Heuch exports Support Master for Rheinmetall Germany

Keeping military vehicles in fighting shape is no easy task:

Keeping dirt, water and mould at bay, battery preservation and limiting engine run time are significant maintenance issues for military land systems.  The Victorian designed and manufactured Support Master by Heuch drastically reduces the effort and costs associated with systems life cycle maintenance and maintains vehicles in a mission ready state at all times.  The Support Master also allows of continuous operation of electronic systems during training without increasing engine running hours, further reducing the maintenance burden.

Heuch’s Support Master combines generation of dry air for the conservation of electronics and materials, as well as providing smart battery conditioning and support charging.  Dry air passes through the interior of vehicles and equipment kits preventing corrosion and mould growth.

(Picture 2 – Corrosion)

(Picture 2 – Mould Growth)

 

While the intelligent battery charger maintains the vehicle in a mission ready state, increases life and reduces costs of batteries and operation of systems without idling engine.

Rheinmetall ordered the Support Masters as part of a larger land systems deal to Lithuania, with more orders expected from NATO allies soon.

Glen Hardham, Engineering Manager for Heuch, attributed their export success to their innovative solution and ability to rapidly move from prototype to production.  “We received great support from Rheinmetall Australia to help get this world class product into their global supply chain.  I’m proud that we have proven Australian SME manufacturers can still compete and win on a global scale.”

However, Glen is most enthusiastic about the benefit the project brought to Heuch’ s team.  “To pursue this opportunity, we took on an engineering intern from one of Melbourne’s leading Universities and brought on two new apprentices full time.  While the intern has returned to studies, I’m proud he’ll have a significant project win to place on his resume and the apprentices have simply been fantastic, taking real ownership of this job!  With continued export success we are looking to add another to our team.”

(Picture 4 – Heuch MD, Steve Oakley during prototype trials with Rheinmetall’s’ Boxer in Germany; late 2018)

(Picture 5 – Heuch Apprentice Refrigeration Mechanic Emma, with two production units; 2019)

While the Support Master was designed for Rheinmetall’s Boxer, it is compatible with most military vehicles.  “There is an opportunity for us to significantly reduce the ADF’s vehicle life cycle costs with our unit. Not just with the recently ordered Boxers, but with all our land systems.  Similarly, with further help from Government and Rheinmetall Australia, we hope to see the Support Master in service with other EU defence forces into the future”, explained Glen.

Service Master Benefits:

  • Reduction of scheduled maintenance at crew-level
    • Time saving of monthly crew service  => 8 h/vehicle
  • Eliminate mould risks
    • No hygienic risk for the crew
    • No downtime of the vehicle
    • No decontamination costs
      (ca. 10,000 € per vehicle excluding exchange of spare parts)
  • Avoidance of corrosion
    • Extension of equipment life time
    • Reduction of maintenance time and effort
    • (Removal of corrosion damage accounts for approx. 20% of the maintenance budgets)
  • Batteries/ electrical system and equipment
    • Extension of life time of batteries
    • Reduction of spare part costs
    • Reduction of engine run time and maintenance
  • Storage costs
    • Reduction of stocks for a lower capital commitment
    • Reduction of administration and clearing efforts at depot
  • Maintenance effort (corrective)
    • Reduction of unplanned maintenance activities
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Longer Lasting Fruit, Better Quality Produce: Solar Refrigeration Has The Answers

Australian company Heuch seeks to empower business and communities. Ten years ago, the company developed a solar powered rail container for transporting chocolate across the harsh Australian desert. Since that time, Heuch has been leading its industry in the development of solar powered refrigeration solutions.

Heuch’s 100% solar powered cold chain and drying products provide communities and businesses with reliable and free access to electricity and refrigeration and drying, without the uncertainly and cost of supply via generators or grid connection.

Heuch recently made its European market debut at Berlin’s Fruit Logistica. The company’s Solar Chiller was an instant hit with growers and distributors.

The ability to set the desired beginning of a cold chain at the point of harvest, without any additional infrastructure was attractive to those growers focused on harvest time, whilst others, such as potato farmers, were attracted to the prospect of no cost cold storage extending the saleable life of their product.

Heuch’s solar powered dryer also attracted attention from mango growers, looking for more quality and consistency in the drying of their mangos.

Heuch is now working with several parties to continue to develop products for the European market.

Elsewhere Heuch is working to provide the Indonesian government with an entire cold chain solution for their remote fishing communities. From hook to plate, community level solar ice makers for the fishermen will ensure the catch is put on ice as soon as it’s out of the water, and from there into local cold storage, to ultra low temperature freezers and cold room market places in regional hubs, to plates all around Indonesia and beyond.

Marty Oakley of Heuch said, “It’s satisfying to be working on projects that promise to help communities and businesses thrive. This is what Heuch is all about.  We are looking forward to assisting the Produce communities of Europe to grow and prosper.”

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