Antech joins “Hardox in My Body”
After two years of using Hardox in its applications, Antech Attachments Co. Ltd has now joined SSAB’s “Hardox in My Body” program. The company, a leading manufacturer in Taiwan of high quality excavator teeth, buckets and attachments, relies on the high quality performance of Hardox to gain a competitive advantage.
As a manufacturer of earthmoving attachments for the global construction and mining equipment markets, Antech Attachments must ensure that its products can stand up to tough working conditions.
“Before we used Hardox in our excavator buckets, we were constantly battling with bent cutting edges and bucket floors due to the lower tensile strength of the steel we used,” says Henry Liao, Antech Attachments’ company director. “Cracks around the wear lining were common due to its poor weldability and low impact toughness.”
As a result, the company was forced to build its buckets with heavier gauge steel in order to maintain bucket life, which made the buckets heavier and more costly to make.
“We reduced overall bucket weight by 20-25 percent”
By applying Hardox wear plate in its products, the company was able to cut down bucket weight by as much as 30 percent, while maintaining the same or better wear life. “Hardox’s superior wear performance, good weldability and formability allows us to produce high performing attachments and keeps us ahead of our competition,” says Liao.
As the company gained success by applying Hardox in its products, many of its competitors also adopted similar types of wear resistant steel from various sources. “Though they all claim to be quenched and tempered wear steel, we believe the quality does vary,” Liao says.
“We believe by joining the ‘Hardox in My Body’ program, it will improve our product image by spreading a clear message to our clients that we are using high quality wear resistant steel to ensure long product life and performance,” Liao explains.
“In a typical 60-ton-class excavator working in a rock quarrying operation, we were able to reduce overall bucket weight by around 20-25 percent, while at the same time extending the bucket usable life by 50 percent,” says Liao.
SSAB is a global leader in value added, high strength steel. SSAB offers products developed in close cooperation with its customers to create a stronger, lighter and more sustainable world.
SSAB has employees in over 45 countries and operates production facilities in Sweden and the US. SSAB is listed on the NASDAQ OMX Nordic Exchange, Stockholm. www.ssab.com.