Sandvik Mining announced it is now using Volvo Penta engines for all underground trucks and loaders for global operations. Sandvik now uses Volvo Penta TAD1251VE engines in its TH430 underground trucks, according to Dale Rakochy, product line support manager for the Ontario-based miner.

Since engine installation began in 2009 with Tier 4i/Stage IIIB emission standards, they have provided “unbeatable” power, speed, fuel efficiency and safety “unmatched by any other in the market today,” said Rakochy.

4i/Stage IIIB regulate nitrogen oxides and diesel emissions. The Penta contains a selective catalytic reduction converting poisonous gas into harmless nitrogen and water. The Penta also treats diesel without a particulate filter.

Ventilation is a considerable expenditure for mine operations, so reducing the toxins radically cuts costs while improving underground working conditions. Volvo Penta’s Tier 4i engines also require far less ventilation than others and can also provide large cost savings.

Compared with competitors, LH514 ventilation costs are up to 50% less, while fuel costs can be 10% less. In addition, fuel consumption—an hourly cost—is at record lows, with minimal heat generation. The Penta is part of the Volvo Group, a top manufacturer of trucks, construction equipment and industrial application systems.

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