Sandvik launches new continuous miner

THE performance of the new Sandvik MC350 continuous miner, for mid-size room and pillar applications, has been proved in extensive field tests in South Africa to offer high productivity and low cost of ownership, according to the company.

Lou Caruana

Segmented for low, medium and high-seam applications, the continuous miners are all equipped with the functions expected to ensure maximum productivity, reliability and minimum cost for any seam, Sandvik Mining product line management, underground coal and minerals Bruno Reumueller said.

“By using Sandvik continuous miners our customers benefit from more cost efficient operations,” he said.

“Thanks to a higher weight class, shear-up capability and loading and conveying modules, our continuous miners can improve productivity by 10-20% compared to other continuous miners in their range.

“In addition, extended operating time between overhauls and a cost per tonne that is equal or better than other continuous miners make this a very attractive offering.”

Sandvik continuous miners, including MC250, MC430, MC470 and now MC350, satisfy all seam conditions in room and pillar mines, according to Sandvik.

The MC-series continuous miners are built using top-quality parts, sturdy, rugged structural components and boast a robust gearbox. Semi-automated and with a higher weight class, they offer a higher cutting rate and quicker loading time.

Sandvik continuous miners can be fitted with a proximity detection system to improve safety. A health monitoring function also ensures advance warning of any problems before they arise.

“It’s all about availability of the equipment and predictability in the operations, and part of that is also our complete parts and service offering,” Reumuller said.

“Our service engineers ensure that our customers get the right parts, rock tools and service at the right time to ensure safe operation, low operating costs and long service life.”