOLOGIES. Getting real practical advice on how other companies have implemented new technology is often the best way to grasp how your own business can benefit. Our work in this area include: Peer-to-peer learning and sharing of experience, site
visits to see technology in action, study tours overseas, expert led events and building connections with vendors and overseas companies, experts and institutions. Our overseas study tours have included a trip to Germany to visit the Hanover Fair, and a trip to Melbourne to see a number of companies who have found different ways to incorporate Industry 4.0 technology into their production. There is another study trip, the Internet of Manufacturing Trek 2018, organized in collaboration with Callaghan Innovation, the EMA and The Manufacturers’ Network. This trip will involve visiting the Internet of Manufacturing Conference in Chicago and a number of side visits to see leading US factories involved in implementing this technology.
Come visit The Manufacturers’ Network stand at EMEX 2018, and look out for the time table to catch both of these presentations.
WHY A HIGHLY- SKILLED WORKFORCE IS CRITICAL FOR SUCCESS
ENSURING STAFF HAVE THE RIGHT SKILLS NOW AND IN THE FUTURE IS VITAL FOR THE SUSTAINABILITY, PRODUCTIVITY AND GLOBAL COMPETITIVENESS OF NEW ZEALAND’S ENGINEERING INDUSTRY. Fiona Kingsford, Chief Executive of industry training organisation Competenz, says industrial changes, innovations and automation are changing the number and types of jobs in New Zealand and, more critically, the sort of knowledge and skills people in the industry need to develop. “We know that unqualified and low-skilled positions are predicted to have the highest probability of replacement by computerisation or machines. It’s challenging to keep up with the changes, let alone anticipate the workforce requirements to respond. “While employers may not be able to protect jobs from automation, we can collectively be responsible for protecting our people and preparing them for change through ongoing training and reskilling.” Infometrics data shows that 23,553 people were employed in mechanical engineering sector in 2016, which is 1.8% higher than 2015. Of those, 4,904 were medium to high-skilled professionals, 18,445 were medium-skilled technicians and trades workers, and 205 were low-skilled labourers.
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NEW ZEALAND AND MORE THAN 26,000 TRAINEES AND APPRENTICES
– 4,200 OF THOSE IN THE ENGINEERING SECTOR AND 3,400 IN MANUFACTURING.
“Working with so many firms we gain valuable insight into the workforce challenges people are facing every day,” Kingsford says. “Because we know the engineering and manufacturing industries really well, we can design workforce development solutions to help businesses realise both immediate and long- term gains.” On-the-job training without the fees The government has made it more affordable for employers to train people on-the-job with two years fees-free industry training through Competenz. This means the costs usually paid by employers, apprentices and trainees in the first two years will now be free for some people. Apprentices can check their eligibility at www.feesfree.govt.nz before signing a training agreement. The policy came into effect on 1 January 2018 and Competenz is already signing up people who qualify for funding. “There’s no better time to take on an apprentice,” Kingsford says. “For people already working in the industry who haven’t completed tertiary training before, it’s an opportunity to start getting qualified at no cost. “Your workers will grow their skills and knowledge and gain NZQA-recognised qualifications while learning on-the-job.” TALK TO COMPETENZ AT EMEX Competenz staff will be at EMEX to discuss apprenticeships, training and workforce development solutions. Come and see us at the Employment and Training Hub.
THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR WILL NEED TO FIND MORE THAN 12,000 PEOPLE BY 2022 TO PREDOMINANTLY REPLACE WORKERS WHO RETIRE OR LEAVE. APPROXIMATELY HALF OF THE WORKFORCE HAS NO POST- SCHOOL QUALIFICATION. Training and education are essential for responding to rapidly advancing technology, succession planning and ongoing profitability and competitive advantage. “Through our ongoing dialogue with businesses, there is concern within the engineering and manufacturing sectors about the lack of team leaders and tradespeople who possess managerial skills,” Kingsford says. “This is highly- relevant to workforce development as research consistently highlights that there is a link between quality of management and the productivity of the business.” COMPETENZ WORKS WITH MORE THAN 3,500 COMPANIES AROUND
“COMPANIES NEED TO SHAPE, NOT PREDICT, THE MARKET” Doug Green, Publisher, NZ Manufacturer WELCOME TO EMEX 2018! YOU WILL HAVE A GREAT TIME MEETING INNOVATORS ON THEIR STANDS, SHARING BUSINESS STORIES WITH FELLOW VISITORS AND ENHANCE YOUR BANK OF SKILLS, LISTENING TO KEY BUSINESS AND INDUSTRY SPEAKERS WHO WILL SHARE WITH YOU SOUND THINKING AND SOUND IDEAS TO BENEFIT YOUR COMPANY GOING FORWARD. Focussing on issues such as business regulation, staff retention and succeeding in the high technology world, which can be daunting, challenging us to perpetually review the future. Instead of just gradually improving or creating new products and services, businesses now need to look at everything that impacts on what they make and how it is used – and shape that wider ecosystem. Nearly always, this will involve collaborating with other firms and players - sometimes even with competitors. You find the competitive edge or a way to collaborate. NEW ZEALAND FIRMS SEEM TO HAVE THE FUNDAMENTALS OF WHAT IT TAKES TO SHAPE MARKETS, BUT VERY FEW ARE DOING IT – WHICH IS LIKELY RESULTING IN MANY LOST OPPORTUNITIES AND PRODUCT FAILURES. THE NEW TPP AGREEMENT MAY WELL BE THE CHANGE OF DIRECTION YOU NEED. These are some of the conventional-wisdom-busting conclusions reached by University of Auckland researchers, Associate Professor Suvi Nenonen and Professor Kaj Storbacka, from their three-year research project into market innovation. Market innovation means deliberately shaping existing markets or creating whole new ones. It often involves tech innovations, but not necessarily. It is about identifying the bottlenecks in the wider system – points where the need for a resource holds everything up - and fixing them. For instance, switching your business model from selling to leasing machinery means that customers need less capital to acquire the machinery, which makes the market bigger. ENGINEERING THE EXOSKELETON - FROM ALIENS TO MECHANICALLY ENHANCED HUMANS It’s called “market-shaping” or “market innovation”.
