Thursday 6th Aug, 2020

Bonfiglioli teams up with Kilic Engineering for major grain project

Bonfiglioli has partnered with Kilic Engineering to deliver hoppers, silos and a boom conveyor to South Australian exporter T-Ports, as part of a large grain transportation project.

­­­­Bonfiglioli has partnered with Kilic Engineering to deliver hoppers, silos and a boom conveyor to South Australian exporter T-Ports, as part of a large grain transportation project.

The application required large amounts of grain products to be handled on a consistent basis.

Grain is dropped into dual hoppers by trucks, where it is then moved into silos and then into large haul shipping vessels with a boom conveyor.

Kilic Engineering General Manager Craig Dennis said the application ultimately formed part of a large system for T-Ports.

“T-Ports specialises in innovative solutions for the export of commodities, partnering with customers and investors to use a flexible model that positions port infrastructure close to the product’s origin,” Dennis said.

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“The locally fabricated Ahrens steel silos can be filled directly by trucks direct from growers or from the nearby bunker site via an internal haul road between the two Lucky Bay sites. The system design made in collaboration with our customer, Ahrens, includes belts, gantries, services, framework, conveyors, piling and concreted works and is based on ‘off the shelf’ solutions.”

The port itself underwent a harbour extension in 2014 and now incorporates two berth pockets for simultaneously loading or discharging two 87-metre or longer self-propelled self-discharging vessels.

Bonfiglioli State Manager for VIC, SA and TAS Danie de Vries said that the initial challenge for Kilic Engineering was local support from a trusted supplier.

“While Bonfiglioli is well established in both Australia and New Zealand – 31 years and counting, Kilic Engineering required ongoing local support and on-hand expertise for this project in South Australia. Thanks to our distributor network, we were able to make this happen through our partner, Motion Control in Adelaide,” de Vries said.

A series of Bonfiglioli’s HD and HDO heavy duty gear units for this application Bonfiglioli’s.

“The HD Series can operate in the harshest environments, as well as explosive atmospheres, with low maintenance costs and long service intervals,” de Vries said.

“Finally, drives can be customised thanks to an extremely wide range of options and a large accessories portfolio.”

“We were able to deliver on time, on budget as per the scope. We are extremely grateful to Kilic Engineering for giving us the opportunity to prove our products in this application.”