The latest and greatest in mining technology

Australian Mining looks at the latest innovative equipment, technology and services for the resources industry being displayed by leading original equipment manufacturers at this year’s MINExpo International in Las Vegas.

As the countdown to this year’s MINExpo International draws closer, exhibitors are preparing to show the world their latest offerings for those involved in the resources and mining sector.

Considered the world’s largest mining event, the show covers the entire industry – exploration, mine development, open pit and underground mining, processing, safety, environmental improvement and more.

With the event to be held in Las Vegas from September 13 to 15, Australian Mining previews the latest products that will be on display from industry giants Liebherr, Sandvik, Epiroc and Komatsu.


Liebherr will introduce three new excavators at MINExpo with the R 9150 Generation 7, the R 9200 Generation 7, and the brand-new R 9600 Generation.

All three excavators are equipped with the latest innovations including Liebherr Power Efficiency (LPE), assistance systems and bucket filling assistant (BFA).

LPE is a specific engine and hydraulic management system which reduces fuel consumption by up to 20 per cent. Assistance systems are advanced on-board applications designed to support the operator to become more efficient through analytics and actionable insights. BFA is the first automation product of the Liebherr hydraulic excavator portfolio and allows the operator to realise the bucket filling process automatically.

The T274 haul truck is a 305-tonne machine that provides fast cycle times, higher production rates, low fuel consumption and a low cost per tonne.

This new truck follows the same base design as the T284, benefitting from its decades of field experience.

Liebherr components for mining applications will also feature at MINExpo. Among the components is the D98 diesel engine series, which is available for both Liebherr and other mining equipment manufacturers, for new and repowered machines.

Also on display will be the LRT 1090-2.1 90t / 100 tons rough terrain crane which is designed to deliver the highest safety level. It is fitted as standard with an outrigger monitor which automatically detects the support status and includes the crane control system.

It is also delivered as standard with the VarioBase variable support base which enhances flexibility on site and increases the crane’s lifting capacity.

Liebherr has also revealed that strategic partnerships with energy and infrastructure providers will be announced at MINExpo, alongside the roadmap for the company to provide these solutions to its customers.


Sandvik will have several of its latest innovations on display for the first time anywhere in the world at MINExpo, including its AutoMine Concept vehicle.

The first fully autonomous battery-electric vehicle (BEV) for underground mining is equipped with new sensing capabilities and artificial intelligence to help the cabinless technology demonstrator perceive its surroundings and environment in 3D and react in real time, enabling it to adapt and plan its own route and to find the most suitable paths even in continuously changing environments.

In addition, Sandvik will unveil its latest battery-electric underground truck, together with a virtual introduction to new loader technology with AutoMine readiness.

Sandvik will also launch the DS412iE, its first battery-powered rock bolter that rounds out the company’s first full zero-emissions offering for all underground drilling applications.

Sandvik Mining and Rock Solutions president Henrik Ager says the company was proud to launch the industry’s first battery-driven underground jumbo five years ago at MINExpo 2016, and is proud of its ongoing progress in electric equipment innovation since then.

In addition to displaying its latest rock tools offering at MINExpo, Sandvik will launch a new DTH hammer with class-leading fuel efficiency.

The company will also present a new rotary bit, new heavy duty drill bits, a new drill bit for autonomous drilling and its latest digital rock tools solutions, all developed to increase sustainability and productivity.

Sandvik will use a simulation game to introduce its new digital offering, Remote Monitoring Service, and will also showcase its smart inspection tools through interactive demonstrations.

“Nothing beats meeting customers face-to-face and being able to showcase all of our latest developments in-person,” Ager says.

“However, we also understand that not everyone will be able to travel to Las Vegas, so that’s why we will also be providing a rich digital MINExpo experience.”

The digital experience will involve a microsite designed involve those who can’t make the event in-person.

The microsite will include a welcome video from Ager, videos, photos and product information, as well as a schedule of livestreamed interviews to be viewed on LinkedIn, Facebook and YouTube.

Once the show opens, further content will be available to consume including an virtual booth with a 3D version of the Las Vegas exhibit.

The simulation game – Service Hero – will also be available on Sandvik’s MINExpo microsite.


Epiroc’s Pit Viper 291 makes its debut at MINExpo 2021. The rig is designed to tackle larger diameter drilling in soft to medium ground conditions in both rotary and DTH drilling.

The Pit Viper 291 offers more than 100 different options to configure the perfect drill rig for your specific application. With Epiroc’s Rig Control System (RCS), the Pit Viper 291 can be configured with scalable automation features, including fully autonomous drilling.  

With protected hydraulics, sensors and cables, Epiroc’s new Boomer M20 is the next generation in underground mining. The worlds’ first face drill rig with internal hydraulics, the Boomer M20, is designed to minimise unplanned stops and maximise uptime and performance even in the toughest conditions.

High precision and performance are ensured with on-board automation features, tele-remote capabilities and digital drill plans which give higher reliability and quality of the full drill cycle. Through tele-remote capabilities, operators can drill from a safe distance and keep production going over shift changes.

The Boomer M20 comes with a battery-electric driveline option. With the on-board charger, charging automatically happens while connected to the grid for drilling.

Epiroc will also showcase its automation and information management solutions as part of the 6th Sense capabilities. The 6th Sense is Epiroc’s answer to the mining and construction industries need for digitalisation as an enabler for safety and productivity gains.


Komatsu’s latest haulage concepts, designed to prioritise customers’ desire to reduce  emissions and for autonomous haulage solutions, will be on display; revealing its future vision for power agnostic dump trucks and autonomous haulage retrofits for existing equipment.

The OEM will also preview future capabilities for remote operation of equipment featuring hydraulic excavators and autonomous haulage.

Other new Komatsu solutions designed to advance more sustainable mining methods that will be on display include the WE1850 Gen 3 surface wheel loader with proven SR (switched reluctance) hybrid drive technology and the ZR122 surface blasthole drill with automated features.

Komatsu, to assist its customers’ sustainability needs, will also display its battery hauler for underground mining powered by lithium-ion battery technology, as well as its battery-tram powered ZJ32Bi jumbo drill for underground hard rock mining.

Created with input from customers around the world, the company’s latest equipment, service and technology solutions are designed to simplify tasks, streamline processes and – ultimately – help optimise customers’ productivity.

Komatsu mining president and chief executive officer, as well as MINExpo chairman, Jeff Dawes says the show provides the perfect opportunity for industry leaders to collaborate on new ways to extract essential minerals at this critical time.

“Supporting our customers’ path forward with new solutions that leverage digitalisation, electrification and automation is crucial to our role as an essential provider to the industry, and we look forward to sharing these innovations developed in partnership with today’s mines,” Dawes says.


This article appears in the September issue of Australian Mining.


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