New LHD lip system launched

MTG has released new bucket protection systems for underground LHDs.

The welded lip shrouds are specifically designed for increased bucket penetration in LHD operations.

“This welded system comes with an ultra-slim design that optimises bucket penetration and reliability, increasing machine productivity and operational time” MTG said in a company statement.

“Thanks to that, this shroud is capable of reducing fuel and pneumatic consumption, compared with mechanical protectors, providing a greater advantage for the user.”

Designed and manufactured in Europe, the system is made from a new steel alloy – MET40LH – which aids in maximum hardness and protection without losing weldability of the steel.

It also comes with a self-sharpening design, that increases wear life, and allows for installation versatility in any bucket width.

Currently the welded LHD lip system has a thickness of 38 millimetres, although a version will be released later this year featuring more wear material at the lower part for more abrasive operations.

A hammerless system is also slated for release in 2017.

It has already been tested on Canadian and Portuguese mines.