The Sandvik MC350 continuous miner, for mid-size room and pillar applications, is the latest edition in the comprehensive offering of continuous miners from Sandvik. The performance of Sandvik MC350 has been proven in extensive field tests in South Africa and, as all the continuous miners in the MC Series, it offers high productivity and low cost of ownership.
Sandvik continuous miners, including MC250, MC430, MC470 and now MC350, satisfy all seam conditions in room and pillar mines. Segmented for low-, medium- and high-seam applications, the continuous miners are all equipped with the functions expected to ensure maximum productivity, reliability and minimum cost for any seam.
"By using Sandvik continuous miners our customers benefit from more cost efficient operations," says Bruno Reumueller, Product Line Management, Underground Coal and Minerals at Sandvik Mining. "Thanks to a higher weight class, shear-up capability, and loading and conveying modules, our continuous miners can improve productivity by 10 to 20% compared to other continuous miners in their range. In addition, extended operating time between overhauls and a cost per ton that is equal or better than other continuous miners make this a very attractive offering."
The MC Series continuous miners are built using top-quality parts, sturdy, rugged structural components and boast a robust gearbox. Semi-automated and with a higher weight class, they offer a higher cutting rate and quicker loading time. Sandvik continuous miners can be fitted with a proximity detection system to improve safety. A health monitoring function also ensures advance warning of any problems before they arise.
"It's all about availability of the equipment and predictability in the operations, and part of that is also our complete parts and service offering," Reumuller says. "Our service engineers ensure that our customers get the right parts, rock tools and service at the right time to ensure safe operation, low operating costs and long service life."