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Chicago Pneumatic lighting towers outshine competition

South African opencast mining contractor opts for Chicago Pneumatic lighting towers

CHICAGO Pneumatic have been chosen by one of South Africa’s leading opencast mining contractors, Diesel Power Open Cast Mining (Pty) Ltd, following a live demonstration in which a CPLT M10 lighting tower comprehensively outperformed models displayed by competitors.

Chicago Pneumatic, represented by their authorized South African distributors United Sales & Service (USS), demonstrated the features, effectiveness and benefits of the CPLT M10 through a day–night demonstration, with the results closely monitored by Diesel Power’s technical staff.

Each manufacturer was required to demonstrate the ease of assembly and stability of their lighting tower. With safety being a priority in all mining environments, Diesel Power required the towers to be safe, stable and easy to position.

With its quick and simple-to-deploy manually winched mast, safe locking mechanism and robust 819kg base, stabilized by a 3.4m x 2.8m outrigger footprint, the CPLT M10 proved well up to the task.

As part of the night demonstration, Diesel Power independently measured the lux results and found that the CPLT M10 outshone its rivals with 110 lux at 50m, 21 lux at 100m and 3 lux at 150m.

Features that contribute towards the CPLT M10’s superior performance include its higher mast and paradome-style 1,000W metal-halide lamp reflector, which offers increased light magnification for improved visibility and safer working conditions.

In the tests, the CPLT M10 outperformed competitor models by being the only lighting tower to record lux measurements beyond 150m.

It was this performance that convinced Diesel Power to opt for 10 CPLT M10 lighting towers from Chicago Pneumatic. Technical director Steve Lambert said: ‘Price is always an important factor when choosing any equipment, but the performance of the CPLT M10 light tower was just too good to turn down.’

Other key features that led to the selection of the CPLT M10 model included its 1.7 litres/h fuel consumption, supported by a 114-litre fuel reservoir, and its 60h-plus run time.

Mr Lambert continued: ‘We looked carefully at the lighting tower supplier and their aftermarket services, and I am pleased to say the support offered to date has been exemplary. We have recently placed an order for a number of the newly upgraded CPLT M12 model, which has impressive reliability enhancements while not losing its superior lumens output performance.’

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