Project Case Study - GlaxoSmithKline 'Poppy Hoppers'
The fabrication team in Devonport were all smiles when the last of three giant harvester bins, specially designed and manufactured for use in the poppy industry, were rolled out of the workshop.
The massive RHS steel-fabricated units each stand four and a half metres tall and are six and a half metres in length. Constructed for pharmaceutical giant, GlaxoSmithKline Australia, the hoppers took 500 man-hours each to build, with three specialist fabricators working full time on the order over a period of six months. Degree C had previously built two other hoppers for the same client - one in 2005 and the second in 2007.
Designed by a specialist engineering consultant, the fabrication of each component was undertaken in strict accordance with the design specifications, quality and reliability of the assembled units being of prime concern.
The manufacture of these 'poppy hoppers' is just one of a number of unusual fabrication jobs which Degree C has delivered for rural industry in Tasmania, and the company has built up a reputation for the quality of their work.
Tim is a long-serving member of the Degree C team. He joined the company in 1982 as an apprentice and apart from a couple of short breaks for travel, he's been with the company for most of his working life.
"We do a lot of work for manufacturing clients associated with the vegetable processing industry, including making conveyors and installing processing lines," says Fabrication Divisional Manager, Tim Smith. "It can be challenging but it's very satisfying when we finish a job, and the customer is happy with the quality of our work."