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Making mining cleaner and safer with battery driven equipment

2016-05-02

Atlas Copco launches its first Battery driven product within the mining and underground segment. When it comes to safety for its operators, the battery driven Scooptram ST7 has been developed to meet and exceed environmental standards and modern mining safety requirements.

Traditionally, underground mobile equipment in the mining sector has relied on diesel engines which release emissions. Those emissions must be ventilated via costly systems”. Says Andrew Lyon General Manager Atlas Copco Canada.

There are already electric scoops in underground mines, but these units have to be tethered via an electric cable. Thus, they have limited range and other operating challenges.

As the trend for deeper mines continues and mining companies seek to gain more control over their operations, the Battery ST7 Scooptram answers this challenge with automated functions. For example, the ability to control multiple loaders from a safe, remote location, planning and repeating the perfect production cycle every time.

This initiative to create battery operated equipment has been driven by new developments in battery technology. This has made it possible to create powerful and productive equipment with zero emissions. The Scooptram ST7 is the first step in powering heavy, mobile equipment underground and in the future we will see a broader range of battery powered equipment including scoops, trucks and drills.

"All the obvious benefits with battery power adds up to something that might not be as obvious, like a reduced environmental footprint, higher worker satisfaction, and a better standing in the community". Erik Svedlund, Product Manager - Electric Vehicles - Underground Material Handling

Atlas Copco creates solutions that enable not just monetary profit, but also profit in a broader sense of the word. Safer, more comfortable workplaces, reduced energy consumption, and the elimination of toxic emissions all add up to a profit that is hard to quantify, but easy to understand. Further proof of Atlas Copco's adage that ideas move mountains. 

The Scooptram ST7 Battery will currently only be available in Canada and USA.

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Underground Rock Excavation is a division within Atlas Copco’s Mining and Rock Excavation Technique business area. It develops, manufactures, and markets a wide range of tunneling and mining equipment for various underground applications worldwide. Atlas Copco's strong focus on innovative product design and aftermarket support systems gives added customer value. The divisional headquarters and main production center is in Örebro, Sweden.