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M&E NSW 2014 Preview: Industrial surface solution

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Advanced engineered surface solutions will be on display at M&E NSW, with LaserBond set to showcase their innovative surface technology on stand 2046. 

According to the company it is designed to increase the operational efficiency of machinery, reduce the frequency of maintenance and its associated costs. 

LaserBond are a long established company that specialises in the manufacture of components and assemblies for capital intensive industries, which require optimised surface solutions to achieve better efficiency, productivity and service life. 

The laser cladding systems, coatings or overlays from Laserbond feature a full metallurgical bond, which allows their customers to deposit precise layers of material, with minimal heat input and no undesired metallurgical side effects.

Additionally, LaserBond's products are able to be applied to pre-existing components and assemblies to reduce maintenance and operating costs, with their portfolio of technologies able to restore most industrial components. 

The formation of LaserBond coincided with the significant development of High Pressure High Velocity Oxy Fuel (HP HVOF) as a new form of thermal spraying that substantially increased the quality and performance of thermally sprayed coatings, whilst broadening the range of potential coating applications. 

As a result of focusing on supporting the development of HP HVOF and the increase in appropriate applications, LaserBond have been able to establish their status as a technical leader in the thermal spray market. LaserBond recently received commendation from operators of Anglo American's Drayton open-cut mine in the Upper Hunter Valley of NSW, which produces approximately four million tonnes of high quality thermal coal per annum and is processes the coal through the Drayton Coal Handling and Preparation Plant (CHPP). 

With a functional capacity of 2000 tonnes per hour, the CHPP utilises large centrifugal equipment to wash the coal. 

The CHPP estimate that over 40 per cent of their washing related costs derive from the frequent replacement and maintenance of centrifuge screens, which are subject to abrasive wear from fine coal slurry. Operators at the plant found LaserBond's coated fine coal centrifuge baskets lasted three times longer, with no change in dewatering performance and allowed the coal to be washed more effectively.  

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