Groundwork construction specialists Coinford is investing in a fleet of new Cat® excavators as they expand to meet growing demand for development projects across the south-east. 

Delivery of the Cat 313 2D and 320 2D excavators began in March and will be staggered throughout the year. Each premium machine comes with a range of built-in technology as standard including Cat Payload, Cat Grade and E-Fence and have been purchased with a Premier 3-year 6,000-hour machine Equipment Protection Plan (EPP) to provide complete peace of mind when it comes to repair costs. 

The new fleet represents an investment of over £4m in Cat equipment by Coinford after discussions began with the company in March 2023. 

Ryan Trafford, Territory Account Manager at Finning UK & Ireland, said: “These really are premium machines and a great addition to the Coinford fleet as they come complete with integrated cameras, as well as the latest technology features enabling operators to carry out a range of tasks efficiently and safely.  

“Power was a big factor in the choice of these machines for Coinford. The models they’ve chosen offer the highest power for their size, while also being able to operate in eco mode. This helps significantly with fuel economy and wider operational efficiencies and can be monitored through the machine telematics as the Cat VisionLink® platform comes as standard with these machines.  

Chris Forrest, Plant Director at Coinford, said: “These machines will help us to meet the current high demand and growth we’re experiencing, especially with our recent GPS investment. This cements our relationship with Finning and we’re proud to have these machines supporting our groundworks projects within the housing development sector.” 

For more information about Cat machines and solutions from Finning UK & Ireland go to www.finning.com/en_GB  

Family-owned Fox Group is taking delivery of four new zero tailpipe emission Volvo trucks which will be used to service a low carbon asphalt plant being constructed at its site in Leyland. 

The order comprises three Volvo FMX Electric 8×4 Tridem tippers – to be followed shortly by an FH Electric 6×2 tractor unit. 

Paul Fox, Managing Director of the Blackpool-based business, says: “Electric trucks are no longer on the horizon; they’re here, now, and key to reducing our carbon footprint. At Fox Group we see it as our role and responsibility to make the switch; we’re demonstrating to the whole of the sector that in the right applications, the transition from diesel to electric can be happening now.” 

The FMX Electrics will be used to deliver asphalt from a soon to be established low carbon asphalt plant to local construction sites, before backloading sand from Fox Group’s nearby quarry into the plant – with zero tailpipe emissions and minimum noise. It complements the recent re-opening of the former Leyland railhead, which Fox Group is using to bring in enough materials daily to replace 95 eight-wheeler loads. The use of electric vehicles is vital on Fox Group’s journey to net zero, reducing the reliance on fossil fuel. 

Supplied by Neil Crook, Customer Solutions Executive at local dealer Thomas Hardie Commercials, each new FMX Electric is plated at 32-tonnes and benefits from a hydraulically steered tag axle, operating with an insulated aluminium tipper body manufactured by local bodybuilder AJ Hayton. 

In a first for the UK, one of the FMX Electrics has been manufactured with fossil-free steel to form the truck’s chassis frame. Produced using a completely new technology based on hydrogen, it ensures a much lower climate impact than conventionally produced steel. It is being gradually introduced to Volvo’s heavy-duty electric trucks, as part of plans to make them both net zero in operation, and when it comes to the materials used in their construction. 

Fox adds: “We’re confident that with these electric Volvos, together with our other investments in electric plant and the railhead, we’re showing how we can transport large volumes of materials in a much more efficient and sustainable way. 

“It’s the right thing to be doing for the planet and the communities we operate in, and we’re proud to see Fox Group leading from the front.” 

Specified with five traction batteries, each FMX Electric runs on three electric motors, delivering 666hp of continuous power. The massive power is handled by an electromobility traction control system which ensures precision vehicle control even on slippery surfaces, all driven through Volvo’s popular 12-speed I-Shift gearbox – a long-standing favourite with drivers. 

The FH Electric tractor unit will feature a matching driveline, but with six batteries, whilst operating at up to 44-tonnes. It will be used in conjunction with a 12m tri-axle tipping trailer, transporting stone from the railhead to local concrete plants. 

