Finning has supplied three new Cat® machines to The Hillhouse Quarry Group, providing a solution to reduce the size of its fleet by two units, while retaining the same level of productivity at its quartz-dolerite quarry in Ayrshire.
Following multiple on-site surveys conducted by Finning, and based on prior experiences that the Hillhouse Group had with Cat equipment, it has invested in two Cat 775G Off-Highway Trucks and a Cat 390D Hydraulic Excavator, replacing smaller ADT's and a Cat 365C excavator.
The Cat 390D is larger than its previous excavator and features improved lift capacity to cope with the task of filling the Cat 775G's. With an extended service period and proven reliability the team at Hillhouse will also benefit from a sustained higher level of uptime at the site. For the equipment operators, the enhanced visibility and comfort of the new equipment will enhance onsite safety and operation.
Finning UK and Ireland has completed an exclusive agreement with Sleipner of Finland to distribute and support its revolutionary transport systems for heavy mining and quarrying equipment.
The agreement covers the whole of the UK and Ireland, stemming from the first successful introduction of the product by Finning in late 2011. Commonly known by enthusiasts as 'skates' for tracked excavators, the Sleipner system is designed to dramatically reduce maintenance cost for heavy loading equipment.
Allowing customers to transport an excavator up to five times faster than driving on tracks, in-turn dramatically reducing wear and maintenance, transport times using Sleipner are reduced by approximately 80%.
The new Cat® 777G Off-Highway Truck introduces outstanding performance, production and fuel efficiency in the 100-short-ton (91-tonne) size class. The 777 was first introduced by Caterpillar in 1977 and has proven to be a workhorse for mining and large earthmoving customers. The 777G replaces the 777F and delivers greater levels of production and fuel efficiency as well as enhanced safety, operator comfort and service convenience.
The 777G achieves greater production with seven percent more torque powering work and new transmission controls that produce quick haul cycles with automotive quality shifting. The production increases are balanced with new fuel saving strategies that include configurable economy settings as well as an adaptive economy mode that automatically optimizes fuel consumption based on the user's production baseline. Fuel savings also are realized behind the scenes through features such as auto neutral idle and APECS transmission controls where the truck becomes more fuel efficient at idle in a forward gear and when climbing grades. Customers can choose to engage features like Engine Idle Shutdown and speed limiting to further improve fuel savings.
CEMEX UK, building materials supplier has put 350 of its quarry plant operators and management from across the UK through the Finning Eco-Drive programme. The scale of the programme represents the largest number of operators to date to benefit from the Finning industry leading training.
Having collected data from its operations, pre and post training, Eco-Drive Project Manager and CEMEX UK's National Operations Project Manager, Craig Hooper has seen the benefits Eco-Drive has delivered for the business first hand.
Commenting on his findings from CEMEX UK 's strategic investment in Eco-Drive, Craig said: "We constantly monitor our performance throughout the business so have a lot of data to hand to compare pre and post training results. We have now collected post training data for a number of months of fully trained operator activity, so are able to understand the impact training has had on our 350 participants from across the UK operations."
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