Its time for some Main­te­nance Torque

DEMM Engineering & Manufacturing - - MAINTENANCE MATTERS -

A new era in the Main­te­nance En­gi­neer­ing So­ci­ety’s mem­ber ser­vices un­folded this month with the inau­gu­ral pub­li­ca­tion of the so­ci­ety mag­a­zine, Main­te­nance Torque. De­signed as the kind of pub­li­ca­tion that can lounge around on can­teen ta­bles longer than a mod­ern ap­pren­tice­ship, Main­te­nance Torque oc­cu­pies a space out­side of the realms of com­mer­cial publi­ca­tions, fo­cus­ing on the mem­bers and their sto­ries. While more in-depth cov­er­age on MESNZ ac­tiv­i­ties such as IPENZ, ed­u­ca­tion, net­work evenings, con­fer­ence, health and safety and past pa­pers are a bonus, the core of the new pub­li­ca­tion cen­tres around read­ers and their sto­ries. Typ­i­cal reader head­ings are: • A Day in the Life of... • Work­shop Envy. • Big Boys Toys (big lifts, new in­stal­la­tions, no­table fixes). • Our Brag List. • Jokes. • Letters to the Editor. • Clas­si­fied Advertising (Em­ploy­ment, plant, etc). Given its po­si­tion, the mag­a­zine acts as an ideal feeder into pro­fes­sional publi­ca­tions such as media sup­porter DEMM who may choose to pick up on sto­ries that could in­ter­est their larger read­er­ship. Main­te­nance Torque editor Lind­say Beer, a self con­fessed non-engi­neer, is im­pressed with the qual­ity and depth of pas­sion within in­dus­try, thor­oughly en­joy­ing hear­ing read­ers sto­ries and help­ing them turn their story into read­able qual­ity ar­ti­cles.

The mag­a­zine is ab­so­lutely free and MESNZ mem­bers are welcome to sub­mit clas­si­fied advertising at no cost. Mean­while, val­i­da­tion from in­dus­try sup­pli­ers has been fan­tas­tic, with many sup­port­ers choos­ing to ad­ver­tise al­ready in the quar­terly pub­lished mag­a­zine. The feed­back al­ready is an re­sound­ing thumbs up with many ap­plaud­ing the ini­tia­tive to stick with a hard copy for­mat rather than fol­low­ing the herd with short shelf life elec­tronic ver­sions. For those need­ing an elec­tronic fix, a pdf copy will also be avail­able on the MESNZ face­book page.

The hard copy mag­a­zine is only avail­able to MESNZ mem­bers although de­mand may see dis­tri­bu­tion car­ried na­tion­ally even­tu­ally. For now, if you wish to read the mag­a­zine, down­load a MESNZ mem­ber­ship form from http://www.mesnz.org.nz/ and sign up to­day. Crikey, the MESNZ mem­ber­ship is cheaper than some sub­scrip­tions!

In other news, regis­tra­tions for the 2015 SKF Na­tional Main­te­nance En­gi­neer­ing Con­fer­ence, to be held at the Claude­lands Event Cen­tre Hamil­ton on Novem­ber 18,19 are now open and seats are fill­ing fast. With speak­ers from as far away as Swe­den and as close as Hamil­ton talk­ing on an eclec­tic mix of tech­ni­cal and line man­age­ment pa­pers and the largest ex­hi­bi­tion hall ever seen at a so­ci­ety driven event, main­te­nance engi­neers are re­spond­ing ear­lier than ever be­fore for what is shap­ing up to be our largest event ever.

Up to date de­tails on pa­pers and pre­sen­ters, the event timetable, online reg­is­tra­tion and ac­com­mo­da­tion links can all be found on the con­fer­ence web­site http://www.mesnz. org.nz/con­fer­ence/. With a speak­ing pro­gramme fea­tur­ing lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional ex­perts and peers, the 2015 event 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) and online reg­is­tra­tion de­tails can be found at

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