On the Cover: Tyre manufacturer Sumitomo Rubber Industries has taken delivery of 43 machines on a 60-month rental facility from Goscor Lift Truck Company (GLTC). The machines have been deployed to work at Sumitomo’s world class manufacturing plant in Ladysmith, KwaZulu-Natal.
The fleet comprises 15 DEC 5-tonne (t) electric tow tractors recently introduced to the local market by GLTC, 20 Doosan diesel forklifts with capacities from 1,8 to 5,5 t and eight Crown ESR5620-2.0 reach trucks with 11,5 m lift heights.
The DEC electric tow tractors are deployed to transport work-in-progress material used for tyre production within the factory. The machines are said to be powerful and smaller, and fit the bill for the factory’s confined working spaces.
The 20 Doosan forklifts – ranging between 1,8 and 5,5 t – were all specified according to the different department and application needs within the facility. This was done after an extensive site investigation. The forklifts are being used to move heavier loads than those handled by tow tractors. These include raw materials, equipment and tooling, among others.
The eight Crown ESR 5260-2.0 ESR lift trucks are being used in the raw material and finished goods warehouses. Space between the aisles at the two warehouses is restricted.
Turning waste materials into opportunities
Italian manufacturer MB Crusher has introduced its new generation of shaft screeners, a multi-purpose system designed to manage different types of materials efficiently, helping recycling companies turn waste materials into business opportunities.
A key talking point on the machine is its ability to adapt to different types of work and materials. It’s the ideal solution for processing different types of rubble, which can quickly be turned into re-usable and profitable material.
The new MB-HDS series selects and crushes excavation and demolition materials, asphalt, coal, organic materials, wood, bark and light plastics, among others, and enables these products to be re-purposed immediately. It is possible to transform one material into another effortlessly, and this is said to be the most important and useful capability of the machine.
Until now, changing rotating shafts has been a complex exercise, particularly because it is difficult to position the rotating shafts correctly (they must be synchronised with the power transmission systems and the rollers next to them), and because the support bearings must be replaced at the same time.
With the MB-HDS screening bucket, rotating shafts can now be changed easily and safely on site by a single person in a matter of minutes.
Plugging crucial product gaps
The two new Metso Nordtrack jaw crushers – the J90 and J127 – recently launched locally by Pilot Crushetec as part of the nine-model introduction of the new Metso Nordtrack range in southern Africa, close some crucial gaps in the existing mobile crusher offering.
In October last year, Metso announced the expansion of its mobile crushing and screening offering for the aggregates industry with an extensive new product portfolio. The new range comprised a total of 19 mobile machines, including jaw crushers, impact crushers, screens and conveyors.
However, Pilot Crushtec International, the sole southern African Metso mobiles distributor, has launched a selection of nine products deemed complementary to the existing range and suitable for local conditions. Among the range of products introduced locally are the J90 and J127 jaw crushers.
Francois Marais, director – sales & marketing at Pilot Crushtec International, says the two jaws close some gaps in the company’s existing range, from an accessibility, pricing and product sizing perspective.
The entire Nordtrack range will be positioned parallel to the premium Lokotrack range. This will allow Pilot Crushtec to compete in applications where it was traditionally not active. For example, the Nordtrack J90, which has no equivalent model within the Lokotrack offering, allows Pilot Crushtec to offer a compact solution to its customers.
In terms of sizing, the J90 is a compact jaw that allows us to play in a completely new size category. The smallest jaw in the existing Metso Lokotrack range is the C96, which is still relatively a large machine. In rubble or building demolition recycling, for example, moving the Lokotrack C96 around would require massive transport infrastructure. On the contrary, the J90 will be easier to move around because of its compact build.