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Earthmovers & Excavators Issue 372

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in this issue

2 min.
walk on the wild side

The Huski comes into play because everything to do with elephants is big and heavy. Zoos Victoria recently purchased the 5SDK8 to help move various materials around the endangered Asian elephants’ precinct, which encourages the elephants’ natural behaviours. Zoos Victoria partnerships manager Daniella Jong says the work is part of an enrichment program at Zoos Victoria. “Elephants are such intelligent creatures and Melbourne Zoo’s keepers are regularly making changes to their environment to keep them physically and mentally stimulated,” Jong explains. Toyota Material Handling Australia (TMHA) Victorian area sales manager – skid steer Thomas Machar adds: “Melbourne Zoo exclusively uses Toyota Huski skid steer loaders but their earlier model was used in the recycling section of the Zoo – they recycle all their food waste and compost it. “But if they wanted to use their…

2 min.
compact control

Vibration frequency is automatically adjusted to the highest vpm available for the amplitude setting. The new DD128C compactor from Volvo Construction Equipment (Volvo CE) has the highest frequency in the industry, resulting in greater productivity whatever the job, it says. Volvo CE says its new compactor delivers faster rolling speeds whilst maintaining proper impact spacing to provide the most productive rolling train available. Featuring a 2,000mm-wide drum with chamfer and radii drum edges, this machine also features a large 1,400mm diameter drum and autoreversing eccentrics – an automatic function that ensures eccentric rotation in the direction the machine is traveling. It is also equipped with an automatic drum wetting system that provides speed-dependent water flow to minimize water usage and ensures uniform drum coverage to prevent material pick-up. Offering Volvo’s exclusive eight amplitude eccentric system,…

2 min.
silver lining

Komatsu Australia now has a supply-chain task force with access to global factories. Higher work productivity and efficiency of solutions in supply-chain management as well as machinery maintenance in the mining and construction industries are likely to become permanent outcomes of response to the Covid-19 pandemic, Komatsu says. The manufacturer says that greater emphasis on agile supply chain methods, a ramping up of e-commerce ordering, greater reliance on sophisticated machine monitoring allied to customer support centres, and the flexible deployment of key staff to areas of immediate need, have all become part of a rapid evolution process over the course of just two months. “We are already planning for life after Covid-19 and it will contain efficiencies which we have developed as a response to the pandemic,” Komatsu Australia’s executive general manager of…

1 min.
deere deals

John Deere Construction and Forestry Equipment has announced that two New Zealand machinery dealers will be carrying its products from July 1. The full line of premium construction and forestry equipment will be available at AGrowQuip (AGQ) in the North Island and Drummond & Etheridge (D&E) in the South Island. This transition follows the announcement in March that John Deere would end its former distribution agreement with CablePrice. John Deere Construction & Forestry division managing director for Asia Pacific and Africa Jeff Kraft says that he is excited to collaborate with AGQ and D&E to keep New Zealand construction and forestry customers running at a new level of efficiency. “We know both these dealers will offer world-class after-sales support because they already have a proven track record of doing so across their existing…

1 min.
green shoots

Mining company Anglo American and Komatsu announced a new mine rehabilitation partnership recently that will see more than 9,000 trees planted at Anglo American’s Dawson Mine in Central Queensland’s Bowen Basin. The partnership, ‘Growing Together’, aims to return mined land to agricultural use, and support the reestablishment of native plant species using the latest reclamation methods. It commenced with employees from both companies working together to plant more than 4,000 trees at Dawson Mine. They were joined by around 40 students from Moura and Banana State Schools and traditional owners from the Gangulu Nation. “We’re committed to the highest standards of environmental performance, and this new partnership with Komatsu adds to our existing $162 million rehabilitation investment across our five Central Queensland mine sites,” Anglo American Metallurgical Coal CEO Tyler Mitchelson says. President and…

1 min.
stimulus calls

Master Builders Victoria and the CFMEU VIC/TAS, along with employer associations Master Plumbers, Neca, CCF, PPTEU, ETU and the AMWU, have formally written to Premier Daniel Andrews calling for a trial of easing restrictions in addition to the deliverance of new stimulus to ensure the protection of the building and construction industry. The united group’s proposal comes as the group looks to the planning and strategising of returning the industry to increased production as soon as possible whilst not compromising or retreating from the primary responsibility of safety. “The building and construction industry has proven the ability to deliver its essential work while following strict physical distancing and hygiene routines. “We have demonstrated our sector’s capacity to help lead Victoria’s economy out of this crisis,” Master Builders Victoria CEO Rebecca Casson says. Procedures that…