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Capital Equipment News July 2018ON THE COVER:

Mine and quarry operators are well aware that to keep production flowing, it is critical for every machine in a comminution circuit to pull its own weight. It is therefore important to deal with a single, reputable supplier that delivers end-to-end solutions – from crushers and conveyors to feeders and screens – to ensure every piece in the system performs. This is exactly the driving principle behind Weir Minerals’ one-stop shop approach to comminution with its expanded ranges of Enduron® and Trio® equipment.

“Based on our customers’ needs, we have over the years continuously expanded our comminution offering to further entrench our position as a total solutions provider to process plants,” explains Vernon Steenbok, General Manager Comminution at Weir Minerals Africa.

Weir Minerals Africa offers two ranges of comminution equipment, namely Enduron® and Trio®. “With our Enduron® and Trio® ranges of comminution equipment, we don’t just offer products; we provide total solutions. The product families position Weir Minerals Africa as a complete partner to mining and aggregate operations in Africa and Middle East, our areas of responsibility,” says Steenbok.

Boosting engine component remanufacturing prowess 

Metric Automotive Engineering 07 2018 001To stay ahead of both the growing demand for engine component remanufacturing services and the ever-evolving engine technologies, leading local diesel engine component remanufacturer, Metric Automotive Engineering, continues to plough massive investments in both the latest machining technologies and the skills it needs to offer a world-class service to its African customer base.

Beyond their first overhaul, usually around 15 000 hours, today’s diesel engines used to power commercial heavy equipment are now designed for two or more service lives between overhauls. Andrew Yorke, operations director at Metric Automotive Engineering, says operators of high horsepower engines in industries such as yellow metal equipment, power generation and locomotive sectors, now factor several rebuilds or remanufacturing cycles of their engines into their business plans. 

He reasons that, to ensure that this is possible, there is now a big swing towards preventative maintenance and preventative overhauls, especially driven by original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). Metric Automotive Engineering is contracted by several OEMs to remanufacture customers’ engine components that are still on maintenance plan – as a positive way to maintain their warranties. Yorke says OEMs monitor the engines and ensure the right level of service workmanship to avoid catastrophic failures.

The shift towards planned remanufacture of engines is one of the major drivers of Metric Automotive Engineering’s business. This has seen the company invest massive capital in recent years, not only in cutting-edge machining equipment, but also in human capital and floor space.

Keeping an eye on fuel tanks

DAF New XF 07 2018 001Fuel is a big part of every fleet budget. In an environment where diesel prices have gone up 42% between January 2016 and April 2018, it is now comparative to keep an eye on fuel tanks.

Fleet managers are increasingly resorting to fleet management solutions to help them clamp down on fuel theft, unnecessary idling and improving driving standards for optimised fuel usage. Today’s fleet managers are aware that they can reduce what is deemed to be one of their biggest cost drivers, through the use of fleet management solutions from both original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and their third-party counterparts.  

Many fleet managers agree that fuel is a large part of their budgets, if not the biggest. Against a backdrop of continued fuel hikes, Jasper Hafkamp, executive director, Daimler Truck and Bus Southern Africa, is of the view that fleet operators now have their eyes on lower total cost of ownership more than ever. He reasons that, based on a 6x4 long haul truck-tractor, available figures show that fuel makes up to 62% of vehicle related costs. As a result, there is particular attention on fleet management systems to manage fuel usage and optimise its consumption across fleets.

Mark Gavin, sales director, Transport Solutions at Babcock, the southern African dealer of the DAF range of trucks, says in a long distance transport operation, fuel costs today can contribute around 50% of the overall cost of ownership of a vehicle.

Gert Swanepoel, MD of UD Trucks Southern Africa, estimates that fuel makes up around 24% of a fleet’s fixed operating costs. However, he reasons that this can go up to 80% of variable operating costs.

Pierre Annandale, fleet manager at Cartrack, a global fleet management, vehicle recovery and insurance telematics provider, says fuel can constitute anything between 45 and 50% of the monthly cost of ownership of a vehicle.

However, the story is a bit different when it comes to forklifts. John Valentine, national systems manager at materials handling equipment specialist, Goscor Lift Truck Company (GLTC), says fuel is not necessarily the biggest cost on IC machines; the driver cost usually is, then followed by fuel, which ranges between 30-40% of total lifecycle costs, but application dependent.

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