Atlas Copco is launching a new, 18-tonne capacity underground loader for large operations including development work as well as production mining.
Scooptram ST18, the new loader, is expected to be the most productive LHD on the market. Designed to match the successful 60 T capacity Minetruck MT6020, the new Scooptram ST18 completes Atlas Copco's range of underground loaders in this segment.
"We know that this loader was long awaited in the market," says Ben Thompson, Product Manager at Atlas Copco. "The optimised bucket means better muck pile penetration, faster acceleration and faster dumping. The result is a better load factor on the truck and, in the end, a higher tonnage per month."
In addition, the ST18 and the MT6020 share many common parts and control system components, which can substantially reduce the total cost of ownership. The bucket and the unique boom design, combined with variable displacement pumps, provide for safe and efficient operations. This, together with the proven Atlas Copco Rig Control System which monitors, supports and controls all aspects of the operation, results in superior muck pile penetration, less wear and tear on the machine and an overall faster and more productive loading cycle.
Extra leg room
The operator sits in a spacious FOPS/ROPS-approved, air-conditioned cab and has extra leg room, thanks to the unique Atlas Copco footbox. The layout of the controls is ergonomically optimised and visibility is best-in-class even towards the rear, thanks to the sloping design and shorter power frame structure.
All of this contributes to an outstanding operator experience and improved productivity.
The Scooptram ST18 has an abundance of safety features, such as automatic brake test, protection guards, 3-point access system, redundant steering system, safety latches, boom lock-up, fire suppression systems, machine protection system and more. Furthermore, it can be equipped to run semi-autonomously or by radio remote control.
Beyond this, the new loader offers many sustainable solutions that contribute to maximised uptime and a long service life. For example, automatic ride control and automatic declutch increase the lifespan of the equipment and reduce spillage from the bucket. Automatic traction control reduces tyre wear and fuel consumption and the addition of soft stops on the boom, bucket and steering which reduce wear and tear on the machine.
Extensive service offering
The ST18 comes with a number of Atlas Copco Service products that contribute to trouble-free operations. One example is the RigScan, an advanced audit service product that offers a real-time, non-intrusive look at the equipment's running condition and performance. Another example is the Remote Monitoring system, making production and maintenance data available through a user-friendly web interface. In addition, Atlas Copco offers a training programme consisting of classroom, simulator, and on-site training. By using the sophisticated Scooptram ST18 training simulator, new operators are given plenty of opportunity to practise on machines and systems before entering the mine.
Automatic ride control and automatic declutch increase the lifespan of the equipment and reduce spillage from the bucket. Automatic traction control reduces tyre wear and fuel consumption.
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