Banks Mining invest in 6 Komatsu HD785-7 rigid dump trucks

Banks Mining invest in 6 Komatsu HD785-7 rigid dump trucks

Banks Mining invest in 6 Komatsu HD785-7 rigid dump trucks

Banks Mining and Marubeni-Komatsu Ltd (MKL) have concluded a deal for six new Komatsu HD785-7 rigid dump trucks representing a total package value of over £4 million.

The initial three HD785-7 trucks, the first to be supplied to Banks Mining, were sent to work at the Brenkley surface coal mine near Dinnington, in the North East of England, during October. They have been supplied with a six year support package.

Operations at the Brenkley mine started earlier this year. Approximately 2.4 million tonnes of coal and 200,000 tonnes of fireclay will be removed from the mine over 11.5 years and the development provides continued employment for 40 site personnel and assists in the maintenance of some 120 service and support personnel located at the company's headquarters in the North East.

Commenting on the deal with MKL, Harry Banks OBE, chairman and chief executive of the Banks Group said: "We were very impressed with the enthusiasm and belief MKL have in both their truck and product support. They had the confidence to demonstrate their HD785-7 for us and it performed excellently. It has proved to be quick, productive and fuel efficient and importantly for us it's a very quiet machine too. We are confident our new Komatsu's will be a great addition to our fleet."

The HD785-7 has a powerful Komatsu SAA12V140E-3 engine that delivers 1200 HP at 1900 rpm. To optimise performance and fuel consumption the engine is fitted with a variable horsepower control (VHPC). This system sets the maximum engine power to one of four levels to match the job being carried out and the working conditions.

Consequently, the HD785-7 delivers excellent climbing ability when required and can reduce fuel consumption. The transmission includes Komatsu's electronically controlled clutch modulation system K-ATOMiCS, which controls both the engine and transmission to optimise clutch engagement. Combined with a 'skipshift' function that automatically matches the travel speed to the incline, this system ensures smooth gear shifting and responsive acceleration.

Derek White, Director/General Manager Product Support of MKL commented: "This is a really significant deal for MKL, with a leading company in an important industry sector, and we have worked very hard to secure it. In order to exceed Banks' expectations of excellent product support we have further invested and strengthened our local support infrastructure. A local team of field service engineers will service and maintain the trucks. We have already installed an office and parts storage facility on site and, additionally, we will keep further parts support stock at our depot in Chester-le-Street.

Another key feature that will ensure we keep the new Komatsu trucks in optimum shape is Komtrax Plus fitted with an Orbcomm controller. This satellite based diagnostic system negates the need for an engineer to visit the machine to manually download data. The Orbcomm controller transfers the data via satellite to a web site accessible by both MKL and Banks Mining. The data updates after every 20 hours of operation and provides detailed operational, statistical and trend data."

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