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Custom Turning Roller Products

As well as being wheel making experts, Richmond Engineering specialises in complete design and supply of tractional gear motor drive systems. From small solutions to super heavy duty drive systems, we can custom build a tractional rotational system to suit your requirements.

From temporary systems for pipe joining to permanent 24hr rotational drive systems, we can connect the dots ensuring your application has the correct wheels, bearings, gear motor and electrical circuit to suit your requirements. From recycling machinery, heavy pipe cutting and welding machines, to rotary barrel processing equipment, if you need a tractional drive solution we can help.

Below is an example of a custom tractional drive system completed in January 2016. 2x 250ton tractional drive capacity, 75ton load capacity, driven kits were supplied with 2 x idler roller assemblies for the welding together of 5.5m diameter pipes for a large recycling plant. Each drive kit featured direct drive through variable speed drive gear motors operated through a touch screen on the electrical cabinet. Start stop & estop functions supplied on 50m long hand held lead with conduit protection for rotation control by welders operating inside the large pipe.

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Evaporation Pond Covers Drive and Support System

The project scope included design and supply of a traction drive system to drive a 30 ton fabric structure forwards and backwards on a track to cover or expose an evaporation pond based on seasonal rain conditions.

The scope also included design and supply of heavy duty double flange wheels for load carrying support of the structure, supply of the complete electrical system to run power to drives through energy chain cable management system; and also supply power to normal and emergency lighting for the illumination of the moving structure.

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Traction Drive Systems

Complete design and supply of load bearing and critical structural beam fabrication for a 50ton, 40m long construction platform used for road widening works in Melbourne Australia.

Works included complete design and build of 2 x 10 ton capacity 55 ton tractional drive capacity (up 1.5 deg incline) girder trolleys. All work including precision module 10 CNC gear cutting, electrical, and design of 38 gears 16 wheel traction drive system done in house.

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AS Clear Pipe Transfer Conveyor System

Complete linear pipeline conveyor system for efficient transfer of 100mm up to 1000mm pipes from sandblasting to painting facilities.

This project eliminated all crane handling of pipes between facilities and increased productivity. 6 x idler roller and 6 x gear motor driven assemblies were used to facilitate pipe transfer. Services included complete design, integration into workshop space, all manufacturing works and electrical install of system. A simple efficient roll-on solution to load sand blasted pipes.

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Camden Signs Bellerive Oval Sight Screen

Complete plug and play traction drive and support solution for 2 x removable cricket ground sight screen system in Hobart Australia with electronic display screens.

All support and traction drive system designed and built by Richmond Engineering in-house (shown in green) with fabrication (shown in yellow) completed separately. Services included design collaboration and integration of support system with existing track design, complete build and install.

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Victorian government – Regional Rail Link Victoria

We were subcontracted by the Baulderstone Leighton Joint Venture to supply adjustable pipe rollers for the positioning and installation of Dual 660 mm water main pipes, as part of a landmark infrastructure project in western Melbourne.

“Richmond Wheel & Castors was selected for the job because of its novel design solution which included chains, wire ropes and roller systems that were easy to install and adjust and provided a great solution for a difficult engineering task.

“Richmond supplied good quality workmanship on time which met the needs of the project. All persons onsite during the installation were extremely happy with the system and how easy and quick it was to install the water mains under the bridges.” – Rob Keens, Utilities Manager for Baulderstone Leighton Joint Venture.

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NuStar Technologies – major drill ship operation in Japan

We supplied two kinds of rollers, weighing in at 714kg and 231kg each, and created a new company record for the largest single polyurethane casting – over 450kg. The Japanese vessel set a world record in 2012 for the deepest drilling below the sea floor – deeper than 2,111m.

“We knew Richmond through previous trade show contacts, knew their product and services through their website and their good project track record.”  – Teo Sim Guan, NuStar Technologies Engineering Director

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Chevron-Operated Gorgon gas project

The Chevron-operated Gorgon project is one of the world’s largest natural gas projects, and the largest single resource development in Australia’s history.

Our project required development of a stackable rollers system and massive 1066.8mm rollers to accommodate concrete pipe – vital to the overall success of the project. This includes a 10,000kg pipe rolling solution.

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