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When a foundry in Italy found itself in a hot problem, they turned to RUD.

Foundries are notoriously harsh environments. They get hot, insanely hot. Red-hot loads demand equipment that can withstand extreme temperatures while ensuring safe and efficient operation.

A foundry in Italy needed to move scorching hot steel bars that were long and weighed thousands of kilos. They were also square-shaped with a unique profile that required a unique lifting solution.

The Situation

The project had several challenges:

A Unique Solution

RUD has been in the lifting business for years and knows steel like the back of our hand. So, we took our knowledge of high-quality clamps and chains and devised a custom system to handle this hot situation.

Game Change for the Client

This custom system has been a game-changer for the foundry, improving operations on the floor. It moves the steel bars with ease, keeping things efficient while prioritising operator safety. This project is a perfect example of how RUD combines high-quality lifting components with custom-designed solutions. This tailored approach sets RUD apart from the competition. We don't just sell products; we deliver solutions for even the most challenging high-temperature lifting situations.

This project shows our commitment to exceeding customer expectations. By combining our expertise in lifting with a dedication to custom design, we ensure safety, efficiency, and happy customers, no matter how hot the job gets.

If you want more details of our lifting and lashing solutions, email us or call us on 07 3809 1300.

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Cement asphalt plants use bucket elevators to move the material to the plant mixing tower. Bucket elevators used in asphalt plants should withstand high material temperatures (frequently reaching 180-200°C) and operate at high capacity (e.g. up to 100-200 tonne/hour).

An asphalt plant in South Australia had operational capacity problems and frequent DIN bracket-type bucket elevator system breakage. The plant was only producing 85,000t annually, which was quite low compared to the standard 100t per hour over a 2,000-hour system life (200,000t per year). In addition, they experienced significant downtime due to replacing the chains and brackets every 8-12 months, negatively impacting their efficiency and throughput.

The Challenges with the Current System

The current system had a few shortcomings, such as:

In comparison to the short life of the DIN system, RUD endless chains only need to be replaced after producing approximately 200,000t. The bucket attachments, however, can be replaced after approximately 400,000t, which was a huge advantage to the plant. The RUD system is superior, with endless chains and bucket attachments, doubling the chain life and increasing component life by four times.

Description of the problem: 

The chain contact with the DIN shackles was wearing out faster in the interlink area because it had lower hardness. The wheel diameter was also too small for optimal chain life.  All the centrifugal load was applied on the bucket shackle as it moved around the wheel, resulting in higher interlink wear.

Some of the issues the plant was facing were:

Why did the client approach RUD?

Most bulk material handling sites in Australia using the DIN shackle system are gradually being replaced with the RUD 2WIN solution. The 2WIN system has a 3-link interlink contact, which makes conveyors more stable and provides longer component life.

The client was aware that RUD had successfully completed many upgrades of 2WIN conversions, so they invited RUD to propose a full conversion plan.

Some of the reasons for approaching RUD were:

The RUD Solution:

RUD implemented the 2WIN solution with a 3-link contact with the 19x75 chain, making the conveyor stable even on smaller-diameter wheels. This included replacing the treads with hardened wheels which fitted the existing casings. The treads were a bolt-on design for easy installation and replacement when required. The added benefit was that the capacity could be maintained or even increased with bucket spacing on a 19x75 chain.

RUD bucket elevator systems offer a range of proven, high capacity and flexible solutions for all vertical handling applications. The hardened steel chain systems support large capacity conveying, providing maximum throughput.

The Result:

Regular chain wear measurements will be monitored with a service and support plan to maximise chain life and performance. We use predictable life projections for scheduled maintenance to avoid unplanned downtime. Most of our component kits are planned and delivered well before a shutdown. Backup kits are supplied before planned outages to avoid unscheduled downtime.

A Win-Win Situation

The RUD 2WIN system ensures efficient operation in the demanding hot asphalt environment for many years. The 2WIN attachment, fixed on the bucket, distributes load, and extends the bucket lifespan. Additionally, these attachments are replaced only with every second chain change, maximising efficiency. Full tensioner wheel contact minimises tread wear and extends chain life. The hardened RUD components are superior to the previous wheel, and the treads only require changing every second chain set.

This upgrade with the 2WIN system is a WIN-WIN for both RUD and the client.

If you want more details of our conveyor and drive systems, email us or call us on 07 3809 1300.

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Secure and reliable lashing points are critical when transporting heavy machinery and cargo. These critical components guarantee the safety of goods in transit and minimise potential damage and costs. In addition, appropriately secured loads significantly reduce the risk of accidents caused by shifting cargo, protecting drivers, passengers, and other road users*.

* If you want more details on the importance of load securing, including the NHVR Load Restraint Guide, read our 2-part article published earlier:

Part 1 and Part 2

The Importance of Secure Lashing During Transport

Imagine a scenario where a load shifts unexpectedly during transport in your heavy vehicle. Not only could it damage the cargo itself, but it also poses a significant risk of accidents for drivers, passengers, and other road users. This is why proper load restraint using certified lashing equipment, as mandated by the Australian Load Restraint Guide, is absolutely crucial.

RUD: A Global Leader in Lashing Solutions

RUD is a world leader in the lifting and lashing industry and offers a comprehensive selection of lashing points with capacities ranging from 3,000 to 32,000 daN. These lashing solutions cater to diverse sectors, including the lashing of heavy and large loads in cargo transportation, vehicle transport, railway operations, and construction equipment.

