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Toll Mining Services Evaluates Saving Potential Using The Nicolas Tractomas In Iron Ore Hauling
In open pit mining, worldwide, transport routes get longer as more easily accessible sources are increasingly exploited, often in extremely remote regions.
Cost effectiveness is, therefore, more and more a matter of hauling prices per ton, because long routes between decentralized mines, processing or storage facilities have to be mastered.
Even lowering the cost per ton material handled by a fraction of a cent can result in a significant cost saving. As such, mining companies continually evaluate potential cost reduction options.
The Australian company, Toll Mining Services, is no exception which is why they recently put the Nicolas Tractomas on trial for use in Western Australia by BC Iron Limited.
Initial evaluations indicate that they were very impressed with the performance.
With 1150 HP and 32 litres cylinder capacity the newest generation of the proven giant moves four dumpers with a total of 350 tons payload on even ground and is equipped with an additional PowerBooster Dolly, even operable directly in the open pit.
Markus Pflederer, responsible Sales Manager for the mining business at TII Sales,explains:
The newest generation of the Nicolas Tractomas, equipped with a driven dolly, makes reloading the ore after bringing it out of the open pit obsolete. You drive out of the pit and go directly into the long haul route – this bears huge potential savings and mine operators are becoming increasingly aware of these.