Another Aimex done and dusted

I don’t shy from the fact that I was really doubtful about the success of the last Aimex exhibition. Quadrennially, we were always more than happy to support this international exhibition. Something we’ve done religiously through the last 20 years. But, going biennially, I had my doubts. The organisers, Reed Mining Events, say it was well subscribed, with new exhibitors more than making up for those that decided not to support this year’s exhibition. But, let’s face it, numbers are down for the visitors to the show. My team tell me we still had a good showing. With a lot of interest on the new Brevini PIV Posired Advanced, which had pride of place at our stand. I note that a good number of our visitors were also those who were exhibiting. I suppose being a new product always helps. But, it is a more outstanding one in that this conveyor drive reducer range has improved thermal performance and higher mechanical efficiency. These improvements allows the user the choice of getting units that are smaller size than normally required. And, great news for existing users, we have available conveyor tuning kits and the modular thermal system is available as retrofit options to existing Brevini PIV units. Look into it and check out the new Posired Advanced options. If you want more details, please contact us at Brevini Australia. BTW, here’s the unit that was on display, sans the backdrop of the stand. I must admit, it looks pretty smart. But, I am prejudiced, after all. Until the next...
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Another AIMEX next week

It’s a hectic few months since our Brevini Heavy Duty Mining and Global Customers Conference held in May this year (2013). And, then another AIMEX comes along. While this used to be a once in four year exhibition, the organisers in their wisdom have decided to hold this every two years instead. And, as regular exhibitors we don’t want to be spoil sports and not show our products this time. (Mind you, it was tempting.) We will have a number of products on show and are very excited about the new POSIRED ADVANCED from Brevini PIV. Designed and manufactured in Germany, by our sister company PIV Drives, this new conveyor drive range was first mooted in the above conference. Brevini PIV has a great reputation spanning over 80 years as a quality manufacturers of mechanical transmission products for the most demanding environments. At the heart of the new drive series features a modular thermal system. This includes an axial cooling fan, with higher air flow rates for better gearbox cooling, a high advanced lubrication system with mechanical oil pump and copper plates with active cooling fins. Like many of our products, POSIRED ADVANCED gearboxes can be tailored to specific user needs. For more details on the Brevini PIV POSIRED ADVANCED, please go to our website. We can, of course, fill you in with more information, supply you with a brochure on the product, as well as show you the first unit brought to Australia, which will be on display at AIMEX. Please drop by and say G’Day. We will be at stand 2520. BTW, I’ve included a photo of the above...
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20th Anniversary Celebrations and Sales Conference Completed

It’s been a hectic few weeks, but we’ve finally had our International Heavy Duty Mining and Global Customers  Sales Conference, held on the 14th and 15th of May. We also had our celebratory dinner, to commemorate the completion of our 20th year in Australia. I am quite happy to report that our conference went off with very few glitches. It was good to see so many of our sales colleagues in the Brevini Group. We had attendess from Europe and the USA, as well people from Brazil, South Africa, China, Mexico, Canada, Southeast Asia and New Zealand. When people go through similar experiences, it’s good to share these for the common benefit of the group. We learned a lot about the new heavy duty product offering, their use in the mining sector, as well as what our international customers do with our products. For more information on our sales conference, click here. To take advantage of the attendance of our Brevini colleagues, we held our 20th anninversary dinner on the 14th. The dinner was well attended, not just by the sales conferrees, but also many of our staff, as well as our major suppliers and customers. Many of the latter were with us through most of 20 years. We also took the opportunity of awarding our longest serving employees with the recognition they deserve. Tony Lowe and Darrin Buchanan received awards for 20 years of continuous service. And, Daniella Johnson for 17 years. I might add that this is one time that Dannie was speechless.The awards were presented by Renato Brevini, president and CEO of the worldwide Brevini Group. He was ably assisted by Nazarro Paroli, company director. There will be number of products that will be rolled out in the coming months. So, we will take advantage of Aimex to release these into the marketplace. Watch this space for more information. My thanks to the Brevini team, our customers and suppliers for their assistance in helping us complete 20 successful years in Australia. I’m looking forward to the next 20, with the next few being very exciting ones. I’ll keep you...
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Our ISO9001 Certification and Forthcoming Sales Conference

