Plant-hire contractor invests seven figure sum in new mobile crushing and screening equipment
ABERDEENSHIRE-based Miller Plant Ltd provide plant hire services to the agricultural community, local authorities, construction companies and estates. The company made its first foray into the crushing and recycling market in 2006 with the purchase of an Extec C-10 crusher. However, recent investment in additional mobile crushing and screening equipment from Sandvik Construction has allowed the company to broaden its service portfolio to include the demolition and quarrying industries.
Miller Plant’s business growth has seen them become one of the key earthworks contractors in the north-east of Scotland. A key factor in their success has been the acquisition of the some of most advanced and productive machines available, with the company’s mobile plant fleet including machinery from manufacturers such as Caterpillar, JCB, Volvo and Hitachi.
Complementing this already impressive fleet, the investment in mobile crushing and screening equipment has allowed Miller Plant to develop a service specifically for the quarrying, demolition and recycling industries.
Following the acquisition earlier this year of a QA340 Doublescreen and a QE340 scalper, Miller Plant have now invested in the compact and manoeuvrable QH331 tracked cone crusher. Recently redesigned to provide customers with a more environmentally friendly, economical and efficient machine, the direct drive QH331 features the innovative CH430 cone crusher from Sandvik’s Hydrocone range.
The hydraulically adjusted Hydrocone is said to be one of the most flexible and maintenance-friendly cones available today as it can be serviced entirely from above, which helps to simplify maintenance work and reduce costs. The QH331 also features a hydroset system and an automatic setting regulation system that keeps track of liner wear, making it easy to plan liner changes for optimal production. Operators also benefit from the fact that the QH331 does not have crusher backing behind the liners, allowing rapid liner changes so crushing can recommence as soon as possible.
Miller Plant have also invested in a Sandvik QA451 triple-deck Doublescreen, which is designed to complement a primary, secondary or tertiary crusher to produce clean aggregates with ease. Utilizing Sandvik’s patented Doublescreen technology, the advanced triple-deck Doublescreen system allows for individual changes to the drive, angle, vibration and meshes of each screen box, giving the customer complete control over the size and specification of the finished products.
Most recently Miller Plant acquired a QJ241 tracked jaw crusher and a QJ341 version – the flagship of the Sandvik jaw crusher range. Both the smaller and the larger model feature hydraulic adjustment, a reversible jaw and a high crushing speed, allowing them to deliver maximum productivity with excellent reduction ratios.
Since Miller Plant’s investment in Sandvik mobile crushing and screening machines, the company has undertaken major contract work in quarries, recycling plants and civil engineering projects. This has seen the crushers working on the famous Aberdeenshire granite, one of the hardest materials in the country. This proved no match for the Sandvik machines, however, which have been capable of efficiently processing this exacting material, dealing with anywhere between 4,000 and 250,000 tonnes of rock on individual projects.
The ability to adapt the plant to suit various environments and cost requirements was essential to Miller Plant’s decision to invest in mobile crushing and screening equipment, with the versatility of the Sandvik fleet proving to be a key component in this respect. Furthermore, Miller Plant have also benefited from Sandvik’s aftermarket support, which places emphasis on the rapid dispatch of essential parts and proactive machinery service from experienced service professionals.
‘Sandvik have proven to be a strong and reliable partner over the past eight years. Their reputation for providing quality machinery with expert support and service made them the ideal choice for us when considering where to invest in mobile equipment,’ said Ian Miller, managing director of Miller Plant. ‘Their innovative solutions have allowed us to expand our business into new areas and grow our customer base. Overall, we’re very pleased with the service from Sandvik and they will be our first choice for any future investments.’