The Wirtgen tractor-towed stabilizers are attached to a traction vehicle – in this case a tractor. In Denmark, the stabilizers transformed the clay subsoil littered with large stones into a workable and compressible surface. Material that was too coarse was broken down in the milling drum‘s mixing chamber.
Whether road milling, stabilising or surface mining: Betek and Wirtgen have one major goal together – the continuous development of these technologies to be able to offer customers the greatest possible efficiency. Betek is proud of the system partnership with Wirtgen that has been a success story for over 30 years. Product Manager Thomas Allgaier is responsible for the product group of bits used for road milling, stabilising and surface mining.
Night shift at 0°C. 3,300 BTS01 TungStuds were welded onto the machine to provide protection (photo: Betek)
Mineral processing machines are subjected to great strains and high levels of wear. Sections of machinery where abrasive materials come into contact with the machine are always particularly susceptible. Any lack of anti-wear protection leads to reduced hours of operation, high maintenance costs and expensive machine failure. In all of those areas the use of tried and tested Betek tungsten carbide tools pays dividends and Betek TungStuds, as an additional anti-wear solution, are also exactly where they ought to be.
Road-milling roller housing fitted with TungStuds (source: Betek)
Zwickau/ Aichhalden, 1st October 2011: German tungsten carbide tool manufacturer Betek today announced a new partnership with Wirtgen’s operation in Zwickau, which will see the two companies cooperate on sales and after-sales support for the Betek TungStuds range. Wirtgen Zwickau is thus with immediate effect a new official sales partner for the Betek TungStuds products.
100% Made in Germany: Betek tungsten carbide solutions. For example, they are used for DTH percussion drill tips for water and geo-thermal drilling or blast hole drilling in mining or in civil engineering.
Not only does Betek offer its own system solutions made of tungsten carbide, it also supplies tool manufacturers requiring tungsten carbide but don‘t have their own tungsten carbide production. These tool manufacturers rely on Betek, because they want to guarantee their end-users are getting a tool of assured, consistent high quality, which is characterised by high wear resistance and impact strength. Product Manager Frank del Toro sets up tungsten carbide as part of this business sector.
Milling machine operator Peter Vollmer doing a tool change on the W 35 DC (photo: Betek)
Earlier this year, Betek road milling tools had a very special assignment on the premises of the Simon group. Road milling firm Kutter was commissioned by the Simon Electroplating division, Betek’s immediate next-door neighbour, with a special task. The electroplating division’s buildings are currently being renovated and extended so that they can cope easily in the future with the ever increasing level of orders, especially from the automotive industry.
Juan Carlos Figuereoa welded on 3,300 BTS01 TungStuds in a single night with the help of one colleague – the next morning, salt was being mined again with the terrain leveller.
In 2010, TungStuds were launched on the market and it seems as if the world had been waiting for these: machine operators are happy as they have less wear to complain about and that the TungStuds are quick and easy to weld on and replace. Controllers are pleased because productivity is increased considerably thanks to reduced maintenance and down times with costs shrinking notably. Product Manager Pascal Detemple is responsible for the comparatively young product area of wear protection studs.
Tests show that the Betek bits in the BKF series are far superior to competitor bits in terms of service life, penetration performance and holder protection. The flat terrain requires milling depths of up to 12 metres to create the necessary drops for sewers. Product Manager Ulrich Krämer: ”When dry milling with such cutting depths, the tungsten carbide tools and chain can get so hot that you can burn your fingers just by touching them.“
Everywhere, where infrastructure projects are being set up, trench cutters are in use to create pipelines or lines for electricity and channels for water and wastewater. Ulrich Krämer is responsible for the Product Management of trench cutters and is always involved if such ”lifelines“ are being built somewhere in the world.
The crushing intensity reduces on conventional vertical crushers to the extent of the wear on the rotor tips progresses. Rotor tips with Betek tungsten carbide slowed the effect of wear considerably.
