Atlas Copco Portable Energy supplied four state-of-the-art HiLight V5+ LED light towers mounted on custom-built double-axle trailers to trading partner, Tracpart Mining Supplies. The end-user, a coal mine in Mpumalanga, uses the light towers for above ground lighting applications.
Atlas Copco represents several pillars for mining: power, water and also light
Customized light tower solutions for surface mining
Tracpart’s core business is the supply and servicing of new and used tractors for underground and surface applications primarily in the coal mining sector. The company supplies nine major blue chip mining groups which consist of over 30 mining operations as well as large steel producers in Mpumalanga and surrounds. Located in Emalahleni, the Level 2 B-BBEE company also specialises in construction equipment and supports its extensive OEM product portfolio with after-sales service, parts supply, maintenance, repairs, remanufacturing and field service. In 2016 Patrick Mkhonto joined the Tracpart team as an active BEE partner with 51% shareholding. “Having worked with Patrick in the past, we knew he had what it takes to take the business forward,” comments De Wet.
Upgrading to LED light towers with Hardhat canopy
Our strong focus on coal mining positions us as a specialist solutions supplier to this sector. As more and more mines in the region are reaching maximum depths and consequently moving to surface mining, we have expanded our scope of supply from underground machines, equipment and services to meet the growing demand for surface mining solutions. As part of our service offering we conduct regular customer site visits and during one such visit to a coal mine, the customer advised that they urgently needed four light towers. Having used only metal halide light towers, the coal mine requested replacement of the same but when the many advantages of the HiLight V5+ light tower range with cutting-edge LED (Light Emitting Diode) technology came to light, the mine did not hesitate in making the switch to LED.
LED light tower compliant with all mining requirements
A variation of benefits
From an environmental point of view, the built-in spillage-free frame of the V5+ traps oil leakage and prevents ground contamination. The HardHat polyethylene canopy, a standard feature on the HiLight V5+ light tower, is extremely durable and provides maximum protection of internal parts against corrosion and harsh conditions.
Safety is key for mining, also for the V+ LED light tower
TracPart is responsible for all service and maintenance on the light towers which are supplied complete with a service kit that are kept by the mine as stock items. “We visit the mine every fortnight to monitor the condition of the light towers,” says De Wet adding that as part of their service to the mine they have undertaken to do the first 250 hours service free of charge. Atlas Copco provided product and operator training which Tracpart passed on to the customer during the handover of the light towers.
Features validated in customer testing
In closing, De Wet refers to the quality from Atlas Copco product and service as nothing short of exceptional. “The company backs it quality products with equally good service. Zandra is a star; her and her team went the extra mile on this order, always keeping us in the loop on progress, especially during the manufacturing of the trailers. I cannot ask for better.”
Atlas Copco Portable Energy’s light tower portfolio to Southern African mining and industry also includes the HiLight V4 and the new electric HiLight E2 and E3+ range as well as the flagship in the range, the trailer-mounted HiLight H5+ which recently received the 2017 Red Dot Design Award that recognises the unit as the most efficient LED light tower with the highest luminosity. The H5+ light tower features a controller for automated starting and stopping which means that with its 120l tank capacity, the light tower boasts 0,5l/h fuel consumption and can run for 185 hours without anyone having to touch a button.