Sandvik has released a new continuous miner for mid-size room and pillar applications, the MC350.
Already field-tested in South Africa, the machine joins the MC250, MC430, MC470, and MC350 continuous miners, which have all been segmented for low-, medium-, and high-seam applications.
According to Bruno Reumueller, Sandvik’s product line manager for underground coal and minerals “thanks to a higher weight class, shear-up capability and loading and conveying modules, our continuous miner can improve productivity by 10 to 20 per cent compared to other continuous miners its range”.
“In addition, [it has] extended operating time between overhauls and a cost per tonne that is equal or better than other continuous miners.”
The machine is semi-automated and has a higher weight class, and offers a higher cutting rate and quicker loading time.
It has rugged structural components and a robust gearbox.
It can also be fitted with a proximity detection system to improve safety.
It is 10.88 meters in length and 1.03 metres tall.
It weighs in at 60 tonnes and comes with 648 kW of power, has a cutter motor power of 300kW, a loading capcity of 10 to 30 tonnes per minute.
The MC350 has a max cutting height of 3100 millimetres, and minimum cutting height of 1500 millimetres.