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Since it was established in 1991, Golden West Industries has steadily built a business solving dust problems, and it’s now recognized as a leading provider of custom chemical solutions for the...

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Electric LHD Offers an Alternative to Diesel


The latest addition to Atlas Copco’s range of Scooptram underground loaders—the Scooptram EST1030—is designed to offer an attractive alternative to diesel-powered equipment in underground mining.

According to the company, the all-electric LHD consumes less energy, requires less ventilation, produces less heat and has a lower noise level than an equivalent diesel machine—in fact, using about 40% less energy and producing 40% less heat during routine operations than its diesel version. Although cable-powered electric loaders are not new in concept, cable safety, handling and control have always been troublesome areas. However, the EST1030 introduces a new, patented cable control system that minimizes cable tension and wear problems. And, said Atlas Copco, the loader can be operated by anyone familiar with its well-known ST1030 diesel model; controls are similar to the diesel version and the electric machine requires only a minimum amount of training to allow the operator to work effectively. Safety features include spring-applied, hydraulically released (SAHR) brakes, and the loader’s ISO and ROPS/FOPS approved cabin features a foot box that provides increased leg room and ergonomic control placements. The cabin is cushioned on rubber mounts, reducing vibration for the operator. The electric Scooptram shares 90% of its components with the diesel Scooptram ST1030.
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