A couple of years ago we were looking for a supplier of manganese, luckily we came across Foothills Steel Foundry. It’s been a fortuitous relationship because not only do they supply us with manganese at highly competitive rates but they are also able to help us solve problems on site through their ability to develop customised solutions.
We had a client with a cracked flywheel and so instead of importing a cast iron OEM part from Ireland, we decided to have a new part reverse engineered for us by Foothills in Australia. It’s a decision we’ll never regret says Andy from Quarry Plant Solutions.
The new flywheel is made from superior quality alloys and is made from cast steel opposed to iron. Our expectation is that the part will last for the lifetime of the machine; this is a 75% improvement on the OEM part we were also considering.
When asked about the process and working with the team at Foothills, Andy said that Terry was great, he even helped us to develop a solution for a small crusher we had manufactured for a client by developing some solid works drawings for some wear pads that we were going to install.
The Flywheel that Foothills developed for us using their Faro Arm technology is stronger and more resistant to cracking and was competitive on price, but will outlast the OEM part – you cannot ask for more than that.
Even though the process was started over the Christmas period, we still managed to get the product when we needed it. Terry pulled out all the stops to make it as fast as possible – given the time of year.
We would definitely use foothills again and would definitely recommend them and already have.
Andy – Quarry Plant Solutions