TED boosts bulldozer maintenance safety and reduces downtime

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Removing belly plates (also known as bottom guard) from bulldozers and other tracked vehicles in need of internal maintenance can be an expensive, time-consuming and extremely dangerous job.

In a traditional setup, the mechanic crawls underneath the giant machines to line up the bolt holes by loosening the plates, which weigh hundreds of kilos and often weighed down further due to accumulated debris. This makes it a tricky job fraught with physical danger. According to Safety MITS, in the last 10 years in Australia there have been more than 45 serious injuries as a result of bottom guard (also known as belly plate) removal.

Safety MITS’s Tracked Elevating Device (TED) offers remote control of the lighting device, eliminating the human element from the critical lift stage.

TEDs can travel across any terrain and can safely lift up to 800kg. They have a 360-degree turntable at the top, which makes lining up ball joints safer, quicker and easier than the conventional methods using slings and chain block.

In addition to making the task safer, TEDs have also reduced the work time by over 70 percent while using one less mechanic (figures provided by Safety MITS, which collected customer data from Thiess, Peabody Energy and Glencore over a one year period).

Furthermore, TEDs can also be used to work with equaliser bars, cutting edges, steer cylinders, load rollers, sound suppression equipment, engine sumps and other applications.

TED is designed and manufactured in Australia and is built to withstand different adverse environmental conditions. It is built with compliance to Australian and New Zealand mining standards (ASNZ 4240).

With proven success, TEDs are in demand around the world and Safety MITS Pty Ltd currently markets it across Australasia, Asia and North and South America.

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