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Conveyor belt cleaner blades will be manufactured with Martin Engineering’s proprietary moulding technology.
Conveyor belt cleaner blades will be manufactured with Martin Engineering’s proprietary moulding technology.

Global belt specialist establishes manufacturing facility in Australia

A global supplier of conveyor belt cleaning and sealing systems has opened a manufacturing facility in Burleigh Heads, Queensland.

Martin Engineering – whose products, sales, service and training are available from factory-owned business units in 16 countries – has been a supplier of premium components since 1944. It has provided bulk handling solutions and flow control equipment to the Australian market through a licensee since 1978.

Opened for business in September, 2017, the new Martin Engineering facility in Burleigh Heads provides direct sales, service, training and manufacturing to the Australian market, serving key industries such as quarrying, mining, cement, and bulk handling.

The move will provide factory-direct customer access to locally manufactured products, plus technical service from experienced and factory-trained technicians.


"This system delivers precise control and quality assurance, and remote monitoring allows technicians to investigate the causes of any faults and offer fixes to operators without having to travel to the site."
Paul Harrison, chief technology officer

Company officials say local production will also allow Martin Engineering to supply its products at lower prices, potentially reducing the total cost of ownership.

Among the manufacturing capabilities are the firm’s proprietary technology for producing belt cleaner blades, using its custom-built work cell.

The manufacturing cells are designed, engineered and constructed by Martin and the processing technology is being implemented at Martin globally to deliver quality components. The system is believed to be the only one of its kind dedicated solely to producing belt cleaner blades.

Martin Engineering’s supplier for the chemical components of its urethane formulations is BASF Corporation, one of the largest chemical companies in the world. As a result, customers receive blades with the same quality and performance characteristics, regardless of location.

Partnering with BASF has the benefit of the chemical company’s extensive and reliable supply chain, allowing Martin Engineering to continue innovating polyurethane blade production and quickly deliver products worldwide. Further, the global pricing agreement between the two companies means customers sees a consistency in blade price from one country to another.

By mixing, forming and curing its own belt cleaner blades in the modular work station – rather than subcontracting the production as most suppliers do – Martin Engineering takes complete control of the entire process, allowing a one-day turnaround on most orders and even same-day shipping in many cases.

As a result, customers in Australia and Asia will benefit from ready access to freshly moulded belt cleaner blades, meeting the highest quality standards.

“Our computer-controlled moulding operations around the world are monitored at global headquarters,” said chief technology officer Paul Harrison. “In fact, we’re able to remotely monitor functionality from any location that has an internet connection, anywhere in the world.

“Even the suppliers that are manufacturing their own blades are typically using pre-mixed urethane formulations and just pouring them into moulds.

“This system delivers precise control and quality assurance, and remote monitoring allows technicians to investigate the causes of any faults and offer fixes to operators without having to travel to the site.”

Marting Engineering’s Australia business unit will be led by managing director Terry Thew, who has more than 30 years’ experience in bulk materials handling, along with commercial director Chris Wilson, a veteran of more than 10 years.

They will be joined by financial controller Bo Hu and flow aids specialist Grant Goodey, who will focus initially on applications for air cannons and engineered vibration.

Source: Martin Engineering Australia

A urethane-filled mould is loaded into the curing oven.
A urethane-filled mould is loaded into the curing oven.



















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