Uncompromising Quality and Compliance

RUD takes quality and compliance seriously. All RUD lashing points undergo rigorous 100% crack testing and adhere to the strictest quality control procedures. This ensures that you receive reliable and compliant products that meet the demands of heavy vehicle transport.

Flexibility and Adaptability for Optimised Loading and Unloading

Regarding efficiency, RUD's lashing points are designed for unmatched flexibility during loading and unloading operations. The compact designs with large eye diameters allow greater versatility when using different lashing equipment. The diverse welding surfaces enable easy and seamless integration into the truck or trailer chassis during the build process.

For instance, the RUD OPTILASH-CLICK system stands out for its versatility. It can be moved along the chassis, reducing the required number of lashing points. This translates to cost savings and lighter weight for your heavy vehicle.

Benefits of Choosing RUD Lashing Points

There are numerous advantages to incorporating RUD lashing points into your transport operations:

The RUD Lashing Point Range

To cater to various load-securing needs in transport, RUD offers a comprehensive range of lashing points, including weld-on and bolt-on options.

RUD Weld-On Lashing Points: 

RUD Bolt-On Lashing Points: 

Why Partner with RUD for Your Lashing Needs?

There are several compelling reasons to choose RUD for your lashing point requirements:

By partnering with RUD for your lashing point needs, you are guaranteed exceptional quality, superior safety, and efficient operation of all your load securing and lashing requirementsRUD lashing points are available through a network of Australia-wide distributors. If you want to know your nearest RUD distributor, email us or call us on 07 3809 1300.

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Part 2 of the 2-part article. Click here to read Part 1.

Risk Analysis: A Crucial Step for Integrated and Attachable Lifting Points

A comprehensive risk analysis is mandatory before conducting a lift, whether utilising integrated or attachable lifting points. This analysis should consider the following key aspects regarding lifting points:

Lifting Point Selection Criteria

Choosing the appropriate lifting point is crucial for ensuring the safety and efficiency of any lifting operation. Here are some key factors to consider during the selection process:

Verification and Documentation

The selected lifting point should possess a valid test certificate conforming to the relevant standards. This certification verifies that the manufacturer adheres to stringent testing protocols, including proof load application, destructive tensile tests, and crack detection procedures.

Design and Calculation Resources

Providing engineers access to 2D/3D CAD design documents and calculation programs can significantly enhance the lifting point selection process. These resources allow engineers to incorporate lifting points directly into technical drawings while considering factors impacting WLL calculations, such as:

Simplified Lifting Point Inspection with RFID Technology

Regular inspection and maintenance of lifting points are essential for safe operation. RUD offers lifting points equipped with RFID transponders. These transponders contain unique identification numbers that a dedicated reader can scan to transmit data to cloud-based software. This technology simplifies inspection recordkeeping and allows for convenient access to vital lifting point information.

Click here to see the RUD ACP-TURNADO, the world’s first intelligent lifting point with RFID.

Lifting Point Purchasing Checklist

To streamline the selection process, consider this checklist when purchasing lifting points:

By following these guidelines and utilising available resources, you can ensure the selection of the most suitable lifting points for your specific lifting applications, promoting a safe and efficient operation. RUD Australia has a team of experienced, CPEng-qualified engineers who can assist you in selecting the correct lifting points for your application.

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This is a 2 part article.

Lifting points are fundamental elements within any lifting system. They are the crucial connection between lifting equipment (cranes, hoists) and the load itself, facilitating lifting, rotating, and manoeuvring operations. Common lifting point examples include eyebolts, swivel load rings and pad eyes, which connect to lifting chains using hooks, shackles, or other dedicated connectors. Modern lifting points are engineered to ensure safe load handling and to prevent damage throughout the lifting and transportation process.

Integrating Lifting Points at the Design Stage

With over 140 years of experience, RUD recognises that lifting points are often overlooked during the initial design phase. This can lead to complications and potential safety hazards later in the project. Incorporating lifting points should be prioritised from the outset to prevent such issues. This includes considering lifting requirements throughout the product lifecycle, from production and internal transportation to delivery, installation, assembly, and even potential relocation or decommissioning. Implementing lifting points at each stage minimises risk and promotes smooth operation. During the design phase, collaboration between the engineering, production, logistics, and supply chain management teams ensures proper lifting point integration.

Evolution of Lifting Points: From Simple Eye Bolts to Modern Safety Standards

Over time, lifting point design has evolved to comply with changing regulations and safety requirements. Four decades ago, DIN 580 eyebolts were the most prevalent lifting point option. However, a series of accidents in German underground operations, attributed to eyebolt breakage, necessitated stricter standards. These types of incidents regarding the misuse of collared eyebolts led to the development of modern lifting points, offering significantly higher safety margins against breakage in all directions. As a result, collared eyebolts such as DIN 580 and AS 2317.1 eyebolts are no longer the preferred choice for lifting points.

The Role of Lifting Points in Conjunction with Lifting Equipment

Lifting points play a vital role when working with lifting equipment like cranes, crane trucks, and material-handling machinery. Lifting chains that connect the machine to the load rely on these critical components. In Australia, specific standards for lifting (e.g. AS 4991, AS 3775.2, AS 3776) set the requirements for various lifting gear, prioritising operator safety. This focus on safety emphasises the importance of selecting the most suitable lifting gear for each application.

