Victoria, Australia: Starbuck Excavation is a major contractor for rail, government and civil infrastructure projects.
Working on rail infrastructure and other sites across remote areas, a solution was needed to reduce the cost of hauling additional machinery over long distances, while reducing site costs of additional manpower.
Jim Starbuck said “our work often involved us having to transport multiple machines to the same job site.
“Typically, we were using three machines on many of our rail job sites; two excavators and a hi-rail . That meant three operators and three spotters were needed on the job; six people needed instead of just two. When you are operating in country and regional areas, personnel accommodation costs can really add up.
“Add to this the mobilisation and demobilisation costs of multiple machines and you have significant costs.
Cost reduction for rail works
“We became aware of the engcon tiltrotator solutions that had become standard practice across much of Europe and North America. On further investigation, it quickly became apparent this technology had the potential to solve many of the challenges we were experiencing on our job sites.
“After conducting trials, we were impressed by the tiltrotator’s safe and rapid attachment system, dexterity and ability to work through a wide range of angles.
A winning combination
“Since we acquired our engcon tiltrotator and Cat Nextgen 323 excavator equipped with standard integrated Cat Connect Technology, we are saving costs ranging from 30 to 50 percent on every job.
“It’s all about being competitive in tendering and making the business and its processes more efficient. And more importantly, it’s about safety. Our Cat/engcon package represents a very efficient equipment partnership.
“We are using one of the largest tiltrotators made by engcon, with Cat and engcon ensuring the combination would meet our productivity expectations. The tiltrotator includes engcon’s EC-Oil so changing buckets is safe and very fast – all done by a single machine operator.
Safety is a key issue
“The Cat 20-tonne excavator is completely programmable and even responds to remote commands. It can be programmed to be aware its surroundings and has the ability to lock in boom movements and dig depth within predetermined worksite specifications.
“Factory fitted Geofencing enables the excavator to be limited in its movement. The system ensures that pre-set movement limits can be imposed digitally (even remotely) to restrict the boom slew, height and dig depth can also be restricted remotely. This feature is very useful when used with ground survey that identifies in-ground infrastructure that must be avoided.
“Using the engcon tiltrotator in conjunction with the Cat machine is truly taking excavation to the next level. We have used the combination constantly for the last month, with customers specifically requesting the equipment.
High accuracy and precision
“The engcon buckets designed for the Cat machine are the largest that are capable of being lifted and worked efficiently. Accuracy and dexterity of bucket manipulation is very precise, avoiding time post-work in filling or patching material.
“The engcon tiltrotator has been developed for the ‘best of both worlds’ by being able to drop off the tiltrotator and have a quick-hitch underneath that has the ability to quickly and safely pick up and switch attachments. And you still get the breakout force you would normally have without using a tiltrotator.
“Our business has been successful because we are always looking for the latest technology and adopting engcon tiltrotators and was a game-changer in productivity benefits for the us.
“There’s no doubt that every earthmoving contractor would benefit from having an engcon tiltrotator for their machines. No one could ignore the huge cost saving benefits and great productivity they deliver”, Jim concluded.
Jim Starbuck, Starbuck Excavation
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