REGIONAL OVERVIEW
BRADKEN RECENTLY COMPLETED
A ONE MILLION DOLLAR PROJECT
TO UPGRADE THE AGEING HEAT
TREATMENT FACILITY AT THE
MERLIMAU, MALAYSIA FOUNDRY.
In July 2013, in an effort to improve
site-wide safety and to accommodate
new market opportunities requiring
reliable and effective heat treatment
and quenching capabilities, Bradken’s
Mineral Processing Division approved
a plan to upgrade the existing heat
treatment facility at the Merlimau
foundry.
The upgrade was divided into two
separate projects. The first project
commenced in July 2013 and involved
the installation of a 15 tonne capacity
quench tank and accompanying cooling
tower. Despite difficulties arising from
monsoon rains in Malaysia during the
time of construction, strong support
from the Merlimau site Management
team ensured that the installation was
completed without any delays. In fact,
with the first test products quenched
in the new facility in February 2014 the
project was completed three months
ahead of schedule.
The second project involved the
installation of a 20 tonne capacity
heat treatment furnace. Having started
in January 2014 work on this project
progressed at a better than expected
pace with installation and commissioning
of the new furnace completed in just 40
working days. With both projects now
complete the first test products were
both heat treated and quenched in the
new facility in April 2014.
In its entirety, the upgrade took nine
months and was overseen by Arpit
Srivastava, Project Manager for Bradken’s
Mineral Processing Division who was
seconded to Malaysia for the duration.
Tony vanZeyl,GeneralManagerOperations
for Bradken’s Mineral Processing Division
said that the upgrade would provide
numerous benefits.
“These capital upgrades will allow the
rationalisation of product manufacture
into a lower cost base facility,
thereby improving Bradken’s overall
competitiveness especially in the
Australian market, as well as opening
up untapped sales opportunities in
the south-east Asian market region,”
Tony said.
“With this upgrade we now have an
excellent heat treatment facility in
Merlimau which not only allows us to tap
into new market opportunities but also
brings significant improvements in site
safety by allowing us to decommission
old and outdated equipment.”
Results from performance testing carried
out on the new furnace and quench
facility showed a marked improvement
in product mechanical properties
compared to the previous facility.
IN WITH THE NEW
The cooling tower
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