Advanced Packaging Systems Limited are a specialist importer of High Quality Processing and Packaging Machinery for the Food, Confectionery, Pharmaceutical, Cosmetic, Poultry, Seafood and Chemical Industries.
We have over 30 Years Experience in working with the unique requirements of our New Zealand customers.
The range of machines we can offer include Equipment such as High Shear Mixers, Sifters, Sieves and Screeners, Self-Cleaning Filters, Particle Size Reduction Milling Machines, Wire Belt Conveyors, Wafer Ovens, Extruders and Guillotines, and Egg Grading Machines.
Our reputation precedes us for delivering the same impeccable service each and every time. Ask us for assistance today.
Unit 7, 10 Canaveral Drive
PO Box 305 531 Triton Plaza
A New Zealand tech company could be on track to solving labour shortage problems faced by US vegetable growers and removing herbicides from the farming process at the same time.
Greentech Robotics, based in Palmerston North and founded by Don Sandbrook, specialises in automated seeding, harvesting and high-density salad mix and baby carrots.
Now with increasing pressure on growers in terms of labour costs and the outlawing of herbicides in many countries, the Greentech Robotics team are developing a robot that could replicate the accuracy of a human-being with a hoe and potentially removing the need for herbicides altogether.
But this doesn’t come without its challenges says Greentech Robotics director Rob Baan.
“The difference between us and most of the other groups working in this space around the world is that we are looking at an extraction option. That is technically a lot harder because we have to get a lot closer to the plant and the weeds to extract them.”
Baan says one of the real challenges facing the development of this product is that the vegetables they are working around have usually been trench planted. This means the seeds have been sown in a controlled environment and then transplanted into fields where they are left to mature into fully grown crops.
When these plants are transplanted, they are given a boost of fertiliser to ensure they get a good start.
“The problem here is that weeds like the fertiliser just as much,” says Baan. “Therefore, there’s a tendency for the weeds to congregate around the vegetable plants and that is the most difficult place to get to when you want to extract weeds.
“Traditionally vegetable growers would either spray against those weeds indiscriminately or use human being and a hoe to extract the weeds.”
Baan says in California grows approximately 45% of all vegetables consumed in the US and most of the weeding is done by immigrant labour with a hoe.
“During the last four years under Trump presidency there has been a lot of noise around immigrant labour, so there’s even more pressure on growers to find alternative solutions rather than using seasonal workers because it’s harder to get people into the country.”
This has meant that labour costs have risen and farmers are looking for alternative options he says.
Greentech Robotics has been supplying seeding equipment to the American market for 25 years and Baan believes this will help immensely when introducing the robotic weeders.
“Our ultimate aim is to do mechanical extraction using our robotic weeder,” he says.
“Our robots will probably be capable of doing micro-spraying as well, but we will also have robots that will be capable of mechanical removal. Herbicides are being outlawed in many countries because there is a lot of pressure from environmental groups to remove them. Our aim is for no chemical herbicides to be used at all.”
Trials are currently taking place in New Zealand however Covid-19 has affected the development process significantly.
“We are doing trials on the weed spider here but we need to get a lot of data about the crops and weeds in California as that’s our target market. The problem is that we haven’t been able to get into the market. We had planned 4 field trips in 2020 and we weren’t able to go on any of them.
“That has hampered our development because we need to learn about all the different weed species and how they perform when you try to extract them.”
Nevertheless, the team have their fingers crossed for a field trip to take place in June 2021.
Baan says regardless of these hurdles, to pull of this technical goal is a major achievement.
“Founder and chief executive Don Sandbrook and myself have met with many other groups around the world that are also trying to develop this type of technology. They are all working on something along the lines of what we are doing but I think we are reaching for the skies.
“We have set our sights very high. As far as the technical difficulties that we need to overcome, they are probably higher than most because we are trying to emulate a human with a hoe and that is not easy. Most of the other groups have set their sights more on being accurate using micro-spraying technology.”
But for Baan, it’s the people that is key to the company’s success and drive.
“It’s that enthusiasm you get exposed to. Everybody is enthusiastic about the project and it’s a nice team to be able to interact with. That’s a privilege,” he says.
TSC have been manufacturing label printers since 1991 and have supplied over 5 million printers into the market in over 90 countries. They are an award winning, top-5 global manufacturer of label printers worldwide, with a market share of over 33% in the USA and Asia, and over 40% in India.
