Innovation through Research and Development
- Cutting Edges products are designed to improve productivity.
A history of new product development
New product development has been at the heart of Cutting Edges from its beginning in 1960, when it started manufacturing cutting edges at its first workshop located near Sydney airport.
Today we continue to deliver both innovative new products and incremental improvements to existing ones.
The production rate over the past decade or so has been 10-20 new products a year and some 50 improvements to existing products a year.
Our mission is to deliver ongoing improvements in performance, safety and cost-effectiveness.
- There is no substitute for field research.
An in-house R&D team
Our dedicated research and development team is made up of highly qualified engineers and technical staff. Their combined expertise represents many years of experience and a deep understanding of the industry.
Product development is driven by field experience. We nurture a close working relationship with clients in order to observe our product working in a wide variety of operating conditions. This enables us identify problems and define areas for improvement.
- Consulting with clients.
A close working partnership with our clients
We see our relationship with our clients as a partnership in which we are both striving for successful outcomes.
Our internal sales staff and field representatives can advise customers on the best products to suit their combination of operating conditions and equipment. All staff members undergo ongoing training.
The field reps, in particular, can offer advice based on their first-hand observations when they visit a client's site.
But our new product development capacity means that we can go one huge step further: We can custom-make products.
Over the years we have developed a number of unique products for clients to suit their particular operating demands. You can see them on our catalogue. They only have one customer.
- Foundry facilties enable new product testing.
- Robot depositing Tungsten Longlife Coating.
- Dynalock's safe and easy fitting and removal improves safety and reduces downtime.
- CAD Screenshot.
- Australia's largest range of GET.
Quality production facilities
Our high quality in-house production facilities have, over the years, been augmented by specialist manufacturers both in Australia and overseas.
These suppliers are selected on a number of criteria including technical ability, production standards, reliability, value for money and, most importantly, delivery of a consistently high quality of product.
Products that outperform the market
The aim is to provide our customers with value-for-money products that outperform what is available in the market.
Our aim is to:
- Reduce operating costs through increased component life that reduces downtime and extends periods between maintenance.
- Increase production through superior performance and operating efficiency.
In addition, we place great importance on improving worker safety.
At the cutting edge of technological development
We have a commitment to keep at the cutting edge of technology. In 1984 we implemented our first CAD package and over the years have maintained a policy of ongoing software and hardware upgrades.
As of 2010, there are over 10,000 different drawings held in our records
A dedicated IT department maintains our national computer infrastructure.
Many successful products
Over the past half century there have been many successful new products for a wide range of applications. Below are three examples.
Cutting Edges manufactures the largest range of Ground Engaging Tools in Australia.
The range has constantly expanded over the past half century via a stream of new products. In addition an ongoing process of continuous improvement has resulted in a steady growth in quality.
The Cutting Edges range has gained industry acceptance due to the significant reduction in operating costs that is delivered by superior material properties and improved design.
The greatly improved wear resistance and operational efficiency results in higher productivity due to longer component life, better reliability, improved efficiency and reduced maintenance.
It is a reflection of the quality and value for money of the Cutting Edges range that it is exported and competes successfully in the international marketplace.
You can see the complete range of GET by clicking on the Ground Engaging Tools main tab.
In 1973 the company began manufacturing CC1500 wear plate.
It is a testament to the quality of the original design that this product has continued to find successful implementation in a wide variety of industrial applications for well over thirty years.
Over the decades we have developed other wear plates for use in specialized environments but for many applications CC1500 has never been surpassed.
Click here to read more about CC1500 wearplate.
- Safe and easy fitting and removal improves safety and reduces downtime.
A patented tooth and adaptor locking system
In the mid nineties the engineers at Cutting Edges recognized a need, throughout the mining industry, for an improved tooth and adaptor assembly incorporating a locking method that was both safer and more cost effective than the current models available.
The Cutting Edges GET Locking Systems Program began in 1997. A specialized Research and Development team was given the responsibility to develop a new improved range of products, from the bucket to the tip.
Through the late nineties the R&D team developed a new system for tooth and adaptor assembly, with patents granted for Dynaclamp, Dynashroud, Dynalock and R-Lock.
Today these products are operating successfully in mines throughout Australia and overseas.
These products significantly improve worker safety and deliver increased productivity through reduced downtime and superior operating efficiency.
Click here to read more about the Ground Engaging Tools Locking System.
New product development remains at the heart of Cutting Edges today
A constantly expanding range and continuously improving quality have been major drivers of the growth that has, over the past half century, made Cutting Edges the largest supplier of equipment parts in Australia.
However this spirit of innovation produces another result that is intangible but, we believe, just as important.
The sense of a close working engagement in the industry and of making significant contributions to it permeates the Cutting Edges culture. We know we are in active partnership with our clients in our mutual desire for success.
In addition, we feel that we are an Australian-owned company contributing to an industry that is a major contributor to the growth of our nation.
That is our true driver of innovation. And it will continue to be so into the future.