It’s all systems go for our International HD Sales Conference to be attended by Brevini Group sales personnel in Sydney on 14-15 May, 2013. It’s an important sales conference that will centre on heavy duty use (by industry and capacity) of Brevini products around the world.  Our counterparts in the different Brevini offices will share their experiences in heavy duty applications. There will also be a  section on new products that will be introduced into Australia, which we hope to release locally in this year’s Aimex. Of course, we will also be celebrating the 20th anniversary of Brevini in Australia during that get-together. And, as mentioned earlier, we expect to get good representation from our colleagues from around the world, including Renato Brevini and Nazarro Paroli While on the topic of our 20th year, we have been doing a few things to improve our systems as part of our on-going effort to improve internal procedures and programmes. I note that we do this pretty much to our own benefit and in the end, to help our servicing of  our customers. Many organisations do this to put up another certificate that they can brag about. Ours is a more personal undertaking as one would approach self-improvement, with internal benefits at the core of the effort. In December 2012, we were accredited by BSI Group Australia and New Zealand Pty Ltd to ISO9001:2008, as a result of this effort. This came about following the thorough auditing of our management systems through 2012. Going into our 20th year, we look forward to make our offering not only more relevant to our customers’ needs, but to provide them peace-of-mind when dealing with us. Some years back, we set ourselves the task of aiming to supply our products to our customers when we promise, exactly what we promise and at the price we have committed to. It’s a continuing aim that we have never shirked from. I will be posting more news on the HD sales conference, our 20th anniversary celebrations and Aimex in the coming...
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A short note to start 2013

As I write this post, I am getting ready to go to our head office in Italy for a series of meetings. Things have been moving quite rapidly and it’s so easy to get swamped. When I welcomed some new members of the team, I forgot Jason Lill, Applications Engineer in our New South Wales branch. Jason started work as a service technician and holds an Advanced Diploma of Mechanical Technology and a University Certificate in Business. He has a solid grounding in hydro-mechnanical controls and actuators, having worked both as a service technician and salesperson in the prime mover fuel control industry. He also has good sales background having for a competitor for nearly seven years before moving to Brevini. As Senior Technical Sales person, he had many dealing with customer needs in the selection of chins, couplings, brakes, hydraulics and gearboxes. We welcome him to Brevini and I’m sure he will be an asset to Mark Luyten’s team in NSW. One of the things I will do this trip is to personally invite our Italian principals to come for a visit Down Under to help us celebrate our 20 year anniversary in Australia. We are planning a regional sales meeting, with a number of our fellow sales specialists from Europe. We intend to hold the meeting and festivities in May this year. It should be great to host the rest of the international team in Sydney for this occassion. Renato Brevini and Nazzaro Paroli have already sent their acceptances. We are so excited about this milestone, by the way, that we have produced a logo to mark the occasion. The zero in the “20” as you will note is straight out of our logo. Thanks to our Marketing Department for that mark, which works in well with a figure 20. A short post this time, and until the next...
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A few points before we close 2012

