As a result the company has changed its approach and now carries BSL chain & connector stocks in Australia and AFC buffer stocks in the UK. This move will allow lead times as low as six weeks for AFC chain into Australia.
The company produces chain for use in shearer haulage systems, face conveyor and stageloader assemblies as well as pulling in chains for special purpose applications. Other products are used in monorail suspension, belt conveyor suspension, bunker chain assemblies and others.
"We've always had a good quality product but we have not always had the best deliveries,"" said Gerald Deakin, mining sales manager. "As a result we are changing our manufacturing routes and the way we operate the plant to give reduced lead times."
To the end of March 2002 Parsons Chain Company supplied about 70 longwalls worldwide, including markets in Russia and China. Over the last 12 months Parsons has supplied Joy Mining Machinery with chain installations for five high production faces, including the 5m high Daw Mill face in UK.
On future purchasing trends Deakin predicts longwall mines will increasingly purchase consumable products for face installations from original equipment manufacturers, however the initial purchase is likely to be concentrated around the conveyor manufacturer.