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Capital Equipment News May 2018ON THE COVER:

The big read in this edition of Capital Equipment News focuses on Barloworld Equipment’s delivery of the first three Cat 777E off-highway trucks in Africa, which have been delivered to Exxaro Coal’s Leeuwpan mine in Mpumalanga, South Africa. Since the first delivery in March 2017, the southern African Cat dealer has since sold more than 70 units to customers across southern Africa.

The Leeuwpan trucks, supplied with larger coal bodies for optimum production, were among the first Cat 777Es to come off the production line at Caterpillar’s off-highway truck manufacturing facility in India. The mine has since taken delivery of three more Cat 777E trucks and further orders are anticipated.

Nico Geldenhuys, Caterpillar certified sales professional at Barloworld Equipment Middelburg, was responsible for the first sale of the new model into Africa. “Leeuwpan is a long-term Barloworld Equipment customer and has a fleet of 12 Cat 777F trucks on site that have provided excellent reliability through the years,” he explains. “The new 777E trucks replaced competing 100 t capacity machines in line with the customer’s wish to standardise to Cat trucks.”

“Leeuwpan is achieving average mechanical availabilities of 90% from its 777E fleet and the operators love the new ergonomically designed Cat comfort cab that helps prevent fatigue,” says Geldenhuys.

The new model has been well received by the local market as the successor to the respected Cat 777D model. Among several other orders, Liviero Mining purchased 16 x 777Es from Barloworld Equipment in 2017 and the units are performing well on various coal mines in Mpumalanga. “We expect Liviero to start replacing its older 777D models with the new 777E in the near future,” says Geldenhuys.

The Cat 777D model was launched in 1996 and has been a firm industry favourite for more than 20 years, largely due to its durability and reliability. The new Cat 777E provides several enhancements based on customer feedback around the world. In addition to the updated 777E, customers also have the choice of the premium high spec 777G.

Driving new trucking standards

FUSO FE4 130TF 05 2018 001FUSO Trucks Southern Africa has officially unveiled its latest and smallest addition to its Canter Lift range – the FE4-130TF with a gross vehicle mass of 4,9 t. A major talking point is the DUONIC transmission, the first automated dual-clutch type transmission to be incorporated on a commercial vehicle in the world.

The 4x2 FUSO FE4-130 is available in both manual (the FE4-130 TF MT, with five forward gears) and automated manual transmission (the FE4-130 TF AMT, offering six forward gears).

The DUONIC double wet-clutch transmission combines automated driving with the advantages of a manual transmission. As with a full automatic transmission, it is a two-pedal system; there is an accelerator pedal, a brake pedal and a selector lever. The selector lever allows automatic or manual gearshift mode to be selected. The DUONIC transmission has six forward gears and a reverse gear. The P-function ensures safe parking by preventing the vehicle from rolling away.

The most compelling advantage of the dual wet clutch is reduced total cost of ownership, which is a key consideration for any transport operator when making those crucial buying decisions. Total cost of ownership is lowered through reduced maintenance costs and improved fuel economy. DUONIC features a non-wearing wet clutch, which lowers maintenance costs by eliminating the need to replace worn clutch discs.

Getting the better of mining fires

Booyco Electronics Safety Products 05 2018 002In a development that gives its mining customers a competitive and cost advantage, PDS specialist, Booyco Electronics, has added the latest fire suppression technologies to its stable, becoming a one-stop shop for the mining sector’s health and safety equipment needs.

It is no secret that the mining industry is under pressure. In the short term, rebounding commodity prices have offered some reprieve, but plenty challenges remain. Many existing mines are maturing, resulting in lower ore grades. This is exacerbated by the ever-increasing operational expenses, especially considering the rising energy costs and the longer haul distances from the face to the processing plants as ore grades continue to deplete.

Furthermore, at a time when mines are battling with increased fatalities due to the risks posed by unsafe mine faces, implementing safety systems is no longer about just meeting legislative requirements. It is for this reason that single source alliances when it comes to the procurement of safety technologies – where one established supplier services all the health and safety needs from proximity detection systems (PDS) to fire detection and suppression systems on trackless mobile machines (TMMs) – are more critical than ever.

With that in mind, Booyco Electronics has added the DAFO range of vehicle fire protection and the FirePro line of aerosol-based extinguishing systems to its stable. Speaking to Capital Equipment News, MD Anton Lourens says effective fire detection and suppression systems are becoming a pressing issue for mines, especially on the back of new SANS 1911 standard set to be introduced by SABS. Leveraging its prominence in the local PDS industry, validated by the recent landmark 5 000th installation since 2006, Booyco is one of the first few suppliers to market with fire suppression technologies that already meet the new SANS 1911 standard.

Lourens says that SABS resolved to adopt SPCR 183 and SPCR 199 standards with its associated rigorous testing methods as established by the Research Institute of Sweden (RISE). “Systems with proven compliance to these standards are issued with the renowned “P” Mark and by extension all systems installed onto TMMs should be required to have “P” mark certification in adherence to SANS 1911.”

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Title: Editor
Name: Munesu Shoko
Email: capnews@crown.co.za
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Title: Advertising Manager
Name: Elmarie Stonell
Email: elmaries@crown.co.za
Phone: +27 11 622-4770
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