Komatsu announced delivery of 41 of its new Komatsu 930E-5 ultra-class dump trucks to Australian mining company BHP, which will begin using them this October at its South Flank iron ore mine in Western Australia.
Komatsu’s 930E haul truck is recognized as a market leader in the ‘ultra’-class (above 290 tonnes). Powered by a 2,700 hp engine, the brand new 930E-5 can haul up to 304 tonnes. It has an operating weight of 521,640 kg and a payload capacity of 304,000 kg.
Komatsu Australia’s CEO and Managing Director, Sean Taylor, said the company’s relationship with BHP reflects Komatsu’s customer-centered vision.
“People-powered technology is our central philosophy at Komatsu, and it’s this people-first approach to technology that we feel we share with BHP,” he said, according to Robotics & Automation. “Komatsu focuses on autonomous technology-driven job creation, with focus on safety, diversity, upskilling and an innovative flexible workforce that marries our people’s needs with business goals. This is our blueprint for the future.”
Komatsu is working hard to set the standard for future technological innovations in the trucking industry. Its Autonomous Haulage System (AHS) trucks are becoming more and more popular.
“Komatsu has 250 AHS trucks deployed and 180 operating now globally across 3 continents, across 9 mine sites, and recently became the first autonomous truck qualified to operate on private long-term evolution (LTE) mobile broadband technology in commercial operations,” said Leo Kaloglou, Komatsu Australia executive general manager—mining.
“The operation of FrontRunner AHS technology has been tested across 3 different commodities in 3 of the harshest and most extreme environments in the world; in ambient temperatures of minus 45 degrees, in temperatures higher than 40 degrees and finally at extreme altitude.
“With over 2 billion tonnes of material moved autonomously—more than all other commercial mining autonomous haulage systems—with zero resulting injuries.”