On 7 November, the seventh annual Australian Bulk Handling Awards, was held last at Doltone House in Sydney. Compered by the lovely Doborah Hutton, with opening remarks given by Charles MacDonald, editor of Australian Bulk Handling Review, 12 categories were decided on during the proceedings.
In the category of Excellence in the Application of Gears, Motors or Drives, Brevini Australia won the award. This was for the PIVPosiplan gear units at the Genesis Xerowaste Facility at Eastern Creek, NSW. The project has the largest number of such units in the one location in Australia.
Now fully operational, the $300 M facility was officially opened in December 2011. The plant has 49 conveyor systems, which range in length from 10m to 100m and with power requirements varying between 3kW and 55kW. The plant takes over a 150 m deep quarry which began in 1950 and has left 12.5 million cubic metres of void to be filled.
92% of waste fed into the Genesis Xerowaste facility, which comprises mixed construction and demolition waste including concrete, steel, metals, cardboard, paper and timber, will be screened and sorted. The separated materials will then be transformed into mulch, road base and other construction materials.
The remaining 8% of waste that cannot be recycled, however, will be crushed and tipped into the old quarry hole via a downhill conveyor system. Brevini designed a drive solution for this task, which will be capable of returning energy into the electrical grid.
PIVPosiplan’s bevel planetary helical series’ compact size—typically 65% that of an equivalent bevel helical gear reducer—was a decisive factor in the selection of this product for use in the facility. A significant feature of PIVPosiplan is the high efficiency of the gear reducers. This is especially due to the superior quality of the gearing and bearing choices. We note that efficiencies at greater than 97% for two-stage units is typical. With three- and four-stage units, efficiencies are slightly lower.
This award category at the Bulk Handling Awardswas sponsored by Schenck Process Australia. Shown in this photo is Darren Deigan from Schenck presenting the award to Mark Luyten, NSW sales manager at Brevini Australia.
Our thanks to Bulk Handling Review and Schenck Process for this great honour.