The Sandvik MC350 continuous miner for mid-size room and pillar applications is the latest edition in the comprehensive offering of continuous miners from Sandvik.

The performance of Sandvik MC350 has been proven in extensive field tests in South Africa and, as all the continuous miners in the MC series, it offers high productivity and low cost of ownership.

Sandvik continuous miners, including MC250, MC430, MC470 and now MC350, satisfy all seam conditions in room and pillar mines. Segmented for low, medium and high-seam applications, the continuous miners are all equipped with the functions expected to ensure maximum productivity, reliability and minimum cost for any seam.

Sandvik Mining product line management, underground coal and minerals Bruno Reumueller said: "By using Sandvik continuous miners our customers benefit from more cost-efficient operations.

"Thanks to a higher weight class, shear-up capability and loading and conveying modules, our continuous miners can improve productivity by 10% – 20% compared to other continuous miners in their range. In addition, extended operating time between overhauls and a cost per tonne that is equal or better than other continuous miners make this a very attractive offering."

The MC-series continuous miners are built using top-quality parts, sturdy, rugged structural components and boast a robust gearbox. Semi-automated and with a higher weight class, they offer a higher cutting rate and quicker loading time.

Sandvik continuous miners can be fitted with a proximity detection system to improve safety. A health monitoring function also ensures advance warning of any problems before they arise.

"It’s all about availability of the equipment and predictability in the operations, and part of that is also our complete parts and service offering", Reumuller added.

"Our service engineers ensure that our customers get the right parts, rock tools and service at the right time to ensure safe operation, low operating costs and long service life."

As a leading supplier to the mining industry, Sandvik offers complete integrated solutions for continuous mining in room and pillar applications to make mining more productive and profitable, including bolter miners, continuous miners, roadheaders, cutter picks, shuttle cars, mobile bolters, conveying systems, feeder breakers, utility LHDs and QDS.