Komatsu and Vale are collaborating to optimize the use of Komatsu’s DynaCut mechanical cutting technology. The companies will start trialing DynaCut’s capabilities on Komatsu’s new MC51 machine at Vale’s Garson mine in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada, working together to increase the pace at which the innovative technology will be available to the larger market.

“True innovation requires effective collaboration between the end user and suppliers to ensure the technology meets the needs of the industry,” said Dino Otranto, COO for Vale’s North Atlantic Operations and Asian Refineries. “This partnership is that first step to really prove and understand the technology, while meeting our high standards for safety.”

Through more than 10 years of research and development, Komatsu has determined how to break rock continuously and precisely through a fully electric system that outputs zero emissions. By automating and controlling processes so the machine can be operated remotely via line of site, mining companies can position operators further from the face and from harm’s way leveraging DynaCut technology and the MC51 machine, according to the company.

“We’re excited to be trialing this new machine and technology because it offers the potential to really change the way our customers mine,” said Rudie Boshoff, director of hard rock cutting systems at Komatsu. “Not only does the DynaCut technology provide a very controllable way of cutting rock — within 50 millimeters accuracy to plan — the machine itself, the MC51, is designed to advance more sustainable mining methods by reducing the amount of equipment required to get to the ore body.”

Komatsu and Vale will be co-presenting about their partnership to drive innovation on September 13 on stage at the Komatsu booth, No. 7027, at MINExpo 2021 in Las Vegas.

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