Kate Felton

tooling

The right tool for the job

Delahenty machinery operates on a trifecta of unique specialisation – they build and sell machinery, provide tooling and equipment, and offer servicing and support for customers. For over 55 years, the team has worked alongside world leading partners to develop tomorrow’s solutions for a range of industries.  “We specialise in quality tube manipulation and cutting machinery. In Australia we manufacture complete tube bending and end forming tool sets, and complete turnkey solutions,” says Stuart McNidder, General Manager at Delahenty.  Offering bespoke tooling for CNC applications, tube bending and end forming jobs is where Delahenty excels. This work is done out of their factory in Knoxfield, Victoria, where Owner Michael McCarthy has taken over the family business.  Throughout the years, Stuart says there is a strong focus on using the best quality tooling components to suit individual customer needs. “That is our real point of difference – people are not necessarily just buying cheaper products from overseas or off the shelf. We are providing them with excellent quality Australian product. If anyone has something they need tailor made or custom built, we can do that.” Delahenty’s premium solutions rely on sourcing hard-wearing, quality parts for their designs, explains Stuart. They need to trust that supply can endure freight delays to avoid disappointing customers, which is why Motion Australia is their first port-of-call for sourcing brands such as Rexnord Australia, NTN, TECO and SP Tools. Each Motion Australia representative aims to develop a close working relationship with the businesses in their area, taking every step to provide ease of mind and tailored advice. “We’ve got a fantastic relationship with our Motion Australia rep,” says Stuart. “He’s always available, and will always do anything to get us the parts we need in a timely manner.” The Delahenty team is striving to innovate in the robotics space, having recently introduced a new range of collaborative robots from Kassow. The possibilities of these 7-axis machines ensure ease of programming and flexible application to the Australian manufacturing landscape.  Despite the challenges of Covid-19, Stuart says that the business has come out on top. “We have certainly had issues, but the team is very flexible. And our customers have been very understanding while we play catchup – our family culture and support for each other has helped with those problems.” Supporting the local economy and providing work opportunities is a major priority for Delahenty. Sourcing parts from within Australia and manufacturing on home soil means shorter lead times for customers and close partnerships that can last through adversity. “We take the time to listen to our customer’s concerns. We believe in quality value, and we have been doing it for decades.”   
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Chipping away at sustainable forestry

Located in Geelong, Softwood Plantation Exporters (SPE) is changing the game when it comes to re-using waste product along the forestry supply chain. Born out of a partnership between Hancock Victorian Plantations (HVP) and Associated Kiln Driers (AKD) in 1996, the business offers its owners a well-located export facility that receives, processes and stores forest and sawmill residues.
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baking industry

The perfect bearings brand for bread makers

In the baking industry, the brand with the most competitive edge is the one that ensures fresh baked products make it onto the shelf every day.  Bread makers and manufacturers must uphold the highest standards of quality in their production and packaging processes to protect the integrity of their brand and encourage customer loyalty, according to CBC’s Leon Stefanec.  Some of the most prominent baking operations in Victoria rely on CBC, part of Motion Australia’s businesses, to connect them with the right products and suppliers, particularly bearings products.  As National Business Development Manager for Food and Beverage, Leon frequents a lot of baking customer sites to have conversations with customers and get to know their business. “The end goal is always to work with our customers to understand their needs in order to provide the right bearings solution,” he says.  “In the case of major baking production facilities, there are generally two parts of every plant,” he explains. “There is one area where the bread is produced, and one where the bread gets packaged.” For conveyors in these plants, Leon often defers to CBC’s premium bearings supplier, Schaeffler, and the X-Life bearing family which includes the INA and FAG series bearings.  The Schaeffler X-Life design means the bearings have more endurance and a higher performance life under stress, high speeds, and dynamic loads.  “The larger bakeries will bake the products, then put them into a chiller before they are snap frozen,” he continues. “So, they require a good bearing that will be able to withstand all those elements.” Anywhere where there is refrigerated temperatures, Leon recommends the Schaeffler INA linear roller bearings and one or more monorail guideway assemblies. When fitted with low temperature grease, the INA bearings can handle up to freezing temperatures.  “The entire production process is very controlled and there is great attention to the detail at every phase,” notes Leon. “The loaves come out of the oven and are removed from their pans to be chilled, before being packaged and crated for transport to the store.” Packaging is the final phase of production and the last line of defence for quality assurance before the product gets distributed for sale. Depending on the products, a packaging area may have an assortment of machines for wrapping, filling, and sealing.  “Wrapping and packaging applications are high speed, and there’s a lot of moisture around,” explains Leon. “This is where the Schaeffler Durotech coating on the INA ball bearings becomes a critical element in protecting the equipment from corrosion and ensuring longstanding quality performance on the application.” 
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electricians

