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Three new technologies operators can explore

By |  November 18, 2022
An example of a FRAGTrack Gantry installation. Photo: Orica

Photo: Orica

Orica launched a fragmentation monitoring technology that combines real-time oversize detection alerts and accurate particle size distribution of fragmentation for all haul truck models and sizes. According to Orica, FRAGTrack Gantry uses advanced machine-vision and machine-learning technologies to enable autonomous triggering and processing – without interfering with hauling operations. FRAGTrack Gantry leverages real-time oversize detection through AI, Orica says. The machine-learning capability is applied to real-time detection that’s accomplished within seconds. Alerts are syndicated via fleet management systems, email or SMS for the rerouting of trucks. Operators can predetermine customizable oversize limits, enabling a reduction in crusher blockage and damage frequency due to oversize material. 

Photo: John Deere

Photo: John Deere

Excavators designed for tough environments like quarries

John Deere added three new P-tier excavator models to its line of large-size equipment. The 470 P-tier, 670 P-tier and 870 P-tier are the latest excavator models to launch as part of the John Deere Performance tiering strategy. The three models feature standard right, rear and left camera systems with added LED surround lighting to provide operators with a 270-degree view of the area around the machine. Auto-idle technology on all three models reduces engine speed when hydraulics are not in use. In addition, auto shutdown further preserves fuel. The P-tier excavators feature three productivity modes. High-productivity mode delivers more power and a faster hydraulic response; power mode provides smooth and balanced metering; and economy mode helps reduce engine rpm. Says John Deere’s Justin Steger: “Our largest P-tier excavators are built to deliver exceptional performance in harsh environments like aggregates [and] help operators increase efficiency and accuracy during high-production applications.”

Photo: Philippi-Hagenbuch

Photo: Philippi-Hagenbuch

Rear-eject bodies available for large hauler

Philippi-Hagenbuch’s rear-eject engineering capabilities now extend to Volvo Construction Equipment’s A60H articulated hauler. According to Philippi-Hagenbuch, the truck features a body volume of 43.9 cu. yd. with a 2-to-1 heap ratio. Each of the rear ejects features an interior width of 156 in. and a loading height of 148 in. They’re built out of strong, abrasion-resistant Hardox 450 steel, the company adds. With rear-eject bodies, Philippi-Hagenbuch says operators can effectively and safely discharge material without having to stop and raise the truck bed, even when the truck is out of position, driving up a hill or under overhead barriers with low clearance. Operators control the ejector blade to push material out of the body while the tailgate mechanically lowers. Rear ejects effectively dump even the stickiest material, further improving hauling efficiency by reducing carryback.

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