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FUTURE BRIGHT FOR MOBILE CRUSHER SALES. NEW METSO ‘EASY FLEET’ MONITORING SYSTEM WILL HELP OWNERS CUT COSTS.

   The future is bright for sales of mobile crushers. That’s the view of Michael McHale, managing director of McHale Plant Sales whose company was recently appointed distributors in Ireland for the Finnish-made Metso range of crushing and screening equipment.

  Speaking at a meeting of the Institute of Quarrying - Northern Ireland Branch, McHale told members that they had ‘a number of Metso machines lined up for delivery in early 2016’. This, he said, comes on top of what has been ‘a very successful start’ to their appointment as Metso distributors – an appointment officially confirmed during a top team visit by McHale to Metso HQ in Tampere, Finland only last October.

   Welcomed by the Institute of Quarrying - Northern Ireland Branch chairman, Stephen Robinson, and secretary, John Braniff, McHale travelled to Dunadry, outside Belfast, accompanied by a high level team that included his fellow directors John O’Brien and Tim Shanahan. With them was expert guest Jouni Mahonen, Vice President for Metso Crushing & Screening equipment who was there to address the audience on trends in the sector. Addressing the meeting, Mahonen began by giving the capacity attendance an economic overview that focused on the trickle down impact that falling oil prices and overcapacity in the world’s mining and iron ore sectors has had on the aggregates sector. ‘By stifling economic growth, these global impacts do affect trade locally. At present, aggregate prices are, at best, flat or decreasing due entirely to the fact that there is an oversupply in the market,’ Mr. Mahonen said.

   Referring to his company Metso, he said that they, with their distributor McHale Plant Sales, were committed to changing the aggregates business environment in Ireland. To this end, he pointed to their Lokotrack LT220D mobile crusher – a unit he described as a ‘unique, two-in-one machine’ that tests show are delivering many cost savings to customers. Referring to research done in real-life working environments, both in Finland and Norway, Mr. Mahonen instanced (per annum) examples of reduced fuel consumption (40%) and fewer refuelling actions (250 less) as two key features. Results also showed the LT220D delivering more productive working time (25% more) thanks to reduced time loss for maintenance (100 hrs less) and less time loss on trailer travel due to its better transportability.

   Looking ahead, he highlighted the introduction of Metso’s own ‘Easy Fleet’ online management system being introduced on crushers from early-2016. Fitted to machines that will be sold in Ireland, the system is designed to allow owners monitor a machine’s performance remotely whilst enabling owners, manufacturer and distributors together to engage in live conferencing when assessing any problems that might arise. An in-built alarm system will provide early warning of maintenance needs and real-time alerts when trouble occurs.

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Michael McHale, managing director of McHale Plant Sales, Stephen Robinson, chairman of Institute of Quarrying - Northern Ireland Branch and Jouni Mahonen, Vice President for Metso Crushing & Screening equipment pictured at a meeting of the Institute of Quarrying in Dunadry, outside Belfast recently.

 
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