Machinery

Aug 03, 2020
Easternwell’s latest rig goes into service for Santos

Easternwell’s latest rig goes into service for Santos

Easternwell has mobilised a new ALRx workover rig as part of a 12-month contract for for Santos coal seam gas developments in eastern Queensland. The new rig is one of three recently designed and built by Easternwell at its updated facility in Withcott, outside Toowoomba. Easternwell general manager energy Kyle Koziol said the Advantage Light Rig Extra or ALRx was the latest in well servici...

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Jul 29, 2020
Women in technology take centre stage

Women in technology take centre stage

There’s been a good response to the call for nominations to the 2020 Queensland Women in Technology (WiT) Awards despite the disruptions of COVID-19.  For the first time, a regional award has been introduced to recognise and encourage women who are using science and technology to advance regional industries and communities.  The WiT Awards have grown dramatically since Women in Tech...

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Jul 16, 2020
Tough tool meets challenge of hitting rock bottom

Tough tool meets challenge of hitting rock bottom

Hall Contracting and Atlas Heavy Engineering have banded together to build one of the toughest marine digging buckets in the country. The custom backhoe bucket weighs in at 17 tonnes and has been purpose designed for excavating hard rock. Hall Contracting chief executive officer Cameron Hall said it had been manufactured for use on Hall’s 65m-long backhoe dredge, Woomera, which is current...

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Jul 15, 2020
CQ firm puts a new twist on blast preparation

CQ firm puts a new twist on blast preparation

Mackay-based business StemSafe has launched a vehicle-mounted automated blast hole measuring unit in what it describes as a groundbreaking advance for the mining, quarrying and construction industries. Business development manager Andrew Wheeler said DipSafe technology would give mining companies more consistent and accurate blast hole condition data. This offered immense improvements char...

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Jul 06, 2020
New tech alerts drivers to tyre damage

New tech alerts drivers to tyre damage

Bridgestone has joined forces with Microsoft to develop a world-first monitoring system that will alert drivers to tyre damage in real-time. Not only that, it can also flag potholes and other hazards causing tyre damage to the agencies responsible for foxing them. Bridgestone says the diagnostic technology closes a crucial safety gap. Tyre issues take four main forms: inadequate pressur...

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Jul 02, 2020
JCB excavator leads the way with hydrogen

JCB excavator leads the way with hydrogen

JCB says it has developed the construction industry’s first hydrogen-powered excavator, unveiling a working prototype.The 20-tonne 220X excavator powered by a hydrogen fuel cell has been undergoing rigorous testing at JCB’s quarry proving grounds for more than 12 months. “The development of the first hydrogen fuelled excavator is very exciting as we strive towards a zero carbon world,&...

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Jul 01, 2020
Hiab hopes to hook new market with Optima options

Hiab hopes to hook new market with Optima options

Hiab has launched two hooklifts for two and four-axle trucks to complete its Multilift Optima product range. The Multilift Optima 20s for three axle trucks was launched in 2016 and offers a 20 tonne capacity. The newly released Optima 15S and Optima 25S offer 15 and 25-tonne capacity for two and four-axle trucks respectively. Hiab says its Optima range has an updated, easy-to-use contro...

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Jun 17, 2020
High-riding Hino with increased power

High-riding Hino with increased power

The new Hino 500 Series GT 1528 promises better power and torque, higher axle capacities, larger GVM and an increased payload. The new model features standard fitment of the Allison 2500 Series true automatic transmission. “Given the challenging conditions in which the GT 4×4 operates, the Allison automatic allows the driver to concentrate on safely traversing the terrain without t...

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Jun 17, 2020
Sandvik launches new rotary blasthole drill

Sandvik launches new rotary blasthole drill

Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology has launched its new DR410i rotary blasthole drill. The manufacturer describes Sandvik DR410i as automation-ready, saying it can be equipped with the AutoMine module to provide functionality for on-board and off-board automated needs. It boasts ‘unmatched productivity and return on investment’ for 152-251mm rotary and DTH holes, with a standard...

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