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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 »
Six Sigma blasting describes a team-orientated, continuous improvement process.

Drill & Blast
Six Sigma blasting: A team approach

To avoid the chaotic, ill-disciplined drilling and blasting approaches of the past, quarries have adopted a team-based, continuous improvement approach to blasting practices. Anthony Konya explains the Six Sigma process. Read more »
Dust control has been given a higher priority in materials processing over the past few decades.

Attachments
Top reasons for using dust-tight valves

Dust emissions minimisation requires a system that recognises the issue of dust control at all stages of the mining process. Without adequate control measures, fugitive dust emissions can impact on the efficiency and profitability of your plant, and employees’ health. Read more »
T-Link combines Terex Finlay machines’ in-built CANbus control system and on-board sensors and electronics with satellite positioning and telematics software.

Maintenance
Mobile plant supplier introduces telematics system

Terex Finlay has introduced a new remote monitoring and fleet management telematics system to its range of mobile crushers. All Terex Finlay crushers manufactured and shipped from 1 January, 2016, have been equipped and fitted as standard with the T-Link system, complete with a three-data subscription. 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 »


 

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