More than 2,000 holes per sharpening on Ocean Penetrator drill bits at Cousins Steel in South Africa

It is always gratifying to visit our customers who have embraced our CNC solutions and have carved out a successful place for themselves in the competitive world of steel fabrication.

Danny Steyn with Cousins Steel machining specialist Jody de Bruin

Danny Steyn with Cousins Steel machining specialist Jody de Bruin

On a recent trip to South Africa, Namibia and Zimbabwe, Ocean Machinery’s Vice President, Danny Steyn met with several customers including Cousins Steel who is one of the premier Kwazulu-Natal based steel fabricators located in Pietermaritzburg.

Cousins Steel implemented the Ocean Avenger and Ocean Clipper CNC solutions in 2011, and it was pleasing to see just how well the machines are maintained, despite the heavy usage.

Ocean Clipper, Cousins Steel - South Africa

Ocean Clipper – Cousins Steel, South Africa

Cousins Steel’s machining specialist Jody de Bruin, who meticulously maintains and operates the machines proudly showed us the Avenger, Clipper and Rejuvenator drill grinder. Steyn remarked to De Bruin that it was possibly the cleanest and best maintained drill sharpener that he had seen in almost a thousand installations.

When Steyn asked De Bruin how the Avenger had been performing he replied that apart from one recent valve issue, the machine has performed flawlessly for over 6 years, and stated that he was getting over 2,000 holes per sharpening on the standard Ocean Penetrator Drill Bits.

Cousins Steel - South Africa

Cousins Steel, South Africa

These are the stories that we love to share with our customers, dealers and prospects. Nothing makes us more proud than to see machines working hard in our customer’s shops.

 

 

 

New World Record for Ocean Avenger

South African customer, Greenhouse Construction, set a new record by drilling over 4 Million holes with their Ocean Avenger in just 2 years and 2 months since installation. As one of the premier design build companies doing large warehouses, Greenhouse completely redesigned all aspects of their warehouses to best utilize the capability of the Avenger.

In two years they have gone from predominantly welding their structures to now being an almost completely bolted design, netting them considerable savings in the process. In South Africa, steel service centers that offer processing, sell a hole for around R15.00. This means that Greenhouse has seen a return in the range of R60 Million* in 2 years on a machine that cost them less than R2.6M*. Now that’s what you call a return on investment!  (*$4.8M return on $200K invested)

New World Record for Ocean Avenger

Proud operator Charles Roast with his immaculately maintained Ocean Avenger at Greenhouse Construction, South Africa

Ocean Liberator speeds up production at Union Steel in South Africa

Coping of steel beams is time consuming and is fraught with potential problems. Michael Papanicolaou of Union Steel in Cape Town, has been a long time believer in embracing CNC machinery wherever possible, and has built his operation into one of the most successful steel fabricating enterprises in the Western Cape. The latest addition to his factory floor is the Ocean Liberator CNC Beam Coping machine, which has been operating continuously since its installation.

1.Michael Papanicolaou of Union Steel with Ray Chellew of Skok Machine Tool

Michael Papanicolaou of Union Steel with Ray Chellew of Skok Machine Tool

2.Clean flange stripping performed on the Ocean Liberator

Clean flange stripping performed on the Ocean Liberator

Typical end copes done with the Ocean Liberator

Typical end copes done with the Ocean Liberator

His operators Elron Groenmeyer and Mluleki Gelem adapted to the machine quickly and are performing some of the cleanest copes that we have ever seen done by this machine. The cleanliness of the cuts significantly reduces additional non-value added tasks such as grinding of copes and other unnecessary clean up.

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Ocean Liberator operators Elron Groenmeyer and Mluleki Gelem in front of the control pedestal

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The Ocean Liberator performs complex end copes with ease and significantly reduces grinding and clean up

Ocean Avenger Optimizes Western Cape Steel Fabrication

Local South African steel fabricator LJ Le Roux has significantly improved his fabrication capabilities with the installation of several pieces of highly productive steel fabricating equipment. For beam fabrication Le Roux  has installed the incredibly popular Ocean Avenger CNC Beam Drill Line, which is fed by an automated Peddinghaus sawing line that miters in both directions. For his angle production he utilizes the Peddinghaus Angle Master.

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Andre Matthee is the operator for the Ocean Avenger drill line and Peddinghaus saw

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Here the Peddinghaus Saw feeds the steel to the Ocean Avenger CNC Beam Drill Line

Recent Machinery Installation: Avellini Brothers (Durban, South Africa)

We just love it when our customers go the extra mile with their machine installations. Skok Machine Tools, with help from Peddinghaus and Ocean, recently installed an Avenger PLUS CNC Drill Line and the Terminator DCM18/25 Dual-Column Mitering Band Saw, along with material handling equipment in a flexible parallel configuration at Avellini Bros in Durban South Africa. Shortly thereafter, the customer fabricated additional safety barriers to protect their machines, as well as a great transparent  practical office for the machine operator, and then painted nearby machines to match the Ocean blue and orange. One of the cleanest installs out there. Congrats to all at Avellini for the fine work!

CNC Drill Line set up with Band Saw

AvengerPLUS CNC Drill Line installed with Terminator DCM-18/25 Band Saw

AvengerPLUS CNC Drill Line installed with Terminator DCM-18/25 Band Saw

AvengerPLUS CNC Drill Line installed with Terminator DCM-18/25 Band Saw

AvengerPLUS CNC Drill Line installed with Terminator DCM-18/25 Band Saw

AvengerPLUS CNC Drill Line installed with Terminator DCM-18/25 Band Saw