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Hydraulink delivers new levels of service and uptime at Indonesia coal mine

An Indonesia coal mining operation in Kalimantan is, Hydraulink says, benefitting from the service availability, spare parts, and cost-efficiencies of partnering with the company’s hose and fittings organisation, as it seeks to maximise uptime of valuable equipment running 24/7.

Through local Hydraulink distributor, PT Intecs Teknikatama Industri (Intecs), the Indonesia mining contractor at the operation recently installed new hose fittings on a Cat 777D haul truck, weighs up to 161 t when full.

Hydraulink Indonesia Country Manager, Puji Wicaksono, said: “We knew this coal mining contractor needed all equipment running as efficiently as possible, with minimal downtime, to maximise their production and profitability. Hydraulics are crucial to reliability – just one broken hose can bring machinery grinding to a halt.

“So, we worked with our trusted and reliable local distributor, PT Intecs, and found that we could provide a better service offering for a lower cost than the customer was paying with their previous supplier.”

Hydraulink operates through more than 400 service points across Australia, New Zealand, Asia-Pacific, and the Pacific Islands, bringing essential, safety-complaint hydraulic hose and fittings, as well as traceable service expertise, to industries requiring prompt, quality 24/7 service either on or off site, it says.

The company services all of Indonesia, through local distributors like PT Intecs. PT Intecs has strengths in the mining market, which made them ideally suited to this job, according to Puji.

One of the challenges of being a supplier to a 24/7 mining operation is maintaining a reliable stock of spare parts of hydraulic hoses, fittings, adaptors and accessories. Hydraulink and PT Intecs worked with the customer to improve this offering compared with what it was receiving from a previous supplier.

“We keep stock of relevant hydraulic parts in the distributor branches closest to the mine site, which helps reduce lead times, and means we can service the mine vehicles more efficiently,” Puji said. “Additionally, all of our products are backed by warranty, so the customer has certainty that Hydraulink will stand by the quality of its products and service.”

To further enhance its offering to the mining contractor, Hydraulink provided tailored stock recommendations based on the machine population, and it also ran advanced training sessions with on-site personnel to ensure relevant employees were trained in the latest safety practices, according to Puji.

“Hydraulink also has a complete range of products, so the customer appreciates that they can source all their hydraulic components from a single source,” he said. “We are always working together with this customer to see how we can further improve our efficient stock management. And we’re available to solve any machinery performance issues that arise in the future.”

Hydraulink reinforces HMS Group HMS 200 mini loader

HMS Group has teamed up with hydraulics hose and fittings company, Hydraulink, to further reinforce the quality and durability of its Australia-engineered products.

HMS Group, which incorporates HMS Equipment and Hetronic Australasia, develops equipment such as mini loaders, mini excavators, trenchers, culvert cleaners, three-arm safety solutions and multi-purpose remote-controlled machinery and systems for industries including mining.

One of the most recent HMS innovations involved Hydraulink developing and fitting complete suites of stainless steel hydraulic product, including all hoses and fittings, to HMS Group machinery such as its remote control HMS 200 mini loader used in aggressive environments where rust is an issue.

This flagship product is purpose-built for low-access, confined space and hazardous areas, taking staff out of harm’s way in multiple applications, while also saving hours of production time – including, for example, in applications such as clearing coal away from under conveyors. The HMS mini loader eliminates the need to isolate belts while cleaning, while also eliminating personnel/belt interaction, according to Hydraulink.

“Because machines such as the HMS 200 deliver such huge benefits, their users want to keep them in peak operating condition and available for work with maximum uptime,” Hydraulink Newcastle Service Supervisor, Jason Kurzydlo, said.

“Some of these machines – including both sale and rental types – are used in the most challenging situations imaginable, down in the mud, water, rock, coal and minerals typical of their customers’ daily challenges.

“To keep production flowing efficiently, and to maintain the highest availability of their machines in their access and safety roles, they are ideally equipped with stainless steel throughout their hydraulics.”

The suites of stainless steel products from Hydraulink are used for OEM and retrofit as required, with the Hydraulink team.

