Col­umn – Craig Car­lyle, MESNZ

DEMM Engineering & Manufacturing - - CONTENTS -

Engi­neers grabbed an op­por­tu­nity to see the hy­draulic and con­trol ca­pa­bil­i­ties of Manukau’s McRaes Global Hy­draulics in De­cem­ber as part of an MESNZ event.

Around 60 peo­ple were treated to a bon­net-up look at the com­pany, which be­gan life 50 years ago as a job­bing ma­chine shop, and has now grown to be­ing a cut­ting edge fa­cil­ity.

The for­mer Global Hy­draulics op­er­a­tion is now part of the McRaes Group of com­pa­nies.

From the in­ter­na­tional su­per yacht in­dus­try in Abu Dhabi to the Lower Hatea bridge project in New Zealand, McRaes has taken the kiwi can-do at­ti­tude and ap­plied it as a “think lo­cal, act global” for­mula.

Engi­neers at the so­cial event took a keen in­ter­est in the small­est de­tails of the firm’s con­trol sys­tems, which are ca­pa­ble of ap­ply­ing sur­geon like fine hand move­ments to pow­er­ful hy­draulic ac­tu­a­tors, fluid anal­y­sis sys­tems, and de­sign in­no­va­tions such as the he­li­copter han­dling con­trols used for land­ing he­li­copters aboard ships in heavy sea con­di­tions.

As well as learn­ing first-hand tips on hy­draulic sys­tems and their main­te­nance, the au­di­ence ben­e­fited from the op­por­tu­nity to net­work with their peers, tak­ing new con­nec­tions and so­lu­tions back to their work­places.

The Main­te­nance Engineering So­ci­ety is ac­tive across New Zealand, pro­vid­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for main­te­nance engi­neers and man­u­fac­tur­ing op­er­a­tions to net­work and share in­no­va­tions and ex­pe­ri­ences.

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