An Atlas Copco unit was selected because of its mobility and proven performance in the mining industry
The purchase of a new mobile air compressor is saving time and money at Cleanaway’s Inkerman Landfill in South Australia.
The Atlas Copco compressor is being used to clean machinery including bulldozers, excavators and compactors at the tip face, avoiding the need for them to be driven to a workshop.
Branch Manager David Leaney said parts such as radiators, engine filters, tracks and rollers could become clogged with dust and other debris, leading to breakdowns in and reduced operating lives for ‘yellow gear’, unless it was regularly cleaned.
“We probably gained an extra six to eight hours of operating time in the first two weeks because tramming the machines down to the workshop can take more than half an hour in one direction,” David said.
“This is in addition to the fact that in the medium to long term, the need for maintenance is less and the equipment lasts longer.”
The benefits of regular cleaning, such as reduced lost time, were identified as part of the continuing update in yellow gear maintenance standards.
The compressor was purchased after Post Collections Operations Manager Terry Cundy and Plant Operator Thomas Sleep asked the crew for suggestions, with input from Fleet and Equipment Manager Mick Ventura.
“An Atlas Copco unit was selected because of its mobility and proven performance in the mining industry,” Mick said.
“Already the unit has proved its worth with the operators being able to blow out the filters and radiators adjacent to the face without the additional time impost and wear and tear on the machine by having to tram the machine backwards and forwards to the workshop.
“It has also been a bonus to be able to clear debris from the tracks on the face as well.”
Pictured: The new mobile air compressor being delivered to our site
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