Komatsu delivers PC4000 excavator to Callide

PC4000 excavator.
PC4000 excavator.

A brand new PC4000 excavator has been delivered at Batchfire Resources Callide mine, built and tested one month ahead of its first start-up.

Komatsu worked alongside the Callide team to ensure a successful delivery of the PC4000 which was customised for the unique operational requirements the Callide site and built to withstand Queensland’s harsh mining conditions.

Komatsu regional manager – mining equipment Scott Harrington commented on the machine.

“This excavator needed to be a tough, high-productivity machine while also offering the highest levels of fuel efficiency and operator safety,” he said.

“It was a big feat, but the collaboration between both parties meant a great outcome.”

The new excavator will operate around the clock at Callide, work more than 400 hours each month and is expected to shift 5mbcm of waste each year.

Komatsu joined the Callide mine team for the first run of the excavator as it made its maiden voyage from the Boundary Hill East assembly area too the Boundary Hill South pit.

Batchfire manager of mining and production Matthew Scales says the process was incident free, smooth and a testament to Komatsu’s experience as a mine machinery manufacturer.

“What a lot of people don’t realise is mining equipment is so large, in this case 400t, that much of it has to be transported to site in pieces,” he said.

“The bucket alone on this PC4000 weighs upwards of 25.6t.”

The PC4000 has 1875hp available and is equipped with the latest Mineware Argus 3.0 smart payload monitoring system, Komvision camera, lidar safety system, Komtrax Plus remote monitoring data system and advanced telemetry technology.

It also features a 45-degree stairway design, three on-board cameras with 360-degree birds-eye view, penetration-proof safety glass, LED lights and remote monitoring.

Alongside the technology, the PC4000 has also been fitted with various sensors to allow Batchfire to use the latest MaxMine smart monitoring solution which is already in use across the entire truck and machinery fleet at Callide.