Eickhoff launches 'smartest' mining machine

MINING equipment manufacturer Eickhoff will unveil the SL shearer loader series, which it says is capable of mining more than one million tonnes of coal a month, at this year’s Asia-Pacific’s International Mining Exhibition in Sydney.

Lauren Barrett

The SL 300 effectively automates a longwall operation, allowing operators to focus on monitoring functions.

Eickhoff said the SL 300 was the “smartest machine in the world” and provided proven reliability and efficiency.

Eickhoff Australia managing director John Smallwood said the product was safer and had new energy distribution boxes configured with the latest Eickhoff industrial technology.

“The SL series is at the forefront of a machine generation which will enable fully autonomous mining systems in the future,” Smallwood said.

In a measure of the machine’s ability, Eickhoff said the SL 300 could concentrate the power of three Formula 1 racing cars at a coalface.

As well as holding numerous international production records, the machine has also won international innovation awards.

“Eickhoff continuously sets technology standards for safe yet highly efficient shearer loaders in extreme-performance longwalls around the globe,” Smallwood said.

Eickhoff said the development of its shearer loaders and continuous miners made the company a market leader in the international coal mining and tunnelling industry.

Eickhoff will be at hall three, stand 3407-01/-02 during AIMEX from September 6-9.