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

News
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 letterbox-like ERSS (centre) provides a significantly safer, more portable alternative in combating small fires on mobile crushing and screening plants.

Case Studies
“Smallest of quarries” devises innovative, award-winning solution

A small quarry operation run by a medium-sized Australian aggregate company has received one of the IQA’s highest honours after it devised an innovative solution to a critical safety dilemma. IQA member Daniel Reed discusses the evolution of the Emergency Response and Safety Station. 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 »
Australian Standard AS 5062-2016 applies to the excavators, bulldozers, loaders and trucks used on quarry sites.

News
Personnel urged to familiarise with changes to fire safety standards

Australian Standard AS 5062-2016 Fire protection for mobile and transportable equipment has recently been revised to promote improved fire safety. Read more »
The fully operational model crushes actual quarried stone sourced from a local site. Image credit: The Advocate.

News
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.

News
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 »
Under changes to red tape, a motor vehicle such as a loader will be redefined as anything capable of travelling at speeds of at least 10km/h.

News
Red tape repeal for hire industry

The Federal Government held its first red tape repeal day last week to simplify 8000 regulations, including a national register for plant and equipment.  Read more »
Recent ATO changes to depreciable assets will not impact on earthmoving equipment.

News
Tax rule shake-up for depreciating assets

The Australian Taxation Office has released a new tax ruling on determining the effective lives of depreciating assets. 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.

News
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 »
ACE Queensland is now less than a fortnight away.

News
ACE attracts government approval

Deputy Premier of Queensland Jeff Seeney will officially open the three-day Australian Construction and Equipment Expo Queensland (ACE QLD) on 4 October 2012. Read more »
Kayasand is able to produce a well shaped evenly graded sand from surplus crusher dust.

Geology
Dry processing plant delivers quality sand

The Kemco V7 dry processing plant, manufactured by Kayasand, is a closed circuit crushing and screening plant, including a VSI, an air screen and a dust collector.
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