Kate Felton


Streamlined vibratory and shock absorption made simple with Mackay plate isolators

Mackay is the largest manufacturer of vibration isolators in Australia with simple, effective solutions for controlling damaging structural vibrations and shock on rock crushing and large hopper feeder applications.  For rock crusher control cabins, which are typically located at the top of the equipment, the structural vibrations induced by the crushing operation can be significant, and as such, it becomes necessary to isolate the control cabin for the safety and comfort of operators and the protection of equipment.  The latest Mackay M211 Series Plate Isolator is state-of-the-art passive plate mounted isolation system that has been designed and engineered to protect rock crushing equipment and machinery using passive vibration isolation to contain energy using dampening elements.   The M211 series of Plate isolators are ideal for isolating from structural vibrations generated by rock crushers or large vibratory hopper feeders. As vibrations are typically predominantly located in the horizontal plane, this design makes it possible to stack one mount upon another to increase lateral isolation.  By using the same external dimensions and simply changing the rubber hardness and intermediate steel plates with the Mackay M211 series of Plate isolators range of mounts, a crushing application will increase its maximum loading capacity from 1,452kg to 17,700kg. The larger load capacity of the M211 series isolators creates a wide range of potential application solution opportunities.  As every application can be different, Mackay has a team of specialist product engineers ready to assist with solving any vibration problem. Working in partnership with Motion Australia as a distributor ensures Mackay products are widely accessible through a massive network of supply channels nationwide, giving mining operators security and peace of mind on lead times and shipping costs. 
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Low-voltage drive solutions for heavy industry

TECO’s track record for designing award winning electrical and rotating equipment is what makes them uniquely qualified to design and develop products and services for heavy duty industrial operations.  Mining, excavating, quarrying and heavy earth moving operations are subject to some of the harshest working conditions in the world, with equipment running 24/7 on site to keep up with an ever-increasing demand for raw materials in the world today.  Whether it’s a semi-autogenous or ball mill, a conveyor or a crusher, the drive lines on these sites need to contend with high ambient temperature, impact loads and voltage transients that could compromise valuable uptime in the case of incidental equipment failure.  TECO understands the challenges of heavy industry, and as a strategic supplier to Motion Australia, they have proactivity increased ability to deliver best in class products to Australian heavy earth moving, mining, quarrying, and excavating operations.  Motion Australia’s inventory capabilities, combined with their extensive network of more than 140 branches Australia-wide, means that TECO electrical solutions are readily available to customers— no matter how remote the location.   Drawing on years of expertise in intelligent electrical-mechanical design, TECO has developed the 510 Low-Voltage Variable Speed Drives specifically to accommodate the needs of heavy industrial applications.  Each 510 series model variation (F, A, E, and L) has its own unique capabilities to suit the requirements of any application— the result of which is a range of truly “F.A.E.L. safe” Low-Voltage Variable Speed Drives.
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A Shell Lubricants guide to driveline lubrication

