“When it was time to replace the old chain transporter, we were looking for a new design to improve reliability and safety. We wanted to find a material that was more suitable for this tough environment, which is quite acidic and contains small rocks and gravel among the logs. Together with SSAB and our supplier Hardox® Wearparts center SST Slitskyddsteknik, we decided to use Hardox® HiAce for the new log conveyor. After ten months in operation, an inspection took place and the plate thickness was measured. The result was great: the wear was low, the surface was smooth without any cracks, and the wear pattern of the whole surface was uniform as expected. During this period, there was no need for maintenance at all.” —Anders Nilsson, maintenance manager at Billerud.
Because Hardox® HiAce is designed to be strong and resistant to corrosion, it made an ideal substitute for mild steel in this log conveyor.