After nearly 50 years in business, Andrews Plant Hire remains one of JCB’s most loyal customers.
Peter Andrews, pictured above, started operating construction machinery in the 1960s. It is said that he was the first person to operate a JCB 6C tracked excavator when it was launched in 1968. It was delivered personally to his then employers, Brooks Diggers in Poole, Dorset, by Joe Bamford himself.
A year later in 1969 Peter struck out on his own and set up Dorset-based firm Andrews Plant Hire with a second-hand JCB backhoe loader. From these beginnings he now has a fleet of 38 JCB machines including a brand new 457 wheeled loader (below). The new JCB 457 is operating at pits owned by Imerys Minerals where it extracts sand and loads it into screeners.
In this short video, Paul, one of Worsley Plant's engineers, gets enthusiastic about how easy it is to maintain the Lehnhoff Variolock Quickcoupler.
GOS Tool & Engineering Services has just bought its 100th Doosan excavator for adapting to road/rail working.
Based at Blaenavon in South Wales, GOS specialises in converting OEM machinery for railtrack working to meet Network Rail, London Underground, Irish Rail and other worldwide engineering specifications, standards and approvals.
The arrival of a new 17-tonne Doosan DX170W-5 wheeled excavator (pictured above) coincides with the company’s 50th anniversary. Adapting this 100th Doosan machine is the latest development in a relationship between GOS and Doosan that stretches back to the days of the Daewoo range, which was the forerunner to the current Doosan excavator range. As well as the DX170W-5, GOS also makes products based on the Doosan DX140LCR-5 15 tonne crawler excavator.
It’s all about self-driving vehicles these days, it seems. Hard on the heels of new from Volvo (see previous posts, below) comes news of Komatsu’s Innovative Autonomous Haulage Vehicle.
This machine was unveiled at the Minexpo trade show in Las Vegas, 26th-28 September 2016.
Unlike the 930E and 830E autonomous models, this newly developed vehicle has no operator’s cab – there is no option but to ditch the operator. Komatsu says it is ‘designed to maximize the advantages of unmanned operation’.
Good news for plant operators: Volvo’s best efforts to date show that a driverless wheeled loader is still only 70% as efficient as one with a skilled operator behind the controls.
Volvo Construction Equipment has been working on automated construction machinery and recently gave a public demonstration in Sweden of a prototype wheeled loader filling a prototype articulated hauler – before dumping its load and repeating the cycle. In a one-hour comparison it was found that the autonomous wheel loader could reach the equivalent of 70% of that of a skilled operator’s productivity levels when loading and unloading, Volvo says.