HeidelbergCement Georgia and HeidelbergBeton Georgia have been operating in Georgia since 2007 and have seen their work volumes continue to grow at their seven concrete plants and two cement plants. Production is now around 1.7 million tpa of cement and clinker, while concrete volumes average around 880 m3/hour. The company operates an SDLG fleet of LG936L, LG953 and LG968 units for cement loading and aggregates handling from Shandong Lingong Machinery Co. Ltd, manufactured in Linyi, China. These machines are run almost continuously.
Within Georgia, SDLG machines are sold by Elite Motors, which also provides parts and service support. The wear parts – wheels, buckets and teeth – need regular inspections to ensure maintenance is kept up to date.
“We carry out maintenance checks every 250 hours and pay particular attention to components such as the driveline to ensure they don’t become overly worn,” says Guga Kilbadze, sales and marketing manager at Elite Motors. “Our technicians also provide support for the parts and consumables that need to be replaced, such as hydraulic oil, fuel, air filters, engine oil, pins and so on. And of course, to ensure the machines work at their optimum capacity we only ever supply our customers with OEM-approved parts from SDLG.”
The smallest of the loaders in the HeidelbergBeton fleet are the three LG936L units, which have a lift capacity of 3 t. These lighter loaders are highly maneuverable and powered by a 92 kW WeichaiDeutz engine. The 2 m3 bucket on the units can be raised to a dumping height of 3.3 m and the maximum breakout force is 96 kN.
The next largest wheel loader in the HeidelbergCement and HeidelbergBeton fleet are the five LG953, which have a maximum lift capacity of 5 t. With a longer wheelbase than the 3 t units and greater lifting ability, the LG953 units are powered by a 162 kW WeichaiDeutz engine. The 3 m3 bucket can be raised to a dumping height of 3.4 m and the maximum breakout force is 160 kN.
The largest of the SDLG units in the Heidelberg fleet are the two LG968 units. They are most often used for aggregate loading. These powerhouses have a 6 t lift capacity and are among the largest available from SDLG. Maximum breakout force is 210 kN and the machine’s 3.5 – 4.0 m3 bucket can be raised up to 3.9 m. Power for these larger units comes from a 191 kW WeichaiDeutz engine.
Davit Jughashvili, director of building materials HeidelbergCement Caucasus, says that support and simplicity are the keys to the ongoing relationship between Heidelberg and SDLG.
“Overall our company is satisfied with the SDLG wheel loaders, as they are simple to operate and easy to maintain,” he said. “But most important of all is the fact that spare parts are available locally through Elite Motors.”
Adapted from press release by Katherine Guenioui
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