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DEMM Engineering & Manufacturing - - CONTENTS - Steve Hart, Edi­tor. edi­tor@demm.co.nz

We have a cracking edi­tion of DEMM for you this month with plenty of lo­cal sto­ries re­flect­ing some ex­cel­lent work by Kiwi-owned firms. Among them is Med­i­cal Plas­tics, an Auck­land-based commercial R&D com­pany. It has played a big part in help­ing to de­sign, de­velop, and man­u­fac­ture a sim­ple, but ef­fec­tive, gad­get that helps take the pain out of us­ing crutches. The firm’s first cus­tomer was Olympic cham­pion Va­lerie Adams, who gave the shock ab­sorber – that can be retro­fit­ted to crutches – the thumbs up. In our Main­te­nance Mat­ters’ sec­tion we speak with Jun Lanada about how he keeps ev­ery­thing run­ning sweet at Fisher & Paykel Health­care. It’s a big oper­a­tion in­volv­ing some quite com­plex ma­chin­ery – but he says no mat­ter how big or small the com­pany, pre­ven­ta­tive main­te­nance al­ways comes down to stick­ing to the ba­sics and the ‘five whys’ of ma­chine fail­ure. To ask five ‘why’ ques­tions in suc­ces­sion. In our in­creas­ingly pop­u­lar 3D sec­tion we look at how one univer­sity has 3D printed an aero­plane, and how lo­cal firm – 3D So­lu­tions – helped a cus­tomer by scan­ning an ob­so­lete ma­chine part us­ing a 3D scan­ner so a re­place­ment part could be made us­ing a 3D printer. All up it’s an­other in­ter­est­ing edi­tion, and as al­ways, your feed­back is wel­come.

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