Product EHS

At Sandvik Mining the focus on the environment, health and safety aspects in design, assembly, operation and maintenance are key to our products.

We are continuously finding ways to improve the safety of our products and their impact on the environment, which is why we have invested heavily in design software, test laboratory equipment and designated product safety engineers to ensure that safety always comes first.

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Safety

Sandvik exploration is pleased to be the world leader in providing customers with a common way of assessing equipment safety features: The EMESRT Design Evaluation for Earth Moving Equipment Procurement (EDEEP) process provides safety information to the purchasers of equipment. It highlights OEM actions toward mitigating risk within maintenance and operability tasks through the use of  design controls. One example of continued efforts to integrate Environment, Health and Safety (EHS) into its products is the certified ATEX underground drill rig the DE130x. This rig is designed and certified Contact your local Sandvik representative for operations in explosive atmospheres such as coal applications.

Serviceability / Maintainability

Sandvik DE100 series rigs feature an open, simple design with a proven record. The surface drills (DE700 series and DE800 series) feature large walkways and work platforms. The entire range incorporates easy access for regular inspection and maintenance.

Environment

Sandvik machines feature the latest-generation engines and load-sense hydraulics to lower fuel consumption and emissions.

Operator Comfort

Sandvik next-generation equipment features better ergonomics, simpler movements and better visibility. It also keeps the operator further away from hydraulic components without compromising operations. The DE712 features an operator compartment with Roll Over Protective Structure (ROPS).

Safety Spin

The DA512 Safe-T-Spin is an innovative wireline rod pre-torque/make break tool. It is designed to handle all common wireline rod sizes without replacing jaws for the heavy-duty and multipurpose drills. The tool offers optimum productivity to the rig owner.

  • Reduces injury risks resulting from operator and helper fatigue
  • Provides consistent pre-torqued joint in the drill string, increasing drill rod thread life
  • Reduces use of hand tools, promoting safer working conditions

Rod Handler

The compact DA554 rotary drill rod handler is designed for improved reliability, safety and productivity with extreme versatility. It has been specifically designed to be retrofitted to a majority of truck- or crawler-mounted RC exploration drills.

  • 270° rod collection arc around mast base
  • Single operator function from a remote point
  • Patented cup system secures rod and eliminates rod slippage
  • Eliminates manual lifting of drill rods
  • Retrofitable to Sandvik top head drive rigs
  • Allows rod to be “parked” ready for addition to drill string

Serviceability / Maintainability

The DR461i features a patented remote bit change design that removes the need for the operator to directly handle the bit change process. This new generation of automation ready rotary drills is being designed to incorporate the Earth Moving Equipment Safety Round Table (EMREST) design philosophies, MDG15 and MDG41 guidelines and CE mark..

Safety

From cab design to automation, safety is at the forefront of every Sandvik surface drilling design. Fully autonomous multipass drilling is now a reality. Sandvik, with strategic partner Flanders, has developed AutoMine Rotary Drilling, an autonomous drilling system that has been in production since 2013. Safety is the key driver behind AutoMine Rotary Drilling. At the highest level of autonomy an operator may supervise up to five drill rigs remotely. The command center can be on-site or on another continent. As long as there are wireless connections, there are no geographic limits. Sandvik AutoMine Rotary Drilling enables mining companies to remove personnel from hazard exposure, avoid damage to the machine and operate more consistently.

Operator Comfort

Sandvik rotary drilling is developing a new generation of drills with innovative solutions to mine-site hazards. The first in the new generation, DR461i, will be released in 2013 and is engineered with safety in mind. The newly designed cabin features a versatile ergonomic seat, adjustable monitors, tilted windows with wipers and a two-tier safari-style roof with a heat-reducing skin to increase operator comfort.

Environment

Reducing environmental impact is a key issue mines face today. The patented Sandvik Compressor Management System (CMS), which can be implemented on new rotary blast hole drills or retrofitted, reduces fuel consumption 20–35%. The system works by isolating the compressor and eliminating the need to maintain pressure when the machine is not drilling. This reduces the load on the engine, saving a significant amount of fuel and reducing wear and tear on the engine. “The Sandvik CMS will save us thousands of gallons of fuel every year.” – Mark Gilbertson, Director of Asset Management, Cloud Peak Energy.

