Ian Melin-Jones

Ian Melin-Jones

For developing a revolutionary, two-piece mining excavator bucket that clearly opens up for further bucket design innovations, Austin Engineering has been nominated for the Swedish Steel Prize 2019.

The Swedish Steel Prize, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, aims to recognize the good engineering, cooperation and steel innovations that lead to a better and more sustainable world. Austin Engineering, from Australia is one of the four finalists for this year’s prize, which will be awarded during a ceremony in Stockholm, Sweden on November 14. The award ceremony is part of a three-day event where hundreds of international participants will take part in seminars and a site visit at SSAB.

Austin Engineering is nominated for its Two-Piece Mining Excavator Bucket, a design concept that utilizes a defined joint configuration between the upper and lower assemblies of a bucket, which allows for quick and efficient change-out during maintenance intervals. The two-piece bucket also has a modular design with inserts which can be customized to suit specific operations and easily removed and replaced if required.

“To minimize wear and increase a bucket’s lifetime some people weld liners to the inside of a bucket,” explains David Pichanick, Global Manager, Market Development & Innovation at Austin Engineering. “A few years ago, a customer approached us after an accident on the mine site, where there was a fatality due to spring back while replacing a bucket liner. The tragedy sent shockwaves through the mining industry and the customer challenged us to find a safer, liner-less bucket solution.”

Austin Engineering’s lightweight, modular mining excavator bucket is nominated as a Swedish Steel Prize 2019 finalist.Austin Engineering’s lightweight, modular mining excavator bucket is nominated as a Swedish Steel Prize 2019 finalist.

The request was taken up directly by Austin Engineering’s dedicated innovation department, who came up with the idea and decided to make the upper structure for the two-piece bucket from Strenx® 700 steel as it is tough, easy to weld and has high strength. The lower bucket assembly is made from Hardox® steel, which was chosen for its ability to withstand hard wear and tear. Hardox® steel also meets the toughness and weldability criteria for the material needed in lightweight buckets operating in abrasive environments.

The two-piece bucket can be adapted to any current OEM excavator model and upper to lower bucket assembly installation time can be achieved in less than four minutes and be ready for final weld out within three hours. This means that mine site downtime can be minimized as spare lower assemblies can be kept in stock for direct replacement.

The total weight of the two-piece bucket can also be reduced, and costs can be saved as only the lower section needs to be changed out or refurbished. This accounts for a reduction in total cost of ownership by 25-30 percent.

“The Two-Piece Excavator Bucket is the game changer that the industry has been looking for. It will be revolutionary because it is safe and efficient,” says Pichanick. “It really is an awesome product with an unbelievable result that makes us proud to stand up and say we have made a difference to society and set a benchmark for the future.”

The Swedish Steel Prize jury’s motivation for selecting Austin Engineering as a finalist for the Swedish Steel Prize 2019 is:

Austin Engineering has taken a significant leap in innovation for the design and maintenance of excavator buckets. With a modular approach, they have developed an innovative concept that combines low weight with optimal use of the complete product before scrapping. The solution utilizes the characteristics of high strength and wear resistant steel and has extremely low barriers for implementation. This clearly opens up for further bucket design innovations.

For further information, please go to steelprize.com or contact:

Eva Petursson, Chair of the Jury, Swedish Steel Prize, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Anna Rutkvist, Project Manager, Swedish Steel Prize, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

SSAB is a Nordic and US-based steel company. SSAB offers value added products and services developed in close cooperation with its customers to create a stronger, lighter and more sustainable world. SSAB has employees in over 50 countries. SSAB has production facilities in Sweden, Finland and the US. SSAB is listed on Nasdaq Stockholm and has a secondary listing on Nasdaq Helsinki. www.ssab.com

Polymeric coatings and protection for pipelines create a complex challenge for the steel pipe industry. From factory and in-situ coating procedures and machinery, to a trained and skilled workforce, coaters must also consider that the materials need to offer performance and longevity through extreme conditions while providing anti-corrosion properties, all the time conforming to local, national and global standards.

With the oil price recovering much of the ground lost towards the end of 2018, new exploration and production of O&G, the increase in popularity of shale and LNG and the requirement for improved pipe infrastructure, the industry will experience a future up-turn in production and projects.

2019 10 24 095939The Pipeline Coating conference is focused on polymeric coatings and their protection for offshore and onshore steel pipelines for the energy industries including oil, gas and water. Taking place from a central-European location (Vienna, Austria) the event offers a location for companies to attend from Europe, Asia-Pacific, NAFTA, MEA, CIS and South & Central American regions.

AMI has organised events in the oil & gas industry for the past 12 years and has built a strength and reputation for the delivery of these conferences. The programme has been selected by an Advisory Board, which includes expertise from AMI and external representatives who are all leaders in their field and bring their experience and knowledge. The Advisory Board includes: Houssam Al Din Sabry from ADNOC, Denis Melot from TOTAL, Michele L. Ostraat from ARAMCO SERVICES, Somaieh Salehpour from SHAWCOR, Jeffrey D. Rogozinski from SHERWIN-WILLIAMS, Thomas Stark from BOREALIS, Mike Surkein from SURKEIN CORROSION, Samuel J. Thomas from INDEPENDENT CONSULTANT (currently at Liberty Coatings), Philip D. Tooth from TOOTH PIPELINE SERVICES as well as David Buckby and Rebecca Utteridge, both AMI.

On the 11-13 February 2020, the event provides delegates the chance to participate in two days of technical and commercial conference presentations.

