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A PC8000 works on a Suncor oil sand site in Alberta. The first PC9000 will be deployed to Alberta. (Image: Komatsu)

Komatsu Germany Mining Division (KGM) and SMS Equipment announced the PC9000 hydraulic mining excavator. The largest in Komatsu’s portfolio, the unit can be paired with 830E through 930E trucks.

The PC9000 has a “larger bucket, higher digging forces and other features to improve cycle time,” KGM said. “Its extended reach is aimed at supporting customers’ growing Autonomous Haulage Systems while a redesigned hydraulic system leads to lower emissions.”

Benefits offered include improved productivity, efficiency and performance, and lowered cost per ton of material moved, leadership at KGM said. “More productive and more efficient while achieving highest safety standards, the PC9000 marks an exciting evolution of our surface mining lineup,” says Peter Buhles, vice president, sales and services. “In developing the PC9000, we gathered input from our global customers and distributors to create a machine that responds to the mining industry’s emerging needs and is suitable for any type of surface mining application.”

The first unit will go to an oil sands operation in Alberta, Canada, Komatsu said.