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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 »
Cyber liability is extremely important for providing business interruption cover when businesses are attacked by ransomware. Without it, how long would it take your business to run again at 100 per cent efficiency?

Other Products
The risks hidden in plain sight

In society today, the need to use insurance is increasing, and the risks involved in quarrying exceed what’s happening in the foreground. Dale Mackney discusses the insurance policies of which we are less aware, but that are vital to the smooth running of any operation. Read more »
Money is just another key component of business - similar to raw materials, plant and equipment, and labour.

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.

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 »
Wholly owned items of equipment, such as earthmoving plant, can provide businesses with security for tax debt loans.

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 »
Finlease focuses on ensuring its clients are well represented when financing their equipment.

Advocacy-focused equipment financing

Finlease has been providing equipment and vehicle financing solutions to the quarrying industry for more than 20 years. Read more »
Figure 1. Creating a clamp force load via application of torque.

Why nut and bolt fastened joints fail

They’re often taken for granted but fasteners and other fittings can be vital to the operational life of your machinery. Vaughan Bartleson explains why fasteners work, why some joints fail and how quarries can mitigate problems. Read more »
In the wet processing and classification market, an understanding of the specifics of the feed material is critical to the delivery of a successful project.

Plant & Equipment
Co-creation: A means of delivering efficient plant design

As demands on quarry operators for productivity and efficiency rises, plant selection and design becomes critical – and, as Peter Craven explains, so does the input the operator provides to the manufacturer to design the best plant possible. Read more »
Figure 1. The Plan > Do > Check > Act > Plan cycle of continuous improvement.

Load & Haul
Continuous improvement equals productivity, efficiency

“Productivity” and “efficiency” are two words that are often overused in industry today. How often do quarry and plant managers drive productivity and efficiency by implementing new methodologies? In an industry where cost savings are imperative and margins are tight, the best operations require real control over what actually happens in both the quarry and the plant. Read more »
Upon acquiring McLeod Rail, quarry industry veteran Mary Thompson sought to expand the business and improve its professionalism.

Case Studies
Business improvement know-how gets rail business on track

A Melbourne based rail maintenance contractor has successfully collaborated with a Commonwealth Government initiative to develop new operating systems to increase management's control over operational processes and improve its marketing. Read more »
Tsurumi Pumps’ Bill Davidson relaxes beside the LH series dewatering pump, designed for the mining and quarrying industry.

North American visitor boosts pumps distributor

A prominent figure in the North American pump market has recently visited Australia to discuss the benefits of Tsurumi submersible pump systems. Read more »
Dewatering a quarry often does not require a slurry pump but many sites suffer increased costs through using such pumps when a dewatering pump may be more suitable.

Environmental Products
Choosing the right dewatering pump

When it comes to capital and running costs, quarries too often overlook choosing the correct dewatering pump. Read more »


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