G&G Mining Unveils ROPS/FOPS Haul Truck Operator Safety Solution

At G&G Mining, safety always comes first, whether this is our staff, customers, their staff or our suppliers. So, when G&G was approached by a highly valued client with a very specific issue the result was the industry’s newest solution to modified CAT 793D Truck chassis.

The identified issue was that the current design load rating of Mining Haul Truck ROPS/FOPS (Roll-over Protective Structure & Falling Object Protective Structure) system for CAT793 trucks was no longer high enough to protect driver’s from falling objects and rollovers when these trucks are modified and used as tow hauls etc, with the truck weight has increased.

Meaning that protecting the customer’s haul truck operator would become a risk and it was crucial to provide a solution for this.

Designed in collaboration between G&G’s Service department, in-house Engineering team, and our valued client we have developed a product we hope never has to prove its worth… but can be depended upon if the worst happens!

G&G identified the use of high strength steel in the design as key to both improve the strength and reduce the weight of the structure that would be mounted onto the haul truck – and hence introduced Strenx® 960 steel during the design process – a material that has not yet been commonly available or utilised in Australia.

This latest development of the CAT 793D ROPS/FOPS System is designed for a GVM of 150 tonnes and destructively tested to ensure it meets all necessary Australian and International standards. It is manufactured in Perth, WA, and using some of the newest, most advanced high-strength steel in the market – Strenx® 960 from SSAB – it is also a certified “My Inner Strenx” product.

Since delivering this newly designed system to our client they have indicated that other machines across their fleet would require such a ROPS system and since commencing this project other miners, as well as key OEMs have become interested in the solution.

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