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Normet launches the Spraymec MF 050 VC SD for cleaner, safer and more productive concrete spraying in underground mining
Normet launches the Spraymec MF 050 VC SD for cleaner, safer and more productive concrete spraying in underground mining (Credist: Normet)
Normet announces the launch of the latest addition to its broad concrete spraying equipment offering, the completely new battery-electric Spraymec MF 050 VC SD, specifically tailored for the needs of underground mining. Combining the proven Normet SmartDrive battery-electric architecture with state-of-the-art spraying technology, the MF 050 VC SD offers unrivalled concrete spraying results, superior operator ergonomics and excellent serviceability – with zero local emissions.
Normet’s latest innovations and features are a direct result of spending thousands of hours in the field listening to customers and gathering operator feedback and improvement proposals. With the Spraymec MF 050 VC SD, we created a product for sprayed concrete experts, combining all their valuable knowledge and feedback, incorporating even the smallest details that make a big operational difference.
Designed with decades of experience, but also with a strong emphasis on the aforementioned operator feedback, Spraymec MF 050 VC SD is purpose-built for modern mining operations in small and medium-sized tunnels. It comes with a cutting-edge dosing system and our revolutionary low-pulsation concrete spraying pump with a maximum theoretical concrete output capacity of 10.5 m3 with battery-powered operation or, alternatively, 27 m3/h with electric operation.
With the MF 050 VC SD, productive concrete spraying is possible from both inside the FOPS/ROPS certified cabin with significantly improved ergonomics and control features, and outside of it with a wireless remote controller. In addition, the advanced remote driving system (RDS) enables safe and easy machine relocation.
Designed for unmatched operator comfort, the new cabin is fitted with features like ergonomically located spraying controls, a water spray supply system to keep the windscreen clean during spraying and a NorSmart 3 dashboard with a touchscreen MID display, together taking both process productivity and the operating experience to a whole new level.
The vehicle is equipped with a high-volume on-board compressor and the extremely durable and accurate SB 500 C spraying boom with strengthened steel structures, superb rebound protection and outstanding maneuverability, allowing for smooth concrete spraying operations. Furthermore, the boom’s selectable vertical tracking and nozzle nutation functions ensure uniform spraying results. The MF 050 VC SD was also designed with a strong emphasis on easy access to all service points and outstanding cleanability and, therefore, is fitted with features like hydraulically operated concrete pump hatch for safer cleaning.
Normet provides its customers with everything they need to get the best possible results with sprayed concrete for mining and tunnelling applications, both underground and on the surface. Its offering includes equipment for concrete spraying and transportation, construction chemicals and, additionally, supporting technologies and lifecycle services.
Innovating for sustainability
Normet SmartDrive® is a modular battery-electric vehicle (BEV) architecture designed to optimize energy consumption and performance in underground mining and tunnelling applications. Built with the latest fast charging capable Li-ion battery technology, SmartDrive machines offer higher productivity, significantly lower operating costs, and a cleaner underground environment while their easiness of use and carefully engineered controls guarantee that they are also safe and effortless to operate. The high-torque electric motors both reduce tramming time to reach work sites faster and recover energy in downhill driving.
The new Spraymec MF 050 VC SD reflects Normet’s never-ending passion for continuously developing new solutions and technologies to meet and exceed customer and industry expectations for safety, productivity and sustainability. Designed and built with minimizing its environmental impact as a key driver, Normet’s broad equipment offering pioneers the transformation into greener underground operations.
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