Sandvik introduced the LH518B, an 18-metric-ton (mt) loader that features Artisan Vehicle powertrain and lithium battery technology.

The loader is equipped with three 2,000-Nm permanent magnet motors. It carries 18-mt loads, and is designed for 4.5 m by 4.5 m or larger tunnels. In addition to an innovative boom and bucket system, it features independent front and rear drivetrains, for a high payload capacity and a low overall height, Sandvik reported.

Battery changeouts use Artisan’s 6-minute AutoSwap process, and require neither crane nor forklift. It can be done in a passing bay or old re-muck bay, Sandvik reported. The AutoConnect feature automatically connects and disconnects the battery pack to the machine.

Separately, Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology introduced training on the DS422i, part of the new Digital Driller family. The low-weight, safe, portable family of simulators supports training on the DD422i/iE, DT922i, DL432i and DL421, and now the DS422i.

Digital Driller uses the same control system software as found on the Sandvik drills. It provides three levels of drill rig operator ability training, namely Drillmaster, Professional and Beginner. It comes with purpose-developed software that includes a range of specific operator exercises for recording and measuring operator behavior. Benefits include low-risk training and the reduction of the startup period.

Digital Driller comes in a wheeled carrying case and can be transported by a single person.