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Quarrying Superstars at steinexpo 2017

First publishedin Aggregates Business Europe
July August 2017
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Sandvik’s QJ341+ jaw crusher
Sandvik's QJ341+ jaw crusher is being unveiled at steinexpo 2017
More than 50,000 visitors are expected to attend the 10th steinexpo demonstration show for the global construction materials industry. Guy Woodford & Patrick Smith look at some of the exciting new models being exhibited at the keenly anticipated German event, staged in Europe’s biggest basalt quarry.


The expected tens of thousands of attendees are in for a treat during the four-day (30 August – 2 September) steinexpo 2017 exhibition organised by Geoplan. More than 260 exhibitors will be showcasing over 360 different new and proven branded equipment models in a show space covering more than 200,000m² of the MHI Nieder-Ofleiden basalt quarry in central Germany.

Major global OEMs exhibiting include Metso, Sandvik, Caterpillar, Volvo Construction Equipment, CASE Construction Equipment, Kleemann, Komatsu, Doosan, Terex Finlay and Powerscreen, with MIRO; UEPG (European Aggregates Association); VDMA, and VDBUM being key event partners.

It is unsurprising that steinexpo continues to be such a huge draw for globally renowned quarrying OEMs given that Germany is the biggest national aggregates market in Europe – producing 545 million tonnes/year in 2015 alone, according to latest UEPG figures.

Furthermore, strong demand for construction machines is being reported by the German equipment manufacturing association, the VDMA. Its latest report says that following a good start to 2017, the upward trend has continued for the construction and building equipment industry. The VDMA analysis says that the sector expects to increase its total turnover by 5% by the end of the year to around €14.6 billion.  

At steinexpo 2017, Metso is introducing to the European market the revolutionary Metso MX cone crusher featuring multi-action crushing technology, as well as updated Lokotrack mobile jaw plants. Since its US launch in March at CONEXPO/CON-AGG 2017, over 20 MX crushers have been sold globally.

“The sales of MX crushers have really exceeded our expectations, and they are evidence of our customers’ desire to achieve longer uptime and reduced operating costs. Metso’s new MX cone, combining piston and rotating bowl adjusting technologies, fits well with the current needs of aggregates producers,” said Jouni Mähönen, VP for global sales & product support at Metso.

“We believe that interest in MX will be high in Europe, too, after steinexpo. Metso has been known on this continent for decades as a main developer of cone crusher technologies. Introducing the multi-action MX shows that our commitment to finding new solutions for our customers continues to be strong,” Mähönen adds.

The Metso MX4 that will be on display operates in the 315kW power range. Benefiting from the maximum feed opening of 254mm, the crusher can reach capacities of up to 600 tonnes/hour.

Sandvik Mining & Rock Technology will have three exciting new models on show: the QJ341+ jaw crusher; a new Ranger surface drill rig; and the Sandvik WX6500 screening media. A new addition to the 341 jaw crusher range, the QJ341+ comes with a double deck pre-screen for removal of fines. The model is fitted with a choice of CAT or Volvo emissions compliant engines. It also has a self-locking hopper, for quick and safe set-up from ground level. Sandvik says test results have already demonstrated increased productivity by as much as 38% in certain applications.  

Sandvik’s new Ranger DX surface drill rig is said to lead its class in power and fuel efficiency, and offers up to 55m² of drilling coverage. The new model uses Sandvik GT 60 tools to achieve higher productivity with straighter 92-127mm holes.

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Metso is launching the Metso MX
Metso is launching the Metso MX cone crusher onto the European market
Sandvik’s new WX6500 screening media is a dependable, flexible screening media with a low environmental footprint. Offering claimed unmatched uptime, it is designed to meet customers’ increasingly challenging production and cost targets.


Terex Finlay will be introducing the new J-960 jaw crusher; and showcasing the recently launched I-120RS impact crusher and J-1170 (direct drive) jaw crusher – both on display for the first time at an equipment show.

