Achieving ISO certification for the roll over protection structure (ROPS) and falling object structure (FOPS) of the Sandvik LH115I low profile loader is seen as a major boost for Sandvik Mining and Rock Solutions’ South African operation.
The ROPS and FOPS for the South African-built Sandvik LH115I low profile loader has always been engineered in accordance with ISO standards, says Sandvik Mining and Rock Solutions business line manager Deon Lambert.
“The only difference was that local customers initially requested a total height of 1.6 m for the unit, which meant it was limited to low height deflection-limiting volume (DLV),” says Lambert. “More recently, we have increased the height of the canopy by 70 mm, giving us the DLV to secure full certification in terms of ISO.”
“The first customer to place an order for a machine with the new canopy height already has five of our locally produced LH115I loaders on its mine, and these will be retrofitted with the new certified canopy,” he says. “All future units of this model produced by our local facility will also have the newly designed canopy and the associated certification.”
In addition to complying with the latest safety requirements of the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy, the local content of the Sandvik LH115L low profile loader will assist mines in meeting their Mining Charter local procurement targets. Designed for harsh underground conditions, the loader boasts high availability and ease of maintenance, together optimising its lifetime operational costs.
Sandvik Mining and Rock Solutions provides the full low-profile portfolio offering of underground drills and bolters to ensure matching sets of equipment.