Types of Lifting Points: Boltable vs. Weldable, Rigid vs. Swivel

Lifting points are generally categorised into two primary types: boltable and weldable. Boltable options are the most common due to their versatility, allowing for easy assembly and disassembly as needed. They are available for standard thread sizes, offering maximum flexibility. Conversely, weldable lifting points are permanently affixed to the load. Their primary advantage is eliminating accidental unscrewing or over-tightening during load rotation or turning. Beyond these classifications, lifting points can also be rigid or swivelling. Rigid variants, such as collared eyebolts or pad eyes, lack adjustability in the pulling direction. Swivel lifting points, on the other hand, offer greater flexibility. They are commonly employed in multi-strand lifting applications, as they can automatically align themselves with the lifting force during load handling.

Click for our full range of bolt-on and weld-on lifting points.

Advantages of Lifting Points with Swivel and Rotation Capabilities

Lifting points specifically designed for rotating and turning applications offer additional benefits, translating into increased value. These points often integrate ball bearings, enabling a full Working Load Limit (WLL) under rotation. This makes them ideal for scenarios requiring load manipulation during lifting. The ball bearings significantly reduce sudden and unwanted movements during rotation, a crucial safety feature. Achieving smooth, impact-free rotation under load is only possible with these bearings.

Click here for an example of a ball-bearing lifting point - The RUD VWBG Load Ring.

Understanding Working Load Limit (WLL)

WLL is a critical industry term indicating the working load a lifting point can be subject to. Selecting appropriate lifting points necessitates a thorough understanding of their WLLs. Several factors influence a lifting point's WLL, including its attachment method, positioning, load symmetry, and the number of lift points used.

To be continued ...

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Introduction:

Germany, with 34 million tons of cement production, is Europe's leading cement producer*. When TBA, a renowned concrete supplier needed assistance to lift the roof of a concrete silo used for an infrastructure project, they turned to RUD.

The Challenge:

The project required lifting and placing a roof on top of a silo located near Unterkochen.

The project presented several challenges for the lifting operation:

The Solution:

Due to the heavy lift and the lifting configuration, RUD engineers proposed that a 13mm, 2 x 2-strand ICE 120 chain was ideal for the operation. To maintain the chain's working load limit (WLL) within safe parameters, it was calculated that a minimum length of 6.402 meters was required for low sling angles.

However, there were only 2 x 7-metre 2-strand chains and 2 x 4-metre chains in stock. Instead of postponing the project to another date, we decided to use IH (ICE-H) Connectors to extend the 4-metre chains.

The I-H Connectors are a fast, simple, and cost-effective solution for converting ICE chains into endless configurations. They are compact, easier to manage than conventional chain connectors, and flexible enough to fit the ICE chain.

Once the chains were extended to the necessary length, ICE Star Hooks were attached to the chain ends. Due to their innovative skeletal design, ICE Star Hooks can be used in temperatures from -60°C to 300°C and are up to 25% lighter than Grade 80 hooks of the same WLL.

This solution enabled a safe and secure lift of the silo roof. The roof was lifted to its final height of 35 meters above ground for the final assembly.

Products used in the project:

Conclusion:

This project demonstrates how RUD's innovative lifting solutions, such as the flexible ICE Chains, can solve complex lifting challenges. RUD is the innovator and sets standards for lifting technologies through expertise and flexible solutions to ensure safe and successful operation even in challenging conditions.

* The European Cement Association. Key Facts & Figures: Main World Producers in 2018; The European Cement Association: Brussels, Belgium, 2020

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Part 2 of the 2-part article. Click here to read Part 1.

Identifying Chain Grades:

Chains are stamped with their grade for easy identification. Grades 80 and 100 use the "(H)" stamp followed by the number (e.g., H8 for Grade 80, H10 for Grade 100). However, Grade 120 employs the "(D)" stamp. It is important to point out here that unlike lifting chains, hoist chains cannot be used for lifting and are stamped with letters to prevent potentially dangerous mix-ups.

Safety Certifications and Testing:

Safety is paramount. Always opt for chains approved by relevant regulatory bodies (e.g., DGUV in Germany). Traceability through batch codes and RFID chips (offered by RUD) is also recommended. Regular inspections and electromagnetic crack tests (every three years) are essential for safety assurance.

Choosing the Right Lifting Chain:

Selecting the right chain hinges on several factors.

RUD will help you with the best chain suspension for lifting based on the following:

 

Conclusion:

By understanding the types, grades, and applications of lifting chains, you can ensure safe and efficient lifting operations. Remember to prioritise safety by adhering to regulations, conducting proper inspections, and selecting the most suitable chain for your specific needs.

Click here to download our Lifting Points and Lifting Means Catalogues.

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This is a 2 part article.

The age-old proverb, "A chain is only as strong as its weakest link," first used in Thomas Reid’s “Essays on the Intellectual Powers of Man” in 1786, perfectly encapsulates the critical role of lifting chains in material handling. This article delves into the world of lifting chains, exploring their types, grades, uses, and essential safety considerations.

What are Lifting Chains?

