Work with us to solve persistent power or control system challenges that have held back your machines or operation.
A Great Lakes port operation had a 1960’s bucket wheel excavator that it had used for many years to move material onto conveyors to load barges for transport. Due to the age of the machine, the operations team decided a comprehensive rebuild and electrical upgrade was necessary.
FLANDERS was chosen for the project because of our extensive experience retrofitting heavy industrial machines with new control systems and electrical systems. Our role was to turn the bucket wheel into an electrically new machine, while another partner rebuilt its entire structure.
The FLANDERS control and electrical system solution included
The revitalized bucket wheel excavator—rebuilt to 80% new in 12 months—far exceeded the capabilities of the original machine.
FLANDERS partnered with a company specialized in large-scale mechanical structures to develop the concept for and assess the feasibility of a new dredging barge design. While such machines already exist, numerous additional project requirements meant we were essentially designing a mining excavator to be mounted on the back of a barge, from scratch.
Collaborating closely with our client and partners, FLANDERS designed the control systems, auxiliary power system, and motors for the dredging barge. Additionally, because the barge would be operating in remote locations, we developed a detailed field support plan to minimize the impact of routine maintenance and unplanned repairs.
Our dredging barge design project was such a unique challenge because the boom was 100 feet long, used electrically controlled spud stabilizers, and the operators were going to have to dig without being able to see what was happening underwater. The side loading on the boom was a big deal. We had to make sure that our swing motors were robust enough to handle it, that the mechanical structures were robust enough to handle it… From a design and engineering standpoint, it was very challenging. It was exactly the kind of project we like to take on.