Assets keep powering Bis customers
Our people are our best asset, but second behind them is the range of equipment we choose to populate our fleet with to safely drive productivity and genuine value for our customers’ operations.
2022 saw a range of equipment, new and rebuilt, released into the operations of various projects to efficiently haul, transport, handle, process and deliver an array of commodities for customers throughout Australia. Our ongoing Asset Rebuild Program has produced 350t DPRTs and 140t Pit Haulers which included a complete strip down to the bare chassis rails and a rebuild from the ground up. The beginning of 2023 has heralded the freshly rebuilt Komatsu 785-7 dump trucks; 60,000L off road tanker with pumps, piping and electrical harnessing replaced; and a rebuilt prime mover truck for heavy duty haulage.
Adding to the existing fleet in operation, a new 32t forklift, replacing old wheel loaders with new Komatsu wheel loaders which has the highest per bucket payload and the lowest CO2 emissions; double 100T trailers and more T1250 and water cart.
Optimising a core capability in tailoring solutions to the customer’s needs, some operations require custom designed, bespoke equipment such as the haulage solution developed in collaboration with Scania Mining for 50t payload H/D tippers to provide increased payload capacity and reduced operating expense.
Another customised haulage solution created specifically to transport 27m long steel rails in extremely confined working areas is the Whyalla Straddle Carrier. It can carry loads of up to 35t whilst maintaining a tight turning circle using four-wheel steering. With a focus on safety at front of mind, the cabin rotates 180 degrees for greater visibility and bi-directional operation.
There have also been unique opportunities to rebuild and create equipment that can be mistaken for being part of the Marvel Transformers range! The new Fractum Skull Breaker is first of its kind in Australia that is a fully rebuilt PC800 to use to smash & reclaim large pieces of scrap steel and iron.
Scott Elder, General Manager of Bis Assets, states, “There has always been a huge desire to find the smart solution. This inventiveness stretches back to our earliest days in operation, over 100 years ago. It continues today. We want to challenge the status quo and promote new and innovative ways of solving problems for customers.”