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“The use of the Hitachi range of mining equipment at the Nuh Çimento jobsite located in Turkey has earned the brand positive feedback from this extremely satisfied customer, writes Melek Ciloglu, Hitachi Construction Machinery, Istanbul Branch Office.”
Located 80 miles (129km) east of Istanbul at Hereke, Nuh Çimento Sanayi A.Ş. is a Turkish company founded in 1966 that is engaged in the production and supply of cement, clinker
and allied products.
It established its first furnace clinker, production line clinker and grinding plants in 1969. Half a century later, Nuh Çimento’s integrated cement plant has increased production capacity to around 5.5 to 6 million tonnes per year and with a workforce of 500 plus employees, it has come to be regarded as one of the top industrial enterprises engaged in cement industry in Turkey thanks to its production capacity, product quality, improved management and organization structure, and rooted company culture. To meet customers’requirements in the market in a timely manner, the company has made large investments in its facilities, systems and processes, continually updating and expanding the plant in the years since.
Most recently, in 2012, it commissioned a refuse-derived fuel (RDF) feeding system that is fed with mixed refuse from the surrounding neighbourhood to fire the cement ovens in the factory. The waste is first processed and then burned in the cement ovens, which is an alternative to using coal. In addition to alternative fuels, the company has also invested in an 18-MW waste heat recovery (WHR) plant, which helps in increasing efficiency and saving fuel costs over a relatively short period of time.
At its onsite quarry in Hereke, Kocaeli, Turkey, Nuh Çimento mines marl and limestone together. Other materials such as coal, clinker, iron ore, truss, bauxite and gypsum are also handled here. The jobsite is an open pit mine located just next to the cement factory. The main goal is to dig the raw material and carry to the crusher which feeds the cement factory. The raw material mainly consists of marl and limestone.
It is interesting to note that to cope with the demanding nature of work on the jobsite, the company chiefly uses a fleet of large excavators from Hitachi Construction Machinery (HCM) for extracting and loading the raw materials. Nuh Çimento Sanayi A.Ş. has been a very loyal Hitachi customer ever since it purchased its first Hitachi machine in 1998.
The existing fleet consists of six units of 1991 model Euclid R85B trucks, two units of 1997 model Euclid R90 trucks, one unit of Hitachi EX1800-3 excavator clocked at 37,496 working hours, one unit of Hitachi EX1900-6 excavator timed at 14,537 working hours and one unit of Hitachi EX1200-5 excavator with 17,370 working hours.
Since its purchase of four units of Hitachi EH1700-3 model dump trucks (100 ton payload capacity rigid dump trucks) in
August 2015 from Enka Pazarlama Ihracat Ithalat A.S., Hitachi’s exclusive dealer in Turkey, Nuh Çimento is in an ideal
position to speak authoritatively on the comparative advantages of the new units vs the older Hitachi mining equipment, and to vouch for the brand’s track record of performance and unfailing productivity.
According to Ahmet Gitmez, the manager responsible for the mine operation and mobile equipment at Nuh Çimento Sanayi AŞ, “The new Hitachi EH1700-3 Dump Trucks carry more material and consume less fuel when compared to the existing Euclid fleet. We are also very happy with the new features introduced by this product, especially the EDSC (Electronic Downhill Speed Control) System which controls the speed of the truck while going downhill.”
The Nuh Çimento jobsite is positioned in such a way that the trucks have to go downhill loaded with an average of 18-20% grade ramps, he explains, as compared to general mine applications where the trucks go uphill loaded.
“Hence, downhill speed control is a crucial factor for dump trucks at the Nuh Çimento jobsite and the new EDSC feature of Hitachi EH1700-3 truck enables the operator to go downhill without touching the brake pedal which adds to the operator’s comfort,” said Ahmet Gitmez.
Operators driving the new fleet of Hitachi trucks are also quite happy with the product and have no complaints, he added. “I would also like to point out that Enka’s fast response for service and spare parts have further heightened our overall satisfaction with these new machines.”
As the distributor of HCM products in Turkey since 1982, Enka Pazarlama AS has been providing timely and efficient after sales service and spare parts to Nuh Çimento since many years.
The delivery of four new units of EH1700-3 units in August last year has further cemented the fruitful relationship with Nuh Çimento bringing about a qualitative improvement not only in Enka’s business strategy but also boosting the activities of its sales and parts departments.