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Bonfiglioli Transmission (Australia) Pty Ltd Showcases Advanced HD AFD Drives at GeelongPort

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Bonfiglioli Transmission (Australia) Pty Ltd  is part of the international Bonfiglioli group with 2500 employees worldwide and annual sales of two million products.  

The company offers a range of innovative, low maintenance and compact gearbox designs to enhance the efficiency of the new GeelongPort Corio Quay wood chip ship loader.  

Executed by the Tenova SEMF/ McConnell Dowell joint venture, the project incorporates new generation Bonfiglioli conveyor drives, slew drives and shuttle drives in a facility that will more than double the throughput capacity to 1.5 million tonnes a year for the next 20 years.  

Bonfiglioli has supplied some of their most advanced, low maintenance, locally engineered and easily installed heavy duty technology equipment including the latest HDO drives for conveyor actuation, featuring 110kW motors integrated into alignment-free (AFD) gearboxes that allow motors to be quickly installed and easily replaced with minimal downtime.  

The new HD AFD drives are stocked as well as assembled in Australia and are part of Bonfiglioli’s expanding range of Australasian-engineered mounting options for heavy duty materials handling applications including mining and energy, mineral processing and primary processing.  

HD AFD drives offer an alternative to laser-aligned baseplate models and allow the use of close coupled IEC B5 flange-mounted motors up to a 315 frame size.  

The HDO 100 drives specified for Corio Quay incorporate hollow shaft torque arm mounting for compact easy servicing.  

Bonfiglioli also offers shrink disc or solid shaft with rigid coupling for easy removal as required. The gearbox’s internal holdback feature is ideal for inclined conveyors preventing rollback of material and enhancing operating efficiency as well as safety according to Bonfiglioli Transmission Australia Managing Director, Mr. Malcolm Lewis.  

Additionally, AFD drives complement Bonfiglioli’s Hi Torque drives and offer quick, trouble-free assembly as well as maintenance of high speed components including fans, fluid couplings and brakes.  

Bonfiglioli has also supplied Corio Quay with W110/315 worm/ planetary slew incorporating a hydraulic motor adaptor and multi-disc brake for the positioning of conveyors designed for loading operations.  

These compact drives are capable of very low speed and use 938:1 gearing to provide 130,000 Nm demand torque.  

The Trasmital 300 series of planetaries employed at Corio Quay is compact and extremely torque dense.  

The project also incorporates 30kW A-series shuttle drives with hollow output shaft and shrink disc for easy removal.  

Bonfiglioli’s HD drive series is a new generation of large industrial gears resulting from more than three years of development to produce outstanding reliability and torque densities to record values.  

Key benefits include:

  • HD AFD drives feature excellent torque distribution across their entire ratio range with gear ratios laid out in close progression
  • The drives are capable of coping with the shock and impact of intermittent loads
  • HD AFD drives can save both time and money in a range of industrial applications, eliminating the need to use a baseplate or laser-align the motor and gearbox shafts
  • The HD AFD configuration enhances serviceability by permitting high speed components to be removed and replaced without the need for re-alignment
  • Applications include conveyor drives, shuttle drives, bucket elevators, inching drives and other materials handling equipment

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