Sandvik has introduced the TH545i underground mining truck, which promises to deliver safety, productivity and profitability benefits.
The ‘intelligent’ truck joins the existing i-series family — Sandvik TH551i and TH663i — launched last July.
Sandvik’s TH545i is designed for intelligent mine operations and improved productivity. The truck offers a significant capacity increase by carrying five tonnes more than its predecessor, the Sandvik TH540.
The truck’s standard engine power has been increased to 450kW from 405kW, enabling it to maintain fast speed even with the increased payload. Its outer dimensions remain the same, allowing the new upgraded truck to fit in the same envelope as the previous model.
A robust design is inherited from the Sandvik TH540, but the new truck is loaded with intelligence, according to the equipment manufacturer.
The Sandvik TH545i comes automation compatible and can be equipped with an optional AutoMine Trucking OnBoard package. Another intelligent feature is the integrated weighing system that is available as an option for all intelligent Sandvik trucks, supporting improved efficiency and ensuring full utilisation of the truck’s payload capacity.
From a safety point of view, the new model delivers benefits to maintenance personnel through improved access systems to the top of the truck and safety rails — keeping in mind that daily checks can be performed on the ground level.
Automation compatibility provides the possibility to move equipment operators from underground to other locations, also improving safety.
Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology, VP product line, load and haul, Wayne Scrivens, commented: “Sandvik TH545i complements our newly launched i-series truck offering. We follow our strategy, setting the industry standard, by adding intelligence not only to our new products, but also to existing offering.”