s’il vous plaît aider

You might need to copy and paste that into google to get the translation. But if you speak French, you’ll know exactly what this means. It came down the phone line into N2P HQ recently when a customer in French Polynesia (Interoute) reached out to us about an Asphalt Plant that wasn’t running as efficiently as they wanted. The supplier of the plant, unfortunately, tried to fix the problem but had not delivered a satisfactory outcome. Interoute’s technical advisor Stèphane had met Niki Johnstone on a trip to Auckland just over a year ago and was impressed by N2P’s superior ... Read More

Upgrading Asphalt Plants at a Cost Even Scotsmen Can Live With

On a recent trip to Scotland, Niki Johnstone (N2P Controls MD) went to an Aberdeen bar and was surprised to find the beer only two pence a pint. The barman explained that it was the price to mark the centenary of the pub opening. Despite the insane price, however, the bar was empty. "Are the regular customers not enjoying the special prices?" Niki asked. To which the barman replied "They're waiting for the Happy Hour". With that in mind, you could imagine Niki’s surprise when in Wellington he met with Scottish Plant Manager Tony at the Downer Asphalt Plant; who ... Read More

Striking Gold in an Old Gold Rush Town

A sleepy highway town on the South Coast of NSW Australia called Mogo, was originally established during the Gold Rush in 1851. More recently famous for its Zoo that specialises in endangered species, Mogo is also home to one of Downer’s older Asphalt Plants. The man in charge down there is Ryan Burgin. Ryan recently reached out to N2P Controls after hearing great things about our new MC404 Bitumen Controls. The MC404 is the 2nd generation of our hardware/software solution that controls the mixing of aggregates, bitumen and additives to help make the perfect mix. Replacing our original BC404, the ... Read More

The Dangers of Teaching New Dogs Old Tricks

At N2P Controls, we are incredibly proud of our position as a leader in the controls and software space in the Asphalt Industry. We’ve been working in this field for more than two decades and have worked very hard to make sure our brand is associated with industry leading products and service. It would be fair to say that for a small company in a big market, we’re very good at setting the standard. One of our first products, the BC404 is an industry stalwart responsible for the day-to-day operation of Asphalt Plants in more than five countries in the ... Read More

Working Smart and Celebrating Success in Malaysia

One Stop Asphalt Plant Service are our Agents in Malaysia, supplying much of the country's Asphalt Plants with our controllers. Our MD Niki Johnstone was recently in Johor Bahru, near the border with Singapore, to check in on an installation of one of our newest modules, the MC404 into a plant built by One Stop sister company PPP. PPP’s brand new Asphalt Plant has been fitted out with the new generation MC404. Niki was invited to review the installation and celebrate the commissioning and breaking in of the new facility. Niki joined the new owners as they produced their first ... Read More

Helping Higgins Slug it to a Pug

Higgins are one of the biggest names in roading and infrastructure in New Zealand. They’re regularly awarded some of the largest infrastructure projects in the country. Higgins relies on transparency of data and reporting to ensure they are working as efficiently as possible to meet the deadlines and compliance of these massive projects. N2P were recently asked to upgrade the Higgins Wellington operation’s controls to our new MC404 Control System. The upgrade has meant greater transparency over their production with better reporting. The MC404 will allow them to monitor energy usage, thereby measuring sustainability of the overall plant. This means ... Read More

A Whole Hunk of Burnin’ Love for Christchurch Adventure Park

Monday, February 13th 2017 was not a great day for Christchurch. For the following 4 days, one of the worst fire atrocities on record racked the City as firefighters fought hard to contain one seriously damaging bushfire. In the midst of the damage was newly opened Christchurch Adventure Park. The park offers everything from a picturesque cup of coffee to some of the best mountain biking and zip-lining in the country. The park had only been open a couple of months when the fire struck. N2P Controls were a part of the original opening having supplied several controllers for their ... Read More

The Muhammad Ali of Pump Controls

Muhammad Ali used to say he had a big mouth, but whatever he said, he had the skills to back it up. Our heritage is in pump controls and we have a solution for every possible requirement; starting with very basic controls right through to our industry leading Ultimate Pump Control (UPC). We are always seeking to improve our products though, and in terms of Pump Controls, our controllers will soon come with Alarm Units as standard. This can be used in any application that has a fault condition, not just pumping. For example: High level alarm Low level alarm ... Read More

Looking after the Black Gold

OH&S. On their own, pretty harmless letters really. Put them in this particular order, and every site manager starts shifting nervously in their shorts. To be fair, it is generally something we all like to stay on top of, and when the plant is running well, it seems we are staying on top of it. But holes in our OH&S measures generally don’t reveal themselves until after something happens. By then it’s too late. More often than not, it comes down to human error too. Put aside the costs and reduction in productivity involved, there can be some serious risks ... Read More

Controlling 2.5 Million Tonnes of Booze

Methanex in Taranaki are New Zealand’s only producer of Methanol. Methanex in Taranaki are New Zealand’s only producer of Methanol. Methanol is used in a wide variety of products and plays a major role in construction and infrastructure. It is also a clean fuel alternative that is gaining popularity; essentially, its alcohol! Methanex can manufacture up to 2.5 million tonnes of Methanol annually, 95% of which is exported. It’s fair to say that they’re a large operation. Recently, Methanex engaged Hynds Environmental to assist with their wastewater treatment. Given the volatility of their product, the engineering standards for treatment of ... Read More