Leading Belgian steel plate manufacturer NLMK Clabecq has supplied its Quard 500 abrasion resistant steel plates to Brazilian manufacturer Innova. NLMK Clabecq plates are used to make high strength forklift buckets for granite and marble mining. Innova chose to use Quard 500 because of its high abrasion and impact resistance and its excellent mechanical properties for mechanical processes in metal (cutting, bending, welding, drilling, etc.). The Quard 500 allowed Innova to design and manufacture buckets that were lighter, stronger and more stable for aggressive quarry use.
This new application of Quard hardened and tempered steel sheets expands NLMK Clabecq’s presence in the stone quarrying segment, which requires more wear resistant materials to improve fuel efficiency and significantly extend the life of buckets that operate with high hardness blocks.
The biggest challenge for the stone mining segment is lower operating costs. Buckets made from durable Quard plates provide more than 50% productivity gains over comparable steels.