Craig Car­lyle, MESNZ col­umn

DEMM Engineering & Manufacturing - - CONTENTS - De­tails and regis­tra­tion is avail­able by go­ing to http://www.mesnz.org.nz/ac­tiv­i­ties/net­work-evenings/

With winter’s firm grip upon us, and the short­est day now gone, thoughts of spring weather may seem pre­ma­ture – but will it be here be­fore we know it.

The same ap­plies to MESNZ na­tional con­fer­ence. The 2014 SKF Na­tional Main­te­nance En­gi­neer­ing Con­fer­ence is re­turn­ing this year to Hamil­ton, hav­ing out­grown its pre­vi­ous Ro­torua lo­ca­tion.

What­ever your in­ter­est in main­te­nance or man­u­fac­tur­ing man­age­ment, be it trades­man, en­gi­neer, man­ager, sup­plier, speaker or ex­pert, mark Novem­ber 12 and 13 in your di­ary. The Kings­gate in Hamil­ton is where you can lis­ten to, and net­work with, some of the finest and most ex­pe­ri­enced main­te­nance man­age­ment minds from New Zealand and around the world.

This is not just an­other con­fer­ence. Last year’s at­ten­dees told us the event was the best value-for-money in­spi­ra­tion-fest they had found.

Nu­mer­ous ex­am­ples have been re­lated where en­gi­neers have used the event to take stock, lis­ten to peo­ple who have been in the same po­si­tions and net­work with peers. They have re­turned to their sites bristling with in­spi­ra­tion, vi­sion and the tools to change their worlds.

The (MESNZ is a non-profit tech­ni­cal group of IPENZ. The so­ci­ety’s aims are to pro­vide re­sources, men­tor­ing and net­work­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for main­te­nance en­gi­neers through­out New Zealand.

The con­fer­ence is the jewel in the crown a raft of ini­tia­tives de­liv­ered by the so­ci­ety as it brings to­gether trades­men, en­gi­neers and man­agers. MESNZ has an ethos of pro­vid­ing holis­tic line man­age­ment top­ics at the na­tional con­fer­ence, recog­nis­ing that while en­gi­neers have a core in­ter­est in the tech­ni­cal sub­jects, their roles re­quire com­pe­tence in a far wider range of top­ics in the mod­ern in­dus­trial en­vi­ron­ment – tech­ni­cal, PM, em­ploy­ment law, H&S, team man­age­ment, lean and en­ergy.

Be­cause it is a non-profit so­ci­ety, MESNZ is able to of­fer the low­est rates for con­fer­ence at­ten­dance and ex­hi­bi­tion in the South­ern Hemi­sphere, re­mov­ing tra­di­tional bar­ri­ers for en­gi­neers and small busi­ness’s to par­tic­i­pate.

Check out the con­fer­ence web­page http://www.mesnz. org.nz/ac­tiv­i­ties/con­fer­ence/ pro­gramme/ for de­tails on pric­ing and the pro­gramme.

Net­work event Su­paGas Wiri

The Main­te­nance En­gi­neer­ing So­ci­ety of NZ (MESNZ) Net­work Event pro­gramme has proved to be a hit for en­gi­neers and in­ter­ested pun­ters keen to get to­gether af­ter hours for a look at how other op­er­a­tions work.

These re­laxed gath­er­ings of­fer the op­por­tu­nity to widen your hori­zons and ex­plore en­gi­neer­ing ex­pe­ri­ences and so­lu­tions.

Un­der­stand­ing en­gi­neers, MESNZ knows how to create a re­lax­ing en­vi­ron­ment and the re­sult has seen the full house sign out at ev­ery 2014 event so far. With num­bers hav­ing to be restricted at some re­cent events, it is pleas­ing to see no lim­its to the so­ci­ety’s next event, at Su­paGas Wiri on Au­gust 7.

If you have never seen what hap­pens to your gas bot­tles be­fore, the Su­paGas evening prom­ises a rare op­por­tu­nity to take a look at an in­dus­trial gas op­er­a­tion while en­joy­ing the hos­pi­tal­ity of a gen­uine Kiwi-grown busi­ness.

Su­paGas is proud to dis­play their can-do ap­proach to sup­ply­ing the in­dus­try with a num­ber of in­dus­trial gas so­lu­tions. Their rep­u­ta­tion has spread as more and more sat­is­fied cus­tomers dis­cover the new al­ter­na­tive to tra­di­tional gas sup­pli­ers.

Pre-regis­tra­tion for the evening is re­quired al­though there is no cost to new at­ten­dees or MESNZ mem­bers.

Craig Car­lyle, sec­re­tary Main­te­nance En­gi­neer­ing So­ci­ety New Zealand

www.mesnz.org.nz

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