We can apply our brand of hardfacing to components you have, or we can source, hardface, and deliver the components you need. Whether it be for farming, earthmoving or any other high wear environment.
Our goal at Engaged Hardfacing & Wear Solutions is to not only apply hardfacing, but to develop hardfacing and wear solutions which will extend maintenance periods and reduce downtime, using a combination of available technologies.
FEROBIDE is an innovative tungsten carbide composite material that combines a high level of wear resistance and toughness with the ease and reliability of a weldable material.
The unique features of Ferobide closes the gap between conventional tungsten carbide which requires brazing and weldable materials which have a significant lower wear performance. Ferobide is one of the world’s hardest weldable materials.
Ferobide is ideal in situations where brazing is not an option and for applications involving sliding wear. Ferobide has found its use in critical applications in several different industries such as agriculture, separation, mining, mixing, mineral processing and road maintenance.
To prove the quality of Ferobide tiles, we developed cane harvester base cutter discs to be used as trials to gauge the performance of Ferobide tungsten carbide tiles against traditional hard facing, in a high wear/high impact environment in varying soil types. Initial results showed exciting promise in the product and are consistent with results being seen in overseas trials, both in terms of wear and also application and repair-ability.
Original 'Ferobide' tile thickness of 6mm was used of the perimeter of the trial base cutters. Image shows less than 2mm of wear on the underside edge of the base cutter perimeter tiles
As the base cutters are pitched, the top side (leading edge) will wear more than the underside (trailing edge). This image shows the difference in wear between leading and trailing edges. Just over 2mm of additional wear to the leading edge of the perimeter tiles. Results show a total of 3.5mm of wear in the worst instance, compared to over 10mm in total wear of the Abrasocord 43 used in these trials.
This image shows the difference if wear between the Abrasocord 43 section of the perimeter in relation to the 'Ferobide'
When the base cutter was pulled from service, the second application of Abrasocord 43 had worn an additional 4-5mm. Total wear of over 10mm as opposed to 3.5mm of wear for the one application of 'Ferobide'
Ferobide exibits a resistance to dry abrasion 8 times better than 500HB hardened steels
Ferobide exibits a resistance to dry abrasion 4-5 times better than chromium-rich hardface overlay plates
Ferobide exibits a resistance to dry abrasion 3 times better than white cast iron (chromium carbide)
Ferobide exibits a resistance to dry abrasion 2 times better than 97% alumina ceramic
Ferobide exibits a resistance to wet abrasion 1.5 times better than pure tungsten carbide
Image showing the usual wear of the chain guides. Wear was almost right through the 6mm thick wear strip in this instance. With this amount of wear compounded by the number of bends in this particular application, the chain was fully adjusted throughout the cane season and links had to be removed to keep the chains tensioned properly.
This image shows 'Ferobide' application to the same bend areas as the control. The amount of wear on the bends in this application proved almost immeasurable.
Both the 'Control' haul out bin and 'Ferobide' bin had all wear strips replaced at the start of the season. Both bins were used simultaneously by the same contractor throughout the season.
Click on the button to contact us to discuss and in depth the application and results of this trial. Including fabrication photos of the 'Ferobide' wear bends and initial application. Also discuss what these results mean to the future of wear bends in the sugar cane harvesting process.
If you have new equipment or just replaced that 'sacrificial' item on your machinery, extra investment in the initial cost will bring long term results in reduced downtime and the cost of replacements.
When you have planned to succeed and realise that when your maintenance period has come around and you don't have to replace wear parts as previously, you will know that you have made a sound investment.
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