Siemens has invested $5 million into the Rockhampton Service Centre, unveiling Australia’s largest and most advanced test rig for mining, wind power and other core industries.
Opened in 2013, the 1500 square metre centre is one of three facilities the company has nationwide, including one in Tonsley, South Australia and another in Perth.
The Rockhampton centre is one of only a few Original Equipment Manufacturers’ (OEM) workshops within the vicinity of the Bowen, Galilee and Surat Basins to service its large Flender and Winergy gearbox installed base, in mining and wind – both important Siemens brands.
It is equipped with a 50 tonne crane for servicing oversized equipment such as full drive systems for conveyors and larger mill boxes.
The gearbox test rig will provide much needed service capability for the region. It is able to conduct a full load test of wind turbine gearboxes that can be performed up to 2.8MW – enabling the testing of wind turbines as fully functional equipment.
The test rig is also able to perform load tests on industrial gearboxes such as those used in the mining vertical up to 500KW.
The new test rig capability comes on the back of Queensland Government’s commitment to increase the uptake of renewable energy to reduce emissions and increase employment and investment.
Rockhampton mayor Margaret Strelow welcomed the investment as it would strengthen the region’s ability to support the mining and renewables industries.
“By having a leading global technology company putting the largest gearbox test rig into this site means a lot for the mining industry and future growth of the renewable energy industry,” she said.
“Ultimately, Siemens technology is supporting the competitiveness of the whole region.”
Michael Freyny, head of Siemens Digital Factory and Process Industries for Siemens Australia and New Zealand, said the market and customer needs affirmed Siemens’ investment in the test rig.
“More than ever, our core industries need their equipment performing at peak efficiency and without the threat of outages,” he said.
“Siemens’ investment into the new test rig for industrial and wind turbine gearboxes reiterates our commitment to bringing in the latest global technology to our customers – technology that can help the state of Queensland continue being a global resources powerhouse.”