To support the new vehicles Fox Group has extended its DC charging facilities, with the installation of additional recharging equipment at the railhead. Trucks will operate predominantly during the day, returning to base at night to recharge. 

They have been supplied on five-year Volvo Gold Contracts which includes preventive maintenance, repairs, real time monitoring to keep track of the health of the batteries and battery replacements, should performance drop below agreed levels. The trucks are also backed by a full suite of Volvo Connect fleet management services to help boost productivity and energy efficiency. 

Fox Group currently operates from 32 locations nationally, specialising in the supply and haulage of aggregates, recycled materials, muck-shift, earthworks and civil engineering projects. It has a fleet of more than 350 vehicles, consisting of six- and eight-wheel tippers, artics, low loaders and road sweepers to work alongside its impressive 4,500 pieces of plant and machinery, and a team of more than 850 people. 

North Lincolnshire civil engineering, plant hire and environmental services contractor Eric Carnaby & Son has added an HD Hyundai Construction Equipment HX160A L crawler excavator to its fleet, following a request from long-time operator Steven Smith. After 23 years with the company, he jokingly told Managing Director Roland Carnaby that he would like his previous HD Hyundai machine to be changed for the new HX-A model, or he might have to look elsewhere for work.

“As a machine owner and as an operator, I know that the drivers are really happy with these Hyundai A-Series machines,” said Mr Carnaby. “If the driver is happy, then I’m happy,” 

Mr Carnaby is the third generation of the family to run the business, following his father’s recent retirement at the age of 80. Established in 1946, the company operates a fleet of excavators, from 1.5-25 tonnes. It also specialises in long reach machines, mowers, tractors and trailers, offering a range of earthworks and groundworks services, from drainage and footings, to culvert construction, riverbank stabilisation and wetland habitat creation.

Many of the company’s employees have been with the business for a long time, helping to maintain the firm’s strong relationships with clients as diverse as the Environment Agency, British Steel and the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust. Recognising that they are a major contributor to the company’s success, he is certainly happy to listen to their input when the time comes to update the fleet.

Mr Carnaby joined the family business is 2005, having worked for Birse Construction and for K Rouse Civils. Since that time, he has refreshed much of the equipment fleet and introduced tilt-rotators and 3D GPS machine control systems for the excavators, improving productivity for customers.

“We never had any problems with my old machine and so when it was due for changing, I said I’ll have the same again,” said Mr Smith.

“I like the Hyundai because the touchscreen is quite simple to work with. It’s also got the 360° camera system in it, which is very clear and you can have it on separate views, or set to show all the way round. It has a red zone, so you know how near you are to things, it’s just a brilliant system.”

He is also impressed with the machine’s hydraulic controls, which allow multiple operations at the same time. When cutting back vegetation or cleaning ditches, for instance, this allows the use of the dig end while travelling.

“It’ll track and cut, where some machines starve themselves from one system to the other,” said Mr Smith. “The Hyundai keeps both systems going well. 

“It’s also very easy to maintain. All of the oils and levels for daily checks first thing in the morning are easy to get to and the filters are all in one place.”

With an operating weight of 17.5-18 tonnes, HD Hyundai’s HX160A L is powered by a Cummins B4.5 diesel engine, delivering a net power of 113kW (152hp). Equipped with a 5.1m monoboom, the machine can be supplied with a choice of 2.2, 2.6 and 3.1m dipper arms. Maximum digging depth is 6,530mm with the longest arm, with a forward reach of up to 9,450mm.

The A-Series cab delivers a comfortable operating environment, with an easy to read 8” display and jog dial control module. Designed around the operator, the cab takes safety to a new level, with the option of HD Hyundai’s Advanced Around View Monitoring (AAVM) camera system. This delivers a 360° view around the machine and incorporates Intelligent Moving Object Detection (IMOD), which warns the operator if people or objects are detected within a pre-set range of operation.

Mr Carnaby has been impressed with the performance and the reliability of the A-Series machines on the fleet. Fortunately, the HD Hyundai machines also get the thumbs up from his operators.