The Northern Ireland-headquartered manufacturer will also be exhibiting its TC-80 tracked conveyor, 883+ heavy duty screen and 674 inclined screen.

In the hospitality booth, operators will also be able to get live demonstrations of the Terex Finlay T-Link telematics system.

The world premiere of the Kleemann MC 120 PRO jaw crusher will be centre stage on the Wirtgen Group stand. Both the jaw crusher – operating as part of an interlinked machine combination additionally comprising the MCO 11 PRO cone crusher and MS 953 EVO screening plant – and the Benninghoven MBRG 2000 granulator will show off their high productivity at a live demonstration.

Developed for use in quarries, the heavy-duty MC 120 PRO jaw crusher is extremely durable and engineered for a high throughput of up to 650 tonnes/hour. The heart of the system is the jaw crusher itself, which has been specially designed for processing hard rock. The Continuous Feed System helps to achieve the best possible crusher capacity utilisation. It regulates the feed of material as a function of its flow. To ensure the effective prescreening of fines, the MC 120 PRO is equipped with an integrated, double-deck prescreen with an extra large screening surface.

The PRO series of crushers is operated using the intuitive SPECTIVE control concept. All plant functions and components are controlled via a touch panel.

Caterpillar’s first electric drive wheeled loader – the 988K XE – will be a must-see during the exhibition.

The 988K XE offers a 25% efficiency advantage on the 988K in standard applications, and a near up to 50% efficiency advantage on the same model in harsh, tough digging applications. The model also generates up to 10% more load and carry productivity than the already high load and carry productivity of the 988K wheeled loader.

The 988K XE is among a large range of Caterpillar machine models being showcased by Zeppelin, the OEM giant’s German dealer.

Volvo Construction Equipment’s L260H wheeled loader, the latest addition to the Volvo H-Series, will make its European debut at steinexpo 2017.

The 34tonne model can load a hauler in three cycles, and is said to offer 5% greater performance and torque; 15% greater load capacity and larger buckets, and has the Volvo Co-Pilot with Load Assist and an intelligently-updated lifting arm and frame.

Load Assist, developed for Volvo wheeled loaders in the L110 to L260 range, provides the operator with precise information about the loading process in real-time. It helps to avoid under- or overloading, as well as possible penalities, while reducing wear on the machine and promoting higher efficiency.

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Terex Finlay’s J-1170 jaw crusher
Terex Finlay's J-1170 jaw crusher (left) and a C-1540 cone crusher
Load Assist is a fully dynamic system with a tolerance of +2%. When connected to CareTrack, Volvo’s telematics system, productivity figures can be called up at any time.

Volvo CE is also presenting its latest E-Series crawler excavators; the A45GFS articulated hauler with full suspension, and the largest wheeled loader in the Volvo range, the L350H, as well as a construction truck from sister company Volvo Trucks.

CASE Construction Equipment (CASE CE) will give show visitors first look at one of the larger wheeled loaders from the new seven-model G Series range, with its cabs designed with the operator “front of mind” and with comfort with premium control interface; a seat-mounted console, and new joystick steering with speed proportional sensitivity.

There will also be the opportunity to have a close look at one of the new CASE CE D Series crawler excavators. All the models in this range offer high productivity and faster cycle times. This is achieved with the new, more efficient hydraulics, resulting in lower operating costs and improved fuel consumption.

Service, cost savings and efficiency are said to be some of the reasons more and more companies are deciding to purchase a Rubble Master RM 120GO! impact crusher. With a weight of 35tonnes, the RM crusher – being demonstrated at steinexpo 2017 - produces up to 350tonnes/hour in certain recycling or natural stone applications. Depending on infeed rates and feed process, the RM 120GO! accepts infeed sizes of up to 850mm and reduces this to an extremely cubicle end product in one pass.

Meanwhile, the Austrian manufacturer’s RM 90GO! mobile impact crusher with RM MS95 single deck hanging screen with swivelling refeeding belt, will also be demonstrated at the show.

