The Manufacturing market segment is typically made up of businesses who produce repetitive component work, general engineering, duct work, steel furniture, machinery, sheet metal work and electric components.
At BlueScope Distribution, we work with our manufacturing customers to understand their needs and to establish a mutually beneficial relationship based on open communication and expectations. Product quality, product tolerances, and reliability of supply are the foundations to these relationships.
By looking closely at our customers’ production and processing lines, we aim to identify cost and time savings, remove bottlenecks, and make incremental changes which can translate into profit improvements.
At BlueScope Distribution, we aim to understand our customers’ needs to identify opportunities where we can process and deliver steel products to create a competitive advantage for your business.
Case Studies – Manufacturing
Burder Industries manufacture a broad range of front-end loaders, forklifts, trenchers, “Smart Hitch” equipment and hay handling machinery for use with agricultural tractors and loaders. They have built over 2000 front-end loaders in the past 15 years at their manufacturing plant located in the north east Victorian regional centre of Wangaratta.
With over 50 employees, and with the help of BlueScope Distribution, the company constantly strives for excellence in service, product finish and customer accountability, engendering a philosophy of continuous improvement.
“We’re finding that the thermal stability of TRU-SPEC™ Coil Plate steel is much better than ordinary mild coil steel when it comes to fabrication on our plasma machines,” Fendyk said.
“The superior self-levelling and thermal stability qualities of TRU- SPECTM Coil Plate steel are quite noticeable. Unlike ordinary mild steel coil, when you apply a plasma cutter or a plasma drill there is no bowing, no warping and no surface speckling. Even when we put TRU-SPEC™ Coil Plate steel through our metal presses for bending, we find that it’s easier to work with. Overall, with our production processes, we are finding that TRU- SPEC™ Coil Plate steel is very much a superior product.”
It goes without saying that when people are hanging metres above the ground, such as in the case of a ferris wheel, equipment maintenance and renewal is paramount to ensure every component is up to the task, and that the highest safety standards are maintained. Safety aside, the equipment must also look pristine and inviting, to attract the public to take a turn on the attraction.
When the Teleta Group, a company with a broad business portfolio encompassing property and structural developments, as well as amusement rides through their HiLite Amusements business, required refurbishment work on their Giant Sky Wheel, they ultimately knocked on the door of BlueScope Distribution for material advice and supply.
The Giant Sky Wheel, which is the largest travelling ferris wheel in the southern hemisphere, has been a regular part of Geelong summers since the company imported it from Europe and first set it up in 2006. Located on the bay foreshore in the Eastern Beach precinct during summer each year the amusement ride has been a central tourist attraction for Geelong.
After several years of service, the Wheel’s 36 gondola carriages were starting to show some age. While still structurally sound, the many welds used in the gondola’s structural cage, panels and doors meant keeping surface rust under control required time-consuming and detailed maintenance.
One of the company’s welders raised the idea of using laser cut steel as the structural skeleton to rebuild the gondolas, but according to Teleta Director, Ryan McGarigle, he initially thought that a laser cut option was going to be cost prohibitive.
In discussing the requirements, BlueScope reviewed the engineering drawings and recommended the use
of laser cut TRU-SPECTM steel plate. Teleta was very receptive to the idea and local Geelong fabricator Robert Lange Engineering was engaged to deliver some sample 3, 4 and 5mm cuts for review.
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