Batchfire fires up new Komatsu PC4000
October 3, 2023
A brand-new Komatsu PC4000 was recently delivered and constructed at our Callide Mine, built and tested across just one month ahead of its first start-up – ready to get to work!
“What a lot of people don’t realise is mining equipment is so large, in this case 400 tonnes, that much of it has to be transported to site in pieces,” Batchfire Resources Manager of Mining & Production, Matthew Scales said.
“The bucket alone on this PC4000 weighs upwards of 25.6 tonnes!”
The PC4000 was customised for our unique operational requirements and built to withstand harsh Queensland mining conditions, alongside Komatsu who helped us with the build.
“This excavator needed to be a tough, high-productivity machine while also offering the highest levels of fuel efficiency and operator safety,” Batchfire Superintendent Mobile Maintenance, Daniel Boal said.
“That meant various unique requirements like an oversized 23 m3 rock bucket, which Komatsu was able to deliver.
“The process from start to finish was incident free, smooth and testament to Komatsu’s expertise as a leading mine machinery manufacturer.”
Komatsu joined us at the Callide Mine for the first run of the impressive excavator, as it made its maiden voyage from Boundary Hill East assembly area to the Boundary Hill South pit where it will spend most of its operating life.
The new excavator will be operating around the clock at the Callide Mine, put to work for more than 400 hours each month and expected to shift 5.0 million bcms of waste each year.
“I really enjoyed the performance of the PC4000 and the first thing I noticed is that it has really good breakout power compared to other excavators around the same size” Batchfire Resources Operator, Scott King, said shortly after exiting the cabin.
“The cab has a user-friendly layout and visibility is just awesome!”
It is no surprise the first operator to drive the PC4000 was blown away by its power, with 1875 hp available at 1800 rpm from the efficient Tier 2, 16-cylinder turbocharged diesel engine.
This PC4000 is equipped with the latest Mineware Argus 3.0 smart payload monitoring system, Komvision camera and lidar safety system, Komtrax Plus remote monitoring data system, and advanced telemetry technology.
Alongside the rich array of OEM-supplied technology onboard the PC4000, it has also been fitted with various additional sensors to allow us to utilise the latest MaxMine smart monitoring solution already in use across the entire fleet of trucks and machinery at the Callide Mine.
The safety benefits of the PC4000 are extensive and include a 45-degree stairway design, three on-board cameras offering 360-degree birds-eye view, penetration-proof safety glass, powerful LED working and service lights and remote monitoring.
Alongside the safety benefits, fuel efficiency is also improved compared with older equipment still widely used by mines around the world. The PC4000 is expected to use 233 litres per hour, down more than 15 per cent on the machine it replaces.
The PC4000 joins a growing fleet of Komatsu mining machinery at Batchfire’s Callide Mine, consisting of 18 other units including loaders, dozers, dump trucks, and excavators – so far offering exceptional reliability and reduced fuel use.
In fact, more than 60 per cent of Batchfire’s prestrip haul truck fleet is now powered by diesel-electric-drive dump trucks, following a substantial investment in six new Komatsu 930E-5 dump trucks.
The electric-drive trucks offer significant CO2 emission reductions and increased productivity, while most importantly aligning with Batchfire’s commitment to ongoing sustainability.
“The new PC4000 joins our growing fleet of Komatsu diesel and diesel-electric machines, which together offer the lowest emissions possible while maintaining high levels of productivity,” Batchfire Resources CEO, Allan Fidock said.
“At Batchfire, we select machinery based on three factors; high levels of safety, improved productivity, and reduced emissions.
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