Lifting chains are crucial connectors between a load and a lifting hook. They are typically secured to a designated lifting point on the load, ensuring safe and secure lifting. Lifting chains form part of chain suspensions, which, along with the chains, include a master link, end components like hooks, connecting or shortening components and balancers if required.

Evolution of Lifting Chains:

Modern lifting chains have significantly improved compared to their predecessors. While past chains suffered from low material strength and cumbersome weight, today's chains offer high strength, durability, and cost-effectiveness, making them the preferred choice for lifting and lashing applications. They also weigh considerably less for the same WLL (Working Load Limit), which is beneficial when lifting heavy loads.

Types of Lifting Equipment:

While wire rope and synthetic slings offer alternative lifting options, they have limitations, particularly in terms of adjustability, susceptibility to sharp edges, and performance under extreme temperatures.

Lifting chains stand out with their:

Choosing the Right Chain Grade:

Several chain grades (Grade 80, 100, 120) exist, each with its own WLL (Working Load Limit). Selecting the appropriate grade is crucial for safety and efficiency.

Grade 80: This has been in existence since 1970. It is very popular in some parts of the world because it offers affordability. However, it has a lower breaking force and weight limitation.

Tip: RUD was the first chain manufacturer, approved for Grade 80 in 1972

Grade 100: It has been in existence for the last 30 years and is popularly used by many operators. It is a step up over Grade 80 and provides a balance between cost and performance.

Tip: RUD launched Grade 100 as VIP (Verwechslungsfrei in Pink) in 2006, and it is still a popular product used in many lifting applications. Click here for more details on the RUD VIP Grade 100.

Grade 120: Grade 120 is the latest and strongest grade, offering lighter weight and higher breaking force than Grade 80. Exclusive to a few manufacturers (including RUD).

Tip: Grade 120 offers a 30% reduction in weight than Grade 80 because it uses less material. It also possesses a 60% higher breaking force than a Grade 80 chain, and it is extremely robust, tough, and resilient to sharp and rough edges.

What this means is that an ICE Grade 120 Lifting or Lashing Chain - no matter the nominal thickness - can replace a Grade 80 chain of a next-higher nominal thickness.

Click here for more details on RUD ICE 120 Chains.

To be continued ...

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RUD’s apron conveyors are suitable for a wide range of applications, such as high-temperature materials, waste, aggregate, dry ash handling, mineral processing, and kiln applications.

RUD apron feeders increase the efficiency of bulk material handling in high-temperature and high-abrasive applications. They are extremely versatile and can convey bulk materials without causing spillage or degradation.

The advantages of a RUD Apron Feeder Conveyor are:

Project:

RUD Australia was tasked to design, build and install an apron feeder conveyor for an automotive recycling operation. The scope of the project was to offer a complete solution to solve issues around moving shredded auto parts.

Challenges:

The outdated handling process had individual aprons with rollers installed that required constant maintenance. The goal was to increase production and reliability while minimising maintenance and unplanned shutdowns.

Available data at the engagement stage:

The RUD Solution:

RUD designed, manufactured and commissioned a workable solution as part of the improvement project. The RUD-engineered round steel chains proved to be a successful improvement over the plate and bushing pin-type chains.

The Result:

Comments:

Technical Details:

Specifications Dimensions
Horizontal Conveying Length 8.2 Metres.
Hopper Capacity 24 m3.
Inclined Conveying Length 7 Metres.
Horizontal Conveying Length - Top 0.65 Metres.
Linear Speed 0.1 m/s typical speed 0.2 m/s maximum.
Conveyed Material 50mm average height of material, 900Kg/m³ average density, process 50T p/hr.
Chain Capacity 566kN (break load).
Apron Pans 89 pieces at 480 centres, each weighing 120kg. Minimum 1550mm wide.

If you want to know how the team at RUD can help you, please call us on 07 3809 1300 or fill out an enquiry form here.

Lifting and turning a pump weighing several tonnes was done safely and easily with RUD ICE endless chains.

 

RUD lifts a massive pump in a mine.

Mining in Chile is concentrated in the Norte Grande region spanning most of the Atacama Desert. The Atacama Desert lies 60 km southeast of Calama and is known as the driest desert in the world. The biggest challenge for mining companies is the lack of water, which is vital to the mining processes for concentrating and leaching. Most mining companies extract water from aquifers located high in the Andes Mountains, while some get it pumped from the coast.

The mine that requested a solution from RUD, extracted copper and molybdenum ore from depths of 1000 mts. This mine used a pump that transported water through 144 km of pipes from the coast to the mine site.

The problem.

The pump to transport water was huge, and its size and weight over several tonnes posed several challenges during maintenance and repair work. The mining company could only use shackles rated at 40kg per shackle and the weight of the total number of shackles to raise the pump made it impossible with this option.

The solution.

Lightweight chains instead of heavy shackles.

To solve the weight problem, RUD offered a solution of using adjustable ICE endless chains with a nominal thickness of 16 mm. ICE endless chains are used to lash an object directly without lashing or lifting points. The advantage of ICE endless chains is that it can be secured and opened without tools and the chain can be adjusted in its loop diameter. The ICE endless chain can be used with an ICE multi-shortening claw to form a closed chain.

The result.

A safe solution weighing only 11 kg per chain with the overall weight reduced by 70%.

