New Material Handlers
By Lindsay Gale02 July 2008
The new machines are Terex TM350s and they are equipped with straight material handling booms and cactus grabs for sorting, re-handling and loading scrap metal at Van Dalen's yards in Dagenham, Chatham and Hartlepool Docks.
The standard 33.5t (74000 lb) TM350 provides a maximum outreach of 15.9 m (52 ft), but the 34.2t machine installed at Hartlepool has been equipped with factory-fitted options of an extra-long boom and stick arrangement (10.6 m + 7.7m) to give up to 18 m (40 ft) outreach and a grabbing depth of 10.99 m (36 ft).
It also has an elevating cab with a 1.2 m (4 ft) extension tower, giving an eye-level height of 6 m (20 ft) above ground and a clear line of visibility for the operator into the ships' holds.