A Mackay-based business is shaking up the standard approach to design with a new range of lighter, linerless excavator buckets.
Hulk developer Mainetec is among the finalists in the Out of the Box Award and Chasing Foreign Markets Award in this year’s Resource Industry Network Awards.
Innovation is the cornerstone the business is built on, according to executive general manager Vicky Bowden.
“Hulk is just one of a range of innovative products and solutions that we have developed over the last 10 years,” she said.
“We are constantly looking at ways to do things better and smarter to give us a point of difference and keep our business moving forwards.”
Mainetec has been working on the Hulk range for almost four years.
“The challenge was to rethink the current design and manufacturing processes that have been the standard for excavator buckets for the past 30-plus years, and to deliver a high-production bucket that would give our clients a cost-effective production unit that moves more material faster,” Ms Bowden said.
She said Hulk buckets were designed with specific shaped steel castings to eliminate the need for lamination of plates as per standard OEM excavator buckets.
These castings have allowed for a high material flow, reducing hang-up in the buckets by having radiused corners rather than the standard 90-degree corners.
“The structural integrity of the Hulk design is superior due to the use of the unique casting properties and shapes,” Ms Bowden said.
She said more product could be moved in less truck passes than with conventional, equivalent buckets, and that the bucket was safer, because it eliminated the risk presented by removing wear liners on rebuild.
Mainetec has started fabrication for Hulk buckets destined for the Pilbara mining region in WA and the Bowen Basin.
RIN Awards winners will be announced this Friday (May 17) at a gala dinner at the Mackay Entertainment and Convention Centre.
The 2019 finalists include:
Safety Foremost Award – QCCS, Walz Group, Riverside Marine (Rivtow)
Champion Culture Award – The Gardian Group, Mastermyne, QCCS
Connecting in the Community Award – CQ Field Mining Services, DGH Engineering, Bank of Queensland
Chasing Foreign Markets Award – Vayeron, Mainetec, TEAM Group
Out of the Box Award – Mainetec, East West Lighting, Polymathian
Standing out from the Crowd Award – TEAM Group, Get Real Workwear, G&S Engineering
Striving for Diversity Award – Mackay Conveyor Equipment, BHP Hay Point Coal Terminal, Mastermyne