9/10 hours, six days a week, that’s how busy the giant Indeco HP 12000 has been quarrying uranium in Namibia.
When we are sightseeing in a town square in Trentino or strolling through one of the region’s old city centres, we may often stop to admire the beauty and quality of the exclusive porphyry stone from the local quarries.
Introduced in 2008 in Europe at the last Samoter trade exhibition and in North America during the Conexpo, the HP 18000 has inevitably prompted interest of users having to deal with complex applications (e.g., hardness of the materials, volume of work) or who plan to make a significant reduction in their use of explosives. A case in point is the Marocca Group, whose numerous activities include operation of one of the most important limestone quarries in Central Italy located in Anagni outside Frosinone.
Indeco dealers in the Arab Emirates, EAE (Emirates for American and European Cars LLC) recommends the Indeco giants to its customers for working on the hard rocks of the desert.
There are now plenty of areas where hydraulic breakers can show off their many great qualities. One of those is in quarry working, where hydraulic breakers have replaced the use of explosives, a technique which used to cause so many problems. And so off we went to visit a quarry where we found an Indeco HP 12000 hard at work.
The next quarry is in a totally different landscape and social context - Adrano is a small town on the slopes of the volcano, inside Mount Etna National Park, and the rock which the Perni family have been extracting for over forty years is basalt - a black, extra-hard extrusive igneous rock.
Located within the municipality of the Sicilian capital of Palermo close to the suburb of Borsellino, the quarry produces stone for aggregate base courses or for asphalt or concrete mixes, and conglomerates.
With its 7.5 million cubic metres rockface, this quarry is located in Termini Imerese, with a lease lasting another 15 years.
The hills around Siena are famous for their yellow marble, which has been much sought after for centuries, and has been used for some of the world's great masterpieces of art and architecture.
Tucked into the steep tree-covered hills near Potenza in Southern Italy, lies the small, highly efficient Lopardo quarry. Output from the quarry is 150,000 m3/year and the current site has around five years worth of production left.
Mounted on a Caterpillar 345, the breaker is used to extract white marble, that is mainly exported to Saudi Arabia. The breaker is used for over 10 hours a day in this quarry, which has high terraced vertical walls.
Far far away, in a remote part of a state called Orissa, lie the biggest coal and iron ore mines in all of India, some of which belong to Tata Steel, India's biggest private sector steel producers.
An Indeco IRP 850 pulveriser, mounted first on a Komatsu PC 240 and then on a PC 340, has been working since the beginning of March, demolishing an old industrial building in Putignano, a town in Bari province best-known for its Carnival and for its wedding dresses.
Flinders Street Station is among Australia's and Melbourne's most recognisable landmarks. The terminus was the first city railway station on the continent and is surely the best-known.
Knocking down these two silos was a highly complex operation, both because the very hard building material (high resistance reinforced concrete containing large quantities of steel rods) was so difficult to demolish, and because of the position of the silos.
An Indeco IRP 850 rotating pulverizer, mounted on a CAT 320 was used by the CI.S.E. firm from Altamura near Bari when demolishing an old mill in the nearby centre of Carbonara. CI.S.E specialise in excavations, earth-moving, building works and demolitions.
The MIC (Montaggi Impianti e Costruzioni) company from Cerreto Sannita near the Southern Italian city of Benevento, a specialist firm in the excavations, demolitions and construction fields, was contracted by the national electricity company Enel, to demolish a hydroelectric pipeline at the Colli al Volturno jobsite near Isernia.
The Punta Perotti saga finally came to a close when the third and last building in the complex, "Palazzo Quistelli", was demolished mechanically. The whole operation, which took place in various phases on different days, involved demolishing the first two blocks in the complex with 5 tons of TNT and 5000 metres of fuse wire, bringing down a total of 163,000 cubic metres of material.
