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Taupo Hydraulic Service trailer – a new level of 24/7 service

Hyspecs is proud to announce the recent addition of The Mobile Hydraulic Service Centre – aka The Service Trailer.

Ross McConnon of Hyspecs Taupo has worked in the hydraulics industry for many years. During his time working for Hyspecs in Taupo he found that customers rely heavily on their hydraulic equipment working efficiently. Hydraulic equipment needs regular maintenance and specialised equipment and skills to keep them working. When a piece of equipment fails, often the only solution is to take that piece of equipment away to a specialist workshop for repairs. Ross wanted to reduce the downtime for his customers. Ross’s solution was the Mobile Hydraulic Service Centre.  Hyspecs purchased a trailer, and the Hyspecs Christchurch service team set out to convert this trailer into a workshop. Johan from Hyspecs Taupo then took over with Ross to put in a hydraulic test bench, a hose press, welder, compressor, hydraulic press and parts storage. This trailer obviously cannot have everything but will be able to help in a number of situations.

The trailer has already been of great use attending a tractor in a field where formally this would have been a mission to fix. The tractor would need to have been driven to the workshop or put on the back of a truck taking the tractor away from work for around two days. Instead Hypsecs brought the Service Trailer to the tractor, fixed the hydraulics problems on-site and half a day later the tractor was back into action. Ross McConnon says that this trailer is a huge asset to his branch and already has bookings.

If you would like to talk to Ross about servicing on-site, call 027 455 5919.





Height access game changer

Whatever industry you’re in, at some stage it seems we all need to get to something higher than we can reach. Ever stood on the office chair to change a light bulb? 

Most of us resort to a trusty ladder we have tucked away somewhere, and these are also used for more frequent tasks, servicing machines in workshops, picking stock in stores, maintenance, painting, etc.

The Safety Authorities, however, now view the standard ladders as unsafe to work from, and as a result, all manner of ladder/platform/handrail arrangements are appearing on the market as alternatives.

The biggest frustration is that the platform ladder works fine for one height job, but what about the others? Back to working off the side of the ladder that leads to the platform?

The scale of this problem was identified by Equiptec back in 2010 at a Queensland Mining Company. Their yard was full of fixed height platforms of all shapes and sizes and their frustration was clearly conveyed... “Every time we purchase a new machine we need yet another size platform to work safely from. What we need are platforms that can vary in height, but not change in footprint.” It was a hard ask at the time, but Equiptec set to, and developed the VRS. The result? All platforms (the whole lot) where replaced with just two models! The Mining Company was completely blown away.

VRS, an acronym of Vertical Rise Steps, has now grown to answer multiple challenges in many more industries. A diverse fleet in three different ranges now covers almost any application from 700mm to 5m platform heights, from workshops to stores to construction sites.

The Giraffe series (models from 1.4m-5.0m) was the original. These popular large staircase/cantilevered platforms are now a vital part of many companies plant. They are often preferred to scissor lifts as they offer continual access to ground.

The Monkey series was next. Steps instead of stairs give this range a smaller footprint, and even greater maneuverability. Awesome adjustability (0.9m to 3.1m in two models) means these are very popular in transport/equipment workshops, warehouses and factory applications. This was confirmed recently when a nationwide earthmoving equipment supply/maintenance company ordered VRS Monkey Platforms for all their workshops.

Finally the new baby. It’s a squirrel! Nimble, quick and agile, as you’d expect a squirrel to be. From 0.7m to 1.44m, compact and lightweight, these fit through doorways and into lifts with ease, redefining height Access efficiency in both construction and industrial applications.

And there’s much more to come. Watch this space!

Whatever your height issue, take an efficient step forward… contact Equiptec.

0800 84 00 00,,






HYGIENIC VALVES - Aurora can handle it

LIAG™ arc valves and LIAG™ pigging valves have been designed to meet the high demands of process engineering applications to ensure a high hygienic standard. Suited for viscous products with a totally clear passage, they provide optimum conditions for a wide range of sterile pigging processes. 

  • No dead pockets - free draining
  • Totally clear passage, no pressure loss
  • EHEDG, 3A and FDA certified
  • CIP/SIP capability - hygienic design
  • Piggable
  • Minimum components & wearing parts

0800 55 77 33 | |






Keep cool and save with Tru-Strip

Now is definitely the time of the year to be thinking about replacing or repairing your strip curtains to save energy.

You can easily restrict temperature loss and save money with Tru-Strip cool store strip curtains.

The curtains use thermally resistant, heavy-duty PVC to minimise temperature loss or gain, and control air movement at freezer and cool store entry and exit points.

The system is also proven to inhibit airborne pollutants such as dust and fumes, while lowering noise levels by up to 35db.

