Rob Smith

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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.

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I was born in England in 1941 in a pretty town called Cheltenham Spa (I know it was and still is pretty having re visited the place several times) My parents emigrated to New Zealand when I was eleven years old and in retrospect I can now say that it was the best thing my parents ever did. When we first arrived in NZ we were constantly reminded as to how young the country was and again in retrospect I now agree that this was a correct statement and probably the overwhelming reason for the pioneer spirit which was almost the national agenda - a country full of individuals most of whom could turn their hands to anything while in no way being impeded or directed (as in European countries) by the social ladder. In NZ in the 1950s everyone was more or less equal. The country's founding document was signed in 1840, so they were right, it was only 112 years old when my family arrived and is still relatively young at 173 years and has a minuscule population of only four and half million souls.
When did you first start writing?
I started writing when I was an electrician - other members of the company would come to me and ask me to write business letters on their behalf and I often got ribbed for using such 'long' words as 'perceive' or' amortize' in their letters - many of them never using such 'big' words (Yes I do have my tongue in my cheek)
I later went onto producing in depth reports in respect of electrical and electronic matters and when I left the electrical industry to take up hydroponic technology seriously (mid seventies) I started writing for magazines - the highlight being writing for the USA published 'Growing Edge' culminating in writing the editorial in the final years of the hard copy magazine.
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Where to find Rob Smith online


Hydroponic Crop Production
Price: $10.99 USD. Words: 152,330. Language: English (New Zealand dialect). Published: May 30, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Science and Nature » Agricultural science, Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Development / sustainable development
how to use hydroponic growing for commercial advantage, this book provides in laymans language what you need to know about commercial hydroponic growing and how best to design systems and structures to make the best use of all those advantages. how to propagate and grow plants with 'best practise management' for optimum yield and quality for maximum dollar returns and much, much more.
Hydroponic Gardening
Price: $3.49 USD. Words: 29,220. Language: English (New Zealand dialect). Published: May 8, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Home and Garden » Gardening, Nonfiction » Education and Study Guides » Non-formal education
this book will get you started in hydroponics. more than just a discussion of the topic, ‘hydroponic gardening’ provides the reader with complete background information on hydroponics, explains the different systems and how they work, then shows the reader in a step by step guide, how to set those systems up. a growing guide is included showing you what to grow and how to grow it hydroponically.

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