Good maintenance services and easy to control
The new machine has been warmly received at Keltakangas among the entire team. Even though there are two main operators, as many as 11 employees have been trained on the machine. “We intend to vary our work tasks, so it was natural to train more drivers on the new machine as well,” explains Sanna Ahola. “And now that we have this new machine, we also have enthusiastic operators,” adds Samu Korjala and continues: “Whereas with the previous machine it was a bit like having to tell someone to operate it, that is no longer the case. On the contrary, everyone wants a go!”
The new machine is not in continuous use but used only a few hours a day. The annual number of operating hours is estimated to be a moderate 300. Correspondingly, the machine is also expected to have a longer service life. “We expect to get 20 years out of it,” says Samu Korjala. This target is supported by the fact that with such a modern machine, maintenance and various problem situations are easier to predict.
“Before, we probably had more hard driving combined with poor maintenance,” Korjala laughs. “Now the machine has a maintenance contract, and there are also better opportunities for proactive maintenance,” he continues.
According to Sanna Ahola, the TANA ProTrack® remote monitoring system provides a good overview of the machine’s health. “I can access a lot of data that can be used to anticipate potential problems, and it also sends various notifications,” Ahola says, sitting at her computer. The importance of anticipating cannot be overemphasised in these kinds of conditions, and it has also been noted at Keltakangas.
The trailer compressor is a great accessory. For example, fiberglass dust is very good at clogging coolers and radiators if they are not cleaned, but this has also been taken into account in product development. At certain interval, the cooling fan blade angle changes and the air flow cleans the radiator, the housings have been improved, and so on,” says Korjala.
Rare and the best
When ordering the new machine, a few optional accessories were also specified by consulting with the operators. “When finalising our order, we went through all the equipment that could be justified to make the machine easy to work with and long-lasting,” says Sanna Ahola. Accordingly, tinted windows, auxiliary work lights and an auxiliary camera system were chosen for the cabin. The automatic fire suppression system is supplied by Dafo, and according to Korjala, this has been the practice for some time now on all new machines where it can be installed.
All in all, both Ahola and Korjala agree that the order was delivered without complications and even ahead of schedule. “The machine was supposed to arrive by the end of October, and it was delivered already in September,” says Ahola. The new machine has been in operation for well over a month now, and the rare purchase has lived up to expectations. “There’s no way around it: TANA really is the best landfill compactor in the world,” concludes Korjala. We certainly wouldn’t object, so let’s go with that!