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SEW-Eurodrive nabs Port Hedland drive-assemblies deal

SEW-Eurodrive has been chosen to supply the conveyor drive-assemblied for five load-out conveyors at the new $225 million multi-user public berth development at Port Hedland in Western Australia.

The drives solutions group will design and supply the conveyor drive-assemblies for five load-out conveyors, which will be founded on the company’s X-Series industrial gear-units.

The drive-assemblies are scheduled to be delivered in February 2010.

Located at Utah Point on Finucane Island at Port Hedland, the new berth is to be operated by the Port Hedland Port Authority and will have an annual capacity of around 17Mtpa.

The load-out conveyor system comprises two reclaim conveyors, two transfer conveyors and a wharf conveyor — each of which will be driven by one of five SEW-Eurodrive drive-assemblies.

According SEW-Eurodrive industrial gear product manager — WA, Bryan Brookes, the robustness and torque ratings of the X-series industrial gear-units make them the ideal solution for mining and conveying applications such as this.

“Every aspect of the X-Series has been engineered for this type of environment, from the precision of its gearing, the high quality of its sealing, strength of its housing, effectiveness of its cooling, and unsurpassed power/torque density,” he said.

The X-Series’ comprehensive torque-rating options also simplify the task of closely matching an industrial gear-unit to the drive application, says Brookes.

“With competing gear-unit manufacturers offering fewer gear-unit models and torque-ratings, users often have no choice but to select an oversized unit to accommodate their drive application,” he said.

“The X-Series provides more models with finer torque-graduation, allowing users to select a model more closely matched to their needs. This means users are able to make savings in space, capital expenditure, operating costs, and in the structural supports that would otherwise be required for heavier units.”

The SEW-Eurodrive conveyor drive-assemblies destined for Utah Point will be engineered at SEW-Eurodrive’s industrial gear-unit assembly centre in Melbourne, and the assemblies aligned and test-run at no-load at SEW-Eurodrive’s new Perth premises prior to shipping.

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