Excavator Liebherr R 980 SME in Slag Handling Operations

German company Backes Transport und Schlackenaufbereitung GmbH uses the Liebherr R 980 SME crawler excavator for loading hot and cold slag. To meet the challenges of this kind of operation, the machine was specially built per the customer’s requirements.

For slag loading work, the machine is equipped with special safety devices such as a fire-fighting system, the provider pointed out. “Exposed lines and hoses are covered with heat shielding. This crawler excavator features a wide walkway on the operator’s side, which can be accessed via a retractable ladder. Both features ensure safe access to the elevated operator’s cab and the machine’s engine compartment.” The crawler excavator for Backes was developed by Liebherr Application Center, which was set up in 2020 at the Liebherr-France SAS site in Colmar. “Specific requirements and customers’ special requests are analyzed there, and the analysis is used for building tailor-made machines,” the company emphasized.


(Published in GLOBAL RECYCLING Magazine 1/2024, Page 39, Photo: Liebherr)