Local Hydraulics Company Impresses Audience of Engineers
Local Hydraulics Company Impresses Audience of Engineering Peers.
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Engineers and industry participants grabbed a rare opportunity to observe the hydraulic and control capabilities of Manukau company McRaes Global Hydraulics at the final Maintenance Engineering Society Network Evening of 2013.
Around 60 attendees were treated to a bonnet-up look at the Manukau facility, which began life 50 years ago as a jobbing machine shop and has now grown to a cutting edge facility.
The former Global Hydraulics operation is now part of the well respected McRaes group of companies and is rapidly staking a worldwide reputation for excellence in design, manufacture, commissioning and maintenance. From the international super yacht industry in Abu Dhabi to the Lower Hatea bridge project in New Zealand, McRaes have taken the kiwi can-do attitude and applied it as a “think local, act global” success formula.
As engineers will, intense interest was displayed in the smallest detail of control systems capable of applying surgeon like fine hand movements to powerful hydraulic actuators, fluid analysis systems to analyse and treat oils, and design innovations such as the helicopter handling control system used for landing helicopters aboard ships in heavy sea conditions.
As well as learning first hand tips on hydraulic systems and their maintenance, the audience benefited from the opportunity to network with their peers, taking new connections and solutions back to their workplaces.
The Maintenance Engineering Society is active across New Zealand, providing opportunities for maintenance engineers and manufacturing operations to network and share innovations and experiences; both at a national level at their annual conference or at these regional events. The 2014 National Maintenance Engineering Conference will be held at Hamilton in November.