Case Study: Clutch Achieves 950,000km Service Free

November 28, 2018

Aim of Trial The aim of the trial was to test the Horton RCV250 Dual Speed viscous fan clutch and fan, and determine the benefits that the fully enclosed the RCV250 Dual Speed fan clutch offers, i.e. less engagements due to dualspeed operation, no wear items and/or maintenance, longer belt life due to smoother viscous […]

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Centenary Bulletin 14 – Timber Industry Spin-Offs

November 14, 2018

As a consequence of Timberjack, Grand Ridge Timbers, FCE and Repfin, many other ancillary products for the timber industry also became available to Norman G Clark. Sabre Saw Chain, a Canadian company based in Burlington, Ontario, were challenging the saw chain market leader Oregon with a very competitive product. Saw chain, sprockets, guide bars, files […]

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A Typical Repfin Repossession

Centenary Bulletin 13 – Repfin Finance

Forest and Construction Equipment had a problem, common to all vehicle and machinery sellers who sell equipment and accept a trade-in as part of the transaction. The profit for a seller, who is often operating on low margins, is in the trade-in. This traded piece of equipment needs to be valued at market price, and […]

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Centenary Bulletin 12 – FW Scragg & Sons – Macclesfield, Lancs, UK

November 7, 2018

Scragg’s had been making machines to process silk thread since somebody first identified the silk worm. Their machinery was the best in the world, and was produced in the town of Macclesfield. This was the centre of the world as far as silk fibre processing and knitting and weaving was concerned. After World War II, […]

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Centenary Bulletin 11 – Grand Ridge Timbers Pty Ltd – Boolarra, Victoria

October 19, 2018

The introduction of Timberjack machines in hardwood forest areas was proving very effective, and Norman G Clark was concentrating in a lot of sales effort in the Bairnsdale area. Jack Irish was one of APM’s contractors, and a dedicated Timberjack owner. Jack had previously operated only in softwoods, and while some attempts had been made […]

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Clark LIMA crane at FCE FIME exhibition

Centenary Bulletin 10 – Forest & Construction Equipment Pty Ltd

October 18, 2018

Once the Timberjack relationship ended, Norman G Clark became an obvious outlet for machinery suppliers looking for Australian distribution. Towards the end of 1972, we were approached by Col Cagnacci of CIMSA representing Clark Equipment of Benton Harbour, Michigan, asking if we would be interested in taking on a Clark Michigan franchise for Victoria and […]

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Norman G Clark Centenary Bulletin 9 - Airchart Flying Services

Centenary Bulletin 9 – Airchart Flying Services

October 14, 2018

AFS was a direct spinoff of the OMET Simpson Desert operation. A very large profit had been generated during our year in the Simpson, and the OMET tax bill was going to be severe. The company’s Accountants suggestion that we should purchase a general aviation aircraft, had been considered for some time, as an attractive […]

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Timberjack Skidder/Loader Outside Barkly Street Brunswick Office

Centenary Bulletin 8 – The Timberjack Story

October 12, 2018

When it comes to logging procedures, Australia and North America could not be more dissimilar. They did find, however, common ground in Timberjack machines, which also emphasised the substantial differences in technique between the two countries. One example is, where the North Americans extract logs downhill to a haul road in a valley where they […]

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Centenary Bulletin 7 – Off Highway – The Nodwell Story Oil & Mineral Exploration Transport

August 29, 2018

Nodwell had nothing to do with textiles and was a spin-off from Polymer Corporation activities. Because Norman G Clark was pleasing the Canadian Trade Commissioner with its Polysar Rubber sales, he was a regular caller offering Canadian products requiring representation in Australia. This eventually resulted in an association with the Robin Nodwell Co., of Calgary, […]

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Batch Spear Holder - Norman G Clark

Centenary Bulletin 6 – Engineering Development, The 50’s and 60’s

From the end of World War 2, Norman G Clark worked hard to get into the engineering business, and eventually took, what was then, a major step. It purchased some primitive machinery and housed it in a 20′ x 20′ annex to the chemical store in the Latrobe Street building. The equipment was hopelessly inadequate, […]

