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Port Stanvac Desalination Plant project gets moving

Supplier: Richmond Wheel & Castor Co
03 December, 2009

Richmond Wheel and Castors helped get the Port Stanvac Desalination Plant project moving with a custom-built a 20 tonne Roller system for BMD Australia, used for launching the outfall system's concrete pipework into the ocean.

The roller system was used for the initial set up on site, their function to support the concrete pipes while they were being joined together on land, and then as the pipes were slowly pushed out to sea. The pipe rollers provided a free flowing safe transportation for the pipes and featured a boogey system to ensure self tracking and maximum efficiency.

The roller system comprised of 124 wheels and axles: (250mm diameter x 100mm wide) polyurethane with cast iron centers and a 40mm plain bore, each wheel had a 5 tonne capacity and were supplied with 40mm diameter solid axles. The wheels and axles were manufactured at RWC's Melbourne engineering plant, utilizing their 'in house' polyurethane plant and state of the art CNC machining facilities. RWC's in-house engineering and design team had to ensure the system could meet load and stress levels on the rollers, and be durable in a corrosive and arduous marine environment.

Other major projects RWC has supplied roller systems to include: the Onslow pipe line in Western Australia, where they manufactured rollers complete with cradles and the Crib Point boogey system, and the Binningup desalination plant, where they also supplied a complete roller system.

Richmond is a 100 per cent Australian owned and have half a century of expertise in making wheels of every size, shape, capacity, material, bearings, or mounting, and for every conceivable purpose from equipment castors to specialty wheels for Boeing's new A380 aircraft tail dock maintenance support gantry rollers.

With a national head office and factory in Melbourne at Clayton South, and RWC branches in Queensland, New South Wales, Western Australia, South Australia and New Zealand, they are well-placed to service any projects anywhere. The complete production range includes materials handling systems, automatic gate systems, integrated conveyor systems, plastic products and custom designed polyurethane wheels and rollers. They also offer custom engineered tool-making, moulding and components manufacture in both metals and polyurethane.

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