West Virginia longwall mine deploys Komatsu PPD system

Komatsu recently revealed that it placed an advanced longwall automation system at Arch Resources’ Leer mine in northern West Virginia. Komatsu’s Personal Proximity Detection system, designed to detect and monitor the location of operators on the longwall face, is part of the producer’s mission for zero harm and to increase productivity. The OEM said the system additionally enables Leer’s Roof…

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Komatsu rolls out HD1500-8E0 haul truck

Komatsu’s HD1500-8E0 rigid frame off-highway haul truck has been purpose-built for mining, quarry and aggregate applications, with productivity performance, maneuverability technology and safety combined into one machine. Delivering performance with a 1,580 gross horsepower (1180 kW), Tier 4 Final Komatsu SDA16V159E-3 engine, the HD1500-8E0 helps drive high levels of productivity. The redesigned cab, combined with a MacPherson strut-type and hydropneumatic…

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Komatsu, Cummins to collaborate on zero emissions 

The long-time partners are working to accelerate sustainable solutions  for global customers. Komatsu and Cummins have signed a memorandum of understanding to collaborate on the development of zero-emissions haulage equipment. Building on a legacy of diesel engine partnership across a wide variety of mining and construction equipment, Cummins and Komatsu will initially focus on zero emissions power technologies including hydrogen…

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Dig smarter

New technologies are supporting improved shovel maintenance practices, allowing mines to extend maintenance intervals without endangering the machine.  By Jonathan Rowland Shovel breakdownThere are 5,500 hydraulic and 1,900 electric shovels with payloads above 20 metric tonnes currently active, according to the mining equipment trackers at The Parker Bay Company. These are large and complex pieces of machinery that operate in…

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Komatsu redesigns Joy 02ESV scoop

With key benefits including longer times between charges, improved performance and optimum operator comfort, the Joy 02ESV has been updated, redesigned and re-released by Komatsu. Ideal for soft-rock mining applications, the 240-volt machine comes in three models: the 02ESV36, 02ESV56 and 02ESV60. The trio offer bucket capacities of 120-165 cubic feet, respectively, with maximum payloads of 18.2-28.7 t. All are…

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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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Komatsu to demo excavator teleoperation at MINExpo

Attendees at MINExpo 2021 can witness a Komatsu excavator located more than 400 miles away in Arizona be operated from the Vegas show floor during a scheduled demonstration by the OEM this week. The company will teleoperate the new Komatsu PC7000-11 hydraulic excavator from a remote console as it loads the company’s autonomous concept truck at its proving grounds outside…

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