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

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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 »
Stephen Raines (left) receives the IQA’s Excellence in Innovative Practice Award from Dale Cameron.

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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 »
The Aveling-Barford SY shuttle dumper, which Rock Products workers have nicknamed a ‘pie cart’.

Load & Haul
Keep on keeping on: in praise of old gear

While a number of well-loved, classic machines are stored or displayed around Australia and New Zealand today, there can’t be many quarries where they are still operated alongside modern equipment. Alan Titchall reports. Read more »
Whether in rehandling or load and carry applications, operator skill has a big impact on an operator’s bottom line.

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Operator performance drives the bottom line

The training and implementation of best practices among load and haul operators can offer real cost-reduction strategies for a quarry operation’s mobile fleet. David B Nus explains why. Read more »
The fully operational model crushes actual quarried stone sourced from a local site. Image credit: The Advocate.

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Working model quarry delights young and old

A working model of a quarry will be exhibited next month, providing the general public with an accessible way to understand the extractive industries. Read more »
KTEC has delivered over 85 training programs to more than 300 service technicians since May 2013.

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Training site prepares next generation of machine operators

A major earthmoving machinery manufacturer has improved service technician competency within the industry while increasing customer satisfaction with the establishment of its advanced technical training facility. Read more »
The Sundew cab will be restored thanks to a heritage grant. Image copyright Michael Trolove and licensed for reuse under the Creative Commons License.

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Historic excavator cab to be restored

An ironstone quarry and railway museum has received a grant that will allow it to restore the last surviving piece of a historically significant excavating machine. Read more »
TCA has received NATA accreditation for the calibration of GPS units in heavy vehicles for speed accuracy.

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Speedy solution for GPS calibration

In an Australian first, a national transport certification authority has received accreditation from NATA for the calibration of GPS units for speed accuracy. Read more »
The TCA will commence the type-approval of OBM units for on-road trucks.

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Certification for onboard mass units

Statutory road body Transport Certification Australia (TCA) will commence the type-approval of On-Board Mass (OBM) units for on-road trucks, including dogs and axles.  Read more »
V8 Supercar racer Jamie Whincup and Queensland Assistant Minister for TAFE Saxon Rice with TAFE students at Komatsu’s Sherwood Training and Education Centre.

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Komatsu donates flood damaged machinery

More than half a million dollars of earthmoving machinery has been donated to five registered training organisations (RTOs) around Australia to help train mechanical apprentices. Read more »
A coroner has recommended that all trucks in the Northern Territory carrying loads from quarries must cover their trailers.

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Call for trucks to cover quarry loads

A coroner has called on the Northern Territory Government to introduce legislation requiring all trucks carrying loads from quarries to cover their trailers. Read more »
In case you can't get enough of a real quarry, here's a simulator game.

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Virtual quarrying becomes child’s play

If you can’t get enough of working in a real quarry, then when you head home, you can now get on your Windows computer and play Stone Quarry Simulator. Read more »


 

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