SEW Eurodrive’s new service centre in Mackay will feature an advanced load testing facility for gearboxes and complete drive assemblies that will provide breakthrough capability to the mining industry in Queensland.
The German company will implement the system to load test up to 500 kW power and up to 600,000 Nm torque. Spin test or partial load tests of up to 1.5 MW will also be available when the service centre opens in March.
In addition to load testing gearboxes, SEW Eurodrive will be able to load test the entire gearbox, motor and swing-base assembly in most cases. This will be achievable as a shaft mounted assembly, which closely replicates site mounting, according to the company.
SEW Eurodrive’s Far North Queensland sales and operations manager Daniel Dallari said the company’s load testing capability would be the first of its kind in Queensland.
“Other gearbox repairers only spin test the overhauled gearboxes and any potential problem will only be revealed after the unit is back in operation,” Dallari said.
SEW Eurodrive collaborated with Melbourne-based CNC Design on the load testing system. CNC Design has extensive experience in GEARTest load testers for both industrial and wind turbine gear units in Australia and United Sates.
The 2000 square metre service centre is being developed to allow SEW Eurodrive to better support gear drive customers in Mackay and the surrounding region with their drive technology requirements.