Engineering & Mining Journal

FEB 2019

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66 E&MJ • FEBRUARY 2019 EQUIPMENT GALLERY Sandvik released the xSeries family of rotary and down-the- hole drills, which, the company reported, feature added intel- ligence and improved operator ergonomics, providing operators with the right balance of reliabil- ity and technology to drill the perfect hole safely. Highlights in- clude a touchscreen interface for the Sandvik Automation Module for use of machine health mon- itoring systems, the components of the i-Series machine, and for improved user experience; Sand- vik's Compressor Management System Lite; an oversized drill- er's window; bolt-on mast locks; and a swivel-enabled operator's seat. Company leadership said the release fi ts with the com- pany's history of making dura- ble products that can operate for decades. "In developing the xSeries, we've taken our customers' feedback into our research and development efforts and are proud of the newest addition to our product line," said Jacquez Britz, vice president, surface pedestal drills, Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology. Separately, Sandvik launched an automation upgrade pack- age for the DD422i and DD422iE underground drilling jumbos. It contains three individual options that are available for both DD422i and DD422iE. The options can be selected as individu- al enhancements or as a total solution package. The options in- clude a boom collision-avoidance system that predicts potential collisions; a drill bit changer that allows the bit to be changed from a safe location; and a teleremote drilling capability up- grade, which enables the drill to be operated remotely from the surface of the mine. The options offer improved productivity, better reliability, and, most importantly of all, improved opera- tional safety for the underground workforce, Sandvik reported. Push Block for Big Haulers Gives Safe Push Point Philippi-Hagenbuch Inc. (PHI) released the Push Block for artic- ulated and rigid-frame trucks. PHI engineered the Push Block to integrate with the rear chassis on off-highway trucks ranging from 20 tons to 400 tons. The Push Block provides a stable assem- bly that transfers rear pushing force directly to the truck's frame, preventing damage. The optimal positioning of the Push Block allows operators a safe push point to dislodge trucks from areas with poor ground conditions without damaging the truck body or pushing equipment, the com- pany reported. By transferring the pushing and pulling forc- es through the Push Block to the frame, operations prevent damage, downtime and asso- ciated costs without affecting the loading process or payload. Aggregate Handler Offers More Payload Caterpillar introduced the 990K Aggregate Handler, which offers a 25% payload increase over the standard 990K Wheel Loader. The handler enables operators to load trucks and rail cars faster and to move more material in load-and-carry and stockpile handling tasks, Cat reported. It has a payload of 20 metric tons (mt) and a full-turn static tipping load of 43,738 kg. Additional counterweight maintains machine stability, and robust 990K structures ensure durability in the handler's confi guration. It makes best use of gen- eral purpose and coal buckets for increased volume. It is available in standard-lift confi guration with 4.1-meter (m) dump clearance and in high-lift confi guration with 4.6-m dump clearance. Hoists for Hazardous Work Environments J.D. Neuhaus Ltd. (JDN) reported the Profi series air hoists are fi eld proven to provide safe, high-performance, cost-effective lifting and lowering. Safety features, such as 100% duty rating and explosion protection provide key benefi ts for those work- ing in hazardous areas, the company reported. Various control systems are available, including remote controls. For traversing loads, different trolley designs can be specifi ed. The chain and hook are manufactured from high-quality tempered steels with a breaking strength some fi ve times the nominal load, the compa- ny reported. Carrying capacity ranges from 550 lb to 100 metric Rotary Drill Series Offers Balance of Technology and Reliability

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