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Mining vehicles : a real strain on trucks
Feb. 24 2021
Mining transport is one of the most demanding activities for trucks. You need to be able to count on robust vehicles that can move heavy loads, and still ensure a safe environment for drivers. Renault Trucks is there to help with its K range - designed for heavy construction - and its service offers specially designed for mining transport.
Tipper truck: discover Renault Trucks’ K range
The Renault Trucks K range is fitted with a chassis specially designed for heavy loads, which means you can reduce the number of journeys. Our vehicles are pre-equipped for easy body mounting.
Higher profitability with tipper trucks suitable for standard roads
Renault Trucks' K range meets your extreme loading requirements, with trucks that can be used on standard roads, and are able to transport up to 34 tonnes of payload for the Renault Trucks K XTREM. Its parabolic or semi-elliptic rear springs are made to tolerate loads ranging from 13 to 32 tonnes. As such, your vehicle can be used for stone extraction and transport to the processing area - all this with the same driver and with fewer journeys. You can therefore limit transport and labour costs, whilst increasing your overall pace and increase profitability.
The Renault Trucks K model in action in Guinea
Mining vehicles: safety before all else
Reliability and robustness
The heavy weight transported on uneven, muddy or dusty ground in quarries impose major constraints on the equipment used. This is why - as part of the K range dedicated to heavy construction - Renault Trucks offers its K XTREM 8x4 model, perfect for the most severe environments.
Unlike the “standard” Renault Truck K, this vehicle has special equipment to boost robustness and protect certain elements particularly exposed during mining operations:
Chassis with reinforced stringers, to ensure the frame’s mechanical resistance
Parabolic 4-bladed springs with lubricated hinges, for intensive use
Cyclonic air pre-filter, to filter dust
Tanks designed for off-road usage, with a ground clearance going up to 20 inches
Protection of any components likely to be damaged
Certain parts including the battery, brakes or springs are more exposed during intensive use. To limit premature wear, Renault Trucks recommends using original parts, specially developed for the vehicle and approved following stringent tests conducted in extreme conditions.Trucks that are easy to manoeuvre
Trucks that are easy to manoeuvre
Having a robust truck is good, but drivers also need to be in complete control of the vehicle, and use it safely. To ensure proper vehicle control and protect its mechanical organs, the Renault Trucks K model can be fitted with an automatic Optidriver XTREM gearbox. It boasts a shaft with six teeth instead of four, special cogs and a gear-change management system especially suited for extreme loads. Additionally, one or two extra-slow gears (Xtended) can be fitted to make vehicle start-up even easier.
A 32° angle of attack
Your drivers can also count on the market’s best angle of attack and an axle ground clearance of 15 inches, which will prevent any scraping or potential damage to the front-wheel axle. In terms of manoeuvrability, the turning radius is reduced to just under 9 meters (8x4 configuration). The Renault Trucks K also has an automatic parking brake that boosts the driver’s safety, and that of other quarry workers.
In terms of comfort and safety, your drivers can rely on an emergency brake system, cameras to check the truck’s surroundings, climbing handles to access the vehicle, and a side step to check the truck’s load.
Reduce maintenance costs
When operating in a mine, certain vehicle parts such as suspensions or brakes will wear out quicker than others. To reduce maintenance costs, Renault Trucks suggests using eXchange parts. The goal is to recover used parts, renovate them, run appropriate tests and reintroduce them in vehicles. They benefit from a two-year fitted parts warranty and meet the same quality and performance requirements as new products, but at a lower price.
Boost mining transport profitability
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Mines are operated continuously. Any interruption in the transport chain leads to huge loss on your side. To help you increase your vehicles’ uptime, Renault Trucks offers a Personalised Maintenance Plan. This maintenance plan is specially designed based on how you use your vehicles. The plan is jointly approved upstream, and is used to establish a maintenance schedule which will guarantee optimal fleet availability. You know exactly when your trucks need to go to the workshop, thus saving you time.
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Mines are operated continuously. Any interruption in the transport chain leads to huge loss on your side. To help increase your vehicles’ uptime, Renault Trucks offers the Predict option. The goal is to prevent breakdowns instead of having to endure them. The vehicle’s information is sent to a dedicated digital platform, which will follow up on usage and warn your advisor of any necessary interventions. The latter will then set an appointment with you to conduct these maintenance operations, at a time that has little effect on your activity.
As the mine you work in does not necessarily have a service point nearby, we also have mobile workshops. One or several technicians will come on-site to run the maintenance operations on your vehicles.