The 21st Century Innovations in Underground Mining Equipment

If you take a close look at the current trends in the mining industry, you will realize just how much the mining industry is currently overflowing with many kinds of radical underground mining technology and equipment with companies like Caterpillar or the Atlas Copco both already having launched and released some of the most technologically-advanced machinery and equipment in the recent years alone. And you will realize that the pace isn’t slowing down either with the evolution of equipment that is becoming faster, safer, and smarter, and helps most of the mining companies to improve their productivity levels all while keeping the operating costs at a minimum.

So, without much questioning, let’s dive in and discuss some of the innovations that some of these tech giants have come up with for the mining industry and what we can expect from them in the future as well.

  1. Caterpillar

Caterpillar Inc. has been the granddaddy and leading innovation expert in the field for decades with its remarkable products and designs of some of the best innovative mining equipment available in the market today. You can call it the “King of innovation.” Caterpillar produces some of the most reliable and respected equipment that the mining industry has to offer.

Cat R3000H Loader is currently the company’s latest innovation and already, it strives for excellence and demands attention, gets the job done and the load-haul-dump machine is currently the largest loader that the company has ever manufactured. It provides an increase in the trucks loading capacity, breakout performance, enhanced digging, faster speeds on grade, and a strengthened front frame as well.

It is the greatest and largest in the company’s innovative model line of all the mining vehicles for the underground mines.

  1. Sandvik

Sandvik mining is currently one of the many leading global suppliers of the mining equipment and tools in the mining industry with services and technical solutions which they also offer as well. Sandvik produces some of the best mining equipment which can be used to work in some of the toughest conditions. Industries can now perform safe underground operations and at the same time maintain high productivity with the help of this equipment.

The Sandvik DD321 drill rig features some of the best drilling capacities with its dual matching boom jumbo. It is engineered for the protective access of all the underground work and functions. All regular maintenance done on this rig are initiated at the ground level without necessarily having to open the housing.

  1. Atlas Copco

Atlas Copco is currently the world leader in all sustainable productivity solutions and develops products and services which are more focused on productivity, safety, energy efficiency, and ergonomics. Their main standout machinery is the Scooptram ST18 which has been designed to match the Atlas Copco’s Minetruck MT6020 which has a 60-ton capacity and provides a bucket design that tests also show can give considerably better muckpile penetration. You will also notice that it’s optimized bucket also gives a quicker loading cycle, which means more tons a month.

  1. Joy Global

Joy Global is a company based in the USA and manufactures mining equipment for both the surface and underground mining and they also offer some of the best custom-engineered equipment in the industry. Then comes the Joy quadbolters which feature up to four HFX bolting units that are semi-automatic and are wear-resistant bolters which minimize their maintenance and downtime. They are also equipped with temporary roof support systems as well as a protective canopy of the operators.