There are lots of debates going on in different parts of the world regarding the ecological footprints of the mining industry. In the past, methods used in mining were not actually environmentally friendly but recently manufacturers of mining equipment make the effort to research and develop more eco-friendly machines.
Miners pull out millions of kilograms of minerals from underground resources every year. They rely on massive fleets of mining vehicles that are known as haul trucks. A German equipment company has introduced the massive ETF haul truck with the capability of pulling 4 times more minerals than the traditional monstrous Ultra Class mining vehicles.
The massive haul trucks boasts of more power than traditional dump trucks that are very conspicuous at construction sites. The behemoths have multiple axles for support and a frame for reinforcement to be able to haul 400 metric tons of material in one load. However, the enormous size of the truck that gives it the capability to haul heavy materials makes it rather difficult to handle. The truck driver must be well trained and experienced in travelling roads.
Because the massive trucks are usually extra wide, they are hindered by limitations on massive vehicles. A solution is provided by Germany-based European Truck Factory in the form of a new “smarter” truck that is more versatile with the capability to haul more materials. The ETF truck can haul as much as 400 metric tons in one load with the ability to distribute the weight over the seven axles that rest on 4 tires each.
The ETF truck is also more stable because of the Central Tyre Inflation System that actively monitors and adjusts the height of each wheel to counteract any bumps on the road. A standard truck will immediately stop operations at a mining site when it has a flat tyre but ETF can continue to work even with the same problem.
On the other hand, hammer mill manufacturer offers mining operators equipment that has the capability to shred and crush different materials into smaller pieces through repeated blows by hammers. Once the material has been impacted by a hammer, it is expelled through a screen with specific hole size.