Come along to our stand, #1008 at EMEX. – NZ Largest Manufacturing trade show. Auckland Showgrounds 28 – 30 May 2024


AspectPT – Summer Update

Many of our customers focus on one or two key elements of their AspectPT Solution, typically Scheduling and Monitoring but keep in mind it can do a lot more.

Traceability is a critical part of many compliance regulations and we do have a couple of customers who use it solely for that purpose. Do you have compliance requirements or recall concerns that perhaps we can help with?

Find out more at AspectPT – Summer Update

AspectPT – June Newsletter 2023

Abel Software, PNZ and AMW shows, scheduling pain points, new AspectPL clients and King Charles

In this June 2023 edition, we announce an associate agreement with Abel Software. We talk about exhibiting and presenting at the PNZ and AMW shows. Read about scheduling pain points, welcome new AspectPT clients and celebrate King Charles’ birthday with a couple of cartoons.

Find out more at AspectPT – June Newsletter 2023

May 2023: Announcing an Associate Agreement with Abel Software and Aspect Productivity Technology

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AspectPT has entered into an associate agreement with New Zealand ERP company Abel.

Abel is a global leader in ERP business management software. They design flexible, integrated and affordable solutions to meet the unique needs of businesses of all sizes.

Although AspectPL MES works with any ERP, combining Abel ERP with AspectPL MES is a great solution for manufacturers in Australasia.

Bob Dedekind AspectPT’s CEO says. “We look forward to collaborating with Abel to help manufacturers choose world class ERP and MES software that boosts productivity.”

Together, Abel and AspectPL MES provide a powerful and comprehensive toolset that automates production workflows, provides greater visibility and control of your manufacturing workstream and helps increase overall operational efficiency.

AspectPT – February Newsletter 2023

We interview Steve Rush from Beckhoff Automation, AspectPL software development update, learn how to find your hidden factory, refer a friend for a discount and Valentine’s Day truths.

In this February 2023 edition, we interview Steve Rush from Beckhoff Automation NZ about Beckhoff in NZ and their PLCs. We get an update from Bob Dedekind about AspectPL software development and we ask if you have found your hidden factory. We flag an upcoming referral campaign that offers 3 months free AspectPL license fees for a simple introduction and have some Valentine’s Day truths.

Find out more at AspectPT – February Newsletter 2023

AspectPT – Xmas Newsletter 2022

Thank you to all our customers for your business this year.

As we wave goodbye to 2022 we want to send our best wishes to you for the year ahead and offer a warm welcome to recent AspectPT customers.

Find out more at AspectPT – Xmas Newsletter 2022

New AspectPL Software Release is here! November 2022

It’s that time of year – when the AspectPT development team announces the latest enhancements to AspectPL. 2022 is the year we say good bye to AspectPL Red – no more bouncing between red and blue! 

All functionality in Red AspectPL (schedule, variance, analysis) will be transferred to Blue. As part of the AspectPT continuous improvement process, this release also includes technical design changes that modernise the back-end architecture. This makes the software more flexible & accelerates future functionality. Users will also notice improvements in the scheduling and monitoring screens.

Find out more at AspectPT – November 2022 Newsletter

AspectPT – Aug 2022 Newsletter

Pact explains how they use AspectPL in their food packaging operation, new AspectPT staff member Alun Blackwood, signaling a major new software release and Commonwealth Games fun facts

In this August 2022 edition, we learn from Pact Group how AspectPL is helping manage its food packaging operation. We introduce Alun Blackburn, the new Business Development Executive at AspectPT. Keep an eye on your inbox for a new AspectPL software release – coming before the end of 2022. Finally, let’s celebrate Australia and New Zealand’s success at the Commonwealth Games with some fun facts.

Find out more at AspectPT – August 2022 Newsletter

AspectPT – May 2022 Newsletter

Alto talks teams and communication, AspectPT helps Auckland University Engineering Masters student complete thesis, come and see AspectPT at EMEX and a great meme on becoming Wonder Woman.

In this May 2022 edition, we learn from Alto how productivity targets can be achieved with communication and a good team culture. We hear how the University of Auckland has teamed up with the manufacturing industry to support masters students with their studies. EMEX is just around the corner so come and see AspectPT at stand 1005 and the meme that made us laugh the most.

