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Lokotrack LT1213’s big capacity, low fuel cost

First publishedin Aggregates Business Europe
May June 2016
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MD Karl-Werner Bierbrauer
MD Karl-Werner Bierbrauer is happy with the fuel economy and capacity of the company's new Lokotrack LT1213 impactor plant
A top German crushing contractor and equipment rental firm which already had an extensive Metso plant fleet is reaping the benefits from investing in a new Lokotrack LT1213 impactor

Keeping crushing equipment updated is one way to save on operating costs in crushing contracting. This is said to be easy to prove with Germanybased Bierbrauer & Sohn’s all-new Metso Lokotrack LT1213 impactor plant. The new unit is said to consume less fuel than its smaller predecessor and simultaneously lifts the operational capacity to a higher level.

“After starting asphalt recycling with our new LT1213 impactor plant, we have verified a fuel consumption of 24litres per hour, which is much less than with our older and smaller impactor plant,” said managing director Karl-Werner Bierbrauer.

“Simultaneously, the LT1213 clearly increases our capacity, producing up to 250 metric tonnes per hour. This really adds cost-efficiency and productivity in our operations,” he added.

Founded in 1985 and based in Kretz, south of Cologne, Bierbrauer & Sohn can really be called a diversified company.

Besides crushing contracting, including recycling, the company is active in renting equipment, selling second-hand machines, earthmoving and transportation.

Today, the company crushes 350,000–400,000tonnes/year, which includes supporting stationary plants and the handling of recycle crushing contracts. The local stone around Kretz is challenging to crush because of a mixture of layered lava and basalt.

“We also accept and handle small contracts, which is important. For successful operations, we need reliable machinery that is easy to operate and move. A big plus is our professional personnel with their many years of experience and their skills,” Bierbrauer stressed.

Bierbrauer has cooperated with Metso for over a decade and, during recent years, also with Metso’s German distributor Fischer & Jung.
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Lokotrack LT3.5 mobile screen
After crushing, the recycled asphalt was screened by Bierbrauer & Sohn with the Lokotrack LT3.5 mobile screen
“Our cooperation has been easy. Metso machines are solid, spares and wear parts readily available, and the right people easy to reach by phone. We do the basic servicing ourselves, but all special tasks are handled by Fischer & Jung,” Bierbrauer said.

Today, Bierbrauer & Sohn own seven different Lokotracks, two LT96’s, an LT106, LT1110, LT200HP, ST3.5 mobile screen and, the newest addition, the LT1213 impactor plant.

With its Lokotrack fleet, Bierbrauer & Sohn is going after solutions that can add economy and quality.

Therefore, the new LT1213’s standby function that automatically lowers the rpm of the diesel motor when the feeder is empty, is warmly welcomed. “Besides the well-designed hydraulics and crusher drive, the standby function lowers the fuel consumption. Our wish for added capacity seems to be fulfilled, too. The first asphalt recycling contract shows that the productivity of the LT1213 really is at a new, higher level,” Bierbrauer noted.

High quality and good cubicity are becoming increasingly crucial issues when producing aggregates grades for cement production.

“For this, the Lokotrack LT106 jaw and LT200HP cone plant combination is a perfect fit, securing truly superior end products,” Bierbrauer underlined.

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