As we close 2012, I want to make a few points which I forgot to cover in my earlier posts this year. It’s been a good year for Brevini Australia and I thank the team for their great effort in getting us to where we are. Capping the year would certainly be the award we received during the Australian Bulk Handling awards night over several competitors, who are in the same business. We won the award for Excellence in the Application of Gears, Motors or Drives. This was for the PIVPosiplan gear units at the Genesis Xerowaste Facility at Eastern Creek, NSW. The project has the largest number of such units in the one location in Australia. Now fully operational, the $300 M facility was officially opened in December 2011. The plant has 49 conveyor systems, which range in length from 10m to 100m and with power requirements varying between 3kW and 55kW. The plant takes over a 150 m deep quarry which began in 1950 and has left 12.5 million cubic metres of void to be filled. 92% of waste fed into the Genesis Xerowaste facility, which comprises mixed construction and demolition waste including concrete, steel, metals, cardboard, paper and timber, will be screened and sorted. The separated materials will then be transformed into mulch, road base and other construction materials. The remaining 8% of waste that cannot be recycled, however, will be crushed and tipped into the old quarry hole via a downhill conveyor system. Brevini Australia designed a drive solution for this task, which will be capable of returning energy into the electrical grid. We have new staff in our Queensland branch and I take this opportunity to welcome Tony Adams and Denis Wackerlin, sales and applications engineer and Queensland branch manager respectively. Tony, who holds a a degree in mechanical engineering has extensive qualifications and experience in the field of Fluid Power. Starting as an apprentice fitter machinist for  a Sydney food manufacturer, he has worked Perth, Brisbane and Sydney in several positions in sales, service and product management.  Tony will be a great asset to the Brisbane branch and will help us develop our presence in the Sunshine state in fluid power. Denis started as an apprentice fitter and gear technician in 1972. He worked his way to state manager and moved to several of our competitors as branch manager. He brings with him a wealth of experience in coal handling prep plant conveyor drive assemblies, cement mill drives, centrifuge drives and quarry industry drives. As branch manager, Denis will look after sales, service and overall administrative requirements of our Brisbane office and have overall state responsibility for developing and maintaining the Brevini brand and presence. Talking about milestones, next year marks our 20th year in Australia. We hope to celebrate this with a regional meeting of Brevini sales staff from around the world and hope to see Renato Brevini and Nazzaro Paroli in Sydney for the occasion. It’s a big milestone and again I thank the team for their efforts. I will be taking a break and hope to get a spot of fishing in the Sunshine state. Here are some photos from my last fishing holiday. I have set myself a goal of beating my haul of fish from the last time. Wishing you all a Happy Christmas and a safe and prosperous...
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Brevini Australia awarded for excellence

Awards evenings can be great or even boring events. The one held on  7 November, 2012,  the seventh annual Australian Bulk Handling Awards, was a special one for Brevini Australia. The event was held at Doltone House (Pyrmont), Sydney and compered by the lovely Doborah Hutton, with opening remarks given by Charles MacDonald, editor of Australian Bulk Handling Review, 12 categories were decided on during the proceedings. As I was out of town, I asked our NSW sales manager, Mark Luyten to represent the company. He was accompanied by his lovely partner, Belinda Keato. As we were nominated under one of the categories being judged, we need a representative to accept the award, if we got one. (A photo of Mark and Belinda, with the award is seen below.) And, we did,  in Excellence in the Application of Gears, Motors or Drives, Brevini Australia won the award. This was for the PIVPosiplan gear units at the Genesis Xerowaste Facility at Eastern Creek, NSW. The project has the largest number of such units in the one location in Australia. Now fully operational, the $300 M facility was officially opened in December 2011. The plant has 49 conveyor systems, which range in length from 10m to 100m and with power requirements varying between 3kW and 55kW. The plant takes over a 150 m deep quarry which began in 1950 and has left 12.5 million cubic metres of void to be filled. 92% of waste fed into the Genesis Xerowaste facility, which comprises mixed construction and demolition waste including concrete, steel, metals, cardboard, paper and timber, will be screened and sorted. The separated materials will then be transformed into mulch, road base and other construction materials. The remaining 8% of waste that cannot be recycled, however, will be crushed and tipped into the old quarry hole via a downhill conveyor system. Brevini designed a drive solution for this task, which will be capable of returning energy into the electrical grid. PIVPosiplan’s bevel planetary helical series’ compact size—typically 65% that of an equivalent bevel helical gear reducer—was a decisive factor in the selection of this product for use in the facility. A significant feature of PIVPosiplan is the high efficiency of the gear reducers. This is especially due to the superior quality of the gearing and bearing choices. We note that efficiencies at greater than 97% for two-stage units is typical. With three- and four-stage units, efficiencies are slightly lower. This award category at the Bulk Handling Awards was sponsored by Schenck Process Australia. Shown in this photo is Darren Deigan from Schenck presenting the award to Mark Luyten, NSW sales manager at Brevini Australia. Our thanks to Bulk Handling Review and Schenck Process for this great honour. For a story on the Awards Night, including a full list of winners go to Bulk Handling Review’s...
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Armak air motor range joins the Brevini Australia offering

