Rammer breaks the 40 year milestonePublished 22/2 at 16:35
Forty years ago, a first series of hydraulic hammers called Rammer hit the market. The tools turned out to be such a success that the name Rammer soon became a byword for premium-class breakers. To celebrate Rammer’s anniversary in style, Europe-based Sandvik that owns the brand since 1998 has lined up a bouquet of events throughout the year. Kaj Koskela - Vice President for breakers at Sandvik Mining & Rock Technology - shared the company’s latest news and celebratory plans with Andrei Bushmarin.
The rammer year
Andrei Bushmarin: This year Rammer turns 40, which makes it one of the longest existing brands in the global demolition attachments market. How do you plan on celebrating this milestone?
Kaj Koskela: As a matter of fact, we have planned a string of events throughout the year to mark the anniversary. The first one, scheduled for early March, will see the handover of the 3,000th pedestal mounted breaker boom to a customer. Very handy in mining applications, the boom ensures the optimum position of a breaker during the process of rock crushing, which results in increased productivity. This is a core business area for Sandvik, and we are regularly updating our range with new models. The ceremonial handover will take place at Sandvik’s flagship manufacturing facility in Lahti. Later on in April, there will be a gala party for the staff at the Sibelius Hall - one of the most prestigious venues in Lahti. Then last but not least, there will be a four day dealer meeting in Helsinki. Slated for June, it will welcome over 100 visitors from all over the world.
Here comes the big one
Andrei Bushmarin: Last year Sandvik used the Conexpo trade show in Las Vegas to unveil its largest Rammer hammer so far. Can you tell our readers a few words about this particular model?
Kaj Koskela: Yes, last year at Conexpo we launched a 7t hammer designed for mining and large scale demolition jobs. Currently the biggest in our line-up, the new 9033 model fits carriers ranging in operating weight from 60t to 120t, and boasts all the trademark features of a classic Rammer hammer. These include a heavy duty durable housing, dust, noise and vibration suppression systems, Ramvalve and idle blow protector.
Trends and tendencies
Andrei Bushmarin: Being a recognised industry trailblazer, what trends are you observing in demolition and recycling?
Kaj Koskela: One of the most noticeable trends, which in part prompted the development of the 9033, is the ever increasing size and power of carrier machines. Today specialist contractors prefer their machines to be big and powerful, capable of performing a very wide range of tasks. This often entails using a bigger tool on a daily basis, hence a growing demand for large size attachments. Fuel consumption and labour costs remain major concerns, forcing users to look for high performing and reliable work tools. Another emerging trend we are witnessing is onsite recycling. Whereas in the past recycling of debris was done at a different place, often far away from the actual demolition site, the current best practices stipulate the recycling be done right on the site.
Andrei Bushmarin: Forty years down the road Rammer is a globally recognised trademark. Which markets perform best for Rammer at the moment?
Kaj Koskela: Historically, Rammer has always been and remains strong in Northern Europe. Sales are on the rise in Western Europe as well, particularly in the UK. England has proved to be a world centre of demolition activities in the recent years, and the Rammer brand is very much appreciated there. Business has been steadily growing in North America where Rammer attachments are sold through Ohio based Allied Construction Products in which Sandvik has owned a stake since 2003.
A thousand hours without an accident
Andrei Bushmarin: Rammer breakers are manufactured here in Lahti. Today I was given a comprehensive tour of the 11,000m2 facility and was impressed with what I saw. The manufacturing process looks very streamlined and highly automated.
Kaj Koskela: That is correct, but most importantly the plant is very safe. Safety is a number one priority for us. We have recently crossed a thousand hour threshold of zero accident operation, and we are very proud of this achievement. With a workforce of just 80 people, the factory can produce up to 10,0000 breakers annually. There are not too many attachment facilities in the world that can rival our capabilities.
More than just breakers
Andrei Bushmarin: Are there any new products in the pipeline?
Kaj Koskela: Of course. Product development never stops at Sandvik. A new smaller breaker is already under development. We are also planning to give a facelift to some of the range’s existing models in the near future. However, as you well know, the Rammer brand is not just about breakers. Our line-up includes all types of attachments for demolition and recycling applications, and last year it was expanded once again to include new models of cutter crushers, scrap shears, grapples, and static and rotating pulverisers.
Andrei Bushmarin: Many thanks Kai Koskela for your time.