S&T meg­a­site opens in Otahuhu

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Steel & Tube has un­veiled its Otahuhu (Auck­land) meg­a­site to cus­tomers at an of­fi­cial open­ing by Prime Min­is­ter John Key late last month.

The Prime Min­is­ter joined S&T’s CEO Dave Tay­lor and Pro­cess­ing GM Roger O’Neill, to tour the pur­pose-built fa­cil­ity which houses S&T’s re­in­forc­ing and wire pro­cess­ing oper­a­tions.

They viewed demon­stra­tions of its latest re­in­forc­ing mesh, shear­line and off-coil ma­chines, along with the AWM fu­sion weld­ing ma­chine used to man­u­fac­ture 120,000 straight and ra­dial re­in­forc­ing cages for the 24,000 con­crete tun­nel seg­ments used in Auck­land’s iconic Water­view Con­nec­tion pro­ject.

The 10,000 square-me­tre build­ing at Sav­ill Drive is roughly the size of two football fields. It has been de­signed to en­sure max­i­mum use of floor space: plant and stor­age ar­eas have been sited with care­ful con­sid­er­a­tion of the lo­gis­tics of the man­u­fac­tur­ing process.

Tay­lor told cus­tomers: “The ef­fort re­quired to bring these new ways of work­ing to fruition at Sav­ill Drive has been sig­nif­i­cant. Plan­ning and prepa­ra­tion be­gan al­most three years ago and the re­sult­ing site is tan­gi­ble ev­i­dence of our aims to re­alise a range of op­er­a­tional ef­fi­cien­cies that ul­ti­mately ben­e­fit our cus­tomers.”

Pro­cess­ing fea­tures at the site in­clude the latest model EVG mesh welder, im­ported from Aus­tria. “This is an ex­cit­ing ad­di­tion to our North Is­land oper­a­tions,” says O’Neill. “It al­lows us to ex­pand our present mesh range by in­clud­ing the seis­mic and spe­cial­ist con­struc­tion meshes that could pre­vi­ously only be pro­duced at our Christchurch fa­cil­ity.”

Other fea­tures in­clude: • A new shear­line sys­tem with ad­vanced re­bar shear­ing ca­pa­bil­ity pro­vides a faster cut­ting process while gen­er­at­ing less scrap. • A new off-coil line with the abil­ity to load pro­cess­ing in­struc­tions via bar code au­to­matic dou­ble-ended hands-free bending line. • Bar cod­ing re­duces pro­cess­ing and han­dling time mak­ing oper­a­tions safer, more stream­lined and er­ror-free. O’Neill said that all of these ma­chines run on smart tech­nol­ogy that al­lows daily pro­duc­tion re­quire­ments to be pre-pro­grammed, en­hanc­ing our abil­ity to meet a greater range of de­liv­ery com­mit­ments.

Peter An­der­son, S&T’s Man­ager Auck­land Re­in­forc­ing and North­ern Wire Pro­cess­ing, says lay­out of the site pro­vides his team with sub­stan­tially en­hanced pro­cess­ing ca­pac­ity. “We have the abil­ity to do so much more, so much faster than we have ever done be­fore. It’s among the most up-to-date fa­cil­i­ties in the coun­try.”

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