Recently, we had Tony Markham, co-owner of Armak visit Brevini head office and branches to conduct technical, application and service training on the Armak geared piston air motor range. Tony explained the development of the product and presented many new application opportunities. Of great interest was Armak’s success in fitting these motors into intrinsically safe environments. Tony was also able to visit some our customers who use Armak motors. Brevini Australia have sold in excess of 100 Armak motors and we are confident after Tony’s informative visit that the Brevini sales team will be able to source new opportunities. Have a look at our website for more information, which includes data sheets and a video on the Armak geared piston air motor. The Armak geared drive piston air motor range now complements and expands Brevini’s product offering. So now, Brevini Australia can provide complete high efficiency drive solutions in Pneumatic, Electric or Hydraulic power source. Founded in 2004, Armak has a manufacturing facility in Germany, with production and development in England. They produce geared piston air motors in the 2-20kW, which are distributed in Australia by Brevini. Unlike more conventional motors, in Armak geared piston air motors, the torque is developed by one rotating piston and is transferred to the output shaft via a synchronising gear train. Both the rotating piston and the sealing rotor turn without physical contact and with an extremely small air gap—for high motor efficiency of about 98%. This frictionless torque producing operation provides the user with maintenance-free operation, without downtime. The totally enclosed motor housing, without breather holes, permits applications in wet or dirty surroundings, without the risk of corrosion in the motor and this is leak proof. Armak motors are ideal for applications like winch drives (underground mining), pump drives (hydraulic, grout & water), mixer drives (food, paint & grout), hazardous environment (oil and gas), trolley drives or other applications that use compressed air. Compared to a conventional radial piston motors and using an Armak 16 KW motor as an example, the later will provide higher maximum continuous rpm, while using less compressed air. The Armak motor is also more compact, making this ideal for areas with limited space. Armak motors are intrinsically safe (ATEX approved) suitable for mining, oil and gas applications. Other features include: compact design and versatile installation capabilities, large usable speed range (from 75rpm) and high start torque, metric flange and shaft for mounting of standard IEC gear boxes and SAE flange for mounting of hydraulic pumps. Armak lever/remote control valves provide superior motor control and are ideal for use on winches. Mounting kits to replace traditional radial piston motor installation are also...
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New WA office and service centre

In 1999, we set up Brevini Service is an operational division of Brevini Australia. Brevini Service provides after-sales service and support for the expanding number of gearboxes currently in service, installed since the 1970s. In line with that expansion, we announce the recent re-location of their WA branch and works to the Perth suburb of Bibra Lake. The purpose-built 1,200 square metre facility is fully equipped with a state-of-the-art workshop and has a 20 tonne crane for lifting use. The warehouse section has more capacity and has an expanded holding of components and parts. The move allows the Brevini Australia to better serve our customer s’needs in the west, not only for service and spares needs, but also for engineering and design support. The new address is: 106 Discovery Drive, Bibra Lake WA  6163. Contact numbers are: phone 08 9418 2766 and fax 08 9418...
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Announcing new appointments

I am happy to announce to new members of our team at  Brevini Australia. They are Ivan Mauko and Peter Basso, who are now Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and Technical Support Officer, respectively. Ivan will be responsible for leading the finance team. Coming in with a wealth of finance and accounting experience, he is a CPA and has a Bachelor of Commerce degree. Starting as a Trainee Accountant, he has held several positions in a accounting and finance in his 22 year career. His last position was as Financial Controller & Shared Services Manager for Merck Sharp & Dohme (Aust) Pty Ltd (MSDA). In his current position, Ivan will also be holding the post of Company Secretary, looking over all corporate governance requirements. He is looking forward to help develop strategic plans and policies to grow the company and face the financial challenges of the coming years. Peter, with over 22 years experience in the fluid power industry, holds a Diploma in Mechanical Engineering. Starting as an apprentice Plant Mechanic, he combines hands-on fluid power experience, with face-to-face selling. He was Product Manager at an OEM company in the agriculture industry, prior to joining Brevini Australia. In that role, Basso did a lot of technical support and training for the dealer network. His joining the Technical Support Group, strengthens this division. He will be responsible for technical and product support, training, application and documentation management for both the fluid power and power transmission product groups. He specially looks forward to beefing up the training on the fluid power range, which is his forte. On behalf of all of us at Brevini Australia, we welcome Ivan and Peter and look forward to working with them for many years to...
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