Faber Glasshouses Australia recently contacted Coates Hire
to supply specialised welding equipment required to build a hot water storage tank to service one of its large commercial greenhouses.
A major manufacturer of greenhouses in Australia, Faber Glasshouses was building a 600m³ hot water storage tank for its 1.6 hectare greenhouse in Carisbrook. The company was flying out a team of four welders from Holland, who were experts in this type of construction.
Before their arrival, Faber Glasshouses had to ensure the availability of suitable welding machines for which Director Folco Faber contacted Alan Kelly, National Product Manager – Welding for Coates Hire. The welders had very specific requirements for the tools.
According to Alan, it wasn’t just the language barrier that needed to be overcome, but also the differences in welding techniques and equipment used between Europe and Australia in addition to the tight 2-week schedule.
Coates Hire was provided images of welding machines, which they had to match with the machines they had in Australia in terms of capabilities and functions. A large amount of technical information was exchanged between the two teams to ensure Coates Hire ‘got it right’.
For example, the welders wanted to use 5mm electrodes as well as a maximum 400 amperes of electrical power. They also wanted to use a water-cooled MIG torch, which was common in Europe, but rare in Australia.
Thanks to Coates Hire’s fleet of $35 million worth of welding equipment and Alan’s expertise, the company was able to ensure the welders had appropriate equipment for the job.
In a week from initial contact, Coates had supplied everything to the site including four Lincoln Invertec V350 Pro units, LN25 Pro wirefeeders, generators, interconnecting welding cables, and even scaffolding for the job.
Coates Hire staff was also deployed on site to help the welders set up and get the welding machines operational. In spite of the language barrier, the job was done in 7 days. Alan explains that Coates Hire’s technical expertise combined with the size of its fleet allows the company to provide customers with an end-to-end solution, adding value to the whole process and helping clients improve productivity.