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SMS Equipment deploys largest Komatsu autonomous truck in the world into commercial operations in Canada

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ACHESON, Alberta, April 15, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- This month, SMS Equipment deployed the Komatsu 980E-4AT -  the largest autonomous Komatsu truck in commercial operations in the world - into production in Canada.  The Komatsu 980E-4AT is modeled after the proven work horse 930E series.  This 400-ton capacity truck has many of the same attributes, such as a simple and reliable hydraulic system design and proven GE drive system.  Fuel efficiency is maximized due to optimized air handling with two stage turbocharging and the truck features a Cummins 3500 HP SSDA18V170 engine.  

Komatsu 980E-4AT
Komatsu 980E-4AT now operational in Canada


“The introduction of these 980Es into the AHS environment wouldn’t be possible without our customers and distribution partners. They’re a big reason why Komatsu has the most autonomous systems, in the most mines, hauling the widest variety of materials, in the world,” said Dan Funcannon, GM, Mining Truck Division, Komatsu America. Scott Schellenberg, Senior Manager, AHS at SMS Equipment adds, “The addition of the 980E-4AT 400-ton autonomous truck is a game changer for Komatsu and our customers, delivering even greater value in enhanced mine productivity.” 

Mike Brown, EVP Innovation and Advanced Technology, SMS Equipment said, “SMS Equipment continues to offer leading technology solutions for the mining industry by working closely with its OEM Partners to deploy and support these technology programs such as autonomous haulage. We have invested heavily in developing an experienced team of autonomous mining specialists capable of supporting our customer’s needs from inception through to implementation and continuous improvement. The rapid increase in proposed autonomous projects will make Canada a global leader in autonomous adoption as Canadian mining companies focus on driving better efficiencies into their operations.”  

Watch this Komatsu AHS video to learn more about the technology behind the launch (available in English only)

About SMS Equipment

As one of Canada’s leading providers of equipment solutions and services for the mining, construction, forestry, road and mineral, and utility industries, SMS Equipment holds a unique position in the industry as a one-stop supplier of a complete range of equipment. The company offers only world-renowned brand names of industrial equipment that meets customers’ standards of reliability and productivity. Partnering with industry leaders, SMS Equipment strives to be the number one solutions provider.

A photo accompanying this announcement is available at http://www.globenewswire.com/NewsRoom/AttachmentNg/9f0bec45-77a1-458e-8507-88a1f543ba9c

For further information, please contact:

Shauna Weisgerber, Communications Specialist

Direct: 780-948-2872
Mobile: 780-916-9683   
Email: sweisgerber@smsequip.com

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