Within the last few years TSC have completely refreshed its range of printers from the desktop through to the heavy duty industrial printers.
As the New Zealand authorised partner of TSC , Techspan Industrial Printing Systems offer the full range of TSC label printers, available on our dedicated e-commerce web site, or direct from Techspan.
Techspan backs up its sales with in-house support, remote training, setup and service support. Loan printers are also available if required for return to base repairs.
For printer information and to save money on your label printing consumables, please do not hesitate to contact Craig, Warren or Jon with any enquiries on –
0800 603 603 or visit our e-commerce website www.tsclabelprinters.co.nz
Craig Iversen – Technical sales
Warren Hadler – Technical sales
1 Portage Road
PO Box 15262
EXPERTS IN POWER TRANSMISSION, CONVEYOR TECHNOLOGY, AND PACKING EQUIPMENT
EQM Industrial are a leading New Zealand supplier of electric drive products, conveyor systems and packing equipment.
We stock a huge range of equipment and componentry for a wide range of industries including food, engineering & manufacturing.
518 Omahu Road
With 20 years of experience in industrial instrumentation, Butler Techsense is a proven supplier of environmental monitoring solutions for GMP, scientific and food production industries.
In a demanding operation our customers must have reliable and accurate devices that give them the measurements they demand. Butler Techsense delivers field-proven technologies that can handle demanding conditions and challenges that allows our customers to maximize the performance, profitability and most importantly the quality compliance aspects of their business. Online affiliates, QA Instruments and The Temperature Shop offer our customers instrumentation products and services through a convenient web presence.
353 New North Road
PO Box 56-156
Fifth-generation family owned and run; Langdon has been the supplier of choice for New Zealand and Australia’s favourite food manufacturers for over 168 years.
Our reputation for safe, reliable and technically superior ingredients starts with our global supply chain and trusted long-term supply partners – ensuring you receive the same quality product, on time, every time.
Specialists in herbs, spices, nuts, seeds and dried fruit, our extensive portfolio also includes:
• Dehydrated vegetables
• Bakery products
• Savoury ingredients
• Health & wellness products
• Functional ingredients
• Plant based
• Nutritional yeasts and yeast extracts
With commercial and warehouse operations across ANZ, Asia and the UK & Ireland, we are at the forefront of food trends, providing access to emerging flavour profiles and challenging the way our customers think about and create food.
Let our onsite product development specialists and world-class ingredients bring your food ideas to life!
11 Rakino Way
Seal House has been at the forefront of offering sealing solutions to a wide range of industries for four decades. We supply OEM equipment manufacturers and also support the needs of maintenance engineers across the length and breadth of New Zealand.
With four experienced Sales Engineers covering the country, we are able to supply high quality standard and custom seals, gasketing and extrusion for almost all applications including hydraulic and pneumatic cylinders, beverage filling equipment, and processing machinery.
We have CNC machines on site operated by trained machinists, capable of making custom seals from a range of materials up to 600mm in diameter. Those materials include NBR, HNBR, Viton, EPDM, polyurethane, PTFE and silicone.
We also supply a range of seals, gaskets and hoses with FDA “3A” approval for applications where the highest quality and dependability is required.
Talk to us about your requirements!
42 Hobill Avenue
Manukau City 2104
PO Box 74022
ABB is a leading global technology company that energizes the transformation of society and industry to achieve a more productive, sustainable future.
By connecting software to its electrification, robotics, automation and motion portfolio, ABB pushes the boundaries of technology to drive performance to new levels. With a history of excellence stretching back more than 130 years, ABB’s success is driven by about 110,000 talented employees in over 100 countries.
Our expertise in every F&B segment, from sugar production to beverage bottling, means we understand that everyone’s needs are different. We take the time to get to know your business and unique challenges before providing our recommendations.
Our consultative approach ensures that we arrive at the best solution for your specific needs.
Johan van der Westhuizen
Johan van der Westhuizen
83 Grafton Road
Private Bag 92609
Anton Paar develops and manufactures analytical instruments generating reliable data that enables food companies to proceed with confidence in product development, production and quality control. Anton Paar is a world leader in the measurement of density, concentration of dissolved CO2/O2 and in the field of material characterization, viscometry / rheometry, process instrumentation and provides custom-tailored automation and robotic solutions.
Laboratory and process measuring instruments from Anton Paar are used in the control of incoming goods, quality control and research throughout the food industry. The product portfolio ranges from portable measuring instruments over high-precision automated laboratory or process measurement technology to individual industry-specific solutions. Moreover, Anton Paar now offers 3 years warranty on instruments in conjunction with the recommended maintenance intervals.
