Augmented Reality Welding – with Weld Australia
Last month, we had the great pleasure of hosting Mehdi Tajfar of Weld Australia for a demonstration and roadtest of the new Soldamatic Augmented Reality Welding Simulator at Pedco Engineering.
This machine was the centerpiece of the launch for the WA Defence Welding Hub.
These machines are now finding their way into TAFE classrooms across the country – and will form part of the solution for training the skilled trades of the future.
Over a dozen staff at Pedco along with our friends at Chess Engineering Pty Ltd and Level Steel Engineering and Construction Pty Ltd were given the opportunity to put the machine through its paces on a variety of weld methods, test pieces and materials.
The ability to familiarise people with no practical experience of welding in an environment without risk of welding flash, extreme heat or expended consumables is something that will fundamentally change welding training for the better.
Each test is scored on porosity, spatter and a series of quality parameters. As well as having a replay function for each weld, each test undertaken is repeatable in seconds, allowing for dozens of tests per hour.
Thank you to our friends at Weld Australia for bringing the future into our workshop!
The New Pedco
Pedco are now firmly planted in our new premises at 118 Dowd Street, Welshpool.
This move may have been over two decades in the making and there will be challenges, something which the Pedco team is more than equipped to handle.
Our new workshop facility is twice the size, carries more than twice the cranage, has twice the office space and all sits on over 12000 sqm of land.
All our valued customers and suppliers are welcome to visit and inspect the new premises.
Pedco Project of the Week – August 3, 2018
Things are moving very quickly at Pedco Engineering.
Starting last week, our first crane was installed at our new Dowd Street facility. This will be one of four identical gantry cranes we’ll be looking to have up and running before our targeted opening on the 13th of August – and will more than double our cranage capacity.
Taken later in the week, we have our first machines (100T & 250T) being loaded for transfer to the new building, where they are now operational.
We’ve set ourselves a bit of a challenge, moving an entire workshop without closing – but if anyone can get it done, our skilled team can.
Pedco Project of the Week – July 21, 2018
When operating machines that exert several hundred tons of pressure, producing work measured in millimetres, it’s important to know where you stand!
Here is a shot from a few weeks ago, showing the infill process to support some of our heavier machines, which extend metres into the hardstand. Having had the flexibility to design the workshop layout from a blank slate, the details are now being set in stone.
Pedco Project of the Week – June 29, 2018
Pedco Engineering is both proud and thrilled to be listed in the inaugural WA Defence Industry Capability Statement, published by the Government of Western Australia and prepared by Defence West, through the Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science & Innovation (JTSI).
Pictured, are several expert Pedco tradespeople, from our Pressing, Rolling and Fabrication departments – along with some of our recent trade apprentice intake. They represent our present and future commitment to Defence Industry. They are part of the Workforce behind the Defence Force.
If you would like a digital copy of the capability directory (or a recommendation on where to get the shiniest jackets in the country) please let us know.
Pedco Project of the Week – June 22, 2018
Some initial bollards are now in place, with some heavy-duty power upgrades being connected through the new Dowd Street workshop today.
Not only will these upgrades support our existing machines, but also a few more that we’ve been saving for this special occasion!
Pedco is on the Move
It’s with great anticipation and excitement that we would like to announce that Pedco will soon be moving premises.
We are relocating to a larger facility which is located just around the corner at 118 Dowd Street, Welshpool.
The move will be taking place in late July/early August.
In the meantime, we look forward to continuing our service to you from our Poole Street premises.
Pedco Project of the Week – June 11, 2018
Some people call it obsession, we prefer to call it ‘attention to detail’. We take pride in our work, no matter the project.
Pedco Project of the Week – May 17, 2018
“It’s just a Ladder”
It is certainly a ladder. But the detail may may surprise you.
These ladders have gone through a design revision by the Prime to restrict deformation under load and limit corrosion. Pedco Engineering was brought in to execute. They’ve been disassembled, sand-blasted, refurbished with new steel where necessary, stripped of their galvanised coating and then re-galvanised, re-painted, re-upholstered and re-assembled with new fittings.