For more details on how RUD can help with your lifting requirements, please call us on 07 3809 1300 or fill out an enquiry form here.

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"A chain is only as strong as its weakest link."

The reliability and safety of our products are central to our business. Our quality commitment is reflected in our integrated QM / UM-System, which ensures all RUD employees comply with the high quality and environmental standards set by us.

Quality and environmental protection.

1953 marked a turning point in the history of the hoist industry when RUD became the first company to receive the H stamp for high-strength chains. The H stamp, which symbolises quality and safety, has revolutionised the world of lifting and lashing. RUD is the first manufacturer of new quality grades and carries the H1-stamp for Grade 60, Grade 80 and Grade 100. Seven decades later, RUD is still at the forefront of innovation.

Watch the new video, which looks at the stamp's origins and its role in quality and safety.

RUD Australia will be closed from Monday 25th December until 2nd January inclusive.

For emergencies, please call our main line on 07 3809 1300 and one of our team will help you.

Christmas/New Year Trading Hours:

Normal Trading Hours Monday 18/12/2023 – Friday 22/12/2023
Closure Period Monday 25/12/2023 - Monday 01/01/2024
Normal Trading Hours From Tuesday 02/01/2024

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Christmas is the season for kindling the fire of hospitality - Washington Irving.

Christmas is doing a little something extra for someone. It is the season of giving, and who better to talk about giving than a charity? Our December Charity Champion is Sallyanne, who is very passionate about giving to the community through the #BeAnElf organisation.

The #RUDstory is about our employees, the charities they support each month, the values they hold dear, and their experience of teamwork, challenges and motivation at RUD.

How many years have you been involved with the Be An Elf charity?

I have been supporting the BE AN ELF charity for 6 years, and RUD Chains has been participating for the last 5 years.  This is my favourite charity which I support as I love doing the shopping and giving back to the community.

What inspired you to continue advocating for this charity?

My children have been very fortunate to receive gifts on Christmas morning, and I wanted to teach my children to give back to the community. The Byrne family has been part of the BE AN ELF charity for the last six years, and we love making some local children happy on Christmas Day.  This is RUD’s fifth year supporting the charity, which is exciting.  One thing I love about this charity is the “Elves” deliver the gifts on Christmas Eve so the children receive their gifts on Christmas Day.

Why is this charity important to you?

I think the big smiles on the children say it all. Being given the gift ‐ granting the very longed-for item and brand from the top of their Wish Letter to Santa' is incredible.  We've gone and done it ‐ granted that first wish ‐ bought a new pair of black school shoes, the next Wish Letter for a most desired Barbie, then a really longed-for 'new undies' that weren't holey and pre-worn.  RUD and I want to make a difference, contribute to our local community and put smiles on children's faces.

How does the charity serve the community?  

For the last 16 years in December, BE AN ELF volunteers read letters written by children to Santa and arrange gift bags for distribution. The letters are mostly written by local kids or their mums or dads asking for 'new shoes', ' bed sheets’, ‘pillow' or other necessities.  The children are referred from services such as Centre Link, Social Workers, Neighbourhood Centres, Family Services and GP’s. The BE AN ELF mission is to put smiles on the faces of less fortunate local Queensland kids on Christmas Morning.  When times are tough, it’s the little people who are struggling that suffer the most, and being different can be a hard lesson to learn. 

How does the RUD team help with the cause?   

The difference we make at RUD through the BE AN ELF is an empowering contribution to society’s vulnerable and smallest members who, most of the time, end up neglected because they do not have a voice.

Any additional comments?

I love contributing to this cause, and every year RUD contributes more wish letters which makes me so proud to work alongside such generous people. All for the same cause of making Christmas the most magical day of the year for all.

Interested to join the team?

Check our current vacancies on Seek.

We are always looking for people in engineering, fabrication, welding, sales or marketing who believe that customers and culture are important. If there are no suitable roles, click here to send us an expression of interest.

A Tyre Protection Chain is ideal for creating a barrier between the tyres and the ground surface. TPCs provide maximum protection to sidewalls and tread areas, virtually eliminating tyre failures from rock cuts and staking. This guarantees maximum production from the loader and peace of mind with unplanned tyre maintenance expenses.

The Problem

Australian hard rock quarries have some of the most challenging environments in the world for rubber tyred machines. Boral Quarries' West Burleigh site has been providing road base and other quality aggregates into the Gold Coast and surrounding areas for many years. Maintaining uninterrupted supply is essential to the area’s economic growth and their rubber tyred CAT988G loader is a major asset in the quarrying process. Unplanned tyre failure can cause havoc to production schedules and require expensive and ‘hard to get’ replacement tyres.

The Solution

RUD Chains have been providing TPCs to West Burleigh for over a decade and have fitted a further four chains to their CAT988G wheel loader. The FELS Gigant Plus X19 close mesh ‘extra heavy duty’ Tyre Protection Chain has been proven in Australia and around the world as the best-performing chain for hard rock quarry applications.

More on the Gigant Plus X19

 The Benefit

RUD’s Gigant Plus X19 provides maximum protection to sidewalls and tread areas, virtually eliminating tyre failures from rock cuts and staking. West Burleigh Quarry can now be confident that they will achieve maximum production from the loader and avoid unplanned tyre expenses.

