Jones & Sandford Joinery: Less stressed employees, less stressed clients, all through Lean

At a glance As one of the biggest joinery companies in New Zealand, Jones & Sanford could no longer afford all the costly and time consuming errors occurring within the business.

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Government innovation agency helps Kiwi companies seeking productivity boost

Callaghan Innovation, New Zealand’s innovation agency, has launched the Aronui Industry 4.0 Navigator to help business leaders and senior managers get their heads around what Industry 4.0 means.

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A new STQRY unfolding for Wellington startup

From a start at Wellington Zoo just three years ago, newly re-launched mobile location technology company AREA360 and its most famous creation, STQRY, are set to explode on the world stage thanks to a significant injection of investment funds.

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Digital Lean - a big opportunity for New Zealand business

It started in manufacturing, but the Lean approach is now applied in everything from software development to retailing.

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Bluelab: The art of growing R&D efforts and growing revenue

At a glance Despite early challenges brought about by the pandemic, Bluelab saw a huge uplift in orders, with their pre-COVID digital transformation enabling them to take advantage in the surge of direct to consumer activity.

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Helico: Letting food be the medicine, literally

At a glance Helico is aiming to produce therapeutic compounds from plants and, ultimately, ‘edible medicine’, with the technology potentially increasing accessibility and affordability of essential medicines.

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Lion: A fear of failure becomes the motivation to digitise

At a glance Keen not to be bitten again when it comes to machine failure, Lion wanted a way to predict when its equipment, especially its centrifuges, needed maintenance.

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New Zealand Steel: Steely determination to tackle lost inventory

At a glance Fix issues with misplaced inventory and inventory tracking one product, and New Zealand Steel are set to save $220,000 a year.

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Silver Fern Farms: Data-driven improvements in the meat industry

At a glance Although major players in New Zealand’s meat industry, Silver Fern Farms knew their offal yield forecasting wasn’t as accurate as it could be, was time-consuming and eating into profits.

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Oasis Engineering: Set up for new market success by setting up Industry 4.0 solutions

At a glance Already adopting Lean methodologies, Oasis Engineering wanted to continue to streamline manufacturing processes in a bid to combat a highly competitive industry and price pressures.

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emhTrade: Sparking a new approach to energy

At a glance Initially seeing an opportunity to help behind the scenes in the technical aspects of trading electricity, emhTrade soon discovered what was needed was something that made those transactions more user-friendly.

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NanoLayr: Nanofibre manufacturing like you’ve never seen it

At a glance NanoLayr is one of the very few who make high-performance nanofibre textiles on a commercial scale, used in everything from composite reinforcement, to air filtration, beauty treatments, and acoustics.

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