Develon, formerly known as Doosan Construction Equipment, has launched the new DX140RDM-7, the latest addition to the company’s successful range of demolition excavators. Like the three larger models from 31 to 61 tonne, the new DX140RDM-7 22.5 tonne demolition excavator offers multiple configurations to choose from, providing the customer with a range of solutions depending on the project to be completed, including a multi-purpose version that can be used for other applications on site as well as demolition. 

Even More Choice in the DX140RDM-7

In fact, the DX140RDM-7 offers even more choices, starting with a ‘Monolithic’ variant unique to this model that features only a demolition arm without any possibility of interchangeability. Alternatively, like the larger machines, the DX140RDM-7 is also available in a dual format utilising a modular boom design and hydraulic lock mechanism, allowing the user to change between different arms for demolition and digging using the same machine. 

In the fixed ‘Monolithic’ version of the new DX140RDM-7, the impressive working range allows the machine to work with a demolition attachment to a maximum height of 16 m. The recommended maximum tool weight in this mode is 1450 kg. In common with the other models in the demolition excavator range, the DX140RDM-7 offers high visibility and a tiltable cab, particularly suited to high reach demolition applications and providing a 30 degree tilting angle.  

In the dual purpose version of the DX140RDM-7, the pin height and maximum tool weight are 14 m and 1450 kg, respectively (with a 2 m extension as an option). All the components such as the undercarriage, the tilting cab and the shoes remain the same as in the fixed version, only the modular boom design and hydraulic lock mechanism are different, allowing the user to swap between the demolition and digging arms. 

The innovative design ensures it is a simple process to change between a demolition boom and an earthmoving boom to accomplish different types of work on the same project. A special stand is provided to facilitate the boom changing operation, which is based on quick-change hydraulic and mechanical coupler connections. A cylinder-based system is used to push the locking pins into place to help complete the procedure. 

The multi-boom design also allows the earthmoving boom to be mounted in two different ways, which with the demolition boom, provides further flexibility with a total of three different configurations for the dual purpose base machine. 

Hydraulically Adjustable Undercarriage

The DX140RDM-7 has a hydraulically adjustable undercarriage, which extends to a maximum width of 3.7 m to provide optimum stability when working on demolition sites. The width of the undercarriage can be retracted hydraulically to 2.5 m in the narrow width position, which is ideal for transporting the machine. The mechanism is based on a permanently lubricated, internal cylinder design which minimises resistance during the movement and helps to prevent damage to the components. 

Like all Develon demolition excavators, standard safety features on the DX140RDM-7 include a FOGS cab guard, safety valves for the boom, intermediate boom and arm cylinders and a stability warning system.

For more on Develon, please visit the website: https://eu.develon-ce.com/en/

Brief specifications for the Develon DX140RDM-7 demolition excavator

Monolithic Arm (16 m)Interchangeable arm 
(14 m+ 2 m extension)
Operating weight (demolition Arm): 22.5 t22.5 t
Maximum tool weight:1.45 t1.25 t (with Extension)
1.45 t (without Extension)
Maximum pin height:16000 mm14000 mm (without Extension)
16000 mm (with Extension)
Overall width (Extended):3700 mm3700 mm
Overall width (Retracted): 2500 mm2500 mm
Overall height (cab):3020 mm3020 mm
Overall length:10510 mm10510 mm
Tail swing radius:1525 mm1525 mm
Maximum digging Pin reach 
height (Digging bent arm):
6000 mm6000 mm (without Extension)
8000 mm (with Extension)
Maximum digging Pin reach 
height (Digging Straight arm):
8000 mm8000 mm (without Extension)
10000 mm (with Extension)
Track width (Centre to Centre)3200 mm3200 mm
Transport Width2590 mm2590 mm
Track Shoes Width500/600 mm500/600 mm
Travel speed:                                                          low range –  2.9 km/h   
 high range –  4.7 km/h 
 low range –  2.9 km/h     
 high range –  4.7 km/h 
Engine (SAE J1995 net)/
 (SAE J1349 net)
86 kW (115 HP)/81.6 kW (109 HP)86 kW (115 HP)/81.6 kW (109 HP)

Williams Racing driver Alex Albon visited the home of team Principal Partner Komatsu in Osaka ahead of the Japanese Grand Prix.

