Komatsu’s next generation mining shovel

The PC7000 is a 700 tonne class machine available in face shovel and backhoe configurations.

It is matched to plus-200 tonne trucks such as Komatsu’s 830E, 860E and 930E haul units.

According to Michael Hall, Komatsu Australia’s national product manager, the new PC7000, which had its worldwide release at Bauma this year, extends the company’s portfolio of loading tools in the plus 200 tonne truck classes, joining the PC8000.

“This shovel meets the mining industry’s requirements for high productivity through its proven Komatsu performance pedigree – and offers the lowest cost per tonne in its class,” he says.

“Testing in Australia has confirmed the production benefits delivered by the PC7000’s large bucket capacity, fast cycle times, high breakout force and excellent stability.”

Hall says the new shovel represents the latest in mining technology and was developed as a result of close collaboration with mining industry partners from around the world.

“With mining becoming ever more challenging, we opted for a truly customer-oriented approach,” he says.

“They identified safety, productivity, maintainability and performance as key drivers – and all were taken into consideration by our design and development engineers.”

Hall adds that the PC7000 has the highest engine power and breakout force in its class, providing fast cycle times.

“This, combined with an easy-fill bucket design, meant in less time at the face to fill the bucket, along with reduced fuel consumption per BCM.

“Downtime has also been significantly reduced, with the machine design providing easy access to major components, centralised service points and improved maintenance access through the location and increased width of walkways.”

For New Zealand customers all machine operational data is constantly monitored and checked through Komatsu’s INSITE Fleet Management Centre at its Fairfield headquarters.

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