Automation Success Stories

Banlaw Unified Fuel Management Factory Tour

Holden Racing Team driver Jack Perkins speaks to Adam Searle, Banlaw Production Manager, about John Hart's role as key supplier of a fully automated manufacturing cell.

Banlaw has over 35 years’ experience in designing and manufacturing fuel management systems for mining, ports (container handling), rail and transport industries, offering complete control of the delivery, despatch, cleanliness and usage of all hydrocarbons for unparalleled control of environmental risks, effectiveness and accuracy.

No matter how harsh or remote the operating environment, Banlaw’s systems mean that vehicles such as locomotives, haul trucks, excavators, bulldozers, heavy trucks, buses, container lift machines and storage tanks can be safely fast-filled and individual vehicle usage can be monitored. The system can also help to eliminate fuel theft, cut machinery down-time and provide a safer, cleaner and more environmentally sustainable work place.

Banlaw’s manufacturing and research and development facility is located in the Hunter Valley, the centre of Australia’s industrial heartland. Their fuel management systems can be found in use throughout Australia, Europe, the United States, Asia and the Americas.

Their technology is used every day in the harshest work environments around the world, it is designed and built for reliability and performance. All fittings are manufactured from high quality alloys and machined to exacting standards thanks to John Hart and Mazak.

Banlaw’s long-term relationship with John Hart began over 30 years ago with the supply of a Mazak VTC machining centre. Since then their manufacturing facility has grown to 8 Mazak machine tools including the recent addition of John Hart’s own CellPro Modular Robotic System.

CellPro is a pre-engineered robotic machine tending system for Mazak machines. For Banlaw’s production requirements it brings together a Mazak Integrex j-200S CNC multi-tasking machine, a Fanuc M20iA 6 axis handling robot and John Harts cell control software CellPro, a state-of-the-art user interface that requires no robot programming knowledge to create a fully automated manufacturing cell offering unrivalled ease of use, flexibility and efficiency.

CellPro has given Banlaw the capability for unmanned operation over extended periods of time, including lights out manufacturing without the complications associated with traditional robot programming.

Banlaw’s objective of achieving industry-leading efficiency rates continue to be achieved through their continuous improvement process and innovation culture, supported by John Hart’s commitment to provide the most advanced manufacturing technologies.