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 Capital Equipment News August 2018On the cover:

SDLG customers in southern Africa can look forward to increased ‘reliability in action’ the OEM promises following Babcock’s introduction of three new models – the B877F backhoe loader, G9220 VHP motor grader and L958F wheel loader – benefitting from a radical feature upgrade compared with their predecessors.

The popularity of the SDLG band has increased sharply since its entry into southern Africa. According to Grant Sheppard, regional manager Export Region – Equipment at Babcock, a key pillar of the growth in popularity is the marked improvement in the quality of products. However, behind every good product is great service. The growth of the brand also largely hinges on the backup support from Babcock.

Testimony to the continued improvement of the product is the recently launched range of machines, comprising the B877F backhoe loader, the G9220 VHP motor grader and the L958F wheel loader. They all benefit from a radical feature upgrade, resulting in a mix of increased productivity and reliability at affordable prices.

Leading the pack on Babcock’s arrival lounge is the B877F backhoe loader, an upgrade of the previous B877. Half a tonne lighter than the B877, the B877F is an 8-t sideshift backhoe loader with a 1 m³ standard loader bucket and maximum lifting capacity of 3 224 kg.

Launched in southern Africa during the first quarter of this year, the G9220 VHP (automatic variable horsepower) motor grader – with a 16 500 kg base operating weight, dozer blade width of 4 267 mm and a blade pull of 10 530 kg – is suited for most grading applications, from new construction or maintenance to ditching and slope scraping, pavement levelling and site preparation.

Babcock has also introduced the new SDLG L958F, a 5,4 t wheel loader that ticks all the right boxes for fleet owners seeking a reliable, yet affordable machine that gets the better of re-handling duties in diverse applications, including quarries, agriculture and ports, among others.

Optimising crushing gains

Terex Finlay Impact Crusher 08 2018 001Regarded as the main process in aggregate production, crushing is the first controlled size reduction stage and is the basis for optimal further size reduction. It is, therefore, important that when choosing a new rock crusher the first thing you need to know is which one best matches your material – and it is imperative to find the right one the first time.

By tonnage, crushing is by far the largest process operation in aggregate processing. To execute this process cost-effectively, it’s always important to deploy the correct crusher for the ideal application. This not only saves you time, but it will also save you money in the long run.

Just how important is crushing in the whole aggregate production equation? To reiterate the significance of the process, Heath Dickson, national mining sales manager at ELB Equipment, says “simply put, without crushing, in specification aggregate would not exist”.

JD Singleton, process director at Weir Minerals Africa, says “size reduction in aggregate production is required to achieve the different product gradations used in different end processes. The primary objective of a crushing stage is size reduction, so having the correct crusher in the correct duty is essential for quality aggregate production,” he says.

Sandro Scherf, CEO of Pilot Crushtec International, shares the same view, saying that the crushing stages are critical to achieving the right quantity and quality of aggregate products. “Similar to driving a vehicle, to reach top speed you need to go through various gears; in aggregate production, you need to go through various crushing stages. The number of crushing stages will vary depending on production requirements such as the quantity you need to produce and the specifications of the final product,” says Scherf.

Dewald Janse van Rensburg, MD of B&E International, says by applying compressive strength to the strong and brittle natural rock types that serve as aggregate, crushing forms a vital and cost-effective part of the aggregate production process. “It allows us to reduce the particles to a required size under applied stress through one or more crushing stages in conjunction with screening to achieve the required specification of the final product,” he says.   

The future of service

Scania Services 08 2018 001From a service perspective, there is so much talk about giving customers a “complete offering”, not only in the truck sector, but across many industries. But what exactly does a complete service offering entail? Mark Erasmus, GM Services at Scania South Africa, shares his vision of the future of service.

In a world where service has become the buzzword of every industry, it has come to epitomise a means of delivering hassle-free value to customers by facilitating outcomes customers want to achieve. As everyone tries to grasp the fundamental concept of service, the industry has somehow idealised the “total service provider” model, known in some circles as the “complete offering”. But, what does this entail as service, especially in the uptime-driven industries, such as the truck sector, continues to take different forms and shapes?

Speaking to Capital Equipment News, Mark Erasmus, GM Services at Scania South Africa, says service has evolved over the years, and while everyone talks about a complete offering, there is so much more that needs to happen before the industry can start talking about having achieved the total service provider operating model. However, he agrees that the truck industry, in particular, has made some strides in terms of its service offering.

He is of the view that while the old adage, sales sell the first truck, and service sells the next 100, is still relevant, a lot has changed as far as what service should entail. “In the old days, the traditional way of looking at service was about just selling a truck and then keep it on the road in a reactive approach where suppliers would wait for the customer to book in the vehicle for its next service. This has somehow changed in recent years with suppliers taking a more proactive approach where, for example, they get to locate service workshops and personnel at customer sites to be actively involved in customer operations,” reasons Erasmus.  

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