Hillhead, the U.K.’s live quarry show, is a hit

Therese Dunphy

August 1, 2016

SpecRep-Hillhead-AM0816Despite chilly temperatures and steady torrents of rain, Hillhead 2016 was a success with 18,655 visitors and sold-out exhibition space. Located in Buxton, England, the biennial show saw a more than 7-percent increase in attendance compared to 2014. The show is unique in that it features live equipment demonstrations in a former Tarmac quarry. A total of 470 exhibitors, the largest number in the show’s history, showcased new products  for the aggregates industry. Some of the highlights are included here, but watch the RollOuts section in upcoming issues for additional introductions.

Mobile equipment

SpecRep-Hillhead-AM0816-2Hyundai Heavy Industries Europe featured 12 machines, including two world premiers — the HX430L excavator and the HX480L excavator. The new range of excavators includes a state-of-the-art Advanced Around View Camera System, which provides a 360-degree field of vision. The system also alerts the operator when people or objects are detected within a 16.5-feet radius of the machine.

Volvo Trucks showcased its new five-axle FMX Triden 10×6 truck equipped with twin front steering axles and an air-suspended double-drive bogie with an additional air-suspended tag-axle. The truck has a maximum gross vehicle weight of 61.7 short tons when used for off-the-road applications. A 10×4 configuration is said to be particularly well suited to quarrying applications.

In addition, Volvo’s A60H articulated hauler — first introduced at bauma — was on display at the show. With an industry leading 60-ton payload, the truck is said to lower cost per ton of material moved using the existing frame and powertrain designs with the emphasis on fuel efficiency.

Caterpillar highlighted its C2 Series of articulated trucks (see page 12) with Tier 4 Final engines, among a large display by dealer Finning. It also showcased advanced drone technology for the first time in the UK through its partnership with Redbird. “Hillhead this year is all about technology, with our live demonstrations combining the very latest equipment and cloud-based solutions,” says Phil Lewis, Finning Hillhead demonstration manager. “The drone data collection and Redbird’s image analytics capability will provide customers with a variety of solutions for their operations. These include material inventory management, haul road optimization, and project progress to name a few — all of which complement the other data-driven services.”

Liebherr’s display included recent introductions such as its R970 super mass excavator, PR 726 dozer, and its XPower wheel loaders with power-split driveline.

Processing equipment

Sandvik highlighted its popular QJ341 crusher, which has a new pre-screen that is said to provide high amplitude to remove more fines, improve efficiency, and lower wear on the crusher. The company also introduced a telescopic chute, the WE6000i; a new automation and control system, SanRemo for Crushers; and a new cone crusher, the CH540. “Our customers…require as few and as short of maintenance interruptions as possible,” says product line manager Martin Johansson. “So to increase performance, while reducing weight and height, we had to optimize all our components — and the end result is remarkable.”

Australian company Striker used the show to launch its expansion into several regions and debuted its all-new U.S. range of machines. Based on its standard series of machines, the U.S. line includes a few tweaks to ensure the clients in the U.S. get a tough machine that was customized to its requirements. For example, the H3000R is one of the company’s smallest impactors and is designed for use in a small quarry or by a recycling contractor as a single-pass machine or a closed-circuit machine.

Kleemann featured two of its machines, the MC 100 R (the smallest jaw crusher in the Mobicat line-up), which produces up to 200 tph, and the MR 110 Z EVO 2 mobile impact crusher, with a production capacity of up to 350 tph. As part of the Wirtgen Group display, the exhibit marked the company’s first time to showcase its five brands — Wirtgen, Vogele, Hamm, Kleemann, and Benninghoven — together in the UK.

McCloskey International focused on its jaw crusher duo, the J40V2 and J45R, during the show. The J40V2 was part of the crusher alley demonstration followed by an ST80T tracked stacker, while the J45R was in its display.

As Powerscreen marked its 50th anniversary during Hillhead, it showcased a number of portable crushing and screening units. A standout is the new generation Powerscreen Premiertrak 400 jaw crusher. The latest iteration was redesigned to run at a low engine RPM to improve fuel efficiency, as well as lower noise emissions. The machine on display was fitted with an optional post screen system. It also expanded its Warrior 2100 triple-shaft screen with two new variations — the Spaleck and the single-shaft model.

Terex Finlay unveiled two new portable crushers — the C-1540 direct-drive cone crusher and the I-140RS impact crusher — as well as the new 674 inclined screen. Nigel Irvine, sales and marketing director, described the company’s line up of machines at the show as “our largest presence ever at Hillhead.” The company also highlighted the recently introduced 1554 crusher as part of the show’s live crushing demonstration.

Terex Mineral Processing Systems focused on the global launch of the MJ400R, a modular recycling jaw, as well as the TSV6203 screen. The jaw features what is said to be “industry-leading access.” The unit has the Terex TJ2844R single-toggle jaw crusher on a galvanized steel structure including walkways, steps, guardrails, and product conveyor.

Terex Washing Systems rolled out the AggreScalp 125, a modular chassis-mounted scalping unit designed to work with other TWS systems; AggreStac, a track-mounted conveyor system; and the FM UltraFines fines recovery system.

“As an industry segment, crushing and screening has somewhat plateaued; it’s not changing at the same rate it used to… The washing side is completely different. It’s at an earlier stage in its development and it’s changing rapidly,” says Oliver Donnelly, newly appointed global business line director for Terex Washing & Minerals Processing Systems. “It’s an exciting time for me to come into the business. There has been a heavy investment by Terex into Terex Washing Systems.”

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