Normet launches new underground vehicles

Normet has launched a new generation of its MF and LF series of underground equipment, with the machines designed for industrial internet integration.

Debuting the machines at Bauma China 2014, Normet says the machines "set a new standard in comfortable underground operation, with unique axle suspension systems and fully redesigned ergonomic cabins".

The company has unveiled its new Mutlimec MF 100 cassette carrier.

The 10 tonne payload machine consists of a series of cassettes designed for different material such as concrete, fuel, lube, or personnel transport, as well as service and scissor lifts.

A rugged load handling device means the carrier can switch cassettes in under a minute.

It has also upgraded its existing machines for increased efficiency.

The redesigned series of vehicles includes machines in its Mutlimec, Variomec, Charmec, Spraymec, and Himec products lines in its MF and LF series.

The major upgrade for these machines, in both the 10 and 16 tonne classes, is the introduction of a new hydraulic axle suspension system "which is specifically designed for underground hard driving conditions".

"The suspension improves operators and passengers driving comfort and safety on bumpy roads and minimses fatigue, as they are less exposed to high peak forces and vibration," Normet stated. 

"The suspension also enhances vehicle handling at higher speed, reducing cycle time and increasing the productivity and efficiency of a vehicle. It also reduces vehicle wear and maintenance costs." 

The suspension system can be retrofitted to older vehicles.

In addition to the axle system, Normet has also focused on safety, developing a new cab with both ROPS and FOPS compliance, as well as improved ergonomics.

Normet is also integrating new electrical and control systems into the machines, with the second generation of NorSmart as standard.

Traditional gauges have been replaced with a new Multi Information Display (MID) which provides operator information such speed, fuel consumption, RPM, and temperature.

NorSmart can record all vehicle data such as speed, gear selected, use of brakes, engine and hydraulic oil temperatures, engine and gearbox oil pressures, etc. 

All of the sprayed concrete and charging work process data is now recorded on Spraymecs and Charmecs, with the capacity for this recorded data to be transferred for further analysis and supervisory checks via WLAN or by USB. 

Site specific industrial internet applications such as M2M and remote diagnostics can also be arranged through NorSmart.

The new machines will be introduced next year, with a number of different engine options for varying exhaust emissions standards and regulations globally.

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