The ADE Water Cannon is a heavy duty, low maintenance remote operated water cannon specifically made for the mining industry and designed to be installed on large off-highway water trucks.
Mining conditions present new challenges when designing and manufacturing products. Comparatively poor road conditions and water quality, continuous operations and the dirt and grime found on mine sites means that industry standard fire monitors or water cannons that are used in the fire and rescue industry may not suit the mining industry. ADE set out to design and manufacture a water cannon that could withstand the rigours of working on a mine site.
Throughout our 30 years of operation, Australian Diversified Engineering has fielded many requests from mine sites for a simple and reliable hydraulic actuated water cannon. To meet these various requests, our engineers have developed a water cannon that is both simple and ingenious, by incorporating resourceful design elements for operators.
Firstly, we borrowed the on / off valve design from our reliable and effective ADE Spray Head, already proven to work successfully on mine sites. Having no rotational action improves seal life and the replacement part is an affordable rubber seal, rather than a complete gland or butterfly valve assembly. Our next focus was the rotational joints, we designed a fully sealed swivel bearing assembly which requires no servicing.
Our clients also wanted the simplicity of hydraulic cylinders, which would normally mean a separate hydraulic control cabinet and a mess of hydraulic hoses. Our solution was to incorporate the hydraulic control manifolds into the water cannon design, which greatly simplifies the installation and onsite maintenance.
The engineer’s final step was to ruggedize the equipment’s body, making for better resistance to wear within extreme weather conditions, harsh environments or if the machine is simply overworked. In addition, it is now manufactured from 316 stainless steel, therefore withstanding the worst of mine water
Slew is restricted to 90° to ensure the water trajectory is always within the operators field of view and cannot strike the operators cab.
Integral to the performance of the water cannon is the nozzle. ADE supplies as standard a 2 ½” water cannon nozzle capable of flowing up to 2500 litres per minute. The water stream can be remotely adjusted from a wide fog stream to a narrow far reaching jet stream. A higher flowing 3” nozzle is also available and increases water output to 3000 litres per minute.
Our philosophy is one of a simple and reliable hydraulic design.
ADE Cannons are manufactured in house at our facility in Brisbane, QLD. ADE can provide live demonstrations of the ADE Cannon on request.