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Recently on show at the Futuroad Expo in Nasrec near Johannesburg was Scania’s new G460 heavy tipper with its 40-ton payload capacity – hailed as a cost-effective alternative in many mining applications to the industry’s traditional ‘yellow metal’ machines.

“This Scania solution will compete well with its yellow metal competitors in terms of its lower acquisition costs, lower maintenance costs, fuel economy, performance, driving speed and shorter tipping cycles,” said Anders Friberg, general manager vehicle sales and export at Scania South Africa.

Boosting mining productivity with ScaniaThe new Scania G460 big tipper at the recent Futuroad Expo at Nasrec near Johannesburg – promising effi ciency and economy alongside robust performance in mining applications.

 Friberg said the robust new model, specially developed for optimised performance in the toughest mining conditions, builds on the success of the G410 CB 8 x 4 EHZ model – about 30 units of which are already operational in Southern African mining and quarrying pits.

“With the mining sector under huge cost pressures and plagued by considerable uncertainty at the moment, we are excited to introduce this new 8 x 4 mining truck,” he said. “We believe strongly that its cost and performance benefits allow it to compete head-on with the yellow machines that have traditionally dominated this sector. As mines look for innovative options to raise productivity, we think the market is ready for
something different and more cost-effective.”

He also emphasised that Scania has about 3 000 of its various other truck models serving the mining industry in different ways, so the brand awareness and confidence among customers is already well established.

“The main adjustment for our target markets is for them to see the value of an alternative to the traditional yellow machines,” said Friberg. The heavy tipper delivers a high equipment-to-payload ratio in any type of mining environment, boasting a 25 % payload increase.

The positive brand image that Scania’s range of truck offerings already has among customers in mining has allowed the company to continue rolling out its broad transport solution to mines, said Ruben Govender, key account manager mining at Scania.

“In addition to the baseload of Scania products in the sector, our comprehensive infrastructure around Africa allows customers to rest assured that support and parts are always available,” said Govender. “Scania’s modular design and component philosophy also allows greater interchangeability of components, and a 95 % immediate parts availability; these factors all contribute to high uptime, longer vehicle life and lower total cost of ownership.”

Scania has for some time been building its technical capacity in terms of mining, and now employs over 40 specialised mining experts around the world, with 16 in its head office in Sweden; they provide a support function in the design and construction of the various heavy tipper configurations – ensuring that these meet customer needs.

According to Scania key account manager mining Charnie-Lee Adams-Kruger, Southern Africa has been one of the key focus markets for Scania Global Mining since 2015 – a move that demonstrates Scania’s intent to become much more involved in the potential of the region’s wide range of mineral opportunities.

“Already, our heavy tippers have been well received in this market, with one of our customers – a contractor at a zinc mine in southern Namibia – running the Scania G410 8 x 4 tipper for more than 11 000 hours to date,” said Adams-Kruger. “Another success story has been a leading quarry company in South Africa notching up 6 000 hours with the G410 heavy tipper; they have been very impressed with its performance and reliability.”

She emphasised that the G410 and the G460 heavy tippers offer improved environmental performance in comparison to yellow metal competitors – delivering better fuel efficiency and a lower carbon footprint.

“At the same time, they still deliver the operational performance that operators require under demanding conditions,” she said. “In the quarry application, for instance, the recommended specification was 12 mm steel for floor and 8 mm for the sides of the tipper bucket, resulting in a robust load bin that is rock-tolerant and able to endure harsh mining environments.”

The G460 comes standard with heavy-duty rear axles with cast-iron housings, and reinforced front axles with excellent ground clearance – as well as the ‘opticruise’ feature that provides accurate and smooth automated gear changing for reduced driver fatigue and improved productivity.

The capacity of the 8 x 4 configuration of the heavy tipper varies from 18 to 40 cubic metres depending on material density; the range of recommended tipper body sizes makes it suitable for heavier minerals like iron ore and copper or lighter material such as salt and coal. There is also a 6 x 4 configuration with capacities from 13,5 to 30 cubic metres. First to market with its dual cylinder option, Scania has improved truck stability and reduced tipping cycles.

“The G460 model is just what is required in South Africa’s uncertain mining and quarrying sector, where so many companies are taking a ‘wait and see’ approach,” said Govender. “The features of Scania’s heavy tipper – combined with its attractive capital cost – make the decision to re-invest much easier for opencast operations and quarries that are struggling to maintain plant efficiency.”

He noted that the capex saving also allows owners to consider multiple units to further improve operational flexibility and reduce downtime risk. Added value comes in the form of Scania’s driver training programmes and features such as the vehicle’s communication technology in tracking and improving production performance. An on-board loadcell, for instance, helps to accurately track material moved without the need for a separate on-site weigh-bridge.

Friberg emphasised the importance of Scania’s century of hands-on research and development, which is leveraged in the design of the new mining truck.

“Our R&D is based on constant contact with customers, to ensure that our designs are based on what customers need,” he said. “This close contact is also vital to optimally configure the truck for every specific application; we assess the customer’s operation carefully before arriving at our recommendation.”

A range of mining functions can be addressed using Scania solutions, he adds, from site preparation, blasting and off-road hauling to on-road haulage and the transporting of workers to and from site.

Service options are also becoming more innovative, as Scania offers on-site servicing should the customer’s size of operation warrant this, said Adams-Kruger.

“Containerised workshops are becoming popular as a strategy to improve uptime, as the service offering is always readily available,” she said. “This option adds further support to Scania’s already broad footprint of support facilities and expertise.”

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