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Editorial & Photos - Doug Green, NZ Manufacturer
SouthMACH. Inspired by the ‘power loader’ exoskeleton worn by Sigourney Weaver’s character in Aliens, Richard Little set out to design and build a pair of robotic legs. The resulting Rex Suits are operated by a joystick that allows the wearer to walk, move sideways, turn around, climb stairs, and exercise. Exoskeletons are hyped up as devices that will allow the injured and paralysed to walk,
elderly and stroke sufferers to remain independent for longer, the military to get more from soldiers, and even turn all of us into mechanically enhanced humans. THEY HAVE CAPTURED THE IMAGINATION OF RESEARCHERS ACROSS THE WORLD, FROM START-UPS TO NASA. A Scots-born engineer, Richard says he was motivated to develop the system after his childhood best friend Robert Irving was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Little and Irving co- founded Rex Bionics in 2003. Richard is passionate about using technology and particularly robotics to help people. Little said it was hard to describe the experience of watching someone stand and walk after being in a wheelchair for years. And to set you in the mood for a meal at EMEX do what Manoush Zomorodi explores the concept of “How boredom can lead to your most brilliant ideas.”
Here is an example of the innovation you often find at EMEX and
Manoush is great on practical advice like realising just how much
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time you’re spending on the phone each day.
your company with the required technology to be at the front of the pack. You may rarely visitor a trade show or a business gathering, like those organised by GETBA, or a business group in your community. So, you are here…for a meeting with like minded people determined to be innovative and create new markets and opportunities.
Many of us who’ve struggled with creative work know that we have to allow ourselves to get bored, that we can’t simply work
Enjoy the mingling…you won’t be disappointed.
on them when we’re “in the mood.” That’s the difference between a hobby and something bigger. EMEX is what something bigger for you may well come from; the place to be to consider the competitive advantage, to equip
CALLAGHAN INNOVATION HELPS BUSINESSES DEVELOP AND COMMERCIALISE TECHNOLOGY AND PREPARES THEM FOR THE FUTURE. Callaghan Innovation is New Zealand’s business innovation agency. The manufacturing sector, ready and willing to grow and advance through innovation, is a key focus for much of Callaghan Innovation’s engagement and services. Last year, Callaghan Innovation has helped 891 manufacturing firms grow their business using technology. Callaghan Innovation aims to inspire and connect manufacturers to emerging and disruptive technologies. Digital advances are changing the way manufacturing ecosystems work – from product design, to production, to how customers use these products. Sensors now capture information along the value chain, providing the basis for businesses to increase quality, reliability and productivity, to predict maintenance, to reduce downtime, to save costs and to introduce entirely new business models.
Callaghan Innovation connects businesses to the networks, capability and funding they need to succeed through technology, unlocking future economies and enabling a more confident and successful New Zealand. It offers services and programmes targeted at the manufacturing sector, including: • Access to a large team of scientists and engineers dedicated to solving tough technical problems, from advanced engineering, automation and manufacturing technology to designing smart systems that react appropriately to new situations. • Expertise on digital automation and robotics solutions, e.g. through providing collaborative robots which manufacturing businesses can trial. • Access to new and emerging technologies around digitalisation of manufacturing, sensor technologies, Internet of Things and design and engineering for 3d printing/additive manufacturing. • Opportunities to connect with national and international thought leadership and events showcasing innovative approaches and technologies.