Defence -> Prime -> SME’s = Result.
(Image credit: George Canciani – Jetphotos)
Pedco Project of the Week – March 23, 2018
This 8.5m long jacking beam made from 610UB and formed with supplemental plates will serve as part of the lifting and jacking system for the Swan Pedestrian Bridge as the various sections are lifted into position and fabricated together on site.
Fully weld tested, locally proven, we can be confident that this project will be something that we can show to our families for decades to come.
Pedco Project of the Week – March 9, 2018
These are not our usual square to round transitions!
These 3mm pieces were delicately formed in our 100 tonne press. With transitions, the smaller the piece and the tighter the diameter, the closer the bend lines required on the round edge, which increases the chance of flaring and distortion. With that in mind, the longest dimension on these pieces was less than 100mm!
A good eye and steady hands are needed to achieve the best results.
Pedco Project of the Week – February 9, 2018
A sincere and heartfelt thank you to all our partners who have trusted us with their work in January.
We are extremely pleased to announce that we have achieved the strongest start to the year in over 30 years of operation – and we could not do it without the combined efforts of our hardworking trades and staff who are setting new standards, developing new skills and breaking into new industries.
The Pedco Engineering team will do everything that we can to ensure that we continue to meet the expectations set for us, please do not hesitate to contact us directly if we can be of any assistance.
Pedco Project of the Week – December 15, 2017
Pedco Engineering is primarily known as a mild-steel and hardened steel forming workshop – but did you know we process exotic alloys as well?
The attached agitator (top row) has been fabricated from Alloy 31, which is used in high-corrosion environments, particularly in chloride-bearing solutions.
The agitator sleeve pictured (bottom row), was fabricated from Hastelloy, which is used in the petrochemical industry – particularly in the processing and transport of high corrosion acids such as sulphuric acid.
Pedco Project of the Week – December 8, 2017
These pressings have been formed from 10mm thick 5083 marine grade tempered aluminium.
Thanks to the expertise of our operators and the right radius on our tooling, we’ve been able to cold-form this temper plate without requiring any annealing (heating).
As the marine-grade name suggests, this type of aluminium is best suited for shipbuilding, unfired pressure vessels, rail and other vehicles.
Pedco Project of the Week – November 17, 2017
This unit is a hopper cone, with three branches. This involved in-house;
– Forming in our 350T & 600T pressbrakes
– End-Disc Welding
Pedco Project of the Week – October 27, 2017
Our latest addition to the workshop, this 500kg Monorail Jib Crane was expertly installed by local SME and valued client, The Lifting Company.
With loads suspended from a 6.5m boom, it’s important to ensure that the deflection under load is tested and analysed, by the local experts who will sustain the equipment – and we are happy to report that through local engineering, this unit passed with flying colours.
This crane will enable our workshop staff to easily manoeuvre material for our 120T & 250T Pressbrakes, reducing forklift traffic and allowing for safer and faster completion of your work.
Pedco Project of the Week – October 13, 2017
One of our long-standing clients unearthed this ancient artefact from the back of their archive cabinet this week.
Initial carbon dating (and the lack of a ‘9’ at the front of the phone number), suggests that this card was printed pre-1997, which puts this piece at over 20 years old!
Same address, same phone number, 20 years later. I think it’s fair to say we’re here to stay.
Pedco Project of the Week – October 6, 2017
It’s the return of the Agitator!
The Upper Section, Lower Section and Paddle Mount have all been fabricated, ready for the blades to be fitted and prepared for use.
The entire unit measures at just under 20 metres long and weighs over 5 tonnes.
In addition to the excellent rolling and fabrication works, the in-house drafting required the generation of a DXF for the paddle mount plates with a constantly changing radius – as each mount piece is offset against the central housing.
Pedco Project of the Week – September 8, 2017
A quick snap from last week’s projects, these 40mm torque arms have been formed in our 600 Tonne pressbrake.
The complexity in these pieces arises from the irregular shape of the plate. Handling the material can be difficult when plate sits unequal in the vee-block.
Once in position and under load, the unequal plate wants to ‘twist’. This can induce the plate to flare, create inaccurate bends and potentially destroy the piece.
