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Bonfiglioli wins Bulk Handling Award for gear units supplied to Rio Tinto

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article image Matt Ryan, Bonfiglioli National Sales Manager (left), accepts the award from Bulk Materials Handling’s Peter Delbridge

Bonfiglioli Transmission (Aust) has won the prestigious Bulk Handling Award for 2014 in the category of Excellence in the Application of Gears, Motors or Drives.

Hosted by Australian Bulk Handling Review, the Bulk Handling Awards were held in November 2014 to recognise leaders in the bulk handling industry and honour the companies with the safest, most efficient and most advanced technologies.

Bonfiglioli won the Bulk Handling Award for high quality gear units supplied to Rio Tinto through Bellingham Engineering.

Rio Tinto employed the rugged and durable Bonfiglioli A 05 2 and A 90 4 helical bevel gear units providing 1.1kW and 7.5kW of power respectively, to lift up to four pieces of rail at once, greatly increasing their operational efficiency for their Rail Capacity Enhancement Project in Karratha, Western Australia.

Bonfiglioli Australia Managing Director, Mr Malcolm Lewis explained that the gears had to be designed to withstand extreme conditions such as high heat and cyclones.

Celebrating 25 years in Australia this year, Bonfiglioli prides itself on delivering engineering services including those provided by its Drive Service Centre (DSC). Operating throughout Australasia, the DSC combines local engineering skills with the global resources required to tailor larger, sophisticated and efficient drives to the specific needs of individual customers.

Key features of Bonfiglioli’s A Series helical bevel gears selected for the Karratha project include wide ratio range with up to four reduction stages, allowing one gear unit to be used in place of two, saving customers space and cost; high performance helical bevel gear pairs enhancing operating efficiencies and energy savings; low noise design enabled by locating the bevel gear pair on the second reduction stage of the gear motors; and monobloc universal housing offering optimum sizing and perfect gear alignment, adding to total noise reduction.

The A series helical bevel gears are functionally designed with a large ratio range of up to 1700 to 1 in a single gearbox with four reduction stages. The A series offers a power output range of 0.09-55kW, with torques from 150 to 14,000.

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