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The fixed plant arrangement at Blackhead Quarry, on the seaward side of Green Island, near Dunedin.

Case Studies
Blackhead Quarries: Improving plant flexibility, energy, efficiency and safety

A Kiwi extractive operator has, in collaboration with a multinational supplier and its distributor, upgraded mobile and fixed plant across its operations. Personnel at Blackhead Quarries explain why local expertise and supplies are critical to maintaining continuous production. Read more »
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 »
Young Members Network’ members take in MQG’s Nyora Quarry in South Gippsland, Victoria.

News
Pit to product tour provides valuable networking opportunities

A recent event hosted by the IQA offered young quarry professionals a full pit to product sand tour, from extraction at a quarry to its use at two well known facilities. 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 »
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 »
Money is just another key component of business - similar to raw materials, plant and equipment, and labour.

Management
Seeking an overdraft alternative

In today’s business environment, access to cheap flexible cash is paramount. 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 »
If an imported woven wire mesh screen isn’t compatible with a crusher’s frame, will the supplier go on-site to assess the problem?

Management
The advantages of working with a local manufacturer

The idea of procuring architectural products from an Australian manufacturer may seem impractical to some companies. Read more »
Wholly owned items of equipment, such as earthmoving plant, can provide businesses with security for tax debt loans.

Management
Financing tax debt

With statistics saying that up to one third of small businesses are under some form of ongoing tax debt with the Australian Taxation Office (ATO), and the uncertainty of these arrangements and issues they can cause when companies apply for other finance with mainstream lenders, it is encouraging to see that a number of property financiers are now assisting companies in tax debt finance. Read more »
A BlueMAC trommel and pick station in Northern Ireland.

Case Studies
Partnership offers new heavy duty plant, solutions

A new partnership will provide quarrying and recycled aggregates operators with access to international plant and equipment solutions. Damian Christie spoke to Simon Toal of Skala Australasia about what BlueMAC Manufacturing has to offer the industry. 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 »


 

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