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How efficient is your transfer station?

As transfer station operators work to improve safety and recovery, Liebherr machines are ready to serve.

An international technology company with a national servicing and support offering, Liebherr continuously works to find ways to handle material better.

With equipment deployed across Australia’s largest private and government resource recovery organisations, Liebherr’s representatives recently worked with Transpacific to help improve its transfer station operations in Victoria.

Liebherr provided Transpacific with two material handlers, a 22-tonne LH 22 and a 24-tonne LH 24. Featuring 100 and 105kW engines, the machines offer enormous reach. Their grapples are able to reach an object at 6 metres high, 10 metres away.

All Liebherr's machines are also certified to Stage IIIA/Tier 3B emissions standard for exhaust, making them a superior choice for enclosed or semi-enclosed spaces.

At Transpacific, the machines serve to transfer both kerbside organics and residuals destined for landfill into mobile trailers equipped with walking floors.

Put into use at both Montrose and Brooklyn, as well as Transpacific’s transfer station network throughout Victoria, the material handlers were chosen to replace inefficient excavators.

The purchase is also part of a broader push by Transpacific to improve resource recovery at its transfer stations - as across industry - transfer stations are converging with MRFs to become hubs for sorting and recovery.

This trend can be seen at Transpacific’s Erskine Park site in NSW, where a combined transfer station and MRF is being built to replace the company’s aging landfill.

The reason for using material handlers to improve recovery is obvious, they are designed for sorting and picking, whereas excavators are designed for digging. Material handlers also use less fuel than excavators.

However, Transpacific also purchased the material handlers with safety front of mind. With cabs lifting to a height of 5.5 metres, operators can now see inside the trailer they’re loading.

Liebherr representatives said that this helps to prevent damage to the trailers caused by using excavators. Meanwhile, because material handlers lift, they don’t need to be above the truck they’re loading.

This means that material handlers can be placed in the easiest and safest location to load, rather than the highest location to load, which is often neither.  

Another key safety feature of the LH series material handlers is the use of cameras. Both the LH 22 and the LH 24 come with front and rear cameras as standard, meaning the operator can see not only into the load but also both behind and in front of his machine.

This creates the biggest cost saving of all, preventing an accident.

“These features are all designed to make our machines transfer station ready,” said a Liebherr representative.

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