Rock Tools

Safety

As the world’s leading supplier of rock tools we continuously work to improve the safety, performance and service life of our products. This means striving toward minimizing the exposure for risk of injuries

when replacing rock tools. As an example, all our new RH 460 DTH hammer meet the requirements of directive 2006/42 EC (Machinery Directive), Annex II.1.A.

Serviceability / Maintainability

Best in class in quality gives our products increased service life and less need of maintenance. Easy maintenance features do not only reduce downtime, but also contribute to a safer working environment.

Environment

Our high-quality products with longer service life use less raw material and energy, reducing our CO2 footprint. All Sandvik rock tools production units are certified according to EHS systems: ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001. Once a tool has been used, we offer our customers the opportunity to join our Carbide Recycling Program, where we separate the steel from the cemented carbide and recycle the materials.

Reduce Environmental Impact

The patented Sandvik Compressor Management System (CMS) tackles the two primary issues facing mines today: increasing productivity and reducing environmental impact. The CMS – which can be implemented on new drills or retrofitted – provides a solution to the inherent inefficiencies of rotary blast hole drills that have a direct connection between the engine and compressor.

The system works by isolating the compressor and eliminating the need to maintain pressure when the machine is not drilling. This reduces the load on the engine, saving a significant amount of fuel and reducing wear and tear on the engine.

“The Sandvik CMS will save us thousands of gallons of fuel every year. It was a classic no brainer.” - Mark Gilbertson, Director of Asset Management, Cloud Peak Energy

The Benefits: Environmental and Financial

  • Reduce fuel consumption 20–35%
  • Extend the life of the engine and compressor
  • Lower service costs from extended service intervals
  • Reduce drill bit and drill pipe wear
  • Less time refueling
  • Less down time for the rig
  • Green credits from lower emissions and dust generation

Safety

Sandvik mobile bolters with central walkthrough rear access give protection from underground environments. From this position the setting of operator protective devices such as temporary roof support and Falling Object Protective Structure canopies allow safer access to the roof bolter equipment. Controls with inherent design features that minimize interaction and consider ergonomics and human performance are located under operator canopies. Automated controls allow the operator to step away from the roof bolter and ensure the correct installation of strata support.

Operator Comfort

Large level platforms with access to specific consumable storage locations give the operators space to carry out their work comfortably. Noise and dust levels are reduced at operator locations using systems such as dust suppression. Semi-automated/automated controls allow the operator to move away from the drilling area when water is used.

Serviceability / Maintainability

With maintenance and Life Cycle Cost (LCC) in mind, a new roof bolter design provides a new level of serviceability. A full upgrade includes a core focus on aftermarket requirements. From stainless steel wear inserts to a fully redesigned drill head, the roof bolter has high potential in a market that requires reliability. Self-adjusting wear components allow constant and even wear, increasing life. With modular and strategic design consideration, it is now easier to repair and service drill rig components in situ.

Mobile bolters through design review have given thought to maintenance and locations of serviceable items. This allows a more service-friendly machine in tough underground conditions. Analysis techniques such as Reliability Centered Maintenance (RCM) give an improved approach to maintenance and increase the availability of the drilling and bolting equipment.

Environment

Sandvik mobile drilling and bolting equipment use efficient hydraulic systems that are powered from flameproof AC electrical motors. Using electric power helps to reduce exhaust emissions underground.

Operator Comfort

All Sandvik underground drill rigs with operator stations are equipped with Falling Object Protective Structure cabin or canopy. Cabins and some canopies as well are certified as Roll Over Protection Structures (ROPS) too.

The cabin model increases operator safety and comfort. A suspended seat, air conditioning and/or heating are available for the enclosed, vibration-suppressed and noise controlled operator station.

Serviceability / Maintainability

One of the key areas that Sandvik wants to focus on is providing easy access to service points: design that enables most of the daily checks and tasks to be performed from the ground level, to reduce the need for working at heights.

Environment

Drilling with electric power helps to reduce exhaust emissions underground, and diesel engines compliant with stage 3B/Tier4i requirements further reduce the total exhaust emissions. Biodegradable hydraulic oils are available.

