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Reaching for Robotic Rock Breakers

Queensland Rock BreakersThe ability to remotely control mining equipment not only removes people from hazardous and inhospitable working environments, it offers opportunities for increased efficiency, productivity and profitability in mining and construction.  Research conducted at the CSIRO will enable the safe and effective use of telerobotic control of mining equipment over distances of thousands of kilometres.  To offer operators increased levels of immersion and robotic control, the technology was trialled in 2008 on a rock breaker machine operated at Rio Tinto’s West Angeles iron ore mine and controlled by an operator at a distance of 1,000km away in Perth.

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Quick Hitch Update

So what is happening in relation to Quick Hitches in Australia?

The immediate answer is NOTHING. Currently, all quick hitches that have a device (can be a manual locking pin) that prevent the bucket from falling off the hitch are allowed to be used in Australia.

However, this is likely to change in the future. Over the last year, there were two deaths in NSW related to buckets falling off excavators and crushing a person in the vicinity of the machine. The Coroners investigations are still ongoing, however in both cases, the manual locking pin had not been inserted. Workcover NSW commenced down the path of legislating to ban semi-automatic manual-pin quick hitches and drafted a paper to change over to fully automatic quick hitches (with indication). The draft paper was quickly withdrawn because of feedback critiquing the retrospective nature and costs involved in replacing previously compliant hitches, and at present, there is no new legislation banning any type of quick hitch currently being sold.

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Who moved my cheese?

A New Year heralds the time of the year when many of us set new goals and resolutions. Unless we believe strongly enough in the Goals or the need to change, it is unlikely we’ll be successful. Most people resent change, but there is a great book written by Spencer Johnson in 1998 titled “Who Moved My Cheese?” It depicts peoples’ adversity to changing with the times, in particular highlighting that an arrogance to not embracing change can impact on our very existence. Commonly used as a phrase to promote “change or die” agendas, the true message of the book is that by continuously exploring new options, the characters of the book find nicer cheese and a greater variety of choices.

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How Do I Choose the Best Used Excavator Parts?

Excavator Undercarriage Parts

Even the toughest working machines need a little TLC occasionally.   In fact, due to the tough job that most excavators have, it is likely that some or even most excavator parts will eventually need to be replaced.   Luckily, almost any part of an excavator can be replaced and at the RD Williams Excavator Parts Workshop we are here to help.

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Ironic Business Blunders

With lots of chest beating from many businesses lately about improving efficiencies and productivity, below is a short list of some blunders that perhaps show how far removed some businesses are from what goes on:

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Looks Do Matter

WYSIWYG – What You See Is What You Get, started off as an acronym in the IT world (they love them!), but is a great term that summarises one of the fundamentals of Marketing. It encapsulates more than just the vital first 7 seconds we have to make that all important first impression because it includes an assessment of the whole package that a purchaser reviews when they look to buy from a business. I’ll give you an example of how one business can get it right when another gets it wrong, even with the same starting point and a smaller budget.

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RD Williams Attends Australian Construction Equipment Expo 2012

The 2012 Australian Construction Equipment Expo is going to be held from 4-6 October 2012 at the RNA Showgrounds at Bowen Hills. Attendees are able to see and explore the latest range of equipment, newest products and latest innovations in the industry. The expo attracts over 4,000 visitors who are enthused at having the opportunity to have construction equipment buyers and suppliers side by side. RD Williams is looking forward to being part of the successful event.

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Navigating Stormy Waters

Nobody can to predict where our economy is headed. It’s interesting to listen to the debates, with opinions ranging from the “Chicken Littles – the sky is falling in” doomsayers to the Eternal Optimists “we’ve hit bottom, and things can only go up”. There is no definitive answer as there are too many variables, but by reading the forecasts, we can chart a path to future prosperity.

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Mirror, mirror, on the wall… It’s fascinating the associations we all make when we rightly or wrongly categorise someone based on an object they own or a viewpoint that they have. For instance, we tend to stereotype people based on what car they drive. Drive a Ferrari, you’re a well off show off, but perhaps “lacking” in other areas of life. Drive a Prius, and you want to be perceived as “green”, but the truth is that over the life cycle of the car (considering battery replacements etc), it’s a purchase that doesn’t stack up financially and not environmentally either, reflecting instead on the buyer as “green” in terms of investment nous.

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