Apprentice of the Year

Kador apprentice Matt Riddell was recently awarded the Kador 2009 Apprentice of the Year at a ceremony in the Sherwood workshop.

Apprentice of the Year

Matt who joined Kador in January 2009 received a jacket from Kador, a tool voucher from Kargo Industrial Supplies and a portable welder from Aitken Welding Supplies.

Speaking at the presentation, Kador Manufacturing Director Don Vogel thanked Kargo and Aitken for their support and congratulated Matt. He added "Matt has set a great example to all our apprentices by his hard work and dedication. We are taking on four new apprentices in 2010, which will bring our total to seven apprentices, and look forward to continuing our work in training tomorrow's tradespersons."

New Overhead Cranes for Sherwood Workshop

November sees the installation of two new 35T overhead cranes in the heavy fabrication bay of Kador's Sherwood workshop, replacing two old 25T cranes. This investment demonstrates Kador's confidence in the future of heavy manufacturing in SE Qld.

New Overhead Cranes for Sherwood Workshop

With mining equipment getting larger (and heavier) there is an increasing requirement for manufacturers to be able to handle larger fabricated components. The new 70T lifting capacity will better enable us to handle the larger sized pressure vessels, haul truck dump bodies and dragline components that are being used in the mining and process industries.

Typical of these is this large subassembly despatched in late October - the last of nine pieces which make up the rear rotating frame for a new dragline being built in the Bowen Basin, in Central Qld.

Kador’s relationship with Nyanda State High School Continues

Nyanda SHS Year 11 students with Kador's Greg Birch

Kador’s relationship with Nyanda State High School Continues

The following article appeared in the Sept/October issue of the Nyanda State High School Newsletter:

During the year our Year 11 students have been working with Greg (welder / fabricator from Kador) under the supervision of their teacher Mr. Hufschmid to manufacture components for Kador projects.

The Students are really enjoying the challenge of producing the components on a regular basis and meeting the quality assurance standards of industry. To reward the students for their efforts, and to broaden their knowledge of the metal fabrication industry we decided we would make a visit to Kador to check out where the parts we were producing fitted into the 'Big Picture'.

On arrival we were greeted by the Worksite Manager, Mr M Robinson, who welcomed us and escorted us into the office for our workplace health and safety lecture by their on-site WPHS Officer. It was good for the students to experience the emphasis now placed on safety in the work environment as it added reality to many of the requirements we now impose upon them at school.

During our tour we saw some dragline components being manufactured that made our school buildings look very tiny. The students were surprised at the enormity of many of the components. We were shown the crane booms being put together, and the students were very proud to see the components they manufactured being welded into place, and still with their names on them.

After our tour the students have expressed an interest in furthering their studies in this area, hopefully gaining employment at Kador.

Coal Dump Bodies for Clermont

Kador was recently awarded a contract for the design and manufacture of seven dump bodies for the Komatsu 830E trucks at the Clermont Mine in Central Qld. These bodies will each carry 220 cubic metres of SG1.0 coal, making them amongst the largest 830E bodies built in Australia. Deliveries will commence in the first quarter of 2010.

Coal Dump Bodies for Clermont

They will replace the seven overburden bodies originally provided by Kador (pictured) and which have been in service at the mine since early 2008.

(photo courtesy of RTCA)

Dragline Tee Section Upgrade

Kador's Carole Park workshop recently delivered a new Tee Section for a Bucyrus 8200 dragline upgrade.

Dragline Tee Section Upgrade

The contract was to fabricate, trial assemble, weld, heat-treat and paint prior to loading out the 8 large 114mm plates to form four 21 tonne ring sections. When complete, these make up a 15 metre diameter assembly.

A combination of manual and semi automated welding processes were used to minimize distortion and ensure dimensional accuracy, for trouble free fitup when the quadrants are installed on the dragline.

After fabrication, the quadrants were stress relieved in a purpose built oven assembled in the work shop.