Safety

Safety is a major design criterion for Sandvik LHDs and trucks. Our target is to provide safer mining equipment and of course, even exceed our customers’ expectations.

Sandvik LHDs and trucks incorporate carefully designed and built-in safety, aiming to reduce hazards for operators, maintenance personnel and any other persons working in the vicinity of our equipment. One example is the operator’s compartment: a cabin or canopy that meets and exceeds requirements set by international Roll Over Protection Structure (ROPS) and Falling Object Protection Structure (FOPS) standards. To further enhance loading and hauling process safety, Sandvik LHDs and trucks can be equipped with automation readiness. When the automation system is up and running, the production area is reserved for only the equipment, controlled by operators located far away from the actual equipment operating area.

Operator Comfort

Sandvik LHD and truck offering includes models with open canopy and models with closed cabin. During design, the focus areas have been for example reducing vibrations and designing adjustable controls and seats. Cabins are pressurized, air conditioned and noise suppressed. The latest trucks TH551 and TH663 also feature front frame suspension to further enhance operator comfort.

Serviceability / Maintainability

All the latest Sandvik LHDs and trucks are equipped with Vehicle Control and Management (VCM) system that enables simple troubleshooting for faster and easier maintenance without any special tools. Another key area that Sandvik focuses on is providing ground-level maintenance design that enables daily checks and tasks to be performed from the ground level to reduce the need for working at heights.

Environment

Sandvik is the first supplier to incorporate low-emission Tier 4i engines for the loading and hauling equipment. Also our lower tier engines can be equipped with Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF) to reduce harmful exhaust emissions in the underground conditions. Sandvik LHD offering also includes a wide range of electric LHDs, contributing to the reduction of airborne emissions.

Safety

Sandvik flameproof (FLP) LHD’s incorporate safety shutdown systems designed in accordance with AS/NZS 62061 2005/2006, AS 61508-1 2010/2011 and ISO13849, providing safety integrity in underground coal mines. Reduced engine bay height and operator cabin design increase visibility with the option to fit forward- or rear-facing cameras to further assist operators. Roll Over Protection Structure (ROPS) /Falling Object Protection Structure (FOPS) canopies are standard on all equipment.

Operator Comfort

Sandvik flameproof LHDs have been designed with the highest levels of operator comfort in mind. All LHDs are supplied with self-leveling air-suspended seating, providing a comfortable ride for operators on even the most challenging of roadways. The self-leveling operation helps to increase visibility and is maintained without the need for different operators to manually adjust the seating position. The cabin layout has been designed to ensure minimal strain on operators during normal operation with all control locations optimized to ensure ease of operation. Fully enclosed and insulated engine compartments reduce noise levels for both the operators and other mine site personnel, ensuring a more comfortable environment to work in.

Serviceability / Maintainability

Sandvik FLP equipment is designed to ensure that daily maintenance tasks are conducted from ground level, decreasing the need to access the top of the machine. Whenever access to the top of the machine is required, three-point contact is provided with carefully positioned handholds as well as nonslip steps that offer safer access to the top of the machine. Ensuring that the machine’s top is level and clear of obstacles reduces the risk of slips, trips and falls.

Environment

Mid-size Sandvik LHDs utilize Tier 3 rated engines to reduce exhaust emissions in the underground coal mining environment. Sandvik FLP LHDs have exhaust conditioners as well as particulate filter housings fitted as standard, which have near zero particulate emissions.

Safety

Designated Sandvik safety engineers are dedicated to giving worker safety the attention it requires. Sandvik has one of the few certified “flameproof” test laboratories in the world, used to approve water spray configurations for ignition prevention. These tests are conducted on the “Burning Coal Face” test rig in cooperation with certification bodies to assure that our spray arrangement is flameproof and appropriate for use in coal mines. Further, the superior Sandvik cutting technology and constant in-house testing ensures the robustness of our safety features, and since physical labor is reduced by using, e.g. lifting cranes and onboard bolters, less manpower is needed near the cutting face compared with traditional mining methods.

