Thanks to a total fleet overhaul, a growing business in South Australia is better equipped to serve the quarrying, recycling, construction, and mining sectors.
Auscrush (formerly known as SA Crush & Recycle) took the leap to a range of Kleemann crushers and screens, making it seem like one small step, thanks to equipment supplier Wirtgen Australia’s support.
With six machines across four job sites and two more units on the way, Auscrush manager Morgan Taylor said there was one major reason for the transition.
“The aftersales services and support is all there, which is imperative in this industry,” Taylor told Quarry.
“The service from the team at Wirtgen is unbelievable and the machines themselves are reliable, operator-friendly, and the throughput is very high.”
Wirtgen put time and effort into its partnership with Auscrush, running aggflows and sharing ideas on how to optimise production for the crushing business.
Taylor said he had never experienced the respect and responsiveness afforded by Wirtgen.
“At the drop of a hat, they’ll be available to help us out,” he said. “My team can ring their technicians and be sure they’ll be able to help as soon as possible with understanding fault codes and whatever else might need doing over the phone.”
The Auscrush fleet now includes an MC110R EVO jaw crusher, a MS13Z reclaimer, a MS953 EVO triple-deck screen, a MR130Z EVO2 impact crusher, a MCO11 Pro cone crusher, and the MCO9 cone crusher.
Soon to be added to the fleet is another MCO11 Pro cone crusher and the MS702 EVO double-deck screen, as Auscrush expands into a wider range of campaigns.
These machines are all put to work across South Australia and Western Australia, working with sealing aggregates, concrete aggregates, ballasts, stemmings, and iron ore.
‘AS EASY AS A MOBILE PHONE’
The three-year-old business had been steadily growing its presence using another brand but Taylor said the move to Kleemann has been seamless for his team.
“The units all work very well together and they’re all very operator-friendly,” he said. “My team was all up to date with the previous brand, but basically as soon as Kleemann was on site the team picked it up within five minutes.”
Owing to this ease of operation is Wirtgen’s Spective control system.
Ben Lefroy, Wirtgen’s national sales manager for Kleemann in Australia and New Zealand, explained the thinking behind Spective.
“Spective is our intuitive operation control. The brief behind it in design was it had to be as simple to an operator as a mobile phone,” Lefroy said. “Morgan and his team moved to Kleemann from another brand and Spective, being very user-friendly, has allowed that transition to be easy.”
Auscrush enjoys the versatility of Kleemann’s diesel/electric options, as it provides a safeguard against any potential malfunctions.
Taylor said Spective enabled less downtime and easy servicing when crushing up to 3000 tonnes a day on some jobs.
“With the electric design, you might save a bit on cost of production, but what I like most is it’s much easier to fix,” he said.
“When the fault codes come up on the Spective screen, it will explain what it is and a number which corresponds to the breaker in the electrical box.
“All we have to do is fix a single breaker or flick a switch and we’re back in action.”
The diesel/electric versatility also allows Auscrush to plug into a power source if the site has that capacity, saving on costs for the client and for Auscrush.
“In this day and age, it’s important to be on top of your fuel consumption and environmental footprint,” Taylor added.
“At Auscrush, we want to move to as close to zero emissions as possible. It’s not only a massive sale point but it’s a moral step in the right direction.”
Besides Spective, and a sturdy support network, Wirtgen has also offered Auscrush the ability to connect on a deeper level to get the most out of each machine.
Lefroy said Auscrush was treated like a partner rather than a sales opportunity, and systems were integrated between the businesses to put everyone on the same page.
“This includes WIDOS, our online parts shop and WITOS, our digital telematics system,” he said.
“We’ve given Morgan these tools to not only improve the ease of his business but to work with us so that we can talk the same language.
“Morgan has embraced that at Auscrush with the business and operation, which we love because we’re all talking Wirtgen.” •
SPECTIVE Connect: A smarter form of plant control
The innovative Kleemann SPECTIVE digital operating concept has optimised the control options of crushing plants in a trendsetting manner. Kleemann is now going one step further with the SPECTIVE CONNECT extension. All relevant process information and reporting can now be displayed on a smartphone without having to leave the feeding device.
With the SPECTIVE operating concept, Kleemann is now a major leader in the development of user interfaces. The plant is started via the direct 304mm (or 12-inch) SPECTIVE touch panel. The intuitive operating concept makes it simpler for users to choose the necessary settings. Once it has been set, the plant then runs in automatic mode. When a plant train is used, after initial set-up the operator can connect to the complete plant train, not just each individual plant.
As a new feature in the SPECTIVE world, the radio remote controls have been integrated. With a large radio remote control, the plants can be moved from the low loader and the set-up procedure can be carried out conveniently and at a safe distance from the machine. The small radio remote control can be used to execute all relevant functions comfortably from the excavator.
PLANT CONTROL BY APP
The diesel fill level, average fuel consumption, average plant performance, gap setting, utilisation rate and a lot more important process data can be displayed at any time via the dashboard. In most cases, operators do not have to leave the driver’s cab or interrupt the ongoing process. They can detect, for example, on the smartphone that the diesel fill level is low and order fresh supplies directly from the driver’s cab. Operators can see the machine utilisation rate at a glance and therefore regulate loading. They can also receive data on the daily output already achieved and compare it to the previous day.
SPECTIVE CONNECT offers the operator more safety, higher plant accessibility, greater utilisation and profitability and economy. Its other features include:
A plant overview for maximum efficiency. The operator in the driver’s cab can obtain a plant overview of the in-feed and the complete crushing plant via the camera system on the smartphone display.
A fault message with targeted information. In case of a malfunction, SPECTIVE CONNECT displays not only a general fault but, at the same time, the corresponding components, including troubleshooting aids. The smartphone can be taken to the location of the fault that occurred and support the operator step by step with fault elimination.
Process optimisation through detailed reporting. The SPECTIVE CONNECT app automatically generates clearly arranged reports on consumption and plant performance as well as the plant usage. These reports can be forwarded by messenger or email. This guarantees transparency in the complete process for the plant operator.
SPECTIVE CONNECT from Kleemann is currently available as an option for the new MOBICAT MC 110(i) EVO2 jaw crushing plant and the new MOBICONE MCO 90(i) EVO2 cone crushing plant. Further SPECTIVE machines will be equipped or retrofitted with this gradually. The app can be installed on iOS and Android smartphones.•
To learn more about the Kleemann mobile range and SPECTIVE CONNECT, visit wirtgen-group.com/en-au
This article appears in the November issue of Quarry Magazine.