Positions for Health and Safety Inspector of Quarries have become available in the United Kingdom (UK).
Move over for the NXTGEN of lifting technology
Specialised lifting requirements are constantly evolving, and component manufacturers must stay ahead of the curve to meet those demands. Read more
WebsterBSC’s quick turn-around on coupling upgrades
Rotating grinding mills are the most common type of grinding machine on Australian mining sites, making a considerable impact on the efficiency of raw material breakdown.
Rural property with significant land resource hits the market
A 108-hectare rural land holding has hit the market, with the opportunity to quarry a significant resource, or use for farming.
Rock-hard reliability on Victorian quarrying plants
Earthmoving manufacturer bolsters efficiency
Automation is rapidly seeping into almost every aspect of industrial supply chain management, having a significant impact on increased efficiency and accurate delivery of product.
Weir Minerals takes digital steps
Weir Minerals has launched Synertrex IntelliWear, a new digital wear monitoring system for spools and hoses in slurry pipelines.
Wear resistant compound passes the test
A new wear resistant compound – LOCTITE PC 7332 – has been developed and launched for high wear areas of processing equipment in power generation, mining, and steel plant applications such as desulfurisation pumps and ducts, slurry pumps and slag granulation pumps to protect against severe wet abrasion.
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.”
Gearbox solution keeps the earth moving
As a technical specialist in power transmission for CBC, it’s Milan Sreckov’s responsibility to assess the performance of power transmission equipment in customer applications. If the equipment is underperforming, he will propose an alternative solution – which was the case with one earthmoving customer.