Mining and Heavy Industries

Dana drives excellence in bulk handling

Dana SAC Australia’s gearboxes ensure the flow of ore and aggregate remains constant in bulk material handling. 

Dana SAC Australia’s gearboxes ensure the flow of ore and aggregate remains constant in bulk material handling. 

Dana has supported Australian bulk handling operations for nearly half a century, providing high-torque drive components that optimise machine performance and maximise yields in bulk material handling.  

The company offers Brevini planetary, helical and bevel helical gearboxes, gearmotors, slewing drives, winches and winch drives, GWB industrial driveshafts, and other motion systems for a wide range of mining applications. 

As part of a long-term commitment to Australian customers, Dana SAC Australia has steadily increased the local production of shafts, housings and the use of local suppliers in bearings and fabrications. Dana has a head office, engineering centre and production facility in Sydney as well as branch offices in Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth, to attend to any customer requests or concerns. 

The company specialises in gearboxes with hydraulic and alternating current (AC) drive technology for low-speed, high-torque equipment and the company produces reducers that are particularly suited to slewing drives.

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All of Dana’s gear units are rated in accordance with ISO (International Organisation for Standardisation)/DIN (German Institute for Standardisation) standards for continuous duty, and the company’s Australian engineers are able to calculate application specific gear and bearings lives for all standard and special composition units.

Later this year, Dana will begin offering upgrades that more precisely address torque demands of mining applications with two new monoblock models and three split-case models in its line of Brevini helical and bevel helical gearboxes. 

Dana has also made series-wide design enhancements to its helical and bevel helical gearboxes that improve power density.

“Mining and bulk material-handling customers rely on heavy-duty gearboxes to keep the flow of ore and aggregate moving and support sustained profitability,” Dana SAC Australia managing director Greg Bunn said. 

“Long known for their unmatched reliability and durability, Brevini helical and bevel helical gearboxes have been refined to offer performance improvements that enhance productivity and further benefit the bottom line.”

Offering nominal output torques up to 1100kNm, Brevini helical and bevel helical gearboxes provide the modularity and flexibility needed to optimise the performance of stationary mining applications. 

They have been redesigned with best-in-class torque density to deliver more power from a smaller package, which improves efficiency, reduces weight and minimises lubrication requirements.

Brevini helical and bevel helical gearboxes can be supplied with low-temperature housings and special seals that support operations in extreme environments. Additionally, they are available with a wide range of shaft configurations, ratios, seals and painting systems suitable for any application.

Dana also recently introduced three new planetary drives with wide ratio ranges, better power density and modular designs that enhance the performance of Brevini winch applications. Available now, the new drives offer output torque ratings from 80kNm to 130kNm and extend Dana’s leadership in supplying flexible, high-performing solutions for mining customers worldwide. 

“As mining applications grow in size to meet more demanding market requirements, planetary drives face increased torque requirements within existing design envelopes,” Bunn said. “We have expanded and revamped our line of planetary drives to deliver enhanced performance, efficiency and flexibility within an industry-leading, power-dense package.”

Dana offers Brevini BWE winches that feature a compact, high-speed piston motor for efficient operation in mining, with 13 different sizes that support lift capacities between 990 kilograms to 30 tonnes. Designed and engineered with best-in-class safety, efficiency and control, these high-performance winches have a modular design and are suitable for electric motor input.

Furthermore, Dana SAC Australia offers an updated range of gear motors and gearboxes based on three product types: parallel shaft helical, inline helical, and right-angle helical bevel.

The housing material is GG20-GG22 cast iron, with the gears made of quality case-carburised steel. Input options include electric motor with and without brakes, Brevini integrated motor, or IEC (International Electrotechnical Commission) or NEMA (National Electrical Manufacturers Association) mounts to suit users’ preferred brand of electric motor. 

Dana also provides options for pneumatic and hydraulic motor inputs as well as a solid input shaft. The range is European-designed and manufactured and is interchangeable with other European manufacturers.

Ideal for applications such as conveyors, mixers and small winches, Brevini K series gearboxes feature a monoblock housing designed for higher efficiency and greater strength. They offer flexible connections as well as integral backstops.

Dana SAC Australia serves as a single source for high-quality, precision-made gears and drives that deliver reliability year after year. The company has extensive expertise in the cost-effective design and manufacturing of custom-made gears as well as complete drives that address industry-specific accreditations, certifications and plant approvals.

Whether a customer requires a standard product or a solution specifically engineered for their needs, Dana can deliver the right solution that checks all the boxes for performance, durability, reliability, serviceability, turnaround times and long-term value. 

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