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SEP 2017

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44 September 2017 product news Truck Bodies Engineered for Peak Performance PHIL's Predictive Load system provides miners with HiVol Load Profiled truck bodies optimized for maximum payload for site-specific operating conditions. The system considers the materials to be hauled, types and sizes of equipment load- ing the material, and haul cycles to provide accurate real-world analysis of the loads. This provides an accurate guideline for the body design that, in addition to maximiz- ing payload, also optimizes productivity as well as longevity of the equipment. "Truck bodies take a beating day in and day out, from hauling coal and over- burden," said Leroy Hagenbuch, Philip- pi-Hagenbuch (PHIL) co-founder and chief engineer. "Ensuring they can with- stand that abuse so customers get the most out of their equipment and achieve their highest productivity levels requires a deep look into the design, and that's what this patented system allows us to do." The Predictive Load system allows its engineers to match each customer's oper- ating conditions to a specific truck body design. They consider the style, composi- tion and size of the truck body, and how it contributes to optimal performance. Engi- neers also obtain information on the type of material they haul and load cycles. This allows PHIL to determine how abrasive and impact resistant the body must be. Understanding this combination of factors helps PHIL to model the stress the body will need to incur and choose steel that can withstand that day-to-day stress. In addition, the system also consid- ers loading height and the type of loading equipment the mine is using — cable shovel, hydraulic shovel or front-end loader — since each interacts with a truck body different- ly. Matching the truck body to the loading height and equipment minimizes damage to the loading equipment as well as the truck body's sides. It also ensures optimal load centering, which improves the life of the truck chassis and tires as well as reduces damaging impacts from loads. For exam- ple, a front-end loader will throw material against the aft side of the truck body. Over time, the repetitive force of the materials causes significant damage to the truck body. PHIL ensures the truck body floor has the appropriate configuration and is an- gled correctly for sufficient dumping and greatest practical chute dump clearance. In addition to the Predictive Load sys- tem, PHIL uses finite element analysis to pinpoint high-stress areas in the design. This allows its engineers to know where higher strength steel and welds are neces- sary before production starts on the unit. This ensures each PHIL Load Profiled truck body meets customers' needs and offers the greatest productivity and payload with- out overloading or unloading the truck. Mobile App for Blasters A new app from Dyno Nobel offers custom blasting calculators, which include powder factor, airblast prediction, rock and explo- sive charge per blast hole, wet hole, ground vibration prediction, scaled distance, and distance to the nearest structure. It also assists with unit conversions, blast design terminology, definitions and formulas, which are all readily accessible. The app has an updated GPS, which not only in- cludes maps with latitude, longitude and altitude, but also has the ability to save hundreds of locations and compare any two locations. Heavy-duty Cutting Torches Victor's new heavy-duty, high-capacity combination torch features the new CA 2460+ cutting attachment and WH 315FC+ PHIL's Predictive Load system allows its engineers to match each customer's operating conditions to a specific truck body design.

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