Regulations are having a significant impact on productivity in the mining industry at a time when it’s already running on thin margins. There are options that can help a mine increase production while at the same time adhering to drill and blast regulations, addressing sound and vibration abatement and reducing dust to minimize the effect on air quality.

Vermeer LevelerOne solution is the Vermeer T1255III Terrain Leveler® surface excavation machine (SEM). The Terrain Leveler SEM features an optional dust suppression system, GPS steering and grade control, as well as a cutting head attachment that can create an 80 degree high wall.

This technology is ideal for use in surface mine applications, especially those faced with drill and blast restrictions or urban encroachment.

The advantages of the Vermeer technology are numerous:
Access areas of surface mines where drilling and blasting cannot be done because of physical or permit limitations.

See a reduction in noise, dust and vibration compared to drill and blast.
Produce a smaller, more consistent particle size, helping to eliminate the primary crusher step.

Use the Terrain Leveler SEM for haul road construction and maintenance.

“The surface excavation machine allows mines to excavate reserves they couldn’t otherwise get to due to drill and blast restrictions or air quality regulations,” says Vermeer senior commercialisation manager for mining Patrick Robinson. “Mines have already spent considerable time and money on permitting. By integrating our surface excavation technology with their drill and blast program the mines have the ability to extract those reserves that otherwise may be left behind.”

The Terrain Leveler SEM features a patented tilt-head milling attachment with top-down cutting action that can dig up to 53.3cm deep and 365.8cm wide in a single pass. As the unit travels forward and the drum rotates, the teeth on top of the drum advance over the top of the mineral surface. Operators can also control material sizing by increasing or decreasing the tooth penetration to produce a 20.3cm minus product. Uniform product size also allows more efficient settings on secondary and tertiary crushing systems.

The Vermeer T1255III direct drive Terrain Leveler SEM features a fully hydrostatic motor mounted to the side of the cutting head providing direct drive power to the cutting drum. The direct drive drum design delivers more horsepower to the cutting drum, resulting in enhanced efficiency when working in hard rock conditions. In addition, the direct drive drum allows the quarry operator to cut an 80 degree high wall providing slope stability that is desired in high-wall mining applications. Vermeer also offers a chain drive drum which allows the quarry operator to cut a 90 degree high wall, and is also designed to work in hard rock conditions.

On many mine sites, dust is a challenge due to urban encroachment and air quality concerns. An optional dust suppression system on the Vermeer Terrain Leveler SEM features an enclosed cutting head with two large vacuums pulling dust from the enclosed cutting head into baghouses. The collected dust is dropped beneath the machine, helping to reduce the amount of dust entering the air. This also diminishes the need to source water to control dust during the mining process.

The T1255III Terrain Leveler SEM also features optional GPS technology that can also be used to create a mine-by-line plan.

Vermeer is exhibiting at MINExpo in Las Vegas this September and expert staff will be on hand at booth 8401 in Central Hall.