Find out more at AspectPT – May 2022 Newsletter

AspectPT – February 2022 Newsletter

Happy New Year – the year of the Tiger

In this February 2022 edition, we learn about the fundamentals of manufacturing that have remained the same – even in a pandemic. We explain the 3 penny drops that our clients experience in their MES journey. A reminder about remote AspectPL installs and we have a video to make all of us who have forgotten our passwords, feel better.

Find out more at AspectPT – February 2022 Newsletter

AspectPT – Xmas 2021 Newsletter

Season’s greetings, funny elefant & AspectPL holiday support

Thank you to our customers and colleagues for their business this year. As we wave goodbye to 2021 we want to send our best wishes to you for the year ahead. 

Find out more at AspectPT – Xmas 2021 Newsletter

AspectPT – October 2021 Newsletter

AMEC Plastics completely remote AspectPL install, help your staff with data, Nautech Electronics & AspectPL, check in with TruDesign & working from home don’ts.

In this October 2021 edition we hear from AMEC Plastics and how they installed AspectPL completely remotely, we read about how data and visibility helps different staff in manufacturing. Learn about how Nautech Electronics are using AspectPL. We check in with TruDesign and we remind ourselves what not to do when working from home.

Find out more at AspectPT – October 2021 Newsletter

AspectPT – July 2021 Newsletter

2021 AspectPL software release, AspectPT goes to Uni, choose an MES (no consultants needed), beer prices and the deepest swimming pool in the world

In this July 2021 edition, learn about the 2021 AspectPL software release and how AspectPT is working with the Mechatronics Department at the University of Auckland. We explain how to choose and implement an MES (no consultants needed) and welcome our new customers. Then we review international beer prices and the deepest swimming pool in the world showcased by Will Smith.

Find out more at AspectPT – July 2021 Newsletter

AspectPT at the NZ Plastics Conference in May 2021

Bob Dedekind represented AspectPT at the NZ Plastics Wellington conference. 

It was great to catch up with clients and attend the conference sessions. Bob also delivered a Pecha Kucha presentation on the role of humans and machines in the Industrial Revolutions. Thanks to Plastics NZ for another great conference.

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AspectPT – May 2021 Newsletter 

Watch our new AspectPL video, Bob’s in Aussie, what is true MES software, Plastics NZ Conference and musician Drake’s Rolls Royce

In this edition, we showcase our new AspectPL video and we tell you why an add-on or module does not qualify as a true MES. We invite you to come and see us at the Plastics NZ Conference and we talk about Drake – the most valued musician according to a stock trading platform. We also show you Drake’s outrageous Rolls Royce.  

Find out more at AspectPT – May 2021 Newsletter

AspectPT at the Foodtech Packtech Show April 2021

AspectPT attended the Foodtech Packtech show at the ASB Showgrounds on April 14th.

It was great to catch up with some of our clients and suppliers and meet many new businesses.

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AspectPT – February 2021 Newsletter

Get your MES ducks in a row, AspectPT at EMEX, Americas Cup quotes and what not to do on Valentine’s Day

In this edition we encourage those pondering an MES to make 2021 the year to invest in one. We offer training for existing users to boost their team’s knowledge on leveraging AspectPL data. We invite clients to visit us on stand 1005 at EMEX. There are inspirational quotes from Americas Cup bosses and we have advice on what not to do on Valentine’s Day

Find out more at AspectPT – February 2021 Newsletter

AspectPT – October 2020 Newsletter

Bonson Packaging news, Cromford Pipes managing machine maintenance, Data Extracts, best Will Ferrell quote, plus ideas for old pallets & fridges

In this edition we have an update on Bonson and how they are using AspectPL data to monitor power usage.  We find out how Cromford Pipe is using the AspectPL machine maintenance module at their Moss Vale site. We explain AspectPL Data Extracts, have some choice quotes and ideas on what to make with old pallets and fridges.

Find out more at AspectPT – October 2020 Newsletter

AspectPT Announcement – New Software Release 20.1, Maintenance Module, Beckhoff Controller

The 2020 AspectPL release is here, new machine maintenance module, super and smarter Beckhoff controllers and a retro Kiwi versus Aussie DIY ad

It’s that time of year – when the AspectPT development team announces the latest enhancements to AspectPL. The hero of this release is the new Machine Maintenance Module. There’s some nice repeatable QA testsmovable ‘stacks’ of jobs and loads more. We also announce the latest Beckhoff plant interface controller – we’re replacing the traditional PLC. Finally we show the Anzac spirit in all its glory in a ‘retro’ DIY Mitre 10 ad.

