Crushing hammers, cane knives, washboards, shredders, trash plates and mill roll arcing are a few areas within a sugar mill that experience significant wear. In most cases, demand on throughput outweighs the need to do regular and ongoing maintenance.
It is vital to extract the most value out of each aspect and component of an operation to stay competitive in an increasingly difficult local and global market. A market leader in engineered wear protection, UK-headquartered Welding Alloys has more than 40 years of experience within the Southern African market.
Welding Alloys South Africa (WASA) works in partnership with sugar producers to reduce their operating costs. This is done through wear audits and market leading products, solutions and training. “Our focus is to reduce the cost of ownership through extended component life and reduced downtime and maintenance costs. With our years of experience, we have tailor-made solutions to combat any wear problem within a sugar mill. We use specialised welding equipment and teams to do on-site refurbishment of worn components as well as a full fabrication workshop for turnkey projects,” explains the company.
The WASA product offering includes flux-cored welding consumables (manufactured in South Africa) for hardfacing, stainless steel and cast iron, to name a few, that have the advantage of a higher deposition rate to reduce downtime.
Also supplied are chromium carbide welded overlay liners, which last five to ten times longer than traditional quenched and tempered steels; ceramic tiles and lining materials; and specialised welding equipment. WASA is ISO 9001- and ISO 3834-3-accredited.