Over 3,000 Komatsu employees greeted the 28-year-old upon his arrival at the site, adorned by cherry blossom, as the Japanese race moved to its earlier springtime slot on the calendar. He was given a rapturous welcome as he arrived aboard a Komatsu WA100 wheel loader, with the excited workforce eagerly waving traditional Japanese fans.

Arriving at the Komatsu Training Centre, one of several stops on his tour, Albon met Senior Executive Officer Koichi Honda, Osaka Plant Manager Norihiko Tanigawa, GM of the General Affairs Department, Osaka Plant Toru Wakabayashi and Committee Chairman, Komatsu Union Osaka Branch, Yasuaki Yoneda before revealing a Komatsu HB205 Hybrid Excavator branded in special Williams Racing colours – created for the occasion.

Albon visited the manufacturing plant, where he got the chance to swap his Williams Racing seat for that of a Komatsu excavator, operating the machine via remote control. He proved to be an instant hit, ably using the machinery, and once again showing his skills behind the ‘wheel’!

An afternoon tour of ‘Plant 1’ allowed Komatsu staff to meet their new hero, lining a path through the plant to cheer on the Williams Racing driver and his team for the race in Suzuka this weekend. An impressive archway of Komatsu excavators created a fitting entrance, before the employees formed a human number #23 shape to commemorate Alex, who runs with the number 23 in Formula 1.

The tour continued through Komatsu’s Manufacturing Engineering Development Centre and Osaka Technical Centre, where staff quizzed the driver on his pathway to Formula 1. One of the design team, whose eight-year-old son wants to become an F1 driver, was given sage advice by Alex, who himself started his karting career aged eight.

The day ended with 140 of the employees enjoying a Q+A session, and taking part in a lucky draw, in which 20 winners received co-branded Komatsu and Williams Racing apparel. The visit provided the perfect start to Albon’s Japanese Grand Prix weekend with technology and innovation, passionate fans, and with Alex firmly in the driving seat.

AlexAlbon,WilliamsRacingdriversaid: “Ithas beenaspecialday formevisitingKomatsu’splantinOsaka, seeingtheimpressivefacilityupclose, alongwithits 3,000staff. IwasgivenauniquewelcomewithlinesofKomatsustaffwavingtheirflags asI arrivedinthepassengerseat oftheKomatsuhybridexcavatoranamazingexperience.Therearelots ofparallels betweentheKomatsuplant andourownWilliamsRacingfactoryintheUK,withtechnology andinnovationandateamofpassionateindividualsallcreatingvaluetogether. Itwasapleasuretoseeandspeak tosomanyoftheemployeesandalsotogetthechancetodriveanexcavatorviaremotecontrol.It was alot of funandalthoughI likemydrivingabitfaster,I couldreallyunderstandwhy Komatsuissopassionateaboutits industryandtechnologyespeciallythehybriddiggerthatwas giventheWilliamsRacingtreatment.

Komatsu is an exciting new partner for our team, and we are already enjoying the mutual

benefits of the partnership.”

Osaka plant is one of Komatsu’s twelve manufacturing plants in Japan and covers a vast 545,000 square metres across its entire site. It manufactures medium sized and large hydraulic excavators, large bulldozers, recycling equipment and final drive.

KoichiHonda,SeniorExecutiveOfficerof KomatsuLtd said: “Komatsuand Williamshave a greatsense ofsharedvalues,with acommonfocus onthe importantroleourpeopleplayin developing themost cutting-edgetechnicalsolutionsin ourrespectivefields.Ourteam atOsakareallyenjoyedthe opportunity tocompareF1technologywith Komatsutechnology –andit was great to hearAlex’sthoughtsonwhat itwaslike to operateanexcavator.”