West Burleigh quarry’s traction and fuel usage has improved, and tyre replacement has been reduced by up to 6 times. 

What the customer says

“We see our long-term relationship with RUD Chains more as a partnership than supplier and customer. RUD’s product keeps our tyre costs down - a major expense for any quarry operation. With guaranteed production, our return on investment for the chains is exceptional.”

Article copyright to RUD, this information is accurate at the time of publication and RUD Australia takes no responsibility for any errors, inadvertent or otherwise. Some pictures are for illustration only. For more details on how RUD can help with your crane requirements, please call us on 07 3809 1300 or fill out an enquiry form here.

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Indo Pacific International Maritime Exposition is Australia’s premier commercial maritime and naval defence exposition which will be held at the International Convention Centre (ICC) Sydney from Tue 7 - Thu 9 Nov 2023.

This year's expo is on track to be the largest iteration in 23 years, with key players from the maritime and naval defence communities.

RUD Australia is also a certified supplier to the Australian Defence Force. Some of the solutions we provide to the ADF are:

What does RUD offer?

We offer bespoke solutions for the challenging conditions in the maritime industry. Forged from Duplex Stainless Steel 1.4462, our products are suitable for corrosive applications, including the subsea ROV-Hook, which has been developed specially for rigging with underwater robots.

ROV Subsea Rigging Hook

RORO Weld-On Lashing Point

INOX-ABA Weld-On Lashing Point

INOX-STAR Bolt-On Lifting Point

TECDOS Drive Technology

TECDOS Drives can be used in linear, rotating, horizontal or vertical applications to:

Click here to visit the Indo Pacific International Maritime Exposition website.

Visit our booth in the Defence Jobs Qld Area from 7-9 Nov 2023 at the International Convention Centre to discuss our Maritime Lifting, Lashing and Drive Technology Solutions.

For more information on RUD Solutions for the Maritime Industry, click here to send us an enquiry.

If there's one thing The Order of Mo is known for, it's this. Growing a Mo is our symbol for better men’s health. It also grabs attention and starts important conversations. 

November is Movember for Leigh Dalton, who champions the month in our #RUDstory series. The RUD Stories are about our employees, the values they hold dear and the highlights of teamwork, challenges and motivation while working at RUD.

#meetLeigh - The RUD November Charity Champion promoting men’s health issues on prostate and testicular cancer and men’s suicide.

Leigh Dalton, based at our Perth office, has been an advocate for Movember and has been prioritising this charity in the RUD workplace since 2014. The People & Culture team sat down with Leigh once again to understand why he is passionate about Movember, how RUD is helping to create a culture of care and well-being and why mental health should be a priority in our daily lives and in the workplace.

The RUD Chains Tuesday Afternoon Moustache Club started in 2014 and is open for anyone to join.

How many years have you been involved with the Movember charity?

I did Movember with some of the lads I played basketball with a couple of times before starting with RUD. But since I’ve been here, I’ve captained the team every year and this is our 10th consecutive Movember campaign.

What inspired you to continue advocating for this charity?

The conversation around men's health is very important. I have two young sons who I hope get to grow up in a society where men speaking openly about their physical and mental health is met with positive conversation and compassion rather than the old school “just harden up” response of past generations.

Do you think employee well-being is critical at RUD?

Employee well-being should be human well-being, regardless of your occupation and workplace, whether you work full-time, part-time or are not in employment. Everyone’s well-being is important. That being said, RUD does a great job of putting the staff's well-being at the forefront, with plenty of opportunities for people to be involved in various and numerous activities throughout the year and advocating for open and honest conversation amongst everyone here.

What other programs do you get involved with?

I’m a supporter of The Cancer Council as I have a personal and family history of cancer in various forms, and I’m also a big supporter of The Salvation Army. Both organisations do great work in the community in supporting those in need in what is often the darkest times of their lives.

Why do you think others should join your team to raise awareness for mental health? 

I understand not everyone wants to commit to growing a Mo or the move challenge, and that’s okay. I just hope people hear the message about open and honest conversation and looking after ourselves, speaking up when things aren’t great and going to the GP when something isn’t right. Over the years, I’ve had conversations with colleagues who were thankful they were encouraged to have those types of discussions and that it made a good positive difference in the lives of them and their loved ones. Click here to join or donate to the RUD Chains Moustache Club.

So give it a go - it shows the world you stand for healthier men and a healthier world.

Interested to join the team?

Check our current vacancies on our Careers page or on Seek.

We are always looking for people in engineering, fabrication, welding, sales and admin who believe that customers and culture are important. If there are no suitable roles, click here to send us an expression of interest.

A gangway is a narrow walkway or platform that provides safe access to a ship, truck, or train. Ship gangways are used for the passage of both passengers/crew and cargo. They must move in all directions and be height-adjustable for use with different ships. The gangways must also be robust, secure and safe under challenging conditions.

RUD’s TECDOS Drive system offers an ideal solution for a gangway, using calibrated steel chains fitting into complimenting sprockets. TECDOS drive systems are an ideal replacement for pinion gear and wire rope drives because they function reliably even under the most challenging conditions.

For gangways, RUD TECDOS drive systems can include:

TECDOS PI-GAMMA DRIVE

The PI-GAMMA drive system, with a fixed 180-degree angle (PI) or a flexible 90-180-degree (GAMMA), is suited for horizontal and vertical applications. The PI-GAMMA pocket wheel block can pull the load along the round steel chain or move it to a different location.