Some excellent manual control from our Press Operator has ensured a precise result.
Pedco Project of the Week – September 1, 2017
No, it’s not our entry into the WA Space Program, it’s a work-in-progress Paddle Mount for an Agitator.
Formed from 50mm plate and 45mm profiles, this piece will eventually be mounted on a 6m long shaft and become part of a much larger unit.
Pedco Project of the Week – August 25, 2017
An interesting challenge for our draftsman and workshop team.
Take a broken fan sample, draft our own drawings and deliver a replacement piece through precise forming.
To get the job done, we utilised our 120 Tonne Press, 205mm diameter Plate Roller – and some hot hands in the welding bay.
Pedco Project of the Week – August 18, 2017
This piece of 6mm plate has been bump-pressed in our 350 tonne Press, flipped, and bump pressed again.
I’m not quite sure what it did to deserve that, but the resulting lines provide an interesting visual guide of the different intervals we can execute to produce a smooth round shape. This piece will form the side panel of a tank.
Pedco Project of the Week – August 11, 2017
Last week, Pedco received a partially formed 32mm piece of hardened plate which was intended to become a half-cone segment. Through a combination of pressing and rolling, our team completed the forming of the piece, which can be seen completed on the right.
The work was completed safely and without incident.
Do not try this on your 600 tonne press at home!
Pedco Project of the Week – July 21, 2017
Pedco Engineering Project of the Week – Here is an interesting piece from one of our welding bays. These units were cut, drilled, fabricated and weld tested – and will be used as Actuator Transit Frames.
Pedco Project of the Week – July 14, 2017
Pedco Engineering Project of the Week – An interesting piece on the 600T Press today – this component is made from 32mm plate and will form part of a lifting apparatus.
Pedco Project of the Week – June 9, 2017
Pedco Engineering Project of the Week – Pictured here are a set of industrial extractor hoods.
These pieces (which were drafted in-house) comprise pressed square-to-round transitions, bump-pressed plate sections and rolled rings, tacked together by our fabrication team.
Pedco Project of the Week – June 2, 2017
Pedco Engineering Project of the Week – Pictured here are a batch of ‘Steam Lances’ before and after galvanising.
Bandsaw cut, guillotined, pressed and fabricated in-house – these lances are used for industrial cleaning applications.
Pedco Project of the Week – May 19, 2017
Pedco Engineering Project of the Week – From DXF to Delivery… to Deployment!
It’s not often that we get a chance to show our work in action, so this is photo is a rare treat. Pictured here is our Hose Deployment reel, with sheave structure fitted – at work in the field.
Drafted, Pressed, Rolled and Fabricated in-house for WA industry.
Pedco Project of the Week – May 12, 2017
Pedco Engineering Project of the Week – A great illustration of the depths (no pun intended) our skilled trades go to, ensuring precise, test-ready welds.
This image shows in an in-progress 80mm thick pulley shell on our subarc, with two full runs remaining. The detail in the offcut tab shows almost 25 kilos of filler wire applied, with more to come.
Pedco Project of the Week – May 5, 2017
Pedco Engineering Project of the Week – Things may be gloomy outside, but in our Welshpool factory this morning, the guys are kicking off.
Pictured is a 25mm cylinder, rolled to an approximate 2m diameter. Our internal cranage enables quick & easy loading, while Tim @ D&T will make sure the job gets to its destination safely.
Pedco Project of the Week – April 28, 2017
Pedco Engineering Project of the Week – This is a counterweight, fabricated in house and filled with concrete in our yard. This unit will replace a bulkier piece (of the same weight), providing our customer with significant savings in setup time.
See how we did it – here.
Pedco Project of the Week – April 21, 2017
Pedco Engineering Project of the Week – A quick display of the varied materials we can roll in our Welshpool workshop. The two cylinders on the left were cold-formed from 100mm thick plate.
The pieces on the right are rolled sections of high-tensile mesh and are used as screening media.
