Two mining engineers review lessons from a manufacturing ‘leap of faith’ and see different futures for the world’s biggest haulers
Ultra-class trucks have now been around for almost two decades, a timeframe ample for meaningful reflection. Beyond the data, there are now plenty of case studies and stories to consider that can make the case both for and against their deployment. A couple of mining engineering professors from Canada said after glancing back it becomes apparent the ultra-class hauler does have its place, which is also to say that there are mines where it definitely doesn’t belong. A handful of variables determine which is the case for a particular mine. Where they diverge is if there is now a trend at play reflecting this reality and what that trend looks like.