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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

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Monday, 07 December 2015 09:01

Swedish Steel Prize finalists 2015

Bold and innovative solutions using the full potential of high-strength steels characterize this year’s four finalists for the Swedish Steel Prize. The winner was announced at a ceremony in Stockholm on November 19.

“This year, the 17th consecutive year of the prize, we received a total of 77 applications from 28 countries. The aim of the prize is to reward innovative and creative products and solutions. All the steel applications are highly competitive internationally. It is great to see inspiring new solutions where high-strength steel is a prerequisite. Also many familiar products have been redesigned for higher performance, which shows that innovative engineers always can find room for improvement. The broad spectrum and high standard of applications show, that this prize plays an important role in the industry”, says jury chairman Gregoire Parenty, SSAB’s Executive Vice President and Head of Market Development.

The competition attracted the highest number of applications from the heavy transportation industry, although entries were submitted from a broad spectrum of segments. Four finalists have been nominated for innovatively using the potential of high-strength steels in their products. The finalists are:

Facil System, sugar cane shredder knives, Brazil

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The new sugar cane shredder knives developed by Facil Systems have been bolted spirally onto the support at the axles. The solution saves energy and considerably prolongs the service life of the knives. Founded in 1986, Facil Systems is based in the São Paolo region, but its products are not only sold in Brazil, but also exported to the rest of South America and to India.

Milotek Pty Ltd, rail transportation system, South Africa

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Milotek has developed a completely new type of rail transportation system for heavy transportation. The Futran System is a new, environmentally aware, suspended transportation system that provides a cost-effective, flexible alternative to traditional rail, truck, conveyor belt and even underground mine haulage systems, for example.

Ponsse Plc, forest harvester, Finland

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Founded in 1970 in Vieremä, Finland, Ponsse has systematically developed and launched a new generation of forest harvesters (Ponsse Scorpion),which benefits from the use of high-strength steels in, for example, the design of the chassis, crane arms and cutter heads. Ponsse has particularly focused on operator ergonomics.

2015-10-22 090605TEREX Cranes Germany, adaptable crane section (Boom Booster), Germany

Terex has innovated an adaptable crane section kit, the Boom Booster, to give its CC 8800-1 crane significantly increased lifting performance. The Boom Booster is attached as the lower part of the main boom of the crane and can also extend crane reach. High-strength steels are used in the Booster’s cross-section solution.

For more information, please contact

Marie Elfstrand, Director, External Communications, tel. +46 8 454 57 34
Susanne Nordhqwist, Head of Events and Content, tel. +46 155 254 381

Read more about the Swedish Steel Prize on www.steelprize.com

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 the Nasdaq OMX Nordic Exchange in Stockholm and has a secondary listing on the Nasdaq OMX in Helsinki. www.ssab.com.

 

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