New options in tippers and dump trucks
A technology taking the tipper and dump truck segment by storm is “hybrid machines with 100 per cent electric drives, which save fuel and curb pollution”, shares Ranjit Ravindran, Business Head, Mining, Voltas. “Driverless technology, including automation, is also catching on in the earthmoving machinery segment.”
“There is a need for electromechanical drive dumpers and tippers powered also by electric prime movers like battery with alternator having a regenerative braking system coupled with user-friendly, self-diagnostic and prognostic features,” adds Ashim Kumar Mukherjee, Technical Advisor, Belaz-Enrika Mining Equipment Services.
“A new segment opening up is the import of second-hand dump trucks, either through outright purchase from different agencies or bought at overseas auctions. These are then refurbished and reconditioned in India,” says Mukherjee. “Thriveni Earthmovers recently bought a lot of second-hand, heavy earthmoving machines, including off-highway dump trucks up to 240 tonne capacity through such a process, thereby minimising its investment and enabling customised rebuilding, resulting in high techno-economic benefits. Such brought, refurbished and used dump trucks include some OJSC BELAZ 240-tonne diesel-electric dump trucks.”