Achieving ISO certification for the roll over protection structure (ROPS) and falling object structure (FOPS) of the Sandvik LH115I low profile loader is another feather in the cap of 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 Deon Lambert, business line manager at the company.
“The only difference was that local customers initially requested a total height of 1.6 metres 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 70mm, giving us the DLV to secure full certification in terms of ISO.”
Following the acceptance of the new canopy design from the factory, the way is now clear for manufacturing to be carried out locally. The new design was successfully tested at the company’s Finland head office facilities. The LH115I loader has been produced in South Africa since 2017, when the company established a manufacturing facility in Jet Park. This has allowed about 70% of the machine’s content to be locally sourced.
“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 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.
The company provides the full low-profile portfolio offering of underground drills and bolters to ensure matching sets of equipment.