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Australia's Largest Testing Rig unveiled in Rocky

Thursday 27th of July 2017 06:48:05 AM

Siemens has invested $5 million into the Rockhampton Service Centre, which unveiled this week, Australia’s largest and most advanced gearbox load test rig for mining, wind power and other core industries.

The test rig will provide a much needed service capability for the region and beyond. It's capable of a full load test of wind turbine gearboxes that can be performed up to 2.8MW, enabling the testing of wind turbines as fully functional equipment.

Siemens Service Centre - Rockhampton

Opened in 2013, the 1,500 square metre service centre is one of only a few Original Equipment Manufacturers’ (OEM) workshops within the vicinity of the Bowen, Galilee and Surat Basins to service its large Flender and Winergy gearbox installed base, in mining and wind, both important brands of Siemens.

Mayor of Rockhampton, Margaret Strelow was at the unveiling and welcomed the investment.

“I’d like to thank Siemens for continuing to invest in Rockhampton and the region. This announcement is important for the local economy. By having a leading global technology company putting the largest gearbox test rig into this site means a lot for the mining industry and future growth of the renewable energy industry. Ultimately Siemens technology is supporting the competitiveness of the whole region.”

Michael Freyny, the head of Siemens Digital Factory and Process Industries for Siemens Australia and New Zealand spoke of the investment.

“More than ever, our core industries now need their equipment performing at peak efficiency and without the threat of outages. Siemens’ investment into the new test rig for industrial and wind turbine gearboxes reiterates our commitment to bringing in the latest global technology to our customers – technology that can help the state of Queensland continue being a global resources powerhouse."

The centre is also equipped with a 50-tonne crane for servicing over-sized equipment, such as full drive systems for conveyors and larger mill gearboxes.

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