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Komatsu to highlight scalable, sustainable mining at MINExpo

By |  July 20, 2021
Komatsu plans to showcase the WE1850 Gen 3 surface wheel loader with proven SR (switched reluctance) hybrid drive technology at MINExpo International 2021. Photo: Komatsu

Komatsu plans to showcase the WE1850 Gen 3 surface wheel loader with proven SR (switched reluctance) hybrid drive technology at MINExpo International 2021. Photo: Komatsu

Komatsu plans to unveil its latest solutions for surface and underground mining operations Sept. 13-15 at MINExpo International 2021, where the company will exhibit in multiple locations.

According to Komatsu, it will have a large presence in the Las Vegas Convention Center’s Central Hall (Booth 7027). Additional Komatsu solutions will be highlighted at a neighboring booth for Modular Mining (Booth 7671), which is a Komatsu technology brand. Immersive Technologies (Booth 7583) and Hensley Industries (Booth 5401), which are Komatsu subsidiaries, will also have neighboring booths.

“MINExpo provides the perfect opportunity for industry leaders to collaborate on new ways to extract essential minerals at this critical time for our society,” says Jeff Dawes, president and CEO of Komatsu Mining Corp. and chairperson of MINExpo 2021. “Supporting our customers’ path forward with new solutions that leverage digitalization, electrification and automation is crucial to our role as an essential provider to the industry, and we look forward to sharing these innovations developed in partnership with today’s mines.”

Komatsu says its latest haulage concepts, which are designed to prioritize customer desires to reduce emissions and for autonomous haulage solutions, will be on display. Komatsu will also preview future capabilities for remote operation of equipment, featuring hydraulic excavators and autonomous haulage.

Other new Komatsu solutions designed to advance more sustainable mining methods that will be on display include:

• The WE1850 Gen 3 surface wheel loader with SR (switched reluctance) hybrid drive technology
• The ZR122 surface blasthole drill with automated features
• A battery hauler for underground mining powered by lithium-ion battery technology
• A battery-tram powered ZJ32Bi jumbo drill for underground hard rock mining
• An underground hard rock drilling and bolting retrofits compatible with all major and most other OEMs

Kevin Yanik

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Kevin Yanik is the editor-in-chief of Pit & Quarry magazine. Yanik can be reached at 216-706-3724 or kyanik@northcoastmedia.net.

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