Shell understands that a mobile equipment fleet is the backbone of any mining operation. To keep operations running on uptime, equipment needs to always be running reliably and efficiently, which is often the result of choosing the optimal lubricant.  So, which type of lubricant is best for ensuring operators get the most out of their engines, transmissions, hydraulic systems, and greased components? Global leading expert on mobile equipment lubricants, Shell, shares some of their insights.  According to Shell’s industry research, lubricants account for only around 1-2% of total maintenance costs. Yet if chosen correctly, many operators do not realise that choosing the right lubricant product for a piece of equipment can save up to 30% on total operating costs1. Further research conducted by Shell experts shows that adequate lubrication on mobile mining equipment is often overlooked until it’s too late and an inevitable breakdown happens— leading to unnecessary costs and delays that could have been avoidable.  Particularly, when in the field, it’s easy to neglect lubricant maintenance in the name of productivity. For this reason, it’s important to use high quality premium lubricants to ready your fleet for the job.  Choosing the correct lubricant or grease often depends on a combination of the equipment’s design characteristics, operational parameters, and environment. Factors like temperature, humidity, and location (altitude/underground) all pose different challenges for lubrication. With lubrication customised to each application, your machines will run at peak performance throughout the life of an oil drain. Shell believes that choosing the right lubricant product from inception is one of the most valuable investments equipment operators can make for the future of their operation. That’s why Shell lubricants for Driveline was created as a portfolio of high performing lubricants designed to bolster the performance of every machine component and maximise uptime.  The local team of Shell Lubricant experts and technical representatives are available to consult with operators on choosing the right product to suit the Driveline ratios of their mobile equipment. To simplify the process, Shell has created a portfolio of distinct product ranges for enhancing the performance of five key components on mobile equipment. Engines
To avoid abrasive wear that leads to reduced efficiency and higher fuel consumption, and oil oxidation from overheating.
Product Range: Shell Rimula Transmissions
Transmission lubricant needs to accommodate low starting temperatures and then build a strong layer of protection as heat increases to resist oxidization.
Product Range: Shell Spirax  Hydraulics
Air needs to be released quickly on hydraulic applications to avoid air bubbles that will hinder the pressure and lower efficiency levels. Corrosive deposits further reduce efficiency.
Product Range: Shell Tellus. Rear Axles
Optimal lubrication should extend oil drain intervals and maximise component life, improve fuel economy and be robust in hot, dirty conditions.
Product Range: Shell Spirax  Wheel Bearings
For water and washout resistance, rust inhibition and protection against wear and extreme pressure additives.
Product Range: Shell Gadus  Motion Australia and their associated businesses—CBC, BSC, WebsterBSC, Hardy Spicer, and CRAM—have an unprecedented distribution network, making Shell products available to even the most remote industrial mining and excavation sites in the country.  As the exclusive distributor of Shell lubricant products in Australia, Viva Energy works in partnership with Motion Australia to ensure Australians have access to the most premium lubrication for mobile equipment available in the world. For more information on lubricant recommendations based on application requirements, visit your local Motion Australia branch today.  Reference: 1. Unlocking Efficiency in Mining Report, Shell.com Read More

Good foundations at BSC Orange cement relationship with Hanson quarry

The BSC branch in Orange, New South Wales, has been servicing mines and quarries in the central-west region since 1965. “Other bearing companies have come and gone, but we remain – it’s testament to the strong foundations of BSC, which is currently celebrating 100 years of business, and is Australia’s longest established distributor of bearings and power transmission,” says Branch Manager of BSC Orange, Phil McGarity. “Becoming a part of Motion Asia Pacific has been a huge milestone for us, but our purpose remains the same: to keep the local businesses in motion.” That of course extends to customers such as the Hanson aggregate quarry in Molong, about 30 minutes northwest of Orange. “We have been solutions providers to the Hanson quarry since I’ve been branch manager here – so at least 13 years,” says Phil. “Back in 2011 they were having ongoing issues with their conveyor, with repeated bearing and shaft failures. We had our engineers go out to site to assess the situation and create a custom bearing solution. It significantly reduced their issues and improved their productivity.” After diagnosing the problem – which was componentry failure due to dust and rock getting into the housings and bearings – the BSC team recommended the Timken® Spherical Roller Bearing Solid-Block Housed Units. “We offered them this bearing solution and provided an in-house training session at our Orange BSC branch,” expands Phil. “They have now installed this product on every conveyor over the last 10 years.” Sales representative Kelvin McCarron, who worked with the Hanson quarry manager on providing the bearing solution, elaborated further on the customer’s reaction. “He was over the moon with them,” enthuses McCarron. “After successfully trialing the first conveyor, he asked us to swap out the rest of the conveyor bearings at the site with the Timken® Spherical Roller Bearing Solid-Block Housed Units. We only replaced those units in 2019 – almost nine years from their original trial. That’s a remarkable life for bearing units in this kind of application and environment.” Both industry experience and product knowledge played a role in the recommendation of the Timken® Spherical Roller Bearing Solid-Block Housed Units. “The solid steel housing of these units makes them pretty indestructible. They’re specifically designed to withstand conditions like those out at the Hanson Molong quarry, which is why we knew they would be a good fit – and we knew from our experience and knowledge exchange at BSC that other customers had achieved success in similar applications,” explains Phil. “Besides the cast steel – which can manage extreme loads and speed capacities – these units have multiple levels of sealing to protect them from harsh contaminants, which maximises their operational life.” Read More