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Two established conveyor belt brands join forces

Viking Conveyor has acquired Paykel Engineering Services Conveyor and Componentry business. The acquisition sees two businesses join forces to keep goods on the move, from mining sites to food processing plants. 

Both companies have a long standing history in the market place with over 100 years of experience between them. Viking Conveyor supplies a comprehensive range of conveyor belt, componentry and rubber lining solutions, across multiple industry sectors, from food to timber processing. While Paykel has a strong focus on the industrial market sector including mining and quarrying. 

“The time is right to see two strong conveyor and rubber lining brands join forces to meet changing market conditions. It is exciting times for both businesses, with two experienced teams merging to support customers with a wider product range and technical support,” said General Manager Rod McAneaney. “Viking Conveyor is strong in the lightweight market sector, which complements Paykel focus on the heavy weight market sector.” 

The key focus for the businesses is to ensure that New Zealand companies continue to have access to the best conveyor belt, componentry and rubber lining solutions to meet their project or plant requirements. It is all about creating efficient and effective systems so goods can move smoothly from one stage of processing to the next. “Choosing the right conveyor belt, componentry or rubber lining solution is one of the most important decisions a business can make. The acquisition further enhances our ability to provide the right technical and sales support to our customers,” concluded Mr McAneaney. 

For more information contact: Rod McAneaney Ph: 0274 447 595 or email:




European quality solutions to workspace dust and fume problems at minimum cost

Many companies have air quality issues dotted around the site that are now being picked up by regulatory authorities. Fume arms are one of the simplest, quickest and economical ways to solve a polluted air issue, due to their effectiveness in the way they can capture and contain the impurities close to where they are being generated.

Workshops around the country have relied upon a fan in the roof or open doors either end of the workshop so the wind can provide the ‘extraction’. But this means you remove the fumes once the operator has already breathed them in and they then exit the building via the breathing space of all the other employees downwind. It can also result in a very cold place to work during the winter months, leading to more staff absence and resulting loss in productivity.

This was never common sense and is no longer acceptable practice. 

The installation of a fume arm, pulled into position so that the pollutants are captured almost immediately, is the most efficient way to improve working conditions and these can either be installed with their own fan or, if the existing extract system is powerful enough, they can be incorporated into the main system.

Fume arms being nearer the problem, means they require a lot less air through them than a large hood above the worker. They also require smaller duct size, a smaller fan and end in smaller power bills. In fact a ‘hood solution’ means, once again, the welder or bag filler has already been exposed to the fumes prior to removal above his head, the opposite of what you’re trying to achieve. 

“Avoiding welding fumes travelling or mixing with good air is key,” says Matt Darnbrough, NZ Duct+Flex South Island Sales Manager, “and our in house installation team are able to provide solutions very efficiently. Dealing with the issues where the fumes are generated really does sort out the environmental air quality for all staff.

“Having our own install employees and Engineering Manager instead of using contractor’s saves the customer time and ensures a fully compliant result,” comments Geoff Ebdon, Sales Manager for NZ Duct+Flex. “Also, despite pre install inspections and site plans being prepared, things always change slightly when the final install starts: for example people forget that there is a beam in the way or the exit through the wall has had to move! Having our own staff installing means they have a vested interest in doing the job once, correctly and to the standards, ensuring compliance.”

North Canterbury electricity lines company, MainPower New Zealand Limited have just purchased a Fume Arm (160mm diameter with three-metre reach) with a small quantity of Liplock® galvanised modular ducting, to connect the Fume Arm to a venting system already running in their Rangiora workshop. 

“Safety and health is intrinsic in everything that MainPower does. Our goal is for everyone that works for us to go home safe, healthy and well,” says MainPower’s Safety Health Environment & Quality Manager Dayle Parris. “We recognised the NZ Duct fume arm as a further improvement on our existing system.”

“Our Fume Arms are proving very popular due to the external hinging so there is less restriction to the airflow inside the tube,” confirms Geoff Ebdon. “Also, if hinging is on the inside, then all the muck passes over the hinge and they get damaged or jam up and you have to take the arm apart to clean them. We also have metal hoods and sleeves not plastic, with an all round grab handle and dampener so the hoods are easily manoeuvred to the best position – meaning the welder will use them!”

