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Holmwood designs specialised ‘Mine Spec’ tanker

  • Posted on Tuesday 28th, March 2017.

Celebrating its 40th anniversary of servicing customers in regional Australia, Lowes Petroleum Service has taken delivery of a custom-designed truck and four-axle tanker combination from Holmwood Highgate.

According to Ian Williamson, Tanker Sales, Holmwood Highgate, the Performance-Based Standards (PBS) approved truck and four-axle dog was a group design effort from Holmwood, Lowes Petroleum, Kenworth dealer Brown & Hurley Kyogle and component specialist JOST Australia.

"The wheel base and chassis space, for example, raised a few challenges to arrange AdBlue tanks and filters in new positions so the rigid tanker could physically get in and out of the mine," Williamson said. 

The vehicle uncouples on site so the 36,000L dog tanker to fuel an aboveground tank and the 17,500L truck goes underground into the mine for to refill a tank using the PreciPURE pump and metering system from Haar Australia. 

"Because the truck and dog is being coupled and uncoupled every day, we chose to have the Rockinger RO 500 pneumatic coupling fitted to the combination," said Gavin Nielsen, Transport & Logistics Specialist at Lowes Petroleum Service.

"The pneumatic release system is much simpler for the driver to operate than manual equipment, and it features an in cab alarm system to indicate the coupling's status – whether it is locked, unlocked or in a jack-knife position."

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