In a recent turn of events, SMS Equipment has reportedly deployed the very famous Komatsu 980E-4AT, supposedly the world’s largest Komatsu truck in commercial operations, in production in Canada.

If reports are to be believed, the Komatsu 980E-4AT was designed after the successful launch of 930E series. This 400-ton load capacity truck has several attributes similar to 930E series, such as a reliable and simple hydraulic system design and acclaimed GE drive system.  As per sources, truck’s fuel efficiency is maximum because of augmented air handling with 2 phase turbocharging and it contains a Cummins brand engine – 3500 HP SSDA18V170.

According to a press release by the SMS Equipment, Dan Funcannon, General Manager of Mining Truck Unit, Komatsu America, stated that the launch of 980Es in the AHS environment would not be possible without the company’s customers and supply partners. Funcannon also said that they are the chief reason why Komatsu offers the greatest number of autonomous systems, in most mining sites, presenting the widest collection of materials across the globe.

Scott Schellenberg, Senior Manager of AHS, SMS Equipment, noted that the inclusion of 980E-4AT jumbo 400-ton capacity autonomous truck is a game changing situation for its customers and Komatsu, offering even higher value in augmented mine throughput.

Mike Brown, EVP Innovation & Advanced Technology, SMS Equipment reportedly said in a statement that SMS Equipment consistently offers market leading technological solutions for the mining business sphere by working closely with Original Equipment Manufacturer partners to install and support these technology initiatives like autonomous haulage.

Brown further stated that the company has invested enormously in creating a team of experienced autonomous mining experts capable of assisting its customer’s needs from commencement to implementation and regular enhancements.

The fast amplification in future autonomous projects would make Canada a world leader in autonomous implementation as Canadian mining businesses focus on driving higher efficiencies into their mining operations, stated Brown.

For the record, SMS Equipment is Canada’s top providers of equipment solutions & services for the forestry, mining, construction, and other industries.