About Williams Racing

For over 45 years, Williams Racing has been at the forefront of one of the fastest sports on the planet, being one of the top three most successful teams in history competing in the FIA Formula 1 World Championship. With an almost unrivalled heritage of engineering and racing F1 cars and unforgettable eras that demonstrate it is a force to be reckoned with, the British squad boasts 16 F1 World Championship titles to its name. Since its foundation in 1977 by the eminent, late Sir Frank Williams and engineering pioneer Sir Patrick Head, the team has won nine Constructors’ Championships, in association with Cosworth, Honda and Renault. Its roll call of drivers is legendary, with its seven Drivers’ Championship trophies being lifted by true icons of the sport: Alan Jones, Keke Rosberg, Nelson Piquet, Nigel Mansell, Alain Prost, Damon Hill and Jacques Villeneuve. The team have made history before and are out to make

it again with a long-term mission to evolve and return to the front of the grid.

Scottish civil engineering company and quarry operators Loudounhill Contracts has added Sunward to its portfolio of plant machinery.

The Newmilns, Ayrshire-based business, which specialises in groundworks and hard landscaping for housebuilders in the region, has acquired two Sunward SWE 155F medium excavators and a Sunward SWE 25F mini-excavator from local Sunward dealer Kattrak.

Established in 1986, Loudounhill has more than 35 years of experience in the construction industry, working on housebuilding and commercial construction projects of all sizes across central Scotland. It played a part in Mactaggart and Mickel’s award-winning Greenan Views development in Doonfoot.

The company also opened its own quarry – Thirstone Quarry in Crawfordjohn, Biggar, in 2008 – to supply high-quality aggregates to customers in Ayrshire, Glasgow, Edinburgh and Lanarkshire.

Sunward’s top-of-the-line SWE 155F 15.6-tonne excavators are a versatile fit for large construction, be it buildings, roads, quarrying, demolition or forestry, while the 2.6-tonne SWE 25F mini can be safely transported on a small trailer with up to three buckets and a hydraulic breaker.

Loudounhill quarry manager Robert Craig had contacted Kattrak looking for new machines for their fleet, and the dealer suggested they try Sunward. They have not looked back.

Robert said: “We select our fleet based on price and warranty and Sunward was the best deal around. Our operators are delighted with the machines. They find them easy to operate and are very happy with the build quality.”

Kattrak director Craig McLaughlin said: “A special thanks go to the MD Gavin Craig [Robert’s father] and Robert for firstly being a pleasure to deal with, and for investing in three Sunwards at once. Their operators on-site, Adam and Dougie, are very pleased with their new machines. We hope this is the start of a long relationship between Kattrak and Sunward machines in Loudounhill Contracts’ fleet.” 

SANY UK are delighted to be returning to the largest and most important event of the year for the Scottish construction equipment industry. 

As part of an extensive line up of more than 15 machines, SANY will showcase its brand new telehandler series which will be displayed alongside a range excavators and mobile cranes. 

The exhibition is hot on the heels of a series of telehandler roadshows that took place across the country in February and March aimed at showcasing SANYs brand new range of telehandlers to the UK market. The STH1440 (14m) and STH1840 (18m) are the first machines to feature in the series, designed to offer the ultimate in safety, comfort and performance. 

SANY will also display a variety of excavators ranging from the zero tail-swing SY18U mini, the smallest machine in the SANY range at 1.8 tonne, up to the larger 50-tonne SY500H machine with world renowned components such as a Cummins Stage V engine and Kawasaki hydraulics. 

Commenting on the upcoming show, Brian McGrane, Senior Sales Manager for Scotland said, “The team are delighted to be exhibiting for a second time at the ScotPlant event. Our first show here in April 2022 was a great success, we had a fantastic stand and it allowed us to showcase our full range of machines and meet a lot of potential new customers. Since then, SANY has grown considerably so it’s great to return to the show and have the opportunity to demonstrate how our product range is continuing to expand. It’s going to be an exciting event and we’re looking forward to meeting people, both old and new”.

The stand will also feature the SAC600E 60-tonne 3 Axle All Terrian Crane launched to the UK market last year. The SAC600E is powered by a MTU OM470LA Stage V engine coupled with Allison transmission driven by Kessler axles. In addition its fitted with a 50m main boom with the option of 16m double folding jib and will travel with 13t Cwt within UK STGO regulations. SANY’s cranes are renowned for their reliability, performance, and cutting-edge technology, with the UK product range including Telescopic Crawler cranes from 60 – 80-tonne and 2 new larger models due later in 2024 and a range of Lattice Boom Cranes from 60 – 480-tonne.  

