Volvo Trucks are going underground with the Irish salt miners

Kilroot, Northern Ireland-based, Irish Salt Mining & Exploration Co. Ltd has put two Volvo FMX 6×6 rigids into operation, where the trucks will operate almost exclusively 460 metresunderground in in the company’s salt mine.

Supplied by Damian Kerin, Sales Executive at Dennison Commercials Ltd, the 3,900mmwheelbase FMX 6×6 rigids are powered by Volvo’s D13K engine rated at 420hp. I-Shift automated gearboxes and rear hub reduction axles complete the powertrain assembly for the rigids, which both carry locally manufactured platform bodies by C-Tec (Commercial Vehicle Engineering) Ltd.

Alwyn McCreanor, Company Administrator at Irish Salt Mining & Exploration Co., Ltd, required maximum ground clearance with the FMXs, which were ordered with XX-High B-ride chassis giving approx. 1,150mm distance between the axles and road level. The all-steel suspended chassis design includes a ten-tonne front axle cushioned by uprated triple leaf parabolic springs. Day Cabs were supplied with the FMXs and these are proving ideal for reaching all height-restricted sectionswithin the company’s underground mining operations in Kilroot, Northern Ireland.

“Damien Kerin at Dennison Commercials Ltd provided excellent service and support during theordering and delivery process for our new Volvo-FMX trucks. We have a comprehensive mineventilation system in place, but the Volvos’ Euro 6 emissions also complement our air qualitystandards,” reports Alwyn.

Alwyn adds, “The Volvos are being used to bring one tonne bags of ballast into the salt mine, aspart of a permanent stability operation. Each FMX can carry 12 tonnes and the pair can empty a curtainside trailer at the surface in one run. Once underground, the Volvos are then unloaded and the material is used like large building blocks, in areas previously excavated, to guard against any future roof movement.”

The FMXs will not accrue a high mileage and for extra safety levels, the pair are fitted with under cab fire suppression units, extra shielding around the turbochargers and a double pole insulator.

Alwyn concludes, “We looked at several different truck marques before ordering the Volvos. I wasimpressed from the outset at Volvo’s build quality, whilst the ground clearance figures seemedperfect for the hard surfaces and uneven terrain that characterise our mine operations. In the pastwe’d used ex-military vehicles that were converted for our operations, but it’s safe to say that our drivers love the new Volvos.”

Source: Uk Haulier

Volvo Trucks are going underground with the Irish salt miners

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