Last year, Fenner Dunlop ACE was contracted to deliver an overland conveyor system for Anglo American’s Aquila project. ABHR speaks to Brendon Harms, Regional Manager of ACE Queensland to find out how the project has progressed.
Conveyor belt company Fenner Dunlop has recorded 365 days injury free at its West Footscray manufacturing plant.
Fenner’s oldest manufacturing facility has supplied many Australian mining operations, including coal mines between the Hunter Valley and Bowen Basin.
More than 100 employees work at the Footscray plant and it’s been Fenner’s priority to evolve the safety procedures at the historic facility.
Fenner Dunlop knocks out yet another safety milestone, recording total injury free for 365 days at its ACE manufacturing facility in Somersby, NSW.
Total injury free refers to not only recordable injuries as per Total Recordable Injury Frequency Rates (TRIFR) and Severity Rates (SR), but report only and first aid related injuries.
ACE NSW is the third branch to record 365 days injury free within the last two months – a testament to the safety culture within Fenner Dunlop.
Fenner Dunlop records 365 days injury free at West Footscray manufacturing plant.
Footscray is Fenner’s oldest manufacturing facility in Australia. The company’s roots trace back to 1890 when two British belting tradesmen, Arthur and Charles Hopkins began manufacturing leather belting, not far from the site of today’s main plant.
Today it's the main manufacturing plant for Fenner’s premium varieties of fabric ply belt, distributing to customers nationwide.
Fenner Dunlop’s ACE facility in Somersby, NSW has successfully received ISO accreditation, fulfilling internationally recognised standards of quality.
The respected ISO 9001:2015 indicates that ACE NSW operates with a quality management system, allowing them to consistently provide quality engineering, design and fabrication of conveyor systems.
Fenner Dunlop has introduced mobile capability to its suite of iBelt conveyor technology with the BeltGauge solution offering a new way for customers from all commodities and conveyor industry applications to accurately monitor health of the conveyor, the company says.
Conveyor belt company Fenner Dunlop has introduced the iBelt mobile Beltguage to accurately monitor the wear and tear of its conveyors in a greater range of environments.
The fixed BeltGauge solution has been installed at multiple sites since its launch in September 2020.
Faced with a complex engineering challenge, Fenner Dunlop has designed, supplied and commissioned a downhill conveyor system that generates its own energy.
A coal mine in Queensland’s Central Bowen Basin had a challenge on its hands. The underground mine needed to upgrade its existing equipment to reverse the grade of its conveyors. Instead of running uphill from tail to head, all main gate conveyors would run downhill.
Conveyor belt company Fenner Dunlop has recorded 365 days injury free at its Wollongong branch in New South Wales as part of its mission to becoming the safest engineered conveyor solutions provider.
Wollongong branch manager Cameron Clark said the record was a significant milestone for the company.
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Fenner Dunlop general manager of safety, training & technical Vicki Wust has enjoyed a fulfilling career highlighted by how she has accelerated greater safety awareness and skills at the company.
The 2021 Deloitte Tracking the Trends report established that many mining companies have switched their focus to intensive training to ensure workplace safety requirements are met.
Deloitte’s report found that COVID-19 increased the industry’s focus on safety, bringing with it a more attuned awareness of worker actions and movement.
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Fenner Dunlop explains how its iBelt technology solutions such as BeltGauge and Digital Hub are helping mining companies to take earlier action to prevent conveyor belt damage and access monitoring results in real time.
When a Pilbara iron ore producer experienced abnormal wear to one of its conveyor belts, it approached Fenner Dunlop to find a better solution than conducting thickness testing every 12 weeks during planned maintenance shutdowns.
The belt, valued at hundreds of thousands of dollars, should have an expected life of two years, but because of the rate of abnormal damage, it was looking like barely reaching half that.
British mathematician Clive Humby was quoted in 2006 to have said “data is the new oil”. While that fragment may have caught on, Humby elaborated, saying that data, like oil, is valuable but if unrefined, cannot really be used.
Since 1987, Statewide Belting, part of the Fenner Dunlop group of companies, has been specialists in the provision of belting products, accessories and installation services to the mining, quarrying and manufacturing industries in Tasmania.
The Tasmanian Team have invested in new, more extensive facilities and extra equipment to build upon and improve their services to support the local customers with their unique requirements. The new service centre is part of the company strategy to maintain high standards and to improve the level of service.
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Although already a key priority, Fenner Dunlop has continued to broaden its focus on health and safety, continuously striving towards an injury free workplace across its Australian operations.
While Fenner Dunlop’s previous work to underline the importance of and improve its safety procedures often concentrated on operations and equipment, its latest initiative aims to put people at the forefront of implementing safe practice, from upper management through to its workforce.
The Blue Tree Project began in Western Australia and encourages people to paint a dead tree that needs a 'blue lease on life'. It acts as a visual reminder to encourage people to talk about mental health, check in with their loved ones and friends, and speak up when battling mental health concerns.
Giving the project its own twist, the Team in Kwinana have engineered and manufactured a 3.5 metres tree out of steel as there was no access to a dead tree to paint. The tree has solar lights so that it can also be visible at night.
Earlier this year, Rio Tinto awarded Mondium all engineering and design as well as procurement and construction works associated with the development of the process plant, overland conveyor and non-process infrastructure as part of the Western Turner Syncline Phase 2 (WTS2) project.
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The mining industry’s increasing demand for efficient conveyor belt solutions has driven conveyor belt manufacturer, Fenner Dunlop, to expand its Western Australia manufacturing facility to keep up.
While many Australian manufacturers have seen a slowdown in business as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, conveyor company Fenner Dunlop is defying this trend by investing in more production capacity.
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With two Fenner Dunlop facilities reaching their one-year milestone, Managers Dan Luther and Ross Vandyke explain how the branches have rapidly and safely expanded.
Fenner Dunlop takes pride in its close proximity to its customers. The conveyor manufacturer’s mission is to keep its resources near those that need them. As such, it began looking at regions across Australia where it could expand.
In 2019, the company’s fast-paced growth strategy saw two new branches set up from scratch, one in the Hunter Valley, New South Wales and one in Karratha, Western Australia.
Fenner Dunlop ACE has been contracted to deliver an overland conveyor system for Anglo American’s Aquila project.
Anglo American is a leading global mining company, with significant investments in Australia and particularly in Queensland. Aquila is an underground hard coking coal mine near Middlemount, which will extend the life of Anglo American’s existing Capcoal underground operations.