Max­imis­ing safety and re­turns

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When a man­u­fac­turer boosts pro­duc­tion to cope with bur­geon­ing de­mand, ef­fi­ciency-minded op­er­a­tions staff keenly seek out tech­nolo­gies to help them min­imise costs and man­ual labour while max­imis­ing safety and on­go­ing re­turns.

That is what hap­pened re­cently to Aus­tralasian car­pet and tex­tiles pro­ducer Cav­a­lier Brem­worth, which has dou­bled pro­duc­tion of its wool car­pets for do­mes­tic and com­mer­cial mar­kets through­out the Asia- Pa­cific over the last year.

The ‘highly safety- con­scious’ com­pany found ex­actly what it had been look­ing for when it re­placed time-con­sum­ing man­ual pump­ing of hy­draulic spool lif ting ma­chin­ery in its Auck­land man­u­fac­tur­ing op­er­a­tion with an En­er­pac XC cord­less elec­tric pump that does the job in less than half the time with min­i­mal phys­i­cal ef­fort.

“We have more than 300 spools – each weigh­ing about 400 kg – that have to be con­tin­u­ously and pre­cisely lif ted from in­ven­tory and low­ered into pro­duc­tion posi­tons,” said Cav­a­lier Brem­worth Plant En­gi­neer Chris Young. “The hy­draulic hand pumps we were us­ing pre­vi­ously were ex­cel­lent gear in them­selves, but even strong men had to use 35- 40 strokes to get the re­quired lif t and some of our ladies re­quired up to 70 to do it com­fort­ably and safely. We thought, ‘there has got to be a bet­ter way’ and that’s when we saw the XC Cord­less pump at an EMEX en­gi­neer­ing show where it was be­ing pre­sented by Jonel Hydraulics. It was per­fect.”

Through its net­work of dis­trib­u­tor and ser­vice cen­tres – of which Jonels is a ma­jor Au­tho­rised Dis­tri­bu­tion and Ser­vice Cen­tre – En­er­pac says it is in­tro­duc­ing Aus­trala­sia to the ver­sa­til­ity of ei­ther sin­gle or dou­ble-act­ing XC Series cord­less pumps, which of­fer the per­for­mance ca­pa­bil­i­ties of an elec­tric pump with the con­ve­nient porta­bil­ity of a hand pump. En­er­pac XC-Series cord­less pumps ac­tu­ate hy­draulic tools as fast as a ba­sic elec­tric pow­ered pump and cre­ate up to 700 bar (10,000 psi) of pres­sure. This means that XC-Series cord­less pumps are up to five times faster than man­ual hy­draulic pumps and up to two times faster than pop­u­lar pneu­matic pow­ered pumps, says En­er­pac.

Jonel Hydraulics Busi­ness Devel­op­ment Man­ager Shane Quigley was part of the ser­vice team that worked with Cav­a­lier Brem­worth’s pro­duc­tion and OHS staff to in­tro­duce the cord­less tech­nol­ogy to its Auck­land plant.

“Cav­a­lier Brem­worth wanted to achieve a high stan­dard of OHS safety by re­duc­ing repet­i­tive pump­ing op­er­a­tions, while also avoid­ing the need to have elec­tric cords or pneu­matic leads in places where they were vul­ner­a­ble to trip­ping haz­ards or to fork­lift and wheeled ve­hi­cle dam­age in a busy pro­duc­tion en­vi­ron­ment.

“Their need for re­li­able cord­less power was answered by the light, durable and pow­er­ful XC series pumps, which are built to stand up to de­mand­ing op­er­a­tions both in­side and out­side, in ap­pli­ca­tions rang­ing from work­shop and pro­duc­tion en­vi­ron­ments, to re­mote sites with­out power.”

Brem­worth Cav­a­lier’s pumps can man­age typ­i­cally 30- plus ac­tu­a­tions of the twin En­er­pac 10T RC cylin­ders on the spool cra­dle, with each pump be­ing rapidly charged while an­other XC equipped cra­dle takes over to main­tain a smooth and ef­fort­less pro­duc­tion flow.

