Bradken has partnered with Deakin University’s mineAlloy Training Centre to provide significant efficiency gains for mining operators through the development of customised wear resistant alloys.
Supported by a cross-section of industry and research partners, mineAlloy is a new centre led by Deakin University (located in Victoria, Australia). The centre aims to make Australian manufacturers dominant in the multi-billion dollar mining equipment sector by training innovators to design the world’s best wear resistant components.
Bradken Research and Development Manager Reece Attwood said the partnership with mineAlloy was further evidence of Bradken’s continued investment in the R&D space.
“Deakin university is a world leader in materials science and engineering research, so for Bradken to be partnered with the mineAlloy centre is a natural fit,” Mr Attwood said.
“R&D is a vital part of how we serve our customers and how Bradken plans to achieve its vision of becoming a global leader in wear parts, services and solutions for the resources sector.
“With the recent opening of our Innovation Centre in Newcastle, New South Wales, our global R&D team is aiming to accelerate our discovery of solutions that address customers pain points. The ultimate goal is the development of breakthrough innovations which position Bradken as a customer-focused provider of innovative solutions and not just a manufacturer of wear parts.
“Partnering with the mineAlloy Training Centre provides us further opportunity to conduct essential research for wear resistant alloy innovation projects, research that has the potential to lead to significant efficiency gains for mine operators globally.
“We’re already in the process of scoping out several projects which will springboard our alloy development initiatives around novel materials and overlays.”
Other research topics include improved wear testing methods, advanced modelling techniques and analysis of field performance data.
mineAlloy Manager Dr Santiago Corujeira Gallo said Bradken was a welcome addition to the Centre’s network of industry partner organisations.
“The addition of Bradken strengthens the mineAlloy Centre and expands the research and training opportunities for our HDR students and postdoctoral fellows,” Dr Gallo said.