Owning and operating costs of a Powertrans road train are significantly lower than large off-highway mining trucks because capital costs are about half the cost of larger units, as are maintenance costs.
Additionally, Powertrans units use readily available off highway light earthmoving tyres. As a result, a Powertrans road train system allows speeds that are generally greater than can be achieved and/or sustained over haul distances by conventional off-highway mining trucks.
Loaded speeds in the order of 55 km/h and unloaded speeds of 75 km/h are possible, depending on road conditions and grades.
In mining applications with haul distances between 10 km and 50 km, a Powertrans-based haulage operation offers a viable low-cost and flexible alternative to rail or conveyor-based transport, with generally lower infrastructure costs.
In addition, the deployment time to set up operations for a Powertrans road train system is usually far less than for conveyors or rail lines.
Powertrans | Innovative Haulage Systems & Transport Solutions
Australian-owned Powertrans designs and manufactures a range of innovative haulage systems that offer the mining industry lower cost, higher-productivity alternatives to conventional large mining trucks. We specialise in developing robust operator friendly vehicles. The Powertrans concept builds on its patented Powertrain system which, in addition to the Powertrans Prime Mover, allows up to one powered and four non-powered trailers to be placed within a "road train" combination.
Add to this the fact that the Powertrans haulage systems for both surface and underground mining have been designed for long service life. From its inception in May 2001 up to today, Powertrans has produced numerous underground trucks, over 50 heavy haul mine spec tractor/prime movers for surface haulage, over 120 Powered trailers and some 400 non powered trailers and dollies accumulating a total well in excess of 1,000,000 engine operating hours.
The company was established in 2001 to manufacture powered trailers for surface and underground mining applications. Its two key product families - the Powertrans Underground Mining Haulage and Powertrans Surface Mining Haulage systems - have proven themselves tough, reliable products that perform well in even the most demanding conditions. All Powertrans products are based on readily available off-the-shelf heavy-duty equipment and components that do not have the "mining premium" price tag.