Sandvik underground loader equipped with RCT’s driverless technology

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RCT has installed its driverless technology on one of Sandvik’s latest underground loaders.

Weeks after the LH621i from the OEM’s new i-series of vehicles was made available globally, the Kalgoorlie branch of RCT added its Control Master Guidance automation technology to a machine for one of its clients in Australia.

The Goldfields mining operation in Western Australia is now benefitting from the remote-controlled vehicle.

RCT Kalgoorlie branch manager Rick Radcliffe said they could install and commission the Sandvik LH621i loader and deliver it to site within a relatively short lead time.

“Now that we have documented the new LH621i, all future ‘i’ series loaders can be commissioned in exactly the same amount of time as traditional Sandvik 621 loaders,” Radcliffe said.

“This work follows on from a previous project where we commissioned two Sandvik LH517i loaders in the Kalgoorlie workshop for clients in the region.”

Only launched in January 2019, the 21-metric ton loader has been designed for rapid mine development and large scale underground mine production.

Equipped with a fuel efficient 352kW Tier 2/Euro Stage II engine as standard, it is also available with a 375kW Tier 4f/Stage IV option relying on ultra-low sulphur diesel fuel.

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