|Finland's Sandvik has introduced a pair of new intelligent mining trucks for automated underground haulage. Less fossil-fuel dependent technologies promise to drive down production costs.|
|An integrated weighing system helps operators ensure a full payload every trip. The new trucks essentially deliver increased production with no increase in fixed costs.|
Better availability and improved performance mean that mines can achieve the same production volume with fewer trucks. The addition of four to eight productive hours each day, which otherwise would be wasted for blast clearance, can increase production by as much as 30% compared with conventional trucks. This is possible because operators are relocated from underground to the surface.