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July 7, 2015
For concrete and quarry company Local Mix, increasing productivity was simply a matter of finding the right drill rig. By all accounts, they’ve found it.
The Anakie hard rock quarry outside the city of Geelong, on the south coast of Australia, supplies 500 000 tonnes of crushed rock and road base material to the construction industry every year. Here, concrete and quarry company Local Mix, which took over the business in 1993, has been doing all of the drilling and blasting work by itself, rather than use contractors.
But when the company realized that the second-hand drill rig it had been using did not have the capacity to meet its aim to increase productivity, General Manager Steven Richardson set off to search for the best rig he could find on the market.
“We visited the Bauma show in Germany in 2013 and it was there that we first saw the Atlas Copco SmartROC T45,” he recalls. “My first impression was that it was more advanced than the others on display, so we went away, did our research and found that it outclassed its competitors in terms of technology, fuel savings, automation, precision and agility.”
On returning to Australia, Richardson and his Quarry Manager, Mat Teesdale, visited Mt Magnet in Western Australia, together with Atlas Copco representatives, to see the SmartROC T45-10 (fixed boom version) in action. They were impressed and decided that the flexible boom version would provide the versatility required for the ground conditions at their quarry. After just eight months on the site, the SmartROC T45 had increased drilling efficiencies and reduced operating costs.