Komatsu

Client: DG Hydraulics

Maltech had just completed a small project for Nissan in Sunderland when the builder made an unusual request ‘Could we design an adjustable ‘jig’onto which an excavator could sit? The jig would need to incorporate railway lines and be of adjustable gradients to enable an excavator, with rail wheels, to lift different load configurations and for the pressures on the track to be measured and approved by Railtrack. How can you say no to such an interesting challenge?

Six months later a rig was buried in the floor of Komatsu’s factory, near Durham. At the press of a button, it would rise out of the floor underneath the excavator for load testing. Despite the absence of any ‘Thunderbirds’ music, the Client was very

impressed and Engineers flew over from Japan to see this novel and unusual piece of kit.