The advantages of PI-GAMMA DRIVE:

TECDOS PREMIUM ROUND LINK CHAIN

The core component of each TECDOS drive system is a highly wear-resistant, calibrated round link chain that can be used in challenging conditions or with abrasive materials. TECDOS chains have high-grade strength to ensure maximum operating safety. The Premium Round Link Chain is case-hardened.

TECDOS END CHAIN FIXING

The chain end fixing, which connects chains to supporting structures, transfers 100% of the TECDOS chain operating forces. Because of its adjustable axis, it also ensures maximum flexibility during use.

TECDOS LIFT LIMITER

The lift limiter prevents the chain from “passing through” by limiting the unloaded sides of the chain, working as a route limiter.

The Project

RUD Australia was approached to build a passenger gangway for a cruise ship terminal in Western Australia. The client could not implement the standard method of using a hydraulic cylinder, as it was too expensive and not cost-efficient for the required lift height.

The Solution: 

After understanding the project's scope and the solution that best met the client's requirements, RUD developed a dual-strand loop drive component package for this project.

The Result:

RUD implemented a TECDOS 65 component package. Gear motors independently drove the Pi Drives.

The Project Inclusions:

TECDOS systems are ideal for applications where materials or equipment must be swivelled, lifted, moved, or rotated safely and reliably. RUD quality is a result of years of research and development, creating bespoke drive solutions that are used by leading companies in maritime, engineering, automotive, and wind power and by military forces around the world.

Article copyright to RUD, this information is accurate at the time of publication and RUD Australia takes no responsibility for any errors, inadvertent or otherwise.

For more details on how RUD can help with your crane requirements, please call us on 07 3809 1300 or fill out an enquiry form here.

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Who is RUD?

RUD is a leading German manufacturer of Tyre Protection Chains (TPCs), supplying 65% of the global market. With a strong focus on innovation, consistency, and quality, RUD sets the industry standard. Our reputation for excellence stems from our commitment to delivering top-quality TPCs designed to provide superior protection and traction in various on-site conditions.

What is a Tyre Protection Chain?

A TPC is a closed mesh of high alloy, hardened steel chains that protect the tread and sidewalls of tyres. These chains are flexible, allowing them to adjust to every deformation of the tyre. They have high levels of self-cleaning, preventing the tread mesh from becoming filled and clogged while providing the best possible protection and traction.

Why is a Tyre Protection Chain important?

All vehicle tyres in production sites face hazardous challenges such as sharp and jagged rocks, and muddy and slippery surfaces. Even if the tyres are new, such surfaces can result in punctures or blowouts which lead to equipment downtime, loss of productivity, and delays in projects. Also, specialised tyres are expensive and take time to source, which escalates replacement costs. Premature deterioration of tyres is a costly inconvenience that can be minimized using TPCs.

RUD is the major supplier of Tyre Protection Chains around the world.

RUD offers TPCs suitable for a wide range of tyre sizes, from as small as 21/7-R10 of an all-terrain Segway to the largest rubber tyre loader tyre on the market, the 70/70-R57 used for the Komatsu 2350 Loader. These chains are essential in hazardous environments such as mining, quarrying, construction, and scrap metal/recycling, preventing tyre damage, punctures, blowouts, and costly downtime. RUD provides TPCs for both open-cut and underground mining applications, as well as traction chains for slippery and boggy conditions.

With RUD’s TPCs, you can be assured of increased tyre lifespan, improved traction, reduced machine downtime, cost savings, and enhanced workforce utilisation. TPCs minimise the need for frequent tyre changes, saving time, money, and labour. With TPCs in place, scheduled work can proceed smoothly, avoiding unexpected failures and disruptions.

RUD's expertise goes beyond product supply. We provide a huge range of replacement parts and special tooling along with guidance, training, and regular service inspections to ensure optimal TPC selection, installation, and maintenance across Australia. To further enhance tyre protection and safety, additional solutions like tyre pressure monitoring systems (TPMS), regular tyre inspections, and tyre rotation can also be employed.

Through RUD's recommendations, you can maintain tyre condition, extend their life, and minimise punctures, blowouts, and other issues. RUD's German heritage ensures a commitment to innovation, consistency, and quality, making us a trusted partner in tyre protection.

Article copyright to RUD, this information is accurate at the time of publication and RUD Australia takes no responsibility for any errors inadvertent or otherwise.

If you want to know how the team at RUD can help you with tyre protection chains, please call 07 3809 1300 or fill out an enquiry form here.

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The Safe and Versatile Lifting Solution for Small Loads.

The RUD Mini-Lifter is made up of a master link with an integrated shortening option which is specially developed for the 4mm RUD ICE 120 lifting chain. The mini-lifter is designed and manufactured by RUD Germany and with an ICE 120 chain is ideal for lifting small loads up to 800 kg with a single-leg lift and up to 1.4 tonnes with a 2, 3 or 4-leg lift.

The mini-lifter is made from high-quality material and is designed to meet the highest safety standards. It is marked with the RUD-ID-TAG® (RFID chip) for easy identification.

The mini-lifter with the ICE chain is a versatile lifting solution that can be used in a variety of applications and is ideal for lifting small loads in tight or confined spaces. It is easy to use and maintain, and it is backed by RUD's commitment to quality.

