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Sandvik introduces New Toro™ LH410 Loader, the Next Member of its Toro™ Family
by Philippine Resources - April 20, 2021
Both in terms of launching new equipment and introducing upgraded versions of existing models, Sandvik is getting ready for an eventful loader and truck year 2021. The first exciting acquaintance of the new year is the totally renewed Toro™ LH410, a versatile and capable underground loader with 10 tonnes payload capacity.
Proven performance boosted with new features
The new Toro™ LH410 loader builds on the best parts of its predecessor, the successful Sandvik LH410. However, following the footmarks set by Sandvik’s large intelligent loaders, the now introduced Toro™ LH410 is full of new features, making it in practice a totally new machine.
Toro™ LH410 offers best in class performance in productivity e.g. by means of high ramp speeds and fast bucket filling, and to make truck loading easy, it features superior lift height compared to any other loader of the same size class. The renewed loader features Sandvik Intelligent Control System, with a 7" touch screen display as a user interface, enabling multiple new options to tailor each loader according to customer needs.
Mid-size dimensions – full-size intelligence
“With all its features, this truly is an advanced and intelligent piece of equipment, definitely comparable to the large i-series loaders – but naturally in a smaller package,” says Kimmo Ulvelin, Product Line Manager Small and Low Profile Loaders at Sandvik.
“We want to offer our customers possibilities for sophisticated and intelligent equipment also in the middle size class; and therefore Toro™ LH410 has the same Sandvik Intelligent Control System as the large Toro™ LH517i and Toro™ LH621i loaders, with the available traction control, operator speed assist and integrated weighing system, to name a few.
“Also, Toro™ LH410 is fully compatible with AutoMine® solutions. From new features specifically relating to safety, we could mention e.g. a new retrieval hook, updated door interlock, improved access ways, and new type of fire suppression system options.”
Full range of engine options
The engine range of the Toro™ LH410 loader includes multiple different diesel engines, starting from a powerful and fuel-efficient Tier II and ending up to the state-of-the-art Stage V engine option. The Stage V engine uses passive DPF regeneration taking place during normal operation, minimizing downtime, and its modulating engine brake provides better control of vehicle speed downhill while also minimizing brake and transmission overheating and brake wear.
Launching the totally renewed Toro™ LH410 is an impressive start for the 50-years jubilee of the Toro™ loaders and trucks from Sandvik. During 2021, new product launches and upgrades are expected to be released to further strengthen the Toro™ family.
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Philippine Resources - May 07, 2021
DPWH says BGC-Ortigas Bridge to Open in June
The Bonifacio Global City (BGC)-Ortigas Bridge will open on June 12, said the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH). “Our target opening is on June 12, Independence Day. Motorists will be able to use the bridge next month,” DPWH Secretary Mark Villar said in a video posted on Facebook during his inspection of the project on Thursday. The bridge would connect the business districts of BGC and Ortigas, cutting travel time from an hour to just 12 minutes. He also said that the bridge is now 81% complete. "The entrance of the bridge is at Kalayaan (Avenue) and the exit is at Fairlane in Ortigas," he added. It will be able to accommodate about 50,000 cars a day when it is finished. “Next month on Independence Day, watch out for the delivery, the opening of the BGC-Ortigas Pasig Bridge,” Villar said. The government's PHP1.793 billion development programme is part of a plan to decongest Epifanio de Los Santos Avenue (EDSA).