SANY’s Operator Challenge will also be in full swing over the course of the two day event, for those who would like to put their operating skills to the test. 

Visit SANY on Stand E1 & F2 at ScotPlant 2024 to explore their latest product range and meet the team. 

Hitachi Construction Machinery (Europe) NV (HCME) will display the ZX390TC-7 excavator at Intermat on 24-27 April. Based on a Hitachi ZX350LC-7 standard excavator, with Zaxis-7 technology and Stage V-compliant engine, the new tool carrier model has been specially adapted to work with larger working tools, and can be used for secondary demolition works.

Larger boom and bucket cylinders, and a one-class-higher reinforced linkage, enable the ZX390TC-7 to carry five-tonne tools, such as hydraulic shears for crushing that would normally be used by larger machines. It is equipped with a full hydraulic control system, suitable for use with all attachments, which can be changed within seconds from the operator’s seat. The model on display at Paris-Nord Villepinte (stand 6H039) is fitted with an OilQuick OQ80 automatic quick coupler system and Demarec crusher attachment.

Safety in mind

For added stability, the ZX390TC-7 has a robust 25 cm longer undercarriage than the standard ZX350LC-7, and is supplied with an additional 1.4-tonne counterweight. To ensure the safety of operators, the machine has side impact protection and a demolition-spec cab with FOPS guard level 2 and high-spec P5A safety glass. Safety is also enhanced by the exceptional visibility from the cab, particularly from the 270-degree bird’s-eye view provided by the Aerial Angle camera system.

Like all Zaxis-7 excavators, the ZX390TC-7 provides exceptional durability for heavy duty applications and especially demolition projects. Main components and spare parts, renowned for quality and reliability, are supplied by Hitachi. Furthermore, the modifications are approved by Hitachi’s quality assurance team, and the new model is covered by Hitachi warranty and service programmes.

“The introduction of the ZX390TC-7 shows how Hitachi is addressing the specific requirements of such industries, delivering a specially equipped model that sits between the existing ZX350LC-7 and ZX490LCH-7 models,” says Burkhard Janssen, Product Manager Special Applications and New Technologies at Hitachi Construction Machinery (Europe) NV.

“There is growing demand for 40-tonne-class machines in Europe, capable of boosting productivity and efficiency on heavy duty applications and demolition job sites. We are constantly listening to the needs of our customers, particularly regarding improvements to productivity and efficiency.”

The ZX390TC-7 is one of three special application machines that Hitachi has developed exclusively with KTEG (Kenki Technology Group GmbH), a joint venture between Hitachi Construction Machinery Co., Ltd and Kiesel Technologie Entwicklung GmbH.

Like all the Hitachi models on display at Intermat, the ZX390TC-7 is available through Hitachi Premium Rental and can be purchased using Zaxis Finance – both initiatives will also be promoted at the exhibition.

Specifications

Model code : ZX390TC-7 

Engine rated power : 210 kW 

Operating weight : 38 500 – 39 200 kg 

Maximum digging depth : 11 100 mm

Bucket ISO heaped : up to 2.5 m3

Hitachi Construction You Tube video:

Limitless possibilities are what PALFINGER guarantees with its two new heavy-duty cranes: Outreaches of up to 38.7 meters are the result of the global market leader creating new premium heavy-duty cranes for special and high load capacity applications with the PK 1350 TEC and PK 1650 TEC. The entire new TEC range combines maximum outreach, the highest lifting capacity and the greatest precision.

Complex tasks in urban areas and on large construction sites as well as heavier and larger loads require solutions that are smart and powerful. The new PALFINGER PK 1350 TEC and PK 1650 TEC heavy-duty cranes are equipped with the very latest electronic controls and intelligent assistance systems. “As a technology leader, PALFINGER sets industry standards, always with the aim of using smart and connected solutions to improve the way customers work. The heavy-duty cranes in the TEC range are our latest example. Based on decades of experience and working together with customers and operators, we have created a completely new class of crane that combines the best hardware with smart software,” says Andreas Klauser, CEO of PALFINGER.