Tru-Strip curtains come as a pre-cut kitset with all necessary fastenings – simple and easy to install. Safety marker strips are standard features on 200mm and 300mm curtains to reduce forklift damage to door openings.
There are 14 different types of PVC Strip available and it comes in a kitset for ease of delivery to your site.


Call Tru-Bilt Industries on 0800 144 999 or check out





Extract those fumes and dust

Airtights new T1000 series collector is the big brother of the popular T750 dust extractor.

It’s a down flow dust collector with an 11kW fan and offers 30 percent more extraction.

Airtights tubular filter bags have proven to give consistent performance in many industries.

The downward airflow helps to clean the filtering surface allowing consistent extraction rates.

Airtight have a variety of options available including steel bins for dust collection, and weatherproof panelling for outdoor applications.

Airtight have solutions for extracting dust or fumes from a range or processes including wood, metal, plastics, paper, cement, plasma cutting, welding ,and the food industry.


Let Airtight select the right unit for your application.
Call now 0800 AIRTIGHT     0800 247 844





Labels that survive the sun

What is routine for Silver Fox is exceptional for others. The most recent independent UV ageing tests undertaken by Silver Fox clearly illustrate this point. Whereas, if tested at all, manufacturers will test their pipeline ID tape for maybe 500 hours of accelerated UV. Silver Fox’s Endurance Pipeline Identification tape has been successfully tested for 6500 hours. That is nearly nine months of continual testing, against just 20 days (500 hours).

Identification and labelling is a low priority job for many, but still extremely important. Silver Fox understands this and also understands that once applied, the longevity of the ID tape not only saves time and money on replacements/maintenance, but also supports possible health and safety issues – such as
visible marking.

This is why they use the best material and then extensively and independently test their solutions. 6500 hours of accelerated UV is equivalent to approximately 9.75 – 13 years external use in Northern European conditions, and 5.4 – 6.5 years in Tropical Regions.

The thoroughness of Silver Fox is also demonstrated by the depth of the testing. 32 different colours were tested to monitor and measure the effect of UV on each of the colours over time. The results even after 6500 hours showed all colours were clearly visible and the adhesion of the tape was also excellent.

Silver Fox have also independently tested Endurance Pipe ID tape for H2S, Salt Mist Spray, Moisture Resistance, and both High and Low temperatures. All of these tests have shown the quality of the materials used reflected by the test results.

Silver Fox’s Pipeline Identification tape fully complies with British Standards 1710 and 4800, which are health and safety related. BS 1710 states that all pipes must be marked with the substance transported through them and in some cases, direction of flow. This, along with the accompanying BS 4800 colour chart, defines the colour range that needs to be used. Silver Fox’s Endurance pipeline ID tape also meets the international colour standard ISO14726: ‘Ships and Marine Technology – Identification colours for the content of Piping Systems’ and the ASME (ANSI) A13.1 2007 North American Pipe Marking Standard.

All Silver Fox Pipeline ID tape is bespoke to the customer. They have the freedom to stipulate the requirements needed for their individual needs. The Pipeline ID tape is self-adhesive, so therefore quick to apply, saving customers time.


Contact 09 579 1990, email





Portable hydraulic lifting you can take anywhere

A portable self-contained Pow’R-Lock hydraulic jacking system rated for lifts up to 181 metric tonnes has been released by Enerpac. It features full-time automatic load holding protection for optimum safety in operation.
The portable lifting system with full-time locking capability is purpose-built to provide safe and secure lifting for heavy off-highway machinery including trucks, tractors, civil engineering machinery and implements.
It accomplishes its load-holding protection by using a control system that maintains the position of a rotating locking collar near the cylinder base, providing a mechanical lock regardless of cylinder movement and control cycle.
The system integrates into a rugged mobile cart with a high capacity and compact 700 bar (10,000 psi) hydraulic cylinder and an air-driven hydraulic pump unit with complete valving and control systems.
The units, the two versions of which feature strokes of 356 and 622mm (14 and 24.5in), are ideal for companies where time and safety are paramount.
Pow’R-Lock provides safe, efficient, mobile lifting and load-holding for the toughest applications, backed by Enerpac’s extensive product support.
This support includes national and worldwide networks of local distributors and authorized service centres as well as regional customer and technical service centres.
For more information contact Neville Stuart on 0800 363-772, or email

How to make storing chemicals and oils easier

Storing drums and 1000ltr IBCs of oil, chemical and other liquids outside has always been a bit of a challenge.
With robust containment required, these big units need the correct level of bunding installed beneath them, and this challenge inevitably begs the questions: how can that be achieved without spending a fortune? 
Now, there is a simple, fast and economical answer – the Controlco drum & IBC roll-top hardcovers.
The corrosion-resistant, weather-tight design keeps drums and IBCs safe and secure. Lockable doors and roll-top covers open from both sides of these units and slide out of the way for quick access to pumps or funnels.
The covers features two-way forklift entry, leaks and spills are contained in the pallet making the cover invaluable when complying with stormwater pollution plans when used outside.
Phone 0800 688 844 for your nearest dealer or find us online at

