Where there's muck, there's brass

Where there's muck, there's brass

Local company Computer Dust Units (CDU) was given the opportunity to showcase its products at a government function, alongside other New Zealand companies such as Resene and Whittakers.

The company, which has nine employees, has invented a three-dimensional filter to prevent dust gathering inside the computer. CDU currently has an international patent pending on the filter.

CDU director Gavin Lee says the company has sold about 500 units so far, but it is in expansion mode.

“We can allow ourselves to think big, because there is simply no competition that we know of. This opens up the majority of the markets to us.”

The government function was designed to focus on New Zealand companies and how they present themselves. CDU was the only computer company represented, something Lee says is unfortunate.

“It’s good for us as we can get some focus, but it also says a lot about the New Zealand computer industry. There aren’t many Kiwi computer companies left out there.”

Lee founded the company in February 2005 together with co-director Brent Porter, after the inventors noticed how dust was becoming a problem in the computers they would clean.

“Years ago dust was not so much an issue, but with the technology we have today it is crucial to prevent over-heating. Dust can act as a layer of insulation, and that is why we chose to focus on preventative maintenance.”

The three-dimensional filters sit behind the fan as opposed to regular two-dimensional filers, and the filter uses the force of turbulent air to clean and cool components at the same time. The company currently produces 60mm, 80mm, 92mm and 120mm filters.

“We don’t have a crystal ball, but hopefully someone can take us under their wing,” says Lee. “With some help and some time we can do it.”

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