Progressive Australian engineering company Leussink Engineering has created a new mobile machining and milling solution to meet the strong global demand. Leussink works in partnership with German precision flat bearings supplier Corts Engineering in the restoration of old rolling mills across the world.
With demand for Corts-Leussink capabilities coming from various parts of the world to refurbish old rolling mill roughing stands, Leussink’s new mobile solution is likely to open new export channels for Australian supply chains feeding into this work.
Leussink Director Mr Jason Leussink observes that the strong global demand for upgrading old rolling mills (ferrous and non-ferrous) comes as no surprise, especially from emerging economies in Europe. He explains that countries in central Europe and other parts of the former communist bloc are facing the problem of ageing rolling mills, increasing the demand for Corts-Leussink’s unique refurbishment skills.
To meet this global demand for their unique capabilities, the two companies have configured their own mobile approach to this roughing and finishing stands refurbishing work.
Mr Leussink explains that they take their own milling machine from their Wollongong (NSW) base and contract this equipment into a shipping container for use all around the world ensuring quality and work integrity are maintained. The mobile machining and milling solution works in sync with Corts’ bearing technology.
Once the project is over, the mobile system is either dismantled for shipping back home or moved directly to the next job wherever in the world it may be.
There is a strong demand currently for refurbishment work on old rolling mills where Corts-Leussink machines and renews the bearing surface and liner on which the flat bearing roller is moving. This allows operators in areas such as Kazakhstan, for instance to cost effectively bring their technologies to an ‘as new’ state rather than make vastly higher capital expenditure investing in new equipment. It also saves them a lot of time.
The Corts product – the new lining for the bearing systems – is a critical element of these projects. Leussink is aligned with Corts purely because it considers its bearing solutions to be the best in the world for this type of demand.
The mobile capability allows Corts-Leussink to make a complete refurbishment to some of the oldest rolling mills in the world to original specification and extend their lifespan to remain productive and work almost as if new.
This process combines the expertise of Corts-Leussink, surveyors, on-site machine operators and mechanical engineers to collect the relevant data and modify the current status back to OEM specification.