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Centenary Bulletin 5 – The Reed Manufacturing Plant

July 30, 2018

Weaving textiles on a loom requires a reed to separate the threads during the weaving process. The reed got its name from the reeds or rushes that were used in its construction. In the days of the Pharaohs, the ancient Egyptians were able to weave beautiful fabrics from these rather crude reeds, and although the […]

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Hugh K Schilling President – Horton Manufacturing Company

Centenary Bulletin 4 – Industrial Products in the 1960’s

July 25, 2018

Horton ‘Air Champ’ Clutches & Brakes Textiles and Rubber had been the key industries for Norman G Clark in the first fifty years, but a significant development occurred in the 1960’s following John Clark’s visit to the USA to attend a textile machinery show in Atlanta, Georgia. An article in the Textile Journal of Australia […]

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Centenary Bulletin 3 – Mr. Carbon Black

July 5, 2018

Late in 1952, John Clark had a call from an American, Owen J. Brown Jr., who said he was visiting Australia as his company was seeking a local representative to market their products. He had approached a friend of John’s, Ken Christian, who was unable to consider the job, but had suggested contact with Norman […]

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Centenary Bulletin 2 – The Post War Period

June 21, 2018

By 1930 world markets had slumped as the Great Depression set-in. Many industries closed down and very few materials were sought. Norman G Clark, however, astutely managed and grew his business through the difficult ensuing decade. The resilience and stability he had built into the young company kept it insulated from the general crash. Therefore, […]

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Centenary Bulletin 1 – Beginnings

June 6, 2018

Norman G Clark (A/Asia) Pty Ltd is now in its one hundredth year, and I thought it appropriate to send regular bulletins over the next 12 months to give some idea of how the business evolved and developed. I thought it best to start with Norman Grey Clark, my grandfather, who was born on 11th […]

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Rotary Union Design Factors and Sealing Technologies for Machining Centre Applications

June 5, 2018

Rotary unions are a critically important element in through-spindle coolant systems. These systems deliver coolant directly to the cutting edges of end mills, drill bits and other rotary tools, providing a distinct advantage over flood coolant methods. A spray of high-pressure coolant directly in the cutting zone can enhance machining processes by rapidly clearing chips, […]

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Introducing the New ZSE Brake Family from Nexen

March 21, 2018

Continually testing and improving products as well as developing new technology, Nexen’s contribution to the industry is now illustrated in the ZSE Zero-Backlash Through-Shaft Brake. With countless bore sizes available, Nexen offers an off-the-shelf, zero-backlash braking solution for shaft holding applications. These spring-engaged, air released brakes eliminate the performance problems associated with electrical brakes for […]

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Engineers mesh Cartesian robot with roller pinion system

Engineers Mesh Cartesian Robot With Nexen Roller Pinion System

February 15, 2018

Manufacturers in many industries have relied on MESH Automation Inc.’s machine engineering, design and installation services for nearly 20 years. During that time, MESH has completed more than 850 projects of all sizes related to robotic workcells, vision inspection and system integration. One project from a few years ago involved building an automation system for […]

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Compact Precision Ring Drive System From Nexen

September 27, 2017

Nexen Group, Inc. introduces the Compact Ring Drive (CRD) system with precision grade bearing and drive mechanism in a sealed housing. Freely programmable, the three-drive design configurations allow the CRD to be optimized for high speed, high torque or both, depending on the application. With a 250 or 350 mm dial plate bolt circle diameter […]

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Air Champ® vs. Electric - A Comparative Analysis

Air Champ® vs. Electric – A Comparative Analysis

September 6, 2017

As the result of tests conducted by an independent laboratory, Nexen Group, Inc. identified seven key performance-related and cost-saving advantages of air-actuated clutch-brakes over electric units of comparable size. The tests were conducted by Huntingdon Engineering & Environmental, Inc. of St. Paul, Minnesota. Units tested were the Nexen Air Champ FMCBE-625 air clutch-brake and a […]

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