Automated bearing delivers railway haulage service life

An automated journal bearing polishing machine that delivers superior raceway finishes and extended service life in railway journal bearings produced using innovative new processes has been introduced by Bearing Engineering Services.
In a first for the Australian bearing reconditioning industry, BES recently finalised commissioning of its Automated Journal Bearing Polishing Machine, capable of handling all metric and AAR sizes, says BES Railway and Reconditioning Manager, Mr John Tawadros.
The new machine, designed in-house and built by local contractors, enables BES to deliver bearing raceway quality levels closer to that of new, increasing whole-of-lifespan efficiencies for BES clients including those in light and heavy passenger rail, as well as freight and heavy haul operations throughout Australia, New Zealand and the Asia-Pacific. BES customers also extensively cover heavy haulage rail including iron ore, coal and other mining industries, bulk handling, sugar, transport terminal and port loading infrastructure users of railway equipment.
Benefits of the new automated machinery include:
•    Superior raceway finish as compared to traditional manual polishing methods.
•    Improved quality control through greater accuracy and consistency.
•    Improved service life, reducing bearing life cycle costs.
•    Improved WHS+E outcomes to staff, with reduced manual handling and reduced intensive repetitive manual operations.
•    Better environmental outcomes, with improved dust and contamination controls and collection.
“By introducing this equipment into our system, it allows our highly trained and skilled staff to spend more time focused on the critical areas of the reconditioning process that deliver higher value and returns to our clients,” says Mr Tawadros.
“Maximising our time where it is needed most, not only further refines and improves our ability to make decisions of benefit to clients, but give our staff a greater sense of focus and purpose. Our inspectors can utilise their skills and experience in a far more proactive manner as compared to the manually intensive methodologies of the past.”
BES and Schaeffler Australia are part of the global Schaeffler Group, a world leader in rolling bearing design and manufacturing with around 84,000 employees in approximately 170 locations in 50 countries. The company’s commitment to Australian industry includes locally based rolling bearing assessment and reconditioning services that bring Schaeffler’s extensive skills and technology to Australian industry. BES operates a high technology bearing reconditioning and services facility in Auburn, Sydney, where it reconditions rolling bearings from all bearing manufacturers, providing industrial and railway solutions that combine local knowledge and service with world-leading technology.
“Our new journal bearing polishing machine is a great example of BES-Schaeffler looking to the future, taking advantage of ever-improving technologies, combining them with our local knowledge and implementing these into deliverable actions,” says Mr Tawadros.
“Our objective with this new technology and with the broad range of our services, is to deliver reconditioned bearing solutions in closer alignment to the standards of new-build bearings.
“Providing further evidence of the level of technical and commercial capabilities BES brings to our markets, we are delighted to have designed and commissioned this unit in-house and to have had it built utilising local contractors.
“We are proud yet again, to introduce innovative world leading technology and processes to our clients throughout Australia, New Zealand and the Asia-Pacific.”

NZ Forklift crushing death “a tragedy waiting to happen”

Christchurch concrete manufacturer Busck has been made to pay $NZ 130,000 over the death of a 47-year-old who was crushed by a forklift last year in February.

Radio NZ and others report that Busck Prestressed Concrete was ordered by the Christchurch District Court yesterday to pay a $70,000 fine and $60,000 in reparations over the accident.

Worksafe New Zealand called the collection of safety issues “completely unacceptable” and “a tragedy waiting to happen”.

The victim, Anthony Wells, died within minutes, according to TVNZ.

TVNZ also notes that, “The issues included the fact that the headlights, front indicators, brake lights, front hazard lights, horn, screen washers and front wipers were not working.” Its tyres were also four different brands inflated at four different pressure levels.

The telehandler was configured as a forklift, and was driven at the time without its field lights on by a trainee with no qualifications.

"This is a 6.5 tonne vehicle used to move heavy concrete railway sleepers around – it should have been properly maintained to ensure it was safe to use,” said Keith Stewart, WorkSafe New Zealand's Chief Investigator, according to Fairfax Media.

"Busck Prestressed Concrete also failed in its duty to maintain the lighting to ensure it was safe to work in dark conditions. This accident happened at 5:30 in the morning – if the lights weren't adequate it should not have had its workers out in the yard."


Raunchy forklift ad gets the boot

An ad for a forklift featuring a woman dressed in dominatrix-like clothing has landed a New Zealand company in trouble from the advertising watchdog.

The ad showed a woman holding a heavy chain, with a forklift in the background. Text read: “You know you’re not the first….But does that really matter? Used Forklifts.”

According to, The Advertising Standards Authority agreed with complaints that the ad was offensive, saying it used inappropriate sexual appeal and ''sexualised and objectified'' women.

The complainant argued it was ''just offensive to see that women's bodies are used to sell a service that clearly targets men''.

''It becomes a sort of attention-seeking behaviour that is in many ways detrimental to how all women are viewed,'' the authority was told.

The Advertising Code in New Zealand states that products cannot be advertised by using exploitative or degrading sexual images, especially if the product is unrelated to such images.

The advertiser, Independent Forklifts, said the ad had been running for three years without any issues.

The company must now remove the ad; no punishment will be handed down.


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