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Ballast challenge

Published 17/5 at 13:04

In a quarry near Canosa di Puglia in the southern Italian region of Apulia that produces railway track ballast, an Indeco HP 25000 hydraulic breaker proves to be the best alternative to drilling and blasting when explosives are not an option.

Two Indeco HP 5000 ABFs for Mexico’s longest tunnel

Published 17/5 at 13:02

One of Mexico’s most popular holiday destinations, Acapulco has been suffering from serious traffic congestion, especially on the road from the city centre to Juan Álvarez international airport.

Brokk robots assist in Doha Metro project

Brokk robots assist in Doha Metro project

Published 16/5 at 15:54

A team of 10 remotely controlled Brokk Robots is playing a key role in the massive $17.8bn (€16.7bn) Doha Metro railway project in Qatar. The Brokk 160s and Brokk 260s, equipped with a variety of attachments, are working in pairs excavating the cross passages between the two main running tunnels.

Hyundai Heavy Industries supports rebuilding after Italian earthquakes

Hyundai Heavy Industries supports rebuilding after Italian earthquakes

Published 16/5 at 15:50

Hyundai Heavy Industries, in collaboration with the construction machinery manufacturer’s Italian dealer Hitex, supplied two machines, for four months free of charge, to help with the clearing and reconstruction in the areas affected by the 6.2 magnitude earthquake on 24 August near Accumoli in central Italy.

Mantovanibenne’s eagle soars high again

Mantovanibenne’s eagle soars high again

Published 2/3 at 16:08

Mantovanibenne’s story is that of courage and resilience. A market leader in demolition attachments for many years, it all but lost everything when an earthquake rocked its home city of Mirandola. But like the proverbial “Phoenix from the Ashes” Mantovanibenne resurrected itself from the rubble to become stronger than ever. Andrei Bushmarin reports.

Scrap'Air packs a punch

Scrap'Air packs a punch

Published 2/3 at 14:49

Scrap’Air is a brand of pneumatic hammers manufactured and marketed by French company Mabi and suitable for wood treatment, surface preparation and demolition applications. PDi’s Andrei Bushmarin reports on a recent visit to the company in Belfort.

Sandvik’s new superior tooth jaw plates add value

Published 2/3 at 14:31

Scottish Highlands based company G.F. Job is one of the first companies to trial Sandvik’s new superior tooth jaw plates. The initial test data from the G.F Job trial on its Sandvik QJ341 crusher has been extremely encouraging with average output increased from 200t/h to 250t/h and wear rates increased upwards of 30%.

Hitachi ZX19-5’s reliability for Polish contractor

Published 2/3 at 14:30

A Hitachi ZX19-5 mini excavator has been selected to complete a challenging utilities project in southern Poland.

Sin Bin spirited away

Sin Bin spirited away

Published 2/3 at 14:22

Second to football, the sport of rugby is spectacularly popular in South Africa. One of its most internationally cherished venues is Loftus Versfeld Stadium in South Africa’s capital, Pretoria, also known as Tshwane. With the surroundings of this venerated combat venue about to be rejuvenated, some tender loving care was required for one particular building, and demolition came to the rescue. PDi Africa editor Kevin Mayhew blows the whistle.

A capital blast

Published 2/3 at 13:51

Vacant for more than two decades, a 15 storey former hotel and later residence for the South African Police Service, was demolished by implosion last October. With other properties only half a metre away, the undertaking was not without its complexities. Contractor Jet Demolition pulled it off in 2.5s on a Sunday morning prior to the site being cleared for another development. PDi’s Kevin Mayhew reports.

MobyDick helps contain contamination

MobyDick helps contain contamination

Published 2/3 at 13:49

When Ahrens Contracting acquired the contract to demolish and remediate the abandoned and polluted Carter Carburettor site in St Louis, Missouri, US, they turned to MobyDick to contain the contamination.

A tale of productivity and reliability

A tale of productivity and reliability

Published 29/12, 2016 at 17:08

In Canada the Quebec firm Pièces Auto Talbot has been getting great results with their Indeco ISS 20/30 rotating shear for vehicle demolition.

JOB SATISFACTION

JOB SATISFACTION

Published 29/12, 2016 at 16:32

One minute there is a 5m high wall of reinforced concrete dominating the site, the next minute it has gone. After a moment or two of resistance, the structure starts melting away, like a slab of butter on a hot day.

Chicago Pneumatic supports drilling

Chicago Pneumatic supports drilling

Published 29/12, 2016 at 16:17

Chicago Pneumatic skid mounted air compressors are playing a key role in new blast hole drilling machines being used for overburden removal in the coal fields of central India.

Rammer assists Frankfurt demolition

Rammer assists Frankfurt demolition

Published 29/12, 2016 at 16:15

The former administration building of the Regional Finance Office in Frankfurt am Main, Germany has been dismantled by selective demolition spearheaded by two Rammer S 25 City hammers and a Rammer RC 22 concrete shear.

RiverRidge Recycling goes electric

RiverRidge Recycling goes electric

Published 28/12, 2016 at 16:51

RiverRidge Recycling has taken delivery of Ireland’s first electrically powered Fuchs MHL820 long-reach materials handler from distributors Blue Ireland for work at their modern materials recovery facility in Coleraine.

Reach for the sky Volvo CE’s latest demolition machine sticking its neck out

Reach for the sky Volvo CE’s latest demolition machine sticking its neck out

Published 28/12, 2016 at 16:50

Machine operator Aalt Witman with the Netherlands demolition contractor Boverhoff laughs as he describes the butterflies he felt in his stomach, as he was about to start the new Volvo EC480EHR ultra-high-reach demolition excavator for the first time.

Rammer in post office demolition project

Rammer in post office demolition project

Published 28/12, 2016 at 16:26

A Rammer 5011 hydraulic hammer has played a pivotal role in the demolition of a former post office in the German city of Mannheim. Local company InduRec on behalf of Diringer and Scheidel undertook most of the dismantling work, which involved the removal of around 50,000t of demolition material to the company’s own recycling plant.

Rammer rises to the challenge

Rammer rises to the challenge

Published 28/12, 2016 at 16:25

A Rammer 777 breaker fitted to a modified Komatsu PC 138-8 excavator has been used in Australia by Adelaide based contractor McMahon Services on demolition projects at the Adelaide Convention Centre as part of the facility’s modernization programme.

Toku: the hammer of the east

Toku: the hammer of the east

Published 23/6, 2016 at 17:08

In 1937, Fukuoka-based Toku set off on a quest to become the largest manufacturer of pneumatic tools in the East. 70 years on, the company has evolved into a market leader in Japan and a recognized global player in the field of hydraulic breakers. Andrei Bushmarin reports.

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