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IQA members impress on and off the quarry floor

Approximately 52 members attended the IQA Hunter Valley sub-branch?s marquee day on 15 November. The day started with a breakfast, comprised visits to two quarries, the local golf course and culminated in dinner and drinks.
{{image2-a:r-w:200}}The day began with a sponsored breakfast from consultants VGT as members arrived at Hanson?s Kulnura Quarry to view the newly installed Astec K400 portable crusher and associated crusher feed system. The cone features a remote adjust hydraulic package controlled from an operator?s centre, tramp iron relief system, hydraulic thread adjust for quick setting changes and chamber clearing, replaceable non-galling brass threads, cone head anti-spin brake, external lube pump and a crusher feed hopper extension.
Members were given a tour of the quarry by site manager Brett Worner, including the control room for the new plant. This included a rundown of the plant?s Programmable Logic Control system and screen displays. Another important aspect of the upgrade was the isolation room where all equipment is isolated in ?zones? before any work heads out into the plant.
Sub-branch members were then transported to another equipment demonstration at Hanson?s Somersby Sand Quarry. On the quarry floor Xcentric Rippers Australia had set up an excavator with the ripper attached and sales representatives Dick van der Stare and Mark Burton discussed the technical specifications of the full range of this product. The ripping action is very different from the conventional hammer action and a lot of discussion was generated amongst members about this new technology.
{{image3-a:l-w:200}}Members then returned to the coach for transport to the Koonidah Water Golf Club. After a light lunch, they teed off for 18 holes of an Ambrose competition. The team winners on the day included Chris Knowles (McLanahan), Brian Cuffe (McLanahan), Martin Gaunt (Astec) and Ben Murray (Coffey Testing). The runners-up were the Rocla team of Paul Slough, Simon Lindsay, Steve Alonas and Tony Schembri. The winner of the longest drive was Richard Tomkins of Boral and the nearest the pin winners were Brett Worner and Dick van der Stare.
Special mention also goes to four members who teed off in the wrong direction and consequently hit all of their balls into the dam!
The early evening began with the sub-branch?s annual general meeting. Dayne Steggles (chairman), Brett Worner (vice chairman), Cam Harbrow (treasurer) and Greg Thomson (secretary) were reaffirmed for 2014. The AGM was then followed by dinner and a performance by stand-up comedian Gareth Wasik.
Sponsors for the day were Xcentric Ripper Australia, VGT, Hanson, Hitachi, MSC, Westrac and Orica.
Source: IQA Hunter Valley sub-branch

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