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Earthmovers & Excavators Issue 351

Earthmovers & Excavators is the earthmoving and civil construction industry’s most important business tool, with the multi-platform media brand relied upon as the No.1 place to search, compare, buy and sell construction machinery, new and used.

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2 min.
driverless push

Automating underground loaders enables machine operators to work safely and efficiently from a control room on the surface. Caterpillar and Newmont Mining have entered a collaboration agreement to validate and improve underground hard rock mining vehicle automation technology. The initial focus of the collaborative effort is Command for underground, the Cat system for semi-autonomous and remote operation of underground loaders. Newmont is the largest user of Cat underground vehicle automation technology in the western hemisphere. The company currently operates underground loaders using Command for loading in its Carlin gold mines located in northern Nevada. The collaboration agreement leverages and builds on this experience to take underground vehicle automation to the next level of performance and is supported by Cashman Equipment Co., the Cat dealer in Nevada. “Automating underground loaders enables machine operators to work…

3 min.
clearing new ground

What do you imagine when you think of a mulching tractor? Tough? Powerful? Durable? Big, but not too big? Chewing through trees like they’re made of paper? If so, then you’re picturing a Fecon FTX128. Fecon’s most popular mulching tractor is now available for sale or long-term rental Australia-wide. The high performance Fecon FTX128 is expertly designed to deliver proven performance on par with larger tractors – all in a versatile, fuel-efficient, compact design. Packing a 4.5L Tier III Cummins engine, which has been tuned to deliver maximum torque with minimal revs, the FTX128 outputs 128hp and 546Nm of torque, to power through whatever you can throw at it. Top quality Rexroth pumps power the hydrostatic drive system, and deliver 4,500 psi of hydraulic pressure at 227 litres per minute, with a purpose…

2 min.
green loader

The LX2 electric wheel loader is a second-generation prototype that is part of a research project and is not commercially available. To make the machine electric, the combustion engine has been replaced with a lithium ion battery. This stores enough electric energy to operate the machine for eight hours in its most common applications, such as light infrastructure construction and landscaping. The LX2 also incorporates two dedicated electric motors, one for the drivetrain and one for the hydraulics. Decoupling the subsystems has led to higher efficiency in both the systems and the entire machine, says Volvo. “The LX2 is a revolutionary zero-emissions prototype that offers improved efficiency and lower operational costs, without compromising on machine performance,” Volvo emerging technologies manager Ulrich Faß says. “It incorporates the latest advanced chemistry battery technology. As it’s…

1 min.
obstacle course

In recent years, self-driving vehicles have become a frequent discussion topic. Swedish engineering group Sandvik has had automated loaders and trucks working in mines for over 20 years — with zero accidents involving people. A new video released by the company to show the precision of the automated mining loader sees it navigating a glass labyrinth. Sandvik Group CEO Björn Rosengren takes over the driving at the end and crashes into the walls, shattering the majority of it, with glass flying dramatically. Sandvik’s patented algorithms ensure the machine knows where to go underground, where GPS is not possible. “Some of today’s most sophisticated technology is found within Sandvik’s different business areas,” he says. “We’ve always worked close to our customers developing new products and technologies. Going forward we clearly see automation and digitalization…

2 min.
transforming the future

Brisbane-based earthmoving equipment supplier RDW Excavator Parts (RDW) and manufacturer ALLU have been working hard behind the scenes to ensure ALLU’s product lines will be a success in the Australian market. “Part of this strategy has been to appoint like-minded regional dealers, and we are pleased to announce that we now have most of the country well covered,” RDW general manager, Fred Carlsson, says. RDW now has Total Rock Breaking Solutions (TRS) in Western Australia; RAM Equipment in South Australia; Walkers Hammers in Victoria; DLM Machinery in Tasmania; Groundtec in New South Wales and Qld Rock Breakers (QRB) in Queensland and Northern Territory. “Phase one of the ALLU launch was to prove that the product worked to pave the way for a serious assault on the market. We now have stock on the…

2 min.
trucking madness

It has been announced that BP is returning as the Brisbane Truck Show’s Platinum Partner for next year’s event, while Bauer Trader Media is back for its 10th show as Official Media Partner. Taking place May 16–19, 2019 at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, over 300 exhibitors and at least 34,000 visitors are expected for this four-day event. “Heavy Vehicle Industry Australia (HVIA) is again privileged to have market-leading brands BP and Bauer Trader Media as partners for Australia’s premier transport industry event,” show manager Noelene Bradley says. Adam Arnold, BP Australia general manager – marketing and offer development, says the company is delighted to once again be the Platinum Partner of the Brisbane Truck Show. “This will be an outstanding event, which provides patrons with the opportunity to see the latest…