Young says that in ad­di­tion to con­tribut­ing to speedy and ef­fort­less spools changeover, the XC pumps are firm favourites with the staff us­ing them. “They make for a very happy work­force. The XC pumps are easy to op­er­ate and en­sure the job is so much sim­pler and pre­cise. And we know that Jonel Hydraulics are al­ways there to pro­vide the ser­vice and backup for which En­er­pac is known glob­ally.”

XC SERIES PUMPS

De­signed to pro­vide op­ti­mal safety to op­er­a­tors, the XC-Series of­fers sev­eral safety fea­tures, in­clud­ing zero trip haz­ards through cord­less de­sign, over­load pro­tec­tion cir­cuitry from ex­ces­sive amp draw or tem­per­a­tures and a trig­ger lock- off mech­a­nism to pro­tect against un­in­tended op­er­a­tion dur­ing trans­port En­gi­neered as a long-last­ing pump that can be used in hard-to-ac­cess ar­eas, XC-Series cord­less pumps are con­structed of lightweight ma­te­ri­als, equipped with a pow­er­ful, one-half horse­power mo­tor and fea­ture 28-volt, Lithi­umIon bat­tery tech­nol­ogy.

With its blad­der reser­voir, En­er­pac’s cord­less pumps elim­i­nate vent­ing and of­fer leak-free op­er­a­tion in any ori­en­ta­tion. Plus, the over­all body, han­dle and trig­ger have been er­gonom­i­cally en­gi­neered to max­imise ease- of-use and porta­bil­ity.

XC-Series cord­less pumps de­liver oil flow of 2.05 litres per minute at its low- pres­sure set­ting and .25 litres per minute when op­er­at­ing at full pres­sure, up to 700bar. Ad­di­tion­ally, the lithium-ion tech­nol­ogy en­sures XC-Series pumps pro­vide end users with the bat­tery run­time nec­es­sary to ac­com­mo­date de­mand­ing ap­pli­ca­tion re­quire­ments.

The easy-to-trans­port XC pumps with re­mov­able shoul­der strap and in­te­grated car­ry­ing han­dle are ideal for a wide range of in­dus­tries, such as min­ing, con­struc­tion, in­dus­trial and power gen­er­a­tion, solv­ing di­verse and de­mand­ing ap­pli­ca­tions, in­clud­ing: • Mo­bil­is­ing heavy equip­ment. • Main­te­nance of mo­bile drilling, min­ing, con­struc­tion, mil­i­tary equip­ment. • Gear pulling. • Un­der­ground rail and struc­tural

work, mo­bile equip­ment. • Man­u­fac­tur­ing, process and

con­veyor equip­ment main­te­nance. • Over­head crane main­te­nance. • Nut split­ting and cut­ting. • Lift­ing rail cars and rail align­ment. • Con­struc­tion and elec­tri­cal in­stal­la­tion tasks in­clud­ing gen­er­a­tor po­si­tion­ing. • Hose or pipe crimp­ing.

The op­tion of dou­ble-act­ing power – of­fer­ing pow­ered ex­ten­sion and re­trac­tion of an ar­ray of widely used cylin­ders and tools – ex­tends fur­ther the ver­sa­til­ity of XC-Series Gen II cord­less pumps, which weigh less than most com­mon hand pumps and are ca­pa­ble of be­ing used in any po­si­tion, prom­ises En­er­pac.

Dou­ble-act­ing power means that in ad­di­tion to hun­dreds of En­er­pac sin­gle and dou­ble-act­ing hy­draulic cylin­ders used through­out Aus­trala­sia, the dou­ble-act­ing pump can power tools re­quir­ing pow­ered ex­ten­sion and re­trac­tion, in­clud­ing cut­ters, crimpers, break­out tools for drill rigs and an ar­ray of tools used for lif ting, bend­ing form­ing and pulling.

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