Westminster Medium Duty Geared Crane Ladle For ladles with a working capacity up to 4500Kg (9900lbs) molten cast iron the Westminster ladle is designed for continuous use in non-ferrous foundries and for intermittent use in ferrous foundries. The Westminster medium duty ladle is a simpler design when compared to the Workhorse heavy-duty ladle and whilst built to the same quality is not recommended for use in foundries where the molten metal is at elevated temperatures such as steel and/or special alloys. However, it is ideal for foundries that require a robust dependable ladle for occasional rather than daily usage and for non-ferrous foundries that are casting lower temperature metals such as Aluminium. The Westminster Ladle is fitted with the same range of Acetarc Oil-bath gearboxes as the Workhorse heavy-duty ladle. Ladle shells can be sized to suit pre-formed linings such as the Foseco Insural© ladle liners. All ladles designs can incorporate features such as special pouring spouts and/or covers etc. Westminster medium duty ladles are often supplied with Vee bails.
Workhorse Heavy duty Geared Crane Ladle. The Workhorse foundry ladle is the result of many years of experience in the design and manufacture of heavy-duty ladles for all foundry applications. For ladles with a working capacity from 450Kg (990lbs) and up to 75,000Kg (165,000lbs) capacity molten C.I. The Workhorse ladle is intended for continuous use in all types of foundries and with all types of molten metal. It is designed to give long and trouble free service for many years whilst also being easy for a foundry’ s own personnel to maintain so that downtime is minimised. Workhorse ladles can be fitted with the option of either a manually operated gearbox or a motorised gearbox (electric or pneumatic drive) for the controlled rotation and pouring of the ladle. The Workhorse ladle design forms the basis for:
- All types of Casting/ transfer ladles
- Ductile iron Treatment ladles.
- Bottom pouring Ladles
- Drum & U shaped Ladles
- Ladles fitted with motor drive
- Special ladles
The Workhorse ladle is fitted with bolt-on trunnions as standard. This has advantages over trunnions that are welded directly to the ladle shell.
- It reduces heat transference from the ladle shell to the sidearms and gearbox, thereby reducing the likelihood of parts becoming tight due to thermal expansion.
- If a trunnion gets damaged or worn, it then becomes a relatively easy task to replace the bolt-on trunnion by the foundry’s own maintenance team.
It should be noted that the load is not taken on the fixing bolts. There is a large diameter spigot at the rear of the bolt-on trunnion that actually carried the load thereby removing the shear off the fixing bolts. The bolt-on trunnion is then fixed to the machined pad using grade 8.8 HT screws.
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