Philippine Resources - May 07, 2021
DENR Applauds Women's Contributions to PH Mining
Women have made a major contribution to the growth and advancement of the country's mining industry, according to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, with more women leaders advancing to top-level roles. “We need the active participation of women in policy formulation and program development not only to advance their rights in terms of decision-making and leadership but to empower them to address environmental challenges and climate change,” Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu said. According to Nonita Caguioa, DENR Assistant Secretary for Finance, Information Systems, and Mining Concerns, more women are now working in the mining industry, as shown by the increase in female workers in mining firms and at the DENR's Mines and Geosciences Bureau. “We have different mining companies in the nickel industry who already have women, senior officials. Not only in nickel mining, but we can also see now plenty of women in the mining industry in general,” she said. “There are even those who have just finished college in geology, metallurgy or mining engineering, some of whom are already employed with some of the mining companies or the government service,” Caguioa added. With more women working in the mining industry, she cited laws like Republic Act 9710, or the Magna Carta of Women of 2009, RA 7877, or the Anti-Sexual Harassment Act of 1995, and RA 7192, or the Women in Development and Nation Building Act of 1992, that promote and protect their rights. According to Caguioa, the DENR has non-discrimination clauses in mining licenses and arrangements to “respect the right of women workers to engage in policy and decision-making procedures that concern their interests and benefits.” Caguioa earned a mining engineering degree from the Cebu Institute of Technology before entering the DENR.
Philippine Resources - May 07, 2021
Semirara Mining Expects Profit Recovery This Year
Semirara Mining and Power Corp. (SMPC), a publicly traded integrated energy firm, expect some profit recovery this year, owing to improved coal and power demand and costs. SMPC chairman and CEO Isidro Consunji said at the company's virtual stockholders' meeting that the company's bottom line will boost as the coal and energy markets rebound from last year's historic lows. “To take advantage of the upswing, we will capitalize on our COVID-19 resiliency and adaptation strategy of focusing on our people, finances, and execution skills. However, given our operational headwinds and until our country reaches herd immunity, it is unlikely that we will return to our pre-pandemic profit level this year,” he said. The business ended in 2020 with a combined net income of P3.3 billion, down 66% from P9.6 billion the previous year. Revenues dropped 36.2 per cent to P23.3 billion as coal production, sales, and prices fell, while energy sales fell due to low power rates and Southwest Luzon Power Generation Corp's (SLPGC) expected and unplanned outages. The coal division of SMPC and the SLPGC plants will be the key drivers of development this year. With remedial steps introduced in Molave North Block 7 (NB7), the coal industry is expected to reach 13 million metric tons, according to SMPC president and COO Maria Cristina Gotianun. “This year, we expect our coal business to perform better on the back of recovering consumption and prices. The remedial measures we have been implementing since December have also allowed us to steadily normalize production. Now that the water seepage at NB7 has gone down to manageable levels, we expect annual production to hit 13 million metric tons,” she said. Due to excessive water seepages, SMPC postponed mining operations in Molave NB7 in early December, reducing coal output by 13% to 13.2 million metric tons. SLPGC is expected to drive profits in SMPC's power market due to higher sales, but Sem-Calaca Power Corp. (SCPC) is expected to produce poor performance. SCPC is the owner of the Calaca coal-fired power plant in Batangas, which it bought from the government in 2009 for $362 million. In the same location, SLPGC operates a 2x150-MW coal power plant. “For this year, we expect uneven results from our power subsidiaries. SLPGC is set to stage a strong profit recovery because of higher plant availability and better spot market prices. Unfortunately, SCPC is likely to deliver disappointing results because of the forced outage of its Unit 2 beginning Dec. 3 last year,” Gotianun said. SCPC's outage was triggered by a seven-month-old generator stator failing. Repairs are currently being negotiated with generator provider GE, according to Gotianun. “While they have agreed to cover the majority of the costs related to fixing the equipment, we are intent on making them shoulder all the necessary expenses. We expect to complete our negotiations within the year,” she said. “In the meantime, we are doing our best to fast track the repair of the generator. If all goes well, Unit 2 can be up and running by the third quarter of this year,” Gotianun said. This year, SMPC will invest P4 billion to rebound from last year's slump. The overall sum will be divided between SCPC and SLPGC for their prevention and repair services, with P2.9 billion going to buy mining and service equipment for the coal industry. Since the COVID-19 pandemic placed a burden on the company's liquidity last year, the management agreed to delay P3.7 billion of CAPEX to this year as part of its cash saving steps.