Martin Engineering has been a supplier of premium components since 1944, providing bulk handling solutions and flow control equipment into Australia through a licensee since 1978. As from September 2017, its new factory-owned manufacturing facility will provide direct sales, service, training and manufacturing to the continent, serving key industries such as mining, cement, sugar, quarrying and bulk handling ports.
The move will provide factory-direct customer access to locally-manufactured products, as well as technical service from experienced and factory-trained technicians. Company officials say that having local production will also allow Martin Engineering to supply its products at lower prices, reducing the overall cost of ownership.
Among the manufacturing capabilities are the firm’s proprietary technology for producing belt cleaner blades, using its custom-built work cell. The manufacturing cells are designed, engineered and constructed by Martin, and the unique processing technology is being implemented at Martin locations on six continents to deliver premium-quality components around the world with unrivalled consistency and wear life.
The system is believed to be the only one of its kind dedicated solely to producing belt cleaner blades.
Martin Engineering’s supplier for the chemical components of its urethane formulations is BASF Corporation.
By mixing, forming and curing its own belt cleaner blades in the modular work station, rather than subcontracting the production as most suppliers do, Martin Engineering takes complete control of the entire process, allowing one-day turnaround on most orders and even same-day shipping in many cases.
Says Chief Technology Officer, Paul Harrison, “Even the suppliers that are manufacturing their own blades are typically using pre-mixed urethane formulations and just pouring them into moulds. Our system delivers precise control and quality assurance, and remote monitoring allows technicians to investigate the causes of any faults and offer fixes to operators without having to travel to the site,” he concludes.