3 international keynotes, 25 speakers from local & abroad and great networking opportunities - all packed into two days. This is your chance to learn from the experts and take that knowledge away to improve plant and maintenance performance. 

Tuesday 13 November Pre-Conference Day:
Optional Training, Workshops and Activities

Training Course - These are booked directly with providers


More Info/To Book

9:00 – 12:00pm

Lean Maintenance Made Simple



12:30 – 3:30pm

Health and Safety Made Simple



8:30 – 12:00pm

12:30 – 3:30pm

Engineering Steels & Processing Awareness &

Welding Without Failure



9:00 – 3:00pm

Compressed Air Seminar



9:30- 12:00pm

Valve Selection Seminar &Pressure Regulator Theory



Field Trip


To Book

3:00 – 5:30pm

Field Trip: Damar Coatings & Industrial Chemicals

Bus departs/returns: Energy Events Centre

Incl. in conference registration fee

Book during registration but numbers limited.

Bookings essential

5:30 – 6:30pm

Welcome Function & Meet the Exhibitors

Networking event for all delegates, sponsors, speakers and exhibitors

Incl. in conference registration fee

Everyone invited

Wednesday 14 November – NMEC Conference Day 1

Main Plenary and Expo Zone


Registration Open, Exhibition Viewing & Networking, with Fitzroy Engineering Fresh Coffee


Welcome to Healthy Machines l Healthy People l Healthy Profit presented by MESNZ & SKF

Official Opening of NMEC 2018 by Darin Samuel, Managing Director of SKF New Zealand, the Principal sponsors of NMEC 2018


KEYNOTE: Using Machine Learning technology to create Smarter, Healthier Machines

Senthil Vel is unquestionably one of our industry’s most influential thought leaders. He is heavily involved in the application of digitalization and machine learning technology in condition-based maintenance to help automated analysis, diagnosis and prognosis of rotating equipment to improve plant health, reliability and productivity.


Essential eMotion prep from the Chief Conference eMotivator - Judi


Morning Tea - Fitzroy Engineering fresh coffee, tea, networking and exhibition viewing

Stream A

ENERGY EFFICIENCY and Motor/Generator Life Expectancy

Stream B


10:15 - 10:45am

Capex Reduction, Energy Efficiency, Lower Maintenance Costs and Smart Machines – all in the one compressed air installation. Jeff Coyle.

NZ Welding Standards, the latest update, & seismic behaviour video – Alan McClintock

10:50 – 11:20am

Regenerative Power Supply Drive Units. How can you save energy and reduce your demand on the grid – Fadi El Morched

Protecting Carbon Steelin Extreme Environments with Metal Spray – Matt Vercoe

11:25 – 11:55am

Motors and Generators Life Expectancy Analysis Program - Steve Lowther

Corrosion of Stainless Steel. Vital importance of the little-known “Pitting Resistance Equivalent Number” (PREN) in Stainless Steel
Roydon Gilmour

11:55 - 12:45pm

Lunch, Exhibition Viewing & Networking

Stream A

Health, Filtration and Failures

Stream B


Stream C

IT, Cyber Security, Transferring knowledge from people to plant

12:50 - 1:20pm

Hydraulic Equipment Analytics – Lifeline to Health
Gavin Cavanagh

Health and Safety by Design. - WorkSafe NZ’s new guidance rollout Geoff Connor

Cyber Security in Industry. How vulnerable is your plant?
Brian Cole

1:25 – 1:55pm

Intelligent Fluid Management – Real Time Monitoring
Nino Tormena

Functional Safety for Machinery (TUV) Adam Kane

Connectivity & electronic visibility into plant environments - Kai Kang

2:00 – 2:30pm

Hydraulics Failure Analysis Case Studies – John Weller

Guarding of Difficult Machinery
Tony Catterson

Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) in Engineering. How to avoid the loss of that vital knowledge in your plants. Jacinta Penn


Afternoon Tea – Fitzroy Engineering fresh coffee, tea, networking and exhibition viewing

Celebrating Success, Achievement & Amazing Progress - Main Conference Room

2:55 – 3:05pm

MESNZ Bill Buckley Scholarship Award. $5000 training scholarship awarded to most promising young engineer. Presented by Bill Buckley

3:05 – 3:15pm

Kiwi Engineers building a serious Cancer-Killing machine - it works!
Bill Buckley

3:15 – 3:25pm

Stuart Tolhurst Memorial Apprentice Award, awarded to an outstanding apprentice.

3:25 – 3:55pm

A Journey to gold medal excellence in aircraft maintenance engineering through competition - Jarrod Wood

5:00 – 10:00pm

Social Function

For all Conference attendees, Exhibitors and Presenters. Don’t miss this!

Includes Free Dinner, Drinks and Networking. Home by 10 pm. Dress: smart casual.

Thursday 15 November – NMEC Conference Day 2

Main Plenary and Expo Zone

7:30 – 8.30am

MESNZ AGM All Welcome

8:30 – 9:00am

Tall Stories, Exhibition Viewing & Networking,
Fitzroy Engineering Fresh Coffee, plus photos from the Social Function

9:00 – 9:10am

Day 2 – Opening

9:10 – 9:55am

KEYNOTE: Healthy Profits

Economics guru Rod Oram shows the fundamental connections between plant reliability, productivity, return on investment and company share value.

9:55 – 10:25am

Why all engineers need to understand the basics of Asset Management - we save big money when we are all on the same page - Guy Brandon

10:25 – 10:55am

Correct selection and safe use of lifting equipment including wire ropes and the responsibilities the users and owners of equipment have re: certification and registers- Rob Smit

11:00 – 11:25am

Morning Tea – Fitzroy Engineering fresh coffee, tea, networking and exhibition viewing

Stream A


Stream B


Stream C

RISK & FAILURES - Assessment, Analysis, Prevention, Materials

11:30 – 12:00pm

Ultrasonic Arc Detection - James Neale

Achieving stretch targets in minimum time – It’s all about attitude and planning. -
Darrin Hawkes

Common Causes of Shaft Failures – Andrew Ouwejan

12:05 – 12:35pm

Switchboard installations - Eliminating the risk, by knowing your responsibility under AS/NZS 64139:2016. - Leslie Oelofse & Shaun Robinson

When You Can’t Afford to Get It Wrong – Using 3D and Visual Technologies to Boost Shutdown and Turnaround Performance. - Mark Foster

Reduce your cracking failures by a factor of 10 using sensible analysis – Leon Daly

12:40 – 1:10pm

Options for Hazardous Area Equipment (Explosive Areas) - Domenic Patti

Use of Finite Element Analysis (FEA) to improve the life of plant assets. How a plant saved $5 Million repair costs -
Jonny Williams

Investigating mistakes, before and after they happen – Andrew McGregor

1:10 - 2:00pm

Lunch, Exhibition Viewing & Networking

Main Plenary and Expo Zone

2:05 – 2:40pm

The Golden Nugget Forum - Your greatest maintenance issues, problem-solved! Must not miss!

2:40 – 3:20pm

KEYNOTE: Electricity: in Transition

Ross De Rango gives us a fascinating look into the very-near future and how it affects us all in ways we haven’t imagined.

3:20 – 3:30pm

NMEC 2018 Conference Wrap up and Closing Remarks


Conference Closes