The first of Platreef's planned fleet of mobile underground mining equipment, a 5.5-metric ton (mt) load-haul-dump
machine (LHD), has arrived on site and will be used for off-shaft station development on the 750-m, 850-m, and 950-m levels.
has shipped a proof of concept battery electric load-haul-dump
(LHD) loader to a mine site located in Canada.
Caterpillar has shipped an electric load-haul-dump
(LHD) loader to a mine in Canada, where the first such proof-of-concept vehicle will be tested in active service.
Paramount to its operation is a fleet of battery-operated electric vehicles, including jumbos, 14-tonne load-haul-dump
(LHDs), bolters, service carriers, and emulsion loaders.
The AT32LHD duplicates the manual controls in the cab of the load-haul-dump
, allowing the operator to direct the equipment from a safer area.
The entire unit is engineered to be a direct replacement for the OEM exhaust system on a wide range of mining equipment, such as scoops, load-haul-dump
vehicles, skid-steer loaders, utility vehicles and personnel carriers.
It has worked with Inco for 10 years, automating operation of load-haul-dump
vehicles known as LHDs, haulage trucks, and stationary drills, according to Automated Mining's president, Jack Purchase.
Although hand-held drills are employed in some areas, the mine also makes use of compact Atlas Copco drilling jumbos and load-haul-dump
machines from Tamrock.
During caving operations, ore from block cave drawpoints would be delivered by autonomous load-haul-dump
vehicles to underground crushers, with two crushers on each level.
Caterpillar will start testing its 7-tonne load-haul-dump
loader at Onaping Depth, starting in July, and Glencore is additionally involved with two projects with the Ultra-Deep Mining Network (UDMN) in Sudbury.
The high-capacity, load-haul-dump
loader, which works two shifts per day for a total of up to 20 hours, loads out of the face and into trucks.
They feature a 270 degree wrap around screen, high-fidelity simulation, and cabins for underground LHD (Load-Haul-Dump
) and drilling equipment.