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Greg Baumgart (left, Boral Australia) is the winner of the CCAA Health & Safety Innovation Award, presented by Chris Whiting MP (centre) with Peter Ambrose (Holcim Australia).

News
Holcim, Boral Shine at Gala Awards Ceremony

Holcim Australia has bagged two of the three 2018 Queensland CCAA Innovation Awards to celebrate outstanding achievements across the construction materials industry. Read more »

Case Studies
The Digital Quarry: An integrated technical approach

Is a 20 per cent overall productivity improvement possible in a quarry, and if so how could it be brought about? Steve Franklin outlines how a Queensland quarry operation successfully implemented a series of technological advances that dramatically raised its productivity. Read more »
The decision to replace production equipment before it is exhausted is both economic and performance-driven.

Conveying
Making the right equipment replacement decisions

Is it time to replace your plant and equipment? Paul D Tomlingson discusses how the economics of replacement must be balanced against the potential performance benefits of new equipment. Read more »

Case Studies
Heavy equipment hire helps avoid capital risk, project delays

With demand for specialist machines outstripping supply globally, and with construction materials at a premium locally, quarries are feeling the “pinch” of the infrastructure boom. As Delta Rent’s Richard Khan explains, plant and equipment rental could be part of the solution to this “squeeze”. Read more »
At Albion Park, Darren Essex manages 30 employee operators and 15 contractors.

Education
Darren Essex: A stalwart of workplace safety

In 2017 Darren Essex was announced as the winner of the inaugural Quarry Manager of the Year Award (>10 FTE). Essex – who was nominated by his peers in the industry – tells Talia Paz why receiving the award was a team effort. Read more »
An autonomous drone was just one of the technologies on display at the recent Hitachi Social Innovation forum.

News
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 »
Jenny Krasny (pictured in a session with Hastings Deering personnel) says her role is to foster a teaching environment for customers where opinions are valued and where every person feels their efforts are recognised and make a difference.

Education
The impact of cultural stigmas on safety

Jenny Krasny will be highlighting the cultural stigmas that exist in the workplace, how they affect organisations striving for zero incidents, and strategies for an effective culture of risk minimisation. Ahead of her presentation, Jenny kindly shares some of her insights. Read more »

Education
Why humans are the strongest link in the safety chain

The typical focus in safety is that the human is our weakest link. But humans are the strongest – naturally equipped to deal with risks dynamically, and with incredible risk skills. Lincoln Eldridge, who will present on safety behaviours, argues we just need to unleash that capability. Read more »
The HP3’s touch screen has simplified the adjustment of crusher parameters.

Case Studies
High tech investment boosts plant safety, efficiency

An Australian aggregates producer has worked closely with a global crushing supplier to revamp its ageing primary and tertiary plants. As David Leroy explains, both Metso and Boral encountered challenges in the installation of new for old. Read more »
Aggregate operators that apply best practices and next generation technology now will experience the long-term benefits of production efficiency, machine productivity and personal safety.

Conveying
Industry 4.0: What it means to the aggregates industry

The Industrial Internet of Things is being hailed as the next ‘industrial revolution’. But what is it – and how can it help producers now and into the future? Sören Schramm discusses the exciting possibilities for aggregate operations. Read more »
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 »


 

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