Morgado Makes its mark with BELL marque

Morgado Makes its mark with BELL marque from Morgado Plant Hire

By: Morgado Plant Hire  01-27-2009
Keywords: Bell /Case & JCB TLBs, Bell/Case/Komatsu Loaders, Bell/CAT/Komatsu Graders,

Plant hire Morgado makes its mark with Bell marque Solid proof of high mechanical availabilities has prompted a Durban-based plant hire company to once again buy Bell material handling equipment for a specialised contract. 22 bulletin 1ST QUARTER 2008 orgado Plant has been making its mark in and around KwaZulu-Natal since 1975. Owned by the father and son team of Tony and Luis Rodrigues, Morgado Plant has traditionally served the general construction and civil engineering industries in this thriving part of the country. Their equipment has seen service in many bulk earthworks applications of which quarrying and clay mining resulted in lengthy contracts. Large-scale bulk material handling contracts have also not escaped them and the busy Durban harbour is an area where they have ensconced themselves quite firmly. Morgado’s fleet of earthmoving and material handling equipment has grown steadily over the years, like their staff complement, which currently stands at about 250 fulltime employees. “I believe our competitive edge lies as much with the experience of our loyal staff as with the fact that our clients know that we operate good equipment that is meticulously maintained to offer sustained high mechanical availabilities,” Luis Rodrigues says. Their belief in supporting local industry and products has led them to grow their Bell earthmoving and material handling fleet to a number close to fifty. This includes 20, 25 and 30-tonnes Bell Articulated Dump Trucks (ADTs), Bell Tractor Loader Backhoes (TLBs), Front End Loaders (FELs), Graders and Excavators. The group has operated Bell earthmoving and material-handling equipment since 1998, motivated by their policy of good support and service from their supplier justifying continued support. “We rely heavily on the support we get from Bell Equipment’s technical and spares staff,” Luis continues. “The guys in the spares department of the Bell Customer Service Centre in Pietermaritzburg should be mentioned as they have been particularly helpful to us over a period of time.” Morgado Plant seems to have uncovered a niche market in bulk material handling and recent purchases of specialised equipment have been for this purpose. Tasked with a lengthy contract to load and unload coal and coke in the Durban harbour for a national bulk freight operator, the group has bought no fewer than seven Bell HD820E Excavators. Four of these machines are utilised on product stockpiles, stockpiling and loading container-like skips that are open at the top with bottom dumping abilities. The remaining three machines have undergone customisation at the hand of Engineering Top Tech (ETT) of Richards Bay to fit them with legs, similar, but shorter than M bulletin 1ST QUARTER 2008 23 Blake Phillips, Bell Equipment’s Sales Representative in Durban with João da Rosa, Morgado Plant’s Workshop Manager straddle carriers used in the container handling depots. The Bell HD820E Excavators on their stilt-like legs can now straddle railway trucks in the terminal yard to speedily unload their coal and coke cargoes. They are still track-driven and manoeuvrability poses no problem. Working with coal and coke presents the machines with lighter material due to lower specific gravities. This has enabled Morgado Plant to fit them with larger and wider than normal buckets with a 1,9 cubic metre capacity. They offload the rolling stock and their conventionally tracked sister machines handle the stockpiling and further loading. Due to the high humidity of the area where they are deployed coupled with a high product-dust factor all seven of Morgado Plant’s new Bell HD820E Excavators have been fitted with Vogel auto-lube systems. “We know from past experience that we can rely on these Bell machines to give us the highest possible mechanical availabilities,” Luis Rodrigues emphasises. “Diligent maintenance plays a key role though and our Workshop Manager, João da Rosa keeps a special eye on this side of the business as we have to meet our strict material handling targets to avoid being penalised.” Previous models of this Bell Excavator, had delivered up to 20 000 hours of excellent service for Rodrigues and his team. The contract calls for round the clock availability seven days a week and the Bell HD820E Excavators will probably see between 2 000 and 4 000 hours of service annually. With a current average fuel burn of 15 and 18 litres an hour, Rodrigues is confident that the contract will be handled profitably. The Bell HD820E Excavators are not the only Bell machines on this contract. Morgado Plant also uses a Bell L2706D Front End Loader for loading coal and coke in another part of the terminal. This machine is fitted with a massive 7 cubic-metre bucket due to the nature of the material it loads. It is often called to load into another specialised piece of equipment belonging to Morgado Plant, in this case, a Bell B18D ADT with a specialised coal bin. Due once again to the lighter nature of its load, the coal bin is much higher than conventional bins on other Bell ADTs and its possible full future use is being studied by both Morgado Plant and their clients. Both Rodrigues and da Rosa are well satisfied with the Bell machines deployed on this allimportant contract. “As long as we get the high mechanical availabilities we’ve come to expect from these rugged Bell machines, we’re confident that we can sustain the service that our clients expect of us,” they echo. 24 bulletin 1ST QUARTER 2008

Keywords: Bell /Case & JCB TLBs, Bell/Case/Komatsu Loaders, Bell/CAT/Komatsu Graders,