Komatsu, Codelco to trial mining tunnel borer in Chile

Komatsu and subsidiary Komatsu Cummins Chile have partnered with Chilean state-owner miner Codelco to trial a new tunnel excavation method for underground hard rock mining using Komatsu’s newly developed Mining Tunnel Boring Machine (TBM). The trail will begin in 2024 at Codelco’s Chuquicamata mine just outside of Calama in northern Chile, a property that is situated at 2,850 metres (9,350…

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Komatsu and Cummins to Collaborate on Zero-Emissions 

Komatsu and Cummins have signed a memorandum of understanding to collaborate on the development of zero-emissions haulage equipment. Building on a legacy of diesel engine partnership across a wide variety of mining and construction equipment, Cummins and Komatsu will initially focus on zero emissions power technologies including hydrogen fuel cell solutions for large mining haul truck applications. In August 2021,…

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Komatsu redesigns Joy 02ESV scoop

With key benefits including longer times between charges, improved performance and optimum operator comfort, the Joy 02ESV has been updated, redesigned and re-released by Komatsu. Ideal for soft-rock mining applications, the 240-volt machine comes in three models: the 02ESV36, 02ESV56 and 02ESV60. The trio offer bucket capacities of 120-165 cubic feet, respectively, with maximum payloads of 18.2 to 28.7 t. All…

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Boliden turns to autonomous hauling at Aitik

Boliden said it will introduce Komatsu FrontRunner, an autonomous hauling system, on 11 haul trucks at its Aitik copper mine in northern Sweden ­– the first AHS roll out in the European Union. The Swedish miner is investing a total of SEK218 million (US$25.4 million) into the launch and anticipates automation of the fleet to be fully implemented in 2024.…

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Komatsu debuts concept autonomous water truck

Komatsu announced it has been trialing an autonomous water truck, based on its proven Autonomous Haulage System (AHS). The OEM is working to introduce the HD785-7 truck as a commercial offering in 2022 to help enhance safety and productivity in mines. The technology on the concept HD785-based water truck autonomously controls both the truck’s movement and water disbursement through the…

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