Demolition work on the Tognana factory in Monopoli, close to Bari, began towards the end of January 2007, and is scheduled to finish by June 2007, when the area once occupied by this once great ceramics factory will be landscaped to make way for a brand new shopping centre.
The HP 7000 is an impressive machine. At 4 tons, it is one of the largest hydraulic breakers in the world – and at the same time highly productive and reliable, due to its intelligent hydraulic system. These features have made the HP 7000 the star of any quarry or tunnelling job, where it runs efficiently and steadily for years.
Multiworks, a family-operated contracting company, were in the market to purchase a breaker for their 4 tonne Komatsu excavator to smash out hard concrete footings.
The double-decker Airbus A380 is one of the world's largest passenger aircraft. Due to its introduction, the runways have had to be widened at many airports around the world. One of these is Melbourne's Tullamarine Airport, which has already started implementing its five-year expansion plan to upgrade its airstrips and terminals, which has an overall budget of 550 million Australian dollars.
The Bianchi firm was founded three decades ago, hiring out demolitions and pulverising equipment, as well as providing the operator and the diesel fuel to go with it. Today, the company specialises in demolishing and reconverting abandoned industrial areas, preparing them to carry out new functions for the benefit of society as a whole.
How far can we push an Indeco breaker’s production capacity?
They tried to find out in Portugal, where an HP 2500 was working under really extreme conditions, pushing itself to the limit.
Since September 1, 2009, the consortium led by the Portuguese Mota-Engil group has been working on the refurbishment and consolidation of the tunnels on the Minho line, for the Portuguese national rail network REFER E.P.E.
Hard rock that has to be adapted to a complex infrastructure. A hydraulic breaker designed to solve the toughest problems. Two rivals in a fascinating contest, and the latest technology from Apulia looks set to win the day.
Although the main tunnel is now completed, construction of the high-speed line between Bologna and Florence is far from being terminated. Indeco breakers continue to take an upfront role during these phases of the project.
The site we are visiting today is run by Accisa SpA, based in the Lombard town of Dalebio, near Sondrio, in northern Italy. Two tunnels are being built (400 and 200 metres long, respectively) along the state highway between Edolo and Tresenda.
The new M2 metro line in Lausanne is part of a much vaster plan for developing the metro line, which aims to make the local transport network far more powerful. The six-kilometre long section will be mainly underground, featuring 4.5 kilometres of tunnels.
The J H Cuthbertson quarry at Jindivick has grown from humble beginnings a quarter of a century ago to a sizeable local business employing five full-time employees and a fleet of machinery providing the district with both crushed rock and fill.
Elfie's Plant Hire owner David Alford has been contracted by BORAL for approximately 10 years for secondary breaking requirements at their Colac Quarry. Here they use two Indeco Whisper breakers, an HP 5000 and an HP 9000, on which David has been testing the new ABF (Anti-Blank Firing) system and range of retaining axles in secondary breaking applications.
The word "porfido (Italian for porphyry) conjures up pictures of Trentino-Alto Adige, where the stone has been quarried and cut for centuries. And there in Italy's northernmost region, Quarry and Construction visited a quarry just outside Albiano, to see how an Indeco HP 5000 deals with porphyry.
The setting was the basalt quarry at the Northern Quarries site in Epping, Victoria, which for 12 years has been producing concrete aggregates and Class 1, 2 and 3 crushed rock for roads construction.
Indeco have designed, manufactured and installed a Hydraulic Power Pack, Arm Assembly and Breaker for Hanson Quarry, Hobart, Tasmania.
Five Indeco HP 2500 hydraulic breakers have been sold to the Brazilian armed forces for an significant civil engineering project: two aqueducts which will be transporting water from the São Francisco river to Brazil's arid north-east region.
For Bill Armstrong, it will be his first HP 12000 after running 3 existing large Indeco breakers. "We had a demo of the Indeco HP 12000 and were very impressed with what we saw" said Bill. "Our existing Indeco hammers have always done the job, but the new HP 12000 will allow us to get a lot more work done, especially with deep trenching in solid rock" said Bill.
