09/29/2017 Liebherr-Australia Delivers the First Custom-Made R 9800 HP Bucket

Glencore’s R 996 B Face Shovel Clam.

Glencore’s R 996 B Face Shovel Clam.

After several months of customer engagement, planning and design modifications, Liebherr Mt Thorley, Liebherr Colmar and the Liebherr Fabrication Shop in Adelaide have successfully combined their innate customer and product knowledge to design and commercialise second fit bucket solutions for both Thiess Mt Owen and Glencore Mangoola.

Set with the challenging task of maximizing productivity while reducing weight from the standard R 9800 bucket, the LAS Bucket Shop, led by Fabrication Manager Paul Hermann, along with design from LEC Bucket Engineering, have built the first unique R 9800 47m³ High Performance (HP) bucket for Thiess Mt Owen. While several iterations of the bucket design were required, the finished product arrived on site in June and is performing well on EX1760, one of the Thiess’ most important production machines.

Thiess and LAS have enjoyed a successful partnership for over 20 years and this is another example of the collaboration and commitment from both companies to meet a challenge and develop a solution, delivering greater productivity, efficiency and reliability.

The Adelaide Fabrication Shop continues to increase its output, not only with Thiess and its expanding requirement for second fit attachments but with another key Mt Thorley customer, Glencore Mangoola, who recently purchased a new clam for its R 996 B Face Shovel. The new clam was recently delivered to site after careful planning and execution between the parties.

With market confidence building, Liebherr-Australia continues to enjoy growth in its after-sales business as customers seek solutions to the everyday challenges of moving more dirt at the lowest cost per tonne.