Liebherr to Order – Waste Management Review

Liebherr engineers meet the challenge of providing machinery and equipment for any application.

The waste business has changed over the past few years, with many companies moving into specialist operations.

Machine manufacturers have had to adapt to the changing industry, developing machine and equipment options that can handle a variety of applications.

Cameron Tanner, Liebherr’s regional sales manager for South Australia and the Northern Territory, explains that working in the waste industry poses many challenges, but Liebherr is well placed to meet them.

“The new generation of Liebherr industrial trucks is suitable for a wide range of tasks, from feeding a crusher, loading and unloading trucks and containers, to sorting waste materials and storing materials of all kinds,” he says.

“Since Liebherr manufactures the majority of parts in-house, the machines can be adapted to customer needs.

“Our engineers like to design custom projects because they have to come up with something unique.”

One of Liebherr’s most recent custom projects was a material handler for SA Water, South Australia’s water and sewerage service provider for approximately 1.6 million people.

Liebherr and SA Water worked together to design and manufacture a purpose-built material handler, the LH 22 C Industry, to perform river operations on the Goolwa Dam.

The machine consists of a Liebherr LH 22 top carriage with a fixed cabin lift, a 5.3 meter inclined boom and a 3.05 meter arm. The undercarriage was manufactured to fit the single 3.3 meter rail tracks.

A heavy-duty lifting winch was installed to perform general lifting tasks and Liebherr’s compact TR 25 Tiltrotator was fitted to assist in cofferdam handling. The cofferdam lifting attachment was locally designed to complement the machine.

“It was a very personalized project,” says Cameron. “Everything about this machine was unique to the application. There’s been quite a bit of engineering in there.

Cameron explains that one of the main requirements was the need to counterbalance the machine so that it had a high lifting capacity of around five tonnes, while weighing less than 26 tonnes.

Robbie Bonner, SA Water Coordinator for Locks Four, Five and Six, says there is no ready-made machine for the job the LH 22 C Industry was built for.

He says Liebherr engineers in Germany delivered exactly as specified. “Liebherr has already built another machine specifically for this purpose for us, so they’ve already proven they can build something that’s fit for purpose.”

Robbie says his team worked with Liebherr throughout the process, ensuring the design was based on operator requirements and feedback.

Several weeks after delivery and the LH 22 C Industry is put to the test. Robbie says Liebherr staff have been on hand to ensure a smooth transition.

“Their team was on hand to make sure everything went according to plan,” he says. “The machine passed all the tests very well, our aim being to ensure that it meets our requirements in terms of safety, function and capacity. Liebherr has delivered what we asked for.”

According to Cameron, Liebherr material handlers have high load capacities and long reach thanks to optimized kinematic properties and robust construction, resulting in better material handling performance. A quick coupling system and a wide range of accessories, manufactured by Liebherr, ensure that they can be used for a variety of applications.

Material handler Liebherr

The latest engine technology with intelligent machine control means the machines are fuel efficient – on average a Liebherr LH 22 C Industry requires 9.03 liters per hour of operation.

Optimum engine power and high pump flow enable fast work cycles, while cleverly designed maintenance access points ensure minimum machine downtime.

Air filters with dust extraction, reversible fans or coarse matrix radiators have been developed for machines that have to work in areas heavily polluted by dust.

Undercarriage options are available, including one with a dozer blade to further increase the versatility of the machine.

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