Lighting the spark in the next generation

Based in the seaside city of Wollongong, NSW, Arrow Electrical Services is investing in the next generation of Australian electricians. With a dynamic team consisting of 34 highly skilled and experienced employees, the business has situated itself as a leading specialist across the state.
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couplings

Quick-flex couplings ready to rock

In mining, quarrying and extractive industries, ball mills are the most common grinding machine and certainly an interesting piece of engineering ingenuity, according to Eddie Lawrence. 
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customers

Customers stand to benefit from ‘One Motion’

The move to transition and consolidate all the Australian-based businesses owned by Motion Asia Pacific into one singular business – Motion Australia – will translate to better services for customers in the agricultural and food and beverage industries, say industry experts.
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misalignment belt

The answer to misalignment on belt-driven machinery

When properly maintained, belts are the most cost-effective and reliable means of power transmission in an industrial application. However, drive problems can occur if belts are not installed or maintained correctly, with one of the most common sources of these being misalignment. 
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final drives

Final drives at a tailored price

Scott Johnstone has been with CRAM for more than five years, joining the company as its first mining employee when it opened a mining division half a decade back. 
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ploughing

Ploughing ahead with quality bearings

When it comes to farming Australian soil, equipment is predominantly produced by local manufacturers who understand local conditions. And in many cases, they choose NTN agricultural bearings because of their ability to withstand the rigours of applications such as tilling and ploughing.
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drive selection

TECO launches hot button app for motor and drive selection

Innovative technology for the remote analysis of mechanical motor and drive systems could mean that the future of motor tech support will be at the tip of the touch screen, according to Steve Hittmann, CBC National Product Manager for Mechanical Drive Systems. “Motion Industries has partnered with TECO to promote the launch of the new TECO MAXe3 mobile app, geared at improving the customer experience when selecting motor and drive systems for various applications,” says Steve. “The TECO MAXe3 app gives customers the ability to enter the requirements of an application, view specs, troubleshoot support issues, and download design drawings,” he explains. “This includes the ability to adjust motor speed, torque and power ratings on an application to explore possible motor and drive solutions.” With the ability to test applications within the app itself, end-users will be able to select the TECO motor and a drive best suited to their application, based on the relative detail that they are chasing — all with the click of a button. “We are happy to promote this product, which compliments the TECO MAXe3 high-efficiency motor series range we have been involved in the distribution of for years,” says Steve. “The MAXe3 App is a user-friendly solution for analysing energy efficiency of electrical motor solutions in a streamlined manner. It can also stand to benefit our sales team with assisting customers in finding the right motor for the job.” TECO’s MAXe3 motor range aligns with the Equipment Energy Efficiency (IE3) program implemented by the Australian and New Zealand governments to tighten up on energy efficiency standards for commodity equipment and appliances. TECO is optimistic that the launch of the MAXe3 app will assist in reducing energy costs for businesses and assist in the design of more efficient energy solutions across industries. “After months of hard work and dedication, we are delighted to officially announce the launch of our newly designed Teco MAXe3 App,” says Koorosh Faraji, Regional Manager VIC/SA/TAS for TECO Australia Electric Motor Division. “As a market leader, it’s important for us to make information regarding our thought leadership, products, and services easily accessible for our current and prospective clients,” says Koorosh. “With the launch of the MAXe3 app, we are endeavouring to provide our clients with the most accurate, up-to-date information on our products.” Read More
rust

Rid your site of rust collectors

When it comes to rust removal, the science behind it is the key to developing right formula. Common rust removers are often highly acidic and can damage material on contact, points out Steve Keown, BSC Product Manager for Lubricants, Degreasers and Solvents. 
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split

The secret is in the split

Changing out the bearing on a large-scale industrial application can be challenging in the best of times. Lead times on replacements can be prolonged in the logistics stage, not to mention removing the old one and fitting up the new one — it is rarely a one-person job. 
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tools

