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Integral to the mix

  • From the June 2017 issue.
Integral to the mix

SAF-Holland’s Intradisc running gear is helping maintain Hanson’s reputation as one of Australia’s leading building materials and resources suppliers – even under the toughest circumstances.

A crucial mainstay of the Australian economy, the construction industry is renowned for putting transport equipment under immense stress: Heavy payloads and uneven terrain put excessive strain on running gear and chassis, while dirt and corrosion jeopardise braking performance and bearing efficiency. What’s more, tight schedules often don’t allow for unscheduled maintenance and repair work – meaning equipment failure is not an option for the construction businesses that help build our nation.

To reduce the risk of unwanted equipment failure even in – increasingly frequent – high pressure scenarios, Hanson has been spec’ing SAF-Holland equipment for more than a decade now, knowing there is always enough leeway to up the ante if necessary. “In the construction industry, getting the trailer spec right is vital to ensuring the success of a project,” says Ken Dixon, Hanson’s Aggregates Transport Manager in Melbourne.

“That’s why we use SAF-Holland’s Intradisc plus Integral solution on most of our equipment – whether it’s tippers, cement tankers or agitators. It’s a lightweight, yet strong solution that doesn’t let you down and has the reserves you need when the going gets tough.”

According to Ken, who only recently commissioned some 26 new tippers from MaxiTRANS fitted with SAF-Holland’s innovative axle, suspension and brake package, maximising uptime and productivity is important – even when payloads go beyond the 50-tonne mark. “If you want to go to the extreme without jeopardising a project, you need suppliers you can trust – regardless how rough the environment.”

The ‘Integral’ part of the SAF-Holland disc brake system is especially helpful in that context, he reveals, as unlike conventional brake discs, the SAF-Holland disc is cast onto a splined adapter ring and bolted to the wheel hub. The connection between the adapter ring and the brake disc has thus absolutely no play. As a result, Ken says brake pads jumping out of alignment or discs cracking are not an issue for Hanson.

“The SAF-Holland Intradisc plus Integral system is made up of two parts, but is essentially a one-piece construction. It’s very easy and quick to inspect during routine services, which keeps our maintenance costs low,” he elaborates. “We don’t really use flat roads that often, so we need to be prepared for the torsional forces our equipment has to endure. Experience has shown that SAF-Holland’s integrated solution is up to the task.”

He adds, “What’s crucial for us is that the whole construction is extremely robust, but still very light. SAF-Holland’s system is 500kg lighter than the one we used before – that’s weight we can use to load more product, gaining more profit.”

According to Ken, another reason Hanson continues its decade-long association with SAF-Holland extends well beyond the product. “There’s no doubting SAF-Holland’s ability to produce reliable equipment that is up to the task, but it’s the back-up service that we value most,” he says. “SAF-Holland won’t hesitate to send a representative out to our workshop to conduct training on how to correctly maintain and service the equipment, for example. It’s a very responsive business to work with.”

Ken also points to SAF-Holland’s unique one million kilometre, six-year warranty offering. “The product has stood up past the warranty period, which is a sign of how well it works in our operation,” he says. “Of course problems do occur from time to time, that’s only natural. But SAF-Holland has an excellent warranty program that makes it very easy to process claims.”

Going forward, Ken says maximising payload will remain the key driver of any purchasing decision. “We profit from how much product we can get to and from a site, so our goal is to always maximise our deliveries per day – and the SAF-Holland Intradisc plus Integral product is a great tool to help us achieve it. It continues to perform as advertised in some of the most punishing environments there are, exceeds its warranty period and has a back-up support that is second to none.”

Fast Fact
According to Ken Dixon, Aggregates Transport Manager of Hanson Melbourne, SAF-Holland’s expertise in electronic braking systems, anti-lock braking systems and electronic stability control technology is yet another reason why Hanson is trusting in the global company.

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