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Rob commenced his apprenticeship in the Electrical Industry in 1956 and worked his way up in that industry, until he gained the highest Qualification of Technician/Inspector in l97l. He has been involved with major Industrial Electrical Installations such as Export Cool Stores, and meat works, and in the position of Consultant Electrical Engineer to Toyota (N.Z.) Ltd. being responsible for assembly Plant Automation Design. Early in I977 he was requested by a Fertilizer Company to design and build a commercial Hydroponic Controller, since none was available World Wide.
After four months of intensive research of the subject he set to and constructed the very first purpose made Hydroponic Controller, which was installed at the largest New Zealand Tomato Growers property at South Auckland NZ.
Since I977 Rob has continued to develop sophisticated Electronic controls for all types of Industry. Hydroponics remains a strong love and their old company, now renamed and badged as ‘BlueLab Corporation’ continues to produce a wide range of Controllers, meters and systems with the emphasis being upon reliability and simplicity of operation. The world renowned CF Truncheon, ‘Dipstick’ and ‘Quickdip’ are good examples of the technology Rob presented to the industry.
Now in the new millennium and also in semi retirement, Rob concentrates upon his love of performing Jazz on his Tenor Saxophone, however still continues to write, including having been a regular contributor to the prestigious print version of ‘The Growing Edge’ magazine and consulting to the industry.