wash

Customised wash plant raises fortune of sand business

 

Kingscliff Sands, in northern New South Wales, has endured a lot for a start-up business – a global pandemic, an uncertain economy and adverse weather. Its choice of wet processing plant has been a boost in such trying times. Damian Christie reports.

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Earthmoving gear meets the cut – block by block

 

Although a subspecialty of the extractive industry, dimension stone quarrying is a significant part of Australia’s heritage – and continues to add flair and innovation to building infrastructure. A near century-old leader in the field explains how its extractive techniques differ to regular quarries and draw on fit for purpose earthmoving equipment to manufacture its products.

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trommel

Tricon supplies demand with adaptable trommel

 

The M518R trommel, manufactured by MDS International, is becoming a regular fixture of the recycling aggregates market, particularly as Australian industry embraces opportunities to develop substitutes for conventional quarry products. 

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Pinnacle Hire

Pinnacle Hire reduce water supply cost by thinking outside the hose

 

Pinnacle Hire has recently inspected a pump application for water supply in Gippsland, Victoria – and helped the client ease a hefty diesel bill from inefficient hose applications. 

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IQA award winner, Steve Butcher

No obvious secret to success for IQA award winner

 

People person first, quarry manager second is how Steve Butcher sees himself. Even after winning the IQA’s Quarry Manager of the Year Award, Hanson’s Bass Point head of operations says there’s never a dull moment on the job when working with a diverse range of people and tasks. 

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Fine aggregates put to the test: A proficiency program

 

More than 25 laboratories affiliated with quarrying operations have recently participated in the first round of a fine aggregates proficiency testing program to assess the strengths and purities of construction materials. Proficiency Testing Australia co-ordinated the program and analysed the results.

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Penrith Lakes

Black Clay Pit: From sinkhole to community asset

 

Once an integral foundation of the Sydney construction market, the Penrith Lakes area – and in particular a 24ha clay pit within it – has been transformed into a centre for recreation, commerce, education and conservation in the past two decades. 

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Turning market pressure into market opportunity

 

Most people would list some essential qualities of quarrying equipment as robust, reliable, low maintenance, and maybe high tech. But one feature becoming increasingly important, in the wake of COVID-19 restrictions is Australian-made. 

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Choosing a mobile that outdoes the modelling

 

As Metso Outotec’s Australian distributor, Tutt Bryant Equipment is expected to provide knowledgeable support, a wide range, and quality service – a tall order for any business.  But after a quick chat with Tutt’s staff, it becomes clear they have all that and more. 

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