SP Tools making an impact in heavy industry

The nuts and bolts of heavy industry require powerful tools like an impact socket to fasten in place. The super-strength of an impact socket tool comes from the chrome moly steel it is cast from and can essentially give superpowers to the one who wields it.
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hydraulic

Pumping up the volume on hydraulic systems

Protecting hydraulic control systems can be a precarious part of the plant maintenance process without the right knowledge and expertise. Incorrect application of oils, greases and lubricants can hinder productivity and damage valuable components of plant equipment. 
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upskill

Helping F&B clients upskill with bespoke training

Australia’s food, beverage and manufacturing sector is facing a national-wide challenge: a skills shortage. To stem this challenge and assist customer’s in upskilling their staff, BSC Engineering Services provides tailor-made training in a variety of application and product types.
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belts

Supplying timeless agricultural belt solutions

When peak harvest season is on, harvesting equipment goes into overdrive under some tough conditions. And tough conditions in the field, require even tougher belt solutions. “The driven parts on harvesters can be powered by up to a dozen belts at a time, and belts are one of the most common parts that we see requiring repairs and maintenance,” says Steve Hittmann. As BSC’s National Product Manager for Mechanical Drive Systems and Belt Drives, he asserts that reducing the cost of belt replacements and the risk of downtime during a harvest are two key considerations in his line of work. “Belts used in agricultural machinery go through a lot of dynamic conditions. So, they need to provide high strength under tension and have the ability to be flexed in multiple directions around several pulleys,” he explains. For the most demanding applications, he recommends the Super Ag-Drive®️ Belt by Timken, one of BSC’s premium partners. A bit of background on the history of the Super Ag-Drive Belt is important in understanding exactly what makes them a reliable belt solution. Timken Belts’ Super Ag-Drive product range contains more than 100 years of combined experience in designing and manufacturing belt drive solutions, as it was acquired back in 2015 by Timken from the centennial-aged Carlisle company. “The Timken® Super Ag-Drive®️ belts were originally designed to be OEM equivalent,” furthers Steve. “At BSC, we promote them as premium belt drive solutions because in some cases we have seen these belts outperform the OEM belts in terms of reliability.”
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paper

The bonds that can make-or-break a manufacturing process

Making paper requires a lot of chemical processing and high temperature applications for steaming and pressing the paper products. At a major paper manufacturing plant in Victoria, hundreds of staff work to output a significant volume of product on a short timeline, accommodating the high demand for paper and pulp products on the Australian market.  “This particular client is responsible for manufacturing the bulk of paper supplies for the whole of Australia,” says BSC Key Account Executive, Duncan McKellar. “This puts an enormous amount of pressure on them as an operation because if their equipment is not performing correctly, the resulting downtime can be extremely costly for them,” he continues, adding; “when we need to assist in streamlining parts and maintenance for operations of this scale, this is when having solid relationships with our supply partners becomes critical for our own business operations.” According to Duncan, there have been three LOCTITE® products that have saved the day on a few occasions at the site — LOCTITE 660 Compound, LOCTITE 609 Retaining Compounds, and the LOCTITE 406 Instant Adhesive.  The LOCTITE 660 is a high strength retaining compound with good gap filling properties. It is an anaerobic adhesive that cures in the absence of air between metal surfaces and has gap filling capabilities of up to half a millimetre per side on a shaft. “The paper plant site has a lot of driveshafts running around the clock, and the rotating shafts experience intense wear over time,” explains Duncan. “When there is shaft wear, the component needs to be either repaired or replaced. Shafts are difficult and expensive to replace, so the preferrable option is to perform repairs on the shafts — resulting in an enormous amount of time and effort being saved.”   “Imagine needing to replace a bearing and the shaft is worn undersize; a reliable fix is to bond shims on the shaft where the bearing will sit. This will help place the bearing central to the shaft,” says Duncan.  “Applying the LOCTITE 660, will fill the gap and bond the two surfaces together, allowing you to get your equipment back into service.”  
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tools

Tool’s gold – Living the technician’s dream

When it comes to toolboxes, they are like cars — there are the high-end models and the economy savers. The performance and longevity of tools will depend on what maintenance professionals and businesses are willing to invest in tool storage.
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