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Taking off… No surprises when machining composites for aerospace and more

One-third of manufacturers say they will accelerate investments into automation tools, according to a recent survey. But how will this apply to the difficult business of machining composite materials? Here, Aaron Howcroft, global product manager at Sandvik Coromant explains how its own CoroDrill 863-O cutting tool could help manufacturers rethink their approach to machining composites – thanks to chemical vapor deposition (CVD) technology.

Cat rental generator powers Mercer Sand quarry

Sometimes you need the power of the workshop with you, on site. So, when looking for a power solution for his small quarry operation producing quality sand for New Zealand infrastructure, Gary Tetzlaff, director of Mercer Sands, went on the recommendation of his electrician and hired a Cat generator.

Upskill, upskill, upskill… Welding training: Adapting to today’s industry

The welding industry is booming, but there is one problem – a shortage of skilled welders in New Zealand. The solution: providing information and education. And the good news is that there are plenty of providers out there to help train new staff and up skill others. Industry training organisation Competenz spoke to NZEN about some of the challenges the sector faces and how they can help.

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