Quality powder coated steel tubes made in Europe and a full range of sizes from 75mm one metre reach, up to 160mm four metre reach are in stock available for immediate delivery.

Contact at NZ DUCT+FLEX 09 276 8020 or email for further information. 



Digital measuring equipment for highly accurate modelling – Dotmar Engineering Plastics

New Zealand manufacturing Icon, Dotmar Engineering Plastics have increased their support to manufacturers and component designers throughout New Zealand.

When business are faced with premature equipment obsolescence or poor functionality due to worn or broken metal and plastic parts Dotmar can rescue the day.

A recent acquisition is digital measuring equipment from Kreon Technology USA. This very accurate piece of equipment removes all doubt when there is a requirement to measure and model a component.

Curves, tapers, radii, 3D shapes are easily measured and converted to solid files. 

Older equipment may often contain obsolete parts and when these break there is no option but to remake them, to do this first they have to be accurately measured and drawn. Often when the worn, damaged or prototype components have to be copied it is discovered any drawings are possibly long gone or the original manufacturer closed up years ago and the only references are existing parts. 

A regular request is the measurement of components on site, the Kreon is able to be taken to site anywhere in New Zealand and set up to measure parts insitu. The benefits are that the Engineer not only gets accurate measurements to +/-0.01mm but the machine downtime is greatly reduced allowing quick return to production. Examples of where this feature has been utilised include bottling plants, paper mills, mines and anywhere there are large parts that may be difficult to move or transport, fragile or integral to ongoing production. The Kreon has no size limits to what can be measured.

Tool designers who need an accurate drawing file of existing components to begin manufacturing injection, thermoforming or blow moulded dies are finding this technology invaluable in reducing the build phase time by days and weeks whilst still ensuring accuracy is maintained.

The complete measuring service includes providing a solid file in a range of formats from which to manufacture the replacement or copied component.

Dotmar throughout New Zealand specialise in the manufacture of multi axis, low volume, machined plastic components for marine, production, aeronautical, packaging and associated industries.

Contact 0800 650 750 



Dyno conveys solutions for warehouse efficiency

For a piece of equipment that quite literally carries the weight of several industries, conveyor systems can be misunderstood and overlooked when, in fact, they could very well be the solution you need.

Vincent Murray of Dyno NZ says that product flow is one of the biggest challenges in warehouse efficiency and one that can be easily improved. A conveyor system can save considerable time and labour, from alleviating the strain of lifting and other manual tasks to reducing the walking distance of staff. Dyno prides itself on gaining a good understanding of how a business currently operates by making on site visits and assessments, says Murray. “First we make sure we have a good understanding of what the business does and then we discuss requirements. Often what they think they want and what they actually need are very different. With 25 years’ experience in the game, our aim is to help customers understand the scope and significance of what a conveyor system can achieve for them, working with what restraints they have, be it, building size/shape, environment, budgets etc.”

Creating efficiencies in warehouses that distribute in high volume have been the basis of several Dyno projects whether the business is a central distribution centre that supplies direct, a manufacturing company, or an on-seller.

“Warehousing is a broad thing,” says Murray. “Needs might simply include a solution on how to keep the space tidy; how to have a central point that everyone doesn’t have to hike the length and breadth of the building to access. Flow and through-put of product can easily get snarled up. Some pickers pick faster than the packers can pack. This means the packers can get inundated with orders, which causes not only stress but mess. An effective conveyor system allows quick pickers to convey their order to a place where it can sit out of the way until the packer releases it to come to the packing station. The package is then conveyed to a distribution point. The system means the packer doesn’t feel pressured and it can also cut the walking distance of the picker as much as half.”

Generally, says Murray, enquiries are all about how a business can improve its process flow and how to be more efficient.

“All in all, Dyno products suit warehousing particularly well. With the experience we’ve had from recent projects, the small sports shoe importer, to the larger Huhtamaki food-serving packaging products, through to the large USL Medical, a significant supplier in the health care market, we can offer our clients a wide range of expertise and solutions.”

Call us today on 0800 144 044 or email 




Makinex provides materials handling with some backbone

Workplace injuries are an ongoing concern for a great number of companies where lifting is a core element of their operation. Originally designed for the hire and rental industry and recently introduced into New Zealand by Youngman Richardson & Co Ltd the Makinex Powered Hand Truck is reporting a 50 percent reduction in lost time injuries.