Senior Product Manager Bernhard Moosmann and Junior Product Manager Baris Irmak are discovering new horizons with tungsten carbide solutions: in the world of breaking/crushing and mixing, in the world of the minerals industry. In doing so, they are turning the world of tools upside down with the Betek tungsten carbide solutions.
The Betek angular tungsten carbides for agriculture wear parts are patented. The wearing parts ensure maximum performance for agriculture. They provide optimum protection for the steel body and are available in a variety of strengths for various areas of usage.
In 2006, Florian Smeets started to ’plough‘ a wholly new field for Betek and it is amazing how much land he has conquered in this market since then: With tungsten carbide wearing tools for agriculture wear parts, Betek has progressed rapidly to become the innovations and technology pioneer in this sector.
In order to achieve optimum protection, TungStuds were welded close together on the side of every segment of the new trench-cutting wheel.
Betek TungStuds recently demonstrated sophisticated protection against wear in a tough road test in France. Launched in 2010, this range of anti-wear bolts with a core made of Betek tungsten carbide can be welded onto practically any metal surface and, if necessary, repeatedly replaced. At a French civil engineering firm these little helpers were recently tested in tough conditions on a trench-cutting wheel and won the company over even while still being tested with their long service life, minimal wear and optimum protection for the newly purchased milling/cutting segments.
The Betek civil engineering tools are constantly being enhanced in close cooperation with users and machine manufacturers such as BAUER Schrobenhausen.
Betek‘s success story began over 30 years ago with tools for the mining industry. While the mining industry in Germany plays more of a subordinate role compared to back then, this segment is growing globally rapidly. The Product Management team for mining and civil engineering is managed by Thomas Neff.
Betek is represented across the globe and is constantly expanding its partner network. Two new partnership agreements were sealed alone in the first six months of 2011: in Brazil and South Africa.
Betek is represented across the globe and is constantly expanding its partner network. Two new partnership agreements were sealed alone in the first six months of 2011: in Brazil and South Africa.
Russia is rich with mining resources. The coal reserves are vast, the annual volume being mined totals to 300 million tonnes. The picture shows a shearer being used for mining purposes.
Betek has counteracted increasing demand for quality products for mining in Russia with the opening of a new branch in Novokuznetsk. Coal mining in particular has enormous potential as the production volumes are vast.
Betek employee and casual footballer Florian Haag competes for the ball. As a member in the Simon group of companies, Betek played in blue and white striped Simon kit at the Reinhard Wirtgen memorial tournament.
In June, ten Betek employees played in the Reinhard Wirtgen memorial tournament, to which the company is invited every year by the Wirtgen Group.
Reinforced bits are mainly used in tunnel construction, iron ore mining and coal mining. They have long service lives and maximum wear resistance.
In order to mine iron ore, tungsten carbide wearing tools of the highest quality are required – such as Betek reinforced bits that cope with the wear caused by hard minerals.
With the innovative XR tungsten carbide tool range, which was developed together with system partner WIRTGEN and is specially tailored to soil stabilization and cold recycling applications, Betek is setting new standards for the durability and cost-effectiveness of wearing tools.
“Wow – it looks like the Dorset Tiger!” – when English farmer James Tory uttered this enthusiastic exclamation on the occasion of a product test, he also coined the product name for the new Betek chisel plough tip from one of the world’s leading agricultural equipment manufacturers, Kverneland: the “Dorset Tiger”. The success is achieved by a newly-developed angular tungsten carbide from Betek, which is particularly beneficial in agricultural wear parts.
Equipping the main areas of the cutting wheels of a diaphragm wall cutter with TungStuds will reduce the amount of wear considerably. This increases operating times, and maintenance costs are low.
Lack of wear protection used to lead to higher maintenance costs, or expensive plant failures. With its new wear protection bolts, known as TungStuds, Betek has brought a small revolution onto the market. The solution is simple and effective – which has also been confirmed by the first major deployment on a building site in the Netherlands, among other things.
