Sur­face coat­ings pro­tect­ing Townsville as­sets

DEMM Engineering & Manufacturing - - MAINTENANCE MATTERS -

The eco­nomic im­pact of corrosion is of­ten ex­ac­er­bated in hu­mid, trop­i­cal con­di­tions found in ar­eas such as north­ern Queens­land. The mois­ture and heat ac­cel­er­ate the de­te­ri­o­ra­tion of ma­chin­ery, ve­hi­cles and as­sets. Ap­ply­ing a pro­tec­tive sur­face coat­ing is one way of min­imis­ing or re­duc­ing the ef­fect and main­tain­ing the in­tegrity of costly ma­chin­ery.

Spray-ap­plied poly­mer sur­face treat­ments from com­pa­nies such as Rhino Lin­ings Aus­trala­sia (RLA) are able to meet the de­mands of the vari­able Aus­tralian cli­mate com­bined with the of­ten-harsh work­ing en­vi­ron­ments of con­struc­tion sites and re­mote min­ing fa­cil­i­ties. Ac­cord­ing to Peter Mor­gan, Gen­eral Man­ager of RLA, de­spite chal­leng­ing eco­nomic con­di­tions, his com­pany has ex­pe­ri­enced strong growth in re­gional ar­eas of Aus­tralia and has been ex­pand­ing the range of com­pa­nies it is ap­proach­ing to be ap­pli­ca­tors and deal­ers.

“Adding Rhino Lin­ings to the op­tions avail­able to a panel beater, re­pair shop or even com­mer­cial painter, can ex­tend the range of ser­vices that can be of­fered,” he said.

While RLA has its ori­gins in the au­to­mo­tive in­dus­try, Mor­gan ex­plained that his com­pany’s prod­ucts were not just used for ute trays. For more than a quar­ter of a cen­tury the com­pany has also been pro­tect­ing mil­i­tary ve­hi­cles, boats, floor­ing, build­ings, struc­tures and in­dus­trial equip­ment, in ad­di­tion to tra­di­tional trucks, 4WDs and prime movers.

“Our com­pany started out as do­mes­tic and com­mer­cial painters, so our jour­ney has been dif­fer­ent to many other ap­pli­ca­tors,” said Hay­don Mann, Di­rec­tor of Rhino Lin­ings Townsville. “How­ever, the Rhino Lin­ings deal­er­ship has al­lowed us to move into all sorts of other as­set pro­tec­tion work.”

When the op­por­tu­nity of tak­ing up a full deal­er­ship came up, Mann didn’t have to de­lib­er­ate long be­fore ac­cept­ing. “Lots of the tech­niques you learn as a painter are the same for us­ing Rhino Lin­ing’s spray poly­mers,” said Mann. “Most im­por­tant is that prepa­ra­tion is key to get­ting a great fin­ish.”

Dur­ing his com­pany’s first year as an ap­pli­ca­tor/ dealer, Mann’s staff worked a di­verse range of projects which in­cluded coat­ing a whole boat, cane har­vester spi­rals and other farm equip­ment, in ad­di­tion to ve­hi­cles and floors. “Cane farm­ers usu­ally have to re­place parts of their har­vesters ev­ery year, but the Rhino coat­ing can ex­tend this to a least three years mean­ing they have far less down­time,” said Mann.

“When con­sid­er­ing a coat­ing, you have to think about the phys­i­cal char­ac­ter­is­tics of what might be stored in a ve­hi­cle,” Mor­gan stated. “You also have to con­sider the phys­i­cal en­vi­ron­ment where a ve­hi­cle might be used, so our liner ma­te­ri­als will not crack, warp or peel – even un­der ex­treme tem­per­a­tures.”

Ac­cord­ing to Mor­gan, a low ‘buy in’ price al­lows new ap­pli­ca­tors to grow their busi­ness at their own pace be­cause they only have to buy ma­te­ri­als. “There are no tra­di­tional fran­chise fees to be paid,” he said. “Ap­pli­ca­tors and deal­ers have end-to- end sup­port with ac­cess to ser­vice en­gi­neers and backup from the ex­pe­ri­enced tech­ni­cal sup­port staff.”

Mann stated that a com­pelling rea­son for tak­ing on the deal­er­ship was the sup­port that his com­pany had been given. “The sup­port staff would do any­thing to help us when we phoned and give us ad­vice based on their breadth of knowl­edge and depth of ex­pe­ri­ence.

“Up here in the North, we can some­times be for­got­ten or dis­missed by sup­pli­ers and com­pa­nies in the big cities,” Mann added. “Rhino Lin­ings would al­ways be will­ing to de­velop a plan or share a case study for a sim­i­lar sit­u­a­tion.”

The Gold Coast- based RLA has ded­i­cated staff who thor­oughly un­der­stand the chem­istry of the prod­uct it sup­plies. “Their depth of knowl­edge and ex­pe­ri­ence for which prod­ucts can be used and in what sit­u­a­tions is just a phone call or email away for our ap­pli­ca­tors and deal­ers,” Mor­gan added.

Ac­cord­ing to Mor­gan, “We are also not de­pen­dent on de­liv­ery sched­ules from an over­seas sup­plier so our ap­pli­ca­tors and cus­tomers do not have to wait months for sup­ply of ma­te­rial.”

RLA as­sists its deal­ers in de­vel­op­ing best method pro­ce­dures and prac­tices for chem­i­cal han­dling and ma­chin­ery used to ap­ply the com­pany’s prod­ucts. Mor­gan con­cluded, “Rhino Lin­ings is com­mit­ted to the de­vel­op­ment of new tech­nolo­gies, prod­ucts, and ser­vices that of­fer the best so­lu­tions to the needs of our cus­tomers, ap­pli­ca­tors and dis­trib­u­tors.”



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