Mining dozers may not have the profile of excavators and haul trucks. Still, they're essential for closing gaps in mining workflows and are equally subject to sustainable and efficient mining demands. Komatsu has met this challenge with the D475A-8, currently the world's largest production dozer, which deploys a winning combination of power, efficiency, sustainability, and ergonomics.
Many of the machine's latest features were developed and tested through a continuous improvement process conducted by Komatsu's engineering group and the company's largest independent distributor, SMS Equipment of Acheson, Alberta. The process has given Canadian mines the unique opportunity to participate in the evolution of the dozer to ensure that it meets the needs of their operators, who work in some of the toughest conditions in the world.
"By working closely with the SMS Equipment team on this product, we've improved it based on their deep understanding of Canadian mining and their ongoing dialogue with Canadian mining customers," says Noboru Kawabata, Product Support Manager at Komatsu America Corp. "This has made it possible to develop an outstanding product, and we are confident that by continuing this cycle, we will be able to provide even better machines to our customers."