The first Betek branch in America has been established: Lawyer Russell Hopkins and Betek sales manager Ewald Staiger at the contract signing in Aichhalden.
“Yes, we can!” – Barack Obama’s election campaign slogan can also be used to describe Betek’s philosophy – and sales manager Ewald Staiger even goes a step further: “Yes, we will and we can!” Setting our sights on conquering the American market – this is why Betek established its first sales branch in the USA this year.
Dealing with facts without heroics – this can apply to the solid Swabian way of life, but can also be used to describe the practical tests that Betek continuously carries out all over the world and in all possible usage areas. Of course, this is always done in close collaboration with system partners and customers, who often struggle to hold back their enthusiasm and amazement. It was no different when two practical tests took place in the United States a few weeks ago. The Betek employees from American-based Betek Tools Inc, Jeff Miller and Hannes Redman, have two good examples:
Bauma is the international specialist trade fair for construction machinery, construction material machinery, mining machinery, construction vehicles and equipment, and is taking place for the 30 th time in Munich from 15 th to 20 th April 2013.
You will never see so many construction machines on a building site: Bauma turns Munich into the construction machinery Mecca every three years. The globally leading trade fair tempted 415,000 visitors from 200 countries and 3150 exhibitors from 53 countries to Munich.
Many of the Chinese exhibitors had nothing left to exhibit after the visit from the customs investigation office: the copies of the Betek products and the brochures were boxed up and taken away.
Success is soon followed by copycats: Betek quality products from the Black Forest region have already been copied several times, and Betek has successfully defended itself against product piracy. However, a walk around bauma suffices to show that sitting on our laurels is not an option.
TungStuds press photo
Many machines are subjected to great strains and high levels of wear. Sections of plants where abrasive materials are conveyed or processed are always particularly susceptible to this and the plants also often run non-stop. Without special protection against wear such machines and plant sections can only be operated for short periods. A lack of anti-wear protection can lead to greatly reduced hours of operation, high maintenance costs and even to expensive machine failure.
Dragon Tooth tool system
Betek, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of tools tipped with tungsten carbide, is unveiling the latest generation of Dragon Tooth foundation drilling tools at the BAUMA show. Developed specifically for use on pilot bits, augers and core rings, the Dragon Tooth sets new standards: with a high percentage of operating costs in excavation work accounted for by the tools, the Dragon Tooth’s especially high levels of durability and resistance to wear pay off well in all such projects.
Betek, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of tools tipped with tungsten carbide, is unveiling a new generation of quick-change bar / holder systems at the BAUMA show: the BA47 tool systems are used on drilling machines with a pipe wall thickness of 40mm and are excellently suited to all sub-surfaces and rock types.
New tool from the XR range
With the innovative XR range of tungsten carbide tools, Betek is setting new standards at BAUMA for the durability and cost-efficiency of consumable tools. Developed together with partners Wirtgen, the XR range is designed specifically for soil stabilisation and cold recycling applications.
New, increasingly higher capacity road milling machines demand ever better and longer lasting tools, as whenever these new ‘super machines’ are in use, any unscheduled stop, e.g. to change tools or even complete holder systems, is more than ever before an expensive business.
The new, 2010 edition Betek product catalogues are available now – both in hard copy and to download. Split into the three subject areas of trenching, mining / tunnelling and foundation drilling, the three new issues are packed full of information on the standard product range – including technical data on the different tungsten carbide tool systems and accessories. The complete portfolio has been added to with numerous new products, and as well as the tried and tested range the catalogues also cover these in extensive detail.
Screenshot of the new website
Online at BAUMA! Tungsten carbide tool manufacturer Betek presents its new website: the site, at www.helden-der-baustelle.de, brings you brand new information on show news and the latest developments in the field of tungsten carbide technology. Also targeted directly at tool users is the new forum, which invites visitors to swap experiences.
Fitted with the new Dragon’s Tooth the ‘Rock Auger’ accomplished four times as many bored piles as with rival tools.
