As a trusted partner of the mining industry, the Wirtgen Group offers mature and practical technologies for the mining and processing of raw materials. At Minexpo in Las Vegas (booth no. 8109, central hall), the Wirtgen Group will be presenting its field-tested 220 SM(i) 60-ton class surface miner for the first time on the North American continent (Figure 1).
Wirtgen Surface Miners and Kleemann Crushing and Screening Plants
High-performance equipment with a long service life is essential when mining mineral deposits and processing natural stone. The rugged surface miners from Wirtgen and the crushing and screening plants from Kleemann are extremely reliable and cost-efficient machines for a whole range of tasks in the mineral extraction and processing industry (Figure 2).
220 SM(i) for Raw Material Extraction and Routing Operations
With a cutting width 7 ft 3 in (2,2 m) and a cutting depth of up to 11.8 in (300 mm), the new 220 SM(i) surface miner is an ideal choice for the selective extraction of minerals, routing operations and infrastructure projects. A particular highlight of the 220 SM(i), which offloads extracted minerals in windrows, is its spacious ROPS/FOPS operator’s cabin. It can be heated or air-conditioned, and is soundproofed and isolated from vibrations. An operator-friendly multifunctional joystick controls all key functions of the machine.
Preview of the Successor to the 2500 SM
Sales of a further surface miner are scheduled to begin at the turn of the year. The highlight features of the new 280 SM(i), the direct successor to the 2500 SM, include a slewable operator’s cabin. The industry-leading technological innovations onboard the 280 SM(i) work hand-in-hand to ensure high overall productivity and cost-efficiency.
Product Line Expansion
Wirtgen will be adding more new models to its range of surface miners. The first of these will be the 260 SX(i), which is not designed primarily for traditional mining applications, but also for use in large-scale infrastructure projects such as the construction of railroads, drainage canals, freeways and highways, and the enlargement of tunnels.
Wirtgen Group Services: Expertise and Best Practices Are Essential
Machine availability plays a key role in assuring productivity and profitability, especially in the mineral extraction and natural stone processing industries, where machines are often kept running night and day. In addition to premium technologies from Wirtgen and Kleemann, the Wirtgen Group offers a comprehensive range of services.
For example, a 360° solutions concept for projects, which, incidentally, also offers assistance with financing. Through its strong commitment to providing optimum support to customers through individualized, made-to-measure solutions, the Wirtgen Group has positioned itself as the ideal partner for the mining industry.