The Asia Miner

JAN-MAR 2019

The ASIA Miner - Reporting Important Issues to Mining Companies in the Asia Pacific Region

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the asia miner • volume 16 • issue 1 44 SUPPLIER NEWS The recently launched Cat® R1700 Underground Mining Loader is a new design that has proven its high producঞvity and efficiency in extended field trials and in producঞon studies. The R1700 carries a size-class-leading payload of 15 tonnes – a 20 per cent increase to its predecessor – whilst maintaining the dimensions of the R1700G. A recent head- to-head study and mulঞple field trials show that the machine leverages its payload advantage to deliver much faster truck loading and more producঞve load-and-carry operaঞons while using significantly less fuel per hour. The R1700 gains cycle ঞme advantages through fast bucket loading due to high breakout forces and a new tracঞon control system that limits ঞre slip when the bucket enters the pile. The result is fast loading, good bucket fill factors and reduced ঞre wear. Excellent machine balance and a new electrohydraulic braking system aid load-and-carry cycles. Fuel efficiency gets a boost in the new R1700 from on- demand adjustment of the cooling fan and the hydraulic system, as well as the efficiency of the Cat C13 engine. The 6-cylinder engine is turbocharged and air-to-air a[ercooled, and it produces 269 kW (361 hp) in standard configuraঞon and 257 kW (345 hp) in EU Stage V compliant form. The engine is available in three different emissions configuraঞons – Cat Venঞlaঞon Reducঞon, U.S. EPA Tier 3/EU Stage IIIA, and EU Stage V – to allow tailoring the R1700 to the venঞlaঞon needs of the mine. A[ertreatment for the Stage V engine configuraঞon is chassis mounted for convenience and includes a Diesel Emission Fluid (DEF) tank sized to match the 12-hour capacity of the fuel tank. To boost producঞvity even further, the R1700 is designed to make best use of technology. Opঞonal Autodig helps new operators be producঞve the first day and reduces faঞgue for experienced operators. MineStar™ Command for underground offers a selecঞon of control technologies—line- of-sight remote control, teleremote control from a distant operator staঞon, semi-autonomous operaঞon, and fully autonomous operaঞon. During the load or dump cycle, the harder the operator pushes the controls, the faster the machine responds. The steering system is pilot controlled to provide more precise feel for the operator during maneuvers in ঞght places. Ride control is now fully integrated into the hydraulic system and engages automaঞcally as the machine goes above 5 km/h (3 mph). Electronically snubbing the li[ cylinders protects them and provides greater operator comfort. Cat® R1700 underground loader sets productive pace Caterpillar's Cat® R1700 Underground Mining Loader Kinder Australia expands into APAC region A[er 33 years of being at the forefront in delivering excellence in the bulk solids materials industry, Kinder Australia has announced that it will be branching out into the Asia Pacific region. Launching its internaঞonal website,, Kinder Australia CEO, Neil Kinder, stated that the company's vision of conঞnuous producঞvity, innovaঞon and expansion has been central to Kinder's values. "Our new Internaঞonal Website is a big leap for the Kinder K brand," said Mr Kinder. "It's a significant milestone for all involved and is strategically aligned to the company's global expansion plans. It's also in response to the growing demands and opportuniঞes presented by the Asia Pacific mining, quarrying and extracঞon industries", explains Mr Kinder. According to GlobalData Mining Intelligence's esঞmates, AU$253 billion in mining sector Capex across 483 projects are in development or have been forecasted to commence over the next two years, globally. With APAC forecasted to emerge on top, with the largest proporঞon of total projects, at 38 per cent ahead of the Middle East and 15 per cent ahead of Africa. "The embarkment into the Asia Pacific region is supported by the company's 3000m2 state-of-the-art warehouse facility, housing over 8,000 conveyor hardware components and accessories", said Mr Kinder. Kinder acঞvely promotes the rigorous ISO 9001 accreditaঞon and compeঞঞve edge. The ISO internaঞonal benchmarks provide addiঞonal assurance to customers that Kinder products and soluঞons are innovaঞve, safe, reliable and of a high quality. Broad industry experience, highly technical experঞse in specialised mechanical engineering design, coupled with global sourcing leading edge soluঞon and strategic alliances with key local and internaঞonal manufacturers ensures Kinder conveyor component soluঞons are diverse and fulfils the demands of today's evolving bulk materials handling operaঞons across a mulঞtude of industries, worldwide.

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