Komatsu, Proterra collaborate on electrification

Vehicle electrification technology group Proterra and equipment producer Komatsu have teamed up to bring electrification technology to underground mining machines. In a move that signifies the official entry of Proterra into the underground mining equipment market, the collaboration will involve its supply of its H Series battery system technology. Komatsu will develop battery-electric LHDs, drills and bolters with Proterra battery…

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Sandvik unveils Stage V option for Toro TH551i truck

Equipment producer Sandvik has pulled back the curtain on a new 16-liter, Stage V engine option for its 51-tonne Toro TH551i truck to offer users more power, higher speeds and improved productivity. The Volvo Penta 585-kW output engine offers strong, reliable performance, the OEM said, with a design that can fit perfectly with the underground truck’s design. It succeeds the…

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Caterpillar to unveil new electric-drive LHD at MINExpo

MINExpo 2021 attendees will get a first look at Caterpillar’s latest sustainable mobile equipment solutions: the R1700 XE LHD and MEC500 Mobile Equipment Charger. The new Cat LHD (Load Caterpillar) has a 16.5-ton payload and features a battery electric design that delivers superior productivity in underground applications with the benefits of no engine heat or exhaust emissions. An Autodig function…

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Epiroc puts CAS interface on offer

Epiroc recently announced the launch of a collision avoidance system (CAS) interface that it said can support underground mining safety. It said that proximity detection system (PDS) suppliers compliant with ISO 21815-2 Draft (March 2018) can interface with an Epiroc RCS Materials Handling TMM (Trackless Mobile Machinery) to enable functionality for slowing and stopping when the PDS perceives a hazardous…

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Zero-emission equipment alliance unveiled

Zero-emission equipment is now firmly on the radar for the industry thanks to a brand-new effort by Komatsu, Rio Tinto, BHP, Codelco and Boliden to fast-track the effort. The founding members of the Komatsu Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Alliance will work collaboratively with the OEM to plan, develop, test and deploy the next generation of zero-emission mining equipment and infrastructure.  The…

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New Cat 992 Wheel Loader focuses on productivity, efficiency

Building on a more than half-century legacy that includes the best-selling large mining loader model of all time, the new Cat 992 Wheel Loader sets a new standard by offering up to 32% greater productivity. This new large mining loader reduces maintenance costs by as much as 10% and offers up to 48% greater payload-per-fuel efficiency than the earlier model…

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