Acheson, Alberta, April 16, 2019 - This month, SMS Equipment deployed the Komatsu
980E-4AT - the largest
autonomous Komatsu truck in commercial operations in the world - into production
in Canada. The Komatsu 980E-4AT is modeled after the proven work horse 930E series.
This 400-ton capacity truck has many of the same attributes, such as a simple and
reliable hydraulic system design and proven GE drive system. Fuel efficiency is
maximized due to optimized air handling with two stage turbocharging and the truck
features a Cummins 3500 HP SSDA18V170 engine.
"The introduction of these 980Es into the AHS environment wouldn't be possible without
our customers and distribution partners. They're a big reason why Komatsu has the
most autonomous systems, in the most mines, hauling the widest variety of materials,
in the world," said Dan Funcannon, GM, Mining Truck Division, Komatsu America. Scott
Schellenberg, Senior Manager, AHS at SMS Equipment adds, "The addition of the 980E-4AT
400-ton autonomous truck is a game changer for Komatsu and our customers, delivering
even greater value in enhanced mine productivity."
Mike Brown, EVP Innovation and Advanced Technology, SMS Equipment said, "SMS Equipment
continues to offer leading technology solutions for the mining industry by working
closely with its OEM Partners to deploy and support these technology programs such
as autonomous haulage. We have invested heavily in developing an experienced team
of autonomous mining specialists capable of supporting our customer's needs from
inception through to implementation and continuous improvement. The rapid increase
in proposed autonomous projects will make Canada a global leader in autonomous adoption
as Canadian mining companies focus on driving better efficiencies into their operations."
Komatsu AHS video to learn more about the technology behind the launch (available
in English only)
About SMS Equipment
As one of Canada's leading providers of equipment solutions and services for the
mining, construction, forestry, road and mineral, and utility industries, SMS Equipment
holds a unique position in the industry as a one-stop supplier of a complete range
of equipment. The company offers only world-renowned brand names of industrial equipment
that meets customers' standards of reliability and productivity. Partnering with
industry leaders, SMS Equipment strives to be the number one solutions provider.