To simplify service access to the powertrain, Nelson mounted the entire conveyor and box assembly so technicians can raise it up as a single unit on a rear pivot.
Since the prototype unit first rolled out, AVERTEX has completed several wind farm projects. Kottelenberg estimates he has put a total of 1.5 million meters of cable in the ground. The company has deployed the Morooka Stone Slinger to other projects, as well, including installing gas lines for a landfill site and placing granular into trenches along railroad beds.
The Stone Slinger system has provided AVERTEX with a one-of-a-kind solution in a challenging niche market. Kottelenberg is pleased with his company’s investment.
“This is how all things get developed, right?” he remarks. “You have a need out in the field, you want to save manpower, save sand, save costs… Sometimes spending money on new equipment is the way to do it. Now our customers have seen what we can do, and that’s what they can now expect.”