Bored pile jobs in difficult geological conditions are appreciably more effective with the ‘Dragon’s Tooth’ than with other tools. A great example of this comes from the experience on a construction site in Venezuela, where switching to Betek tools got the cost-to-performance ratio back on track.
From Aichhalden to Alaska – Betek tools help to secure the extraction of raw materials even in the most hidden corners of the world.
China’s highest building – and the second highest in the world – is currently being built in Pudong, a district of Shanghai. Already known as the ‘Shanghai Tower’, the building is set to soar half a kilometre or, to be more precise, 632 metres up into the sky. As always, however, the first job is drilling deep into the ground and it’s not the appearance but the construction details that fascinate interested observers.
After the Wirtgen machines had been fitted with the ideal combination for such use of Twin Stop sleeves and Betek road bits, road construction firm Swank were able to reduce the level of wear. The bits used were round shank bits based on the so-called R-series. They rotate permanently about their own axis and keep automatically sharpening themselves as they penetrate into the concrete.
Difficult construction site situations often call for teamwork. That was the case on a road construction project in Portland, USA. Road construction firm Swank had a contract to mill a concrete road – which due to particularly high concrete quality proved to be very difficult to do. As a result of cutting bit tests carried out jointly by Swank, Wirtgen America and Betek, the company was finally able to tip the Wirtgen machines in such a way that excellent milling performance was possible and an end was put to the excessive wear.
With a new base in Poznan Betek’s partner Wirtgen has further developed its presence in an important European market.
Europe’s largest road construction site is currently Poland, where the A1 motorway is being built. For lovers of large construction machines this site is sometimes a veritable feast for the eyes: during the first phase of construction almost 100 Wirtgen Group machines were involved both in the earth-moving work and the laying and compression of the roadbed all the way to work on the asphalt top surface. Included amongst the factors ensuring that the road construction makes fast progress are Betek tools, with all of the machines fitted with Betek road construction tools.
‘Changing teeth’ and thus any extraction of the milling machine was a thing of the past for Geo Rumo’s machine operators – saving them 30 minutes per panel. And, as everywhere, on construction sites ‘time is money’!
The Romans called the Limia River the ‘Lethe’ and in classic mythology it was surrounded by legends as a river of forgetfulness and perfidy. When it came to laying a water pipeline under this river only one thing was perfidious: the geological and spatial conditions. However, thanks to a specific excavation method and the fitting of the milling machine with newly developed cutting teeth these challenges were soon forgotten.
As the construction work is being carried out below ground, an official service to St Barbara was held as part of opening up of the cave prior to the formal ceremony to pray for an accident-free construction period.
To prevent any misunderstanding right from the off: we’re not talking here about the famous holes in the cheese, but rather the huge holes being driven into the sandstone in order to create more space for the famous Kaltbach cheese from Emmi in Switzerland to rest and mature.
Former Minister President Lothar Späth presents the award to Betek HR Director Gerold Klausmann, who shows his delight with fellow Betek employees at belonging to one of the most innovative companies in the German SME sector.
The staff and management at Betek in Aichhalden are overjoyed: BETEK Bergbau- und Hartmetalltechnik Karl-Heinz Simon GmbH & Co. KG is one of the 100 most innovative companies in the German SME sector. That was the finding of the latest study conducted as part of the nationwide, cross-industry ‘Top 100’ business comparison survey. In this 17th running of the prestigious business initiative, it was Betek’s made-to-measure innovation management that truly impressed. Lothar Späth, retired former Minister President of Baden-Württemberg, presented the cherished ‘Top 100’ award to Betek HR Director Gerold Klausmann.
Nothing is harder: a diamond drill for exploratory drilling. The objective of the research is to give such a drill not just hardness but also impact resistance.
In the research projects being carried out by Dr Wolfgang Strelsky, Head of R&D at Betek, finding a way to combine two different properties is at the very top of his list of objectives. The aim is to create a material that is as hard as diamond and as impact resistant as tungsten carbide.
