Manitou has launched a new series of underground mining telescopic handlers.
According to the company it is set to release its new "neXt generation of lifting solutions to the resources industry".
"After extensive customer consultation around the globe Manitou has developed the first full factory designed range of underground utility vehicles and telescopic handlers."
The main focus of these telescopic handlers is safety, productivity, and cost efficiency.
"With the addition of these Manitou Underground Mining Telescopic Handlers to the range of mining solutions Manitou has a complete offer for safely operating in an underground mining or tunnelling application," Manitou mining activities manager Emmanuel Amandjules said.
"The development of the Manitou underground mining telescopic handlers is a direct response to users' need for a safe, robust handling and personnel lifting solution."
The first machine in the region to hit Australia is the Manitou MT-X 1030 mining.
This new Manitou telescopic handler is based on the standard MT-X 1030 S, but has some fundamental adaptions for underground mining applications and the resources environment.
"Our new range of mining telescopic handlers incorporate factory quality built in mining specifications; these make fundamental differences compared to a 'standard' or any other manufacturers," he said.
In terms of safety, the machine has a factory built and certified fail safe braking and emergency steering system with redundant braking axles, dual service brake lines, and operator Daily Safe Check procedures.
Manitou has also installed a 'mining guardian angel safety system' which monitors, at all times, the machine parameters, engine, hydraulics speed, and inclination. It then warns the operator in case of overspeed incidents, or can switch off the engine if required, avoiding engine damage or in worst case scenarios – a fire.
A 360 Visibility Smart System is included in the vehicle, and features cameras and LED lights that provide the driver and nearby personnel with full visibility and awareness of machine movements.
Most importantly for underground vehicles, it has a safe exhaust system which is designed to purify and dilute diesel fumes, minimising workers exposures to diesel particulate matter.
To maximise overall up time, the underground mining telehandlers are built with structural systems in place that make them more accommodated for the underground mine environment.
According to Manitou they are built with an electrical protection system that reduces the likelihood of electrical faults occurring in the harsh, corrosive underground mining environment.
They also feature access platform options compliant to AS1418.10:2011, which are fitted with automatic basket recognition and other underground operation options.