Smiley Monroe will be launching Cold Bond - a new type of cold vulcanising adhesive with a safer organic compound, suitable for use in mining and underground applications. The two-part vulcanising adhesive with activator is designed for conveyor belt splicing, bonding rubber to rubber & rubber to metal.

A global market leader in the production of endless conveyor belts and custom rubber parts for the mobile equipment manufacturing sector, Lisburn, Northern Ireland-based Smiley Monroe serves OEMs in seven segments: crushing, screening, recycling, washing, bulk material handling, environmental and road construction.

Powerscreen is hosting a working demonstration of the new Premiertrak 400X jaw crusher and Chieftain 2200 3 Deck screen.

The major OEM’s long-standing and experienced German dealers, C. Christophel and Jürgen Kölsch, will be available to welcome customers and visitors on to the Powerscreen stand.

The Premiertrak 400X range of high performance primary jaw crushing plants are designed for medium scale operators in quarrying, mining, recycling and demolition applications. The range includes the Premiertrak 400X with hydraulic adjust and the Premiertrak R400X with hydraulic release. The Premiertrak 400X post-screen allows users to generate a type one product at high volume from one machine. It has a quick release system to ensure maximum uptime and easy service and maintenance.

The Chieftain 2200 3 deck screen is designed for operators who require large volumes of high specification products with maximum versatility. Its patent pending drive system allows switching between 2 and 4 bearing with bolt-on parts. By splitting up into two individual boxes, the up to 700tonnes/hour capacity Chieftain 2200 3 deck is able to run aggressively without the constraints of a larger box.

Held in a three-year cycle, the steinexpo exhibition has grown significantly since its first staging in 1990. Speaking in early July, Geoplan stressed the event’s growing global popularity, with a record 72 international exhibitors booked up for this year’s showpiece.

“Taking all the participants into account, the international exhibitors thus account for more than 25 per cent of participation in the trade fair,” a spokesperson said, confirming that steinexpo 2017 is all set to be a must attend for the global construction materials sector.
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Kleemann’s MC120 PRO
Kleemann's MC120 PRO jaw crusher will get its world premiere at the German show
Terex Trucks’ newest articulated hauler, the Gen10 TA300, is taking pride of place on the Motherwell, Scotland-firm’s stand.


The 28-tonne capacity articulated dump truck is made to work harder for longer in the most testing terrains. Fit for purpose in a number of applications ranging from quarries, infrastructure developments, and commercial construction projects, the TA300 features an enriched operator environment and sophisticated engine enhancements.

The EU Stage IV emissions-compliant machine is the second product to be launched by Terex Trucks since its acquisition by Volvo Construction Equipment. The hauler also comes with upgraded hydraulic and electrical interfaces and improved aesthetics in order to maximise uptime. The Gen10 TA300 will be showcased by Terex Trucks’ official partner in Germany, Klarmann-Lembach.

ALLU’s Transformer Series bucket range is also being demonstrated and exhibited.

The Series consists of an excavator/ loader/ tractor mounted processing bucket which screens, pulverises, aerates, blends, mixes, separates, even crushes, feeds and loads aggregates and other materials. This results in the feed material being effectively transformed into highly valuable products.

Catering for applications of all sizes, and capable of processing any material that can be screened and sorted, the ALLU Transformer Series consists of the compact DL & D Series as well as the huge M Series bucket models

Applications of and areas benefiting from the Transformer Series include mining processes, quarrying and aggregates. Crushing and loading of raw material (e.g. soft limestone) can be completed in one cycle with M Series buckets. The process change reduces the need for buffer storage and extra material transportation, with capital expenditure being lower than for large stationary processing stations. This speeds up the transportation from one site to another and in some cases even eliminates the need for electricity thus delivering further cost savings and flexibility.

Hitachi Construction Machinery (Europe)’s Germany dealer, Kiesel, will be demonstrating and exhibiting a number of its Zaxis-6 Series excavators and wheeled loaders. Show visitors will be able to see the ZW370-6 wheeled loader and ZX890-6 excavator working in the demo area, along with Bell Equipment articulated dump trucks.