The largest and most expensive round shank cutter bit (shown compared with traditional bits) that Betek has ever made is being used in breakers for working oil sands.
The investigation and exploitation of unconventional sources of oil such as oil sands and oil shale is a matter occupying many industrial countries – all the more so as the oil price rises and conventional sources of oil dwindle. Technical advances and better and less expensive methods of extraction are turning unconventional sources of oil like these into exploitable deposits – even if in this regard we are still at the very early stage ...
Surface mining replaces traditional blasting and is used primarily for extraction of rock in opencast mines. Seen here is a limestone quarry in France.
As is the case with many applications, it is clear in surface mining too that special demands need special solutions. Success is then achieved above all if not only the product works really well, but also the partnership between toolmaker, machine manufacturer and user.
When you see the steel-reinforced core you get a sense of the great strain put on the boring machine and drilling tools. In special foundation work the high durability and resistance to wear of Betek tools really pay off.
It is not without good reason that Frankfurt am Main is often called ‘Mainhattan’. If you look at the city’s skyline, associations with the American ‘Manhattan’ are obvious. In a prime central location between the exhibition centre, main railway station and banking quarter, the foundations for a new skyscraper, Tower 185, are currently being prepared – creating in the process a particular challenge for the firms doing the work.
‘Insatiable and never tired’ – industrial robots work day and night and help to keep wage costs low. The new building housing the toolmaking operation provides ideal conditions both for the humans and the ‘high-tech workers’ made of steel and electronics. It is large, bright and full of light.
Cutting edge products can only be made using cutting edge production equipment. On top of this come innovative manufacturing methods that create a competitive advantage. That alone, of course, is not enough: the right combination of trained workers and automation is one of the keys to economic success, which is often also measured in short production times and low wage costs.
Shortly after the 'Bauma' trade fair opened in Shanghai, Chinese exhibitor 'Everpads Machinery Accessory' had to remove products from its stand, as Betek had successfully lodged a complaint.
The audacity with which Chinese companies copy European businesses' products is incredible. Last autumn Betek came across several Chinese tool producers at the 'Bauma' trade fair in Shanghai who had breached Betek intellectual property rights with many of their exhibits. Betek took systematic and well-prepared action against the product pirates – with success: one Chinese exhibitor had to remove its cutting tool copies, complete with toolbox, from its stand.
‘Nothing is impossible’ – that’s the philosophy of Jochen Kern and team, proud to be producing tungsten carbide parts by direct moulding.
“Nothing is impossible” – that is actually the advertising slogan used in Germany by a Japanese carmaker. However, when it comes to innovative tungsten carbide tools and especially their production, it also applies to Betek.
An attritor is a milling device that, with carbide balls mixed in, stirs the powder mix via a mixing arm and thus produces a consistent powder compound.
Acting in a far-sighted manner is a high priority for the Betek management team – and not only in terms of product development and opening up new markets. “The safety and health of our staff is very important to us,” stresses Managing Director Karl Kammerer.
Research and development play a major role at Betek and continually enable the company to make great progress.
‘Practice makes perfect’ – this proverb applies very much to Simon Group trainees. A team of them recently built a new machine for the final assembly process that will enable the bits used for surface mining to be equipped in future with even higher performance fittings.
Extreme demands are placed on the tools in natural stone extraction.
The tests that Betek will shortly be starting with Kleemann GmbH are going to be extremely interesting. Kleemann is a leading specialist company in crushing and screening plant for preparing and recycling natural stone and is testing the use of tungsten carbide tools on impact crushers.
Modern prefabricated concrete construction methods, plus traditional elements - The ceiling construction using timber from the Black Forest creates a warm, pleasant ambience in the well-lit rooms.
One of the keys to success at Betek is the company’s own tool-making operation. A department that ensures the high precision of Betek’s tungsten carbide wear parts through high-tech equipment and the know-how of 30 staff. And the tool-making department will soon be on the move, as Betek is investing in a new building.