The Makinex PHT-140 is a safer and easier alternative to loading with a forklift or tailgate loader and can be used just about anywhere including workshops, warehouses, distribution centres, factories and hire and rental outlets. Operated safely by one person the Makinex Powered Hand Truck is able to pick up most equipment weighing under 140kg and can load them into vehicles such as vans, pickup trucks and SUV’s or to place gear and small loads onto bench tops.

The unique design of the Makinex PHT-140 features a battery powered lift that makes it very easy to operate. The user who can lift or lower the handles and arm height by way of a simple thumb switch that controls the lifting arm reach. This eliminates the awkward and potentially dangerous one and two person lifts and reduces the incidence of back and shoulder injuries.

Without attachments the Makinex PHT-140 weighs 40kg and is 2000mm in length, 740mm wide and 1930mm high. A major benefit is that it can be folded completely flat for easy transport and storage. The Makinex can be used with either a hook or fork attachment with maximum lifts heights of 1.9m and 1.55m respectively. The power for the lift is provided via a 12V 25Amp linear actuator that after only a three hour recharge gives approx. 50 lift cycles per charge.

Details, Youngman Richardson Co. Ltd
Ph: 09 443 2436 or for South Island enquiries
Ph: 03 341 6923 or email 



Versitron Series Rockwell hardness testers

Bestech Australia’s new Versitron Series Rockwell hardness testers are designed to provide users the benefits of the top-loading and test surface referencing technology. An exclusive hardness testing system, the Versitron Series saves time by applying both the pre-load and full load in one test cycle, allowing the test to be performed in as little as four seconds.

Distributed by Bestech Australia, the Versitron Series hardness testing machines are ideal for versatile applications ranging from high volume to sampling tests, harsh production floor environments to laboratories, and awkward shaped parts to precise small parts testing.
An inherent feature of the Rockwell hardness tester is its clamping ability, which enables the user to clamp and hold parts in place prior to testing with up to 325 Nm torque. The use of clamping instead of jack screws or cutting specimens improves test accuracy and reduces testing time. The removable clamping shield also protects the diamond indenter from being struck by the specimen during handling, preventing damage caused by test samples shifting under load. Key features of Versitron Series Rockwell hardness testers include full colour, icon driven display facilitating intuitive navigation; test results shown in large font size for easy reading; dirt and oil resistant display allowing simple cleaning; BT130 interface designed to last in harsh environments; and user-friendly operation with easy access to on-screen test results.

The entire load system is modular and self-contained within the test head, which can easily be exchanged to measure different Rockwell scales.

Versitron hardness testers from Bestech Australia can have different types of drive options including standard level actuated drive, pneumatic drive and electric drive. Electric and pneumatic drives can be controlled with a pushbutton or footswitch. Test results can be exported directly to DataView for further analysis or as a CSV file.

The Versitron hardness testing system is CE marked and complies with ASTM E-18, DIN, EN, ISO and other applicable standards.

Further details: 00 613 9540 5100 or





The deepest cut of all – V2

Makita’s great new DCS551 metal cutter has a whole lot going for it. It has been designed to meet all the demands of metal cutting tasks with speed, efficiency and power.

The fact that it is cordless makes this metal cutter very convenient, without any loss of power. The Makita brushless motor means you can enjoy the same kind of power and performance you would expect from an AC model, but with cordless benefits.

What ‘brushless’ means for the user is a longer run time per battery charge in a virtually maintenance free model as the removal of the brushes removes friction and minimises wear. Combine that with one of Makita’s low impedance 5.0Ah batteries and you’ve got power to the max at your fingertips. Being brushless, the motor can also operate continuously for long periods of time without producing heating up.

Another major plus of this machine is it that it cuts cold. Little to no sparks in the workplace. More importantly you can hold the piece of metal to be cut for cutting without it heating up or burning your hand. This also protects the integrity of the item being cut – cold cutting does not weaken the material or reduce the temper.

This tool also delivers significant single pass cutting capacity of 57.5mm. Depending on your choice of appropriate blade you can cut 50mm round pipe, angle, channel, thin metal, rod, UNISTRUT and aluminium with ease in one pass.

Users have also found that this cordless metal cutter cuts very cleanly. Compare the finished cut to the type of cut you would get from an angle grinder or abrasive cut-off machine and you will find your cut edge requires little or no cleaning up after cutting before welding.

