has introduced remote-controlled vibratory plate compactors at some of their locations.
Weighing just 1.2 tonne but exerting as much pressure as a seven-tonne drum roller, the Kennards remote-controlled plate compactors are easy to transport, extremely manoeuvrable on site and also protect operators from vibration, dust and emissions.
Craig Milner, construction manager for Western Australia construction company, Oostveen Pty Ltd hired one of the units from Kennards to replace a 500kg compactor that was not delivering the required compaction performance in sandy conditions.
However, the new Kennards remote-controlled plate compactor is giving them a penetrometer reading of 15 in just one pass without wetting the sand, compared with 11 on the previous machine. He pointed out that the remote-controlled Kennards compactor eliminated user fatigue and danger during operation.
Transfield Services trialled one of the units while working for the Australian Rail Track Corporation on the upgrade of 794km of track between Whyalla and Broken Hill, and Parkes and Cootamundra.
Harry Cailes, project delivery co-ordinator for Transfield Services observes that the unit is able to exert as much pressure as a mid-size roller, but can also be placed in a trailer, transported from site to site, and lifted into a hole using the jib of a front end loader.
The infrastructure company used another of the remote-controlled vibrating plate compactors while working for TransAdelaide to remove and re-lay rail track during the expansion of the Adelaide Convention Centre. Supervisor Barrie Cornish said that it offered good compaction and also had great safety features.
Operating 124 equipment hire centres around Australia, Kennards Hire also offers remote-controlled pad foot rollers, 500kg plate compactors and 1.5-4 tonne vibratory ride-on rollers.