Sandvik have showcased several innovative solutions at MineX, which took place in Mount Isa, 9-10 June 2021. Once again, Sandvik was key sponsor for the biennial community and trade event that connects and supports the local mining industry in north-west Queensland.
Sandvik’s focus was on technologies and methods to support customers to improve their safety, productivity, and sustainability even further. This year, Sandvik’s stand included a ToroTM LH517i loader, screen media and wear protection displays, DTH and Top Hammer displays, AutoMine chair, a loader simulator, as well as an Eclipse Fire Suppression demonstration unit.
The stand-out display on the Sandvik booth was the ToroTM LH517i loader, attendees could climb up into the cab to truly experience what operators experience and get their picture taken inside the 8.6m3 bucket. The ToroTM LH517i is an 17-tonne underground loader that features multiple smart solutions such as Sandvik Intelligent Control System, My Sandvik Digital Services Knowledge BoxTM on-board hardware and AutoMine readiness as standard.
Eclipse Fire Suppression
The Eclipse Fire Suppression unit was a hit with the locals – young and old – as it provided the opportunity for MineX attendees to see the system in action. Sandvik’s fluorine free system automatically activates to protect people and equipment from flames, and is 30% more effective than dry alternatives. The Eclipse system is equipped with liquid agents to attack all the elements a fire needs to ignite – heat, fuel, and oxygen.
Learn anywhere, anytime
The loader simulator, the Digital Trainer – also proved popular, giving attendees the opportunity to drive one of Sandvik’s ToroTM loaders. The operator compartment is mounted on a motion base platform, providing a feel of driving a loader. A sound bar simulates the engine sound, as well as central equipment functions. To simulate the mine environment, the Digital Trainer is also equipped with HD displays providing a 3D view of the working area. Everyone from professional loader operators to school kids loved driving around the virtual mine without the hazards of an underground productive area.
Sandvik Rock Processing
The newest Sandvik business area, Sandvik Rock Processing, displayed real examples of its engineered screen media and wear protection. MineX attendees were able to touch Sandvik HX900 cast-in carbide, versatile wear plates and samples of its WT7000 rubber wear plates to feel the quality and durability.