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

Introducing

Our People

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Keith Blenkinsopp

Managing Director

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.

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Shaun Hurd

General Manager Operations

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.

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Mandy Donald

Chief Financial Officer

Mandy holds a BCom in Accounting & Finance with a Post Graduate Diploma in Business Law and is a Chartered Accountant. Mandy has over 20 years experience working in FMCG, service and manufacturing industries both in New Zealand and overseas. As CFO of Kando, she is responsible for managing the finance function and business risk. Outside of work, Mandy likes to run marathons.

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David Walkinshaw

General Manager Sales

David holds an MBA and a BSc and draws on his extensive experience of high-level operational management of meat processing facilities, including Auckland Meat Processors, Taylor Preston Limited and PPCS (now Silver Fern Farms).

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Mike FitzGerald

Marketing and Development Manager

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.
 
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Nicholas Blenkinsopp

Business Development Manager USA

With degrees in property and finance 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.

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Joseph Dumaran

Operations Manager

With a BE (Honours) 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.
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Shaun Judd

Production Manager

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.
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Nicholas Hildreth

Principle Software Engineer

With an MSc 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 band saw began in 2015. Our aim was to develop a product with reliable performance, customer-focused support, and uncompromising safety features. Our answer: Guardian Bandsaw was developed in partnership with New Zealand’s meat processing industry.

“Guardian Bandsaw was designed from the ground-up”

 We designed and developed a unique vision detection system coupled with the manufacture of a purpose-built stainless-steel band saw. Rather than tweaking an existing commercial band saw, The Guardian Bandsaw was designed from the ground-up, enabling us to incorporate specific and innovative features from working closely with the meat processing industry.

Ready for the next generation band saw?