Pedco Project of the Week – April 7, 2017
Pedco Engineering Project of the Week – From DXF to Delivery, this new Sheave structure (in Grey) was drafted in-house, pressed, rolled and fabricated to suit a bespoke Hose Deployment Frame Pedco previously completed for our Oil & Gas customer last year.
This Sheave (pictured leaving our yard on Wednesday) is a great example of how collaboration with our customers, combined with our talented trades – can deliver some fantastic results.
Pedco Project of the Week – March 31, 2017
This 3mm oval to round transition from our yard this week is an excellent example of what happens when modern technology and trade-based expertise are combined.
Transitioning two flat pieces of plate from an approximate 300mm internal diameter to an oval with an approximate 1200mm vertical height requires every bump-pressed bend to be individually measured and precisely executed. One mistake and the two halves will not fit.
A transition of this kind can be used for a variety of applications, but this one may see it’s best use in a glass case!
Pedco Project of the Week – March 24, 2017
In the workshop this week, we have a 10mm cylinder, rolled to an approximate 3m diameter.
For plates this large, we use our internal cranage to secure the plate using our top support roll. This mechanical assistance, combined with the technical expertise of our operators, ensures a consistent result.
Pedco Project of the Week – March 17, 2017
In the yard this week, some casings, cut and welded in house from 350NB pipe. The image on the left shows the piece mounted on our weld positioner – and the right shows the result after galvanising.
Pedco Project of the Week – March 10, 2017
In the yard this week, we have a recently completed chute cover, pressed from 10mm plate.
Ensuring accurate pressings, while avoiding the slots and holes cut into the plate is always a tricky process. If the vee block catches these gaps, flaring and distortions can result.
Good measurements and a steady hand achieve the best results!
Pedco Project of the Week – March 3, 2017
Pedco Engineering Project of the Week – This work in progress, DNV certified frame will be used for housing a pump in an offshore application.
Pedco Project of the Week – February 24, 2017
Pedco Engineering Project of the Week – This is a 90mm thick ring, cold-formed on our 540 roller to an approximate 1500mm diameter. The key elements in this process are to;
A) Avoid over-rolling the material,
B) Avoid twisting the piece and;
C) Ensure roundness.
With material of this nature, there is little chance of correcting an error – so first impressions count!
Pedco Project of the Week – February 17, 2017
Pedco Engineering Project of the Week – Pictured here are some 10mm cylinders, snapped in the yard this afternoon.
As a jobbing workshop, it’s not every day that we see so many of the same type in one place – but these projects give our expert trades a great opportunity to demonstrate their consistency.
Pedco Project of the Week – February 10, 2017
Pedco Project of the Week – Pictured here is our trial assembly of an industrial fan housing, used for ventilation in underground mines.
For this job, we rolled the 6mm plates, fillet-welded, braced and trial assembled the sections in house – because there’s nothing worse than fabrication work that doesn’t fit on-site.
Cheers to our Welding Supervisor DC, his welding crew, and our rolling wizards who ensured that it all came together.
Pedco Project of the Week – February 3, 2017
From our workshop late last week, this stainless-steel column is the partner cylinder to our mild steel piece uploaded on the 24th of January.
This 8mm thick cylinder is rated to Class 2B, has an inside diameter of around 1700mm and measures out at over 10m long.
Here, we can see the piece being loaded onto directly onto transport using our 10T Gantry crane.
Pedco Project of the Week – January 27, 2017
This circular mantle platform has been formed and fabricated from 10mm mild-steel, 6mm floorplate and flatbar.
This mantle platform will sit around the outside of a cone crusher, enabling safe access.
Pedco Project of the Week – January 20, 2017
Here is the completed Diverting Chute, containing the bump-pressed chute sections from our previous update.
Credit to our Draftsman for creating the DXF’s this was built to, our Press Operators who executed the bends and our Fabrication team for bringing it all together. A fantastic team effort.
Pedco Project of the Week – January 13, 2017
A fairly rare shot of both a partial and completed bump-pressed chute section. These pieces are formed from impact-resistant Q&T400 plate, so no second chances!
These pieces were successfully pressed in our 600T pressbrake and are being fully fabricated into a diverting chute.
Pedco Project of the Week – December 23, 2016
…Just when we were getting on a roll!