Operator Comfort

To optimize the layout of the integrated dust suppression and methane dilution systems and to assist our customers in controlling the ventilation layout around the machines, Sandvik has invested in Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) simulation software. This allows our designers to create an optimized air flow around the machine while it’s conducting roadway development. When in use, machine operators Note Safety First text on Rock Tools products is located on pages 40–41 in the Surface Drilling section. benefit from less dust and better visibility as well as a safer work environment. Efficient methane dilution and dust control provide healthier and safer working conditions for the machine operators. Onboard dust scrubbers reduce exposure to dust and improve visibility. To better protect the operator, the roofbolter operators on the bolter miner machines work under a protective canopy.

Serviceability / Maintainability

The proven reliability of Sandvik machines will provide peace of mind to the customer, and the expert technical support and large supplies of spare parts help keep Sandvik machines in a healthy condition.

Environment

The materials of the used components for new machines have been classified according to their environmental impact with the aim to use materials with the best environmental ratings. Ongoing projects focus on improvements in cutting efficiency, profile accuracy and process optimizations, resulting in reduction of the energy consumption of the total excavation process.

Safety

Safety is the key driver for automation. It is about removing people away from hazardous areas to a safer environment. Fewer people in the production area means less risk taken, and at the same time the ore bodies will be effectively utilized, minimizing potential loss. Automation reduces the risk of accidents.

Operator Comfort

With Sandvik mine automation systems, operators are able to work in the surface control room, which eliminates noise, vibrations and dust. In extreme conditions the operator may be located far away from the mine site in the nearest town or even further away, eliminating fly-in fly-out procedures.

Serviceability / Maintainability

The Sandvik systems have self-diagnostics that guide the operator and maintenance crew through the problem in order to analyze and find solutions. The extensive reporting system ensures that all required data is available for more detailed analysis when necessary. Standard spare parts keep the maintenance activities at a low level and system availability high. Automation improves equipment availability as the amount of maintenance work is decreased – the lifetime of automated equipment is on average longer than that of manually operated machines.

Environment

As the system optimizes the usage of the equipment it automatically optimizes energy consumption, and smooth operations prolong the lifetime of the equipment. Removing people from the production areas in some cases substantially decreases the need for ventilation, leading to energy savings.

Safety

Approximately 80–85% of crushing equipment accidents leading to Loss-Time Injuries (LTIs) occur during maintenance of the equipment. When designing Sandvik crushing equipment our goal is to improve safety during use and to minimize the number of maintenance stops by increasing the mean time between failures as well as prolonging the life length of our wear parts. Protection against tramp iron and automatic clearing of the crushing chamber are important for increasing safety and reducing damage to both the crushing equipment and the downstream components. Our Vibrocone®, cones and hybrid crushers are designed with such protection systems.

Operator Comfort

The Automatic Setting Regulation (ASRi®) system in our CH and CS cone models as well as our CG models allow the operator to monitor the crusher performance from the control/cabin room. The Vibrocone crusher usually does not need any human involvement once operating conditions are set up for the specific application. Crusher performance and power input as well as wear compensation are supervised and regulated around the clock by the automation system. The warning system will watchover the crusher and alert the operator when necessary. Our CM400 product line can be fitted with vibration dampening and sound insulation kits to help reduce the noise level, thus improving operator comfort. Sandvik screens can be specifically configured for the Dustflex™ dust-sealing system to help reduce dust emissions.

Serviceability / Maintainability

Sandvik cone crushers are designed to be serviced from the top, which allows for safer and easier maintenance and inspection. Inspection hatches, which are designed on the sides of the Vibrocone bottom shell, make servicing easier and safer.

Environment

Size reduction with Sandvik equipment is a dry process. Our innovative crusher Vibrocone allows for up to 30% energy savings in downstream processing, thus helping customers meet current global energy challenges. Regarding our roll crusher design, the kinetic energy stored in the flywheels reduces energy input to the motor, thus also helping our customers reduce their CO2 footprint. For our cone crushers, our offline filtration unit helps keep the lubrication oil clean and thereby reduces the frequency of oil changes and consequently the amount of oil consumed.

Safety

Sandvik mining systems supplies large scale materials handling systems for mining operations and bulk materials terminals. It is our commitment that in every phase of the life cycle of our products, from the early planning stage through the fabrication, transport and assembly up to the potential removal, safety is the paramount aspect in everything we do. We strive to provide machines and systems that can not only be safely operated but that also provide safety for service and maintenance, as well as for the environment.