Find out more at AspectPT New Release Announcement

AspectPT – July 2020 Newsletter

Upcoming AspectPL release, new maintenance module, be a virtual rock star drummer, Setter reports and a staging company that pivoted into cool as furniture.

In this edition, we hear about the upcoming AspectPL 20.1 release. This includes a new Maintenance Module to easily manage machine maintenance. We highlight a virtual drum kit for all those ‘yet to be discovered’ rock stars. We learn about AspectPL Setter reports and we highlight an Australian staging company and their successful Covid-19 pivot into ‘isolation desks’ and furniture.

Find out more at AspectPT July 2020 Newsletter

AspectPL’s MES Software Plant PLC gets Smarter April 2020

If you are installing AspectPL MES software in your manufacturing business you will also be installing the latest in automation control to manage the plant interface.

Technology has improved the interface between plant and software. AspectPT has replaced the traditional PLC with high tech German built, Beckhoff Embedded PC Automation Controllers.

The new AspectPL Beckhoff controller is bigger and better in all the right ways. Its memory is mightier, its engine more powerful – yet this Beckhoff controller is sleeker and more economical.

A traditional PLC has just a few MB of memory yet the Beckoff Embedded Controller’s memory starts at 500MB. The Beckoff Embedded Controller improves the plant interface which assists with industry 4.0 objectives.

Machine connectivity is supported with EtherCAT an extremely high speed Ethernet network while retaining the more traditional network platforms such as Modbus TCP/IP, Ethernet I/P, I/O link, DeviceNet and hard wired machines.

Digitisation is the future of smart manufacturing. AspectPL MES software and new Beckoff Embedded Controllers can help your manufacturing business get industry 4.0 ready.

Checking in on our customers 16/04/20

In this email we want to offer our support to our customers.
Please let us know if you need to add additional users to AspectPL or want to organise remote training for back up staff. We also found a couple of funny tweets and a video to offer some light relief in uncertain times.

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Our thoughts are with those families and businesses who are impacted by COVID-19.

“We’ve been amazed by how our (essential business) clients have handled the challenges of working throughout a lockdown. They have demonstrated resilience and agility, coped with remote working conditions and kept their onsite staff safe. We have really enjoyed supporting them.” The AspectPT Support Team

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AspectPT COVID-19 Business and Support Update 17/03/20

This communication is to update our customers on how AspectPT is responding to the developing global COVID-19 outbreak and to outline the support we can offer our customers.

At AspectPT, we are committed to supporting our customers in the operation of their business.

Continuity of service
AspectPL software and systems are robust. Our phone and online support lines will operate as normal. If needed, AspectPT can operate its business completely remotely, without diminishing support and service to our customers.

AspectPT – February 2020 Newsletter

Make manufacturing easier, AspectPT at EMEX, 8mm Vintage Camera App, all about AspectPL reports and what did Quentin Tarantino say to Brad Pitt?

In this edition we find out how to make manufacturing easier in 2020. We highlight AspectPT’s stand at EMEX and we recommend an 8mm Vintage Camera App. We learn about All About Reports in AspectPL and we hear what Quentin Tarantino said to Brad Pitt. Lastly we ask you to recommend us on Google.

Find out more at AspectPT February 2020 Newsletter.

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AspectPT’s Bob Dedekind was an invited speaker at the PIMA (Plastics Industry Manufacturers of Australia) AGM in Sydney on November 7th.

Bob spoke about the opportunities Industry 4.0 offers manufacturers and why 2020 is the year for companies to remove production pain points and digitise their factory floor.

Thanks to PIMA for hosting Bob (pictured) in Sydney.

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Aspect PT’s Bob Dedekind and Allan Orr attended the Hannover Messe Industrial Transformation event in Singapore in late October 2019.

Bob and Allan were part of the New Zealand Singapore Industry 4.0 Trek organised by Callaghan Innovation.

They enjoyed meeting both international and New Zealand manufacturing and technology companies interested in Industry 4.0 initiatives.

Pictured is Bob Dedekind (AspectPT), Stefan Hoppe (OPC Foundation) and Allan Orr (AspectPT).

AspectPT – Spring 2019 Newsletter

Cormack Packaging, meet Allan Orr, pitching a tent & avoiding divorce + DIY ideas

In this edition we find out how much scheduling and reporting time Cormack Packaging has saved since installing AspectPL. We meet Allan Orr the Founding Director at AspectPT and we learn about Alert Reasons in AspectPL. We also have some advice on pitching a tent without divorcing and list some spring DIY project suggestions from Bunnings.

