Nouvelles Carrières d’Alsace replace former R 944 C excavator with new R 945 G8 model
A LONG-STANDING partnership has existed between French quarrying firm Nouvelles Carrières d’Alsace (NCA) and Liebherr since 1965 and it is this historical connection, plus the quality of the customer service and the opportunity to order a customized excavator, that are key criteria for NCA when choosing a Liebherr machine.
Thus, when the Metzeral-based company looked to replace its former R 944 C excavator, it opted for the Liebherr R 945 G8, which has the same digging power as the R 944 C.
Operated by a single driver and is in use for eight hours a day, the R 945 G8 is primarily used for extracting granite from the company’s quarry. In this process, the blocks are sorted in accordance with their size and loaded into trucks for transport direct to the customer.
The R 945 G8 is characterized by greater flexibility and movement accuracy than the R 944 C, thereby offering more productivity and comfort. Moreover, powerful LED lighting and an extended field of vision ensure additional safety.
The R 945 G8 also differs from the R 944 C in terms of lower fuel consumption. NCA say they have already noticed a significant fuel saving, with the R 945 G8 consuming just 19 litres/h – about half as much as the R 944 C.
Configured in accordance with the specifications of NCA, the R 945 G8 has been equipped with a 6.5m long SME boom, a 2.6m long SME dipper arm, and a large, reinforced special bucket that is optimally suited to the requirements of the company.
NCA make use the LiDat system to monitor the consumption of their Liebherr fleet remotely and draw comparisons across their various applications. The company also benefits from its proximity to the Liebherr-France SAS production site in Colmar, especially in terms of service.