SouthMACH 2015 – in­dus­try ma­chines, ro­bots, prize draws, ed­u­ca­tion and so much more...

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With less than two months to go there’s a buzz around the South Is­land’s – and one of New Zealand’s – big­gest and most an­tic­i­pated en­gi­neer­ing, ma­chin­ery, industrial and tech­nol­ogy events.

SouthMACH is well-known among en­gi­neers, ma­chin­ists, com­mu­ni­ca­tions tech­ni­cians and man­agers, tech­ni­cal op­er­a­tors, op­er­a­tions man­agers and any­one in­volved in man­u­fac­tur­ing. But with the show now in the trusted hands of New Zealand’s lead­ing trade event or­gan­is­ers, XPO Ex­hi­bi­tions, it’s poised for take-off as the best ever.

“SouthMACH only hap­pens ev­ery two years. This year’s ex­hibitor list is im­pres­sive with a range of new in­dus­try sup­pli­ers on board in ad­di­tion to es­tab­lished ones. Vis­i­tors will be able to talk with global ex­perts, get up close and hands-on with the lat­est tools, prod­ucts, tech­nol­ogy and ser­vices, take ad­van­tage of ex­clu­sive show-only deals, up-skill and stay cur­rent with a wide range of free and low-cost seminars, and net­work with fel­low pro­fes­sion­als to get great ideas and so­lu­tions to nag­ging prob­lems.

“It’s not all busi­ness ei­ther, with break-out ar­eas for re­lax­ation and con­ver­sa­tion, and the chance to win a brand new Ford Tran­sit. All trade vis­i­tors have to do to be in to win is to at­tend SouthMACH, then visit the Ford stand at SouthMACH, and have your event badge scanned.”

Other at­trac­tions – work-re­lated, of course – at the South Is­land’s pre­mier tech­nol­ogy trade show in­clude the in­cred­i­ble “as-seenon-TV” robot Bax­ter from kanDO In­no­va­tion Ltd.

kanDO Busi­ness Devel­op­ment Manager Ash Tay­lor says peo­ple are fas­ci­nated with Bax­ter. “Bax­ter is an in­ter­ac­tive pro­duc­tion robot that has been de­signed to work safely with hu­man work­ers, yet be f lex­i­ble enough to also adapt to a changes in pro­duc­tion.

“Bax­ter will stop on hu­man con­tact – it pauses it’s ac­tiv­ity and will wait for it’s op­er­at­ing zone to be­come clear be­fore re­sum­ing.”

Bax­ter’s not the only robot star­ring at SouthMACH. At the other end of the scale is the new UR3 – the world’s most f lex­i­ble, light­weight ta­ble top robot from industrial au­to­ma­tion spe­cial­ists De­sign En­ergy. “The UR3 went through a three-year devel­op­ment phase and is an af­ford­able ta­ble top robot with a 3kg pay­load, yet weighs a mere 11kg,” says De­sign En­ergy direc­tor Mike Shat­ford. “It has a 360-de­gree ro­ta­tion on all wrist joints and in­fi­nite ro­ta­tion on the end joint, so is ideal for tight­en­ing fas­ten­ers.

“The new UR3 from Uni­ver­sal has sig­nif­i­cantly low­ered the price of au­tomat­ing a process us­ing a six-axis robot. Man­u­fac­tur­ers can now in­tro­duce an industrial robot into pro­duc­tion at al­most half the cost of tech­nol­ogy which is cur­rently avail­able.”

So we’ve cov­ered off on ma­chines, tech­nol­ogy ed­u­ca­tion, ma­jor prize draws, ro­bots – oh did we men­tion you can also see NZ made drones which could change the fu­ture of search and res­cue world­wide? You need to reg­is­ter for this show right away!

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