About us

Guardian Bandsaw has been designed by the team at KANDO. We are experts in building Smart Machines. We partner with industry leaders to create products that leverage technology to redefine what is possible.

We support our customers to set the benchmark in their industry from initial feasibility analysis and concept development through to installation and service.

Our people

Managing Director
Keith Blenkinsopp

Keith has over 25 years’ experience in automation, covering a wide range of industries. He is passionate about working with clients to understand their needs and delivering innovative solutions that drive progress through advanced automation. Keith has an NZCE in Mechanical Engineering.

General Manager Operations
Shaun Hurd

With a PhD in Physics and Electronic Engineering, Shaun is an expert at machine learning for meat robotics systems. With thirteen years of experience in this industry, Shaun oversees and develops our software and control systems. When he’s not working, he heads outdoors to cycle and kayak.

Chief Financial Officer
Michael Stansfield

Michael holds both a BBus (Accountancy) and a BEngTech (Networks & Communications) and is a Chartered Accountant. Michael has over 35 years’ experience working in the Telco, poultry, and various manufacturing industries in New Zealand. As CFO of Kando, he is responsible for managing the finance function and business risk. Outside of work, Michael likes to home renovate, scale model and has a passion for Italian cars.

Vice President
Ken Rogers

Ken has a strong international marketing and primary industry background with a degree in agricultural science, as well as international sales and marketing experience gained while working for Fonterra. Returning to New Zealand, Ken joined Pernod Ricard as Production Director and most recently Ken was a shareholder and Managing Director of Superb Herb, an innovative horticultural business. Ken is a keen sportsman having played rugby into his 40s but more recently, concentrating on snowboarding, scuba diving and fishing.

Marketing and Development Manager
Mike FitzGerald

With a degree in Marketing and International Management (BMS) from Waikato University, Mike brings years of experience in the private and government sectors promoting business and exploring opportunities. He is passionate about connecting with people from diverse backgrounds and cultures to help understand their needs and how we can help.

Business Development Manager, USA
Nicholas Blenkinsopp

With degrees in Property and Finance (BCOM,BPROP) from the University of Auckland. Nicholas operates out of the Guardian Omaha office. Nicholas is focused on providing the right Guardian solution to customers. A keen surfer who’s working on his golf swing due to a lack of waves in Omaha.

Production Manager
Joseph Dumaran

With a BE (Honors) in Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Joseph is proficient at troubleshooting electrical and pneumatics systems. He manages and motivates the production team, ensuring that projects are completed efficiently and with excellence. Outside of work, he is a professional tenpin bowler.

Project Manager
Shaun Judd

Shaun holds a Trace Certificate in Manufacturing and Tool Making. With extensive experience developing race car parts, Shaun manages the manufacture of all production and development components. Outside of work, Shaun races in New Zealand’s GT1 racing category.

Principle Software Engineer
Nicholas Hildreth

With an M.Sc. in Computer Science and over 20 years’ experience in specialist software engineering, Nicholas is responsible for developing our suite of products which require computer vision-based solutions. Outside work, he enjoys distance running and rock climbing.

Guardian Bandsaw:
Redefining safety

“Reliable performance, customer-focused support, and uncompromising safety”

The journey to creating the next generation bandsaw began in 2015. Our aim was to develop a product with reliable performance, customer-focused support, and uncompromising safety features. Guardian Bandsaw was developed in partnership with New Zealand’s meat processing industry.

“Guardian bandsaw was designed from the ground-up”

We developed a patented vision detection system coupled with a purpose-built stainless steel band saw. Rather than tweaking an existing commercial band saw, the Guardian was designed from the ground up, enabling us to incorporate innovative features based on years of experience in the meat processing industry.

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