Atlas Copco has launched its first battery driven product within the mining and underground segment – the Scooptram ST7 Battery has been developed to meet and exceed environmental standards and modern mining safety requirements.
Traditionally, underground mobile equipment in the mining sector has relied on diesel engines, which release emissions that need to be ventilated using costly systems. The electric scoops in underground mines that already exist need to be tethered via an electric cable and thus have limited range and other operating challenges.
With the trend for deeper mines continuing, and mining companies wanting more control over their operations, the Scooptram ST7 Battery answers this challenge with automated functions, including the ability to control multiple loaders from a safe, remote location, planning and repeating the perfect production cycle every time.
“Loaders and trucks consume about 80% of the diesel fuel underground. The loaders are most often used in dead ends of the mine, which are the most difficult to ventilate. To make the greatest impact on work environment and ventilation costs, it was an obvious choice for Atlas Copco to launch a battery driven loader as our first product of this type,” says Lars Senf, Vice President Marketing at Atlas Copco Underground Rock Excavation division.
“All the obvious benefits with battery power adds up to something that might not be as obvious, like a reduced environmental footprint, higher worker satisfaction, and a better standing in the community,” says Erik Svedlund, Product Manager - Electric Vehicles - Underground Material Handling.
Adapted from press release by Rebecca Bowden
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