New lathe boosts Metalplus’ capacity
ACTOM group company Metalplus, a leading mechanical repairer of rotating equipment, has advanced from a medium level to a heavy engineering operation with its installation of a large new lathe and crane at its Robertsham, Johannesburg, plant.
The new lathe, which was installed in the first quarter of 2011, is 13 m in length, with the capability of operating on components of up to 2,2 m in diameter and a mass of 30 t. Typical items for which it is suited include mine winder shafts, fan shafts, turbine/blower rotor shafts and crusher cones.
“Until we acquired the new lathe our previous largest lathe capacity was a length of 8 m, a diameter of 1,4 m and mass of 18 t,” said Jose Gomes, Metalplus’ General Manager.
“The new lathe greatly speeds up our turnaround times on the larger components, which we previously had to subcontract out to another company equipped with the required capacity lathe and associated equipment to handle such projects.
“Having the capability in-house now also enables us to take on more large repair projects and we are able to provide the service at less cost to our customers than previously,” Gomes pointed out.
As part of the upgrade of its lathe capacity the company increased its lifting capacity significantly with the installation of a 30 t crane – its previous largest crane being a 15 t capacity unit.
Metalplus has also increased both its grinding and welding capacities by about 15% with its purchase and installation late last year of a 2,5 m automated crankshaft grinder and a 2,5 m automated crankshaft welding machine.
Metalplus, which pioneered submerged arc micro-welding in South Africa, caters mainly to the power generation, petrochemical, mining, mineral processing, marine, transportation, steel and general industries.
ACTOM (Pty) Ltd is the largest manufacturer, repairer and distributor of electro-mechanical equipment and provider of turnkey solutions in Southern Africa, employing about 7 500 people with an annual order intake in excess of R7.5bn. It is a black empowered company with 42 operating units, 43 production, service and repair facilities, and 36 distribution outlets throughout Southern Africa.
ACTOM holds numerous technology, distribution and value added reseller agreements with various partners, both locally and internationally.
For further information contact Jose Gomes, Metalplus
PO Box 38431 Booysens 2016
Tel (011) 433-1880 Fax (011) 680-9413
Press release compiled by Julian Kraft, J Kraft Public Relations
PO Box 2826 Wilropark 1731
Tel (011) 472-6686 Fax 086-613-9657
Date: June 12, 2012
Caption: Metalplus’ new 13 m long lathe.