Series 1000 is coming

Increased lifting capacity, a modern low-emission drive train, an ergonomic cab ensuring high operator’s comfort, and a modernised hydraulic system are only some of the advantages of a new prototype LKP-1001 loader, which may become a worthy successor to the landmark LKP-0903 loader.

The machine was developed in response to the demand of the mines of KGHM Polska Miedź S.A, which plans to replace the LKP-0903 loader that is popular in the Copper Basin mines very soon.

Following the analysis of opinions expressed by users of the KGHM ZANAM machinery, the designers placed emphasis on increasing safety, efficiency, and operator’s comfort. The use of a vision system and the possibility of implementing an anti-collision system are to contribute to increased safety, while the use of the Stage V engine that meets stringent exhaust gas standards is to reduce ventilation and environmental hazards by lower harmful exhaust gas emissions – including nitrogen oxides.

The LKP-1001 loader can boast the lifting capacity of 10 tonnes, which was achieved by the use of, among others, an innovative hydraulic system with variable displacement multi-cylinder pumps and by changing the kinematics of the working unit. To ensure the required hydraulic oil purity, an oil quality monitoring system was introduced together with comprehensive offline filtration.

The spacious and ergonomic cab was designed for high comfort. The operator station is equipped with a 12-inch colour panel and three vision system screens. In addition, the cab has good interior soundproof properties.

The machine has just completed demanding surface tests, which were performed in the KGHM ZANAM testing area. Representatives of all KGHM mines were invited to express opinions on the LKP-1001 prototype. Their initial opinions on the LKP-1001 prototype were positive. The operators pointed to operator station customisation options and good isolation from the mining environment (good vibration damping, thermal comfort, and cab soundproof properties). They were also positive about the smooth operation of the working system and high power of the drive train, allowing the loader to be moved efficiently and dynamically both during extracted material collection and haulage ride. However, underground tests will be a real trial for the loader, which are planned to start in the third quarter this year.