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On the waterfront

The new 821G Evolution loader works in Savona harbour for BuT Srl, a port services Company that relies on Case to ensure efficient and uninterrupted cargo handling

On the waterfront   Per la versione in Italiano: https://www.stradeeautostrade.it/movimento-terra/fronte-del-porto/

Savona harbour is the second largest in Liguria after Genoa and among the very first in Italy and the Mediterranean.

At the end of the 1990s, the harbour underwent a major transformation: the oldest quays, close to the heart of the city, were converted to tourist activities, while the merchant activities were concentrated in the part of the port farthest from the city, where the deep seabed allows larger ships to dock. The harbour is now an important supply point for raw materials for industries in the North West.

BuT Srl has been operating there since 1996, providing portual services including the unloading and handling of goods (dry bulk) for third parties. Customers are specialised in the supply of raw materials for glass production, as well as large distributors of fertilisers and de-icing salt.

In addition, BuT also works with other types of goods except food grains and coke. It is a business that requires perfect organisation, professionalism, facilities and vehicles equipped with the latest technology.

On the waterfront
1. Case wheel loaders inside BuT’s warehouse

The right machine

BuT Srl is aiming to consolidate its position in the market and continue to grow. It is with this in mind that it has purchased the latest Case wheel loader, the G Evolution series, an 18-tonne 821G (https://www.casepromotion.com/excavators/en/). The machine will join the Company’s Case fleet of three other wheel loaders: two 721Gs and an 821F, which work around 1,500 hours a year.

Claudio Barlassina, managing director of the Ligurian Company, explains: “We choose an 821G Evolution because historically we have always been happy with the Case brand. Experience has taught us that they are durable and highly reliable machines. In addition, the new G Evolution series offers increased performance thanks to its highly sophisticated electronics and cab comfort.

The new wheel loader has been at work in Savona harbour for a couple of months. The work is being carried out quickly and cannot afford any interruptions.

It is divided into two main parts: ship unloading and the storage and handling of goods in the Company’s own 22,000 m2 warehouse (with an uncovered area of 8,000 m2). Several thousand tonnes of goods transit BuT every year, mainly destined for the North-West Italian market, but with the possibility of covering other areas as well.

In Savona, thanks to the natural characteristics of the seabed, which is up to 15 m deep, BuT can receive ships of all sizes, which are unloaded using self-propelled cranes, hoppers and shuttle trucks, all in compliance with current safety, security and environmental regulations.

In the port, the Case loader is used to load bulk material onto trucks with the bucket hooked to the loader arm, thanks to the rapid attachment device of the equipment which guarantees speed and safety.

On the waterfront
2. The special truss pusher accumulates the bulk material

Giuliano Bellardi, Case Italy Marketing Manager, has seen the loader in action in Savona harbour and comments: “The new integrated payload scale is very useful in this application, allowing operators to read the bucket load on the new display, without having to waste time with weighing tasks.

Also on the display, loading/unloading cycles can be read and activity can be tracked. A way of simplifying work that leads to greater profitability”.

The accumulation of bulk material? Problem solved

Once in the warehouse, the goods are tipped into the boxes and stacked up to considerable heights in order to receive as much as possible, an operation that the new Case 821G performs with the help of a special pusher truss (not supplied by the brand), which guarantees considerable unloading yields that can satisfy the shipping market, a sector that requires ever greater unloading speeds.

The pusher is a horizontal structure of 5.30 m long (Figure 2), it is entirely cantilevered from the bucket/arm hinge pin.

Thanks to the exclusive design of the Case loader, with the engine moved all the way to the rear of the machine and radiators positioned immediately behind the cab, an optimal distribution of weight is achieved, so as to effectively counterbalance the forward movement of the machine’s centre of gravity, when equipment of this type is used, thus ensuring maximum stability even in otherwise critical working conditions and placing the Case 821G Evolution at the top of its category in terms of safety, comfort and productivity. 

Change of clothes and on with the party

The Case loader is popular in port operations because of its versatility, allowing it to perform a variety of jobs with a simple change of clothes. Once the shovel has left the pusher mast, it is used to load the hoppers that feed four bagging lines for 500 to 1,000 kg bags or small bags from 5 to 50 kg. An alternative to bagging is the transport of bulk goods in dedicated trucks, which are loaded by Case loaders.

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3. The 821G at work with loose rock salt

The Company also appreciates the advanced electronics of the new Case series. Barlassina explains: “We have the warehouse divided into boxes to keep the various types of goods separate and, with the shovel’s new telematics system, the operator knows in advance where to take the goods or where to load and what quantities to load.

The improvement compared to the past is notable, both for the speed of communication with all our operators and for the possibility of having updated information in real time on the status of the vehicle”.

The operators are also satisfied and underline the comfort of the cab and the excellent visibility thanks to the lowered bonnet and the rear view camera, as well as the reactivity of the controls which allow loading and unloading cycles to be carried out quickly.

Barlassina concludes: “With the cost of all raw materials and energy constantly rising, we are facing difficult times. That’s why we wanted to play it by ear, expanding the fleet and focusing even more on service quality.

And I must admit that, also thanks to the new Case loader, the results are already appreciated thanks to the significantly lower consumption compared to older generation vehicles.

Case loaders in dry bulk handling: the right machine in the right place

The Case G-Series loaders are particularly suited to port applications.

They are equipped with FPT Industrial engine technology with the HI-eSCR 2 emission reduction system without exhaust gas recirculation. This technology, thanks to its longlife components, is maintenance-free and fuel-efficient.

It also has the added advantage of ensuring safety around flammable materials as the exhaust gas temperature is maintained at around 400 °C, which is much lower than that of a conventional DPF (around 700 °C).

The Case wheel loader’s touchscreen
4. The new Case wheel loader’s touchscreen

Another extremely useful feature in material handling is the unique ‘Case Cooling Cube’ system, which prevents clogging of the mesh by material and debris. Radiators with large radiating masses arranged in a cube, rather than stacked as in conventional designs, increase cooling efficiency and the performance of the self-cleaning reversible fan function.

The new G-Series Evolution loader range, manufactured at the Lecce plant and launched last spring, adds new features such as connectivity, a new touchscreen monitor with new integrated weighing system and tyre pressure monitoring capabilities, as well as extended service intervals from 500 to 1,000 hours, to the already popular G-Series features, contents suggested by Customers and Dealers and implemented by Case Engineers to increase productivity, reliability and profitability.

Technical data

  • Ente appaltante: Porto di Savona
  • Contraente Generale: BuT Srl
  • Project Manager: Eng. Carlo Barlassina

On the waterfront   Per la versione in Italiano: https://www.stradeeautostrade.it/movimento-terra/fronte-del-porto/

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