Leussink Engineering and SOTO Consulting Engineers made the shortlist of finalists at the 2014 Endeavour Awards.
Both Leussink Engineering and SOTO Consulting Engineers knew when they designed and built the SWIFTA that it would be noticed, largely because no solution of its type truly existed anywhere in the world.
SWIFTA (Safe Wheel Installation Fitting Transportation Apparatus) is a patented development for safe wheel changing with LHDs (Load Haul Dumpers) within the underground mining environment.
Leussink director Mr Jason Leussink says the close proximity of the two companies has helped forge the synergistic relationship. He comments that SOTO’s strong presence as a consulting engineering firm in the Australian mining sector makes them very capable of designing all types of solutions and prototypes.
To SOTO Consulting Managing Director Mr Frank Soto, the recognition of SWIFTA by the strong Endeavour Awards judging panel in some way helps to quell the myth that Australia doesn’t make unique products anymore.
Mr Soto explains that most people would like to see Australia manufacturing more products as it did in the boom post war decades; the SOTO-Leussink association proves that the country can still design and manufacture first class products for the world market.
Mr Soto adds that it is a proud moment for both Leussink and SOTO to be recognised through these national awards and proof that engineering innovation for global application is a potentially fertile ground for capable Australian engineering companies.