Mendiger Basalt relies on Epiroc HB 7000 with full-service rental agreement

Since 2012, Mendiger Basalt Schmitz Naturstein GmbH & Co. KG has used Epiroc hydraulic breakers in its Basalt quarry in the Eifel region of Germany, for primary breaking. Now, the company is modernising its fleet with an Epiroc HB 7000 equipped with the HATCON fleet management system. Mendiger Basalt is opting for a full-service rental agreement for the first time, covering the equipment's maintenance, wear parts and consumables such as chisels and lubricants.
Breaking, Drilling & Blasting / March 12, 2024
By Guy Woodford
The Epiroc HB 7000 hydraulic breaker at Mendiger Basalt Schmitz Naturstein GmbH & Co. KG's basalt quarry in the Eifel region of Germany. Pic: Epiroc

Epiroc Business Partner A.B.T. Abbruchtechnik handed over the breaker. Through years of collaboration with Epiroc, this company possesses in-depth expertise in handling Epiroc attachments, especially in heavy-duty applications. 


The rental cost is calculated based on the operating hours recorded by the HATCON system from Epiroc. "This combination provides optimal planning security for both companies and enables extremely reliable scheduling of maintenance, leading to very high availability of the attachment and a reduction in downtime costs," said Marvin Venker, managing director of A.B.T. Abbruchtechnik, during the handover of the hydraulic breaker.


For some time now, Mendiger Basalt has been using excavator attachments instead of the usual drilling and blasting method, bringing several advantages to the operation. The blast-free extraction results in significantly lower noise and environmental impact compared to traditional methods greatly enhance workplace safety and allows for quarrying despite nearby residential areas. Extensive closures and associated work interruptions are eliminated, enabling simultaneous work in multiple quarry areas. Additionally, using hydraulic tools supports the extraction of high-quality material directly and precisely, even in heterogeneous rock. 


"Due to the interplay of all these factors, the cost of using hydraulic breakers is not significantly higher than conventional blasting operations," summarised Rainer Krings, managing director of Mendiger Basalt Schmitz Naturstein GmbH & Co. KG.


The heavyweight Epiroc hydraulic breakers, the HB series, are specifically designed and developed for the toughest operations, such as primary breaking and secondary breaking in quarries or the demolition of massive reinforced concrete structures. "The perfect tool to effortlessly extract and crush Basalt, an extremely hard volcanic rock," concluded Krings. 


The patented Intelligent Protection System (IPS) facilitates positioning and provides maximum protection against blank firing by automatically adjusting the on/off behaviour during operation. This ensures maximum efficiency with minimal risk, even under challenging conditions. The integrated AutoControl system optimises overall performance by automatically adjusting impact energy and frequency during operation to be in sync.

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