Never-ending line: pipeline pipes before installation in the Yemen desert
The Republic of Yemen is in the south west of the Arabian Peninsula. The country, which is approximately one and a half times the size of Germany, is bordered by Oman to the East, the Gulf of Aden to the South, the Red Sea to the West and Saudi Arabia to the North. The climate is dry and hot, with daytime temperatures of over 400C. Steppes, semi-deserts and desert areas dominate the landscape with stone of volcanic origin, sand and gravel areas and limestone. The region survives on petroleum and natural gas deposits and salt and limestone quarrying.
Area of application: Desert landscape in the Emirate of Qatar
The Emirate of Qatar is a country in the north east if the Arabian Peninsula on the Persian Gulf. Thanks to giant deposits, Qatar mainly lives on petroleum and natural gas extraction. The country has the third largest natural gas deposit on earth. The Peninsula is bordered by Saudi Arabia to the South. From the South to the North, the country spans around 180km and around 80km from West to East. Qatar is separated from the Arabian Peninsula by desert areas and salt marshes. This predominantly flat country is arid and barren and marked by boulder and gravel desert areas with isolated sand dunes in the coastal regions.
Am 23. September 2006 feierte das Unternehmen BETEK Bergbau- und Hartmetalltechnik in Aichhalden bei Schramberg mit einem Mitarbeitertag sein 25-jähriges Firmenjubiläum. Auch die anderen Unternehmen der SIMON Firmengruppe, zu der auch BETEK zählt und die ebenfalls am Standort Aichhalden ihren Firmensitz haben, beteiligten sich mit der Präsentation ihrer Produktportfolios und mit Werksbesichtigungen für die Gäste an den Jubiläumsfeierlichkeiten.
Wheel and track-based planers are cutting up to 1.2 metres down into the surface of the desert near Al-Hofuf in southern Saudi Arabia. Glass fibre cables are being laid as communication links between newly erected oilrigs. Once this project is finished, around 11,000 kilometres of subterranean power cables then have to be laid. Being used for both milling jobs: High quality Betek bits from Germany, plus Betek on-site support provided by Thomas Eggers.
The ground under the Vaud capital was rooted up by the "construction site of the century". Kilometres of tunnels have been created for the first Swiss underground and the future Tridel waste transport railway. Five days a week, 16 hours a day, 100-tonne local section machines dug their way through the earth under Lausanne.
The special bit W1 K 17 V22 and its optimized geometry.
The air in the tunnel is filled with noise and dust. A Wirtgen cold milling machine cuts away the dense rock from the floor of the tunnel, metre by metre. Everyone breathes a sigh of relief because the work is going well. The successful completion of the Berghofen project is a story about the right tool, special machine equipment and outstanding expertise in the field of milling technology.
The new plant for the BETEK tungsten carbide production in the foreground
BETEK says "Yes" to Germany The relocation of production facilities to other countries is a source of frustration and anger for more and more people in Germany. But they still exist - the companies who affirm their commitment to Germany as a location for their work. One of them is BETEK, internationally a major manufacturer of tungsten carbide wear tools.
We have already reported on the situation in the raw materials market in BETEK News – and also in this editorial. The situation is precarious. Ammonium paratungstate (APT), the base material for the production of tungsten carbide (TC), has not yet finished its high-altitude pricing flight.
New bit W6EH from BETEK at the milling site "Antwerp Ring" All of the traffic flowing towards France and Germany from the ports in Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Antwerp goes through Antwerp. The ring around the city is the most heavily travelled road in Europe. Now this main traffic route had to be completely overhauled
One look, and even a layperson would see the cracks and unevenness in the runway at the airport in Prague. Repairs will not do the job here. The old runway made of 28 cm of hard concrete must be torn up and taken away before a new asphalt surface can be put down.
Low-vibration milling cutters beneath a listed historical building. The Mönchstein Hotel in Salzberg was to be extended by two new floors. The challenge lay in three factors at the same time.