Unit 7 76 Paul Matthews Road
Unit 7 76 Paul Matthews Road
Beckhoff implements open automation systems based on PC Control technology. The product range covers Industrial PCs, I/O and Fieldbus Components, Drive Technology and automation software. Products that can be used as separate components or integrated into a complete and seamless control system are available for all industries. The Beckhoff “New Automation Technology” philosophy represents universal and open control and automation solutions that are used worldwide in a wide variety of different applications, ranging from CNC-controlled machine tools to intelligent building automation.
Unit F3, 4 Orbit Drive
AWS Group is an innovative New Zealand based company that is leading the way in sustainable and specialised pathogen control, whilst challenging industry dependence on traditional chemistry.
AWS is an acronym for Air, Water and Surface and represents those areas where the group delivers specialised sanitation technologies, solutions and advice for high-risk hygiene control areas.
With a holistic view and consultative approach to pathogen control, our core focus is sustainability without compromising performance. AWS Group solutions aim to replace toxic and harmful chemistry by delivering powerful and safer alternatives.
Coupled with product innovation, the AWS Group’s key strength is project delivery. Having a diverse skillset of specialists within the business group, the team at AWS Group can execute turn-key sanitation and hygiene solutions to areas that typically remain unsolved.
43 Maurice Road
PO Box 12347
PT ASSOCIATES has over 46 years grown by offering the food and dairy industry quality processing equipment and services.
The product line includes (but is not limited to):
Cheese Shredding Systems, Cheese Portion Cutting Machines, Ultrasonic Cutting Systems, Cheese Slice Accumulation Lines, Sanitary Dust Collection, Blending & Mixing Equipment.
Chilling & Freezing Systems including Spiral and IQF Tunnels with Industrial Refrigeration Packages.
Washing / Sanitizing Solutions including Rack & Crate Washers, Scale Weigh Pan Washers, Utensil Cabinet Washers, Buggy and Bin Washers, Sanitisers and Pallet Washers.
Vacuum Transfer Solutions including Bulk Handling & Rip – Tip Stations Systems.
We also provide a consultancy, plant review and in plant training.
The company is driven by innovation, quality and customer service.
NZ Representative for Marchant Schmidt Inc, IWM UK, Volkmann GmbH, FPS Inc.
31 Thompsons Road,
Broughton Village 2534
PO Box 168
With over 70 years’ experience in New Zealand, nobody has more in-depth knowledge of providing safety equipment, engineering supplies, workwear and packaging than NZ Safety Blackwoods.
With 30 Trade Centres across New Zealand, a comprehensive digital platform, knowledgeable sales and service reps, award-winning customer experience team, and range of over 120,000 products – partnering with NZ Safety Blackwoods allows you to leverage our scale, knowledge and relationships with preferred suppliers to access the best products at the right price.
With our vast product range, long history of servicing all sectors of New Zealand, and extensive portfolio of specialist and technical services, we will work with you to design and implement end-to-end specialist solutions in order to meet your purchasing requirements, providing you with everything you need from a trusted single source supplier.
87 – 91 Kerrs Road
Private Bag 94020
Dotmar Engineering Plastics is the leading NZ supplier of engineering plastic materials and machined components. We stock the widest range of conventional and high-performance engineering plastic materials, including a wide variety of food grade materials (FDA and EU), and can offer materials to medical, pharmaceutical and aerospace standards.
Dotmar support our customers by offering material selection, design, drawing and reverse engineering services, from a team of highly skilled and experienced staff. Those services are backed up by our own modern, high quality machine shops offering CNC and conventional machining.
Dotmar is also the sole NZ distributor of System Plast conveyor chains, belts and associated conveyor line components. We complement our System Plast products with manufacture of many machine components, including full sets of new or replacement change parts for filling and labelling machines.
Dotmar provide NZ wide coverage servicing customers from primary industries through to consumer goods manufacturers.
28 Crooks Road
PO Box 64503
+64 21 627 619
+64 6 354 4228
+64 21 667 810
+64 3 338 0522
+64 21 434 208
+64 9 579 7200
Caliber Design is a consultancy that provides project-based mechanical design engineering services. Our team of 30+ highly skilled and experienced engineers are based in Auckland, Hamilton, Tauranga and Christchurch. Our engineers work on-site with clients on a project-by-project basis, this means our clients can upsize their team with the exact skills they need, when they need them.
