Made in Italy

Hydraulic equipment supplier, OMFB, has a complete portfolio for Australia’s road transport operators and manufacturers. The business is also poised for its next foray into diversification.

What started as a modest family business in 1950 – three bothers working out of a small mechanical workshop in the heart of Italy’s strongest industrial hub – rapidly transformed into what is now an international brand.

Officina Meccanica Fratelli Bianchi (OMFB) (translated to Bianchi Brothers Mechanical Workshop) would, in the space of a year, begin manufacturing spare parts for Italian, American, English and German trucks which were used for post-war reconstruction efforts. OMFB, in 1951, became the first family business to produce Power Take-Off (PTO) units for various heavy vehicles.

OMFB oil tank.

As the years went by, this humble operation in Brescia Province, Iseo Lake, invested in R&D, new technologies and equipment. The company expanded its portfolio and explored export opportunities throughout Europe and abroad during the late 1960s.

In the past decade, OMFB has expanded with new production facilities (totalling 25,000 square metres) and has increased its storage capacity with the aim of strengthening its presence in various market segments. To this day, the business in Italy is still represented by Umberto, one of the three founding brothers, and his son, Amedeo.

On the business’ 70th anniversary, to better support customer needs as well as facilitate product development, OMFB pushed into various international markets including Australia (OMFB Pacific), China and France.

“We have maintained a strong relationship with Gough Transport Solutions in Australia, along with its parent company in New Zealand, Sime Darby,” says OMFB Pacific Managing Director, Simon Tortorici. “We have also increased product supply, service and installation points via Truck Hydraulic Solutions and Heavy Hydraulics.”

OMFB , is fully committed to innovation to ensure that its range of products is continuously improving to accommodate the needs and demands of the market.

“Many suppliers have a basic range of transport hydraulics components but what makes OMFB stand out is the extent of our range and the options and accessories that go with it,” Simon says. “We are able to deliver superior solutions in an efficient manner.”

Allison PTO.

OMFB has an extensive product range that can cover all transport industry applications from vocational trucks (waste and concrete) and tippers to truck-mounted cranes and vacuum trucks.

“OMFB has a complete range of PTOs for the worldwide market, covering all American, European and Asian transmissions,” Simon says. “A notable recent release is the ‘Precision’ series of PTOs for Allison transmissions, which offer a significant noise reduction compared with standard models and is said to be among the quietest on the market.

The company also produces and distributes variable-displacement piston pumps in a range of sizes and controller options with tandem configuration capability. These are often used with cranes and spreading (agriculture) applications.

“We also supply various configurations of bent-axis piston pumps, including dual-flow models for operating two circuits at once from a single oil supply – ideal for a range of multi-function applications,” Simon says. “All versions can be fitted with bypass valves for live-drive or engine PTO fitment.”

The company also caters to the tipper market with its selection of valves, including models with a dual-pressure relief valve option. This, according to Simon, is ideal for trucks that interchange between towing semi-tipper and moving floor trailers.

Dual-pressure tipping valve.

Bent-axis hydraulic motors are also available from OMFB in ISO and SAE mounts, with a range of shaft and port options, that can be fitted directly with over-centre or anti-cavitation valves and speed sensors.

Also, OFMB supplies industry with steel and aluminium hydraulic oil tanks which are available in a broad range of sizes and mounting types.

“All of these have sight gauges and the ability to directly mount valves and/or return filters,” Simon says. “An innovative bracket available for rear-of-cabin models saves installation time while providing mounting locations for trailer connections and service lines.”

In addition to its strong transport industry presence, OMFB aims to increase its product offering within industrial, marine, oil & gas and mining industry segments via a long-term business diversification strategy.

“The company has a number of new products to be released throughout 2021,” Simon says. “So, stay tuned.”

 

Fast Fact
Officina Meccanica Fratelli Bianchi (OMFB) was founded in Italy in 1950 by three brothers, Umberto, Nicola and Alessandro Bianchi. Today, the hydraulics specialist has international reach with an established sales network that distributes hydraulic components to more than 90 countries.

Bent-axis piston motor.

Fast Fact
A pioneer in hydraulic and technical solutions, OMFB has a state-of-the-art manufacturing plant in Italy that assures quality with its complete end-to-end production capabilities.

Variable-displacement pump.