Kurzydlo, who has worked for more than a year as part of the engineering partnership formed by HMS Group Managing Director, Jamie Howard (pictured), added: “Hydraulics are vital to HMS Group’s machinery. They are the nerves and muscle of these ingenious machines and systems. HMS builds these machines to the highest standards of design, quality and integrity, taking its lead from its customers’ needs through design, fabrication and ongoing service.

“To ensure consistent top standards of hydraulics compliance and safety standards across the whole range of industries, they contract us to engineer the same standards of hose, fittings and hydraulic maintenance that we deliver to world leaders in industries they also serve.”

Howard says HMS machines are typically operated by one person using a remote control to access restricted and potentially hazardous areas.

“They can work underneath operating belts, for example, which means there can be zero downtime for conveyor belts and no production time lost due to spills, such as coal in mining, energy and loading terminals,” he said.

“These spillages can be costly and risky for workers to rectify because of the confined areas under belts and because belts often need to be shut down while a manual clean-up takes place, which can take up to three hours and cost as much as half a million dollars.

“In other applications, we have our technology installed to combat fire risk, for example, where they help curtail the risk of accidents, injuries and stoppages, which are major issues in the industries we serve.

“So, initiatives such as our partnership with Hydraulink are very valuable to the customer in terms of maximising uptime and safety and demonstrating our commitment to compliance and standards,” he said.

Hydraulink – which operates under the market signature ‘Best Under Pressure’ – delivers essential hydraulic hose, fittings and safety-compliant and traceable service expertise to industries requiring prompt, quality 24/7 service either on- or off-site through more than 400 Hydraulink service outlets throughout New Zealand, Australia and the Pacific Islands, it says.

Kurzydlo says the group’s uniformly high professional excellence and training standards have paid off in the relationship with HMS Group, which has not had any call-back issues over the time they have been involved.

“This is a real compliment to us, because Jamie Howard’s entire operation is driven by quality and you have to meet their high standards to become part of it,” he said.

ACW and Hydraulink improve longwall haulage options for BHP

Australian Certified Winches (ACW) has turned to Hydraulink to provide and install hydraulic hoses and fittings optimised by expert hydraulic engineering required for an innovative new underground winch developed for BHP.

BHP tasked ACW with designing a winch that could haul double the capacity, 100 t, within the same physical space as their previous 50 t winch, for one of its major Australian underground mining operations.

Grant Barrett, Director, Australian Certified Winches, said: “The solution was to integrate two 350,000 Nm wheel drives inside the winch drum.

“The winch is to be used to remove longwall machines once the longwall is finished and being moved to another seam. Current methods involve the use of hydraulic cylinders, but these can be limited in stroke length, meaning a lot more time re-rigging the haul rope. The winch has 300 m of rope, allowing for a continuous haul,” Barrett said.

ACW focuses particularly on ensuring winches are suited to the task and have the correct documentation and certification to operate under any appropriate regulations, according to Hydraulink.

“The new winch has an onboard closed loop hydraulic system that is driven by the underground emulsion fluid, so we needed expert hydraulics assistance in engineering the winch for underground use,” Barrett said.

“So, we contacted Hydraulink, and their team ensured all hydraulic hoses and fittings were MDG-41 compliant – including all testing and reporting – which is a requirement for any machinery being used in underground mining applications.”

Mechanical Design Guideline 41 (MDG-41) outlines safe working practices for the manufacture and assembly of high-pressure hoses and fittings, including hazard identification, assessment, elimination and reviewing of risk.

As a leading hydraulic hose, fittings and service specialist with more than 400 service points across Australia, New Zealand and Oceania, Hydraulink regularly supplies hydraulic components that comply with local standards, it said.

Adrian Burgess, Area Sales Manager – Queensland, Hydraulink, said he was delighted to be able to help ACW on this innovative underground mining project.

“I was impressed with ACW’s standards and safety compliance focus, and the solution they came up with for this new winch was an outstanding piece of engineering. We were happy to be part of this project and to work side by side with another company that values safety as highly as we do,” he said.

He added: “To make service and maintenance simpler in the future, we’ve set up all the hoses and parts used in this winch with individual part numbers in our system. If ACW need to replace a part in the future, we’ll have all the specifications on file, ready to go.”

The new winch has now been factory tested using a 150 t load cell and shackles, where it pulled 120 t with ease, Hydraulink said.