September 5th, 2019 | by excitemedia05Sepread more
Westech has been designing and manufacturing customised mining truck bodies for more than fifty years. Peter Forsyth, Austin’s managing director, reflects on building specialty OEM equipment for the mining industry worldwide.
“One would have to wonder if the guys at Westech knew what they were getting into when they expanded into building off-road mining truck bodies in 1969. What were their plans and what were the goals because today, some fifty years on, Westech bodies are still leading the world in design, construction and performance.”
Speaking at a recent function to mark the company’s half-century milestone, Mr Forsyth said “since the first bodies rolled off the production line in 1969 the business had established and maintained a strong reputation for innovation and performance”.
In June 2011, at Peabody Energy’s North Antelope Rochelle coal mine in the U.S. a body designed and manufactured by Westech for a Liebherr T282C Ultra Class haul truck set a record at 405.78 tonnes (447.3 tons), or a volume of 470.35M3 (615.2 cubic yards). The Guinness World Book of Records officially recognised the record on July 19, 2011.
“Then came the patented design of the Flow Control Body® with its revolutionary floor design to control the flow of material during dumping as well as improve the overall stability of the truck,” Mr Forsyth said. “The Flow Control Body still remains one of the industry’s most significant design and safety features for mining truck bodies.”
The company has shipped around 12,000 bodies since 1969. It provides bodies for all the major OEM truck builders, including Caterpillar, Komatsu, Liebherr, Hitachi plus underground mining equipment OEMs including Sandvik and Atlas Copco.
In 2007, Westech was acquired by Brisbane-based Austin Engineering in a move which gave Westech additional manufacturing capabilities (through the buyer’s plants in Australia and South America) and also helped both companies to increase their overall market reach. (Westech also had a licensee agreement with Austin Engineering prior to the acquisition.)
“The acquisition was a good fit with us and complemented our own growing range of engineered mining industry equipment,” said Peter Forsyth. “It also expanded our technical and design capabilities and gave us direct access to the extensive experience bank Westech had build up since delivering its first body in 1969.”
Today, Austin Engineering is the world’s largest non-OEM designer and manufacturer of mining dump truck bodies. The company also designs and manufacturers excavator and wheel loader buckets, water tanks, tyre handlers and other specialised mining machinery attachments for the global mining sector.
For further information, Austin Engineering Australia. P: 61 7 3723 8600
September 5th, 2019 | by excitemedia05Sepread more
Austin Engineering recently delivered Australia’s largest water tank to an open pit coal mine in Queensland’s Bowen Basin.
Designed and manufactured by Austin Engineering, the Stairway Access Tank (SAT) has an innovative stairway that improves access for maintenance personnel and, inside the tank, a corrugated baffle design that reduces surging to improve truck stability by up to 18%. The result is increased operator and site safety.
Custom-built to suit either 170mt (190t) or 220mt (240t) class haul trucks, the new Austin SAT features large access ports in the baffles, giving a direct line of travel inside the tank.
Along with improving safety this unique feature also reduces costs and increases access and manoeuvrability for personnel and equipment inside the tank when performing confined space maintenance work.
Additionally, to improve the worksite environment inside the tank during maintenance periods an air exchange system has been included in the design.
A large fill port, that incorporates a trash screen, is located in a recessed channel behind the water dam and the tank bottom has a natural sump for ease of cleaning and tank draining.
August 30th, 2019 | by excitemedia30Augread more
Austin Engineering has been recognised by The Australian Financial Review (AFR) as one of Australia and New Zealand’s Most Innovative Companies of 2019 for its unique two-piece excavator bucket.
In the Agriculture, Mining and Utilities category of the annual AFR / Boss Magazine Most Innovative Companies listing, the Brisbane-based mining equipment designer and manufacturer ranked second out of more than 800 nominated organisations across Australia and New Zealand.
Compilation and ranking of the annual list by a panel of expert judges is based on a rigorous assessment process. And, for the first time in 2019, organisations were ranked directly against their peers.
The assessment process measures a unique innovation implemented in the past twelve months. Specifically, the judges look at how valuable the problem is that the innovation is solving, the quality and uniqueness of the solution, and the level of impact that the innovation has had. Cultural aspects of the company including strategies, resources and process which demonstrate a sustainable and repeatable approach to innovation are also part of the assessment process.
Designed and manufactured in Australia by Austin Engineering, the two-piece bucket features well-defined reusable upper and consumable lower structures, designed for quick and safe bucket change-outs during scheduled maintenance intervals.
The reusable upper section has been designed to maintain overall structural integrity of the assembly for a predetermined service life through multiple change-outs of the lower, consumable, section.
Both sections of the bucket are fabricated with combinations of high-strength steel for maximum fatigue resistance and durability. According to the company, typical baseline service life for the upper section service will be in the vicinity of 30,000 hours; approximately 4-5 years based on industry expectations of conventional one-piece buckets of similar size and capacities.
“This is a prestigious award and we are honoured to be a recipient,” said Peter Forsyth, managing director at Austin Engineering. “Our commitment to the mining industry, our industry, has been one of innovation and our product range reflects that commitment.
“We are committed to developing and manufacturing the reliable equipment our customers demand to maintain productivity and profitability,” he added. “And we are not about to change our approach.”