Sandvik Settles On Volvo Penta
Sandvik Mining announced that it has selected Volvo Penta engines for its underground trucks and loaders for the global mining industry. The company first started using Volvo Penta’s TAD1251VE diesels in its TH430 underground trucks three years ago and since has decided to power all of its large loaders and trucks with Volvo Penta Tier 4 interim/Stage 3b engines equipped with selective catalytic reduction (SCR) and no diesel particulate filter (DPF).
"Volvo Penta’s Tier 4i engines have a much cleaner burning profile than other engine manufacturers we researched," said Dale Rakochy, product line support manager for Sandvik Mining, based in Ontario, Canada. "Their particulate and NOx output levels are among the best in the industry."
Another critical consideration for Sandvik’s engineers was to ensure optimum visibility for machine operators. The Volvo Penta Tier 4i engines do not utilize cooled EGR and therefore the heat rejection and radiator size is significantly reduced. "Utilizing Volvo, we are able to use the same radiator size as a Tier 2 engine, whereas DPF technology requires larger radiators," Rakochy said. "This improves visibility for the operator without raising the overall height of the vehicle."