Scrubber is tough on dirt

Tennant’s new T17 battery-powered, ride-on scrubber is designed to tackle the harshest industrial environments while reducing the cost to clean and providing a safe operating facility for employees and customers.
The optimal scrubber for increased runtime and productivity, and available with the largest battery capacity in its class, the T17 offers continuous cleaning for up to eight hours on a single charge. 
Combined with the optional side brush, the T17’s scrub path is increased by 30 percent and allows for improved edge to edge cleaning. 
Engineered for durability, the T17 is also equipped with a wrap around steel bumper, cushioned stacked rollers and optional squeegee protection to ensure your investment is protected from unintentional impacts. 
The maintenance-free scrub brush and propel motor technology further eliminates maintenance costs associated with traditional scrub motors.
With more power available to the propel system, the brushes are less stressed during operation, last longer and deliver consistent cleaning results. 
The T17 is designed to overcome the cleaning challenges faced in industrial facilities while maintaining a safe operating environment. Contact Tennant New Zealand for a free onsite demonstration.
Phone: 09 253 9013 , email

Students get more time to learn

Southern Institute and Technology (SIT) recently installed a new Egmont Air dust extraction system to compliment their high-profile joinery workshop facility.

SIT offers a new Joinery training facility that many believe is the best in the country. The large well appointed machine-shop houses high quality, modern industrial machinery required to manufacture kitchens, furniture, doors, windows, stairs and cabinetry.

Students manufacture full-size, quality, practical projects throughout the duration of the program and have the opportunity to use a wide range of traditional and advanced computer controlled machinery. A greater emphasis on including the latest technology in the workshop makes for a real-life situation and experience.

Having experienced numerous performance issues with a previous extract system, SIT engaged Egmont Air to provide a full on-site evaluation, testing and analysis of their dust extraction system and design a new system that would suit the needs of a modern workshop.

Todd Prestidge from Egmont Air says: “We quickly identified that the primary issue was created by the existing extractor unit. The filters were clogging quickly, sometimes within days, creating excessive back-pressure and poor suction at the machines.”

Of course this had a knock-on affect, dust levels in the workshop areas were excessive where health and safety was a priority for Southern Institute and Technology. A lot of time was spent cleaning up rather than working on projects.

“It is critical that the design of a dust extraction system is balanced,” says Prestidge. “The filter, fan and ducting are all inter-related and must be sized correctly to provide on-going reliable performance.”

High-performance computer machinery such as CNC routers, speed-sanders, dimensioning saws etc, require extra-high levels of extraction to cope with fast cutting speeds, angular cutting angles, and a combination of fine particle board dusts.

The design of any dust extraction starts with the machinery. Each machine must be separately evaluated based on hood design, capture velocity, hours of use, dust volume created to specify the airflow and suction that will successfully capture the dust before it reaches the operators breathing zone or spread throughout the workshop.

As each machine is connected to the centralised ducting system, the main duct grows in diameter allowing full capacity of the extraction system to be shared and balanced between machines. A small discrepancy in ducting size can cause a large compromise in extraction if this fundamental design principle is ignored.

Egmont Air re-designed the system from scratch, while much of the existing ductwork was re-used; some critical parts were up-sized to allow proper conveying velocities and airflow distribution.

New Egmont high-efficiency fans were specified and installed to provide optimum suction levels. Each workshop area was fitted with its own fan unit and non-return valve, operating independently, so that any area could function without respect of the other. Both fans were ducted into a single Egmont Modular Filter to provide central collection of dusts.

The Egmont Modular Filter system is fitted with high filter-surface area, automatic cleaning, decantation chamber and rotary-valve for discharging high volume of dust.

Russell Finlay, programme operations manager at Southern Institute and Technology, comments how happy he is with the design of the new Egmont Air system, “its performance is exactly what we had hoped it would be, the tutors are happy and I am relieved.”

“Egmont’s extract system made an incredible reduction in airborne dust in the workshop environment,” says Finlay. “We took before and after video recordings of the dust clouds on the previous system and when compared to Egmont Airs new system the difference is dramatic.”

The Egmont Air offer a huge range of duct and flex, fans, filter and cyclones for wood-working applications and provide solutions for many timber processors, kitchen makers & joinery shops.

Egmont Air’s experience and expertise prove popular for diagnosing issues on existing dust extraction plants.

Egmont Air provides a free consultation and professional advice for any dust or fume extraction issue. Contact Egmont Air on 0800 781 200 or +64 6278 1200 or visit their website: for more information and a free catalogue.