Industrial gearbox manufacturer Radicon has this month supplied its largest-ever order.
The Elland-based company sent eight gearboxes to Hongsa Power in Laos as part of the US$1.5m deal.
Radicon was introduced to Hongsa Power Company, the largest power provider in Laos, by a long-standing customer in Thailand, who recommended the West Yorkshire company.
Hongsa Power Company is currently investing in its coal fields, and the huge gearboxes, which measured 6m x 2m, will allow it to extend its conveyors.
Radicon’s record-breaking order comprises four Radicon K3-32s, three K3-26s and a single K3-33. Each drive package weighs over 25 tonnes and were all mounted on baseplates with brakes and forced lubrication systems. They are all dual handed and were coupled to the drive shaft by rigid flange couplings.
The industrial reducer offered gives high load carrying capacities, increased efficiency, quiet running and reliability.
The drives were designed to work alongside units supplied from other manufacturers, matching the exact ratio and major interface dimensions, allowing the customer to use both brands on the same conveyor.
“Seeing these gearboxes leave our factory is a fantastic milestone,” says Richard Irons, General Manager. “These are the largest drives we have ever handled here in Elland, and it shows that we have the capability to supply high powered conveyor drive packages not just to customers in the UK but around the world. Hopefully, we will get to repeat or surpass this type of order in 2020.”
Hongsa Power Company was formed in 2009 by Banpu Power Public Company Limited, RH International (Singapore) Corporation and Lao Holding State Enterprise, to develop and operate the Hongsa Power Plant, a 1,878 MW lignite mine-mouth power plant.
Hongsa Power Plant is Laos’ highest-capacity power plant, providing a sustainable source of energy for both Laos and Thailand.
Hongsa Power Company decided to award the order to Radicon because of the company’s proven ability to deliver cost-effective and timely solutions backed up with excellent service and maintenance. A spokesperson for Hongsa Power Company said: “Our Procurement Committee and Technical Services Team looked at several companies before awarding the contract to Radicon. We were impressed with the technical solution they proposed and the after-sales package they have put together. Thus, we believe that Radicon will continue to support our team not only for the previous order but also for other possible future projects in order to have a strong customer-supplier relationship”.
The Radicon brand was first used by David Brown in 1933. In 2010, David Brown sold the division to Elecon Engineering, Asia’s largest gear manufacturer, which now retains the intellectual property on all Radicon products. Today, Radicon employs 50 people across its UK sales, design and service teams. The company supplies 5,000 gearboxes and repair some 300 gearboxes every year to customers across a wide range of industries, including cement, water, mining and quarrying, oil and gas, power generation, mining and quarrying, food production, pulp and paper, steel and rubber and plastics.