Sandvik intelligent trucks automate haulage with AutoMine®
Sandvik is introducing new intelligent mining trucks for automated haulage, delivering tangible benefits in safety, productivity and profitability. Paired with AutoMine® Trucking, mines can increase haulage production by as much as 30 percent.
Sandvik TH551i and Sandvik TH663i trucks are designed for intelligent mine production. They are safer, efficient and easy to maintain with low cost per ton. An integrated weighing system helps operators ensure a full payload every trip.
The new trucks essentially deliver increased production with no increase in fixed costs. Multi-machine control and improved operating discipline can reduce operating costs by as much as 50 percent. Better availability and improved performance mean that mines can achieve the same production volume with fewer trucks.
The addition of four to eight productive hours each day, which otherwise would be wasted for blast clearance, can increase production by as much as 30 percent compared with conventional trucks.
“By removing the operator from the truck and running the entire trucking loop autonomously, mines can achieve significant operational cost savings and efficiency gains that are unheard of using traditional current underground trucking methods,” says Mark Ryan, Product Line Manager Trucks at Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology. “We’ve proven these benefits with automation projects at mines from Canada to South Africa.