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Covers Cut Costs

Envelop covers originally developed for key asset protection on warships, could save Australian industry millions of dollars in corrosion control. They can also play a vital part in reducing maintenance and improving process plant reliability, claims Australian Pump Industries, Envelop cover distributors for Australia.

Australian Pump originally introduced Envelop covers for Defence applications, particularly related to top side asset protection on RAN ships. The covers are now standard on most RAN vessels including all ANZAC and FFG Class frigates.

This revolutionary product was originally funded by the US Navy in an effort to reduce maintenance costs by reducing corrosion. The results of this unique development is a patented cover material that not only offers waterproof shielding but is made from a breathable material that wicks away moisture from the equipment.

Australian Pump claim that traditional waterproof tarps and plastic wraps provide some protection but often trap moisture and salt, resulting in slow deterioration of the asset. Envelop covers can be tailor made to suit the asset. On warships, covers have been designed and are being used for capstans, deck cranes, torpedos and sensitive electronic equipment. 

Australian Pumps offer a photo modelling service that enables covers to be quickly designed and produced to suit virtually any application. “We were able to come up with a deck crane cover that shields the entire machine including its sensitive hydraulic control equipment, providing virtually 100% corrosion protection” said Aussie Pumps Adrian Fiatarone. “The hydraulic folding crane was mounted on the rear deck, and exposed to the elements” he said.

US Navy Admiral, James P. McManamon recently quoted regarding the US Navy’s experiences “We are in the process of outfitting every surface ship in the US Navy with Envelop covers. This should be completed by the end of fiscal 2011” he said.

Fiatarone further explained that the covers can be appropriate to not only operational assets, but are also particularly suited to long term storage. Thus important spare parts can be protected from the combination of extreme humidity, dust, sand degradation and UV exposure.

“We have designed a 50 tonne crane hydraulic motor cover that provides full protection without impeding function or requiring removal before operation” said Fiatarone.

Further information including a free DVD and info pack is available from Australian Pump Industries and is also available on the Aussie Pump website www.aussiepumps.com.au under the Defence equipment section.