Case Study 5 – The “Safe Eyes” Story

Phil Hall, a forestry contractor in Masterton, was getting feedback from his forestry work crew that their safety goggles were fogging up in the heat of the day. This problem made conventional protective eye-wear very difficult to use.

Phil took the initiative to buy a set of full screen swimming goggles, then took out the lenses and replaced them with fine metal gauze, allowing the lenses themselves to breathe. This met with the approval of his crew, so Phil hand-made a number more for the rest of them which met with universal favour.

The crew said to Phil that he should manufacture the goggles commercially, and so Phil got in touch with Absolute Tooling in Palmerston North. Tooling was designed to over-mould the gauze visor with newly designed plastic goggles.

Success soon followed, and the finished product is now being manufactured by Pike's Plastics in Masterton and exported around the world as "Safe Eyes".

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Matta Products Ltd have had tooling built at ATS since 1991.

The majority of these tools are 1.5 tonne and over. Not only are they large and also complex in design, the quality is first class.

In recent years we have looked at and been tempted by the cheap tooling prices available from China. In the end we have always stuck with the ATS team, due to the service, design expertise, and input into product development.

We also see them as a vital support industry to our business and see them as a top tool making company in New Zealand.
Tim Scott - Matta Products Ltd