Higher and higher: PK 1350 TEC and PK 1650 TEC
More challenging structures, higher buildings, maneuvering in limited spaces: the level of precision required by crane operators is constantly increasing. The premium heavy-duty crane PK 1350 TEC – including fly jib – has an outreach of up to 38.7 meters and a lifting capacity of 109.3 meter tons. With the same outreach, the PK 1650 TEC even achieves a lifting capacity of 124.8 meter tons. The intelligent PALTRONIC 180 control electronics and the LX-6 control valve ensure easy maneuverability. That is how TEC heavy-duty cranes provide operators with precise support during each task. A special asset is its dual-circuit hydraulics, which ensure there is never a shortage of hydraulic power. This means that nothing stands in the way of demanding tasks that require several functions at the same time.

Strength meets Innovation
The TEC range sees PALFINGER completely redesign the loader crane, the company’s core product, by combining proven strengths with intelligent technologies. All TEC models can be equipped with Smart Control, the intelligent crane tip control system. It combines the crane movements in the background to achieve the exact position desired. The Memory Position system stores up to four crane positions while the Leveling Assistant can save time by up to 80 percent while adjusting the setup.
“Following the launch of the PK 1350 TEC and the PK 1650 TEC, our TEC range now consists of a total of eleven models. Our modern and intelligent cranes, with load capacities between 23.5 and 124.8 tons, offer our customers a wide range of options for different types of work,” says Gerhard Auer, Global Product Manager Loader Cranes at PALFINGER. Orders can be placed now.

More information on the PALFINGER TEC range is available at the following link:
https://www.palfinger.com/en/products/loader-cranes/tec-range

Articulated haulers excel at navigating challenging terrain while transporting heavy loads, making them indispensable in construction, mining and infrastructure projects. However, the integrity of these machines can be compromised when fitted with alternative or substandard parts during maintenance or repairs, as Gary Bradburn, Rokbak Aftermarket Commercial Manager, explains.

The importance of good quality, reliable parts when maintaining articulated haulers is paramount – especially with the increasing prevalence of lower-quality alternative components on the market. While some ADT owners may view opting for non-factory-approved components as a cost-saving measure, it often leads to a false economy. The hidden costs of alternative parts include higher parts usage, higher operating costs through lower efficiencies, greater risk of equipment failure and more frequent machine downtime.

Avoid shortcuts

Rokbak trucks are dependable and durable, built to perform on the toughest job sites and deliver maximum uptime with low total cost of ownership (TCO). That’s why Rokbak factory-approved parts provide unequalled levels of reassurance – they are built to the original design and material specifications to deliver peak performance, reliability and durability in combination with your Rokbak truck.

The decision to use factory-approved parts extends beyond individual component integrity – it safeguards the integrity of the entire truck. We know that the poor fit and design of alternative parts can compromise overall safety and reliability, which can put both the equipment and operators at risk.

When alternative parts costs are particularly low, it’s suggestive of the low-quality materials that have been used to make them. This means components of incorrect specification and greater risk of consequential damage, jeopardising site and operator safety and leading to an eventual increase in TCO – with a higher frequency of replacement components needed. 

In contrast, genuine factory-approved parts ensure compatibility, durability and optimal performance. Rigorously tested and meeting strict quality standards, official Rokbak components for the RA30 and RA40articulated haulers offer peace of mind to customers and operators and prolong the equipment’s lifespan.

Rokbak’s guarantee

As part of the Volvo Group, Rokbak’s commitment to quality ensures that every part meets exceptional standards. At Rokbak, we stand by our products with one of the most comprehensive guarantees in the industry. Our genuine replacement parts, designed and approved at our Motherwell factory in Scotland and supplied by an authorised Rokbak dealer, come with a 24-month or 6000-hour warranty. 

By using Rokbak factory-approved parts for your Rokbak articulated hauler, you will extend your truck’s service life, protect uptime and TCO and optimise value for the long-term.