A new HP 12000 for Azzona Drainage who have been using another for nearly 12 months under solid conditions, and who are delighted with its productivity and efficiency. We were so impressed by the performance of the first HP 12000 that we decided to buy another one", explains Azzona Director Rob Di Giandomenico. It has saved us a lot of time and money and hasn't missed a beat."
Zini Terraplenagem is synonymous with tradition and trust in the engineering and services sectors in and around Caxias do Sul, deep in the south of Brazil. Now in its third generation of owners, the company works in industry, commerce and agriculture.
Fifty-four floors high, the skyscraper that will house the new headquarters of Bank of America will is one of the largest excavation and foundation projects in New York. Already a focus of the media before construction began, the new building owes its fame to the many technological innovations that will serve to reduce the environmental impact and to state-of-the-art architectural details, such as the hanging garden created in the roof.
An Indeco HP 3000 and a UP 3000, each mounted on a Volvo EC240BLC demolishing a building and digging the foundations for a new civic centre in the Brazilian city of São Paulo.
It took 4 months to complete the job of demolishing the concrete structure and excavating the sandstone rock, achieving breaker productivity of around 50 m3/hr.
The ingenious hidalgo Don Quixote de la Mancha would have been drawn into yet another adventure if he had come riding along on his horse Rocinante into the residential zone of Cuevas del Tesoro in the town of Rincón de la Victoria, in Málaga province.
As part of the redevelopment and greening programme for its suburbs, the municipality of Turi ordered the demolition of an old building that had once been a hospital.
Chuck and Eddie’s Used and New Auto Parts has been in business in Connecticut since the 1940’s.
Originally engaged in selling only used auto parts, Chuck and Eddie’s has grown exponentially and now sells new and used auto parts from three properties and thousands of internet transactions.
The IFP 1250 fixed pulverizer working on a secondary demolition on the ground in Britain, at the Smiths demolition and recycling centre in Witney, Oxfordshire.
These two Indeco products are owned by a Polish company, Lempecki-Matuszczak, which owns a quarry and also works in the field of demolitions and recycling, concentrating specifically on the growing needs of the market, especially in the environmental field.
Since 2009, the Lebanese company Hourieh Enterprises has been using an Indeco IHC 200 compactor mounted on a Volvo 2006.
Large Indeco breakers are expected to work with total precision and care, even when used under extreme conditions such as the underwater excavation works for a new marina in Polignano a Mare, near Bari.
When it is finished, the new commercial harbour in Molfetta, in the south-eastern region of Apulia, near Indeco’s hometown of Bari, will be the second-biggest marine infrastructure in Italy, after the Mose in Venice. A simply colossal project costing around 60 million euros, which involves a number of dredgers, the largest of which measure around 50 metres in length.
Henriquez Soñe & Asociados, C.x A. Hesoca, run by the Henriquez brothers, is one of the most active excavations companies in the Dominican Republic. They recently purchased three UP 3000's, and are about to buy another three, for a project to enlarge the port of Romana, an important tourist resort in the Dominican Republic.
Take a look at this fascinating photo taken by our engineer Pasquale di Gesù at the COSIPA (Compagnia Siderurgica Paolinense) foundry in the Brazilian city of Sao Paolo.
COSIPA has been a customer of COPEX, the local Indeco breaker importers and dealers, for over ten years. COSIPA has purchased 10 Indeco 1200 breakers, which are being used to get rid of the casting slag which forms on the inside of the blast-furnace ladles. The conditions are so extreme that the breakers have to work at temperatures ranging from 1000 to 1200 degrees Centigrade. The 10 breakers are equipped with unusually long tools, one measuring no less than 2.80 metres in length, enabling the breaker body itself to keep at a safe distance, at least one metre away from the red-hot ladles.