The conference will open looking at future prosperity including case examples of Indian pipeline construction from Borouge.

Challenging pipe environments pose a continual challenge to the industry and will be discussed in detail by Jabitherm, Shawcor, Tenaris, AkzoNobel and 3M. They will explore their latest developments for pre-insulated pipes, wet insulation, CUI and internal flow efficiency coatings.

The conference session for day 1, will close with case examples of how coatings fail when stockpiled. TC Energy and Charter Coatings will provide details on a study they undertook exploring field and laboratory assessments of UV degradation and system 1A and 2B FBE coated pipes.

Day 2 will explore new generation coatings and technologies. Speakers include Sherwin-Williams, Eckart Suisse, Seal for Life Industries, Pipeline Technique and the University of Zagreb, Faculty of Chemical Engineering and Technology.

New for 2020:

  • AMI have partnered with YPP EU and will be presenting the first, Young Pipeline Professional Award.
  • The conference sessions will also see the new addition of an Operator & Contractor Clinic. Operators already confirmed include Saudi Aramco, ADNOC and Total

The event attracts operators & asset owners (Saudi Aramco, ADNOC, Total, TC Energy, ENI, Equinor and Qatar Petroleum have already confirmed their attendance), contractors and lay engineers, raw material suppliers, pipe coaters, specifiers, machinery suppliers, researchers and testing and certification organisations.

Pipeline Coating 2020 has been supported by Shawcor, returning as the headline sponsor, Sherwin-Williams, 3M, Borealis, Jotun, Tenaris, Akzo Nobel and Charter Coating. The event is supported by YPP EU and has media partners with Pipe & Profile Extrusion, World Pipelines, PCE and IPCM.Pipeline Coating 2020 takes place 11-13 February, at the Austria Trend Savoyen Hotel, Vienna, Austria.

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Thursday, 24 October 2019 09:56

Rubix UK acquires Peter Campbell Sales Ltd.

Rubix UK has completed the acquisition of Peter Campbell Sales Ltd. (PCS). PCS is a leading specialist supplier of metal cutting tools and offers bespoke manufactured solutions across Oil & Gas, Aerospace & Defence, Automotive and Precision Machining industries. Operating from two sites between Airdrie, Scotland, and North East England, PCS also manages around 70 industrial vending machines for its customers, with sales of £8m in the last twelve months, following continued strong growth.

The acquisition provides Rubix UK with the opportunity to consolidate Rubix’s leadership in the UK specialist cutting tools market – a key growth area for the UK business – following the acquisition of Matrix Tooling Services in 2018.  PCS also brings a new speciality to Rubix – special tools manufacturing and tool regrinding services. In addition, the acquisition will further strengthen Rubix’s expertise and experience in the UK Oil & Gas and Aerospace sectors.

Mark Dixon, CEO Rubix UKMark Dixon, CEO Rubix UKPCS will continue to operate independently to Brammer Buck & Hickman and alongside Matrix Tooling Services. Andy Jeffrey will continue in his role as Managing Director of PCS and will report to Nigel Banks, Rubix UK MD Services Division.

Mark Dixon, CEO Rubix UK said: “This acquisition supports our ambition to be recognised as a preferred supplier with the technical expertise and network in place to provide a multi-specialist range of products, services and solutions. It is further evidence of our status as the consolidator of choice for the industrial distribution market in Europe.”

“I am pleased to welcome the PCS team, customers and suppliers into the Rubix family and further reinforce our position as a leader in the UK cutting tools market, by not only expanding our product offering to customers, but also providing strength in depth in both our technical expertise and services.” 

Andy Jeffrey, Managing Director, PCS said: “I am excited at this next step for PCS as a company; Rubix perfectly complements and enhances the culture, value and customer understanding of our business.  Together with Rubix, and Matrix Tooling Services, we are looking forward to the growth and development of PCS. Our regional and industry footprint perfectly complements that of Matrix Tooling Services and also means we will be able to jointly leverage the scale of Rubix and extend our offering across the UK.”

Nigel Banks, Rubix UK MD Services Division said: “We are delighted to welcome the PCS Team to Rubix UK and would like to express our deepest gratitude to Peter and Helen Campbell as they use this as an opportunity to retire from the business fully.  They have built a strong and successful business that we at Rubix UK are now looking forward to develop further as part of our Cutting & Machining specialist division.”

About PCS Ltd.

Peter Campbell Sales Ltd, PCS, was established in 1982 by Peter and Helen Campbell.  The company provides a comprehensive range of metal cutting tooling and tool regrind services to all major manufacturing sectors, as well as technical expertise in vending management systems and bespoke tooling. It is based in Airdrie, Scotland, and North East England with a workforce of over 30 employees and has reported sales of £8m in the last twelve months.  www.petercampbellsales.co.uk

About Rubix

Rubix is Europe’s largest supplier of industrial maintenance, repair and overhaul products and services.  It was created from the merger of IPH with Brammer in 2017, following the acquisition of Brammer by Advent International.

From around 650+ locations, across 23 countries, 8,000 employees help to identify, install and provide a leading range of industrial products and services to more than 20,000 customers.  The business had combined sales of €2.3bn in 2018, and is Europe’s leading distributor in bearings, transmission and automation, fluid power, machining, assembly, tools and protective equipment. 

Key market brands include: Biesheuvel Techniek, Brammer, Brammer Buck & Hickman, Matrix Tooling Services, Giner, Julsa, Kistenpfennig, Minetti, Montalpina, Novotech, Orexad, Robod, Syresa, and Zitec. For more information visit: www.rubix-group.com

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