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MINExpo 2016: Philippi-Hagenbuch showcases its material spreader

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World Coal,

Philippi-Hagenbuch showcased its material spreader body at booth 4609 during MINExpo 2016. World Coal team attended the company's press conference to hear more about the design of the spreader and its advantages.

The material spreader was designed primarily for mining but with benefits in a variety of applications, including construction, aggregates, quarries and landfills. It provides a safe and efficient solution for mine haul road maintenance. It improves the safety and traction of icy haul roads in winter by applying road grit. During spring thaw, the Material Spreader easily tackles deteriorating road areas by spreading repair material and building up areas.

“We receive multiple requests every year for a sanding body that can apply grit to haul roads,” said Josh Swank, Philippi-Hagenbuch Vice President of Sales. “When we started designing the material spreading system, we wanted to ensure that it met the same criteria as all of our products. This spreader, like all PHIL products, is robustly built to withstand the harshest worksite conditions, simple to operate, and designed to maximise efficiency and achieve the truck’s true hauling capacity.”

The heart of the system is a patented PHIL Rear-Eject Body coupled with the new material spreader attachment. The material spreader easily spreads road grit, sand or other material ranging in size from very fine to more than 2 in. Operators can easily adjust the material spreading width from about 15 ft to more than 60 ft. The haul truck operator controls the material spreading rate and width from the truck’s cab.

An optional top-loading Grizzly Screen controls the maximum size of the material being spread. The ejector blade on the proven PHIL Rear-Eject Body moves material to the rear of the body and into a cross auger channel. The auger gathers material to the centre of the spreader and then discharges it onto a set of Material Spinners for spreading.

The PHIL material spreader body provides companies with a fast return on investment since it eliminates the need to purchase a dedicated piece of sanding equipment. It adapts to year-round use as the spreader, adds traction to icy roads during the winter and builds up and maintains haul roads in the spring and fall. During Summer, the Rear-Eject Body hauls and spreads material. A crew can easily install or remove the material spreader attachment from the Rear-Eject Body within about two hours.

PHIL builds the material spreader, like all its products, to be efficient, easy to operate and withstand the test of time. The system is made with Hardox 450 steel and designed for maximum productivity. PHIL manufactures all components out of steel designed specifically for the mining industry, including the Rear-Eject Body, which is built to withstand years of use with little more than typical preventative maintenance. PHIL designed the system with few moving parts, which also contributes to less required maintenance.

“We are always looking for ways to make our customers’ lives and jobs safer, more productive and more efficient,” Swank concluded. “This is the first in a series of PHIL Ejector Body attachments that will help us expand the flexibility of our Rear-Eject Body technology while achieving our goal of making mines more productive, profitable and safe.”

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