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Tue October 25, 2016 - National Edition
When Buijs Groot-Ammers Overslag B.V. bought its ninth Sennebogen material handler, the company chose an electric-drive model for the second time to keep the environment healthy and to save on fuel costs.
“Once electric, always electric,” said engineer Henk van den Dool.
Buijs Groot-Ammers specializes in the trans-shipment of bulk and general cargo, especially raw materials for the feed industry, and Sennebogen purpose-built material handlers are an indispensable part of its business. The first electric model it tried was the Sennebogen 825 that put in about 15,000 hours within a short period of time without any problems. When the material handling demand increased, Buijs Groot-Ammers opted to upsize to a crawler-mounted Sennebogen 830 electric-drive.
The 830 has a maximum boom range of 55 ft. 8 in. (17 m), compared to 42 ft. 7 in. (13 m) for the 825, which allows operators to reach the farthest edges of a barge without moving. In fact the 830 is now installed at the edge of the pier.
“We decided to purchase an electric material handler again because it is completely emission-free and, ultimately, it saves money. As well, environmentally sound practices promote goodwill in the community,” said Wim Buijs, director of operations.
Being located on the historic Aa River, the Buijs Groot-Ammers operation is particularly sensitive to environmental contamination. With the electric-drive Sennebogen, not only are there zero emissions, but there is zero chance of fuel leaks and the administrative nightmare that goes along with them.
Of course, the electric-drive also contributes to fuel savings. Buijs reports a 50 percent reduction in operating costs when compared to a diesel-powered machine. But it's not just the fuel savings. There's no downtime required for refueling. Maintenance intervals for electric machines are significantly longer, and the hydraulic components last longer than in diesel models.
Buijs also can hear the benefits going electric.
“The new Sennebogen is significantly quieter than our diesel machines,” he said.
Operators appreciate the reduced vibration and noise of the electric drive material handler. In the elevated maXcab, they have the best possible view of the entire worksite for increased safety. A series of cameras and a comprehensive lighting system provide a 360 degree visibility day or night. With the recent enhancements to the maXcab, including optimized cab, comfort seat and ergonomically arranged joysticks and controls, the electric drive Sennebogen makes an ideal workplace, according to the company.
For more information, call 704/347-4910 or visit www.sennebogen-na.com.