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UNDERGROUND TRUCKS: Sandvik launches next generation

SWEDEN – Sandvik Mining’s TH551 and TH663 trucks, introduced at MinExpo 2012 in Las Vegas last month, are the latest additions to Sandvik’s cutting edge underground ramp haulage family. These new trucks, says the manufacturer,...


SWEDEN – Sandvik Mining’s TH551 and TH663 trucks, introduced at MinExpo 2012 in Las Vegas last month, are the latest additions to Sandvik’s cutting edge underground ramp haulage family. These new trucks, says the manufacturer, demonstrate the latest innovations in hauling, and are the clear forerunners of next generation underground trucking.

The new additions to the TH500–600 series trucks have been designed with increased overall hauling speeds (tonnes per hour). The trucks will also be available with low emission Tier 4i technology engines that provide remarkable torque characteristics with low fuel consumption. Significantly reducing the cost of underground ventilation, the environmentally friendly engines also improve underground working conditions.

The TH551 and TH663 match perfectly with Sandvik’s LH517 and LH621 loaders. This productivity partners concept allows for a fast three-bucket loading system which increases the load and haul cycle efficiency, resulting in high levels of overall cycle productivity.

With more than 63 safety features to protect the operator, maintenance staff and the truck itself, the TH551 and TH663 are probably the safest underground trucks ever made. They also offer maximum operator comfort. The trucks have been designed and built with high reliability and ease of maintenance in mind. Daily maintenance can be done from ground level, minimizing the risks related to climbing on the machine. Particular attention has been given to the replacement time of large components, such as engine transmission, resulting in significant increases in uptime hours and the total tonnes per year hoisted.

Sandvik ticked off a few of the new features available on this series. The ergonomic ROPS and FOPS certified cabin is now 35% larger than its predecessors. Seat belts are four-point retractable for the operator seat and three-point for the trainer seat. The cab has an MP3-player, air conditioning and easy-to-use display with color coded warnings, making it easier for the operator to concentrate on the work at hand, while still making sure that warnings are easily spotted.

Get in touch with the Sandvik office closest to you or visit Sandvik.com.


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