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Sandvik and Barrick strengthen ties with extended global framework agreement

Sandvik Mining and Rock Solutions and Barrick Gold Corporation have extended a global framework agreement, enhancing the long-term partnership between the OEM and mining major.

Sandvik and Barrick will aim to improve safety, productivity and sustainability through implementing the latest technology advancements. The agreement will be guided by operational and relationship key performance indicators, the OEM says.

Glenn Heard, Mining Executive at Barrick, said: “Sandvik Mining and Rock Solutions supplies value-adding technologies for our global mining operations. This mutually beneficial cooperation will help ensure we continue our growth journeys in the areas of automation, digitalisation and electrification in order to drive improvements across our sites.”

The extended framework agreement includes Barrick’s rollout of Sandvik’s Remote Monitoring Service (RMS) to its entire global underground fleet of more than 200 connected Sandvik trucks, loaders and drills. RMS has already reduced maintenance costs while increasing uptime across Barrick’s Sandvik fleet, according to Sandvik.

Under the framework agreement, Sandvik and Barrick will also develop a long-term battery-electric vehicle (BEV) strategy and define BEV transition plans in line with Barrick’s objective to be carbon neutral by 2050.

“This extension of our agreement will strengthen Sandvik’s partnership with Barrick,” Hugo Hammar, Global Account Manager at Sandvik Mining and Rock Solutions, said. “We look forward to continuing to work hand-in-hand to add value to Barrick’s business.”

Sandvik launches new rock tools, including Tundo RH650 DTH hammer, at MINExpo

Sandvik Mining and Rock Solutions is introducing a new down-the-hole (DTH) hammer, among many new innovations, at MINExpo 2021 in Las Vegas, this week.

The company says it is launching several new rock tools at MINExpo, with its new Tundo™ RH650 DTH hammer one of the highlights. This DTH hammer can, the company says, reduce fuel consumption by up to 15% while increasing penetration rates by up to 20%.

Sandvik is also introducing its heavy duty top hammer drill bits, the new Autobit and its Charger™ RR450 rotary drill bit, which can achieve up to a 90% increase in bit life compared with other premium sealed bearing bits, according to the company.

The company Sandvik will also display the recently launched Sandvik LT90 top hammer tool – part of the Top Hammer XL system – and launch the new Sandvik RD212 and Sandvik RD315 rock drills at the show.

Sandvik is also introducing its Remote Monitoring Service at MINExpo, a robust solution that analyses underground mining equipment data to identify abnormalities and develop predictive solutions to increase uptime and reduce operating costs, it says.

On the surface drilling side, Sandvik is showcasing the Sandvik DR410i rotary blasthole drill rig, Leopard™ DI650i DTH drill rig and Pantera™ DP1600i top hammer drill rig, part of the Top Hammer XL system. Booth visitors will also learn more about AutoMine® Surface Drilling and the system’s new AutoCycle functionality that enables a fully autonomous drilling cycle.

Battery-driven equipment to enable emission-free underground mining and help customers improve sustainability and profitability is also on show at the Sandvik booth.

The company has unveiled the Sandvik TH550B, its latest 50 t battery-electric truck, and plans to virtually introduce the Toro™ LH514BE, an AutoMine-compatible cable-electric loader, boosted with cutting-edge battery technology.

The company is also showcasing the Sandvik LH518B – the industry’s largest battery-electric loader – and launching the Sandvik DS412iE, its first battery-powered rock bolter that rounds out the company’s first full zero-emissions offering for all underground drilling applications.