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overburden every year to
keep the coal mining opera-
tions running at full speed,
helped along with 25 on-site
Through the Louisiana
Sur face Mining and
Reclamation Act and Louisiana
Surface Mining Regulations,
companies must certify that
coal mines are operated in a
way that protects citizens and
the environment, ensuring
that the land is restored to
beneficial use and alleviate
the effects of past mining
through reclamation of abandoned mines.
Most of the coal produced at this mine goes to a local
power plant and benefits the surrounding areas.
From corn to cargo
Dubroc Enterprises started out farming corn and soy-
beans but then moved into the excavation, demolition,
freight and cargo industries.
The company has used Volvo equipment for over 15
years, a relationship that was boosted by an investment
in coal mining seven years ago.
The company first rented five Volvo EC290C-Series
long reach excavators, which were used to aid the clean-
up process after Hurricane Katrina but have been used
ever since. The machines worked on barges moving up
and down the rivers, clearing out canals that were badly
affected in the storm.
While consuming 10,000-15,000 gallons (37,854-
56,781 litres) of fuel each week, the company has been
able to save up to 8% on fuel costs with Volvo’s fuel ef-
ficient equipment and monitoring tools.
“We need to have equipment that has good fuel
consumption, especially with the amount of
equipment we have,”
“It can put tens of thousands of dollars back in
your pocket every month. And because our fleet
works 12 hours a day, seven days a week – and
even sometimes at night – we participate in
Volvo CE’s Fuel Efficiency Guarantee program,
which means if our Volvo equipment doesn’t
meet the model-rated fuel efficiency levels, Volvo
reimburses us with an additional portion of fuel.”
“The guarantee program on the fuel effi-
ciency has worked extremely well,” adds Dubroc.
“It basically tells us this machine under these
conditions will burn this much fuel an hour.”
Taking care of customers
Volvo monitors the Fuel Efficiency Guarantee program
through CareTrack, the telematics system, providing
customers with a wide range of machine monitoring
“CareTrack is a wonderful feature. If we’re
having an issue with a piece of equipment, they
can actually dial into this machine and see what
we’re dealing with. It’s very important for me
when we run a night shift, so we can see what
the idle time was as well as production levels.
It’s a great feature.”
Volvo dealer, Scott Equipment in Alexandria, LA, keep
the company running on tight schedules.
“They know how important it is for each one of
these machines to operate and function how it
should and ensure that it happens,”
In extremely hot and challenging temperatures reach-
ing 42°C (107°F), operators of the A40F’s sit comfortably
in the air-conditioned Volvo Care Cab – a centrally po-
sitioned operator station that affords high visibility, a
spacious work environment and increased safety. Self-
compensating articulated steering provides excellent
stability and steering force for outstanding control and
Equipped with Automatic Traction Control, the ATC
detects and engages the right drive combination as re-
quired, reducing tire wear and fuel consumption, and
increasing off- road mobility and traction.
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