The ZW310-6 wheeled loader and ZX530-6 and ZX190-6 excavators will take pride of place on the Kiesel stand, where they will be joined by a variety of Bell ADTs.

The ZX890 6 is said by Hitachi to be the result of continuous development over decades at the world’s biggest excavator factory in Japan.

The 80tonne plus class model is designed for the demands of the European construction and quarrying industries, with the use of claimed market-leading technology delivering exceptional productivity at the lowest possible cost of ownership.

NLMK Europe - Plate (qt.nlmk.com) has launched its Quard 550, another grade in its abrasion-resistant steel family.

Available now in a thickness range of 6mm, 20mm or 40mm, it has been made available to the market through the expanding network of offices and official dealers around the world. Since announcing its commercialisation, it has been used by many companies in the mining and the quarrying industries, among others for liners, for example as haul truck bodies.

In buckets, Quard 550 is found in shrouds and cutting edges. Its stable form prevents distortion and other steel transformation.

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QuarryManager software
geo-konzept's QuarryManager software
The research and development department of NLMK Clabecq, where Quard is produced, works at widening the range, and hopes to produce Quard 550 from 4-60mm soon. The company also offers its Quard with nominal hardnesses of 400, 450 and 500HB.


As it benefits from slabs coming from its mother company, made with equipment using the most modern steel-making technology, it can produce on specific request, steel plates with a very high level of toughness at -40°C. NLMK says this results in steel plates with a high workability, improving the efficiency of operations, and offering accurate cutting and easy welding in the workshop and in the field.

geo-konzept’s comprehensive portfolio of software and hardware solutions for the quarry and mining industries will be on show.

With its QuarryManager software, geo-konzept says it’s easy to have an up-to-date quarry/mine map on a daily basis. QuarryManager can import QuarryX software-processed jobsite data directly, allowing for daily updating of your quarry/mine map. Thanks to QuarryManager’s deep integration with QuarryX, you get even more value out of your face profiling/blast design data. Moreover, it is possible to create cross sections and to do accurate volume calculations. QuarryManager’s direct link to QuarryPocket GPS software allows the user to integrate logged GPS data quickly and easily into the digital quarry/mine map. With all these features, QuarryManager is a valuable tool for documentation and extraction planning in your quarry or mine.

Meanwhile, XR6 UAV allows the user to create aerial images of a quarry or mine in a very simple way. The autopilot system is very easy to use and the XR6 can be operated by anyone after a short training by geo-konzept’s UAV specialists.

The XR6 Survey-Bundle creates highly accurate and up-to-date data from your quarry/mine. This data can be imported into QuarryManager software as a digital mine map, to support managers and service providers in their decisions. Using the XR6 also improves the operational safety, because the pilot can perform the survey far away from heavy machines or areas where there is the risk of rock fall. Together with VolumeX software, the XR6 is the perfect tool for calculating stockpile volumes. First, a point cloud will be created from photogrammetric data. With just one mouse click, VolumeX will calculate a solid stock pile model including volume and tonnage based on this data.

geo-konzept’s RiGuide not only saves the manual stake out of drill holes and a lot of time, it also prevents measurement and communication errors referring to planned drill hole positions.

QuarryX software offers powerful design tools for each kind of blast, based on 3D data. To put the design precisely into practice with the drill rig, geo-konzept offers the RiGuide guidance system as a retrofit solution for all common brands of drill rigs.

With RiGuide it is possible to position the drill bit exactly on the hole collar points as they were designed in QuarryX, and the planned drill parameters (drilling direction, angle and depth) can be exactly implemented. The RiGuide terminal guides the driller exactly to the hole collar positions and saves the person in charge of the manual stake out. By avoiding too short or too deep holes, on the one hand, vibrations can be minimised; on the other hand drilling and follow up costs can be optimised.

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