The process of manufacturing glass today incorporates advanced technologies and automation to ensure precision throughout the process.

Pushing boundaries with Timken bearings

Glass manufacturing allows for a range of products. More than 4,000 years ago, in the historical region of Mesopotamia, the land between the Tigris and the Euphrates Rivers, glass was discovered through the art of mixing sand, soda, and lime together1. Today, glass is used in several products from intricate glassware to high-tech applications like smart phones and computer screens.
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This article illustrates how Schaeffler and Motion Australia go the extra mile for their customers.

Schaeffler’s same-day solution pulp-ular choice

When a pulp and paper factory experienced a critical situation caused by the breakdown of its refiner bearings and lacked an adequate replacement, they turned to Schaeffler, a global supplier of automotive and industrial components.
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NTN bearing up for success

The paper and board industry demands high-performing bearings that can withstand the extreme conditions of the production process. Meet NTN’s ULTAGE® spherical roller bearings, which have been specifically designed to take this industry by storm.
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Spools of innovation for paper and board

Pulp and paper mills support close to 70,000 full-time jobs – primarily in rural and regional areas Australia wide – contributing $3.7 billion to the economy. As a driving force in Australia’s manufacturing sector, the decline in accessible resources and the need to convert to more sustainable practises, has forced innovation on the paper and board industry.
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Schaeffler FAG T41D Shaker Screen Bearings

Shaking up quarry production with long life screen bearings

On a quarrying site, vibrating screens, also known as ‘shaker screens’ play an important role in mineral processing. Much like sifting sand through a sieve, a shaker screen is primarily used for sorting quarried materials to size. Read More

CBC Toowoomba bears the weight for local OEM

Despite ongoing irregularity in climate conditions for growing and harvesting crops in Australia the Australian grain industry has experienced some of the most favourable seasons on record in recent years, according to the Department of Agriculture, Water, and the Environment.1 Read More

Innovation from the ground up

What do you do when imported equipment proves unreliable and in need of constant repair? According to Keith Edmunds, you design and build your own cutting‑edge machines using the best quality materials. That is exactly what KRE Engineering Services did back in 1991, and now the company is leading the way with their bespoke pipeline repair and installation tools. 
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Connecting Australians for almost 90 years

Established in 1936, Bambach Wires and Cables is an Australian owned and operated manufacturer of premium quality electrical cables. Servicing several industries across wastewater, marine projects, switchboard, and infrastructure development, they are currently working to increase their overall manufacturing capacity from 30 to 250 tonnes of finished goods per month.
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Cutting edge designs and servicing

AE Gibson & Sons has been enhancing Australia’s industrial manufacturing profile for over 125 years. A fifth generation, family-owned business based in Kendall NSW, their focus lies in the design and manufacturing of special purpose machinery used for materials handling and processing of renewables such as timber. 
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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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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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Raising a glass to a historic Dandenong manufacturer

Oceania Glass™ is Australia’s Architectural Glassmaker with a proud heritage serving Australia, having sold their very first glass in 1856. Oceania Glass offers a comprehensive range of value-add glass solutions through an extensive customer supply network across Australia and New Zealand. Their glass is featured in many of Australia’s most iconic buildings, including the Australian Parliament House.  They operate a float line in Dandenong South, Melbourne, producing around 165,000 tonnes of flat glass each year and are certified by ISO 9001 Environmental Management System and ISO 140001 Quality Management Systems. “Oceania Glass specialises in value-add glass that improves natural light to make people’s lives better, such as energy saving Low E glass used in homes and commercial buildings to make them more comfortable,” says Parvinder Singh, Reliability Engineer for Oceania Glass. “We also present a unique offering to the local architecture and design community who share our love of glass.”  A few doors down the street from Oceania, nestled in the same industrial pocket, is CBC Dandenong — which conveniently allows Oceania to source and procure parts for repairs and maintenance on short notice.  On one such occasion, Parvinder was experiencing trouble with the keyways of the laminate oven rollers in the glass plant, so he decided to reach out to the CBC engineering team for a consult.  The OEM of the laminate oven had supplied a design with a keyway in the roller journal and a floating grub screw to allow thermal expansion in the oven rollers. But according to Parvinder, the drawback of this design was that the bearing housing was too static to accommodate thermal growth on such a high-heat application.  “Due to a very small surface of contact between the grub screw and the keyway wall the grub screw had been slowly digging a cavity in to the side wall of the keyway,” explains Parvinder. “Eventually this caused the bearing to lose its ability to float in the keyway and was breaking the grub screw. Once the grub screw breaks, the roller shaft used to spin on the inner raceway of the bearing eventually wearing down the bearing journal.”  Technical Sales Representative Chula Jayawardene and an engineer from Timken, made a joint call to Oceania Glass to examine the problem area and assess the application requirements.  Read More

Timken expands product line for Food and Beverage sector

With populations growing rapidly around the globe and factories producing at higher levels than imaginable some decades ago, the risk of food contamination across those factories is higher than before. The machinery at the heart of those operations requires premium components that can ensure the highest level of hygiene in production For the past few years, Timken® has been working on a new range of bearing units for the food and beverage industry. Though Timken is relatively new to the food and beverage market segment, its solutions are already finding global acceptance in original equipment. With the next harvest season on the horizon in Australia, Motion Asia Pacific’s businesses – namely CBCBSC and Webster BSC – across the country are stocking up with the new Timken bearing solutions for the Australian food and beverage industry.  “It’s an exciting time for both Timken and Motion Asia Pacific,” says Alf Mangano, Timken’s Regional Sales Manager for the Victoria, Northern Territory and South Australian regions. “We have partnered with Motion Asia Pacific on our food and beverage package. Australia is taking the lead on these products, and we want to help get the right products to the right markets.”  Read More

Constant enhancements with X-life at Schaeffler

As the foundation of all industrial applications, the business of bearings is one of continuous improvement. From the design of components such as the roller and cage features, to surface finishing, to sizing; the intricacies of a bearing are many
and varied. Schaeffler Australia is a company that focusses on honing the design and technology for each line of products they supply. The drive to improve their products and having ownership over engineering decisions is what inspired the launch of X-life series, with the bearing series recently passing the ten-year mark. As engineering and quality manager for Schaeffler Australia, it is Andreas Pieper’s job to promote the X-life series in Australia. Andreas recently highlighted the history of X-life developments in a training presentation he delivered to suppliers across Australia, including the team at CBC, getting them up to speed on the latest technology and developments. Read More

FROM LITTLE THINGS big things grow

When the late John Wray first started Wray Engineering back in the 1960s, he built superchargers for cars in his backyard.
It was not long before word spread about his quick turn-around on repairs and maintenance and the company earned a reputation for customer service in Somerton Park, about a 20-minute drive outside of Adelaide heading towards the coast of South Australia. John Wray hired John Still back in 1976 to work for him in the early days of business. Eventually, they became business partners and now John manages the business with just three other employees. It has remained a small, local, family-owned business to this day. “Over the years, we have managed to keep up word-of-mouth promotion. We keep a pretty a low-key presence online and do not advertise. We operate solely on referrals,” says John Still, the current owner. Operating on referrals alone in the age
of digital marketing is quite a feat. It means showing up consistently to provide reliable service. “We do all kinds of repair maintenance for people across multiple industries now. We work in the food and beverage industry, the wool industry, elevator manufacturing. Each day is a new challenge. My team can fix anything,” says John. “We also manufacture parts and machinery. We look at old parts that could use improvements on the original designs.
Then we replace the old parts with new parts to prevent a breakdown in the future,” he says. Read More