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Contractors World International Vol 7 No 1


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,”

Dubroc says.

“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,”

adds Dubroc.

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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