Rokbak haulers move 100 loads of material daily for Alberta producer
Three Rokbak RA40 articulated haulers are moving thousands of tonnes of material a day for a large sand and gravel producer east of Edmonton, Alberta, with increased productivity and reduced fuel consumption being highlighted since the trucks' arrival.
Canadian earthworks specialist FT Aggregates produces around one million metric tonnes of sand and gravel every single year - the equivalent weight of eight CN Towers, or 1.6 million moose. Each truck moves more than 100 loads and 5,000-plus tonnes of material to crushers and screeners daily.
An expansive sand and gravel production operation across Alberta led to FT Aggregates increasing their equipment fleet in late 2022. Consultation with dealer Headwater Equipment led to the purchase of three Rokbak ADTs.
The three RA40s arrived on site at FT's Pit 23, south of the city of Camrose, in spring 2023. Excavators load overburden into the RA40's 38-tonne (41.9 US ton) all-welded body. Each RA40 at Pit 23 hauls the overburden and sand and gravel material for production. Fabricated from high hardness 1,000 Mpa (1,450,000 lbf/ in²) yield strength steel, a dual-slope tailchute eases the material ejection from the RA40 body, painted in the Rokbak sand-coloured aesthetic.
"First of all, we love the colour and design of the Rokbak dump trucks," says FT Aggregates President Shane Smith. "Since the RA40s came onto site, the operator response has been nothing but glowing. "There's obviously the fuel efficiency aspect of the trucks which is very much appreciated and is saving us money, but the auto-lube system has also been praised along with the visibility and the comfort of the cab, and, as we know, a smooth ride equates to higher productivity.
"Together with the aftersales support we have received, when the time comes for us to increase our hauler fleet, Rokbak will certainly be at the top of the list."
Design and components improve efficiency and strength
The fully automatic RA40 transmission provides smooth, efficient gear shifting allowing reduced fuel consumption and increased operator comfort. The RA40 cab has pressurized capabilities as well as an HVAC and airflow system, offering more control and comfort for operators.
Other key performance features of the RA40 include strong traction and an effective power-to-weight ratio, which ensures material is moved as quickly as possible in all conditions. Rokbak's fuel-efficient drivetrain meets worldwide emission standards with low cost of operation and low environmental impact.
Reducing operational costs even further, as well as enhancing safety, are the force-cooled multi-disc brakes. Supported by an electronically activated exhaust brake and a six-stage modulating transmission retarder, the RA40 benefits from longer brake component lifecycles. The RA40's auto-lube system ensures everything is greased at the right times, saving operation time and providing safe maintenance.
Headwater Equipment provides solid dealer support
FT Aggregates has six pits in operation across Alberta, crushing, screening, and hauling aggregates.
The company does all its own crushing and screening, with 18 employees at Pit 23 for year-round operation. Pit 23 became operational in spring 2014 and FT Aggregates has resources at the pit to last another 10 to 15 years. That means the trucks could be expected to haul approximately 7.8 million loads and 39 million tonnes of overburden.
The RA40s were purchased from Headwater Equipment with an extended warranty and a full maintenance package that covers the units for the first 6,500 hours of operation. Headwater Equipment is the authorized Rokbak articulated hauler dealer for the province of Alberta and has been providing FT Aggregates with heavy construction equipment via direct sales, rentals, service, and parts since 2020.
Providing aftersales and services, Headwater Equipment will perform all the scheduled maintenance on these units free of charge as part of the package, keeping the cost of ownership to a minimum.
"It's great to be able to marry our partnerships with Rokbak and FT Aggregates," says Scott Letkeman, Headwater Equipment Sales Manager. "We've been pioneering the Rokbak brand in Canada ever since becoming the first to acquire RA40s in Alberta. The Rokbak trucks are robust, reliable, and hardworking."
The success of the three RA40s for FT Aggregates demonstrates the headway Rokbak is making in Canada. 500 km south of Camrose, another three RA40s are currently in operation moving huge amounts of aggregates, stone, and rock.
"The North American market is very strong for Rokbak," says Rokbak Regional Sales Manager Greg Gerbus. "Endorsements from established Canadian companies such as FT Aggregates are helping our reputation grow further and we look forward to seeing even more of our units on sites in the region in the near future."