Bambach and Austdac

Convey Quality at High Speed

Austdac Pty Limited is engaged in
the design, manufacture, servicing and
supply of communication, gas monitoring,
intrinsically safe lighting and conveyer
control equipment for use in coal mines
and general industry. Established in 1936,
Bambach Wires and Cables have
manufactured and supplied electrical
cables to many diverse Australian industries
and applications. For over 8 years Bambach
have manufactured for Austdac a variety
of complex and unique cables specifically
tailored to suit the harsh operating
environment of coal mines.

“Bambach listened carefully to our
requirements and made useful suggestions
that helped our engineers develop the design
so that we could overcome the challenges we
faced. Their quick and proficient production
of the trial cables enabled us to get the final
design into our product quickly and efficiently.
Austdac has been working with Bambach for
over 8 years and we expect to be working with
them for many more.”

Purchasing Manager,
Austdac Pty Limited

 

The Challenge

The mining industry requires conveyors to run over ever increasing distances in harsh environments and
subject to stringent safety regulations.

Austdac required a range of cables
designed to counter the challenges of
an inhospitable mining environment:

Design requirements such as;

  • Maintaining the quality and integrity of transmission signals over long distances
  • Ensuring longevity of the cable, withstanding deterioration due to the harsh operating environment (highly flexible, robust and flame retardant)
  • Ensuring the cable will physically fit within existing components. (Light weight and slim)
  • For safety reasons the cable must be highly visible to the operators

The Solution

Bambach Wires & Cables suggested
using a highly specified compound
(cellular polyethylene) for the outer
sheath with low loss features that
allowed for a highly flexible, thin
walled cable that was light in weight.
Theoretical designs were made,
Austdac engineers visited Bambach’s
Sydney based production facility to
witness both the manufacture and
testing of the cable and to participate
in the modification of the design.

The Benefits

“Bambach were able to supply a low
loss cable that met all of Austdac’s
design requirements. Bambach’s
flexibility and in-house technical
support enabled Austdac engineers
the ability to make modifications to
the basic design simply and quickly.“

Senior Mechanical
Hardware Engineer,
Austdac Pty Limited