Jul 13, 2012
Heavy-duty engineering company benefits from German bandsawBack
Behringer|Elquip Solutions|Materials Handling|Bandsaw Manufacturer|Cut Steel|Electronic And Mechanical Components Supplier|Industrial Site|Local Industrial Equipment|Site Operators|Steel|Steel Industry|Mike Cronin
© Reuse this
The engineering company needed equipment for a new facility it was building, including two new saws, which would increase its productivity and cutting speed. “There were a number of factors that were taken into account when [the client] was deciding which brand of saws to buy,” says Elquip Solutions MD Mike Cronin.
He tells Engineering News that the client wanted to double its output of cut steel with as few saws as possible, and needed to reduce tooling (blade) costs. Reliability was also a priority, given that the cutting machines’ placement at the start of the production process would result in the entire production line having to be shut down if the cutting machines were stopped.
“The return on investment ultimately depends on the output of the two saws,” says Cronin. He adds, however, that the commissioning was successful and the reliability of the Behringer range was confirmed.
The installation and commissioning of the bandsaws was managed by an engineer from the German bandsaw manufacturer, Behringer, who remained present for the first few days of production and trained the site operators to ensure that the machines would be operated as effectively and efficiently as possible in the future, says Cronin.
He adds that the Behringer saws have been working opti- mally since the plant started full production mode.
“The client has been able to meet production requirements with these machines and is satisfied with the cutting part of the production process.
“In this instance, it is also important to note that these machines have the same capacity as five similar machines that were installed at the [client’s] old facility,” says Cronin.
He adds that the client has not stopped running its existing five machines, which are running as backup – an ideal setup at any industrial site because of the significant decrease in downtime.
Cronin notes that the Behringer range of bandsaw machines is versatile and designed to operate with a regular M42 blade as well as a sophis- ticated carbide-tipped blade.
“Both machines had a materials handling section fitted to them. There is, therefore, a full loading system comprising an inlet conveyor that brings solid material to the machine, an auto- mated saw, an outlet conveyor and a weighing system,” he says.
Further, the bandsaw machines were designed with international high-efficiency specifications in mind.
“These machines have a proven record as high-quality accurate machines that save on tool and labour costs, as well as reducing scrap and increasing production and profitability,” says Cronin, adding that the equipment is manufactured from cast iron produced at Behringer’s in-house foundry, which makes the product robust and dampens vibration, therefore extending the life of the blade.
The machines are not labour intensive as they are either fully or semiautomated. “Once the machine is set up, it is computer numerically controlled. “You can load the system with data, and the machine takes care of the rest,” says Cronin.
He notes that repeatability is another important factor in the product’s end solution. A Behringer machine can be programmed to produce a certain cut and to reproduce that same cut – with the same speed, time and tool costs – when required to do so.
Further, because of the dampened vibration, the consumption on saw blades is reduced, which significantly reduces tooling maintenance – one of the most expensive costs of running the machine.
“When you take all these factors into consideration, you find that the payback on Behringer machines far outweighs that of most of its competitors.
“Ultimately, the cost per cut is the biggest challenge and clients want to reduce the cost per cut and increase productivity. The challenge for any saw manufacturer is, therefore, to improve on those two elements and make the products as cost effective as possible.”
Edited by: Chanel de Bruyn© Reuse this Comment Guidelines
Other Manufacturing News
The South African Revenue Service on Friday hiked the import duties of certain screws, bolts and fasteners to level the competitive playing field for local producers. The International Trade Administration Commission of South Africa (Itac) said in a statement that...
The City of Cape Town will be signing an agreement with a Japanese consortium comprising Japanese firms CFP Corporation and Kanemiya, as well as the Japan International Cooperation Agency, for the establishment of a pilot plastics-to-oil plant at its Kraaifontein...
JOHANNESBURG (miningweekly.com) – JSE-listed electrolytic manganese dioxide (EMD) manufacturer and supplier to the global alkaline battery industry Delta EMD intends to discontinue its operations and sell its assets, subject to shareholder approval, given the...
Recent Research Reports
Automotive 2014: A review of South Africa's automotive sector (PDF Report)
The report provides insight into the business environment, the key participants in the sector, local construction demand, geographic diversification, competition within the sector, corporate activity, skills, safety, environmental considerations and the challenges...
Construction 2014: A review of South Africa's construction sector (PDF Report)
Construction data released during 2013 hints at a halt to the decline in the industry during the last few years, with some commentators averring that the industry could be poised for recovery. However, others have urged caution, noting that the prospects for a...
Electricity 2014: A Review of South Africa's Electricity Sector (PDF Report)
This report provides an overview of the state of electricity generation and transmission in South Africa and examines electricity planning, investment in generation capacity, electricity tariffs, the role of independent power producers and demand-focused initiatives,...
Defence 2013: A review of South Africa's defence industry (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s 2013 Defence Report examines South Africa’s defence industry, with particular focus on the key players in the sector, the innovations that have come out of the defence sector, local and export demand, South Africa’s controversial...
Road and Rail 2013: A review of South Africa's road and rail infrastructure (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Road and Rail 2013 Report examines South Africa’s road and rail transport system, with particular focus on the size and state of the country’s road and rail network, the funding and maintenance of these respective networks, and the push to move...
Liquid Fuels 2013 (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s 2013 Liquid Fuels report examines South Africa’s liquid fuels market, focusing on the business environment, oil and gas exploration, the country’s feedstock supplies, the development of South Africa’s biofuels industry, fuel pricing,...
This Week's Magazine
A structured approach, wherein managers personally engage at each level of the project, is necessary to mitigate delays to the workflow on mega construction projects, says State-owned Eskom Kusile power station projects GM Abram Masango. The 4 800 MW Kusile power...
Construction of transmission lines to evacuate power from a regional hydroelectric project in East Africa, which was hanging on the balance following the withdrawal of financing by key partners, is now back on track. After six months of uncertainty, the African...
Three Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) were signed between South African and Malaysian companies at the Malaysian High Commission in Pretoria on Friday. These MoUs are part of the indirect offsets programme South Africa is providing in return for Malaysia’s...
The South African new vehicle market may well dip to 640 000 units in 2014, says Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) sales and marketing senior VP Calvyn Hamman. This is the first prediction that anticipates a drop in the market. To date economists and industry bodies...
Nissan will re-enter the South African minibus taxi industry in March, when the new NV350 Impendulo goes on sale. The 16-seater has been specifically tailored to meet the terms of government’s Taxi Recapitalisation Programme, which aims to replace South Africa’s...