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VEEM begins work on Anzac Bell

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The giant Anzac Bell, a 6.5 tonne bell to be installed into the Perth Bell Tower to mark the centenary of Anzac, is slowly becoming a reality with VEEM currently completing the 3-dimensional modelling of the ‘Frieze’ graphics that will be featured on the face of the bell.

The bell, which is expected to be cast from copper and tin, is to be funded by a Lotterywest grant and investment from a local WA businessman. Culture and Arts Minister, John Day, said that the Anzac Bell will be the largest swinging bell in the Southern Hemisphere once completed and would be a lasting legacy to acknowledge the Anzac centenary.

The bell is the first of its sort to be cast in Australia and is expected to last over 500 years.

The Perth Bell Tower is currently home to 17 bells which are made up of 12 bells from St Martin-in-the-Fields and 5 bells from the London diocese of the Church of England. These bells were gifted to Western Australia as part of the nations bicentennial celebrations in 1988.

VEEM expects the project to be completed later this year.

VEEM increases CNC machining capability to enable manufacture of propellers up to 4.5m in diameter

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By the middle of the year, VEEM’s arsenal of high technology machinery will have the capability to machine items up to 4.5mtr in diameter x 1.9mtr turning capacity envelope, and a 7m long x 3.6m wide x 1.9m high milling envelope.

The 6-axis CNC machine, which is currently being installed at VEEM, measures 20m long, 10m wide and 6.7m high, and weighs just over 86 tonnes!

High accuracy 6-axis CNC machining was not previously possible on propellers larger than 2.2m at VEEM, but in the next few months everything from larger VEEM Propellers to VEEM Gyro components to precise engineering work will be undertaken on the new machine, and the capacity to do larger and more varied work will also dramatically increase.

“We will see a large improvement in efficiency on the projects we already complete, hopefully by up to 30%, and because of this our overall production output can dramatically increase,” says Commercial Manager, Mike Coyle.

The installation of the CNC machine began this month with over 140m3 of concrete and 10 tonnes of steel reinforcing installed in the footing pit; a mean feat but necessary to allow the machine to remain rigid when performing work. With the bridge and columns also installed this month, the finer details like cabling and covers will be completed next and the machine will be in action very soon.

VEEM completes the largest casting of Copper Nickel in the southern hemisphere

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VEEM has recently completed six large moon pool castings for a fleet of ships overseas, a first for VEEM who hadn’t previously cast in the Copper Nickel material specified by the customer.

Moon pools allow technicians or researchers the ability to lower tools, instruments and even submersible crafts into the sea through an opening in the bottom of the vessel. This provides shelter and protection so researchers can work in comfort regardless of the conditions outside such as ice or high seas.

Due to the nature of the moon pools, VEEM cast them in Copper Nickel (or Cupro Nickel) which was selected by the customer because of its excellent strength and seawater service properties. Copper Nickel has excellent anti-fouling properties meaning that it strongly resists micro-organisms attaching themselves to it.