A big thank you to all of our clients and suppliers this year on a successful 2016. Pedco Engineering will be closing at Midday on the 22nd of December and re-opening on Monday, the 9th of January.
From all of the team at Pedco, please have a safe and happy holiday season.
Pedco Project of the Week – December 16, 2016
This set of tread plates and landing have been pressed from 6mm floorplate.
When attempting to create matched treads, the cutting of the material becomes increasingly important.
These plates were nested by our Estimators, then cut in-house on our Guillotine. Further care had to be taken at the pressing stage, as the treads can slip in the vee block. Some excellent skills demonstrated on these!
This set will be hot dip galvanised and delivered to our customer.
Pedco Project of the Week – December 9, 2016
This motor transport frame was fabricated by our expert welding team in our Welshpool workshop.
Here we can see the frame being prepped for its final load test – which it passed with flying colours, withstanding in excess of 67 tonnes!
See a quick video of the frame being load tested here – this frame will transport a 47-tonne mill motor.
Pedco Project of the Week – November 18, 2016
These conveyor components were pressed and rolled out of 12mm steel plate. The components required some precise work on our 360 plate roller and our 600t pressbrake.
Having the pieces stacked in this fashion demonstrates the ability of our operators to execute extremely accurate, repeatable bends.
Pedco Project of the Week – November 11, 2016
This week, we have a video of our Leading Hand demonstrating his technique on our 310 Plate Roller. The 20mm mildsteel is manipulated and rolled using the three rollers and then checked against our custom template for accuracy.
This kind of precision requires a steady hand, excellent concentration and years of experience. Watch our rolling here Rolling 20mm Mild Steel Plate .
Pedco Project of the Week – November 4, 2016
This 6 metre long trough, pressed in our 350 LVD pressbrake was combined with a supplemental trough section, covers, outlet plates and flanges for a complete solution.
For a video showing this piece being bump-pressed – check out our Youtube Page here Bump Pressing 6mm Trough .
Pedco Project of the Week – October 28, 2016
“A Journey of 1000 pressings begins with a single bend” – Not a Chinese Proverb.
These two half cone sections, required 35 hand-positioned individual bends each to create the rounded shapes in this image.
For a video showing these pieces being bump-pressed – check out our Youtube Page here 20mm Bump Pressing.
Pedco Project of the Week – October 21, 2016
These Grit Rotor Spools were refurbished by our expert fabrication team as part of their maintenance cycle.
Each spool required the replacement of the ‘fins’ and top ring, made from Bis80 plate.
These rotor spools will form part of an extraction system for a blast room.
Pedco Project of the Week – October 14, 2016
Designed in-house, these Charge Cans bring together the best of our Drafting, Pressing, Rolling & Fabrication expertise.
These cans will be used for dispensing change into a melting furnace – enabling the creation of alloy ingots and castings.
Pedco Project of the Week – October 7, 2016
Pedco Engineering can cold-form a variety of materials using our five press machines.
Here, we can see our operator Manoj Fernando place a 32mm thick mild steel plate against the back-gauge of our 600t press, with the assistance of our gantry cranes.
Once set, we can see how Manoj engages the press, working his foot controls and checking for accuracy using the computer control unit to his right.
As we can see here, the template sits flush with the material – a perfect result made possible by modern machines coupled with first-class expertise.
Pedco Project of the Week – September 30, 2016
Proof that there’s more than one way to skin a cat – or form a plate!
These 25mm cylinder halves have been cold-formed from flat plates using two different but equally effective methods.
On the left, the two pieces have been bump-pressed on our 600T press-brake to produce a round shape. On the right – the half cylinder has been rolled into shape using our plate rollers.
Both methods achieve the required tolerances – and utilising two different machines simultaneously ensures that we can achieve greater throughput and get your job done faster.
Pedco Project of the Week – September 23, 2016
This 40mm cylinder was formed in our 540 Roller, before being reinforced with 32mm bands, subarc welded using 16mm & 10mm complete fillet welds into the cylinder itself.
Note the notches in the top right corner, this cylinder will be used as a Cog-Driven Roller.
