MESNZ marches south

DEMM Engineering & Manufacturing - - MAINTENANCE MATTERS -

The Main­te­nance En­gi­neer­ing So­ci­ety of NZ (MESNZ) has made on good its prom­ise to em­brace South Is­land en­gi­neers with a num­ber of re­cent ac­tiv­i­ties spread­ing as far south as In­ver­cargill.

Ac­com­pa­ny­ing the Tech­nol­ogy Expo or­gan­ised by SEW Euro­drive, MESNZ was present in Dunedin and In­ver­cargill over the course of th­ese two whis­tle stop tours. Both events were well re­ceived and ap­pre­ci­ated by the lo­cals and proved an eye opener on the depth and le­gacy of en­gi­neer­ing in th­ese re­gions. Dunedin in par­tic­u­lar has a wealth of en­gi­neer­ing that helped make New Zealand what it is to­day and although dec­i­mated by mod­ern po­lit­i­cal whims, is still alive and ac­tive. Otago Poly­tech is keen and ac­tive on the re­li­a­bil­ity front, prompt­ing MESNZ to of­fer any as­sis­tance it can. This is timely given MIT’s ill-ad­vised aban­don­ment of its Re­li­a­bil­ity Cen­tre in 2014.

In­ver­cargill en­gi­neers came out in their droves to in­spect the wares of the Tech­nol­ogy Expo ven­dors, cer­tainly ap­pre­ci­at­ing the ef­fort to bring them such an event. Many en­gi­neers were quick to sign up to MESNZ and re­lieved to tap into the so­ci­ety net­works for on­go­ing sup­port. The in­ter­est ex­pressed has val­i­dated the so­ci­ety’s ob­jec­tive of spread­ing its SKF Net­work Evening se­ries into the South Is­land, with the first South Is­land event set for Thurs­day 7 May at AW Fraser in Christchurch. This brass foundry op­er­a­tion will be a rare op­por­tu­nity for en­gi­neers to dis­cover what the in­dus­try is about.

Fol­low­ing on the heels of the hugely suc­cess­ful SEW Euro­drive net­work evening in Auck­land, the Christchurch fa­cil­ity is set to open its doors to South Is­land en­gi­neers in June. Stay posted for de­tails by check at http://www.mesnz. org.nz/ac­tiv­i­ties/net­work-evenings/

While the devel­op­ment of the South Is­land membership will re­sult in an in­crease in net­work evenings and fo­rums pro­vided, the main event on the an­nual cal­en­der will con­tinue to be the SKF Na­tional Main­te­nance En­gi­neer­ing Con­fer­ence at the Claude­lands Event Cen­tre in Hamil­ton on Novem­ber 18,19. Reg­is­tra­tions are open and seats are fill­ing al­ready for this event, slated to be the big­gest ever. In­ter­na­tional key­note speak­ers are be­ing con­firmed and the speak­ing agenda prom­ises to de­liver in­for­ma­tion and in­spi­ra­tion on tech­ni­cal and line man­age­ment top­ics for del­e­gates to take back to their work­places. More de­tails (and even the high­lights video from 2014) can be found at http:// www.mesnz.org.nz/con­fer­ence/pro­gramme/

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