Author: Angie

Technology and Experience makes Foothills the leaders in their field

faro-arm-13Foothills Steel Foundry has the capability to measure, design  and cast anything steel, and it is liberating.

When Faro™ created the FaroArm way back in the mid 80’s, I wonder whether these two biomedical engineers realised what an impact their lab creations would have on the industrial world today.  Originally the two “techno-junkies” set out to develop technology and software to support advanced surgical and diagnostic methods. They introduced their first articulated-arm measurement technology in 1984 and realised that the measuring arm would have multiple applications across various industries. The rest, as they say, is history as Faro continues to grow globally as one of the world’s fastest growing companies.

Foothills have been fans of the FaroArm for years, first purchasing the FaroArm for the Australian office in 2009, not long after the Fusion Arm came on the market. Since then we have measured many castings in Canada, Australia, USA and New Zealand.  Our advanced measuring ability has helped to win work, improve quality and ensure the accuracy of our custom cast parts for our customers.

The FaroArm Fusion model is the perfect blend of precision, durability and technology. The Fusion is an all-in-one portable measurement arm for inspections, CAD-to-part analysis, and reverse engineering, which is what Foothills use it for the most.

The large, spherical working volume (2.4m) and a measurement accuracy of 0.04mm, you can be sure that the parts Foothills cast with these measurements are as near to perfect as possible.

We are often asked to measure a part, create the pattern, then manufacture it. Before we deliver it, we also make sure to inspect it with the FaroArm.  The inspection ensures that the dimensions of the completed casting match the original sample. This is just one extra way that Foothills manages quality.

The portability of the FaroArm allows us to come to the plant or onto the site and measure the casting. Then literally take the measurements back to the foundry and create the pattern to solve the problem. It’s technology at its best, and we want to spread the word about our ability to do this.

The Foothills brand is synonymous with hard wearing and long lasting quality parts, and part of the reason is that we have the best tools to carry out the job and an experienced team who know their stuff. With over 70 years of experience and a bounty of technology, our reputation is well deserved.

If you need a solution to a tricky problem, let us see if we can help using our FaroArm technology.

Read all about our Faro Arm capabilities here

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Worn Liner Digital Profile

Extending Wear Life

Finding a solution to wear problems is what we do best. Often our clients come to us with a specific wear problem, which essentially means that their liners they are using on their jaw’s and cones are not performing as expected. Foothills manufacture longer lasting wear parts specific to the crusher being used.

One of the first steps to take place is establishing what the issue actually is.  This is done by looking at the feed and discharge settings, digitally profiling worn liners, and looking for any unusual wear patterns.  Our evaluation and understanding process is where we differ from most other wear part suppliers, purely because we can tailor our wear parts to a particular crushing environment, as opposed to just selling more of the same wear parts.

Worn Liner Digital ProfileWe then design from a position of knowledge, where there is wear, we engineer new parts that combat the stress in these particular areas, which ultimately means that the new part will last longer for that particular application. This may include adding steel to the areas that wear more, changing the shape to spread the wear area, or increasing the thickness of the wear parts.

When the designs are completed, we manufacture the new parts and run trials in conjunction with our customers.  We assess the new liners in-situ with a goal of achieving longer wear life and more efficient crushing.

Once a suitable solution has been developed Foothills are then able to consistently cast these parts specifically for the customers change-out cycles and keep stock in Australia ready for prompt delivery when required. This is an efficient and cost effective way to manage your downtime and be prepared for any potential unforeseen crusher breakdowns.

Read all about how we developed a customised solution for one of our dealers in NZ

Komatsu BR380 HD Jaw Profile