Pedco Project of the Week – September 16, 2016
In the yard today, we have a 12mm plate which has been formed in our 350 Tonne LVD Press.
The slope and taper effects visible in the ‘trough’ sections of this pressing are not an optical illusion, this kind of effect requires extreme precision over multiple repositions of the material – to achieve the most accurate results.
This plate will be used as part of the chassis for a water tanker.
Pedco Project of the Week – September 9, 2016
These tightly-pressed pieces of 20mm steel form part of a conveyor ‘tripper’ system.
These pieces were pressed in our 600T press, using R40 tooling across the centreline – then rolled in our 310 & 540 plate rollers.
Pedco Project of the Week – September 2, 2016
When entrusting your special project to someone, it’s important to know that your partners take ownership and pride in their work, to deliver you the best possible result.
This photo is a sample of work completed above our jobcard table. It is not on display near the main entrance, you won’t find this in a brochure – and most of our customers wouldn’t know that it exists.
With over 40 instances of positive feedback specifically for excellent quality in the last year, you can trust in Pedco Engineering to deliver quality work that you can be proud of.
Pedco Project of the Week – August 26, 2016
This photo, taken Wednesday morning, shows the Pedco Engineering workshop in action. With the ever present need for shorter lead times, keeping things in their correct place is an integral part of our 5S system, to both maintain throughput and keep our skilled operators on the task at hand.
With over 50 instances of positive feedback specifically for quick turnarounds in the last year, you can count on Pedco Engineering to get it done.
Pedco Project of the Week – August 19, 2016
Pedco Engineering Project of the Week – This rolled cylinder, which left our yard this week, is the thickest pulley shell Pedco has ever rolled.
To enable the completion of this 2.3m long shell, the cylinder had to be formed in halves, then subarc welded out to the full length.
This shell will be used as part of a pulley drive conveyor system and the final shell weighs in at over 6 tonnes.
A great achievement for our guys and hopefully a sign of things to come.
Pedco Project of the Week – August 12, 2016
Pedco Engineering Project of the Week – These are some pipe spool sections. The “Y” Adaptor is the feature piece this week. The two ‘pipes’ from this Y-Adaptor are non-standard sizes. One part was bump-pressed in halves and the other part we could roll.
Pressing, Rolling & Fabrication in one neat package.
Pedco Project of the Week – August 5, 2016
Pedco Engineering Project of the Week – Another bump-pressing example in the yard this week. These troughs have been pressed from 6mm plate, using our 6m 350T LVD press. At this thickness, in this machine, we can comfortably press plate up to six metres long.
These troughs will eventually find their home in a tallow mill.
Pedco Project of the Week – July 26, 2016
Pedco Engineering Project of the Week – A little early this time around, but I couldn’t let this one slip out the of the yard.
No, it’s not a rolled cylinder – note the lines along the base & face of the piece. This has been “Bump-Pressed” in halves from flat plate, then subarc-welded into a full circle.
Not just any plate either – 20mm thick Q&T400 steel to a tight 320mm inside diameter.
Thanks to Web Media Solutions for the launch of the all new Pedco website.
We believe that the new website is easier to navigate and gives our clients a better insight into the vast range of services we can offer.
We appreciate and look forward to any feedback you may have on the new site.
Pedco have been an ISO certified company now for almost 5 years! Our next surveillance audit will be held onsite on Monday the 9th of May.
We are confident that we will maintain our certification once again this year.
Recent Projects – Swan River Pedestrian Bridge
Pedco has been an integral part of The Swan River Pedestrian Bridge, supplying temporary sleeves , lids and piles.
Work was completed ahead of schedule and our client was extremely happy with the end result.
With pricing, quality and lead-time pressures increasing in the Metal Processing, Mining & Oil & Gas Industries, firms are often required to look further afield for the competitive and timely solutions that their clients demand. Not sure where to look first?
Pedco has assisted nearly 150 first-time customers in the last 12 months, who are looking to quickly adapt to the new market reality.
Put us to the test – and see how Pedco can assist you, with sharp pricing, flexible lead-times and clever design.