Operator Comfort

Sandvik systems operate in rough conditions. These conditions can include dust, noise, vibration and other occupational hazards. Therefore we design systems to better protect operators from exposure to these hazards, including offering remote controlled systems, if requested. Modern human machine interfaces provide an easy control of the system, either from the central control room or from the operator cabin.

Serviceability / Maintainability

Sandvik works to reduce the exposure of service personnel to hazards during repair and maintenance and moreover to decrease the time needed for service with the lowest possible number of parts to be dismantled on the machine. On customer demand, chutes and other maintenance-intensive parts can be available as a cartridge system, which can be retracted and installed as a single unit (“plug in and out”) and be transported to the workshop for maintenance. The short duration of the process lowers the maintenance cost considerably, contributing to an economical machine life cycle.

Environment

Bulk handling equipment is designed for large-scale capacities, which in turn can result in significant consumption of energy and materials. Continuous mining and materials handling systems with electric conveyor systems contribute to decreased environmental impact in operation. The drive systems of mobile machines can be utilized as near as possible to real operational demands in order to increase the overall efficiency, thus reducing the total carbon footprint of the handling system. Motors of higher efficiency classes and drives operated with variable frequencies can be designed with environmental features such as power feedback into the grid during electrical braking or regenerative operations.

Safety

Sandvik wear-resistant rubber linings are lightweight compared with steel linings, making them easier and safer to handle during installation.

Operator Comfort

Sandvik rubber products offer reduced vibrations and noise levels due to their ability to absorb impact energy during operation. As experienced by the human ear, installing rubber liners from Sandvik typically cuts the noise level in half compared with steel. The lightweight and well-designed mechanical fastening systems are designed with ergonomics in mind. Rubber liners can easily be cut to fit on site with the use of proper tools.

Serviceability / Maintainability

The long life of Sandvik wear protection products minimizes the number of maintenance shutdowns and the risk of unscheduled breakdowns, as well as the heavy work of replacing wear plates.

Sandvik rubber liners extend the equipment life by reducing vibrations and by dampening the impact forces that otherwise cause cracks to the superstructure.

Environment

Sandvik WT7000 dual hardness modular wear protection is 100% recyclable. The product consists of a dual rubber compound design that eliminates the need of a steel backing to achieve necessary stiffness. The complete range of Sandvik Wear Protection products are designed to meet relevant Environment, Health and Safety (EHS) requirements.

Safety

Sandvik underground drills have been carefully designed with users’ safety and comfort in mind. In addition to specially designed safety features, Sandvik provides drills with high productivity and dependability. Easy-going operation without unexpected interruptions has proved to be one of the most important steps toward operator safety in the mine environment.

Slips, trips and falls are among the most frequent hazards in underground mining operations. The design of Sandvik underground drill rigs contributes to minimizing the risk: Access ways have anti-slip surfaces and enable three-point contact. All access ways are marked with yellow in order to indicate the parts that are planned to serve as access ways and thus prevent the use of, e.g. control levers as handles.

Access detection systems, door interlock switches and manual switches prevent movement of the drilling booms and other drilling components and help to protect operators whenever it is necessary to enter the drilling booms hazard zone. Sandvik drills are designed with operator visibility in mind, using visibility diagrams and simulations.

Reversing cameras make it possible to improve visibility during tramming and give additional protection for bystanders.

Operator Comfort

All Sandvik underground drill rigs with operator stations are equipped with Falling Object Protective Structure cabin or canopy. Cabins and some canopies as well are certified as Roll Over Protection Structures (ROPS) too.

The cabin model increases operator safety and comfort. A suspended seat, air conditioning and/or heating are available for the enclosed, vibration-suppressed and noise controlled operator station.

Serviceability / Maintainability

One of the key areas that Sandvik wants to focus on is providing easy access to service points: design that enables most of the daily checks and tasks to be performed from the ground level, to reduce the need for working at heights.

Environment

Drilling with electric power helps to reduce exhaust emissions underground, and diesel engines compliant with stage 3B/Tier4i requirements further reduce the total exhaust emissions. Biodegradable hydraulic oils are available.

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