Atlas Copco has launched a new 18 tonne underground loader for larger operations.
The Scooptram ST18 has been created for development work and production mining.
According to the company the LHD is designed to work with Atlas' 60 tonne capacity mine truck MT6020.
Ben Thompson, Atlas' product manager, stated that "the optimised bucket means better muck pile penetration, faster acceleration, and faster dumping".
"The result is a better load factor on the truck and, in the end, a higher tonnage per month."
Additionally the ST18 and the MT6020 share common parts and control system components, cutting down the costs of ownership and parts storage.
Its bucket and boom design combined with variable displacement pumps provide safer and efficient operations.
This, in addition to Atlas Rig Control System, results "in superior muck pile penetration, less wear and tear on the machine, and an overall faster and more productive loading cycle" the company said.
Its cabin is FOPS and ROPS approved with extra leg room, whilst its layout has been ergonomically optimised.
The Scooptram ST18 is designed with a number of safety features such as automatic brake testing, protection guards, redundant steering systems, fire suppression, and is equipped to run semi-autonomously or via remote control.