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Hardox® helps VERCO supply equipment for extreme mining

A leading supplier of wear parts in the mining industry has its sights set on expansion into extreme mining. It aims to use Hardox® and Weldox® in as much of its excavation equipment as possible to achieve its goals.

 

Hardox helps VERCO supply equipment for extreme mining

The challenge

By prioritizing product quality, VERCO has succeeded in retaining its position as one of the leading Italian suppliers of wear parts for mining and quarrying machines. The company specializes in buckets for mining excavators and wheeled loaders, up to 30 cubic meters of capacity, and in liners for crushers and recycling equipment. VERCO was one of the first companies in Italy to build excavator buckets entirely of Hardox® wear plate.

According to Daniele Arrighi, export manager at VERCO, minimizing maintenance costs in these applications poses a great challenge. VERCO customers depend on the company to deliver not only superior products, but even technical expertise.

“We have a good distributor network in Italy and abroad, and are now penetrating new markets and new segments. So we must be prepared to tackle new technical issues. Our objective for the future is to introduce SSAB and VERCO products to as many companies as possible,” says Arrighi.

“We offer durable wear parts with low maintenance requirements, which reduces the number of stoppages and cuts costs. Our customers are buying equipment from us that can be mounted on excavators of 300-400 tonnes of operating weight. Such machine stoppages are extremely expensive. With our help, they can improve the reliability and cost efficiency of their enormous equipment.”

The solution

As a member of Hardox® in My Body and Hardox® Wearparts, VERCO has access to SSAB’s technical expertise and can thus offer its customers the latest applications for Hardox® and Strenx® steels.

“We have a strong, long-term relationship with SSAB representatives and can always rely on technical support from them whenever we need it. We use Hardox® 400, 450 and 500, HiTuf and Strenx® 700*, too, for excavator buckets used at very low temperatures,” says Arrighi.

“When customers face problems in their plants, we visit them together with an SSAB engineer who can offer advice on site, assess their technical requirements and assist in solving the problem – often by specifying a stronger steel. This type of cooperation benefits all parties,” he says.

Customer benefits

  • Equipment defects and failures decreased, resulting in lower maintenance requirements and costs
  • Improved product quality and brand image by using Hardox® wear plate
  • New technical issues solved as company expanded into new market segment
  • Design support and technical expertise provided by SSAB to company’s customers
  • Membership of Hardox Wearparts® and Hardox® In My Body provides VERCO with benefits such as short delivery times, marketing support and information on new products

*Formerly named Weldox 700