Sandvik Mining and Rock Solutions has rolled out the Toro LH518iB loader equipped with AutoMine.
The automation-ready battery-electric underground loader is undergoing extensive factory testing, with the first unit scheduled for customer delivery during the first half of 2023 and AutoMine compatibility available in the second half.
The Toro LH518iB marries industry-leading battery-electric and automation technologies. Building on predecessor Sandvik LH518B, Toro LH518iB features several design updates and significantly improved field serviceability.
The latest version of Sandvik’s intelligent control system enables AutoMine readiness. Sandvik’s patented self-swapping battery system, including the AutoSwap and AutoConnect functions, benefits from improvements to the operator’s controls to facilitate battery swaps.
The 18-metric-ton loader is equipped with standard valves, harnesses and other built-in hardware for automation. The AutoMine onboard kit will be available as an option, providing scanners, AutoMine box and wireless connectivity. With AutoMine, one operator can run the entire cycle from a surface chair, including tele-remote battery swapping. Human involvement underground is only required for connecting and disconnecting batteries from chargers and coolers.
Factory tests of the new loader are ongoing. The first Toro LH518iB units are being prepared for customer deliveries in North America, Australia, Europe and southeast Asia.