Aussie Mint modernizes materials handling

by Array

Bulk materials handling solutions provider Gough Econ, Inc has received an order from Australis Engineering P/L of Sydney, Australia to provide equipment for The Royal Australian Mint in Canberra.

The Mint is undergoing a US$60-million revamp of its material handling and automation system, one of the largest projects of its kind undertaken by a functioning Mint.

Under the contract, Gough Econ will supply an Elecon Bi-Axial bucket conveyor to deliver blanks to each of the Mint’s 13 stamping presses. It will also provide two Econ-O-Lift bucket elevators to feed finished coins to the packaging facility for packaging into coin rolls and bags. The equipment will fit into a system being developed by Australis Engineering. Gough Econ expects to deliver and install the units by the end of the year.

The installation will also include robots and automated guided vehicles. It will replace a manual tote bin-based system that has been in place for more than 40 years.