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The HM400-5 articulated dump truck was one of Komatsu’s newest machines on display at its ‘Boots On’ event.

Boots on ground for Komatsu’s largest product launch ‘ever’

Extractive industry operators and personnel have had the first glimpse of Komatsu’s latest machines as part of a national product launch. Read more »
Matthews Quarries produces 500,000 tonnes of aggregates annually.

Load & Haul
Regional family business sticks to trusted models

A Victorian hard rock producer has remained faithful to the same brand of earthmoving equipment for the past three decades – and is continuing to reap the rewards of that loyalty with the latest acquisitions to its load and haul fleet. Read more »
LVS devices are successfully operated on a full spectrum of truck and trailer designs including on-road truck and trailers.

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Selling, measuring in volume

An aggregate operation has turned to laser scanning and RFID technologies to ensure the right volumes of its raw materials are leaving the gate on time and to budget. Read more »
Thanks to a GCS platform (pictured), Dundrum Excavation moved 15,000m3 of gravel inside six days.

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Grade control system assists lightning excavation at RAAF base

Taking part in a redevelopment project to grow a Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) base while it is fully operational is no easy feat — not least when it employs 5000 uniformed and civilian personnel and has aircraft such as F-18 jets and C-17 transporters taking off and landing multiple times a day. Read more »

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Articulated hauler manufacturer joins rigid market

A new rigid haul truck is entering the Australian hauler market in the second quarter of this year - a move that in turn will mark the end of an era. Read more »
The WA270-8 has a full turn STL of nearly nine tonnes (2.3m3 capacity GP pin-on bucket).

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Cleaner emission loaders to reduce total ownership costs

Komatsu Australia has released two new Dash 8 wheel loaders – the WA270-8 and WA320-8 – powered with Tier 4-compliant low emission engine technology, that can potentially deliver improved fuel efficiency, higher productivity, and owning and operating savings. Read more »

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Loaders add extra power, efficiency to gravel pit

A sand and gravel operation enjoys the benefits of the latest wheel loader technology. Read more »

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Right sizing the hauler fleet with intelligent tools

Size does matter when it comes to determining if your fleet is keeping up with the changing conditions of your jobsite. Eric Yeomans explains why site simulation software is the perfect tool for ensuring your fleet is appropriately sized for the task at hand. Read more »
Good load and haul operations, as seen at this quarry in Melbourne, are about moving material by the quickest route in the shortest time.

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The 'crystal ball' for creating the future

When implementing efficient, cost-effective and productive means of loading and hauling aggregate, there are various tools for operators — but not long-term thinking. Steve Franklin outlines how operators can think more strategically about the earthmoving process. Read more »
Stephen Raines (left) receives the IQA’s Excellence in Innovative Practice Award from Dale Cameron.

Production rates on night shift driven by bright green thinking

Under the guidance of IQA member Stephen Raines, Hanson’s Kulnura Quarry has developed a solution to improving its loadout practices in dim light and at night. Raines discusses the impact a laser module has had on the quarry’s productivity and its implications for earthmoving equipment. Read more »
An autonomous drone was just one of the technologies on display at the recent Hitachi Social Innovation forum.

Autonomous systems to ‘lift quarrying out of the dark ages’

Global supplier Hitachi has recently held an innovation forum that discussed topics such as the probability that autonomous machines will almost entirely operate the mining and quarrying industry within 15 years. Read more »
Montabert’s hydraulic drifters are recognised for high performance, reliability and low tool consumption.

Hydraulic drifter offers lower maintenance costs

The Montabert HC28 hydraulic drifter features an innovative design, flexibility and versatility. Read more »


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