Read more on the ICE mini-lifter here.

How will you benefit from a RUD ICE mini-lifter?

So, where can I use the RUD ICE mini-lifter?

Tips for Using Mini-lifters.

If you are looking for a versatile and reliable tool for lifting heavy objects in your workshop, a RUD ICE mini-lifter is a great option. Order your RUD ICE mini-lifter today and experience the RUD quality.

 

 

Call us on 07 3809 1300 or send us an enquiry here.

Smart Solution for Lashing Requirements.

Introducing OPTILASH FIX and OPTILASH CLICK, a flexible system of lashing points. They come in an integrated retainer housing to add or remove lashing points and provide significant cost savings in the long term.

How can you benefit by using OPTILASH:

 Available to order. Call us on 07 3809 1300 or visit our OPTILASH product pages FIX or CLICK.

Drive Solutions for Stage and Events

Entertainment is big business. All musical and sporting events require smooth behind-the-scenes operations to create magic for the audiences. Many stadiums, opera houses and theatre buildings are constructed or renovated to accommodate a wide variety of events, from sports to live theatre, music concerts and dance performances. Hence, the stage needs to adapt quickly to new areas or shapes to accommodate the demanding requirements of such events. And the only way is by using systems such as mechanical chains that lift, lower, push, and pull equipment into a variety of configurations.

Every stage is different, which means that each component of the stage not only has to be durable and efficient but must also integrate into the whole equipment. Theatre and stage construction present technical challenges because of high loads on crossbeams, stage lighting, stage sets or entire stage platforms, which must move safely and reliably. In addition, technical equipment must operate quietly and out of sight, so as not to interfere with the performance.

A long history

RUD has been a world leader in lifting and drive technology with a history of manufacturing excellence for over 140 plus years.

The magic of a show is priceless. Many opera houses, theatres and stadiums across the world use RUD hoist chains and drive solutions that reliably raise and lower stage equipment such as crossbeams, platforms and curtains including setting up and dismantling shows. RUD chains and drive solutions also enable the smooth realignment of permanently installed lightning. Every event is unique and using RUD chains and drive technology guarantees a safe and easy process including customisation for each performance as required.

TECDOS from RUD is a drive system that combines high-quality and accurately calibrated steel chains which fit into complementing sprockets. TECDOS modules are suitable for high loads and reliable under the most challenging conditions. Every TECDOS round steel chain is stamped and issued with a standard 3.1 inspection certificate to ensure its traceability right back to the chain furnace.

Solutions for the entertainment industry:

All RUD products are finished in Galvanised Black Phosphate to blend with the stage equipment.

CASE-HARDENED ROUND STEEL CHAINS

Case-hardened RUD chains of RTS, RTD and RTB are the safe option for every electric hoist which require reliability and safety.

The benefits of RUD Case-Hardened round chains are:

D-PROFILE CHAIN

RUD D-profile chain, the round steel chain 2.0, is the leading technologically advanced round steel chain. Because of its large cross-sectional area, it has a higher maximum load, is case-hardened and designed for higher wear demands.

The benefits of RUD D-Profile chains are:

TECDOS DRIVE TECHNOLOGY

RUD TECDOS products can manage the lifting and moving of all stage elements, safely and reliably.

Some of the TECDOS products used for stage operations are:

TECDOS ROUND LINK CHAIN: The core component of every TECDOS system application is a highly wear-resistant RUD round link chain for maximum service life.

TECDOS PI-GAMMA: The 2 in 1 Pi-Gamma is suited for horizontal and vertical applications with a fixed 180 degree application, or a flexible 90 to 180 degree application. The drive system ensures greater efficiency through flexibility.

TECDOS OMEGA DRIVE: TECDOS Omega Drive with a wrap angle of 180 degrees is recommended for continuous linear (linear drive) or rotary movements.

TECDOS Pocket Wheel: TECDOS pocket wheels are optimally designed to fit round link chains for smooth running and long service life.

TECDOS Chain Connector: The highly wear-resistant chain connector forms a reliable connection system even under challenging conditions. Endless chain loops are possible by means of a simple hammer assembly.

TECDOS Chain End Fixing: The chain end fixing for connecting chains to supporting structures transfers 100% of the TECDOS chain operating forces. Due to its adjustable axis, it ensures maximum flexibility during use.

TECDOS PowerPoint Lifting Point: The PowerPoint lifting point for connection to chains, hooks, and eyes, can easily be rotated 360° and swivelled 230°. The double ball bearing ensures easy tilting, turning and rotating for drive technology.

If you want to know how the team at RUD can help you, please call 07 3809 1300 or fill out an enquiry form here.

Article copyright to RUD, this information is accurate at the time of publication and RUD Australia takes no responsibility for any errors inadvertent or otherwise.

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Our most popular weld-on lifting point is now available in stainless steel.

INOX-ABA is manufactured from Duplex Steel 1.4462 which is an ideal solution because it is resistant to corrosion from seawater, water vapour, chlorine, nitric acid and sulphuric acid.
It is also cost-effective due to its lower nickel content.

Suitable for:

 

Check out the features of INOX-ABA:

Available to order. Call us on 07 3809 1300 or visit our INOX-ABA product page here.

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