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VA Erzberg selects Hyster tyre handler

Publishing Date
07 Feb 2014 5:08pm GMT
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Mining Magazine

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VA Erzberg has selected the latest Hyster tyre handling truck to help change the giant tyres on the heavy-duty mining trucks at its iron-ore mine in Austria. The mine is one of the largest iron-ore mines in Central Europe, and 7.2Mt/y of ore-bearing rock is mine and transported.

The large mining truck tyres must be changed quickly and cost effectively during the servicing and maintenance of the VA Erzberg truck fleet. Maximum protection for the mechanic must also be ensured.

Peter Aflenzer and Florian Wabra, who are responsible for the maintenance of mining equipment at VA Erzberg, saw a Hyster tyre handling truck displayed at the Bauma 2013 exhibition in Munich, Germany, and decided to visit the Hyster Big Truck factory in Nijmegen, the Netherlands to learn more.

Norbert Brünell, senior product manager for Hyster heavy duty forklifts and container handlers, said: “The challenge was to develop a single solution that could be used to repair and change the tyres, as well as to handle the heavy mining vehicle components such as engines, gearboxes and axles.”

To service the ore mines, the Hyster H16XM-6, featuring an IMT TH15K160 tyre handling attachment with nominal capacity of 6.8t, was selected. To switch from a tyre handler to a forklift quickly, the Pin Type +/- 200mm side shift carriage is equipped with a changing device that carries either the forks or tyre attachment.

The TH15K160 clamp span is 132-343cm for the tyres, clamp Body rotate +/- 50° each side, provide 360° endless grip pad rotation and there is a hydraulically powered fall back arm protection to ensure maximum protection for the mechanic working in front of the tyre. The front pads hold the tyre in the required position and are also able to disassemble the rim parts and rim from the tyre itself.

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