Gibbons Lectures: Robotics in industry Event as iCalendar

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10 May 2018


Venue: 260.092 (Owen G Glenn Building 3), Level 0

Location: Please join us for refreshments from 6pm at John Hood Plaza, Level 1, Owen G Glenn Building

Host: Department of Computer Science

Cost: Free - all welcome


Mike Shatford, Managing Director, Design Energy Limited, Christchurch
Mike Shatford

Speaker: Mike Shatford, Managing Director, Design Energy Limited, Christchurch

In New Zealand, small and medium enterprises and producers with smaller or mixed volumes of product are the prevalent industries. Traditionally, this group has not been the focus for industrial automation so, as a business offering robotic production solutions in New Zealand, Design Energy has a keen interest in technologies that are able to meet the demands of these users.

Mike's talk aims to close the loop between academia and industry; reporting on successes – where, and how, robotics is serving our target market, and where there are gaps and opportunities for both the originators of new technology and the end-users it will serve. 

Mike Shatford is Managing Director of Design Energy Limited. He is a mechanical engineer with 20 years’ experience in industrial automation, robotics and technology product development and commercialisation.

He originally trained and worked as a design engineer developing high speed automated production systems. Then, in 2007, he founded Design Energy, which is a Christchurch-based engineering consultancy specialising in product-to-market engineering. Design Energy is the parent company of AutoMATE, an industrial robotics systems developer, and Transverse Technology Limited, a consumer audio technology start-up.

Design Energy is also the New Zealand agent for several world-leading robot brands and has robots operating in factories from Auckland to Bluff. 

Mike is recognised as an expert in the deployment of automated production systems and has had considerable experience and interaction with industry during his career. He now provides his robotics and industry expertise to many of New Zealand’s most sophisticated producers and to research institutions such as the University of Canterbury, the New Zealand Manufacturers and Exporters Association and Callaghan Innovation.


Drinks and nibbles will be served from 6pm at 260.088 Level 0 Foyer, Owen G Glenn Building. Lecture commences at 6.30pm. 

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