Much of our work is in the food technology industry. Our experience includes heating and cooling systems, multiple lane conveyors, palletisers, up lifters, process and packing lines, freezers, refrigeration, and production equipment for the meat processing industry, and more.
We design for safety, hygiene, assembly, reliability, serviceability, and longevity, while minimising costs. Our engineers are experienced in all aspects of the design process, from scoping through to parts procurement, manufacturing, installation, and commissioning.
Shortage of resources? Looming deadline? Skill gap that needs to be filled? Caliber Design has talented engineers that can help.
Wayne Le Sueur
597 Rosebank Road
PO Box 71084
021 0850 4275
HCD Flow Technology distributes a comprehensive range of industrial hoses, tubing, couplings, clamps, reels, pumps, lubrication dispensing equipment and associated products in rubber, PVC, PU, metallic, Teflon and other materials for all applications and industries.
HCD provides full assembly and testing services throughout New Zealand and boasts over 40 years of experience in fluid handling applications. With 7 branches and numerous distributors in most small cities and towns, HCD is conveniently located to service industry across New Zealand.
HCD takes pride in representing and distributing leading products from globally recognised manufacturers. Our ability to solve difficult customer applications is enhanced by being able to use the resources and technical knowledge of our suppliers and our commitment to providing the highest level of customer service and technical support.
Riaan le Roux
Riaan le Roux
144 Neilson Street
PO Box 112083
07 846 9056
03 455 7687
Lower Hutt / Wellington 5012
04 560 3705
Lower Hutt 5041
03 547 0532
09 634 6655
07 575 5297
Mt Maunganui South
Cuddon Freeze Dry have been designing and building quality freeze dryers for over 55 years. Installed globally, our freeze drying solutions are highly respected world-wide for delivering premium freeze dried products which retain their nutrience, enzyme activity, smell and taste, even in raw products.
With our small equipment foot print and easy integration into existing or new facilities, a Cuddon freeze dryer is low maintenance, simple to operate and cost effective.
Our turn-key solution includes build, installation, commissioning, training and 12 months warranty. Designed and built in-house, our design team can personalise the specification to meet your bespoke needs. We provide technical support for Cuddon freeze dryers worldwide for life.
Come talk with us about your next project.
18 McArtney Street
Brooke Fine Foods are importers and distributors of quality food solutions. We specialise is bulk food ingredients, covering a wide range of dried vine, tree and tropical fruit, nuts, grains and seeds, beans and lentils, vinegar, puree, starch’s and flours, peanut butter, canned goods, snacks, mixes and specialty products. We also represent some iconic international brands such as Mrs Balls, Peppadew, Yes You Can and our very own pre-pack range, Summer Harvest.
Brooke Fine Foods supplies private label products within the NZ & Australian grocery sector, we’re able to source a selection of items from around the globe.
Our fundamental philosophy is to provide our clients with a comprehensive, high quality, product range that represents good value. We firmly believe in long-term relationships both with clients and suppliers as we believe that long-term relationships foster consistently better business.
9A Apollo Drive
PO Box 302-118
Filtercorp is the pre-eminent provider of filtration product and services enabling a cleaner tomorrow. Experts in Dust Management, Ventilation Systems, Flexible Connectors, Liquid Filtration – and now teamed up with a Twin City Fans world leaders in Industrial and Commercial Fans. Our range of fans will blow you away! and we now have the Nordfab Ducting products and seal clamps with their innovative Quick-Fit® products.
Matt Tonkin – Sales & Customer Service Manager
Angela Hogan – Key Account Customer Service Leader
17-21 Kawana Street
+64 3 377 9212
+64 9 483 4355
Lynn River is a market leader in hand protection and personal protective equipment (PPE) solutions to the meat, fish and food processing industries. Lynn River is the exclusive importer of Showa quality gloves and is a long standing licensee of DSM Dyneema – the world’s strongest fiber™.
Lynn River has an extensive range of products tailored for the food industry including cut resistant gloves, disposable gloves, industrial safety gloves, freezer gloves, aprons, bakers’ mitts and pads, earmuffs, respirators, safety glasses and workwear.
Our head office is located in Geraldine with a sales office and ancillary warehousing in Auckland. We have trained technical representative located throughout New Zealand who are able to assist with product recommendations and trials to ensure cost effective outcomes.
162 Talbot Street
PO Box 7