A variety of other Makita advanced operating technologies further enhance this cutter, chief amongst them being Makita’s automatic speed control. This quite literally changes the cutting mode from high speed light duty rotation to high torque heavy duty cutting according to both the load conditions and the material. This ensures optimum operation on every cut and very material, whilst also maximising blade life.

Other features are designed to enhance the overall experience of working with the DCS551.

The twin LED job light with pre-glow and after-glow functions are a real boon when you’re working on dark job sites and shady corners.  The battery fuel gauge gives you fair warning of pending recharge requirements.

The electric brake is a great safety feature stopping the blade rotation fast but gently at the same time. An ergonomically designed handle with soft grip makes it a nice machine to work with, whilst the rubberized lever makes quick and easy depth adjustment simple.
One other real bonus is Makita’s XPT extreme Protection Technology which makes its tools ideal for use in outdoor applications and harsh environments where weather and airborne particles are an issue. XPT is engineered for improved dust and water resistance for operation in tough conditions. 




FOX – FT1 Mass Thermal Flowmeter

Offering you the flexibility to monitor multiple gas types at the push of a button, rotate the housing as needed for tight installations, and configure meter settings from advanced software, the FOX Model FT1 thermal mass flow meter and temperature transmitter can be used in a large variety of industrial and commercial gas flow measurement applications.

Fox Thermal Flow Meters use a constant temperature differential (constant ▲ T) technology to measure mass flow rate of air and gases. The thermal mass flow sensor consists of two Resistance Temperature Detectors (RTD’s).

The Reference RTD measures the gas temperature. The instrument electronics heat the mass flow sensor, or heated element, to a constant temperature differential (constant ▲ T) above the gas temperature and measures the cooling effect of the gas flow. The electrical power required to maintain a constant temperature differential is directly proportional to the gas mass flow rate. The microprocessor linearises this signal to deliver a linear 4 to 20 mA signal.

For more information Ph. 09 526 0096 or email: 

Eliminate belt scraper breakages and downtime

A simply engineered alternative to metal springs or torsion bars from Air Springs Supply Pty Ltd helps to prevent breakdowns of mineral and industrial processing belt scrapers and to extend the life and productivity of entire belt systems.

Flexible pneumatic Airstroke air spring actuators from Firestone – including compact and easily installed Style 16 types – adjust to different load requirements simply by varying the air pressure contained within them.

These tough rubber-and-fabric bellows (identical in construction to the airbags proven in truck and train suspensions) are suitable for applications requiring flexible force and continuously supple performance to flex with irregular loads.

Reader-enquiry #150914. 




Maxair PE100 Compressed Air Pipe System

If you’re looking for a compressed air system that will go the distance, there’s one brand that stands out from the rest. This year marks the 20th Anniversary of the Maxair PE100 Compressed Air Pipe System in New Zealand. Over the last 20 years literally thousands of Maxair systems have been installed in New Zealand and Australia, and they’re as new.

So what makes Maxair a market leader in compressed air pipe systems? Well, the same features and benefits that the system boasted when it revolutionised the compressed air piping market back in 1995 are the same ones that continue to satisfy asset owners today. What other compressed air pipe system is; corrosion-free, simple and fast to install, easy to adapt, and very cost effective, as well as being manufactured from a food grade material, 100 percent UV resistant, with a smooth bore that gives higher flow rates, is available in a wide range of sizes up to 400mm, and is coloured blue for easy identification. Add a 50 Year Guarantee to all this and you’ve got a world-class pipe system that can’t be beaten.

The three extensive ranges of Maxair fittings – socket fusion, electrofusion or compression, all using the same pipe, offer the Designer/Engineer maximum design flexibility. The value to industry of a total package which is readily altered at any stage is inestimable. This system is ideally suited to today’s requirements for rapid installation. By installing a fully welded Maxair pipe system you are eliminating costly air leaks and investing in a compressed air pipe system that has stood the test of time!

Maxair is supplied by UPG Pipe System. UPG are specialists in the supply of corrosion-free piping systems. Their Stream PE100 pipe system is widely used throughout New Zealand for the reticulation of chilled water, condenser water, glycols, and a wide range of other fluids and gases.

Contact details:
Phone: 0800 473 100 or email: