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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 »
An autonomous drone was just one of the technologies on display at the recent Hitachi Social Innovation forum.

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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 »
Operators should conduct inspection and maintenance methods on tracked earthmoving equipment at regular intervals.

Load & Haul
Tuned track tensions – How to dodge the damage

Maintaining the correct tension on your tracked earthmoving gear – including tracked-type tractors, dozers and excavators – can reduce wear and unnecessary downtime. It is even more critical when up to 50 per cent of lifetime repair costs can relate to the undercarriage. Read more »
The XR40 XCentric Ripper is put through its paces at R&L Withers’ Wyangle Quarry in Tumut, NSW.

Case Studies
Less Convention, More Ripping

An economical alternative to drilling and blasting is being hailed for its productivity.
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The excavator and dozer range incorporates Komatsu’s iMC and other SmartConstruction tools.

Case Studies
Integrated Tech an end solution for project management

Komatsu Australia has launched its SmartConstruction concept in Australia and New Zealand – a significant step forward in construction industry technology that offers integrated product, service and support solutions across all phases of a project.

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The entire M-Series range is equipped with a lock-up clutch torque converter with lock-to-lock shifting, plus a single clutch speed shift system.

Load & Haul
Wheel loaders promise better performance, fuel efficiency

Caterpillar Australia and its Queensland and Northern Territory dealer Hastings Deering have this year introduced the new Cat M-Series wheel loaders to the extractive market. Read more »
The iMC antenna on the top of the cab excepted (inset), the PC210LCi-10 is largely indistinguishable in appearance from Komatsu’s standard excavator.

Load & Haul
Machine control promotes efficiency, accuracy

An international plant manufacturer has launched a new machine control system that focuses on the efficient movement of aggregates while potentially solving skills shortages in the extractive and construction industries. Damian Christie spoke to Komatsu Australia’s Aaron Marsh about the benefits of intelligent machine control. 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 »
Based on the Komatsu AE’s recommendations to its quarry team, Western Downs Regional Council approved the purchase of a 46-tonne Komatsu PC450LC-8SE excavator.

Case Studies
‘AE’ team digs deep to improve darling downs operations

Damian Christie spoke to Craig “Shine” Summerfield about the successful implementation of two of Komatsu’s application engineering assignments in the Darling Downs region of Queensland. Read more »
Wagners’ Komatsu PC1250SP-8R excavator fills one of four HD605-7E0 haul units. Both machines were purchased on advice from Komatsu’s AE process.

Load & Haul
Is it really as simple as ‘AE’?

Field applications engineering is a mixture of engineering and sales activities that provide technical support to the customers of a manufacturer of products. An earthmoving plant and equipment manufacturer has embraced application engineering – or AE – as part of its customer relationships. Read more »
The requirement to increase productivity has been achieved partly through the introduction of larger and more powerful mining and transport equipment.

Case Studies
Reduction, control of operating costs in the mining, extractive industries

It is incumbent on every extractive operation today to stay productive and deliver quality service, while exploring ways of reducing overheads and downtime. Randall Edson discusses how technologically adaptable solutions and accurate payload measurement technology can significantly reduce operating costs. Read more »
Quarry manager Andrew Nicholas at Holcim’s Bohle Quarry in Townsville.

Case Studies
Telematics system delivers for ring road project

The adoption of on-board weighing and reporting technology for real-time visibility of site operations has enabled a quarry operation to successfully bypass its weighbridge and significantly increase its productivity to deliver on a major
infrastructure project without interruption to normal operations. Read more »


 

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