The Westech Optima was launched recently at Austin Engineering's Perth facility.

THE Westech Optima, a new high performance off-highway dump truck body design, was launched recently by mining product engineer and manufacturer Austin Engineering. The first body to be manufactured was on display at the official launch at Austin Engineering's Perth facility.

Austin Engineering Perth operations manager Mark Richards said, "It was great to see such a high level of interest at the recent launch as we feel that many mine sites can benefit from the Optima's ability to enhance haul truck performance."

"The Westech Optima body is optimized to provide greater productivity by maximizing payload. Because we design each body to suit mine specific operating conditions, the Optima is a low maintenance body."

Analysed with the latest FEA and load simulation software, the Westech Optima body is compatible with all OEM chassis and is available through Austin Engineering Australia-wide.

Austin also recently added the Hitachi EX8000-6 excavator bucket (backhoe configuration) to its excavator product range. The design model has been verified by FEA analysis in keeping with Austin's practice of testing and verifying engineering theory. The in-depth engineering process provides results in productivity improvements and maintenance cost controls.

The bucket is designed within the OEM recommended maximum envelope including correct boom stick geometry, boom and stick clearance, cab and deck structure clearance, and maximum suspended load. End users can be assured that there will be no warranty implications with their machine.

Austin custom engineer each mining bucket taking into consideration application specific requirements such as loading practices, material density and abrasiveness, potential for hang up, and dump height clearances.

Austin Engineering is a leading designer and manufacturer of customized dump truck bodies, buckets and ancillary products used in the mining industry. It is also a complete service provider, offering on and off-site repair and maintenance and heavy equipment lifting services to customers including miners, mining contractors and original equipment manufacturers.

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