Australian company up for Swedish Steel Prize award

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Western Australian company Trufab Global and its Nyrex chaser bin has been named a finalist in this year’s Swedish Steel Prize

The Nyrex chaser bin side on, behind a john deere
The Nyrex chaser bin on the job

Awarded annually to the most innovative design utilising high-performance steel, Trufab Global is one of the four finalists for this year’s prize.

The Nyrex range of chaser bins are a result of decades of innovation and experience, ultimately creating a fully modular grain cart that’s easier to transport across Australia and tailored to the farmer’s needs.

Nyrex chaser bins offer a capacity between 20,000 and 67,000-litres and are 700kg lighter than previous solutions, which improves fuel efficiency and reduces soil compaction.

Reliability and safety is also a top priority, with all bins equipped as standard with heavy-duty braked axles.

"Our motivation for the Nyrex was the chance to make better efficiencies," Trufab CEO Colin Jorgensen says. "Can we be faster, more environmentally friendly and challenge the status quo? These are themes that are shared company wide," he adds.

The sub frame of the chaser bin and the pre-cut 1,625mm-wide panels for the side and floor modules are made from high-strength steel. Assembly of the modular panels relies heavily on bent joints and bolt fasteners. The bin is designed with tandem axles and built-in brakes with the option of tyres or tracks. It can also be fitted with a fire-fighting tank on the side.

"We looked at different materials for the panels and other ways to do the design, but high-strength steel and less welding offers end users much better value for money," Jorgensen says. "They receive increased efficiency in the fields, with less ground disturbance and less pulling power, meaning less fuel."

The prize will be awarded during a ceremony in Stockholm, Sweden on May 24. The award ceremony is part of a three-day event at which hundreds of international participants will take part in seminars and site visits at SSAB.

With a modular design concept using almost no welding, Trufab has created a flexible and lightweight grain auger wagon that allows for the final assembly to be done on-site. By utilising modules, different sizes can easily be delivered, while maintenance is also simplified. This new chaser bin reduces cost and increases production efficiency for producers as well as end users. - The Swedish Steel Prize jury’s motivation for selecting Trufab as a finalist for the Swedish Steel Prize 2018

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