Find out more at AspectPT Spring Newsletter.

The latest AspectPL software release is happening – September 2019

We are thrilled to release version 19.1 of AspectPL. This version includes AspectPT designed updates and customer requirements.

Thank you to our customers for your feedback. We have included many customer requests in this software release – your continued input makes AspectPL better. This release includes alternative monitor screens, new labour requirement features, dummy job improvements and much more……

Find out more at AspectPL Software Release 19.1

AspectPT – Winter 2019 Newsletter

Hansen Products, meet Scott Watson, surviving skiing & the winter blues

In this edition we find out how Hansen Products prepared for the install of AspectPL.We meet software developer Scott Watson, learn how to export data from AspectPL and flag a new software release. We also have some tips on surviving skiing with kids and learn about how scientists have now proved that light can help us cope with the winter blues.

Find out more at AspectPT Winter 2019 Newsletter

AspectPT at the Plastics New Zealand 75th Anniversary

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Shayne Jones (pictured) and Bob Dedekind represented Aspect Productivity Technology in Queenstown.

They enjoyed catching up with clients, meeting new contacts and learning about their businesses.

Shayne said. “This conference was very well organised. Having a trade table and meeting with the NZ Plastics industry was of great value to AspectPT. Thanks to Plastics New Zealand for making the conference so enjoyable.”

AspectPT – Autumn/Easter 2019 Newsletter

AspectPL advanced user training, meet Bob Dedekind, another great AspectPL user tip (re-create jobs) and a humongous chocolate hen!

In this edition, we highlight AspectPL usage audit and advanced user training. We meet Bob Dedekind the Technical Manager at AspectPT and we share some tips and tricks on how to re-create jobs in AspectPL. We’ve included an interesting article on manufacturing progress by comparing handmade and factory made products and just for fun find out if a humongous chocolate hen is where Easter eggs come from.

Find out more at AspectPT Autumn/Easter 2019 Newsletter

AspectPT – Summer 2019 Newsletter

Making business changes in 2019, meet Shayne (Brad) Jones, another great AspectPL user tip (bulk classes) and sticking to your NYE resolutions

In this edition, we talk about making changes in your business in 2019 and we meet Shayne Jones the Business Development Manager at AspectPT. We share some tips and tricks on how to bulk assign classes in AspectPL and include a helpful article on how to stick to your New Year’s Resolutions.

Find out more at AspectPT Summer 2019 Newsletter

AspectPT – Spring 2018 Newsletter

Pharmapac’s use of AspectPL, Material Test Bulk Upload tips, Meet AspectPT’s Chris Rauch and go fishing with the kids.

In this spring edition, we interview the Pharmapac team and find out how they have mastered AspectPL in their business. We meet Chris Rauch the Software Support Specialist at AspectPT. We share some tips and tricks on how to get the best out AspectPL and include a helpful article on how to get the kids into fishing this summer.

Find out more at AspectPT Spring 2018 Newsletter

AspectPT – Continuous Improvements Add Up Over Time

With live scheduling, visualisation and an excellent shop-floor process in place, how do you make improvements? How do you get more bang for your buck?

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McKinsey: Manufacturers need a comprehensive strategy for plant-floor Digitization

Increasingly competitive CPG markets are making consumer-centred innovation—and the successful adoption of digital technologies—essential as the CPG landscape evolves through 2030.

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AspectPT at National Manufacturing Week (NMW) 2017

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During the second week of May, AspectPT exhibited at NMW 2017 in Melbourne. NMW is Australia’s premier manufacturing exhibition and the only fully-integrated annual event. It showcases the latest products and evolving technologies in the expanding manufacturing market.

With over 10,000 attendees visiting during the four days, we happy to have our hands full. We had the pleasure of meeting a wide range of prospects and fellow-exhibitors from a variety of countries. This included the Middle East, China and other parts of Asia, and of course, we caught up with many old faces from Australia and New Zealand.

Needless to say, we demonstrated the latest AspectPL software to a significant number of ‘plastics and packaging’ operators, and it was very well-received. Interestingly, there were also a number of enquiries from ‘non-plastics’ sectors, the likes of CNC machinery and engineering businesses looking for advanced production scheduling software and support for monitoring assembly stations and manual work centres.

We thoroughly enjoyed our time at NMW 2017, and we’re looking forward to next year’s show.