Harnessing the Mining Industry

When specialist mining services provider Wiring Harnesses Australia needed to upgrade its service vehicle fleet, the company looked no further than Isuzu's four-wheel-drive NPS 300s.

"We needed something that was a bit tougher and could carry a higher payload than our existing Land Cruisers," Wiring Harnesses Australia (WHA) owner Aaron Bradshaw said.

"The company was also looking for something that had a four-wheel-drive system and was able to operate in rough terrain, especially around the mine sites," he said.

The NPS 300 4x4s, with their GVM of 6,000 kg (now standard with 6,500 kg GVM), were ideal, according to Aaron.

Mt Isa-based WHA supply wiring harnesses and auto electrical repairs to the local mining industry and the rest of north-west Queensland.

The benefits of using WHA's braided wiring harnesses is to keep wires safe from the effects of vibration, abrasion and moisture which are all present in the harsh conditions of mining.

Taking between 30 minutes and two weeks to make, the harnesses can hold up to 200 wires that are up to 20 metres in length.

The company also offers an in-house design workshop that makes custom wiring harnesses for new and existing wiring systems for mining clients.

Aaron said the company is meeting the high demand that is stemming from the mining industry and the two new Isuzu trucks match the company's promise of quality and reliability.

The trucks are both fitted to mine specifications which inlcude service bodies that have a galvanised and painted tray as well as four large alloy toolboxes. The bodies also feature a light-weight - but strong - Roll-Over Protective Structure (ROPS).

The NPS 300 4x4s are fitted with electric start diesel air compressors for air tools, cleaning equipment, general auto electrical parts and air conditioners. The trucks also have a 100 litre water tank for cleaning and an electric water pump for washing down air conditioning units and components.

The feedback on the trucks has been positive.

"Our team really enjoys driving the trucks on a daily basis," Aaron said.
"The comfort of the contoured adjustable driver's bucket seat has been a big talking point amongst the drivers.

"We are very happy with the vehicles so far and plan to purchase some more Isuzu trucks."

All wiring solutions are specially-designed for each project the company undertakes, so customers receive wiring harnesses to their exact needs. All projects are tested at the WHA workshop before being released, maintaining high industry standards.

Using only the best quality products, the company's wiring systems are cold and abrasion resistant, chemical tolerant and flame retardant. The wire is made from bare copper and tin copper for high corrosive conditions.

The high performance PVC wire braid can be exposed to 138 degrees Celsius heat for extended periods of time. The basic properties are compounded additives for cold flexibility, fire resistance and resistance to engine fluids.

As a part of its service, the company also offers wire printing, printed labels and trace colours which all allow for easy identification of cables.

With experience and the ability to manage and execute projects in a timely manner, WHA is now one of the leaders in the field of wiring solutions.

See more about Isuzu Trucks Australia at www.isuzu.com.au

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