Thursday, March 27, 2008

News: Rotherham engineering specialists refurbish 300-tonne slab carrier


Experts at Corus Northern Engineering Services' Rotherham site have successfully refurbished a vehicle used to transport steel slabs around Corus' production site at Port Talbot in South Wales. Structural engineers inspected the vehicle before CNES had to reverse engineer the templates for replacement back end side plates, which had to be formed, then profiled, before fabrication. Jackie Dixon, Senior Engineering Plant Metallurgist at Corus Engineering Steels comments: "Reverse engineering the back end side plates is not easy. Fortunately, CNES has some very experienced platers, who were able to take the dimensions of the bends in the plates in order to achieve the precise profile required for the job." Following high quality fabrication the unit was delivered to Port Talbot where it was painted, and then re-assembled ready for use. The refurbishment of the 300-tonne slab carrier was completed over a six-month time frame by CNES and a second carrier unit from Port Talbot is now at CNES' Rotherham workshops undergoing refurbishment, along with a smaller unit from Corus Teesside. CNES is now involved with site operator, MultiServ on a 'rolling rebuild' programme for the carrier fleet.


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